Snow and ice disrupts services across Leicester and Leicestershire
Wintry conditions continued to disrupt refuse collections, some postal services and a handful of schools yesterday.
While major city and county roads were gritted and clear of snow, in some rural areas there were still problems due to ice.
In the south of the county and in parts of Rutland, postal services were disrupted for the second day as the Royal Mail said some outlying areas were too difficult to get to.
Royal Mail spokesman Morag Turnbull apologised and said: "A range of measures have been put in place to ensure deliveries reach people as quickly as possible."
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The number of school closures fell dramatically from the 170 affected on Monday.
Two city schools, Ellesmere College and Winstanley Community College, remained closed while half a dozen schools in the county were closed. Nine other county schools were partially open and some started lessons later than normal.
Refuse collections were yesterday suspended in Oadby and Wigston and other councils were operating reduced collections. Charnwood was operating a normal service.
Leicester City Council said it would try to do collections today – but any that were missed would be done on January 30.
The council said its golf courses at Humberstone Heights and Western Park remain closed, as are the sports pitches at St Margaret's Pastures and Aylestone recreation ground.
In Leicester, complaints were received about the safety of paving slabs in the Humberstone Gate East area.
John Richardson, who works for Age UK at Clarence House, in Humberstone Gate East said: "I don't know why the city council has chosen to use such smooth paving stones.
"I saw lots of people, of all ages slipping and sliding about. I found it hazardous. Everybody was complaining about it."
A city council spokesman said: "Snow and ice are making all surfaces slippery so it's important to take extra care.
"Our cleansing team has been gritting priority footways in the city centre and neighbourhood shopping precincts. The team is responding to requests for gritting in specific areas – and has been out today to grit the pavements outside Age UK.
"The area outside Age UK on Humberstone Gate East is paved with unpolished concrete and granite slabs – a product that has been tested and meets British standards for skid resistance in pedestrian areas."
Conservative councillors Bhupendra Dave and Ravendra Thakor complained that East Street car park, in Oadby, had not been gritted and there were not enough grit bins in the area.
A council spokesman said: "The East Street car park was gritted on Monday and again on Tuesday. However, it needs vehicles to use the car park to imbed the grit into the snow."
The spokesman said the provision of grit bins was a county council responsibility, but added people had, in the past, taken the grit to use at home.
The weather is likely to remain cold with the chance of snow flurries today and tomorrow. It is predicted to get warmer at the weekend.