South Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway winter weather safeguards planned

Dumfries road
Image caption Extra gritting could be targeted at residential areas in future

Extra funding could be made available to help Dumfries and Galloway Council tackle winter weather problems.

It is one of a number of proposals being put forward by the authority's Winter Service Working Group (WSWG).

It has been estimated the council faces costs of about £2m to repair roads affected by the cold weather.

Now it is being asked to set aside about £300,000 to increase salt stocks and £150,000 to target snow clearing and gritting in residential areas.

Last month Scotland faced its coldest December in a century.

It resulted in major travel problems and also left roads in poor condition once weather improved.

The WSWG was set up to come up with ways to better prepare the council for another bout of wintry weather.

Councillors have been inundated with calls of complaint about the state of the region's roads and are seeking assurances that the authority is prepared for another cold spell.

A series of recommendations will now be examined to try to prevent any repeat of previous problems.

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