Documents released by Ibrox fans group Club 1872 appear to show interference by SNP councillors to a proposed Rangers Fanzone at Ibrox Stadium.
The emails appear to show show that Councillors Steven Aitken and David McDonald were still discussing granting permission for use of the Ibrox as late as 30th July. This is contrary to their previous statements.
Glasgow City Council also claimed they did not hold any information on this issue.
The documents were obtained by way of Freedom of Information request to Glasgow City Council.
This intervention also came outside of the due process for a quasi-judicial hearing. Although their names were redacted by Glasgow City Council, multiple internal and external emails reference the Councillor’s intervention at a meeting on 1st August. This is the day before the formal withdrawal of permissions for use of the facility by Glasgow Life.
Club 1872 say they are in “no doubt that this intervention was the reason for the withdrawal of permission”.
Another Councillor, Stepen Dornan, opposed the fanzone and was set to state his objections alongside Cessnock Community Council. This was to be at a licensing hearing on August 6th. This hearing never came to fruition because of the aforementioned intervention.
Club 1872 demand answers
Club 1872, who are Rangers’ second biggest shareholders, are absolutely incensed. The intimation here is that all three of these Councillors intervened outside of the due process. Club 1872 want to know why the Rangers Fanzone was denied.
“These emails paint a disturbing picture of elected councillors interfering in the licensing process. And overturning the advice and guidance of more qualified Council and Glasgow Life officials,”
“We remain deeply concerned at the actions of Councillors Aitken, McDonald and Dornan. What guarantee does the Rangers support have that these individuals will not try to intervene again despite these positive discussions?”
Club 1872 will now progress our publicly stated action on this matter via the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life. We will also pursue the original response from Glasgow City Council, which claimed they held no information on the matter, with the Scottish Information Commissioner.”
The Glasgow Conservatives have also demanded answers from the SNP Councillors. Conservative Group Leader Councillor David Meikle said, “The release of these documents appear to show that senior members of the SNP administration on Glasgow City Council have misled councillors and people across the city.”
David Meikle then called for the claims to be “fully investigated”. He also described the intervention as “disturbing” and said councillors had been “caught out”.
Statement from Council Group regarding Ibrox Fanzone FOI. pic.twitter.com/OShRKjpQMJ
— GlasgowConservatives (@GlasgowTories) October 15, 2018