Midlothian’s roads to nowhere

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Another harsh winter could leave Midlothian Council “really struggling” as it attempts to repair the county’s dilapidated roads.

Cabinet member for commercial services Councillor Wilma Chalmers made the comments as the authority discussed how best to tackle the backlog – calling for a “firm commitment” for financial support from the Scottish Government.

The council has committed a further £1 million towards road and footpath repairs - but at a meeting of full council, members heard the same amount is needed for every subsequent year just to stop roads getting any worse.

According to the Society of Chief Officers of Transport (SCOTS), Midlothian needs to spend £24 million to bring all of its roads up to an acceptable condition.

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