A councillor implies it is agreed and is signed or on the point of being signed:
A Freedom of Information request implies that it is not:
Purdah (when local government is forbidden to enter into politically sensitive agreements or public announcements because of the proximity to local elections) starts on 26 March 2019, so this should be ironed out before then.
Or is that the “cunning plan”?
Dangle the “is it” or “isn’t it” carrot to 26 March 2019 to buy time to try to sort out major problems between then and 2 May – while leaving voters in the dark about whether it is on or off till after elections?