International Scotland Christmas Special Report.
No Christmas Special Report from the website of Aberdeen Based International Scotland would be complete unless it was about our friends over at Inchgarth now would it?
We have written many things about Inchgarth and we get no pleasure in rubbing in that we are continually right, but lately many of our website readers have asked us to spell out why they get so much of our attention.
Inchgarth Community Centre
Inchgarth Community Centre is unlike any of the other fifty (50) or so community centres in Aberdeen, most centres in Aberdeen except perhaps one don’t believe these centres should be run by the people for the people, inchgarth has other ideas they think its run by the chairman, manager, coordinator and full time Janitor which just happens to be the same person, this persons obsession with Inchgarth came about because of kaimhill, as a young silly lad he got himself banned and swore on an oath to one day take it over and sack everyone that was bad to him (in his eyes) and in most part he’s been rather successful in some instances but at what costs?
Inchgarth Community Centre is not a not for profit exercise it is in fact one huge free enterprise that gets everything paid for it including all it’s heating, electricity even the phone call’s are paid too by Aberdeen City Council in fact ICC pays no rents, rates, taxes, VAT that we know of yet operates an £40,000 plus café and a takeaway fast food business, it even has a kids sweetie shop on-site everything one needs to raise huge sums of money, consider also they even get £10,000 PA from ACC to help run its admin.
Some inchgarth users have reported to us and others that the management has asked for payment towards utility costs in the past, we hope this is untrue as it may be classed as fraud.
Inchgarth Community Centre Income Streams.
As we have pointed out inchgarth has no problems raising money, job well done we say but one vocal community councillor recently opened his big mouth at an official council meeting and was quoted as saying his centre only takes in £40,000 PA, when we heard of this we were shocked as our earlier investigations discovered it was a lot more than this, let us explain, first inchgarth print on their website they have a 3000 footfall using the centre each month that’s 36,000 visitors a year (ie; 3,000visitors X 12 months = 36,000) and if each visitor spends just £2 per visit that’s £72,000 alone and everyone knows that those visiting inchgarth can be expected via social blackmail to use Peggy’s Café and buy drinks or food while attending there!
Inchgarth Community Centre has some 1500 members each paying around £5
Inchgarth Community Centre claims to have the most groups using its centre and biggest amount of lets this must generate huge sums of cash?
Inchgarth claims to have many high paying lets including your diva dancers bet that’s not a cheap let just for example and we have heard stories they are not allowed to take in refreshments but need purchase them from within inchgarth there’s even confirmed stories about OAP’s been told NOT to get their teas from the cheaper church just up the road!
Every visitor is encouraged to use Peggy’s café a cup of coffee is said to have at least 400% profit so you can see why the management wants everyone’s business can’t you!
Inchgarth Community Centre Sponsorship.
Inchgarth Community Centre has many corporate sponsors again well done to them but if they don’t give money, sorry, forgot they do to the tune of at least £2000 each, O’Connor told this on his site last year then quickly deleted it.
Inchgarth Community Centre Charity Gifts.
Inchgarth Community Centre has been very lucky this year, Asda foundation setup to give charities up to £10,000 per donation to other charities one such donation was given to Inchgarth and according to an Asda spokeswoman was handled by middleman councillor Townson now there’s a surprise, when we questioned what this money was for we were told it was for a new hall floor, which is fine other than the fact the said that particular hall had already been laid and paid for with the proceeds of a previous concert held on March the 17th of March 2012 one week later the hall floor was laid and paid for according to the Inchgarth website so we told Asda this, – within 30 minutes Asda had changed its story three times and told us there would be an official statement released in due course, and you guessed it we are still waiting for one!
They then said it was for anything they wanted to do with it great is it customers have to put in green tokens and they decide this on the basis of what’s written on above the charity box – how many customers would have voted for Incharth had they known it was for any purpose they liked, what about the other two charities bidding for the same funds oh at least you could say they were real charity bodies unlike Inchgarth who is not a registered charity at all so why were they even in the running? BAA has recently gave Inchgarth an non-charity £50,000 to develop a centre that belongs to Aberdeen City Council and a management committee that might still not agree a deal with Aberdeen City Council over a new lease agreement, oh well at least the manager will have ample funds to get his Redundancy package he claimed he was going to receive to a recent STV reporter and was quoted as such!
BAA must have been aware of these facts and also the fact Incharth already had these facilities in place so why allow a mark two version to take place on a leased property is just not very bright!
Yet again Incharth made secret plans on this bid without telling its landlords anything at all, not even a courtesy call, since then they have not even asked the council for a building warrant despite Inchgarth claiming they were to start work mid-Jan 2013 we think its an attempt to blackmail sitting labour councillors into accepting a lesser deal that suits Inchgarth not Aberdeen City Solicitors.
No other centres has the political clout Inchgarth has enjoyed over the past 15 years if Inchgarth wanted something Incharth got it, no questions asked!
Of course most of these favours were handed to him by the lib-dems and SNP friends of old and after S. Cassie was jailed for naughty boy stuff it was downhill all the way for Inchgarth team.
The Inchgarth Committee seems to have an exposed public view and voice, and an inner hush,hush Committee who make a point of not telling the left hand what the right hand has planned. The problem arises with the great majority of the Inchgarth Community Committee who are honest and hard working citizens are oblivious of the trust and abuse placed on them from certain other decision making members of the committee.
Figures don’t compute.
Now we come to the interesting part, inchgarth may have lots of groups working in the centre but how many of them are actually run by the Management other than what takes in the most dosh, peggy’s, bouncy castles for very young children and well behaved youths?
Inchgarth claimed to councillors they were taken in just £40000 pa income the chairman gets 27,000 plus leaving just 13,000 for the full time chef and the two other paid employees that inchgarth has confirmed on their website in recent months that leaves a huge black hole of debt?
Of course inchgarth does have the services of their very own chartered accountant on hand to guide its management and we assume he too is on the payroll as well. Inchgarth has been given well over £100,000 in collections, grants, fees, sponsorship and various other collections so the £40,000 quoted to council was either in error or was lies because they cannot add lump sums and say its not income?
When inchgarth put in their BBA bid did they tell them they already had large revenue streams or did they mention the £40,000 figure again?
Many centres don’t have these cash streams available to them, most of the time this is due to the size of the centres programs or facilities not the fault of the management committees often referred to from inchgarth sources in the past as just being lazy! In fact most of the Aberdeen City Centres are working on a tight budget using NON PAID staff.
What ever you say about inchgarth it is run as a very successful business and there seems little doubt it is a business so why did BAA and Asda feel the need to invest in there in the first place if it already had the means to raise its own cash and even more puzzling of all give large sums of money to a committee that was in a leased centre that at the time had no mandate to be legally using a centre which could not possibly have public liability insurance cover as there was no completion certificate (awarded Nov 2012)and to actually be in the centre to carry on when other groups who were legally covered and fully owned their properties and would have been a more acceptable beneficiary. The overall bidding process does not fill one with confidence.
Yes everyone needs them to a degree, inchgarth has most of Aberdeen councillors on their side, very few except us know why but most of them all has something in common, none of them declares an interest in inchgarth come voting times, that’s right other councillors in other wards within the City are happy to declare an interest and even go out of their ways to do so( as their rules suggest) but not if its to do with inchgarth, why is this so which is in clear breach of the code of practices and governed by ACC, City solicitors do nothing to enforce these set in stone rules, why?
Screen Captures from Inchgarth’s own website…
Paul O’Connor, MBE, City Burgess,
Evening Express and other media outlets.
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