Swansea Council working on de-icing Mayhill and Townhill
THE snow and ice remained treacher- ous on some hilly Swansea streets with two schools closed an extra day.
Mayhill and Townhill were among the areas dogged by compacted ice yesterday as low temperatures meant last week's snow had not thawed, but hardened.
Margaret Higgins, 62, of Tan- y-Marian Road, said the pavements and roads off Llewellyn Circle were impassable.
"Cars are sliding all over the place — I'm too frightened to take the car out" she said.
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"The pavements are terrible — pensioners can't walk anywhere. And the grit bin is empty and filled with stones.
"It is like the land that everyone forgot up here."
Her neighbour, who uses a walking stick, said it was "treacherous".
Townhill Community School remained closed yesterday and Dylan Thomas School was only open for year 11s from 11am because of the icy conditions.
Christopher Tonkin, head teacher at Townhill Primary, said: "The caretaker, myself and a school governor worked throughout Monday morning to clear paths and to grit slippery surfaces within the school grounds.
"We were delighted when the council grit teams came and gritted the pavements outside the school for us too."
He added that thanks to everybody's efforts he was hopeful the school would reopen today.
Swansea Council's winter crews have travelled more than 2,500k since the snow fell on Thursday night, treating around half of the road network in the city.
And with the main road network moving, their focus turned to gritting pavements and ensuring children can get back to school.
Hand gritting teams were out and about in areas including Townhill, Tycoch and Hendrefoilan.
Carl Humphrey, Head of Streetscene in Swansea Council, said: "Our main priority when we get heavy snow and ice is to ensure main roads are cleared. We cover around 500k each time we treat roads in the city.
"Crews have been working around the clock to keep the city moving.
"We are now focusing our efforts on side streets and have responded to requests from residents to grit individual streets.
"The winter maintenance teams are doing an excellent job, working around the clock when most of the city is fast asleep."
There were no school closures in Neath Port Talbot or Carmarthenshire yesterday.