Weather latest: Heaviest snowfall in 17 years causes chaos across Dorset

Weather latest: Heaviest snowfall in 17 years causes chaos across Dorset

Waking up to snow on Boscombe Spa Road

Lauren, 12 and Olivia, 5, of Canford Heath

Battling to work in Boscombe Spa Road

The scene in Milton Abbas

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Digital Projects Coordinator

THE heaviest snowfall in 17 years is causing chaos across Dorset. A severe weather warning is in place, with snow forecast to continue throughout the day.

As much as six inches is thought to have fallen in some places overnight. Schools and side roads are closed but gritting teams have been operating all night in a bid to keep the road networks clear.

Rubbish collections have been cancelled across Dorset with binmen drafted in to help with gritting. Almost all schools in Dorset and Bournemouth and Poole are closed.

Compacted snow is causing problems on minor roads, with Bourne Valley Road in Branksome, Blandford Road North at Poole and Bozeley Hill at Cann all dangerous.

Dorset Police urged drivers to use extreme caution. Key roads in Bournemouth and Poole, including the Wallisdown Road and Wessex Way, remain slushy but passable. Check this list of passable with care roads.

Treacherous conditions forced police to close the road between Clouds Hill and Gallows Hill, near Bovington earlier, after two tank carriers became stranded at the side of the road due to sheet ice.

Services on South West trains have are now running as normal although there are some delays. Bournemouth Airport is closed until at least 8pm. Southampton has reopened but flights are disrupted.

Andy Pitt, managing director of South West Trains, said: "The freezing weather conditions are causing disruption to road, rail and air transport in many parts of the country, including train services on our network.

"We understand the impact this is having on our customers and would like to thank them for their patience during these difficult conditions."

In Bournemouth, Yellow Buses are terminating at Lansdowne. For Wilts and Dorset buses updates passengers are advised to check their Facebook page.

Bournemouth Uni have suspended all lectures but the library is staying open.

There is no rubbish collection in Bournemouth on Thursday or Friday and Millhams tip is closed today.

The Sandbanks ferry was due to start operating today but a ferry spokesman said: "The refit is now complete but due to the severe weather we are currently experiencing, we are not yet able to return the ferry to Poole and get back onto the chains.

"We will make plans to do this as soon as it is considered safe and practical for the operation to take place and will update you as soon as we have any further news.

In Poole, the first of the two Poole Schools Carol Concerts due to take place at the Lighthouse tonight has been cancelled. No adult learning classes in the town will go ahead today.

Refuse collections have been suspended due to the snow and were "unlikley" to take place at all today, said the council. All seven polling stations for the Old Town by-election in Poole are open.

In the Purbecks the district council have suspended all refuse and recycling collections, but officials are asking residents to leave their refuse out as services will restart as soon as possible.

Children's centres at Bovington, Wool, Wareham and Swanage are closed because of the adverse conditions.

In the New Forest, Sway was the worst hit with 6in. Beaulieu had 5in, Christchurch 3½in, Hordle 5in, Hyde 3in, Lymington 4½in, New Milton 4in, Ringwood 3½in and Verwood 3½in.

The white carpet covered all but the main roads which were salted by Hampshire County Council from 6pm Wednesday.

Wilts & Dorset cancelled buses to Brockenhurst College. Company divisional director Ed Wills said all services were cancelled in the Lymington area until mid-morning.

The X1 between Bournemouth and Lymington was operating later in the day, but not taking in unsalted minor roads, while the X3 Bournemouth to Salisbury route was operating, albeit slowly.

Got to our snow section for our live blog, traffic and travel updates and for those who aren't heading out, send us your snow pictures!

We'll keep updating through the day.

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6:24am Thu 2 Dec 10

oneshortleg says...

Bournemouth Council you are a laughing stock! In September they made a huge song and dance about new gritters, loads of salt etc as reported by the Echo. The first covering today and it would appear no roads have been gritted not even major roads such as Wimborne Road/Ringwood Road etc! You are one Big JOKE!
Bournemouth Council you are a laughing stock! In September they made a huge song and dance about new gritters, loads of salt etc as reported by the Echo. The first covering today and it would appear no roads have been gritted not even major roads such as Wimborne Road/Ringwood Road etc! You are one Big JOKE! oneshortleg
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6:26am Thu 2 Dec 10

EGHH says...

4 to 5 inches of snow in Penn Hill area. Yesterday I saw Hants council gritting all their main roads. Get to Dorset and not a thing. A338 had a warning signs saying beware of ice. Where were the gritters?
4 to 5 inches of snow in Penn Hill area. Yesterday I saw Hants council gritting all their main roads. Get to Dorset and not a thing. A338 had a warning signs saying beware of ice. Where were the gritters? EGHH
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6:40am Thu 2 Dec 10

starburst06 says...

very few cars have started to move yet but i went out at four am and couldnt climb any hills around kinson including Kinson Road from the Baths but it was very slippery along wimborne road and ringwood road from bear cross roundabout ,it wont be pleasent out there this morning
very few cars have started to move yet but i went out at four am and couldnt climb any hills around kinson including Kinson Road from the Baths but it was very slippery along wimborne road and ringwood road from bear cross roundabout ,it wont be pleasent out there this morning starburst06
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6:45am Thu 2 Dec 10

DemonDiva says...

When we came out of the BIC last night at 11pm, there was a gritter lorry going round the roundabout right outside there.
All the way home to Kinson and not a sign of anything. And I agree about the hills in Kinson - even at just after 11 last night they were lethal, and I'm not looking forward to leaving in an hour's time after snow has evidently fallen all night from what's outside my window.
I suppose our bins won't be emptied for three weeks again!
When we came out of the BIC last night at 11pm, there was a gritter lorry going round the roundabout right outside there. All the way home to Kinson and not a sign of anything. And I agree about the hills in Kinson - even at just after 11 last night they were lethal, and I'm not looking forward to leaving in an hour's time after snow has evidently fallen all night from what's outside my window. I suppose our bins won't be emptied for three weeks again! DemonDiva
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6:49am Thu 2 Dec 10

oneshortleg says...

Well at least Bournemouth centre is ok, better keep the tourists happy!
Well at least Bournemouth centre is ok, better keep the tourists happy! oneshortleg
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6:57am Thu 2 Dec 10

Jim_Springbourne says...

3 inches here overnight which is the biggest fall in 17 years (Feb 1994)

More snow showing up on radar for the next few hours... mostly light but could be the odd heavier burst.
3 inches here overnight which is the biggest fall in 17 years (Feb 1994) More snow showing up on radar for the next few hours... mostly light but could be the odd heavier burst. Jim_Springbourne
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6:59am Thu 2 Dec 10

mumof2cuties says...

well the gritters havent even touched bearwood area meaning I have been unable to get into work today, one car came out of my road pressed his brakes but cos of the conditions his brakes didnt grip and he slid forward there is no way I am risking putting my child in the car just to get them to childminders to go to work. Gritters have been out !! yeah right !!
well the gritters havent even touched bearwood area meaning I have been unable to get into work today, one car came out of my road pressed his brakes but cos of the conditions his brakes didnt grip and he slid forward there is no way I am risking putting my child in the car just to get them to childminders to go to work. Gritters have been out !! yeah right !! mumof2cuties
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7:07am Thu 2 Dec 10

Dorset Mitch says...

2-3 Inchs in Gillingham this morning, A30 (West) of Shaftesbury was gritted and a number of ploughs were on it up to Yeovil. Dorset Council have done well (the worse bits were in Somerset).
2-3 Inchs in Gillingham this morning, A30 (West) of Shaftesbury was gritted and a number of ploughs were on it up to Yeovil. Dorset Council have done well (the worse bits were in Somerset). Dorset Mitch
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7:11am Thu 2 Dec 10

Sam Shepherd says...

Jim_Springbourne wrote:
3 inches here overnight which is the biggest fall in 17 years (Feb 1994)

More snow showing up on radar for the next few hours... mostly light but could be the odd heavier burst.
Jim, that's a great fact - you don't mind if I steal it for my intro do you? :)
[quote][p][bold]Jim_Springbourne[/bold] wrote: 3 inches here overnight which is the biggest fall in 17 years (Feb 1994) More snow showing up on radar for the next few hours... mostly light but could be the odd heavier burst.[/p][/quote]Jim, that's a great fact - you don't mind if I steal it for my intro do you? :) Sam Shepherd
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7:35am Thu 2 Dec 10

BmthNewshound says...

I can't believe that so much fuss is being made about a few inches of snow. I’ve taken the dogs out this morning in Bournemouth Gardens and it was wonderful. Branksome Wood Road and Surrey Road are very quiet but if you’re not used to driving in the snow probably best to leave the car at home.
I can't believe that so much fuss is being made about a few inches of snow. I’ve taken the dogs out this morning in Bournemouth Gardens and it was wonderful. Branksome Wood Road and Surrey Road are very quiet but if you’re not used to driving in the snow probably best to leave the car at home. BmthNewshound
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7:38am Thu 2 Dec 10

GB916 says...

Christchurch,Somerfo
rd road,Christchurch bypass,all un gritted,roads are very slippery,so Christchurch council are no better,i meen we've had about 4-5 inches here,why cant they cope with it,we should all be given a months refund on our council tax,but it does look nice out there.
Christchurch,Somerfo rd road,Christchurch bypass,all un gritted,roads are very slippery,so Christchurch council are no better,i meen we've had about 4-5 inches here,why cant they cope with it,we should all be given a months refund on our council tax,but it does look nice out there. GB916
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7:45am Thu 2 Dec 10

Hardy Lass says...

Snow here in Wool Winfrith East Stoke parts, prob 3 inches+ still snowing.

All looks very pretty, but the birds in the garden are confused, sorry for the local farmers who have early lambing to deal with.

Cooler winters for the next few years perhaps?
Snow here in Wool Winfrith East Stoke parts, prob 3 inches+ still snowing. All looks very pretty, but the birds in the garden are confused, sorry for the local farmers who have early lambing to deal with. Cooler winters for the next few years perhaps? Hardy Lass
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7:56am Thu 2 Dec 10

nobull says...

YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
EE at last something exciting!!!
ps just trickle the throttle gently in a higher gear than usual,don't rev the *ollocks out of the engine you will not go any where!!! xx
YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE EE at last something exciting!!! ps just trickle the throttle gently in a higher gear than usual,don't rev the *ollocks out of the engine you will not go any where!!! xx nobull
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7:56am Thu 2 Dec 10

funkyferret says...

As Michael Barrymore once said, "All white" ... :-)
As Michael Barrymore once said, "All white" ... :-) funkyferret
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7:57am Thu 2 Dec 10

nobull says...

OR !
OR ! nobull
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8:01am Thu 2 Dec 10

ben111 says...

Just driven from Wallisdown to Ringwood not to bad just need to be carefull
Just driven from Wallisdown to Ringwood not to bad just need to be carefull ben111
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8:04am Thu 2 Dec 10

gerbil112 says...

Upton Bypass, rubbish at 6.45 but passable with care. Just drove from Poole to Wareham at no more than 30mph, quite a pleasant drive.
Upton Bypass, rubbish at 6.45 but passable with care. Just drove from Poole to Wareham at no more than 30mph, quite a pleasant drive. gerbil112
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8:10am Thu 2 Dec 10

peej42 says...

First snow in Weymouth today, they have been expecting it and given warnings to expect it for days, not seen main roads yet but no grit in Westham which is not supprising.
First snow in Weymouth today, they have been expecting it and given warnings to expect it for days, not seen main roads yet but no grit in Westham which is not supprising. peej42
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8:38am Thu 2 Dec 10

Tig says...

Whitecliff - 4 to 5 inches.
Whitecliff - 4 to 5 inches. Tig
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8:54am Thu 2 Dec 10

PaulOvey says...

I cant see what all the fuss is. Just drove from Westbourne to Winchester, if we all just slow down a bit and leave more space to stop, and just think a bit more than normal we can all get to work safe and sound.

But feeling a bit let down by the council, for not gritting the A338.
I cant see what all the fuss is. Just drove from Westbourne to Winchester, if we all just slow down a bit and leave more space to stop, and just think a bit more than normal we can all get to work safe and sound. But feeling a bit let down by the council, for not gritting the A338. PaulOvey
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9:12am Thu 2 Dec 10

TinyLegacy says...

Can you moronic Bournemouth drivers PLEASE fremember to PUMP the brakes, not slam them on.
Can you moronic Bournemouth drivers PLEASE fremember to PUMP the brakes, not slam them on. TinyLegacy
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9:13am Thu 2 Dec 10

captsanders says...

I agree the council are non existent when it comes to bad weather but if everybody just slowed down and left a little earlier to get anywhere there would be no problems. just take your time and enjoy the snow.
I agree the council are non existent when it comes to bad weather but if everybody just slowed down and left a little earlier to get anywhere there would be no problems. just take your time and enjoy the snow. captsanders
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9:26am Thu 2 Dec 10

braddan76 says...

here we go again blame the gritter's what a joke. we work all these hour's day and nite to make the roads safe for u.

and in return we have to read alot off messages on here slagging us off. I personally have been workin 12hr days/nights since last thursday gritting/ploughing the
motorways in west yorkshire funny how people up here praise our efforts.

As an ex poole council gritter driver i can safely say they will be out all day/nite keeping MAJOR routes clear and as safe as possible. alot of resposability comes down to u the driving public PLEASE slow down try to avoid hill's where possible but the main think to ask ur self is DO I NEED TO TRAVEL IN THE CAR.
here we go again blame the gritter's what a joke. we work all these hour's day and nite to make the roads safe for u. and in return we have to read alot off messages on here slagging us off. I personally have been workin 12hr days/nights since last thursday gritting/ploughing the motorways in west yorkshire funny how people up here praise our efforts. As an ex poole council gritter driver i can safely say they will be out all day/nite keeping MAJOR routes clear and as safe as possible. alot of resposability comes down to u the driving public PLEASE slow down try to avoid hill's where possible but the main think to ask ur self is DO I NEED TO TRAVEL IN THE CAR. braddan76
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9:41am Thu 2 Dec 10

chickflickpop says...

wat ur all moaning about get ur sledges out lol
wat ur all moaning about get ur sledges out lol chickflickpop
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9:44am Thu 2 Dec 10

Xchurch-man says...

2-3 inches at least, it looks lovely. I'm off out to work at 11 so should be fun!
Still snowing now but not so heavy just off into the garden to check my bird feeders.
2-3 inches at least, it looks lovely. I'm off out to work at 11 so should be fun! Still snowing now but not so heavy just off into the garden to check my bird feeders. Xchurch-man
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9:51am Thu 2 Dec 10

In Absentia says...

It's too easy to blame the councils. The main routes are all open and I got to work in Poole today without problem. However, I did see one dope in Wallisdown sail into a lampost, purely due to driving too fast in the conditions.

You cannot expect the gritters to get down the side roads in these conditions. The bus routes are the obvious priority.
It's too easy to blame the councils. The main routes are all open and I got to work in Poole today without problem. However, I did see one dope in Wallisdown sail into a lampost, purely due to driving too fast in the conditions. You cannot expect the gritters to get down the side roads in these conditions. The bus routes are the obvious priority. In Absentia
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9:53am Thu 2 Dec 10

twynham says...

Sam Shepherd wrote:
Jim_Springbourne wrote: 3 inches here overnight which is the biggest fall in 17 years (Feb 1994) More snow showing up on radar for the next few hours... mostly light but could be the odd heavier burst.
Jim, that's a great fact - you don't mind if I steal it for my intro do you? :)
Sam, use www.raintoday.co.uk
Shows were the weather has been and where it's likely to go.
[quote][p][bold]Sam Shepherd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jim_Springbourne[/bold] wrote: 3 inches here overnight which is the biggest fall in 17 years (Feb 1994) More snow showing up on radar for the next few hours... mostly light but could be the odd heavier burst.[/p][/quote]Jim, that's a great fact - you don't mind if I steal it for my intro do you? :)[/p][/quote]Sam, use www.raintoday.co.uk Shows were the weather has been and where it's likely to go. twynham
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9:55am Thu 2 Dec 10

Syd Poumen says...

People of Poole Town, get out and show your grit and vote for England today.
Remember that today we are trying to prove our resolve to stage the World Cup in England in 2018...weather and global warming permitting!
People of Poole Town, get out and show your grit and vote for England today. Remember that today we are trying to prove our resolve to stage the World Cup in England in 2018...weather and global warming permitting! Syd Poumen
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9:56am Thu 2 Dec 10

Catmom says...

Took me an hour to get in to work instead of the usual 35 minutes; people generally driving carefully on the A35 at about 30mph.
Took me an hour to get in to work instead of the usual 35 minutes; people generally driving carefully on the A35 at about 30mph. Catmom
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9:56am Thu 2 Dec 10

TFan says...

Suffolk Road down to the Apcoa multi-storey is very slippery. My other half lives in Cresceent Road and managed to out of her road but got stuck on Suffolk Road. Please drive with care. She's seen two or three drivers almost lose it.
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Security word "soil-seat". What a few drivers might be doing today. lol
Suffolk Road down to the Apcoa multi-storey is very slippery. My other half lives in Cresceent Road and managed to out of her road but got stuck on Suffolk Road. Please drive with care. She's seen two or three drivers almost lose it. . Security word "soil-seat". What a few drivers might be doing today. lol TFan
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9:58am Thu 2 Dec 10

oneshortleg says...

braddan76 wrote:
here we go again blame the gritter's what a joke. we work all these hour's day and nite to make the roads safe for u. and in return we have to read alot off messages on here slagging us off. I personally have been workin 12hr days/nights since last thursday gritting/ploughing the motorways in west yorkshire funny how people up here praise our efforts. As an ex poole council gritter driver i can safely say they will be out all day/nite keeping MAJOR routes clear and as safe as possible. alot of resposability comes down to u the driving public PLEASE slow down try to avoid hill's where possible but the main think to ask ur self is DO I NEED TO TRAVEL IN THE CAR.
Well done you! But your not in Bournemouth where we have gritters salt but a council that is rubbish! So if you want to help come on down!
[quote][p][bold]braddan76[/bold] wrote: here we go again blame the gritter's what a joke. we work all these hour's day and nite to make the roads safe for u. and in return we have to read alot off messages on here slagging us off. I personally have been workin 12hr days/nights since last thursday gritting/ploughing the motorways in west yorkshire funny how people up here praise our efforts. As an ex poole council gritter driver i can safely say they will be out all day/nite keeping MAJOR routes clear and as safe as possible. alot of resposability comes down to u the driving public PLEASE slow down try to avoid hill's where possible but the main think to ask ur self is DO I NEED TO TRAVEL IN THE CAR.[/p][/quote]Well done you! But your not in Bournemouth where we have gritters salt but a council that is rubbish! So if you want to help come on down! oneshortleg
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10:02am Thu 2 Dec 10

poolemaninscotland says...

braddan76 wrote:
here we go again blame the gritter's what a joke. we work all these hour's day and nite to make the roads safe for u. and in return we have to read alot off messages on here slagging us off. I personally have been workin 12hr days/nights since last thursday gritting/ploughing the motorways in west yorkshire funny how people up here praise our efforts. As an ex poole council gritter driver i can safely say they will be out all day/nite keeping MAJOR routes clear and as safe as possible. alot of resposability comes down to u the driving public PLEASE slow down try to avoid hill's where possible but the main think to ask ur self is DO I NEED TO TRAVEL IN THE CAR.
You wonder why people of Poole and Bournemouth are ranting and raving, I will explain why.
I work at a Petrol station in Poole on the main Ringwood Road. From 10 o clock last night until 07.00 this morning, not one single gritting lorry passed our garage. There was at least 2 to 3 inches laying on this main road through Parkstone and Poole and cars were all over the place. Roads are used 24 hours a day not from 7am in the morning when the damage has already been done. There is no organisation from Poole council and it is an absolute shambles. People pay there council tax and road tax every year and they expect a little something back in return for there hard earned money. Because of the councils in this country cost cutting on the roads we are in this situation. It is great hearing how councils have bought more grit this year but it would help if they invested some money into buying the lorries that spread the **** stuff. The country just falls apart and makes us the laughing stock of the world because we have a few flakes of snow. Unbelievable
[quote][p][bold]braddan76[/bold] wrote: here we go again blame the gritter's what a joke. we work all these hour's day and nite to make the roads safe for u. and in return we have to read alot off messages on here slagging us off. I personally have been workin 12hr days/nights since last thursday gritting/ploughing the motorways in west yorkshire funny how people up here praise our efforts. As an ex poole council gritter driver i can safely say they will be out all day/nite keeping MAJOR routes clear and as safe as possible. alot of resposability comes down to u the driving public PLEASE slow down try to avoid hill's where possible but the main think to ask ur self is DO I NEED TO TRAVEL IN THE CAR.[/p][/quote]You wonder why people of Poole and Bournemouth are ranting and raving, I will explain why. I work at a Petrol station in Poole on the main Ringwood Road. From 10 o clock last night until 07.00 this morning, not one single gritting lorry passed our garage. There was at least 2 to 3 inches laying on this main road through Parkstone and Poole and cars were all over the place. Roads are used 24 hours a day not from 7am in the morning when the damage has already been done. There is no organisation from Poole council and it is an absolute shambles. People pay there council tax and road tax every year and they expect a little something back in return for there hard earned money. Because of the councils in this country cost cutting on the roads we are in this situation. It is great hearing how councils have bought more grit this year but it would help if they invested some money into buying the lorries that spread the **** stuff. The country just falls apart and makes us the laughing stock of the world because we have a few flakes of snow. Unbelievable poolemaninscotland
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10:03am Thu 2 Dec 10

oneshortleg says...

In Absentia wrote:
It's too easy to blame the councils. The main routes are all open and I got to work in Poole today without problem. However, I did see one dope in Wallisdown sail into a lampost, purely due to driving too fast in the conditions. You cannot expect the gritters to get down the side roads in these conditions. The bus routes are the obvious priority.
Yes but north Bournemouth bus routes not touched and these are the areas that people reley on buses!
[quote][p][bold]In Absentia[/bold] wrote: It's too easy to blame the councils. The main routes are all open and I got to work in Poole today without problem. However, I did see one dope in Wallisdown sail into a lampost, purely due to driving too fast in the conditions. You cannot expect the gritters to get down the side roads in these conditions. The bus routes are the obvious priority.[/p][/quote]Yes but north Bournemouth bus routes not touched and these are the areas that people reley on buses! oneshortleg
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10:06am Thu 2 Dec 10

oneshortleg says...

poolemaninscotland wrote:
braddan76 wrote: here we go again blame the gritter's what a joke. we work all these hour's day and nite to make the roads safe for u. and in return we have to read alot off messages on here slagging us off. I personally have been workin 12hr days/nights since last thursday gritting/ploughing the motorways in west yorkshire funny how people up here praise our efforts. As an ex poole council gritter driver i can safely say they will be out all day/nite keeping MAJOR routes clear and as safe as possible. alot of resposability comes down to u the driving public PLEASE slow down try to avoid hill's where possible but the main think to ask ur self is DO I NEED TO TRAVEL IN THE CAR.
You wonder why people of Poole and Bournemouth are ranting and raving, I will explain why. I work at a Petrol station in Poole on the main Ringwood Road. From 10 o clock last night until 07.00 this morning, not one single gritting lorry passed our garage. There was at least 2 to 3 inches laying on this main road through Parkstone and Poole and cars were all over the place. Roads are used 24 hours a day not from 7am in the morning when the damage has already been done. There is no organisation from Poole council and it is an absolute shambles. People pay there council tax and road tax every year and they expect a little something back in return for there hard earned money. Because of the councils in this country cost cutting on the roads we are in this situation. It is great hearing how councils have bought more grit this year but it would help if they invested some money into buying the lorries that spread the **** stuff. The country just falls apart and makes us the laughing stock of the world because we have a few flakes of snow. Unbelievable
well said!
[quote][p][bold]poolemaninscotland[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]braddan76[/bold] wrote: here we go again blame the gritter's what a joke. we work all these hour's day and nite to make the roads safe for u. and in return we have to read alot off messages on here slagging us off. I personally have been workin 12hr days/nights since last thursday gritting/ploughing the motorways in west yorkshire funny how people up here praise our efforts. As an ex poole council gritter driver i can safely say they will be out all day/nite keeping MAJOR routes clear and as safe as possible. alot of resposability comes down to u the driving public PLEASE slow down try to avoid hill's where possible but the main think to ask ur self is DO I NEED TO TRAVEL IN THE CAR.[/p][/quote]You wonder why people of Poole and Bournemouth are ranting and raving, I will explain why. I work at a Petrol station in Poole on the main Ringwood Road. From 10 o clock last night until 07.00 this morning, not one single gritting lorry passed our garage. There was at least 2 to 3 inches laying on this main road through Parkstone and Poole and cars were all over the place. Roads are used 24 hours a day not from 7am in the morning when the damage has already been done. There is no organisation from Poole council and it is an absolute shambles. People pay there council tax and road tax every year and they expect a little something back in return for there hard earned money. Because of the councils in this country cost cutting on the roads we are in this situation. It is great hearing how councils have bought more grit this year but it would help if they invested some money into buying the lorries that spread the **** stuff. The country just falls apart and makes us the laughing stock of the world because we have a few flakes of snow. Unbelievable[/p][/quote]well said! oneshortleg
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10:11am Thu 2 Dec 10

zagzig says...

I'm sorry but unless it's more than a foot deep it's just not snow.
I would class today's 3" dusting as a light frost.
I'm sorry but unless it's more than a foot deep it's just not snow. I would class today's 3" dusting as a light frost. zagzig
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10:18am Thu 2 Dec 10

captsanders says...

braddan76 wrote:
here we go again blame the gritter's what a joke. we work all these hour's day and nite to make the roads safe for u.

and in return we have to read alot off messages on here slagging us off. I personally have been workin 12hr days/nights since last thursday gritting/ploughing the
motorways in west yorkshire funny how people up here praise our efforts.

As an ex poole council gritter driver i can safely say they will be out all day/nite keeping MAJOR routes clear and as safe as possible. alot of resposability comes down to u the driving public PLEASE slow down try to avoid hill's where possible but the main think to ask ur self is DO I NEED TO TRAVEL IN THE CAR.
That may be the case where you are mate and we do appreciate what the gritter drivers do but in our neck of the woods the gritters have been as rare as rocking horse sh1t, no good coming out with gritters when there are 4 inches of snow on the floor.
We all use the same old argument about how much council tax we pay and I agree with everyone, our council have always been quick enough to take our money, its a pity their not so quick when it comes to spending some of it.
As an ex Poole gritter driver you cant say that they will be out all day and night cause your not down here, so what you may think and what we know are two different things entirely.
[quote][p][bold]braddan76[/bold] wrote: here we go again blame the gritter's what a joke. we work all these hour's day and nite to make the roads safe for u. and in return we have to read alot off messages on here slagging us off. I personally have been workin 12hr days/nights since last thursday gritting/ploughing the motorways in west yorkshire funny how people up here praise our efforts. As an ex poole council gritter driver i can safely say they will be out all day/nite keeping MAJOR routes clear and as safe as possible. alot of resposability comes down to u the driving public PLEASE slow down try to avoid hill's where possible but the main think to ask ur self is DO I NEED TO TRAVEL IN THE CAR.[/p][/quote]That may be the case where you are mate and we do appreciate what the gritter drivers do but in our neck of the woods the gritters have been as rare as rocking horse sh1t, no good coming out with gritters when there are 4 inches of snow on the floor. We all use the same old argument about how much council tax we pay and I agree with everyone, our council have always been quick enough to take our money, its a pity their not so quick when it comes to spending some of it. As an ex Poole gritter driver you cant say that they will be out all day and night cause your not down here, so what you may think and what we know are two different things entirely. captsanders
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10:20am Thu 2 Dec 10

sussexcherry says...

GB916 wrote:
Christchurch,Somerfo rd road,Christchurch bypass,all un gritted,roads are very slippery,so Christchurch council are no better,i meen we've had about 4-5 inches here,why cant they cope with it,we should all be given a months refund on our council tax,but it does look nice out there.
To be fair, I was stuck behind a gritter from blackwater bridge through Fairmile , and up the bypass at 11.30 last night, so I know they were out working then.
[quote][p][bold]GB916[/bold] wrote: Christchurch,Somerfo rd road,Christchurch bypass,all un gritted,roads are very slippery,so Christchurch council are no better,i meen we've had about 4-5 inches here,why cant they cope with it,we should all be given a months refund on our council tax,but it does look nice out there.[/p][/quote]To be fair, I was stuck behind a gritter from blackwater bridge through Fairmile , and up the bypass at 11.30 last night, so I know they were out working then. sussexcherry
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10:27am Thu 2 Dec 10

beachcomber1 says...

I'm sure there was quite a bit last winter for a couple of weeks. I remember walking along the snow-covered beach thinking how weird, and also remember nearly getting rammed in the Asda carpark by a car sliding down the ramp. So most for 17 years?
I'm sure there was quite a bit last winter for a couple of weeks. I remember walking along the snow-covered beach thinking how weird, and also remember nearly getting rammed in the Asda carpark by a car sliding down the ramp. So most for 17 years? beachcomber1
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10:28am Thu 2 Dec 10

Syd Poumen says...

Poole Council, how about getting out some of that £8,000,000 pounds of our council tax money held as 'rainy day' reserves and using it on a snowy day to keep the Town moving?!
We are all in this (nearly up to our neck) together.
Poole Council, how about getting out some of that £8,000,000 pounds of our council tax money held as 'rainy day' reserves and using it on a snowy day to keep the Town moving?! We are all in this (nearly up to our neck) together. Syd Poumen
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10:35am Thu 2 Dec 10

D50 says...

Why are you relying on the nanny state to sort you out? This is David Cameron's "Big Society" - you should be gritting the roads yourselves!
Why are you relying on the nanny state to sort you out? This is David Cameron's "Big Society" - you should be gritting the roads yourselves! D50
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10:42am Thu 2 Dec 10

captsanders says...

D50 wrote:
Why are you relying on the nanny state to sort you out? This is David Cameron's "Big Society" - you should be gritting the roads yourselves!
We rely on the nanny state because that's what we pay our council tax for, when they take a large lump of my hard earned wage I do expect something in return, or do you mind paying for a service that you don't get.
[quote][p][bold]D50[/bold] wrote: Why are you relying on the nanny state to sort you out? This is David Cameron's "Big Society" - you should be gritting the roads yourselves![/p][/quote]We rely on the nanny state because that's what we pay our council tax for, when they take a large lump of my hard earned wage I do expect something in return, or do you mind paying for a service that you don't get. captsanders
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10:43am Thu 2 Dec 10

captsanders says...

Syd Poumen wrote:
Poole Council, how about getting out some of that £8,000,000 pounds of our council tax money held as 'rainy day' reserves and using it on a snowy day to keep the Town moving?!
We are all in this (nearly up to our neck) together.
Cant do that, it's only for rainy days not snowy days.
[quote][p][bold]Syd Poumen[/bold] wrote: Poole Council, how about getting out some of that £8,000,000 pounds of our council tax money held as 'rainy day' reserves and using it on a snowy day to keep the Town moving?! We are all in this (nearly up to our neck) together.[/p][/quote]Cant do that, it's only for rainy days not snowy days. captsanders
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10:47am Thu 2 Dec 10

beachcomber1 says...

From February. What short memories people have.

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=Gx96F3cnr
bE
From February. What short memories people have. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=Gx96F3cnr bE beachcomber1
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10:48am Thu 2 Dec 10

Piston_Broke says...

My Misses is doing my head in. Ever since it started snowing, she's been constantly looking through the window. If it keeps snowing much longer, I'm going to have to let her in.
My Misses is doing my head in. Ever since it started snowing, she's been constantly looking through the window. If it keeps snowing much longer, I'm going to have to let her in. Piston_Broke
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11:02am Thu 2 Dec 10

soapboxdave says...

D50 wrote:
Why are you relying on the nanny state to sort you out? This is David Cameron's "Big Society" - you should be gritting the roads yourselves!
You go out and gritt the roads if you like, I'll stand and watch
[quote][p][bold]D50[/bold] wrote: Why are you relying on the nanny state to sort you out? This is David Cameron's "Big Society" - you should be gritting the roads yourselves![/p][/quote]You go out and gritt the roads if you like, I'll stand and watch soapboxdave
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11:02am Thu 2 Dec 10

colthekid says...

sussexcherry wrote:
GB916 wrote: Christchurch,Somerfo rd road,Christchurch bypass,all un gritted,roads are very slippery,so Christchurch council are no better,i meen we've had about 4-5 inches here,why cant they cope with it,we should all be given a months refund on our council tax,but it does look nice out there.
To be fair, I was stuck behind a gritter from blackwater bridge through Fairmile , and up the bypass at 11.30 last night, so I know they were out working then.
Yep, sorry, GB you're talking tosh! I was out late last night in somerford and I saw 2 or 3 gritters going round (prob same one just going round & round!) and I drove down the X'chuch Bypass this morning. There was simply too much snow for grit to cope with!

All roads are passable with care even outside my flat which hasn't been gritted. Just drive sensibly, or don't drive if you don't have to.

And as for the refund on the council tax...yes, it would be nice....but GET REAL!
[quote][p][bold]sussexcherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GB916[/bold] wrote: Christchurch,Somerfo rd road,Christchurch bypass,all un gritted,roads are very slippery,so Christchurch council are no better,i meen we've had about 4-5 inches here,why cant they cope with it,we should all be given a months refund on our council tax,but it does look nice out there.[/p][/quote]To be fair, I was stuck behind a gritter from blackwater bridge through Fairmile , and up the bypass at 11.30 last night, so I know they were out working then.[/p][/quote]Yep, sorry, GB you're talking tosh! I was out late last night in somerford and I saw 2 or 3 gritters going round (prob same one just going round & round!) and I drove down the X'chuch Bypass this morning. There was simply too much snow for grit to cope with! All roads are passable with care even outside my flat which hasn't been gritted. Just drive sensibly, or don't drive if you don't have to. And as for the refund on the council tax...yes, it would be nice....but GET REAL! colthekid
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11:28am Thu 2 Dec 10

Syd Poumen says...

D50

You churn if you want to; this gentleman is not for churning!
D50 You churn if you want to; this gentleman is not for churning! Syd Poumen
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11:55am Thu 2 Dec 10

TheDistrict says...

I think what a lot of posters on this page forget is that grit will only do so much. If grit was laid last night, and I believe it was, the amount of continuous snow fall we had throughout the night and well into this morning would have more than covered what grit was laid. Moreso the compressed snow that many motorists have formed will now illeviate the grit on the roads to be of no use.
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All that can be done now is as the main routes turn to slush, and rolls away through drainage, the gritters continue to grit the roads to stop the forming of ice. Until then, if you do not have to drive, dont. We walked to work this morning. No problems.
I think what a lot of posters on this page forget is that grit will only do so much. If grit was laid last night, and I believe it was, the amount of continuous snow fall we had throughout the night and well into this morning would have more than covered what grit was laid. Moreso the compressed snow that many motorists have formed will now illeviate the grit on the roads to be of no use. . All that can be done now is as the main routes turn to slush, and rolls away through drainage, the gritters continue to grit the roads to stop the forming of ice. Until then, if you do not have to drive, dont. We walked to work this morning. No problems. TheDistrict
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12:00pm Thu 2 Dec 10

eyesropen says...

Jeez people around here like to moan!! It's snowing - get over it. There's only so much impact gritters can have during heavy snow falls. Stay at home and if you have to drive be careful....simple! I'm sure it's very irritating for Bournemouth's idiot boy (and girl) racers...boo hoo! It's not often we get proper snow - go for a walk & enjoy it. It'll be gone in a few days.
Jeez people around here like to moan!! It's snowing - get over it. There's only so much impact gritters can have during heavy snow falls. Stay at home and if you have to drive be careful....simple! I'm sure it's very irritating for Bournemouth's idiot boy (and girl) racers...boo hoo! It's not often we get proper snow - go for a walk & enjoy it. It'll be gone in a few days. eyesropen
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12:06pm Thu 2 Dec 10

CommonSensePoolePerson says...

When we had the last lot of snow a couple of winters ago I sent an email to Poole council about their lack of gritting. It stated:

’Unfortunately I have to travel from Poole to Portsmouth every day at the moment.
It was interesting to see that you give Blandford Rd (presumably Hamworthy) and the Broadstone Way (presumably the Relief Rd) a priority one for gritting.
This morning at 5.30 the Broadstone Way was packed snow. Similarly the Blandford Rd in Hamworthy was the same.
However the Blandford Rd after Sandy Lane was fine. Is this where the Purbeck council takes over?
I would be interested to know your comments on the above?’

This is the reply back from Barry Sparkes (Transportation Services Highways Co-ordinator), after seeking an answer to my questions THREE times. He said:

‘I do not have a specific answer as to the different conditions that you have identified only to say that both authorities apply the same amount of salt to the road conditions at the time and that we both receive our forecast from the same provider and are able to view each others intended actions to deal with the predicted forecasts
Over this period there were at times some very localised heavy snow storms which could have been a factor in this case.’

Therefore I must conclude that driving off of inches of slippery packed snow on to a gritted clear road has nothing to do with the Poole/Purbeck council boundary.

Indeed, I was just experiencing the result of a miraculous freak localised snowstorm condition that only takes place within the Poole Borough boundaries.
When we had the last lot of snow a couple of winters ago I sent an email to Poole council about their lack of gritting. It stated: ’Unfortunately I have to travel from Poole to Portsmouth every day at the moment. It was interesting to see that you give Blandford Rd (presumably Hamworthy) and the Broadstone Way (presumably the Relief Rd) a priority one for gritting. This morning at 5.30 the Broadstone Way was packed snow. Similarly the Blandford Rd in Hamworthy was the same. However the Blandford Rd after Sandy Lane was fine. Is this where the Purbeck council takes over? I would be interested to know your comments on the above?’ This is the reply back from Barry Sparkes (Transportation Services Highways Co-ordinator), after seeking an answer to my questions THREE times. He said: ‘I do not have a specific answer as to the different conditions that you have identified only to say that both authorities apply the same amount of salt to the road conditions at the time and that we both receive our forecast from the same provider and are able to view each others intended actions to deal with the predicted forecasts Over this period there were at times some very localised heavy snow storms which could have been a factor in this case.’ Therefore I must conclude that driving off of inches of slippery packed snow on to a gritted clear road has nothing to do with the Poole/Purbeck council boundary. Indeed, I was just experiencing the result of a miraculous freak localised snowstorm condition that only takes place within the Poole Borough boundaries. CommonSensePoolePerson
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12:22pm Thu 2 Dec 10

WIGGINSv says...

oneshortleg wrote:
Bournemouth Council you are a laughing stock! In September they made a huge song and dance about new gritters, loads of salt etc as reported by the Echo. The first covering today and it would appear no roads have been gritted not even major roads such as Wimborne Road/Ringwood Road etc! You are one Big JOKE!
Gritters are working non-stop. I know.
[quote][p][bold]oneshortleg[/bold] wrote: Bournemouth Council you are a laughing stock! In September they made a huge song and dance about new gritters, loads of salt etc as reported by the Echo. The first covering today and it would appear no roads have been gritted not even major roads such as Wimborne Road/Ringwood Road etc! You are one Big JOKE![/p][/quote]Gritters are working non-stop. I know. WIGGINSv
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12:23pm Thu 2 Dec 10

captsanders says...

I know we all moan about the councils lack of gritting but years ago we all used to clear the snow from the pavement and our driveways outside our house's.
Unfortunately the health and safety jobsworths and the serial compensation freaks have now decided that if you do this simple task you leave yourself open the being sued through the courts if someone slips over on a pathway which you have cleared, is it any wonder why nobody will do anything to help others these days.
I know we all moan about the councils lack of gritting but years ago we all used to clear the snow from the pavement and our driveways outside our house's. Unfortunately the health and safety jobsworths and the serial compensation freaks have now decided that if you do this simple task you leave yourself open the being sued through the courts if someone slips over on a pathway which you have cleared, is it any wonder why nobody will do anything to help others these days. captsanders
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12:26pm Thu 2 Dec 10

WIGGINSv says...

funkyferret wrote:
As Michael Barrymore once said, "All white" ... :-)
Careful! That might be construed as a racist remark by Sam........lol
[quote][p][bold]funkyferret[/bold] wrote: As Michael Barrymore once said, "All white" ... :-)[/p][/quote]Careful! That might be construed as a racist remark by Sam........lol WIGGINSv
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12:31pm Thu 2 Dec 10

WIGGINSv says...

oneshortleg wrote:
braddan76 wrote: here we go again blame the gritter's what a joke. we work all these hour's day and nite to make the roads safe for u. and in return we have to read alot off messages on here slagging us off. I personally have been workin 12hr days/nights since last thursday gritting/ploughing the motorways in west yorkshire funny how people up here praise our efforts. As an ex poole council gritter driver i can safely say they will be out all day/nite keeping MAJOR routes clear and as safe as possible. alot of resposability comes down to u the driving public PLEASE slow down try to avoid hill's where possible but the main think to ask ur self is DO I NEED TO TRAVEL IN THE CAR.
Well done you! But your not in Bournemouth where we have gritters salt but a council that is rubbish! So if you want to help come on down!
Managers who are rubbish - couldn't run a whelk stall - the guys are ok, they are experienced workers.
[quote][p][bold]oneshortleg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]braddan76[/bold] wrote: here we go again blame the gritter's what a joke. we work all these hour's day and nite to make the roads safe for u. and in return we have to read alot off messages on here slagging us off. I personally have been workin 12hr days/nights since last thursday gritting/ploughing the motorways in west yorkshire funny how people up here praise our efforts. As an ex poole council gritter driver i can safely say they will be out all day/nite keeping MAJOR routes clear and as safe as possible. alot of resposability comes down to u the driving public PLEASE slow down try to avoid hill's where possible but the main think to ask ur self is DO I NEED TO TRAVEL IN THE CAR.[/p][/quote]Well done you! But your not in Bournemouth where we have gritters salt but a council that is rubbish! So if you want to help come on down![/p][/quote]Managers who are rubbish - couldn't run a whelk stall - the guys are ok, they are experienced workers. WIGGINSv
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1:07pm Thu 2 Dec 10

fulhamfc says...

bla bla, its snow, its white, and its settled.............
.. Its better than rain. Just enjoy it. Most of us realise it will take longer to get places today but thats life. Oh Dont eat yellow snow peeps!
bla bla, its snow, its white, and its settled............. .. Its better than rain. Just enjoy it. Most of us realise it will take longer to get places today but thats life. Oh Dont eat yellow snow peeps! fulhamfc
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1:30pm Thu 2 Dec 10

djdaface says...

eyesropen wrote:
Jeez people around here like to moan!! It's snowing - get over it. There's only so much impact gritters can have during heavy snow falls. Stay at home and if you have to drive be careful....simple! I'm sure it's very irritating for Bournemouth's idiot boy (and girl) racers...boo hoo! It's not often we get proper snow - go for a walk & enjoy it. It'll be gone in a few days.
Generic retired person comment
[quote][p][bold]eyesropen[/bold] wrote: Jeez people around here like to moan!! It's snowing - get over it. There's only so much impact gritters can have during heavy snow falls. Stay at home and if you have to drive be careful....simple! I'm sure it's very irritating for Bournemouth's idiot boy (and girl) racers...boo hoo! It's not often we get proper snow - go for a walk & enjoy it. It'll be gone in a few days.[/p][/quote]Generic retired person comment djdaface
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1:48pm Thu 2 Dec 10

glennzilla says...

It began snowing in earnest at approx 22.50. By 23.15 the untreated roads had about 2inches of snow and in the next 10mins the treated roads were fighting a losing battle. Blame the gritters all you like, but at -2c and with the amount falling all the grit in the world would have struggled. After several hairy moments I chose to go home at approx 1am and in that time I saw several gritters valiantly trying to do their jobs.
It began snowing in earnest at approx 22.50. By 23.15 the untreated roads had about 2inches of snow and in the next 10mins the treated roads were fighting a losing battle. Blame the gritters all you like, but at -2c and with the amount falling all the grit in the world would have struggled. After several hairy moments I chose to go home at approx 1am and in that time I saw several gritters valiantly trying to do their jobs. glennzilla
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1:58pm Thu 2 Dec 10

The Liberal says...

captsanders wrote:
I know we all moan about the councils lack of gritting but years ago we all used to clear the snow from the pavement and our driveways outside our house's.
Unfortunately the health and safety jobsworths and the serial compensation freaks have now decided that if you do this simple task you leave yourself open the being sued through the courts if someone slips over on a pathway which you have cleared, is it any wonder why nobody will do anything to help others these days.
I think that's a bit of a myth. I doubt anyone can come up with an example where someone in the UK has been sued for clearing a pathway or the pavement outside their house. Apparently there have been a few attempts to sue in the US, but they don't usually succeed.
[quote][p][bold]captsanders[/bold] wrote: I know we all moan about the councils lack of gritting but years ago we all used to clear the snow from the pavement and our driveways outside our house's. Unfortunately the health and safety jobsworths and the serial compensation freaks have now decided that if you do this simple task you leave yourself open the being sued through the courts if someone slips over on a pathway which you have cleared, is it any wonder why nobody will do anything to help others these days.[/p][/quote]I think that's a bit of a myth. I doubt anyone can come up with an example where someone in the UK has been sued for clearing a pathway or the pavement outside their house. Apparently there have been a few attempts to sue in the US, but they don't usually succeed. The Liberal
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1:59pm Thu 2 Dec 10

GB916 says...

colthekid wrote:
sussexcherry wrote:
GB916 wrote: Christchurch,Somerfo rd road,Christchurch bypass,all un gritted,roads are very slippery,so Christchurch council are no better,i meen we've had about 4-5 inches here,why cant they cope with it,we should all be given a months refund on our council tax,but it does look nice out there.
To be fair, I was stuck behind a gritter from blackwater bridge through Fairmile , and up the bypass at 11.30 last night, so I know they were out working then.
Yep, sorry, GB you're talking tosh! I was out late last night in somerford and I saw 2 or 3 gritters going round (prob same one just going round & round!) and I drove down the X'chuch Bypass this morning. There was simply too much snow for grit to cope with!

All roads are passable with care even outside my flat which hasn't been gritted. Just drive sensibly, or don't drive if you don't have to.

And as for the refund on the council tax...yes, it would be nice....but GET REAL!
Well can you take a picture,i have not seen a single gritting lorry along somerford road at all today so far,and i work right next to the road,so rather than talking tosh,why is it when i walked over the road at lunchtime the road still had lots of slush on it,and no sign of grit on the road or even washed to the side of it,the gritters should be out now,as some might notice it is going to freeze tonight,so i guess the roads willbe even worse tomorrow,im glad i dont drive,also some numpties need to slow down,thats the reason so many accidents happen in this weather,as the numpty drivers still drive as if is is clear dry warm and sunny
[quote][p][bold]colthekid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sussexcherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GB916[/bold] wrote: Christchurch,Somerfo rd road,Christchurch bypass,all un gritted,roads are very slippery,so Christchurch council are no better,i meen we've had about 4-5 inches here,why cant they cope with it,we should all be given a months refund on our council tax,but it does look nice out there.[/p][/quote]To be fair, I was stuck behind a gritter from blackwater bridge through Fairmile , and up the bypass at 11.30 last night, so I know they were out working then.[/p][/quote]Yep, sorry, GB you're talking tosh! I was out late last night in somerford and I saw 2 or 3 gritters going round (prob same one just going round & round!) and I drove down the X'chuch Bypass this morning. There was simply too much snow for grit to cope with! All roads are passable with care even outside my flat which hasn't been gritted. Just drive sensibly, or don't drive if you don't have to. And as for the refund on the council tax...yes, it would be nice....but GET REAL![/p][/quote]Well can you take a picture,i have not seen a single gritting lorry along somerford road at all today so far,and i work right next to the road,so rather than talking tosh,why is it when i walked over the road at lunchtime the road still had lots of slush on it,and no sign of grit on the road or even washed to the side of it,the gritters should be out now,as some might notice it is going to freeze tonight,so i guess the roads willbe even worse tomorrow,im glad i dont drive,also some numpties need to slow down,thats the reason so many accidents happen in this weather,as the numpty drivers still drive as if is is clear dry warm and sunny GB916
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2:06pm Thu 2 Dec 10

Paul supporter says...

Piston_Broke wrote:
My Misses is doing my head in. Ever since it started snowing, she's been constantly looking through the window. If it keeps snowing much longer, I'm going to have to let her in.
haha....good bit of humour! :-)
[quote][p][bold]Piston_Broke[/bold] wrote: My Misses is doing my head in. Ever since it started snowing, she's been constantly looking through the window. If it keeps snowing much longer, I'm going to have to let her in.[/p][/quote]haha....good bit of humour! :-) Paul supporter
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2:10pm Thu 2 Dec 10

StormKat says...

I'd just like to add how considerate all road users seemed to be this morning - everyone was so careful and respectful of each other that it made my morning journey very enjoyable. (security word"only-cold")
I'd just like to add how considerate all road users seemed to be this morning - everyone was so careful and respectful of each other that it made my morning journey very enjoyable. (security word"only-cold") StormKat
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2:13pm Thu 2 Dec 10

all seeing cat says...

lol what a pack of geeks!
lol what a pack of geeks! all seeing cat
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2:15pm Thu 2 Dec 10

all seeing cat says...

glennzilla wrote:
It began snowing in earnest at approx 22.50. By 23.15 the untreated roads had about 2inches of snow and in the next 10mins the treated roads were fighting a losing battle. Blame the gritters all you like, but at -2c and with the amount falling all the grit in the world would have struggled. After several hairy moments I chose to go home at approx 1am and in that time I saw several gritters valiantly trying to do their jobs.
how dramatic!!!!!!!!! btw - i hope earnest doesn't mind the snow entering him..
[quote][p][bold]glennzilla[/bold] wrote: It began snowing in earnest at approx 22.50. By 23.15 the untreated roads had about 2inches of snow and in the next 10mins the treated roads were fighting a losing battle. Blame the gritters all you like, but at -2c and with the amount falling all the grit in the world would have struggled. After several hairy moments I chose to go home at approx 1am and in that time I saw several gritters valiantly trying to do their jobs.[/p][/quote]how dramatic!!!!!!!!! btw - i hope earnest doesn't mind the snow entering him.. all seeing cat
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2:18pm Thu 2 Dec 10

all seeing cat says...

beachcomber1 wrote:
I'm sure there was quite a bit last winter for a couple of weeks. I remember walking along the snow-covered beach thinking how weird, and also remember nearly getting rammed in the Asda carpark by a car sliding down the ramp. So most for 17 years?
Thats because you spend most of time off your head on magic mushrooms..
[quote][p][bold]beachcomber1[/bold] wrote: I'm sure there was quite a bit last winter for a couple of weeks. I remember walking along the snow-covered beach thinking how weird, and also remember nearly getting rammed in the Asda carpark by a car sliding down the ramp. So most for 17 years?[/p][/quote]Thats because you spend most of time off your head on magic mushrooms.. all seeing cat
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2:43pm Thu 2 Dec 10

TFan says...

I just hope I can get back down to Bournemouth tomorrow night. I've got my stove and sleeping bag in the back of the car just in case.

security word "walk-much". I may be!!!!
I just hope I can get back down to Bournemouth tomorrow night. I've got my stove and sleeping bag in the back of the car just in case. security word "walk-much". I may be!!!! TFan
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3:17pm Thu 2 Dec 10

Dorset Mitch says...

I guess Dorset County Council have other places to grit other than a couple of towns on the seaside.
I guess Dorset County Council have other places to grit other than a couple of towns on the seaside. Dorset Mitch
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3:25pm Thu 2 Dec 10

starburst06 says...

hey calm down you load of old windbags ,firstly they are GRITTING lorries not some magical cure for snowfalls,snow PLOUGHS clear heavy falls thats how it works ,a gritter might break the frost on a surface but thats about it. nothing is going to shift 4-5 inches of snow,so slow down take your time ,if you cant get away from the curb ,go back to bed ,enjoy a day off ,the world wont miss you and everyone is in the same boat. so stop your moaning.
hey calm down you load of old windbags ,firstly they are GRITTING lorries not some magical cure for snowfalls,snow PLOUGHS clear heavy falls thats how it works ,a gritter might break the frost on a surface but thats about it. nothing is going to shift 4-5 inches of snow,so slow down take your time ,if you cant get away from the curb ,go back to bed ,enjoy a day off ,the world wont miss you and everyone is in the same boat. so stop your moaning. starburst06
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4:31pm Thu 2 Dec 10

stu1 says...

What a bunch of moaners .
I say well done to the gritters !
The trouble is , most people have no idea !
What a bunch of moaners . I say well done to the gritters ! The trouble is , most people have no idea ! stu1
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4:42pm Thu 2 Dec 10

oneshortleg says...

WIGGINSv wrote:
oneshortleg wrote: Bournemouth Council you are a laughing stock! In September they made a huge song and dance about new gritters, loads of salt etc as reported by the Echo. The first covering today and it would appear no roads have been gritted not even major roads such as Wimborne Road/Ringwood Road etc! You are one Big JOKE!
Gritters are working non-stop. I know.
Really where are they the because no gritters have been seen anywhere in North Bournemouth. Bus routes are supposed to be a priority in fact Bournemouth council subsidises certain routes such as the 2b to enable people to get to hospital. So by not gritting the 2b route you have paid for something not available and how many missed appointments were there today at the Hospital. Its the knock on effects not everyone drives!
[quote][p][bold]WIGGINSv[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oneshortleg[/bold] wrote: Bournemouth Council you are a laughing stock! In September they made a huge song and dance about new gritters, loads of salt etc as reported by the Echo. The first covering today and it would appear no roads have been gritted not even major roads such as Wimborne Road/Ringwood Road etc! You are one Big JOKE![/p][/quote]Gritters are working non-stop. I know.[/p][/quote]Really where are they the because no gritters have been seen anywhere in North Bournemouth. Bus routes are supposed to be a priority in fact Bournemouth council subsidises certain routes such as the 2b to enable people to get to hospital. So by not gritting the 2b route you have paid for something not available and how many missed appointments were there today at the Hospital. Its the knock on effects not everyone drives! oneshortleg
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4:44pm Thu 2 Dec 10

TheDistrict says...

Having been out on foot this afternoon I observed that the main route roads had been gritted, as it was evident as the snow turned to slush (Grit does not fall from the sky). Therefore the council must have been out before the snow began to fall, and in all honesty no one was aware of the intensity of the snow. Likewise, during my walk I also saw the council in smaller trucks, gritting footpaths outside shops along the Kinson Road, Columbia Road and Wallisdown Road, and other paved areas of concern. Please do not insinuate that the council have not gritted, because either everyone else is, or you have not witnessed it yourselves. It is being done, and they are still out there doing there jobs.
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If one wonders why there is no bin collection today and tomorrow, it is because the crews are being employed on the gritting as they were last year I beleive.
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Remember these are COUNCIL WORKERS, NOT COUNCILLORS OR SHERKERS.
Having been out on foot this afternoon I observed that the main route roads had been gritted, as it was evident as the snow turned to slush (Grit does not fall from the sky). Therefore the council must have been out before the snow began to fall, and in all honesty no one was aware of the intensity of the snow. Likewise, during my walk I also saw the council in smaller trucks, gritting footpaths outside shops along the Kinson Road, Columbia Road and Wallisdown Road, and other paved areas of concern. Please do not insinuate that the council have not gritted, because either everyone else is, or you have not witnessed it yourselves. It is being done, and they are still out there doing there jobs. . If one wonders why there is no bin collection today and tomorrow, it is because the crews are being employed on the gritting as they were last year I beleive. . Remember these are COUNCIL WORKERS, NOT COUNCILLORS OR SHERKERS. TheDistrict
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5:18pm Thu 2 Dec 10

karateman1964 says...

To the inconsiderate 4x4 driver this morning who was driving like the road conditons were normal..thanks for covering my Windscreen in loads of Black Snow..I bet you didnt even know you had done it..most likely on your Mobile Phone and too busy to take a look.
To the inconsiderate 4x4 driver this morning who was driving like the road conditons were normal..thanks for covering my Windscreen in loads of Black Snow..I bet you didnt even know you had done it..most likely on your Mobile Phone and too busy to take a look. karateman1964
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5:47pm Thu 2 Dec 10

madras says...

As to what 'pump the brakes' means I'll leave Tiny to explain, but I thought smooth and gentle in slippery conditions was more appropriate than 'pumping'

But what do I know - we've only had a foot or more of snow here in Kent

Which makes me think - is it 'legal' still to describe snowfall in Feet and Inches? Just wondering...
As to what 'pump the brakes' means I'll leave Tiny to explain, but I thought smooth and gentle in slippery conditions was more appropriate than 'pumping' But what do I know - we've only had a foot or more of snow here in Kent Which makes me think - is it 'legal' still to describe snowfall in Feet and Inches? Just wondering... madras
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5:55pm Thu 2 Dec 10

ray142 says...

Well for what its worth I was driving an all night cab last night and after being called to the town centre around 0400 that was it , no way out all the following were impassable. Bath Hill, Exeter Road hills, Richmond Hill, Yelverton road hill. Priory hill. Eventually my fares 3 big lads gave a push and we got up through the pedestrian precinct and then up old xchrch road and beyond. Luckily we all saw the humerous side of it, but it would have been a different story if I had three pensioners in the car. Before anybody jumps on the cabbies bandwagon we came to a mutuall agreement over the fare.
Well for what its worth I was driving an all night cab last night and after being called to the town centre around 0400 that was it , no way out all the following were impassable. Bath Hill, Exeter Road hills, Richmond Hill, Yelverton road hill. Priory hill. Eventually my fares 3 big lads gave a push and we got up through the pedestrian precinct and then up old xchrch road and beyond. Luckily we all saw the humerous side of it, but it would have been a different story if I had three pensioners in the car. Before anybody jumps on the cabbies bandwagon we came to a mutuall agreement over the fare. ray142
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6:04pm Thu 2 Dec 10

alasdair1967 says...

just got back from work and one word comes to mind PATHETIC,
Yet again snow falls and the world shuts down Just as well some people dont live in scandinavia or russia or any country that has high snow falls during the winter,In these countries DO YOU SEE MASS HYSTERIA AND SCHOOL CLOSURES at the first sight of a snow flake the answer is NO
They get on and deal with it
I awoke this morning to the snow just the same as everyone else so i made the decision to leave for work early
Yes the side roads where treacherous but all passable with caution but once you got onto the main artereal roads they where clear.It amazes me how people just sack it and cant be bothered to make the attempt to travel to work just because there is snow on the ground and as for those health and safety fools who close the schools as i said just as well as they dont live in scandinavia they would close the schools all winter maybe these people need to look at how our european neighbours deal with the snow
just got back from work and one word comes to mind PATHETIC, Yet again snow falls and the world shuts down Just as well some people dont live in scandinavia or russia or any country that has high snow falls during the winter,In these countries DO YOU SEE MASS HYSTERIA AND SCHOOL CLOSURES at the first sight of a snow flake the answer is NO They get on and deal with it I awoke this morning to the snow just the same as everyone else so i made the decision to leave for work early Yes the side roads where treacherous but all passable with caution but once you got onto the main artereal roads they where clear.It amazes me how people just sack it and cant be bothered to make the attempt to travel to work just because there is snow on the ground and as for those health and safety fools who close the schools as i said just as well as they dont live in scandinavia they would close the schools all winter maybe these people need to look at how our european neighbours deal with the snow alasdair1967
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7:08pm Thu 2 Dec 10

Bournefre says...

Wasn't it only a couple of months ago that council dinnerladies and teaching assistants were bellyaching about not getting the same pay as binmen while doing an equivalent job?
Since the schools are closed, now seems like the perfect time to prove they are worth the same by helping with the gritting, thereby the roads can be gritted AND the bins emptied.
Wasn't it only a couple of months ago that council dinnerladies and teaching assistants were bellyaching about not getting the same pay as binmen while doing an equivalent job? Since the schools are closed, now seems like the perfect time to prove they are worth the same by helping with the gritting, thereby the roads can be gritted AND the bins emptied. Bournefre
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7:22pm Thu 2 Dec 10

Dibbles2 says...

braddan76 wrote:
here we go again blame the gritter's what a joke. we work all these hour's day and nite to make the roads safe for u.

and in return we have to read alot off messages on here slagging us off. I personally have been workin 12hr days/nights since last thursday gritting/ploughing the
motorways in west yorkshire funny how people up here praise our efforts.

As an ex poole council gritter driver i can safely say they will be out all day/nite keeping MAJOR routes clear and as safe as possible. alot of resposability comes down to u the driving public PLEASE slow down try to avoid hill's where possible but the main think to ask ur self is DO I NEED TO TRAVEL IN THE CAR.
I agree with you 100%!!!! People were warned to stay in unless absolutely necessary but they still hit the roads for no good reason. I know because I was directing trffic for hours all because people cannot stay away from the shops for a day or two. If you cant hack the snow stay indoors people and learn how to drive properly! oh and stop slagging off the very people that out there in the cold at all hours trying to make life easier for people. It has amazed me today how many people with walking sticks and motorbility scooters have been out in the snow. If they can do it Im sure we all can!
[quote][p][bold]braddan76[/bold] wrote: here we go again blame the gritter's what a joke. we work all these hour's day and nite to make the roads safe for u. and in return we have to read alot off messages on here slagging us off. I personally have been workin 12hr days/nights since last thursday gritting/ploughing the motorways in west yorkshire funny how people up here praise our efforts. As an ex poole council gritter driver i can safely say they will be out all day/nite keeping MAJOR routes clear and as safe as possible. alot of resposability comes down to u the driving public PLEASE slow down try to avoid hill's where possible but the main think to ask ur self is DO I NEED TO TRAVEL IN THE CAR.[/p][/quote]I agree with you 100%!!!! People were warned to stay in unless absolutely necessary but they still hit the roads for no good reason. I know because I was directing trffic for hours all because people cannot stay away from the shops for a day or two. If you cant hack the snow stay indoors people and learn how to drive properly! oh and stop slagging off the very people that out there in the cold at all hours trying to make life easier for people. It has amazed me today how many people with walking sticks and motorbility scooters have been out in the snow. If they can do it Im sure we all can! Dibbles2
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7:40pm Thu 2 Dec 10

StormKat says...

madras wrote:
As to what 'pump the brakes' means I'll leave Tiny to explain, but I thought smooth and gentle in slippery conditions was more appropriate than 'pumping' But what do I know - we've only had a foot or more of snow here in Kent Which makes me think - is it 'legal' still to describe snowfall in Feet and Inches? Just wondering...
When i was learning to drive (i passed my test about a year ago), i was taught that pumping your brakes - even if you have ABS - is better in slippery conditions. It means pressing and releasing your brakes as quickly as possible to slow your car.
[quote][p][bold]madras[/bold] wrote: As to what 'pump the brakes' means I'll leave Tiny to explain, but I thought smooth and gentle in slippery conditions was more appropriate than 'pumping' But what do I know - we've only had a foot or more of snow here in Kent Which makes me think - is it 'legal' still to describe snowfall in Feet and Inches? Just wondering...[/p][/quote]When i was learning to drive (i passed my test about a year ago), i was taught that pumping your brakes - even if you have ABS - is better in slippery conditions. It means pressing and releasing your brakes as quickly as possible to slow your car. StormKat
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7:57pm Thu 2 Dec 10

Bournemouthstorm says...

The gritters where out on the Wessex way last night before it started snowing and while it was snowing, I saw them. Also saw griiters along Poole Road. I walked to work from Bournemouth to Branksome this morning. Walking back home this evening all the Roads I passed had been gritted and evening the pavements in Westbourne and Queens Road. Much better than last winter on the gritting i think!
The gritters where out on the Wessex way last night before it started snowing and while it was snowing, I saw them. Also saw griiters along Poole Road. I walked to work from Bournemouth to Branksome this morning. Walking back home this evening all the Roads I passed had been gritted and evening the pavements in Westbourne and Queens Road. Much better than last winter on the gritting i think! Bournemouthstorm
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8:25pm Thu 2 Dec 10

madgeman says...

I was out and about last night as I was on the night shift, and I saw several gritters about. the A338 was not only gritted but had snow ploughs as well, as did the A31; the problem was the snow fall was so big that they couldnt keep up.
I drove back from Verwood to Shaftesbury at 4 am this morning, and it's the first time I've ever used snow chains, but they did the job. There were foot high drifts above zig zag hill, and I got through them ok, with no sliding, or locking any wheels up at any time. They're a bit noisy on clear roads, but if you want to get somewhere they definetely do the job!
I was out and about last night as I was on the night shift, and I saw several gritters about. the A338 was not only gritted but had snow ploughs as well, as did the A31; the problem was the snow fall was so big that they couldnt keep up. I drove back from Verwood to Shaftesbury at 4 am this morning, and it's the first time I've ever used snow chains, but they did the job. There were foot high drifts above zig zag hill, and I got through them ok, with no sliding, or locking any wheels up at any time. They're a bit noisy on clear roads, but if you want to get somewhere they definetely do the job! madgeman
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8:28pm Thu 2 Dec 10

madgeman says...

The above meant to say 3 foot high drifts, the snow was a foot deep!
The above meant to say 3 foot high drifts, the snow was a foot deep! madgeman
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3:31am Fri 3 Dec 10

peter hurt says...

Bugger the snow. Look what you lot are doing to us in the cricket! At least it's sunny and around 30 degrees here..
Bugger the snow. Look what you lot are doing to us in the cricket! At least it's sunny and around 30 degrees here.. peter hurt
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9:07am Fri 3 Dec 10

all seeing cat says...

peter hurt wrote:
Bugger the snow. Look what you lot are doing to us in the cricket! At least it's sunny and around 30 degrees here..
calm down ya flaming gallah!!! think soemone has run off with me blue healer!

thats it im off to the dunny!
[quote][p][bold]peter hurt[/bold] wrote: Bugger the snow. Look what you lot are doing to us in the cricket! At least it's sunny and around 30 degrees here..[/p][/quote]calm down ya flaming gallah!!! think soemone has run off with me blue healer! thats it im off to the dunny! all seeing cat
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1:28pm Fri 3 Dec 10

ekimnoslen says...

Is this what they call "global warming"?
Is this what they call "global warming"? ekimnoslen
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5:04pm Fri 3 Dec 10

grumpy om says...

does anybody remember 1963,it was 10 times worse than this,people didnt just give up and complain and ring in sick,not many people had fridges and freezers then so we had to rely on what we had in the larder and make do,this was before health and safety was invented,we have had no post for 2 days,i suppose the union thought it was unsafe for them to walk on the pavements,if mein hitler had tried to invade now he would have very little resistance,wake up and smell the coffee,there are much more important things than strictly come dancing and the world cup.
does anybody remember 1963,it was 10 times worse than this,people didnt just give up and complain and ring in sick,not many people had fridges and freezers then so we had to rely on what we had in the larder and make do,this was before health and safety was invented,we have had no post for 2 days,i suppose the union thought it was unsafe for them to walk on the pavements,if mein hitler had tried to invade now he would have very little resistance,wake up and smell the coffee,there are much more important things than strictly come dancing and the world cup. grumpy om
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1:19pm Tue 7 Dec 10

WibbleFishBananna says...

LMAO last week I drove to Bradford on Tuesday, it snowed, and again on Wednesday and Thursday when I drove back and yet things were still moving.
As per usual there was the biggest fuss in the South for a poxy 4 inches.
I have now come to the conclusion that the amount of snow fallen is inversely proportional to the amount of fuss made.
A lot of snow is usually when you open your door in the morning and you are met by a wall of snow and have to dig your way out.
Not because 4 inches fall's and you don't know how to drive your car or to bone idle to do a bit of self help and clear your paths.
LMAO last week I drove to Bradford on Tuesday, it snowed, and again on Wednesday and Thursday when I drove back and yet things were still moving. As per usual there was the biggest fuss in the South for a poxy 4 inches. I have now come to the conclusion that the amount of snow fallen is inversely proportional to the amount of fuss made. A lot of snow is usually when you open your door in the morning and you are met by a wall of snow and have to dig your way out. Not because 4 inches fall's and you don't know how to drive your car or to bone idle to do a bit of self help and clear your paths. WibbleFishBananna
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