Families in a remote village have been cut off from the outside world for the past 3weeks after snow and ice has blocked their only access road. The residents of this village, Cow Ark, near Clitheroe, are furious that this winters policy of only gritting main routes has left them stranded. The people of this village have now informed the Lancashire Telegraph that their food and fuel supplies are now running low.
The 4 mile Easington Road, the only way into the village near Newton in Bowland is thick with around 12 inches of snow and 3 inches of compacted icy snow underneath.
It has been impassable since the first snowfall on December 17th 2009 and has kept getting worse over the past 20 days. An abandoned Ribble Valley Council recycling wagon is a symbol of the problems. It crashed in Easington Road before Christmas, and has remained in the ditch ever since, unable to be recovered.
One resident of the village with a quad bike has been able to get through the snow to go and collect the supplies which they have required. A pensioner has also made a 10 mile round trip on foot to the nearest shop, complete with a sledge, to stock up on essentials that they needed. However as there seems to be no end in sight for the cold weather the residents of the village are now starting to ration their food. Residents have also started to worry over their fuel supplies as the 15 homes in the village are not connected to mains gas supplies.
People all over the country have been struck by this horrendous weather and we are still hearing forecasts that there is still more to come. With no end in sight of this bad weather Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire would like to encourage you to get your Rock Salt now before more bad weather hits to prevent yourselves from ending up stuck in doors with no means to get about.