Cemeteries and other facilities shut as snow returns

The blizzard-like scene at Brooke Park earlier this week as a lone walker makes his way throiugh the snow. DER0215MC023

The blizzard-like scene at Brooke Park earlier this week as a lone walker makes his way throiugh the snow. DER0215MC023

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Derry City Council has advised that a number of its facilities have been closed today after the return of the snow and icy conditions overnight resulted in treacherous driving and walking conditions.

A council spokeswoman said the situation is being continually reviewed but for now all the council’s cemeteries across the city have now been shut to the public, except for those attending funerals.

The 3G pitch at Bishop’s Field in Creggan will remain closed today due to the weather conditions.

In Park, the recycling centre has also been shut.

While all of the other civic amenity sites are open as normal today, users have been advised to exert caution when visiting them.

Refuse collection services will operate as normal throughout the day, unless affected by the weather.

Local people whose bins were not collected on Wednesday have been advised to leave them out for collection on Saturday morning before 7.30am. Any queries should be directed to 028 71 374107.

All parks and play areas in Derry remain open, although this may change depending on the weather through the course of today.

Leisure Centres and the Dog Pound at Pennyburn are also open, along with the Guildhall, Tower Museum and Foyle Valley Railway Museum .

The spokeswoman for Derry City Council said: “All of the services are under constant review and details will be updated as soon as possible at www.derrycity.gov.uk/serviceupdates.”

Staff at City of Derry Airport have advised that there may be some delays to service throughout the day.

Church Road at Altnagelvin is still closed as a result of flooding although Traffic Watch NI are now reporting that a contractor is on site this afternoon tackling the problem.

Passengers are urged to check the website for flight information and allow extra time for their journey to the airport. For more information visit www.cityofderryairport.com.