Roadworks won’t be hit by firm’s woes
Land Engineering go under with jobs losses revealed
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