First heavy snow of the winter causes disruption across the Melton borough

Freya Agnew gets to know Mr Grinch in a photo taken by her dad Jamie EMN-171212-151818001
Freya Agnew gets to know Mr Grinch in a photo taken by her dad Jamie EMN-171212-151818001
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The first heavy snow of the winer caused widespread disruption across the Melton borough this week.

While children were delighted to get outside for sledging and snowball fights, freezing temperatures made many roads treacherous on Sunday and Monday.

Reader Paul Brydson took a photo of this snowman on the corner of Bowley Avenue and Thorpe Road in Melton - it was built by enterprising builders EMN-171212-131416001

Reader Paul Brydson took a photo of this snowman on the corner of Bowley Avenue and Thorpe Road in Melton - it was built by enterprising builders EMN-171212-131416001

As the first flakes in the early hours of Sunday turned into flurries it became apparent that many events would not survive.

The first major casualty was the popular annual Santa Fun Run around Melton Country Park, which was scheduled for Sunday.

Organisers, The Rotary Club of Melton, cancelled it because of safety concerns for runners and marshals travelling to the event.

The cold snap also put paid to the weekly Sunday car boot sale at Melton Cattle Market, which was abandoned due to the market being unsafe for traders and customers.

Simon Knott took this impressive image of a bridge in the park EMN-171212-132819001

Simon Knott took this impressive image of a bridge in the park EMN-171212-132819001

Schools across the borough were closed on Monday, including Long Field Academy and John Ferneley College in Melton, Ab Kettleby, Brownlow, Grove, Sherard and Somerby Primary Schools, plus the MV16 college.

Some students did have to make the wintry trek into classes, with both Brooksby Melton College and Priory Belvoir Academy, at Bottesford, open for business.

Public transport proved a challenge for the Monday morning commute with some trains delayed arriving, and leaving, Melton station

Centrebus announced that there were ‘severe delays or non-operation due to snowfall’ of Melton services RF1, 113, 23, 25, 55 and 56, with nothing running at all on Monday morning before 10am.

Reader Dan McGrady capturned this stunning wintry shot in Play Close EMN-171212-132805001

Reader Dan McGrady capturned this stunning wintry shot in Play Close EMN-171212-132805001

Leicestershire County Council said its gritting teams had intensified their work in the borough in recent days, with the gritters having been out on 24 nights since the start of November and three times during daytime in this period.

Gritters prioritised major routes across the borough, such as the B676 Saxby Road, B6047 Dalby Road past the old airfield, A6006 Asfordby Road through Asfordby bypass and the Shoby Bends, A607 Norman Way, Scalford Road, Burton Street, Burton Road, as well as town centre streets in heavily populated areas.

Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for highways at County Hall, said: “Since Thursday, our gritting teams have been out five times through the night and three times during the day gritting the major routes and key roads across Melton.

“We would urge anyone who is commuting to take extra care and to plan ahead before travelling.”

A snowman stands proudly in Melton's Play Close park'PHOTO Jonathan McGrady/JM News EMN-171212-131403001

A snowman stands proudly in Melton's Play Close park'PHOTO Jonathan McGrady/JM News EMN-171212-131403001

Many householders in parts of Melton and in villages across the borough were either without water or experiencing low pressure from their taps.

Severn Trent said the freezing weather had interfered with their work to restore supplies to residents.

A spokesperson said: “We’d like to offer our sincere apologies again to everyone who’s been affected, but the repair and our work to use alternative methods to get everyone back on has been really hampered by the freezing conditions.

“We’re very aware there are still some homes and businesses on higher ground who still haven’t seen supplies return, or who might be experiencing some low pressure, and we’ve been out hand delivering 4,000 litres of bottled water to them.”

A lovely Christmas scene this one, snapped by Ken Palmer showing a robin in his garden in Chadwell Close in Asfordby EMN-171212-152407001

A lovely Christmas scene this one, snapped by Ken Palmer showing a robin in his garden in Chadwell Close in Asfordby EMN-171212-152407001

A different angle of St Mary's Church in Melton, captured by reader Simon Knott EMN-171212-132833001

A different angle of St Mary's Church in Melton, captured by reader Simon Knott EMN-171212-132833001

A spectacular aerial photo of Brooksby Hall on the Brooksby Melton College campus, caputured from the drone of reader Ashley Milne during this week's cold snap EMN-171213-115312001

A spectacular aerial photo of Brooksby Hall on the Brooksby Melton College campus, caputured from the drone of reader Ashley Milne during this week's cold snap EMN-171213-115312001