Landscapers still to be appointed
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