Road­work

Land­sca­pers still to be ap­pointed

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

A com­pany is yet to be ap­pointed to main­tain the land­scape around the Cathkin Re­lief Road in the long term.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil said its staff were con­tin­u­ing to com­plete main­te­nance tasks after Land En­gi­neer­ing went bust.

A com­pany is yet to be ap­pointed to main­tain the land­scape around the Cathkin Re­lief Road in the long term, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has con­firmed.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity said staff were con­tin­u­ing to com­plete main­te­nance tasks after Land En­gi­neer­ing – the com­pany hired to build and main­tain the Cathkin Re­lief Road area – went bust.

The com­pany an­nounced in June that it had gone into ad­min­is­tra­tion.

It had orig­i­nally agreed to land­scape and main­tain the ground around the road over the next five years.

Some lo­cals have ex­pressed concerns about the standard of the work around the road.

Speak­ing at a meet­ing of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, Coun­cil­lor Robert Brown said a so­lu­tion must be found im­me­di­ately. He added: “Land En­gi­neer­ing’s demise was un­for­tu­nate and threw the nu­mer­ous prob­lems con­nected with the land­scape com­ple­tion and main­te­nance back on the coun­cil.

“It was in­evitable that there would be a pe­riod of time be­fore al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments were put in place. In the mean­time the coun­cil’s land ser­vices depart­ment has done some ba­sic grass cut­ting and sim­i­lar work, but it is now time to see a proper regime in place to sort out the re­main­ing is­sues and main­tain the land­scaped ar­eas go­ing for­ward.

“I am re­ceiv­ing in­creas­ing com­plaints about things like the con­di­tion of the verges around the site and the need for thor­ough at­ten­tion to the var­i­ous re­main­ing snag­ging is­sues which would nor­mally have been dealt with by this time. Lo­cal res­i­dents want to see the land­scap­ing fin­ished and prop­erly cared for.

“I had pre­vi­ously been as­sured that Land En­gi­neer­ing had not been paid for work not done and there were also suf­fi­cient re­ten­tions in the con­tract. In other words, fi­nance is not a prob­lem in do­ing what is nec­es­sary.”

Gordon Mackay, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s head of roads and trans­porta­tion, said: “South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s grounds ser­vice has now taken on the com­ple­tion of out­stand­ing plant­ing and land­scap­ing is­sues fol­low­ing the con­trac­tor, Land En­gi­neer­ing, go­ing into ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“Ar­range­ments for longer term main­te­nance of the land­scaped ar­eas re­main un­der dis­cus­sion with our City Deal part­ners.”

First mooted over five decades ago and long part of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s trans­port plan, the Cathkin Re­lief Road only be­came a re­al­is­tic prospect in 2014 thanks to City Deal fund­ing.

A part­ner­ship be­tween the UK and Scot­tish gov­ern­ments and eight lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, it saw £1 bil­lion of fund­ing put in place for a se­ries of in­fra­struc­ture projects across the Clyde Val­ley.

Change of plan Land En­gi­neer­ing work­ers were sup­posed to main­tain the road sur­round­ings over the next five years but the com­pany has gone into ad­min­is­tra­tion

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