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EXTRA£100,000 TO HELP MONITOR SUBSIDENCE RISK AT EAST RENFREWSHIRE

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Minister for finance, Jack McConnell has announced his decision to give an extra£100,000 to East Renfrewshire Coun...
Minister for finance, Jack McConnell has announced his decision to give an extra£100,000 to East Renfrewshire Council to allow them to address a potential public safety issue on its doorstep.

This support, which is in the form of an additional capital allocation, will help the council monitor underground conditions at the former Braidbar Quarries site in Giffnock.

Mr McConnell said:

'The authority is currently looking at options for addressing an underlying problem of subsidence. In the meantime, I am pleased to be able to confirm the allocation of additional resources which will allow the council to install seismic monitoring equipment to keep the situation under review.

'This announcement shows the Scottish executive's commitment to working in partnership with local authorities and demonstrates our pledge to listen and respond to local needs.'

BACKGROUND

1. The Scottish executive was approached by East Renfrewshire Council about a mineral stability problem at the former Braidbar quarries site in Giffnock. which requires major capital investment.

2. Recent investigations by mining consultants engaged by the council revealed a risk of subsidence over the entire area of the excavations at the site.

3. The council is considering a range of options for remedial action and public safety. In the meantime, the council wants to purchase seismic monitoring equipment to keep the underlying ground conditions under review. It is for this purpose the additional allocation is being made.

Local authorities require the consent of the Scottish ministers under section 94 of the local government (Scotland) Act 1973 before they incur a liability to meet capital expenses.

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