Winter’s 1000 salt bins

Scottish Borders Council is increasing the number of salt bins in the region to almost 1000 at a cost £16,000.

In 2012/13 salt usage was up to 43,000 tonnes from 23,000 the previous year and SBC staff were called out 271 times to pre-salt roads in 2012/13 – considerably higher than the annual winter average of 180.

Members of the public will be able to use salt from the salt bins to clear driveways and paths.