Dear Mr Black,
Given both recent revelations and developments circulating in the local and national media, note that I wish to call upon on your office to instigate a full investigation and/or a public inquiry regarding recent decisions reached under the auspices of former council leader Steven Purcell.
I would specifically wish your office to investigate:
1) Why David Lyons and associates were allowed to hold and benefit from a legal occupation and credit upon the site of the GCC land at
2) Did the perimeter fence which the above party installed on the site comply with necessary and required GCC planning permissions?
3) Regarding Chirnside Community Initiative, as reported in the media at the time, the director of culture and leisure was quoted as stating that she had attempted to close the centre due to concerns raised but that a senior councillor overruled her attempt. Who was that councillor?
4) As you are aware, for nearly a year I have continuously attempted to add a motion to the full council agenda focused upon tackling serious and organised crime. Mr Purcell obstructed all attempts. Why was this?
5) A recent crime summit was held in the chamber. Mr Purcell was invited but did not attend or acknowledge. Why was this?
6) Can you confirm if Mr Purcell was approached, contacted or interviewed by the police at any point in connection with these allegations and if so, by whom was the information know.
As you can understand, I am concerned that council decisions were made whilst Mr Purcell was allegedly under the influence of chemical substances.
I look forward to your responses.
Councillor Billy McAllister
CC: Audit Commission Scotland
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Steven Purcell. Pressure mounts.
SNP councillor Billy McAllister has written to the chief executive of Glasgow City Council George Black.