HBDA CALL-IN – SENDING DECISION BACK WAS THE RIGHT MOVE, SAYS LIB DEM LEADER

Lib Dems have welcomed the decision of Haringey Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee to refer back to the Labour-run Executive a controversial plan to award £380,000 in project funding to the Haringey Business Development Agency HBDA).

The move received rare cross-party support from the Lib Dem and Labour members of the watchdog body, and now presents a real headache for the Labour Executive and its embattled leader Charles Adje, who was until recently a council representative on the HBDA board.

However, there was dismay expressed by the committee over the blanket secrecy rules thrown over the papers for the meeting, most of which, Cllr Williams says, did not contain commercially sensitive information.

Cllr Neil Williams, who attended the secret debate, comments:

“The committee undoubtedly made the right move to refer this decision back, given doubts about this project and the enormous sums of money involved. However, the Labour Executive is determined to shroud this issue in secrecy. Let’s hope they will listen to the serious concerns of some of their own members.”