I am very disappointed at the latest update, received at the end of this afternoon, from Scottish Water in relation to the ongoing works at Busby Glen. As you can see below, where I have copied the letter in full, the anticipated date of Busby Glen being reverted to the Council is now given as mid October. The delays and communication in this situation have been unacceptable, and anyone watching will now be wondering how reliable mid October is as a timescale, given the repeated assurances of timescales which have all failed to come to pass. This is just not good enough, and I will be taking the whole sorry saga up further with Scottish Water. _____________________________________ FROM SCOTTISH WATER: "As promised, I am writing to update you on the progress of our works at Busby Glen to improve the waste water network in the area, and to give you a clearer timeline for completion of this project. Works at Printer’s Land to upgrade the foul drainage system have been completed. Work started on Monday 18th July to install the ducting which will house the cable to power our infrastructure. This is expected to take approx. two weeks to complete. Scottish Water’s alliance partner Amey Binnies will commence reinstatement on 1st August for approximately 10 weeks. Following a site visit, a package of reinstatement works has been agreed with East Renfrewshire Council, which includes repair or replacement of broken fence panels, topsoiling, and grass seeding, signage reinstalled, litter picking, footpath reinstatement, tidying of the playpark, grass, and vegetation trimming and re-hanging the park gates. A contractor is now in place to carry out the reinstatement of the wider park area, which includes more than a mile of pathways that require to be treated and cleared before the park can be handed back to East Renfrewshire Council. Following the reinstatement period, It is anticipated that the park will be handed back to East Renfrewshire Council by mid-October. Fencing will remain around newly grassed areas to allow it to become established. Some areas will remain fenced off to allow grass seeding to become established. As with all works of this nature, especially reinstatement, the programme can be affected by a number of circumstances, such as poor weather conditions. Scottish Water will return to the park to carry out cable installation and commissioning activities at a later date, but it will not require further closure of the park. I again offer our sincere apologies that this significant investment has taken so long to deliver, due to several unforeseen circumstances, which I have outlined in earlier correspondence. I understand there will be continued frustration that the park will not be open for some weeks yet and I want to reassure you that every effort is being made to bring this work to a conclusion that will see the community reunited with this beautiful park."
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