Falkirk East SNP MSP Angus MacDonald says “public has to play its part in preparing for harsh winter weather”

snow_plough_175x135Angus MacDonald said individuals and businesses could play a part in avoiding disruption if heavy snow fall returns to the area.

Speaking in Grangemouth today, he said:

"Here in Falkirk district we saw some incredibly harsh weather last winter, heavier than usual  amounts of snow and, consequently, a great deal of disruption.

"It is impossible to prevent weather disruption completely but it can be minimised through appropriate preparation - not just by Government at national and local level, but also by individuals and business.

"It is too early for accurate predictions of what this winter might bring however I am pleased that the Scottish Government has used the lessons learned to further improve this year’s preparations.

"We all have our part to play. For example I’ll be buying my snow shovel before any rush, and will be fitting winter tyres to my car next month."

Transport Minister Keith Brown met with emergency services and representatives from the public and private transport sectors last week to stress the importance of preparing for the possibility of another bad winter.

He also announced Get Ready for Winter Week which will be launched by the government on October 24 and will provide advice to members of the public and businesses on how to minimise the impact of any severe weather.

"It is essential that we remain vigilant in the face of the coming winter to enable the country to keep moving," Angus MacDonald added."

"If we do see a repeat of recent winters this year, the Government’s advice will allow everyone to take the small preparatory steps to minimise disruption in their homes, workplaces and communities.

"In addition Falkirk Council has pledged to improve its winter service plan following consultation with local Councillors.

Details of Falkirk Council’s Winter Service Plan can be found here:

http://www.falkirk.gov.uk/services/development/roads_services/roads_maintenance/winter_service/winter_service.aspx

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