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Council votes to axe area committees

PUBLISHED: 12:32 18 July 2014 | UPDATED: 11:12 24 July 2014

Redbridge Town Hall

Redbridge Town Hall

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Area committees have been formally abolished by Redbridge Council following a heated debate in the town hall last night.

The committees, which allowed residents to influence local issues from road management schemes to leisure facilities, were estimated to cost between £850,000 and £1 million.

They are set to be replaced with community forums after 33 members voted in favour and 27 voted against, with one councillor abstaining.

An amendment brought by Conservative members, suggesting that consultation take place before any changes and that future cycles of area committees should continue, was defeated.

The Labour administration have argued the committees were ineffective and too costly, but the Tories have described the decision as “a brutal display of dictatorship”.

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