Army helps clear Edinburgh's snow

Soldiers are to help clear Edinburgh's roads and pavements after it suffered the worst snowfall in nearly 50 years.

Many of the Scottish capital's residents have been stranded in their homes after 30in of snow piled up in some parts of the city - the heaviest snowfall since 1963.

Soldiers will be drafted in to help clear the way after Edinburgh City Council held talks with the Ministry of Defence and the Scottish government.

Under the plans, soldiers will be helping residents from the hardest hit areas of the city, as well as those who need to get access to medical help.

They will also help to clear special locations such as doctors' surgeries, care homes and hospitals.

Councillor Robert Aldridge said: "Edinburgh is the first authority in Scotland to seek help from the military to ensure our most vulnerable residents get the support they need to ensure access to hospital and other emergency services.

"In these special cases, identified by the council, soldiers will be working hard to make sure these people get the treatment they need. Our own staff will continue to carry out snow clearance and gritting to keep the city moving".

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