Call for re­port over half-fin­ished work

Coun­cil­lor de­mands clar­ity af­ter firm goes bust

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A Ruther­glen coun­cil­lor has re­quested a full re­port into the im­pli­ca­tions for the Cathkin Re­lief Road of the col­lapse of con­trac­tors Land En­gi­neer­ing.

The com­pany went bust in May, just months into a fiveyear agree­ment to land­scape and main­tain the area around the road.

Coun­cil­lor Robert Brown said he has been promised de­tailed in­for­ma­tion from South La­nark­shire Coun­cil about how the work will be com­pleted.

He added: “It is clear that there are still a lot of loose ends to be fi­nalised. The grassed ar­eas leave a good bit to be de­sired, there are ar­eas which need to be cleared of stones and lev­elled off and there are poor fin­ishes in some parts along the out­side of the project.

“There are other in­di­vid­ual is­sues, some resur­fac­ing of neigh­bour­ing roads and some com­mu­nity ben­e­fit prom­ises to be taken for­ward such as the path through the wood from Glen­farg to Hill­head Av­enue.

“On top of that, there is the com­plex issue of main­tain­ing the land­scape, cut­ting the grass, re­plac­ing and main­tain­ing bushes and bring­ing some land­scape area up to scratch. The coun­cil’s own land ser­vices are do­ing some work on tem­po­rary main­te­nance but that needs to be put on a proper ba­sis as soon as pos­si­ble.

“I also want to see the pre­cise fi­nan­cial po­si­tion – how much has been kept for re­ten­tions, what is the fi­nan­cial im­pact of the five-year main­te­nance ar­range­ment, have we lost any money due to the ad­min­is­tra­tion and so on.”

Gor­don Mackay, head of roads and trans­porta­tion, said: “The de­tailed in­for­ma­tion re­quested by Coun­cil­lor Brown is cur­rently be­ing col­lated and will be pro­vided to him shortly.

“How­ever, in broad terms, we are con­fi­dent that the fund­ing we re­tain will be suf­fi­cient to cover the costs of com­plet­ing the out­stand­ing works, and the fu­ture main­te­nance of the landscaping. Ar­range­ments are al­ready in hand to com­plete the out­stand­ing works.”

I also want to see the pre­cise fi­nan­cial po­si­tion

A Cam­bus­lang woman is due to ap­pear in court for trial af­ter it is claimed she pushed another fe­male to the ground.

Cather­ine McCafferty, 49, who was on bail at the time of the al­leged in­ci­dent, is ac­cused of as­sault­ing the woman at Cru­achan Road, Ruther­glen, on July 1, 2016.

The Ar­ran Tower res­i­dent was also charged with breach­ing an an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour or­der.

McCafferty is set to re­turn for trial at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court on July 19. A Cam­bus­lang man has ad­mit­ted en­ter­ing the field of play af­ter the 2016 Scottish Cup fi­nal and shout­ing at a Rangers player.

Michael Glen ad­mit­ted to ap­proach­ing Rob Kier­nan and ges­tic­u­lat­ing in an ag­gres­sive man­ner to­wards him on May 21 at the match be­tween the Ibrox side and Hiber­nian at Ham­p­den Park.

The 35-year-old man, of Hamilton Road, also re­peat­edly ges­tic­u­lated to other sup­port­ers of the op­pos­ing team and chal­lenged them to a fight.

Glen pled guilty to the charges against him at a hear­ing on June 16 at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court and his sen­tence was de­ferred to July 19. Re­port Coun­cil­lor Robert Brown, pic­tured at the open­ing of the re­lief road, wants more de­tails on how the col­lapse of Land En­gi­neer­ing could af­fect the project

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