LEITH Dockers Club has reacted angrily to news troubled radio station Castle FM has purchased a mobile studio bus – despite still allegedly owing them thousands in rent.
The community station, currently under investigation by Ofcom for possible licence breaches, was evicted from the Dockers Club in December over claims of “substantial” unpaid bills.
Since the eviction Castle FM, which is yet to respond to repeated requests for comment from the Evening News, has set up shop in Leith Business Centre, and has posted on its Facebook page about some of its latest purchases.
This has included building work on new studios and the acquisition of a double decker bus to be used as a roving base.
A post dated February 26 reads: “Castle FI (sic) have just purchased a new double decker bus. This will be kitted out with an onboard studio & disabled lift. We will then visit schools & community events.”
Another post a few days later included a picture of the bus and a request for sponsorship to pay for equipment.
But Leith Dockers Club says it has received no word at all on the funds allegedly owed.
A spokesman said: “I just don’t know how they can be allowed to operate in this way.
“Since they won’t talk to us, maybe we’re only getting one side of the story, but they have never got in touch to defend or explain themselves or to answer our questions about when the money will be repaid. I really don’t understand why Ofcom aren’t doing more about this.”
Ofcom confirmed investigations into the station were continuing. A spokeswoman said: “We will publish our decision as soon as possible.”
Plans to set up a new community station in the Leith Dockers studio suffered a major setback last month when two computers were stolen from the premises.
The Leith Dockers spokesman said: “Someone went up to check the studio and discovered that the padlocks on the doors had been broken and equipment taken.”
Police are currently investigating the theft, and a Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that we have received a report of the theft of computers from premises on Academy Street, Leith. Inquiries are ongoing.”