Road­works won’t be hit by firm’s woes

Land Engi­neer­ing go un­der with jobs losses re­vealed

Rutherglen Reformer - - Court - Dou­glas Dickie

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has said work will con­tinue on land­scap­ing around the Cathkin Re­lief Road de­spite the com­pany re­spon­si­ble go­ing into ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Land Engi­neer­ing were also con­tracted to carry out main­te­nance along the con­tro­ver­sial route un­til 2022.

But last week they told longserv­ing staff ar­riv­ing for work that they were be­ing made re­dun­dant.

The news prompted con­cerns that on­go­ing work on the Cathkin Re­lief Road would be de­layed as well as rais­ing ques­tions about who would take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the road go­ing for­ward.

The coun­cil’s head of roads and trans­porta­tion ser­vices, Gor­don Mackay, said: “We are sorry to hear the news about Land Engi­neer­ing go­ing into ad­min­is­tra­tion and in par­tic­u­lar peo­ple los­ing their jobs.

“With re­gards to the Cathkin Re­lief Road, we are con­sid­er­ing the op­tions avail­able to us to com­plete the re­main­ing land­scap­ing works and de­liver on­go­ing main­te­nance.

“The re­main­ing works will be un­der­taken and we are ac­tively pur­su­ing op­tions to al­low us to do this.

“In the in­terim we have asked our in­ter­nal grounds ser­vices to pro­vide as­sis­tance in re­la­tion to the in­com­plete grass-cut­ting ex­er­cise and we ex­pect them to be on site in the com­ing days.”

Alan McLen­nan, who led op­po­si­tion to the road, told the Re­former a lot of work still had to be done.

He said: “Right now the main con­cern is to get the job fin­ished, be­cause as far as I am con­cerned, it isn’t fin­ished.

“There is a lot of de-ston­ing still to do if we are talk­ing about get­ting grass down.

“The protest group met with Land Engi­neer­ing and coun­cil of­fi­cials last April and we were as­sured the project would be com­pleted as per the plans with trees ex­actly where they said and right now that isn’t the case.

“There was a big fan­fare about the project be­ing com­plete in Fe­bru­ary, but it is still not fin­ished.”

Work­ing hard Land Engi­neer­ing work­ers make fin­ish­ing touches to the Re­lief Road ear­lier this year, but the com­pany has now gone into ad­min­is­tra­tion cast­ing doubt on who will main­tain the road go­ing for­ward

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