Letter to First Minister

Sturgeon urged to re-think halt on construction sites

Dormant: Scotland’s building sites are inactive

Builders and plant hirers in Scotland are demanding an easing of the lockdown in Scotland, warning that companies are running out of cash.

Federation of Master Builders Scotland director Gordon Nelson said that financial problems were mounting amid concern that Scotland was not following England in allowing some sites to resume work.

Bellway today joined other housebuilders Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon in announcing plans to be back on site next month.

Mr Nelson said: “There’s evidence that about two-thirds of small and medium-sized construction firms may only have the cash to survive another two to three months if the present circumstances continue.”

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Paul McCormack, managing director of Blackwood Plant Hire and representing the Scottish Plant Owners Association, has written to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

He has called for Scotland to be brought into line with the rest of the UK in allowing construction sites to operate.

“We feel that the different message from the Scottish Government regarding the construction industry compared to the rest of the UK is causing frustration throughout Scotland.

The SPOA Executive Committee do not understand why Scotland can be different from the rest of the UK

– Paul McCormack, SPOA

“Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes announced that they will be re-starting construction sites next week but not in Scotland until they have guidance from the Scottish Government.

“The SPOA Executive Committee do not understand why Scotland can be different from the rest of the UK.”

He adds that Scotland-based employees are working on sites in England and following the Construction Leadership Councils advice on safe working, but the same employee cannot work on a site in Scotland.

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