Glasgow Housing Association and their dignified neighbours

As part of my investigation into the ‘Loyal Avenue’ story I submitted the following questions to Glasgow Housing Association on April 5th :

“Can you confirm or deny that on Friday 4th March 2016 (or near date) that staff of the Glasgow housing association (GHA) had a meeting with directors/senior staff of The Rangers Football Club?

“Can you confirm or deny that one of these directors/senior staff was Mr Paul Murray?

“Can you confirm or deny that during that meeting one of the club’s directors/senior staff asked the GHA if they would like to be part of the regeneration of the environs of Ibrox stadium?

“Can you confirm or deny that during that meeting the term “good neighbour” was used by one of the club’s directors/senior staff as a rationale for the meeting?

“Can you confirm or deny that during the meeting that the club’s directors/senior staff asked the GHA officials to provide 100% of the required funding for the project?”

Yesterday I received this response from a GHA spokesperson:

“East Govan/Ibrox is a priority regeneration area. We’ve already demolished some of the unpopular multi-storeys and brought forward new and improved homes, including a refurbished block at nearby Ibroxholm Oval. As a regeneration partner and local landlord, GHA is discussing various plans with several organisations, including creating a community space on land owned by GHA quite near the football stadium.”

I considered this unsatisfactory, so I followed up with this:

“Hi xxx

Many thanks.

However I did ask the following questions:

Can you confirm or deny that on Friday 4th March 2016 (or near date) that staff of the Glasgow housing association (GHA) had a meeting with directors/senior staff of The Rangers Football Club?

Can you confirm or deny that one of these directors/senior staff was Mr Paul Murray?

Can you confirm or deny that during that meeting one of the club’s directors/senior staff asked the GHA if they would like to be part of the regeneration of the environs of Ibrox stadium?

Can you confirm or deny that during that meeting the term “good neighbour” was used by one of the club’s directors/senior staff as a rationale for the meeting?

Can you confirm or deny that during the meeting that the club’s directors/senior staff asked the GHA officials to provide 100% of the required funding for the project?

Confirm/deny or a no comment would be fine.

Many thanks

Phil”

If the GHA respond, then I will publish their response here.

As I have stated before the details of this story are well known to several stenographers in Glasgow.

However, they appear to be too busy churning out feel-good Sevco copy and indulging in erotic interviews to dig into something that is genuinely in the public interest.

The coverage here is, of course, guaranteed to be lamb free.

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