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Snow leads to anti-tax campaign

Snow plough
Council crews have been told to target priority routes

Residents have been urged to refuse to pay council tax for a month in protest over the level of snow clearing on roads in and around their village.

The Grantown on Spey Highland Council Tax Strike has been launched on the social networking website Facebook.

A message about the campaign said roads and pavements had not been cleared and refuse left uncollected.

Last month, council convener Sandy Park called for patience from the public over the clearing of snow and ice.

The local authority said conditions were among the worst seen in 30 years.

Mr Park said the council was responsible for 4,200 miles of roads and gritting crews had to target priority routes first.

Train derailment

Last month he said: "We have the longest road network of any council within Scotland and, as such, it is simply not possible to treat every road at the same time."

He added that severe weather meant some routes had not been treated.

Snow and ice has disrupted road, rail and air travel in the Highlands and Islands since the first snow before Christmas.

The railway line between Inverness and Aviemore remains closed after a freight train derailed on Monday.

Emergency services have urged people to check that neighbours, especially older people, have been coping.

The British Red Cross said it was on stand-by to assist pregnant women on Skye as they reached their due dates and needed to be taken to hospital.

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