Severe weather update

2 March snow update

Helping rough sleepers

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  • gritting to the main route network will take place today at 12 noon, from 5pm and then 4am tomorrow (3 March) morning
  • crews were out across the borough from 4am this morning

Waste and recycling collections

There is a limited collection service out today (2 March) concentrating on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday’s refuse collection only.

We will put in every effort to complete all of this week’s refuse collections by the end of the weekend, however this may carry over into early next week, depending on the weather and ground conditions.

We hope to catch up on garden waste during the course of next week.

All recycling which has not been collected this week will be collected next week if possible on your scheduled day. Any additional material can be placed in an open carrier bag and placed next to your boxes.

Please continue to leave your refuse bins out for those who are due collections this week.

Collections may still be delayed next week depending on how collections go over the weekend.

Please bear with us and thank you for your patience.

Library closure

Thamesmead library is unfortunately closed today due to frozen pipes and no staff facilities. We expect the library to be open as normal tomorrow when alternative facilities are available.

Hall Place and gardens

The site is currently closed.  Please keep an eye on the Hall Place and Gardens website for further updates.

Conference postponed

The Virtual School Conference on 'Resilience, Attachment and Trauma', which was due to be hosted by the London Borough of Bexley at Civic Offices, Bexleyheath, on Monday 5 March, has been postponed until further notice. This is due to adverse weather conditions making it impossible for a guest speaker to attend.

1 March snow update


  • further gritting of the main route network will take place at 10am
  • our crews gritted the main route network at 4am

Hall Place and Gardens
Due to the snow, the House, Riverside Cafe, Butterfly Jungles and Gardens will be closed today. Please keep an eye on the Hall Place and Gardens website for further updates.

London South East College Bexley
Due to extreme weather conditions all campuses at London South East Colleges are closed to students until Monday 5 March. Visit London South East Colleges for further notices re. site closures.

Learning and Enterprise Centre Bexley
The LECB will update Open Check with campus opening information during the cold weather.  Please check for details. 

Waste collections - 
There is a limited collection service today (1 March) concentrating on Wednesday and Thursdays waste.
Please place waste out for collection and if it is not collected on the scheduled day we will return as soon as the conditions allow.
Additional information below and please continue to check the website for updates or follow us on twitter

28 February snow update


  • our gritting crews set out at 2pm today and will be out again at 8pm covering the main route network. 
  • our gritting crews were out last night (27 February) at 6pm, midnight and again at 7am this morning with each gritting operation covering 145 miles of our main route network throughout the borough.Unfortunately although roads are gritted, unless traffic uses the roads and agitates the salt, roads will be less easy to negotiate. Road surface temperatures dropped to minus 4.7 degrees and air temperature down to minus 6.6 degrees. But provided drivers drive with care and appropriate to the conditions all main roads and steep hills should now be negotiable.

Waste collections

These are likely to be disrupted during this week. 

Learning and Enterprise Centres
Sidcup, Brampton Road and Erith Centres are all closed today due to the weather conditions. 


Crayford and Sidcup Libraries will be closing at 5.30pm tonight (28 February) rather than 7pm as advertised.

27 February snow update

The snow has made its way to Bexley. This week we are set to continue to experience a severe cold snap and this is likely to cause disruption to transport and some Council services.

Our gritting teams have been working hard to ensure the roads are clear and safe from snow and ice. Since last Friday, over 150 tonnes of salt has been used to keep 145 miles of main road network safe and free of ice and snow.

We will continue gritting all priority routes to ensure traffic keeps moving.

Only once priority routes are clear and there is no risk of these routes becoming un-usable will we be able to start considering gritting side roads ahead of scheduled refuse collections.

Residents can help us by parking sensibly so that gritters can get through on narrow roads and by remembering that, even when icy streets have been treated, they can still be dangerous. Please take extra care, and in heavy snow only travel if you have to.

Waste and Recycling 

No waste or recycling collections were made today (28 February).

Based on current forecasts, it is looking unlikely that there will be any collections on Thursday (1 March) or Friday (2 March).

Depending on the weather and ground conditions, we hope to work on Saturday and/or Sunday to collect the fortnightly refuse waste in your green wheelie bin.

We hope to collect garden waste on Saturday or Sunday.

We will collect any of this week’s recycling we cannot collect by Sunday next week. If by then all your material will not fit in your recycling container, please place any extra in open carrier bags next to your boxes.

Please continue to leave your waste and recycling out on your set day. We will resume collections once the weather improves.

Thank you for your patience.

Please continue to check the website for updates or follow us on twitter


In severe weather local schools may be affected. It will be the Head Teacher's decision whether the school is closed.

Parents are advised to check individual schools' websites and social media for the latest updates or use the OpenCheck system.

Keeping warm and well 

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