£1m overspend at Falkirk Council due to snow

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FALKIRK Council faces an estimated £1m-plus overspend this year on its £1.2m budget for tackling the winter weather, with the final figure not known until March.

Already 9500 tonnes of salt have been used, nearly 50 per cent more than last year’s total. When December’s arctic conditions hit, the council hired in outside JCBs and drivers. Staff from other departments helped clear snow, with extra costs including overtime, resulting.

Revisions were made to the winter service plan after 2009-2010’s harsh conditions.

Nine forums will be held this spring to discuss any issues and possible improvements. to the current winter plan.