£9m sea wall project is ‘back on track’

Work continues on Kirkcaldy's sea wall
Work continues on Kirkcaldy's sea wall

Concerns over possible delays to work on Kirkcaldy’s sea wall after a sub contractor went in to administration, have been allayed this week.

One of the sub contractors working on the project went into administration last week and it was thought this could have a knock-on effect to the £9 million sea wall improvement.

However, Fife Council has confirmed that there will be no negative impact.

Murray Scott, the Council’s consultant engineer, confirmed the sub contractor had gone into administration.

He said: “It’s unfortunate that this has happened. However the main contractor on the project, VolkerStevin has retained the employees and the plant that were being used and we have recovered most of the lost time incurred. The project is now back on track.”

David Torrance, Kirkcaldy MSP, said: “I’m looking for reassurances that work will continue, be on time and in budget. Any delay could have a knock-on effect on events planned for next year, like the Links Market, the sand races and the Tour Series cycling, if it returns.”

Local residents had also expressed concerns to councillors about the nature of some of the materials being dug up by those working on site.

But again, the Council has given its reassurances.

Mr Scott added: “With this type of work, disruption to the beach is unavoidable. We will take measures to clear the beach from any unsuitable material as works progress.

“A drop-in centre is open on site between 12.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. Monday to Thursday so that local people can come in and ask any questions they might have on how the work is going.”

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy area committee, told The Press: “This is a massive construction operation of a particularly technical nature.

“It appears the diggers are churning up waste which may be over 80 years old from beneath the sand and this has caused some concern locally.

“I am assured that the Environment Impact Assessment and Risk Register for the project are in the hands of professionals and that offers some reassurance for a lay-person like me.

“I hope people will take the opportunity to talk to the staff at the drop-in facility on-site if problems or fears are raised so that they can be addressed by these responsible professionals.”

Work to redevelop Kirkcaldy’s ageing sea wall started last month. The wall is being refurbished and heightened.

Contractor VolkerStevin will be on site until November. It will then continue in March and work until completion in autumn 2014.