Fears that winter budget isn’t enough for Midlothian

Snow in Loanhead, Midlothian
Snow in Loanhead, Midlothian

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.