Council services update.

Many council teams worked throughout the weekend to get traffic and services back to normal There continues to be a Met Office Yellow Warning of Snow. For more details please visit Met Office - Weather warnings.

Schools and Nurseries

All East Lothian Council schools, nurseries and specialist education provision will re-open on Monday 5 March.

There has been a huge amount of effort by our teams to clear snow from pathways – thanks to parents and residents for their assistance with this. Please be aware of surface conditions given the low temperature. Ensure children walking to school have appropriate footwear and are dressed to the conditions. In the interests of the safety, children and young people should go straight into the school building on arrival.

It has been confirmed that St David's RC School in Dalkeith, which is attended by some young people from East Lothian, will be open tomorrow.

There a small number of services in rural areas (a combination of buses and taxis) which will either not run or be disrupted due to road conditions on Tuesday. These are:

  • Yester Primary School (Route 118, 119, 120) - 118 will not run; 119 – Starting from Mainshill then normal route; 120 – Normal route but unable to serve Whittingehame Filter House.
  • The 121 - which serves both Yester Primary School and Knox Academy - will not be running.
  • The 123 to the Gaelic Unit in Edinburgh will not serve Glenkinchie
  • The 151 to Dunbar Grammar School (from Bilsdean only)
  • The 152 to Dunbar Grammar School will not serve Dunglass Estate and Crowhill
  • The 157 to Knox Academy - only picking up in Morham and Garvald
  • The 158 to Knox Academy - starting from Gifford then normal route
  • The 162 to North Berwick High School and Law Primary School - normal route but unable to serve Blackdykes and Rhodes Holdings
  • The 163 to North Berwick High School - normal route but unable to serve Caperstone, Balgone Barns and Rockville
  • The 170 to Ross High School (main road only)
  • The 171 to Ross High School (main road only)

Road conditions are improving. Please call or check with transport provider websites for further updates.

Roads and Paths

Update - Mon 5 March

Last night our full night shift team was pre-treating priority carriageway routes and undertaking road widening and snow clearing on the following routes:

Locations of widening / clearing:

  • Gullane main street to West Fenton
  • B6363 Gladsmuir to Longniddry (Coal Rd)
  • B6363 Boggs Holdings road
  • B6371  Ormiston south of Tyne water bridge
  • B6414  Tranent to Elphinstone
  • B6414  Elphinstone to Crossgatehall
  • Saltoun primary school on main road
  • Haddington long stay car park at Tesco
  • Randall House access road and car park area
  • Cleared the car park at John Muir House, Haddington

Today we also plan to work in the following areas:

  • Work in Garvald area to clear roads
  • Clearing Oldhamstocks / Coldale and Morham areas
  • Tantallon to the A199
  • Spott / Innerwick areas

We will also start to work on the secondary routes and housing schemes snow clearing, as well as replenishing grit bins. You can see full details of gritting operations online.

Waste Services

Waste Services have resumed normal collection services for refuse, trade waste, special uplifts, food and kerbside box recycling today, Monday 5 March. Garden waste will remain suspended this week.

In some areas we are combating large accumulations of snow and ice where roads join pavements meaning there may still be some disruption to your service. Where possible it would be greatly appreciated if residents can clear access to containers or present in areas where access removes the need to lift bins and boxes over snow mounds.

Rural collections in particular are likely to be affected and in some cases prevented by road conditions.

All four Community Recycling Centres are open as normal now between 8.30am and 4.15pm.

Catch Up Collections and Additional Advice

Refuse Collection

  • Homes whose refuse collections were missed on Thursday 1st March will have a catch up collection provided on Wednesday 7 March 
  • Homes whose refuse collections were missed on Friday 2nd March will have a catch up collection provided on Thursday 8 March
  • Rural homes in the Gifford, Garvald and Whiteadder areas whose refuse collections were missed on Wednesday 28th February will have a catch up collection provided on Friday 9 March
    Kerbside Box Recycling Collections
  • Homes whose Kerbside Box Recycling collections were missed on Thursday 1 March will have a catch up collection provided on Saturday 10 March
  • Homes whose Kerbside Box Recycling collections were missed on Friday 2nd March will have a catch up collection provided on Sunday 11 March
    Food Waste Collections
  • As the food waste is a weekly service, please represent your caddy on your next normal collection day. If you have excess please dispose of this within your refuse collection (green wheeled bin).
    Garden Waste Collections
  • The garden waste service is suspended until Friday 9 March to enable us to ensure essential collection work is reinstated. Please represent your garden bin on your next normal collection day from Monday 12 March onwards.
  • Special Uplifts – Please leave your uplift out and we will attempt to collect these as soon as access is available
  • Trade Waste Service - Any excess waste arising from missed collections on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 March will be uplifted on your next service day.

Following the severe weather period we will do our best to return to normal service levels. Your patience and support is greatly appreciated during this period however if you do have a specific issue related to your service please contact our contact centre on 01875 824305 or email

Published: Tuesday, 6th March 2018