Cash boost for Scots councils for road repairs

13 Apr 18

Scotland’s 32 councils are to get extra funds for roads maintenance following this winter’s prolonged harsh weather.

Finance secretary Derek Mackay has allocated a further £10.7m to be distributed among councils by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

Mackay said: “Scotland experienced unprecedented levels of extreme weather in recent months, culminating in the issuing of our first-ever red alert for snow by the Met Office in late February.

“The severe weather led to local authorities incurring unexpected additional costs to their maintenance budgets, and simultaneously caused more damage to Scotland’s road network.”

Cosla resources spokesperson Gail Macgregor said councils had planned for severe weather but “the ‘Beast from the East’ was unexpected and led to a significant financial strain”.

She warned that despite the extra money “the financial toll will continue to be felt for some time”.

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