Fears that winter budget isn’t enough for Midlothian

Snow in Loanhead, Midlothian

Snow in Loanhead, Midlothian

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Labour councillors have warned that the council’s million pound budget to tackle severe weather might not be enough.

The winter maintenance revenue budget for 2013/14 is £1,048,000 which is based on the likelihood of seven days snow clearing and 130 occasions of salt treatment to the roads and footpath network.

This figure is down on the £1.5 million spent last winter.

The report put before the full council meeting last week warned that should the weather be similar to 2010/11 then the financial risk could approach a £2 million overspend.

Read more on this in the October 3 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.