Redbridge councillor accused of flouting planning regulations is cleared
PUBLISHED: 18:08 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:08 23 July 2018
A Labour Councillor accused of flouting planning regulations has been cleared by an independent investigation conducted on behalf of Redbridge Council.
The council has today (July 23) published the results of its independent monitoring officer’s investigation into a number allegations of misconduct against Labour Cllr Roy Emmett made by former Labour Councillor Aziz Chowdhury.
On December 16 2015, it was alleged that Cllr Emmett used his position to improperly influence the chairman of council’s regulatory committee on a planning application concerning opening hours of Jacques Hall community centre, in New North Road, during Ramadan.
In correspondence seen by the Recorder, he asked the chairman of the committee to “do your best” after highlighting that the applicant had supported Labour candidates in the past and wanted their support in return.
The report has found Cllr Emmett not to have breached the council’s code of conduct on the grounds that “there was no indication that he was ‘instructing’ the Chair to vote in a way.”
It cites that Cllr Emmett was not the chief whip of the Labour Party at the time he sent the email.
It also notes that he sent the email, rather than attending the meeting in person, because “at that time he was receiving medical treatment; this made talking particularly difficult.”
It did however state that Cllr Emmett’s email should have been sent to all members of the committee “to ensure openness and transparency”.
The findings of the report are set to be discussed at a Governement and Assurance committee meeting tonight at Redbridge Town Hall, in High Road.
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