RUBBISH collections scheduled for today (Monday) have been cancelled by Harrow Council chiefs, as has special needs transport.
A decision on whether tomorrow's (Tuesday's) normal rounds will go ahead will only be able to be made early tomorrow morning and the authority is unable to say when today's missed bins will be rescheduled.
Residents are advised to leave their wheelie bins out if they have already moved them to the boundary of their property in expectation, but to also check the council's website - www.harrow.gov.uk - for updates.
The Waste, Refuse and Recycling Centre, in Forward Drive, Wealdstone, remains open from 8.30am to 4.30pm every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Meanwhile, disabled residents who normally receive lifts to their day centre from the council's special needs transport service will instead be delivered a lunch by the Meals on Wheels team today.
Gritting lorries were working continous during the weekend with 'primary routes' being salted eight times and secondary routes three times while the borough's town centres were cleared by hand.
Councillor Phillip O’Dell (Labour), responsible for environment and community safety at Harrow Council, said: “We are sorry for the
inconvenience this will cause to residents but we are experiencing exceptional weather.
“We’re doing all we can to keep Harrow moving and our main roads are running well.
"Unfortunately it has never been possible to grit all roads and pavements and it is impossible for our big refuse lorries to get through secondary and side roads. Not only are the roads icy and dangerous, many are blocked by parked cars.
"It is also dangerous for our lorries to stop on the main routes because they can block roads which have become narrower because of the snow.”
Mr O'Dell added: "I would also like to appeal to the great sense of community we have in Harrow and ask residents to spare a thought for any elderly or disabled neighbours living nearby and ask if they need any help.”