Winter Weather Information

Last updated: 24/1/21

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Keep up to date

In the event of sub-zero temperatures and adverse weather, some Council services may be disrupted. Please follow our social media channels – Twitter @readingcouncil and Facebook/readingcouncil.

This page will also be regularly updated.

Roads

All primary and secondary routes treated at 8am this morning.

The Council has an established a Winter Maintenance Plan which outlines where and when roads will be gritted during cold weather. You can view the plan here, including a map of gritting routes: www.reading.gov.uk/transport/traffic-roads/winter-road-maintenance/

The Highways Team is prepared for the freezing conditions and possible snow. Salt stocks are at a healthy level and the Council’s contractor will deliver as many salt runs as required during the cold snap.

Traffic cameras can be accessed by following this link: http://www.reading-travelinfo.co.uk/live-traffic-cameras.aspx

Follow @readingcouncil on Twitter for regular gritting updates.

Homelessness

Anyone who is worried about someone sleeping rough can report it at www.streetlink.org.uk

When temperatures fall to below freezing for three consecutive nights, the Council activates its Severe Weather Emergency Provision plan – or SWEP for short. This is to ensure homeless people do not have to bed down outside in freezing conditions.

The Council works throughout the year with voluntary and community sector partners to help people who are sleeping rough, but extra emergency beds are made available once SWEP is activated.

Local services provided by St Mungo’s, Launchpad Reading and the Salvation Army, work in partnership to ensure that anyone at risk of sleeping rough during severe weather is offered emergency accommodation.

St Mungo’s carry out assessments and offer advice to anyone using emergency beds. During this time, extra support and advice is also available to prevent people from returning to sleeping rough.

Stay Well

If you’re worried about a relative or elderly neighbour, contact Reading Borough Council on 0118 937 3747 (01344 786 543 out-of-hours emergencies only) or call the Age UK helpline on 0800 678 1174 (8am-7pm every day).

Very cold weather can have a serious impact on health and wellbeing, especially for vulnerable adults, including older people, people with health conditions and people with disabilities, as well as families with young children.

Public Health England advice can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/news/cold-weather-alerts-and-health-warnings-issued#top-tips

People are being encouraged to share the advice with family and friends and check in on vulnerable family, friends and neighbours.

It is a good idea to keep a supply of medicines, and tinned, frozen and long-life foods to avoid going out if it is icy and make a list of emergency numbers.

Help with Heating

If you can, heat your home to at least 18 degrees C (65F). Winter Watch offers help with heating for residents who are on a low income and either over 60, have very young children, have a disability or health concerns. It is available until 31st March. Visit www.reading.gov.uk/winterwatch or call 0118 937 3747 for more information.

Victoria Nickless

For media enquiries about this release email victoria.nickless@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 3957