A cool £1 million spent to clear snow in Falkirk

Falkirk Council expects to go at least £1 million over budget with its winter service spending.

Despite increasing the budget last year in the wake of the severe

winter of 2009-10 the total bill this year is estimated to reach 2.2

million.

The winter service plan covers priorities for tackling heavy snowfall and a budget for materials, plant and labour to cope with snow or ice.

Following the problems of the Big Freeze last year, the local

authority created a new plan which increased the budget, bought new equipment and boosted the number of grit bins in the area.

Despite the overhaul, residents complained the council was ill-

prepared to cope with the snow and, just months after the revisal,

officers will be looking to further improve the plan.

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