Contractor admits High Street project was mis-managed

West end of Kirkcaldy High Street
West end of Kirkcaldy High Street

Land Engineering, the contractor responsible for the work at the west end of Kirkcaldy’sHigh Street, has admitted mis-management of the project.

The firm’s managing director said the project had stalled from the start after materials from China had arrived in the wrong order.

Stuart Dillet told Councillor Neil Crooks that kerbstones were needed to start work, but it was two containers of granite paving which were delivered first.

He admitted the project had not been managed effectively and said the person in charge no longer worked for the company.

Inventory checks had also failed to take place meaning a shortfall of five per cent of materials was discovered later into the works, causing further delays.

Mr Crooks said: “I had hoped for frank explanations of why his company had failed so badly and he was certainly frank.

“He took personal control of the contract two weeks ago and in my view there has been a significant change to the pace and organisation of works as a consequence. It is my view that Mr Dillett was extremely disappointed at the damage done to his business reputation, and he assured me that all possible steps would be taken to complete the remaining 20 per cent of the contract.”

David Henderson, chairman of Kirkcaldy West Community Council sought assurances from councillors at the Area Committee meeting yesterday (Wednesday) that the contractors for the scheduled Charlotte Street development would be selected on their ability to deliver on time and within budget.

Land Engineering was pegged for this,but serious concerns have been raised about extending the contract following the failures in Phase 3. Fife Council officers are considering these issues before the contract is awarded.