New home will help conserve Angus salt stock

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

A new £320,000 storage facility in Forfar will help the council manage its salt stocks more effectively.

Keeping the rock salt under cover will prevent it being exposed to rain, reducing waste through dilution and 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 and save 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.”

Councillor Fairweather urged local people to play their part in being prepared for severe weather.

He went on: “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 on 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.

For information on categories, including route maps, visit the council’s website at www.angus.gov.uk/wintermaintenance.