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Dumfries and Galloway winter weather response reviewed

Dumfries road
Image caption Councillors want to look at ways to extend the gritting operation on the region's roads

An urgent review is to be carried out into Dumfries and Galloway Council's response to severe winter weather.

It follows concern about how the authority is dealing with the prolonged freezing conditions.

At present 48% of the region's roads are being gritted but councillors want to explore options to scale-up the treatment programme.

A report is to be prepared on what investment and equipment is needed to enhance the service.

The move comes amid claims that many communities are still struggling with snow or ice.

Meanwhile, Stranraer Labour councillor Willie Scobie has called for registered social landlords to play their part in tackling the severe conditions.

He said they should ensure that streets and paths in their ownership were kept clear of snow and ice.

However, both Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership and Loreburn Housing Association have defended their actions.

They said their first priority was dealing with emergencies such as frozen and burst pipes and that they had neither the money nor the staff to get involved in snow clearing.

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