Contingency fund money to be set aside to cover damage from Storms Arwen, Malik, and Corrie

Councillor Ryan Houghton, Convener of City Growth and Resources Committee, Aberdeen City Council

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MONEY is to be made available immediately from Aberdeen City Council’s general fund contingency budget to deal with storm damage to trees caused by Storms Arwen, Malik, and Corrie.

The council’s city growth and resources committee today unanimously approved the move after a motion to committee by Convener Councillor Ryan Houghton.

Cllr Houghton said: “There was a tremendous amount of work carried out by our tree squad and other council services over the three storms and we appreciate all that was done.

“It is clear it will take a considerable amount of time to remove trees and branches along with other remedial work so additional money from the general fund contingency budget is appropriate at this time.”

The committee agreed that the money is to be quantified and immediately set aside after discussions between the Chief Officer of Finance and the Chief Officer of Operations and Protective Services.

It was agreed that at the financial year-end, any unused portion of that sum would continue into the next financial year to enable the work and also to pursue any Scottish Government or external funding that may become available to assist local authorities with the additional pressures brought on them by the storms.

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