£200K Roads Funding

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MORE than £200,000 has been handed to East Dunbartonshire Council to help with roads wrecked by last year’s big freeze.

The Scottish Government cash is East Dunbartonshire’s share of an extra £15million made available to councils across Scotland to cover the impact of the extreme weather in December.

Finance Secretary John Swinney said: “East Dunbartonshire Council has to deal with the problem of potholes and the exceptional costs of the extra roads maintenance needed this winter. Overall the money we are providing is three times last year’s amount and I believe the severity of the conditions faced by all councils merits an increase of that size.”

But council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “We welcome the extra money, but it wont even cover half the damage done to our roads - and we don’t know whether we will be getting more cold weather in the coming months.”

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