Nearly all schools open in Merton during snow
By adam_leone | Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 16:34
Merton Council have revealed that most of their schools have remained open during the cold snap.
They've said they've had gritting teams working around the clock to ensure roads and schools remained ice free.
Six gritters and over 30 staff cleared roads over the last week as snow fell.
The council's winter maintenance duty officers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week making decisions on when and where to grit, based on Met Office weather forecasts.
The council started filling its salt barn as early as the summer in preparation for any severe winter weather.
By the beginning of January, Merton had 2,038 tonnes of grit in its salt barn with a further 735 tonnes delivered this month.
Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Martin Whelton said: "It is great to see nearly all our schools open."
"Just two special needs schools have not opened, which is understandable given the severe disabilities children attending those schools have."
"I would also like to thank Merton headteachers' for ensuring that children were able to attend school today, and that our schools were both safe and accessible."
"Before the snow arrived we were out gritting the roads and pavements around town centres, schools, train stations and local shops, and we're confident we'll be able to deal with any more snow which may be heading our way."