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When it snows in Ipswich do you think the town can cope with it ?
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Toby P.
The town can cope with it, it's the people who run the town that have problems.
Spotty Dog
The town copes fine when it snows, everybody does their utmost to get to work and continue doing their jobs brilliantly ....... except the teachers.

It never ceases to amaze me that the bus drivers, postmen and bin men etc can get to work at 5.00 am, the hospitals are staffed, all the shops are open and the students make their way to school but somehow just where the teachers live they are so snowed in that they find it impossible to get to work so they close the schools and send the the students home after many have already arrived at school.

Could it be that teachers don't suffer like the rest of us if they don't go to work? they continue to be paid, they don't lose holiday days and they don't have to make up the time so they regularly disrupt the lives of every family who has children at school and hide behind "safety concerns" while the kids just go to the park and play unsupervised in the snow.
Heather O
It's up to the individual , however wherever you live if you cannot get your car onto main roads which are salted you are stuck, last year I shovelled and broke up ice on the close I live on because no-one else in the close bothered. The salt provided for gritting stated it was only for particular roads, not ours. without grit was stuck at home one morning. I am a 50+ female, I think it's time neighbours work tgeather for the good of all!
Steve - SP Boiler Services
It's a case of far to much Elf & Safety I am afraid. This country is so sh*t scared of getting a claim against it if someone slips and breaks a finger nail or they offend someone/faith by having a real Christmas tree they all play safe. You don't have to look back very far in years to find that the teachers used to live in the same village/town and come hell or high water they and the children got into school in very bad conditions.

I used to work for a well known fuel company (think of something you would find on a beach - not not that!) and delivered heating oil to schools. And the number of times that I would be talking to the caretaker on a cold icy morning and he tells me that they won't let the children out to play if it is frosty/icy for fear of them hurting themselves and the parents claiming for the injuries!

Years ago if you fell and hurt yourself, then you should have been looking what you were doing... And if you clear the snow/ice from outside your house and someone slips and hurts themselves, guess who will be claimed against.... yeah YOU! So paths don't get cleared and you end up walking in the road.

The world has gone claim culture mad.
Spotty Dog
Steve, locking the kids IN is understandable, now they lock them OUT because they say not enough teachers can get to school to safely look after them.

We all have to make an effort to find alternate means to get to work when the weather is bad, none of us can just get up and expect the car to start or the road to be clear, we have to walk a bit and maybe use public transport. If we can do it why can't the teachers?
Heather O
Steve
I agree health and safety has gone mad, what has happened to logic? There is a higher chance or at least equal of people slipping in snow/on ice when no one has touched it! I know because I have- as I'm sure most people have at some time.
Mr Fruitgum
When I was younger my school only ever shut for one day because the snow was so deep but that was it anything less than a foot and we had to go in. We also had FUN having snowball fights. Actually come to think of it I played Marbles and conkers (I love living life on the edge)
Lewis F
Well in the teachers defence, if I was a teacher, I'd not turn out either. I couldn't think of anything worse than having all them children hyped up because of the dusting of snow. I'd be thinking towards the parents, they're your kids you play with them haha. Its a pain the schools close and all that because of a sprinking of snow, but I personally don't mind my children home. Its my excuse to be a child again with them.
Todd M
I do understand Big Spot's view, but often it's just not as easy as that.
Teachers can be parents too, and although they themselves may be able to get to work fine, if their children go to a different school which is shut 'because of the snow', they may be forced to take the day off to look after THEIR child(ren). I think you'll find the number of teachers that can't make it into work because they're 'snowed in' is very small, but once a certain percentage of teachers from one school can't make it in for whatever reason, the school will close (as there needs to be a certain ratio of teachers to the number of children), and therefore the children will sent (or told to stay at) home. This can have a domino effect across to other schools if some of their parents are teachers who are then forced to stay at home to look after their children.
I'm sure there's people from all sectors who have trouble getting to work when it snows, it's just that teachers seem to get singled out because a lot of people depend on their kids going to school so they can get to work...

We used to live out in the sticks, and many of the smaller roads don't get salted before it snows, so when we get a lot of snow the roads are incredibly dangerous, even if you try and creep along at 10mph. Public transport was non-existent out there due to budget cuts. There have been several times where I felt stupid for trying to drive somewhere in the snow, where I'd lost control (even if only for a brief moment). I've had one accident due to snowy conditions, and fortunately that was at low speed and nobody else was involved - but things could've been worse, and I've taken that as a warning. I was driving as carefully as I could, yet the car just started to slide on the slightest of bends, I hit the curb and the car ended up being written off. It happened so easily, and I was lucky nothing was coming the other way.

So with that said, I don't blame people who don't want to risk driving to work in the snow when conditions are that bad. Life is far more important.

I agree that everyone's a bit 'too' health and safety conscious though, but surely it's down to common sense - if you think you can make the journey relatively safely, then go for it! Get your boots, hat and gloves on and walk if it's sensible to do so. If you make that decision and end up hurting yourself, you've only got yourself to blame.
I love the snow and can't wait for when my kids are old enough to enjoy it - I want them to have memories of sledging and snowball fights, cold/numb fingers and bruises - it's all part of being a kid at wintertime.
O J M
I live on a hill in Ipswich which is lethal in the snow.  Two years ago we applied to our local Councillor for a sand and salt bin which he funded.  Three designated residents were assigned to do the job and are insured by the council.  Last year was a dream - the road was clear in a matter of hours.  The bin is filled up regularly by the council and a shovel and luminous jacket are supplied.  Put a bit of effort in and you will be rewarded.
Heather O
JM
Glad to hear you were successful -When our area applied ended up with salt bin but only one for end of one close and main side road. unfortunately didn't help closes near by.Hence me clearing it, no spades jackets supplied or insurance, I also salted main road also! See previous notes. However we are Suffolk Coastal,( just.)
Toby P.
Don't mention S.C.D.C. Heather O. They are simply the worst in the country. There was a lamp post knocked down by a car in Lime Kiln Quay Road months and months ago and has still not been replaced. And that's just one example.
Robin M
Its pathetic really, my wife is Norwegian and can't believe the fuss and the panic over a couple of centimeters of snow. Whilst i was living in Norway they deal with 2 to 3 feet of the white stuff without any hesitation or fuss and certainly no drama. Ok so they are used to it more but they still have to clear it and clear it they do i have no idea why its so difficult here.
Todd M
Yes Robin M - it's embarrassing how pathetic we are! I went to Oslo a couple of years ago, and they seem to deal with it so easily. I recall being amazed that their pavements are heated in the city centre, and I was told it's a legal requirement for them to have a set of 'winter tyres' for their cars. We just don't get snow often enough over here to warrant the authorities (and us) spending loads of money on such elaborate solutions, and because we see snow so infrequently here we're just not used to dealing with it efficiently.
Robin M
You are right there they do have a lot more snow and it is more prolonged, I was in Bergen and when we had a couple of feet of it in the evening all main roads were clear for the morning, the gritters seem to more efficient. Winter tyres are quite expensive (like everything in Norway) but by law you have to have them. It seems we panic with 1cm here though. Did not know about the pavements, our taxes would certainly raise if they were introduced, then again they would probably on be one 30 mins a day.
Wenwood
In answer to DOUGLAS P. ref the car knocking down a lamp post... the probable reason why it has as yet not been replaced is that the District. Council Street Lighting Dept are maybe waiting for their insurance company to claim the money from the motorist's insurance first... and you know how long winded insurance companies can be !!!
Heather O
Actually I love the snow, it looks lovely and it's great to see young people and adults having fun in it.
As I work in the community over Suffolk I have To drive my own car in all weathers, anywhere required, for home visits,sometimes quite scary on slippery side/ country roads, but some people have to. Somehow I have managed each year so far without an accident but a few small skids, thankfully not hitting anything!
OnTwoWheels
@Robin - Be careful what you wish for or even think about. Do we really want to keep a spare set of wheels and tyres for every vehicle we own just in case of a few cms of snow on a few days a year? I'm sure the tyre fitting garages and manufacturers will rub their hands in glee. The idea has been gaining momentum, so probably won't be long until Nanny knows best. :(
OnTwoWheels
Sorry that should have been @Todd. I need some new glasses :)
Mr Fruitgum
We are not even allowed to have the street lights on so they definitely would not pay for heated pavements. But I must say I am impressed with that idea. The same way my car has a heated front screen 30seconds after getting in my car no ice. I am easily pleased.
Heather O
I agree dread the thought of extra tyres etc!
Mr Fruitgum
Seems that I made the mistake of believing the weather forecast, so much for the BEAST from the East
James M
If you think Ipswich is bad in the snow, try Colchester, which grinds to a halt as soon as a flake falls.
Reg S
sorry  noway does it look Art Novo   check look at Piorot the flats that he lives in

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