Islington Council to appeal against ‘wasted’ �1million ruling

Islington Council will challenge the ruling that it wasted �1million of public cash, rather than pursue the contractors who handed it the bill.

As reported in the Gazette last week, the Leaseholders Valuation Tribunal (LVT) said the council had been overcharged �1million for work done on the Tremlett Grove Estate, in Archway.

Now the leaseholders on the estate, who were charged a share of the bill, will all receive refunds worth around �250,000 in total.

But the remaining �750,000 for the tenanted properties came from the public purse and, rather than challenging the contractors, the council will appeal the LVT ruling.

Brian Potter, chairman of Islington Leaseholders Association and the Federation of Islington Tenants Association, said: “Why aren’t they going after the contractors? Because they might find similar wasted money over the years.”

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A council spokesman said it had decided to lodge an appeal after consulting its legal team.

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