No cash for snow-hit region

Sights like this outside Creetown were common during the snows of March.
Sights like this outside Creetown were common during the snows of March.

Dumfries and Galloway Council will not receive government funding to assist with the £1 million costs associated with the extreme weather experienced in the region in March.

Galloway experienced some of the most extreme weather conditions it has had in decades - with some drivers trapped in cars over night - and this had a significant impact on roads infrastructure, businesses and communities.

An application for funding support was submitted to the government’s Bellwin scheme which exists “to give special financial assistance to local authorities who would otherwise be faced with an unforeseen financial burden as a result of large-scale emergencies.”

A council spokesperson said the application was rejected as the costs were “ineligible.

She added: “The council’s administration is now speaking to the Scottish Government about any other possible funding that may be available.”

Council Leader, Councillor Ivor Hyslop, said “We are extremely disappointed that the council has not been successful in its application to the Bellwin scheme for funding. We are now in positive dialogue with the Scottish Government to lobby for them to identify other means of providing much needed support to the region’s recovery from the severe weather.”