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MSP calls into question North Lanarkshire Council's preparations for this year's winter

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:30 GMT on Saturday, October 29th, 2011.

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CUMBERNAULD and Kilsyth's MSP, Jamie Hepburn, has written to North Lanarkshire Council, enquiring about their winter readiness, following a Scottish Parliament debate.

At a Scottish Parliament Member's Debate, on Wednesday (26th October), the SNP MSP, referred back to last winter, when North Lanarkshire Council slashed their gritting routes by almost half, leaving schools shut and residents stranded. 

Mr Hepburn told the Scottish Parliament: "There are genuine concerns about the Council’s strategy for snow clearance, which left entire areas untouched. I hope that it has done the same as the Scottish Government and has learned the lessons from last winter. I hope, too, that its response will be better in the event that we experience the bad winter that we hope does not transpire."

Following the exchange, Mr Hepburn, announced that he had written to North Lanarkshire Council to ask about their Winter Resilience and preparations. 

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Commenting, Jamie Hepburn MSP said:  “Last year I had a large volume of contact from constituents across Cumbernauld and Kilsyth on the woeful efforts made by the Council in keeping roads, pavements and footpaths clears in our communities. This was despite the same problems having been experienced in winter 2009. It would seem that no lessons were learnt.

“I very much welcomed the opportunity to speak in the Scottish Parliament debate on winter resilience, which highlighted many of the worst aspects of the cold weather last year. The debate also highlighted the utter inadequacy of the measures put in place by North Lanarkshire Council, in comparison to other local authorities in other parts of Scotland.

“I have written to the Council to urge that the proper contingencies are put in place this year, to ensure that people in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth will be able to get out of their homes and have access to the vital services that they require.”  

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