Scotland ready for icy blast


Dealing with last year’s unprecedented cold winter has left Scotland well prepared to cope with severe weather, according to Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham.

Speaking after she chaired a Scottish Government Resilience Committee meeting this morning to assess the current cold snap, Ms Cunningham said:

“The Scottish Government, councils and other key services across Scotland pulled together last year to deal successfully with the coldest winter since 1914.

“This year we are confident that we have planned well ahead with councils reporting record levels of salt supplies and schools putting new closure alert systems in place for parents.

“While there is no clear evidence that this winter will be as severe as last year’s, lessons learned are already being put into practice and I am in no doubt that we are very well placed to deal with it if that happens.

“The Scottish Government’s Resilience Committee will be kept informed of developments over the next few days with a view to convening again if necessary.”

The Scottish Government has activated its ‘Ready Winter’ section of the website which contains practical advice and simple steps for people including weather and travel advice.