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BRENT ACCUSES LAW CENTRE OF CONDUCTING CAMPAIGN OF 'SABOTAGE'

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The chair of Brent LBC's social services and housing committee, Irwin Van Colle, has welcomed the dismissal of a le...
The chair of Brent LBC's social services and housing committee, Irwin Van Colle, has welcomed the dismissal of a legal challenge to the council's housing policies and accused the law centre involved of conducting a 'campaign of judicial review against a small number of residents'.

Brent Community Law Centre, on behalf of two residents, were challenging the council's decision to set up an interim area housing board on Brent's Chalkhill estate in November 1994.

The housing committee decided that council funding would be withdrawn from existing tenant management organisations on the estate.

The judge agreed with the Chalkhill Management Board by stating that the resolution did not apply to all tenant organisations on the estate, but said this was irrelevant fo 1997said the council met the legal requirements of section 105 of the Housing Act in its consultation over matters of tenant management.

Cllr Cole said: 'This has been a total waste of public money while the Brent Community Law Centre has conducted a campagin of judicial review on behalf of a small number of residents. What they expected to gain from this I don't know.'

'I only hope that we can now get on with this important redevelopment scheme without yet further carping interference on behalf of those who do not appear to respect the wishes of the majority. I suspect that yet more abuses of the legal system are on their way in the form of ever more attempts at sabotage.'

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