Local Government Association dubs AA snow press release 'ridiculous scaremongering'

The Local Government Association (LGA) has hit out at the AA for issuing a press release questioning whether councils are prepared for severe snowfall.

'Ridiculous scaremongering': AA snow press release
'Ridiculous scaremongering': AA snow press release

An AA press release on 14 December claimed that ‘industry sources’ said councils have a quarter of a million tonnes less road salt than a decade ago. The story was used in The Telegraph, The Guardian and The Mirror.

AA president Edmund King called for assurances that there would not be a repeat of February’s ‘snow chaos’ on the roads.

But LGA transport and regeneration chairman David Sparks stated that the press release displayed ‘startling ignorance’.

‘It is ridiculous scaremongering for the AA to suggest that councils are not prepared for prolonged winter weather,’ said Sparks.

AA head of public affairs Paul Watters defended the press release: ‘We were not scaremongering. We heard that if we had a repeat of last year’s weather we’d be in the same boat. I’d agree we didn’t raise a report because there wasn’t one – they were industry soundings.’

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