ANGER AS COUNCIL BLOCK LIB DEMS VIEW OF PALACE ACCOUNTS

Lib Dem councillor Bob Hare has expressed deep concern after Haringey Councilblocked an agreed visit to Alexandra Palace to view full accounts for thisyear.

Haringey Council’s reason was that the deadline for viewing the accounts passedat 5pm on Friday. However Cllr Hare, assisted by local party member andaccountant, Martin Hay, had agreed to view the accounts at 10am thismorning (Tuesday) because the Palace management had been too busy with thefireworks display last week to be able to arrange a viewing.

The block comes a month after the Council’s Labour-run Executive used’urgent business’ powers to secure an extra £1m for the contractorsresponsible for the Palace’s sell-off.

Bob Hare, who is Lib Dem Ally Pally spokesperson, comments:

“I am appalled that the commitment given to allow us to see the accounts hasbeen overturned by Haringey’s Labour Council.

“There is concern that the current year’s accounts may have someirregularities and as the opposition we need to be able to scrutinise themon behalf of the public.”

Mr Hay adds:

“Refusal to allow us to view information held by the Alexandra PalaceCharity undermines the democratic process at a fundamental level and makesme wonder what the Council has to hide.”