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Why GCC does not want to give up Westhorn Geotechnical report: It’s Celtic’s. GCC could not be bothered independently verifying.

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The excerpts above are from a report from the Information Commissioner resulting from a request to obtain Glasgow City Council’s (GCC) Geotechnical Report upon which the valuation of the Westhorn Recreational Ground sold to Celtic FC rests.

Except it’s not the Council’s report – it’s Celtic FC’s, the buyer.

And the GCC calls it an attempt at an ‘open market value’. So a hidden geotechnical report from the seller constitutes ‘open’? I’ve heard many weasel words from politicians & civil servants but that takes the biscuit.

Westhorn, remember, is subject to the EU State Aid case which alleges against Celtic that they bought the land for £675,000 undervalued from the seller, GCC, with the ‘abnormals’ on the land reducing the valuation.

And what were the Abnormals? Below is from a previous GCC response to a FoI request:

Westhorn Valuation

£3.5 million abnormals. Only representing 84% of the valuation.

So let’s get this straight:

A public body, beholding to taxpayers & ratepayers, GCC, is negotiating the sale of public land and the main item reducing the valuation is a report generated on behalf of the buyer, Celtic FC?

And the GCC did not do an independent check themselves?

Councils can outsource services but not their responsibilities to look after the ‘common wealth’ and certainly not to the party on the other side of a sale transaction.

Two becomes One: GCC lied in previous FoI response

two geotechnical reports lie by GCC

According to the Information Commissioner’s report there is only 1 geotechnical report and it’s Celtic FC’s. So why did Richard Brown, Executive Director of Development & Regeneration Services, GCC in a previous reply above on the 17th December 2013 say the GCC had commissioned their own geotechnical report? Does he understand that it’s an offence to lie under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002? Surely the GCC didn’t commission a geotechnical report, find that it did not fit their purposes and destroy the report? Because that would be an offence too.

Thank you to the persistence of the person who took this to the Information Commissioner this has come into the sunlight and been exposed for what it is – State Aid corruption at the heart of the relationship between Scotland’s biggest council, GCC, and Celtic, Scotland’s ‘Sporting Integrity’ team.

I would go back to the Information Commissioner with a copy of the latter response and report Mr Brown for misleading/deceptive conduct and see what happens. Since it’s in the public interest.

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Discussion

9 thoughts on “Why GCC does not want to give up Westhorn Geotechnical report: It’s Celtic’s. GCC could not be bothered independently verifying.

  1. great work by a certain individual, it exposes the lie even further and shows they even lied to the state aid commissioner, the phrase above ” the COUNCIL’S geotechnical team investigated the site to determine the extent of abnormal ground works ” was part of the initial submission to the state aid commissioner….think we’ll let them know they were lied to lol

    Posted by Jim Fraser | August 12, 2014, 8:48 am
  2. I believe part 14 is even clearer and as i have said to plenty of others it’s like me buying your house and me doing the survey and me getting an 84% discount. You could not make it up

    Celtic Football Club (Celtic FC) leased a site at Westthorn, Glasgow from the Council; the
    lease had a termination date of November 2005. The lease conditions included a provision
    for Celtic FC to acquire the site at open market value. In 2004, Celtic FC commissioned a
    geotechnical report on the ground to inform its negotiations on the purchase of the site.
    Celtic FC passed the geotechnical report to the Council for discussion during the
    negotiations, which continued until 20071. The sale completed in April 2009.

    Posted by Alan Parker | August 12, 2014, 10:36 am
  3. Surely they cannot in some way weasel out of this excellent work sir.

    Posted by F.Buchan. | August 12, 2014, 10:52 am
  4. You have them for corruption and the police must investigate and report.

    Posted by Cove | August 12, 2014, 10:56 am
  5. THANKS AGAIN!!! Great work .All the faces doing the investigations are a class above.

    Posted by AB6 | August 12, 2014, 5:22 pm
  6. please tell me all this information is landing on the desks of people who can do something about it

    Posted by Bob | August 12, 2014, 9:46 pm
  7. All the pieces are falling into place.
    slowly slowly catchy monkey

    Posted by wotsit88 | August 13, 2014, 10:36 am
  8. And they all thought they could get away with this. We’ll not anymore. Great work and perseverance from all concerned. You are indomitable.

    Posted by Billytf | August 17, 2014, 10:25 am
  9. Does anyone know if Brian Quinn still sits on Fifa’s Fair Play committee, and if so is this the reason why Celtics State Aid Case is being investigated by a European body. The reason I’m asking is that I was recently speaking to a Lawyer friend of mine and he spoke very poignantly about the end game; if, and it is still a big if, Celtic are found guilty by Europe then they have to pay back the difference in land valuations plus interest to the Local Authorities. Maybe 15 million.
    If however if they were being prosecuted and found guilty by a footballing governing body, they would have to pay back all monies paid to them, in all European competitions since the wrong doing occurred,(8 years) plus interest, plus the 15 million to Scotland’s Local Authorities via European State Aid Commission. And that still doesn’t include what actions the Scottish / British Government may impose for financial wrong doing, and penalties that the SFA SPFL would need to impose (weather Peter Likes it or not) on them. And I’m sure by then every club who lost money via league positions (League Titles) would have a say on how the club was dealt with and what monies might be owed.

    Posted by Scott Macboy | August 18, 2014, 1:33 pm

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