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?’:
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?