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Council issues updated advice

16 October 2017

Council is reiterating its calls or the public to stay safe today and are urging them to take the necessary precautions to secure their properties following the Met Office Amber Weather Warning that is expected to hit the region later today.

In response to the amber weather warning and in keeping with our Emergency Preparedness Response, the Council has taken a number of decisions in the interest of public safety that will see the closure of all parks and play areas including St Columb's park, Claudy Country Park and Brooke Park as well as the NW Greenway.
Cemeteries will be open to facilitate funerals only and will not be open to the public.

All recycling centres and street cleaning operations will cease from lunchtime today while refuse collections will continue but will be phased out throughout the day. The public are advised to expect some disruption to refuse collection services tomorrow.
 
While all of our leisure centres will remain open, a large number of classes, including swimming lessons have been cancelled. The public are advised to check with the leisure centres directly for updates.
 
A number of all other Council facilities such as the Guildhall and Tower Museum will have reduced services.

Arrangements have been put into place to provide rest centres should they be needed and officials are in regular contact with community organisations to initiate their community resilience plans if necessary.

For the most up to date information on power and travel advice the public are urged to visit www.nidirect.go.uk while road users are being advised to check Traffic Watch NI in relation to road closures and not to make any unnecessary journeys. - www.trafficwatchni.com

Council will continue to monitor and review its services and will provide regular updates.\ on its Facebook and Twitter platforms.

Urging the public to be cautious and to take the appropriate steps to ensure they keep safe and secure their properties in preparedness of the weather warning, Council Chief Executive John Kelpie urged the public to follow the advice provided by the multi agencies in relation to Emergency preparedness. He reassured the public that agencies are working in a proactive and collaborative manner and have adequate provisions and staff in place to deal with issues that may result from the storm.

For all information and advice on preparing for strong winds and to get details of all the agencies and emergency numbers should you be affected by the weather tomorrow, visit NI Direct at - www.nidirect.com
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