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Croydon councillor accused of 'Mr Slime' jibes

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A councillor who called for the investigation into conflicts of interest within CABE has been accused of holding personal vendettas against members of the design watchdog.

Adrian Dennis, a Labour councillor for Croydon, was giving evidence at Monday's select committee hearing into the role of CABE when he was asked about comments he had made in a candid internal document.

According to select committee member Paul Beresford, who claimed to have seen a leaked Labour Group report, Dennis had been 'personally abusive' towards a number of named individuals within the commission - including Stuart Lipton.

Dennis, it was claimed, even labelled one member 'Mr Slime' and slammed CABE for 'acting like irritable children' over Croydon Gateway development plans.

The spat was an unwelcome distraction for Dennis, who had been instrumental in instigating the independent audit and who was again hoping to discuss perceived conflicts of interest inside the commission.

Earlier in the hearing, both SAVE Britain's Heritage and the Chelsea Society had raised their own concerns about a lack of historic knowledge within CABE.

SAVE's Adam Wilkinson said:

'There should be an enrichment of the people on the panel. No one has any expertise in the historic environment.' The next hearing is scheduled for mid-December.

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