£500,000 to keep roads open
AN EXTRA £ 500,000 has been made available for winter maintenance to keep ‘roads moving’ around Argyll and Bute.
The extra cash was agreed at a recent meeting of the environment and resources committee when the winter maintenance arrangements were agreed for 2016/2017.
Councillor Ellen Morton said: ‘Despite the financial challenges the council faces, we recognise that winter maintenance is a vital service which is why we have, as we did last year, made an extra £ 500,000 available, meaning we have a budget of around £1,650,000 to keep Argyll and Bute moving during the winter months.
‘ With a robust winter maintenance policy again in place, a fleet of 40 vehicles, a salt stockpile approaching 15,000 tonnes and 12 road surface and weather monitoring stations, Argyll and Bute Council will be ready for winter.
‘ When freezing conditions are forecast, there are 31 priority routes which are pre-treated, or just over 750 miles of the road network - roughly equivalent to driving from Lochgilphead to Paris.’