Bin collections cancelled as services hit by snowfall

The snowy scene at Kilfennan Country Park. INLS0915-154KM
The snowy scene at Kilfennan Country Park. INLS0915-154KM

Bin collections across Derry have been cancelled this morning, while a number of other public facilities have been shut as a result of heavy snowfall.

Derry City Council said that the decision to call off the collections was taken “in the interest of health and safety due to hazardous road conditions”.

A spokeswoman said: “These services will resume as soon as possible and we would ask the public to be patient until conditions improve.”

All street cleansing services have also been delayed until roads and streets are passable.

Amenity sites and recycling facilities at Glendermott Road in the Waterside and Park and Claudy are currently closed.

Speaking about other services, a council spokeswoman said: “All park and play areas will remain open to the public today although there may be some delays to opening times while areas are cleared.

“We will continue to monitor these facilities over the course of today and the public are urged to take care and wear appropriate footwear for the icy conditions.

“The local cemeteries currently remain open, and this will be monitored throughout the day.”

Foyle Valley Railway Museum will be closed today due to the weather., while the Guildhall and Tower Museum will be open to the public as normal.

All Leisure Centres remain open, but the 3G pitch at Bishop’s Field in Creggan will be closed for the day.

At City of Derry Airport all flights have been arriving and taking off as normal this morning, but a warning has been issued that there may be some delays to services today.