£2.5 m - the cost of snow in Midlothian

A MONTH of snow and freezing temperatures has cost Midlothian £2.5 million.

With up to 300 people, including contractors from the construction industry and other tradesmen, working round the clock to shovel snow and grit roads, the cost of dealing with the winter weather has already exceeded that of last year’s big freeze.

A total of 12 HGV gritters, two mini gritters, seven mini tractors, seven shovels working to clear snow with 14 lorries, two snow blowers, eight shovels/scrapers, a quad bike and nine mini excavators have been used in the continuous effort to keep Midlothian moving.

Cherry pickers have also been hired to remove dangerous icicles overhanging main streets.

Read the full story in this week’s Advertiser.