Council facilities return to normal following Storm Ophelia


Updated Thursday 19 October at 4.30pm

Updated Wednesday 18 October at 3pm

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council can confirm its services are returning to normal following Monday’s amber weather warning, which caused disruption to its regular services.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Gareth Wilson has praised council staff and all agencies involved in the preparation and response to Storm Ophelia.

“I would like to pay tribute to all those who worked so hard to ensure the public’s safety and well-being throughout the very hazardous conditions.

“It is without a doubt that the fast and joined up approach from all concerned played a huge role in ensuring risk to life and property was minimised. Having been out myself on the ground and assisted in some clearing up, the work our various agencies do such as NIE and Transport NI, is really so important and commendable especially so in difficult weather conditions.”

“I would also like to thank the public for following the advice issued to them to keep safe. And while the storm has passed I would still urge everyone to remain cautious when out and about and to stay safe throughout the ongoing recovery process,” concluded Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Gareth Wilson.


Updated Tuesday 17 October at 3.10pm

All council facilities and services are now fully operational with the exception of the following:

 Updated Tuesday 17 October at 11.05am

Updated Monday 16 October at 22:35pm

Council anticipates some disruption to services tomorrow due to fallen trees and road closures etc., but will be working towards resuming normal services ASAP.

As a precautionary measure, all parks & open spaces will remain closed until initial inspections are carried out.

Bins/boxes due for collection tomorrow as normal, subject to road conditions. Residents are advised to leave bins out from 7.30am.

Please continue to check this webpage for more information.


Updated Monday 16 October at 19.33pm
Household Waste Collection Update


Update Monday 16 October at 12noon

In preparation for the impact of Storm Ophelia, the council has agreed the following closures as precautionary measures in the interests of our customers and staff. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Bin Collections

Bins collections including kerbside boxes will cease at 12noon today, please ensure your bin is secure.  We will advise as soon as possible when missed bins will be collected.

Recycling Centres

Recycling Centres will close today from 12noon.

Parks and Open spaces

All parks and outdoor facilities, including play parks, football pitches and cemeteries will close today from 12noon and will remain closed until inspections are carried out tomorrow.

Leisure, Community Centres & Town Halls

All Leisure and Community Centres including Town Halls will close today from 12noon.  The aim is to reopen tomorrow (Tuesday) morning when inspections are carried out.

Births, Deaths and Marriages

All registration services will close today at 12noon.  The service will reopen tomorrow, if you have an appointment for today this will be rescheduled tomorrow.

Tourism and Visitor Facilities

All tourism and visitor facilities will close today from 12noon including FE McWilliam Gallery, Market Place Theatre, Navan Centre, Visitor Information Centres and Armagh County Museum.

Updated Monday 16 October at 10am

The Council is working with multi-agencies in preparation for the storm.

Bin collections will go ahead today (Monday 16 October) as planned, please ensure your bins/boxes are secure.

There may be disruption to council services, we will provide regular updates to advise you of any affected services.

Find out more about strong winds warning power and travel advice

Information issued by the Executive Office:

The Met Office has issued a series of weather warnings for strong winds for tomorrow and Tuesday.

These include an amber wind warning for Northern Ireland for Monday as ex-Hurricane Ophelia passes through. This alert will be in effect from 15:00 to 22:00.
The Department of Education has advised that all schools should close tomorrow (Monday 16 October). This is entirely precautionary, however given the weather warnings and the fact that the most severe weather is forecast for when pupils are due to be leaving school, the Department believes that this is an appropriate response.

A regional meeting of multi-agency emergency responders met this evening to discuss a co-ordinated approach in light of the latest Met Office assessment. Key statutory agencies will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds and are prepared to respond as appropriate.
It is important members of the public take care to protect themselves and their property from the effects of the strong winds. It is also likely that there will be some disruption to traffic and travel. For information on traffic and travel go to the TrafficwatchNI website
More detailed information on keeping safe and useful contact numbers is available on the nidirect website.

The public are reminded to monitor the Met Office forecasts for their area and to be aware of the weather conditions and to heed safety warnings.

Emergency responders will continue to monitor this developing situation and issue further information as appropriate.

Members of the public should note the following numbers in case of emergency:
  • Emergency services – 999 or 112
  • Housing Executive – 03448 920 901
  • Northern Ireland Electricity Networks – 03457 643 643
  • NI Gas Emergency Service – 0800 002 001
  • Northern Ireland Water Waterline – 03457 440 088
  • Flooding Incident Line – 0300 2000 100