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London Road Primary School: More Glasgow City Council Favours for Celtic

There are two Glasgow City Council planning references being used by the Council to facilitate Celtic’s quest for the destruction of the London Road Primary School which they don’t own.

The first is 12/01359/DC which relates to the Development of the site containing the school:

Development

https://publicaccess.glasgow.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=M6P7G0EXW4000

And the second is 12/01360/DC which relates to the Demolition of the school:

Demolition

https://publicaccess.glasgow.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=M6P7G7EXW4000

Only Glasgow City Council would get things backwards when the Development comes first in the sequence before Demolition. The last entry in the Demolition doc list is ‘Decision’  which is the approval and is dated 3 July 2013 whereas in the Development list the last doc called ‘Notice of Initiation’ is dated 1 Nov 2013.

Under the Demolition doc list is Historic Scotland’s assessment. It is the second STATUTORY CONSULTEE doc dated 12th Sept 2012 where Louisa Humm, Senior Heritage Management Officer rejects the demolition.

Historic Scotland assessment

https://publicaccess.glasgow.gov.uk/online-applications/files/722EB4DE83A66057A5F6869873802CAE/pdf/12_01360_DC-STATUTORY_CONSULTEE-422403.pdf

The Demolition ‘Decision’ doc contains a clause preventing demolition until there is a bat survey. There is also Clause no. 2:

No Demolition clause on Decision

So the redevelopment contracts have to be in place before demolition. Who is the developer?

Notice of Initiation under the Development

DRS Initiation doc

Note: the body carrying out the development is the DRS, this is Glasgow City Council’s Development and Regeneration Services dept and the Owner in the next box down, because it is blank, is the same as the applicant, Celtic.

When did Celtic purchase the site? What was the price? Was it the £300,000 leaked through Gerry Braiden on 08/05/2013 to test the waters of public opinion? http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/celtics-superstore-and-museum-on-old-school-site-given-go-ahead-123675n.21020173 Where did this figure get plucked out of the air from?

No documents can be found searching the Glasgow City Council doc search facility for London Road Primary School except the 3 Planning Application Committee docs from 7th May 2013 when the land was still in Council’s hands until the 18th Nov 2013. One doc is a Minute and the other two are reports dated 10th August 2012 and no sale is mentioned. Meaning the Notice of Initiation above is wrong and the Council still owns the land. The Notice of Initiation has to be redrafted with no coverup or corruption.

With the Development and Regeneration Services dept. of Glasgow City Council acting as the Developer this verifies that the Council still owns the site. Looks like DRS demolishes the site then Glasgow City Council hands it over to Celtic. Wouldn’t want Celtic having the extra costs for demolition when the Council can pay. So prior to any demolition the DRS contracts should appear on the Glasgow City council doc search site: 

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/councillorsandcommittees/DocumentSearchPublic.asp#

Note: The start date on the Notice of Initiation is 11/11/13 when WH Malcolm’s was to start.  Malcolm’s is known as a demolisher and not known for construction. Why isn’t this in Demolition list?

London Road Primary School

What does Celtic get from demolition of the school? Take a look at the previous Masterplan Framework (2009) which preserved the school:

Masterplan Frameowrk 2009

The ‘Avenue of Heroes’ is there with the green arrows, there’s carparking between it and the Superstore/Museum/Ticket Office in sky blue and the school in purple with VIP parking on the RHS. What extra does the demolition give Celtic? Let’s look at the new Phase 1 plans of the same area after demolition:

Phase 1 Front of stadium

All Celtic are gaining is moving the VIP carparking closer to the Superstore/Museum/Ticket Office, which was always two stories high. So part of Glasgow’s heritage is destroyed so VIPs don’t have to walk as far.

It appears that Glasgow City Council sat and did nothing to preserve this historic building since 2004 when it closed. Willfully allowing the last B-listed school in Glasgow to rot and decay to such a condition that it will be condemned. Glasgow City Council doing the dirty work and taking the bad PR for the demolition then allow Celtic to swan in when the dust literally settles, purchase the land and build over the site.

Why could the school building not have been part of the proposed Celtic Museum development and retained?  It is open plan within the centre, with lots of light coming through a central atrium like an art gallery or museum. It seems Celtic did not want to retain the history of the locality. Celtic would appear to have an aversion to history.

Simple question: Which one of these buildings represents timeless architecture built by craftsmen stonemasons, that should be preserved?

London Road Primary SchoolCeltic park Entrance

Another Glasgow City Council Favour to Celtic 

Why is Glasgow City Council planning to demolish a historic building that the council, sorry taxpayers, own for the purposes of another party, Celtic, which didn’t own the land, develop the site then sell the land off cheaply? Because there is no way Celtic will not end up with this land which is within the Celtic Triangle [where land value disappears] when the Council has cheaply sold all it’s other parcels of land to Celtic.

The Council, a public body, might not be aware but Celtic is a PLC, Public Limited Company, a profit making company. It’s listed on the Stock Exchange their accounts are so hidden they’re available online to everyone – including councils. In the year to Sept 2013Celtic’s Group Revenue increased by 47.7% to £75.82m (In 2012 it was £51.34m). Does this sound like they need a financial leg up?

The London Road Primary School site is worth more than £300,000. Celtic have been dying to get it for years. Clue to Council on Negotiation 101. When somebody really wants something they are willing to pay a lot for it. How much would Tesco or Asda pay for that site? That’s what the Council should have be asking for the land. Even just to compensate for the loss of a historic site, the price should be set higher and the extra money given to Historic Scotland, to save other buildings which are out of the reach of Glasgow City Council and Celtic.

Single party closed transactions are a fraud and a corruption on the taxpayers of Glasgow who would have had their bills reduced or services increased/not closed if these councillors were not doing favours for one particular party repeatedly and the highest price was obtained. Glasgow ratepayers look likely to be shafted by their Council representatives yet again.

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Discussion

6 thoughts on “London Road Primary School: More Glasgow City Council Favours for Celtic

  1. Surely DRS cannot demolish the building. They have not obtained Listed Building Consent, that was Celtic. However, the consensus opinion seems to be DRS will carry out this element of the contract and hand the prepared site over to CFC.

    Posted by Beejayar | November 22, 2013, 11:28 pm
  2. Shameful, although what do you expect from both the council and CFC

    Posted by Jim | November 27, 2013, 4:25 pm
  3. Been following this blog for a couple of months now , got a link to it from Bill McMurdo’s WordPress , comments section , there’s a guy PZJ who has been doing similar work , he posts comments on Bill’s blog

    Excellent work from you on here , been reading with utter disbelief at times , I’m sure we’ve all heard the rumours of GCC and Celtic’s “special relationship” but this is corruption on a huge scale !

    Would getting PZJ to comment on here and maybe share valuable information be of any help to you ? Or has he already ?

    This has to hit the mainstream media surely ? I for one would like to see these “strange deals” out in the open for the Glasgow and Scottish public to see !

    This has got to be state aid on a massive scale , corruption and illegality is alive and well for all to see !

    Great work and a fantastic blog ,

    Keep up the good work , cheers

    Posted by Kenny S | December 4, 2013, 2:11 pm
  4. If you are saying that GCC have made a mistake then, fair enough, they have been known to make mistakes. But if you’re alleging something underhand going on between GCC and CFC then I hope you can back this up, as they’d be serious allegations.

    Posted by Johnnie | December 18, 2013, 2:43 am
  5. As for the land on which London Road Primary sits, I understand that Celtic FC now own this land. If this is the case then it is now private land, and you or I don’t have any say in the matter.

    You posted the a comparison of Celtic Park with the school and I fail to see where the comparison is. The school is a beautiful piece of architecture but Celtic Park has been on the same ground longer, since 1892, I believe. If the school is in a state of disrepair then there’s nothing we can do about it.

    There are calls for the school to be taken down brick by brick but the bill for this idea would be tremendous, so that is also unworkable. At least the Club will be retaining and bringing back to life the school’s perimeter wall.

    The area is changing forever with the Commonwealth Village, Velodrome and new residential areas and amenities and it’s about time the East End had major investment. Decaying and contaminated wastelands have been a sever blight on the area for many, many decades to go hand-in-hand with the poverty that the area has always suffered.

    Now in 2013, we are coming out of the other end of the global recession and the area is seeing untold investment from both the public & private sectors, multi-million pound deals, crucial M74 link, construction of the new Clyde Gateway linking M74 to M8 (via Celtic Park), the Dalmarnock train station redevelopment, etc. The Games are just what the area has been crying out for since Day Dot and naturally, this is going to help businesses in the area in a major way, Celtic FC, of course hosting the Opening Ceremony, being right in the heart of it. Long overdue.

    I have been reading a few posts like this and you can feel the rampant jealousy leaping from the screen. There is a faction out there with an agenda (naturally, I’m sure you’ll agree). A faction whom, not so long ago, were promised a £3/4billion redevelopment of their own area, it was on the front page of newspapers, made the News, the lot. Turned out to be all hot air. There has been a lot of the same hot air in the past 2 years as well, but that’s beside the point.

    Now they look over here and see another area getting that redevelopment (and then some) and that’s got to hurt. So posts like these tend to make me smile heartily.

    Actually, now I think about it, the proposed redevelopment of the Ibrox area, with it’s super casinos, 70’000 seater stadiums (with hovering pitches & retractable roofs, of course) and full-time employment for 1500 local people would just be nearing completion just now, would it not..?

    Posted by Johnnie | December 18, 2013, 3:25 am
    • Is that the best you can come up with Johnny ? Time will tell … Lololol ! What arrogance , what sanctimonious , facetious and ultimately , at the end of you’re comment .. Ironic jealousy ! Couldn’t help yourself could you Johnny ? You were going along so well too .. Right up until you just HAD to talk about “a faction” always the same with people like you Johnny .. You just can’t stop talking about The … Lol lol lol , same old inferiority complex , seek help , for your own sake as well as your families and ALL those around you !, what a stupid post , shows you up for what you are Johnny …cheers for that , gave me a right good laugh , what a good way to wake up on your day off ! Lol lol !

      Posted by Kenny S | December 18, 2013, 10:33 am

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