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So how did East Dunbartonshire Council ‘independently’ evaluate the Celtic SLA without a copy of the agreement?

Amazing that East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC) which benefited to the tune of £884,167 worth of ‘services’ through the Celtic SLA over the 9 years ending recently on the 31st March 2014 did not have a copy of the Celtic SLA.

So are we led to believe that EDC received the services but had no clue where they came from? It was just manna from the Gods?

Well unfortunately for the EDC, the Chief Executive of The Lennoxtown Initiative boasted in Feb 2010 that the EDC had performed an assessment of the Celtic SLA in 2010 and it was worth £841,860. Admittedly very close to the final figure of £884,167 paid to Celtic by the end of 31st March 2014. So the EDC assessment was pretty accurate. This assessment could not be performed with a copy of the Celtic SLA or very detailed information taken directly from the Celtic SLA.

Here is the clipping from the Kirkintilloch Herald dated 23 February 2010 article titled ‘How much did Celtic pay for training paradise?’:

Brian McAleenan comment on Celtic SLA 2010

Since the Celtic SLA was 9 years in duration and ended in the 2013/14 year and negotiations for the Lennoxtown sale were in 2005 it could mean that the Celtic SLA was tied in with the sale of Lennoxtown to Celtic. Funny that Celtic tried to buy Lennoxtown initially for £42,000 early in 2005 then when rejected later agreed to pay £493,000 but with little or no haggling.

Was the Celtic SLA offered to attract Celtic and facilitate the Lennoxtown sale because the timing would imply so?

Questions under FoI for the EDC:

1. Since the objective of the Celtic SLA was the delivery of ‘services’ to the EDC, how were the EDC’s requirements incorporated into the Celtic SLA? Or are we led to believe that The Lennoxtown Initiative directed which ‘services’ were to be delivered to the EDC under the Celtic SLA independently of the EDC?

2. Were EDC’s requirements pre-existing or new requirements incorporated into the Celtic SLA? What were the services defined & incorporated into the Celtic SLA?

3. Were the EDC’s requirements defined at the start of the Celtic SLA or were the specified in an ad-hoc way year to year?

4. Were the EDC’s requirements being negotiated directly with Celtic or communicated via The Lennoxtown Initiative? When did negotiations begin either with Celtic or The Lennoxtown Initiative for defining the ‘services’ to be delivered to the EDC under the Celtic SLA?

5. How were the ‘services’ delivered to the EDC under the Celtic SLA to be paid for by The Lennoxtown Initiative? Who were the funders of the Celtic SLA? How much did the EDC pay The Lennoxtown Initiative for the delivery of ‘services’ under the Celtic SLA?

6. How could the EDC perform the ‘independent’ assessment of the Celtic SLA referred to by Brian McAleenan, CE of The Lennoxtown Initiative in the Kirkintilloch Herald on 23 Feb 2010, if they didn’t have the Celtic SLA which would have included the schedule of charges? How did the EDC come to the £841,860 figure of the Celtic SLA worth? What does the total figure breakdown into for different categories of ‘services’ to be received by EDC?

7. What were the ‘services’ delivered to the EDC as per the Celtic SLA over the 9 year agreement? Did the ‘services’ delivered to the EDC match what was defined to be delivered to the EDC in the Celtic SLA? Was the performance of delivery of services under the Celtic SLA independently audited, say by Audit Scotland? What performance measures of what ‘services’ were delivered under the Celtic SLA per year of its’ operation?

8. When was the EDC Celtic SLA assessment referred to by Brian McAleenan CE of The Lennoxtown Initiative performed? Is it possible to obtain a copy of the assessment?

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Discussion

5 thoughts on “So how did East Dunbartonshire Council ‘independently’ evaluate the Celtic SLA without a copy of the agreement?

  1. At what point can this be brought before the courts…..and at what point does the media take notice, why does the matter have to go through the footballing authorities, why can this not be prosecuted with the wealth of detail so far unearthed, in our court system. What do I miss in all of this, are the subjects so secure that they do not care what we think or do., or is the evidence flimsy at best . Bewildered in the colonies. Al D.

    Posted by Al Ditchburn | August 25, 2014, 5:36 pm
    • I think winning over the press in this country isn’t going happen soon. The “nothing to see here” newspapers are only interested in finding new ways to hurt Rangers. Only when the noose tightens on CFC will journalist’s stars to take notice and only then will our pathetic excuse for a Government and the courts get involved. I had a look at what’s publically available in the Real Madrid land deal. It appears to be a damn sight less complicated then Celtics and that’s been running for years. Madrid’s lawyers may be dragging that case out but I think when the first conviction happens people may get a bit more involved at what Celtic and some Councils have been up to. Watch this web site go viral when that happens!!!

      Posted by Scott Macboy | August 26, 2014, 9:56 am
    • Surely some notable Glasgow tax payer in the professional world would enable this quite staggering revelations to be brought into the open further by directing it to meaningful target for exposure. Must be someone!

      Posted by Don Mac | August 26, 2014, 10:24 am
  2. Great work FTH. You will prevail!

    Posted by Ian Fisher (@billytf) | August 25, 2014, 11:01 pm
  3. The media will never tell the truth about this. Just like they ignore VB’s articles on the corrupt SFA. Rangers fans will need to continually show the world what’s going on and hope one day a Scottish journo finally grows a set.

    Posted by Cameron Calder (@cccammy1) | August 27, 2014, 1:18 pm

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