Useful information and service updates during cold weather and snow.
Roads and salting – Hampshire County Council
Hampshire County Council maintain and salt our roads. Hampshire Highways will salt main roads first (priority 1 routes.)
During periods of prolonged severe weather, ‘Priority two’ routes, which include remaining B roads and single access roads to villages, may also be treated, if Highways can keep the main roads clear and open. Maps of priority gritting routes can be found on Hampshire County Council's website
Across Hampshire there are more than 3,000 blue or yellow bins filled with salt and/or grit for use by the community on public roads and pavements. For more information about where these grit bins are, how to get them topped up, or how to report a damaged or missing grit bin visit Hampshire County Council’s web pages.
Waste and Recycling
We will endeavour to maintain waste and recycling collections during adverse weather wherever possible, but we may need to suspend collections if it is unsafe to complete them. Should this happen, we will update residents on our website www.eastleigh.gov.uk or via our social media channels, Twitter and Facebook with the most up to date information about collections.
During periods of severe weather, rough sleepers are at increased risk of harm and potentially death. To alleviate risks in severe weather, we ensure that rough sleepers in the Borough are given appropriate housing options in line with our severe weather emergency protocol.
Streetlink is a way to report rough sleeping by phone on 0300 500 0914 or online at www.streetlink.org.uk (or download the app) so that local authorities and outreach teams can be alerted to offer support.
The NHS offers some useful tips on keeping warm and well during the winter months:
- If you're not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18C (65F)
- Keep your bedroom at 18C all night if you can – and keep the bedroom window closed
- During the day you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer than 18C
- To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), babies should sleep in rooms heated to between 16C and 20C
- If you're under 65, healthy and active, you can safely have your home cooler than 18C, if you're comfortable
- draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
- get your heating system checked regularly by a qualified professional
More information can be found here: www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/keep-warm-keep-well/
Hitting the Cold Spots service
The Hampshire-based Hitting the Cold Spots helpline is staffed during office hours by experienced advisers who can offer practical advice on reducing your energy bills and accessing grants and loans to improve the energy efficiency of homes and provide emergency boiler repairs or replacements. They can also lend electric heaters to those who need them most.
Call free during office hours on 0800 804 8601 or email email@example.com