Council urges patience over services disruption

Derry City Council has urged the public to be patient with disruption to services during the big chill.

The local authority has announced that its Waste Management team is continuing to review conditions on a daily basis.

A council spokesperson said: “A number of areas across the city have been identified as being problem.”Where possible, public are requested to leave their bins at the top of their streets to assist collection. Council would urge members of the public to leave their bins out before 8am where possible.”

Meanwhile, all recycling centres are open and operational, although users are advised to “exercise caution” in accessing facilities.

Council play parks remained closed yesterday closed due to the weather conditions. All City Parks remain open but caution is advised due to the snow and underlying ice.

The second heat of the Derry Primary Schools Cross Country Competition, scheduled for Friday was been cancelled and plans are underway to re-arrange the event before the Christmas break.

All weekend sports activities and league matches have been cancelled across the City Council area due to the weather conditions following pitch inspections. The grass pitches, the synthetic pitches at Bishop’s Field and St Columb’s Park and the gravel pitch at Templemore remained unplayable due to snow/ice on the playing surface and the athletics track at Templemore remained closed.

The runway at City of Derry airport was closed on Friday with early morning flights to Dublin cancelled due to ongoing heavy snow showers. Clearing operations carried on throughout the day. are underway however there is likely to be continuing disruption throughout the morning as further snow showers are expected.

The spokesperson added: “The situation remains under review and further updates will be issued as information becomes available. Passengers should check with their airlines for the latest updates. Unless advised otherwise by your airline, passengers are recommended to check in as normal and to allow extra time to get to the airport due to the road conditions.”