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SALFORD COUNCIL STADIUM SUCKS MORE PUBLIC MONEY
 

Star date: 17th June 2013

COUNCIL PAYS STADIUM CLIENT MANAGER UP TO £72,000 AND OVER £12,000 FOR CONSULTANT

While cash strapped Salford Council is cutting staff and services for the elderly and disabled, it's currently paying a Salford City Stadium `Client Manager' up to £72,027 a year, while consultant, D and R Tinkler Ltd, was paid £12,354 "in relation to support to the stadium and its tenants".

The payments come on top of Salford Council's £600,000 Stadium bail-out, and its 25 year, zero interest £1.26million loan pay off deal with new Salford City Reds and racehorse owner Marwan Koukash…whose bankrupt company owes Chester Racecourse £792.

Full details here…


The tangled financial web that is Salford City Stadium, Salford City Reds, Salford Council, Peel Holdings and various current and ex-owners, continues to get even more tangled - with cash strapped Salford City Council continuing to dole out the cash…

After four months of waiting, a Salford Star Freedom of Information request to Salford Council reveals that, even though Salford City Stadium is a company joint owned with Peel Holdings, the Council is directly employing a `Stadium Client Manager' on a salary band between £65,478 and £72,027.

This comes at a time when low paid adult social care workers are being `outsourced' to private companies to save money, and disabled children in the city are facing cuts to their services.

The Freedom of Information request also reveals that consultant D and R Tinker Ltd, run by former Salford Council employee Dave Tinker, was paid £12,354.63 "in relation to support to the stadium and its tenants".

It was also revealed in May that Salford Council provided a loan to its own Stadium company of £600,000 (with Peel Holdings providing another £600,000) "to enable it to fully discharge its liabilities this financial year" (see here), as latest available accounts show that losses of £4.335million were made by the Stadium in the financial year to 2012.

The £600,000 loan, plus the `Client Manager's' large salary, plus the consultant fees come on top of the original Salford City Council loan of over £20million to the Stadium.

Meanwhile, Marwan Koukash, the new owner of the actual rugby club, Salford City Reds, which is a tenant of the Stadium, continues to enjoy a deal with Salford Council which allows him to pay the £1.26million share of its £1.5million loan, interest free, until 2038 (see here).

Racehorse owner Koukash, who is currently trying to attract the world's top rugby players to Salford Reds by attempting to break the game's salary cap, remains a financial mystery. An insolvency declaration for his previous company Layla Hotel Liverpool Ltd went down with debts of almost £300,000, even owing Chester Racecourse £792.

The Salford Star has requested an interview with Mr Koukash but so far he has not responded.

See also previous Salford Star article revealing £1,847,000 in loans to the old Salford City Reds company chaired by John Wilkinson - click here

iain wrote
at 1:42:39 AM on Saturday, June 22, 2013
"Racehorse owner Koukash,remains a financial mystery" completely correct this guy is a true mystery of the likes of the venkys at blackburn somehow koukash has persuaded salford city council to lend him tax payers money and pay back salford city council at 0% interest over a ridiculous number of years from income that salford city reds limited generate (a company he formed when he took over the club) koukash has never been vetted as to where his money (if any) comes from....true and correct and honourable persons criteria via rfl his liverpool company went bust as you say i knew of this 12 months ago as a quick investigation showed ... this prooves he has history and cant finish or a back a job to completion ... either will or money his racehorse interests ...no ones knows where the money comes from although he has had winners in his name and colours but so what this could easily be e money laundered for all we know ... his training company eurotma tach supposedly world wide training shows no accounts anywhere and has a few hundred followers on twitter and face book and latest he says hes buying a football club and setting up a tv channel hmmmm says it all really doesnt it so all in all i trust him like i trust a rat to give up a sewer as their home nigel pivaro is a freelance journalist and reds fan maybe nigel you could fully investigate this guy so we can expose him as ive said from day one the smell is getting stronger and stronger
 
Mike Skeffington wrote
at 7:44:45 AM on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Michael Felse, your faith in Salford council is difficult to understand. The investment in the new stadium should never have involved Salford council and is not part of some bigger long term plan to create a 'Utopian' second city: they can't run the first one for goodness sake! Salford council have invested money at the behest of Peel Holdings, money that will never be recouped. As far as Salford City Reds are concerned, success has to come on the rugby field first in order to generate interest and increase support for the team no matter how much money is ploughed in. Even with a top coach such as, Brian Noble, that success looks a million years away. Michael: these 'long term plans' you imagine the council have are pie in the sky. In the meantime people in Salford are struggling desperately to get by, that should be the councils priority. Instead we have them giving jobs to 'the boys' and lining their own pockets, again.
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 10:09:20 PM on Monday, June 17, 2013
@ Michele false, which of you sees it this way, because what I have seen over the months there seems to be at least half a dozen different personalities within you, all contradicting each other, like I and others have said before one minute your kissing labour arse then your giving it a good kicking. can the real and true michael false step forward please.
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 12:28:08 PM on Monday, June 17, 2013
The loan of £1.26Million PLUS.That was given on a security from the Directors of the club.Nothing to do with the new owner, so why has he picked up the debt? There are legal papers signed by the Directors stating they would be personally responsible for the loans.Sweep that under the carpet.I don't know how you can give a loan to yourself to keep the club afloat,because that’s what Peel and the Council are doing. I am not bothered what Peel do with their Millions, but I am concerned when this Council can find £600.000 of OUR money. The city is on its knees and we are still giving money to this big white Elephant.What is this person doing who is on £70.000 because what ever it is, he is not doing it very well, for the bloody thing to be running at such a loss. I said at the time it was the wrong thing to do,entering into this Stadium project, the financial climate wasn't right. Hate to say this but "I TOLD YOU SO" Now we, the people of Salford will be paying for this for years to come.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 12:27:27 PM on Monday, June 17, 2013
@brain, sorry but I see quite the reverse argument. In fact in 25 years Salford will need to have been given the chance to develop, attracting 65,000 more people to live in our City. The future vision of a "second city" with modern sports, woodland walks, a few fancy supermarkets, golf course, roads and all the services people expect means Salford Council is justified in keeping alive the vision. A small price to pay now by us in return for a massive growth and expansion. Let us even demand another water taxi.
 
Mock outrage wrote
at 12:26:47 PM on Monday, June 17, 2013
Council in paying someone a salary to run council owned facility shocker!
 
Pissed off wrote
at 12:26:36 PM on Monday, June 17, 2013
Let's hope the people of Weaste & Seedley remember this come Thursday and give Labour the current holders of the ward a good kicking. What we need in Salford is for our cllrs to get a good kick up the arse at the ballot box, maybe then they will remember who they work for. Then after they get the said kick up the arse on Thursday they can have a meeting and have a vote of no confidence in Stewart (stripping him of power) and maybe then start running this city like they are being paid to. Vote for anyone on Thursday just NOT Labour.
 
ex-liebour voter wrote
at 7:03:04 AM on Monday, June 17, 2013
Another prime example of the continuing betrayal of Salford taxpayers by the Clowncil Cretins . REMEMBER THIS AT THE ELECTIONS , SALFORD CITIZENS .
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 7:02:29 AM on Monday, June 17, 2013
michael pratt false, if it was that simple they would have told us already, the truth is if this white elephant was to go under all the dodgy dealing involving this shady labour council will come out, that is why they keep throwing our money at this to stop this happening, that is why the council have given this milk shake 25 year to pay it back, because they know all the shady labour councillor's involved in this will be long dead in 25 years.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 3:25:53 AM on Monday, June 17, 2013
Reading between the line, there seems to be a bigger plan behind Salford Council's thinking on this one. I am guessing the long term value to our City will be a main reason why support is ongoing. If we look at the surrounding land we see the potential, sports themed "second city" would bring in many £millions annually to Salford Council. Come clean and let us in on the long term plan is my message to Salford Council.
 
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