Call for report over half-finished work
Councillor demands clarity after firm goes bust
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