Sunday, August 27, 2006

EXCLUSIVE: CEO of AEG Europe "unreservedly" apologises for false Casino document

We were rather hoping for a quiet Bank Holiday weekend, but it seems the plot has truly thickened around Greenwich's Casino bid, and the documents submitted to the CAP. The same anonymous emailer has contacted us again, and, assuming the email is genuine, it appears the President, and CEO of AEG Europe is now involved, and has issued an apology to the Greenwich Peninsula Chaplaincy.

Based on the email (which appears to have been cc'd to multiple recipients including Mary Ney, the Chief Executive of the Council), it appears the document in question on the Department of Culture, Media and Sport website was produced not by the Council, but by AEG (the Anscutz casino company and owner of the Dome). In the email thread response to the concerns of the Greenwich Chaplaincy, AEG Europe's CEO apologises "unreservedly" for the document which the Chaplaincy says is "simply made up".

So, what exactly is the Council's role in the bid that it's supposedly putting forward? If AEG have produced documents for the bid, are the Council simply acting on behalf of a private company that's controlling the show? Is the Council merely a pawn in a charade where the result has already been agreed by AEG and the ODPM? Does this explain why the issue has never been debated thoroughly in the Council chamber?

Perhaps Greenwich Council will issue a statement on their website explaining what's going on before the dead tree media pick up on this and ask much harder questions?

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