Celtic’s fight against NHS Clawback provisions
NHS Property sales must have a Clawback provision built into any land sale in order that the NHS benefit if the land is sold on. Another document released by NHS GGC, shows how Celtic fought so hard not to have this inclusion that advisers, Tom Campbell CE of the Lennoxtown Initiative (and author of this document) and the NHS Board solicitor & the External Property Adviser advised the NHS GGC Board via the Chief Executive and the Director of Finance not to go ahead if Clawback wasn’t included. The advisers were of the opinion that this
‘strengthened our view that Celtic have a strategy which sees some kind of development in the Upper site at some point in the future which has a higher value that (sic) that being proposed’
Lennoxtown Initiative was compromising NHS negotiations and working for Celtic
Same document as above goes on to show that the Lennoxtown Initiative was undermining the NHS land sale negotiations with Celtic. The Lennoxtown Initiative had already agreed in principle to a SLA with Celtic as well as trying to pull down the Clawback provisions. The adviser says that ‘the Initiative’s intervention could have an impact on the risk associated with clawback and a potential receipt to the NHS‘.
The Lennoxtown Initiative were threatening the NHS with the East Dunbartonshire Council having a £1 option on the hospital land which would then be transferred to the Lennoxtown Initiative and then to Celtic. The adviser said ‘I regard this as an attempt by the club (Celtic) to circumvent conditions which are designed to protect the public asset and potential receipts to the both the Initiative and the NHS.’
The author of the letter, Thomas Campbell, also has taken advice from the NHS Board’s legal adviser to block the threat of the £1 option.
The Lennoxtown Initiative stands completely compromised with it’s background dealings with Celtic by Thomas Campbell, who was a NHS GGC representative on the board.
Who in the NHS thought the Lennoxtown Initiative was a good idea and who gave the EDC the possibility of the option in the first place?
Thanks for the Vanguard Bears in doing a lot of the legwork in this exercise.