For a very well researched and informative review of the Scarlets story, take a look at Caebrwyn's take (here). The WAO's concerns about the council's exposure to a potential failure of the Scarlets venture should make all councillors sit up and take notice, and as Jacqui notes, the discussion which took place on this warning at the recent Audit Committee meeting has been entirely omitted from the minutes.
What you will also see from Jacqui's post is the very selective nature of the council's approach to what information it is prepared to put into the public domain when it comes to the Parc y Scarlets deal. The decision to publish the proposed refinancing deal described below is beginning to look suspiciously like a PR tactic.
Compare and contrast this headline from the BBC:
Mae'r stori yn neud fi deimlo'm sal yn y stwmog
While CCC blame the economic downturn for the Scarlets problems it should be remembered that even before the recession Deloitte suggested that the project faced several financial risks, all of which were ignored by CCC and the club who obviously knew better.
If you go further back and look at the minutes of the Scarlets Project Board (the joint CCC / Scarlets board set up for the stadium project) the then Scarlets Chairman Huw Evans questions in one meeting if the project is really viable. I wonder who persuaded him it was?
Instead of CCC dropping their interest rate, how about the Scarlets take out a loan with somebody else at the more favourable rates they claim they should be entitled to, and repay the loan in full to CCC? That way the public gets its money immediately to spend, for example, on protecting a few hundred low paid jobs.
So they intend to reduce the costs for the Scarlets while making everybody else pay more for sports facilities?
Meryl Gravell's argues that if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. If high pay attracts better candidates then why is CCC being managed by egotistic baboons? The best candidates are those skilled professionals who are driven by a sincere desire to contribute to society.
Given the headline, "Carmarthenshire council warns hundreds of jobs will go" and Kevin Madge' suggestion that "... we are faced with making some very difficult and unpopular decisions.” Who do you think the taxpayer would miss? The highly paid baboons or the low paid work horses? Not such a difficult and unpopular decision, is it readers!
Exactly annonymous 13.33
Might "this heavily laundered linen" be a ploy to deflect the public's focus from the person who stood to gain from what the WAO considers to be unlawful transactions?
That is what usually happens when bad news has to be hidden from public gaze.The problem I would think is that it's very difficult to decide which bad news is worse.There is so much.
It may be worth remembering vis-a-vis the Scarlets and the stadium that the original reorganisation planned by David Moffett (then chief exec of the WRU) included a merger of Swansea, Neath and Llanelli, with the new 'West' region playing its games at the Morfa (now Liberty) Stadium in Swansea.
The conception of a new stadium in Llanelli therefore may owe more to a desire to thwart Moffett's plan than to any considerations of economic viability. Basically, to strengthen Llanelli's case against merger.
If so, then Parc y Scarlets was never a viable economic proposition, and those involved, both at the club and the county council, knew that from the outset.
I believe the new stadium proposal was part of his interview presentation. "I failed in Boston with the PRSA, now see what I could do here" or something like that.
I think Parc Y Shambles has actually achieved being a bigger burden to the people of Carmarthenshire than the PRSA is to the people of Lincolnshire.
The Queen should give him an award...
Interesting comment from jac,
Although consider the very probable possibility that the ospreys are kicked out of the liberty by instructions of the premier league (who have already been rumoured to have told Swansea to get sole use of the pitch) and then there's a merger between the Scarlett and ospreys. There will then be a conveniently located stadium practically on the river.
Anon 17:16, whence cometh these rumours?
Whatever, bear in mind that the Ospreys region runs (officially) to the other side of Bridgend, and has many supporters in the Valleys resentful of losing their region and unwilling to support Cardiff.
So adding Llanelli to the region and playing at Parc y Scarlets just isn't on. It's too far west and it comes with too much baggage.
May be it's now time for a petition to be launched for the CEO to 'stand down' from his post due to loss of public confidence???
Maybe Kev also!
and half of the Councillors too. Why do we need so many? Come to think of it, why do we need two assistant chief exec.? Start at the top and work down.
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