No go for council ownership
By Stuart Gillespie
Updated Friday, 29th June 2012
A bid to get Renfrewshire Council to buy Saints will not be going any further after being described as "utter madness" by the leader of the council.
SNP leader Brian Lawson had suggested earlier in the week that the council could snap up the shares for £1.5million, which would come from the £50million they have set aside for improving sports facilities. The five-a-side pitches at Greenhill Road and the training complex at Ralston would be used to generate cash for the public purse.
Unsurprisingly, Mark Macmillan - the leader of the Labour group and the council itself - did not think this was an appropriate use of public funds and it's hard to argue with that point! The matter was discussed at a full council meeting yesterday with Mr Macmillan describing the ideas as "utter madness". He also made the extremely valid point that Mr Lawson was council leader for a good few years and didn't mention this, but now that he's in opposition he thinks it's worth looking into.
It was therefore little surprise that a motion for a feasibility study into buying the club to be carried out was voted down.
Please note that I'm not particular pro or anti any of the main political parties so please do not take this article as having a go at the SNP or praising Labour - had the people making the comments been of different political persuasions it would have been written in exactly the same way!
Story source: The Evening Times
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