Update - Busby Glen
After receiving a very disappointing letter from Scottish Water this morning regarding Busby Glen - copied below - I met with them again this afternoon, and outlined my significant disappointment that at this late stage, we have now been notified that Busby Glen will be "highly unlikely" to be open over the school holiday period. From what they have said, it is impossible that it will be open.
This is hugely disappointing, and the communication regarding this issue has been lacking. I made my views on this clear, and reflected that the local community would feel sorely let down in this situation.
I will continue to engage with Scottish Water and all stakeholders on this issue.
Letter: Good morning all,
I am writing to you with an update on the status of our ongoing work to improve the sewer network in Busby Glen and I apologise for the delay in being able to share this information.
As you all know there has been a considerable delay to the project, due to a number of circumstances outwith our control, which we have discussed previously.
We are acutely aware of the concern of stakeholders and the wider community that the park remains closed for public use and I wanted to assure you that we are working hard to advance these works to completion as soon as possible.
As discussed at our previous meetings, we have been awaiting the outcome of negotiations between East Renfrewshire Council and Scottish Power Energy Networks, to allow SPEN to install power to our infrastructure. Unfortunately, an agreement has proved to be complex and negotiations stalled.
To address this issue and prevent further delay, Scottish Water has now progressed a solution to allow us to install a duct for the cable at our risk and install the cable at a later date once necessary permissions are in place.
This will allow the completion of the construction element and we will deliver a package of reinstatement measures, agreed with ERC, within the park area.
Once complete, and relevant inspections have been carried out, the park will be handed back to East Renfrewshire Council to re-open the facility to the public.
Our programme to complete this work, without the power cable in place, will be as follows. • Monday 23rd May: Work was started to upgrade the sewer pipes beneath the railway arch at Printers Land started and is expected to take around six weeks. • Week beginning 18th July: Work will begin to install a duct within the park which will house the power cable. • Reinstatement: a package of reinstatement measures will be completed. I will write to you again shortly with a timeline for this will be confirmed once contractors are in place.
Again, we would like to take this opportunity to offer our sincere apologies for the length of time it has taken to deliver this project.
We fully recognise the importance of access to green spaces within communities, especially during what has been a challenging time for everyone, and we fully understand the frustrations which have been voiced.
It has been necessary to keep the park closed for health and safety reasons, due to the nature of the construction site and the necessary maintenance required to make the wider area safe for public use.
Unfortunately, it is unlikely the park will be re-opened for use during the summer holidays, and this is something we deeply regret. We are treating this outstanding work as a matter of priority and I hope to provide more information in the next few days.