Storage facility opens

Councillor David Fairweather looks on as the county's salt stock is moved under cover.
Councillor David Fairweather looks on as the county's salt stock is moved under cover.

THE LATEST investment by Angus Council in its continuing campaign to keep the county moving during severe weather has been unveiled.

The authority has completed a new £320,000 storage facility in Forfar that will help the council manage its salt stocks more effectively.

Keeping the rock salt under cover will prevent its exposure to rain and reduce waste through dilution as well as potential harm to the environment.

Visiting the new store, which has a capacity of 6,000 tonnes, Councillor David Fairweather, the council’s depute spokesman on roads issues said: “The new store will enable us to manage our stocks, saving money by preventing waste, while also protecting the environment.

“This is the latest step by the council to keep the county moving during severe weather, and comes on top of our decision to increase this year’s winter maintenance budget by £400,000, bringing it to nearly £2.5 million.”

Mr Fairweather urged local people to also play their part in preparing for severe weather.

He said: “The council and its partners plan ahead to protect services in the county during winter weather, but in extreme conditions such as those experienced last year, everyday life can be disrupted.

“However, we can all minimise the impact by planning ahead and taking some basic steps to be prepared at home, at work and while travelling.”

Information about preparing for severe weather is available via the council’s website at www.angus.gov.uk/readyangus. During severe weather, regular updates on council services will be available at www.angus.gov.uk/winterwatch.

Updates will also be available via Twitter @anguscouncil, and Facebook.com/anguscouncil.

Further information on categories, including route maps, is also available on the council’s website at www.angus.gov.uk/wintermaintenance.