Worried council's winter warning

PUBLISHED: 15:55 20 September 2011 | UPDATED: 15:55 20 September 2011

NORTH Somerset Council will struggle under the financial weight of another hard winter.

Senior councillors and staff this week said that if the same level of snow falls on our roads this year as it has for the past two years, it will result in ‘financial consequences’ for the unitary authority.

The news was revealed at a meeting of the council’s most senior members, but reassurances were given that there had been some forward planning into the matter.

Development and environment director David Turner said a good level of grit will be available, but any long-term bad weather could cause problems.

Deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees said: “We have invested in the roads so that if this happens they do not break down. We have resurfaced a number of them rather than just filling the potholes.

“But if we do have a bad winter, we will need to carry out more emergency repairs and we would have to find the money to do that.”

North Somerset Council says it grits about 28 per cent of roads during snowy and icy conditions and council leader Nigel Ashton says there is ongoing work to make sure the public is soon aware of contingency plans for waste collections in the event of bad weather.

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