Adverse weather hits Nidderdale

Picture by Michiko Smith. (S)
Picture by Michiko Smith. (S)

It’s been a few days of dramatic weather in Nidderdale, beginning with storms and ending with snow showers.

On Sunday evening, Pateley Bridge High Street was closed off by police as a precautionary measure after high winds sent a large stone tile crashing down on to the road.

No one was injured but the road was closed and remained that way until late afternoon of the following day while the risk posed by other loose roof tiles was assessed.

Bus operator Transdev had to terminate routes at Glasshouses on Monday, as a diversion for traffic was not possible because of the location of the incident at the top of the High Street.

Speaking on Monday, Pateley Bridge Coun John Fort (Con) said: “Because of the wind and the damage that has been cause in the high street the county council is having to make arrangements by getting children home from school via a deviated route.

“There are bits coming off the roof of the antique shop, so the road is ostensibly closed.”

Keith Tordoff, who chairs the Nidderdale Chamber of Trade, said there was some disruption to local businesses.

“It was rightly a case of safety first but it did have some impact on businesses,” he said.

“However, at this time of year the High Street is generally less busy.”

On Wednesday, the Dale experienced a reasonably heavy snowfall.

Roads were particularly treacherous around Pateley Bridge and Lofthouse in the morning but the snow eased early in the day.