Yesterday, we learnt that LA&P are no longer part of the Craighouse Partnership. This begs the question, can any of the other companies in the Craighouse Partnership leave the consortium? No explanation has been given of why or how LA&P left the consortium, despite our repeated questions. Did they decide to leave, or were they asked to leave? We don’t know.
Which other companies could leave the Craighouse Partnership?
Mountgrange are the funder, so it seems hard to see how they could leave. Napier University still occupies the site, so it is hard to see how they can leave the partnership for a year or more.
Invicta PA act as lobbyists for the partnership, but could they leave? They are not even listed on the Craighouse Partnership website, so it seems perfectly possible they could leave.
After Napier has left the site, could we just be left with Mountgrange? We don’t know. We don’t even know if Mountgrange themselves could just sell the site on to someone else.
If partners can leave without any explanation of why or how, where does that leave us if a deal is done with one of the partners? Politicians talk about doing deals with the developers. Even we are often asked about what “deal” we would do with the developers (how are we in a position to do a deal? Of course we can’t do a deal, we have no power). But who signs such a deal? Will they even be around long enough to implement the deal? If specialist companies like LA&P leave the partnership, then how do we know that specialist knowledge remains?
These are some of the questions we are going to try to get answers to.