Winter Weather Emergency Fund

AN emergency fund of half a million pounds has been set aside by Dumfries and Galloway Council in case severe winter weather blights the region for a third successive year.

At a meeting of the policy and resources committee on Tuesday, councillors agreed to create a ‘severe winter weather emergency fund’ which can be accessed if the winter budget is overspent.

For last two financial years the council has had to find money to keep the infrastructure operational during extended periods of sub-zero temperatures.

In 2009/10, an extra £400,000 was required and last year’s cold snap saw the local authority top up the winter budget to the tune of £694,000.

The committee also agreed to provide up to £750,000 match funding for the construction of three 3G sports pitches in Dumfries and Galloway, subject to a further report detailing project costs and timing.

Funding totalling £1 million for the multi-games pitches, one of which will be created in Stranraer, has come from the Scottish Government’s cashback for communities scheme and through Sportscotland.