Borders Council's winter plans

Scottish Borders Council have announced that they will spend £16,000 to increase the number of salt bins in the region to almost 1,000 as part of their winter plans.

Full Report: Scottish Borders Council announces winter plans

With winter approaching, some local communities in our region are being urged to help themselves in bad weather.

Scottish Borders Council has contacted community councils in their area and has got fifty on board to train local volunteers.

They are also supplying extra salt bins so that residents can beat the worst of winter's storms.

Watch the full report from Matthew Taylor below.

Scottish Borders Council announces winter service plan

Scottish Borders Council have announced that they will spend £16,000 to increase the number of salt bins in the region to almost 1,000.

The funding announcement comes just 24 hours after the Scottish Government launched its Ready for Winter campaign.

Through 2012 to 2013, salt usage was up to 43,000 tonnes from 23,000 the previous year, and staff were called out 271 times to pre-salt roads in 2012/13 - considerably higher than the annual winter average of 180.

"The Borders witnessed extreme weather throughout last winter, with rainfall in November 2012 above the monthly average by 130 per cent, while March 2013 was the coldest for 51 years.

"However, the Council's roads team continues to work hard to ensure as best they can that roads and pathways are clear for drivers and pedestrians during severe weather.

– Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

"I am delighted to see more salt bins being provided across the Borders.

"Despite the financial challenges the Council is under, the performance of its winter service was impressive during 2012/13.

"The proposed developments for the future should help to keep this performance at a high level."

– Councillor David Paterson, Executive Member for Environmental Services

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