Police and Midlothian Council urge local people not to travel due to adverse weather

With an Amber warning in place for further snow tonight (Tuesday) and Yellow warnings until lunchtime on Friday, Police Scotland and Midlothian Council have joined forces to urge local people to travel only if absolutely necessary.

Tuesday, 9th February 2021, 4:41 pm
The pictures show a council staff member out and about clearing paths in Middleton.

Council Leader Derek Milligan said: “Level 4 restrictions already mean people shouldn’t be travelling anyway, unless for exempt reasons such as work that can’t be done at home

“However, with the heavier than forecast snow overnight and today, some areas in Midlothian have already seen up to 15cms accumulating and that’s going to continue.

“We’ve got all roads crews out gritting round the clock, supplemented with additional staff brought in from other services to clear pavements, paths and car parks on priority main routes.

“Thanks to everyone’s hard work, all priority roads are open but really for absolutely necessary travel only.

“If you do need to travel, you should make sure your car is equipped for the journey with enough fuel, winter tyres if possible and items like extra water, a shovel, blankets and food.”

Arron Clinkscales, Police Scotland Area Commander for Midlothian said: “Please be mindful of the current and impending weather and please only travel when necessary.”

Midlothian Council gritters are out and will remain out overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday treating priority and secondary routes. They will be joined at 5am on Wednesday morning by crews clearing priority pavements, paths and car parks.

If you need to rearrange a vaccination appointment because of the snow then find out how to do so on the NHS Inform website.

Here is a reminder of council services affected by the snow today (Tuesday).

Bin collections have been suspended and will start again as soon as possible.

All adult health and social care day care services have been closed today (Tuesday), including the council’s hubs and Cherry Road.

Vogrie Country Park is closed but it is hoped it will reopen for the weekend.

The council’s early learning centres at Scots Corner in Penicuik and Vogrie Country Park are currently closed to vulnerable and key workers' children and will remain closed tomorrow (Wednesday). Parents and carers of children impacted will be contacted about reopening.

Hawthorn Children and Families Centre is closed today (Tuesday) and on Wednesday. Families will be contacted when the centre can reopen safely.