Borderers will be able to call on nearly 1,000 salt bins to help cope with winter weather, after Scottish Borders Council agreed to spend an extra £16,000 to boost bin numbers.
The funding announcement came 24 hours after the Scottish Government launched its Ready for Winter campaign, which the council supports.
The investment was agreed by SBC’s executive committee on Tuesday.
The winter service plan shows the challenges SBC was presented with in 2012/13. Salt usage was up to 43,000 tonnes from 23,000 the previous year while SBC staff were called out 271 times to pre-salt roads in 2012/13 – considerably higher than the annual winter average of 180.
SBC’s executive member for roads and infrastructure, Selkirk councillor Gordon Edgar told us: “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.
“Their efforts are supported by the findings of the council’s 2013 Household Survey which showed 80 per cent of respondents were satisfied with the speed and effectiveness of road ice and snow clearance in the Borders, an increase from the last survey in 2010.”