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WESTMINSTER DIRECTOR TO LEAVE

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Westminster City Council environment and planning director Tony Lear is to leave the council after a series of majo...
Westminster City Council environment and planning director Tony Lear is to leave the council after a series of major problems in his department.

Mr Lear was on leave and unavailable for comment but the council said he was discussing his future with chief executive Bill Roots.

'Until the outcome of those discussions is known it would not be appropriate to comment further,' the council said.

The Labour group insists he is being forced out. Group leader Alan Lazarus said: 'Tony Lear has not proved an effective director and has lost the confidence of councillors in the way he presided over a series of disasters.'

An internal audit earlier this year found environmental health officers had failed to inspect 3,000 food premises (LGC, 19 April). In March Mr Lear was involved in an internal inquiry concerning the appointment of external contractors without tendering (LGC, 28 March).
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