McAlpine welcomes extra funding for roads maintenance following extreme weather

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MSP Joan McAlpine has welcomed over half a million pounds of extra funding for Dumfries and Galloway Council to cover the cost of roads maintenance following the extended wintry weather. 

Scottish Government Finance Secretary Derek Mackay took the decision to allocate an additional £10 million for all 32 councils with the details of the distribution to be agreed with COSLA.  

Ms McAlpine commented:

“I welcome the Finance Secretary’s announcement that Dumfries and Galloway Council is to receive over £500’000 to support road repairs and maintenance – a significant proportion of the £10 million to be split between the 32 local authority areas.

“Scotland experienced unprecedented levels of extreme weather in recent months, culminating in the issuing of our first-ever Red Alert for snow by the Met Office in late February.

“The severe weather led to local authorities incurring unexpected additional costs to their maintenance budgets, and simultaneously caused more damage to Scotland’s road network.

“By assisting councils to keep our road networks safe and efficient, the Scottish Government is not only improving conditions for road users, by extending the life span of that network – benefiting the wider economy.