£500,000 to keep roads open

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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