So the charity used to deliver Lennoxtown to Celtic PLC is about to be struck off the company register and be dissolved. The above is from the Edinburgh Gazette 10 April 2015 and as the above says the process will take 3 months.
The parties involved in this sham should have started destroying the evidence earlier and thrown some lime in because Audit Scotland has already begun their forensic excavation last year. I understand there will now be a TV offshoot called CSI Lennoxtown, Charity Sham In Lennoxtown coming soon.
Lennoxtown Initiative has been mothballed for a few years. In February 2011 as stated in the Kirkintilloch Herald the charity sacked their 3 full-time staff:
The charity could not afford to maintain a staff yet they could continued to pay funds to Celtic via the Celtic Service Level Agreement for the next THREE years.
Here are two excerpts from The Lennoxtown Initiative annual report for year ending 31 March 2012:
So after 3 staff were sacked in 2011, the ‘charity’ still paid out over the next 3 years, while ‘mothballed’, another £49,706 + £118,084 = £167,790 to Celtic.
It must have been hard for the board of a charity to decide whether to:
1. Keep operating the charity for the benefit of Lennoxtown or
2. Keep rolling the charity money out the door to Celtic.
Well we know what choice they made.
Audit Scotland Investigation
Note: The letter in March 2015 is from Audit Scotland has been redacted to protect the recipient and Audit Scotland staff from intimidation and be allowed to perform their job.
One obvious point is use of a reference number. It looks like the investigation has become official.
All public authorities involved in the creation and operations of The Lennoxtown Initiative charity:
East Dunbartonshire Council
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
have been feeling the heat of this investigation which continues with the arrangement of Celtic SLA and it’s ‘in-principle’ set-up prior to the sale of Lennoxtown to Celtic PLC.
East Dunbartonshire Council has been ‘operating’ The Lennoxtown Initiative charity day-to-day since it was ‘mothballed’ but also NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have been feeling the heat from the Audit Scotland investigators. Scottish Enterprise who, maybe recognised the dodgy nature of the ‘charity’, dropped out in 2008 of having a board directorship although were still in the saddle during the period when the ‘in-principle’ Celtic SLA was established and the Lennoxtown land ‘sale’ occurred and having their payment to Celtic hidden using the Celtic SLA.
It is good to know from the correspondence above that Audit Scotland is working on ‘this from an independent and objective standpoint’. We look forward to an objective report at the end.
Which will be forwarded to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, OSCR, for misuse of a charity. And then …..