Almost five months after promising to appoint a project manager to drive forward controversial plans for a new Birmingham city centre library, council leaders are yet to fill the post.
Responsibility for proposals for a £105 million lending and reference library in Centenary Square has been placed temporarily in the hands of Terry Perkins, a planner from the transportation and highways department.
Mr Perkins, seconded from his normal duties, will continue to deal with the early stages of shaping a bid for Government funding until a permanent project manager can be found.
Cabinet regeneration member Ken Hardeman said he hoped the post could be filled by mid-August.
That would be more than five months after the cabinet decided to proceed with the Centenary Square scheme.
The delay was criticised by Sir Albert Bore, leader of the Labour opposition group, who said he feared plans were in danger of collapsing.
Sir Albert said the council's Conservative-Liberal Democrat leadership was no closer to identifying funding for the library, neither had it decided where to position a separate archive and family history centre.
A cabinet decision to site the archives at Millennium Point, in Eastside, is under review with premises at the former Municipal Bank, 301 Broad Street, considered.
Sir Albert said: "They haven't appointed a project director because there is no project.
"They can't make their minds up what to do.
"A project director is absolutely vital, to define the product, work out the costings and get funding.
"This is an illustration the council leadership is not in a position to proceed."
Sir Albert, who wants the library on a single site at Eastside, said there was a need for quick decisions given the likelihood developers are about to apply for planning permission to go ahead with the £550 million Arena Central development off Broad Street - a site including 301 Broad Street.
Property group Argent, which owns the nearby Paradise Forum, has indicated it wants to redevelop the area including the existing Central Library by 2010, Sir Albert said.