Now that time has expired to get a £44 million hotel-based development in East Glasgow ready in time for the Commonwealth Games next year, a verbal war has broken out between the developer and the Council about who is to blame for the failure of the project to make progress.

The plan was to build  a 160-room Tulip  hotel, community centre, minimarket, chemist shop, takeaway and an unspecified leisure facility on the site which is between the Commonwealth Games Arena, the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and the Celtic FC ground. The scheme is separate to Celtic's own plans for regeneration in the area.

Kevin Fawcett, who is fronting the scheme for PIP Asset Management, said that the Arena Retail and Leisure Park  said: "This complex is fully-funded and 95% pre-let, including a deal with Tulip Inn for the hotel.

"Our investors are saying 'Let's go' and are totally ready to begin work.

"However, they can't proceed until they get essential paperwork, standard documentation, from the council saying the site is clean, or, if it is not clean, that there are warranties for it.

"The fact the council can't give us this necessary paperwork is very sad and very strange."

Mr Fawcett and his associates, who include another developer, Charles Price, have been interested in developing Glasgow's East End for some years.

They have an option to buy the site for The Arena, which is on the corner of Springfield Road and London Road, and were scheduled to finalise payment for it some time ago.

However, a council source said the demand for documentation was a "delaying tactic".

An official council spokesman said: "The developer has committed to buy the land and the payment has been overdue for some time."

He added: "There are no reports, warranties or any other paperwork about decontamination the developer needs that would prevent him from paying the council for the land.

"This land has been decontaminated and any suggestion otherwise would be completely untrue."

Mr Fawcett denies his demand for paperwork is a delaying tactic.

Dutch-owned Tulip Inn has confirmed its interest in the scheme, as there are no quality hotels in the East End of Glasgow.

Mr Fawcett said: "We are going to carry on trying our very best to get the relevant paperwork as soon as we can to get on with the project."