Labour councillors walked out of this week's Housing Committee (8 Feb) after the Tory Chair, Cllr Tom Davey, refused to allow a discussion on improving the way Barnet Council conducts estate regenerations, despite the issue being on the agenda of the last two meetings.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is currently consulting on a 'Good Practice Guide to Estate Regeneration' which "seeks to provide reassurance to Londoners living on housing estates that a guaranteed set of minimum standards should apply to the way that they are treated and consulted upon for any new estate regeneration scheme."
Following the controversial West Hendon estate regeneration which sparked mass protests from residents, Cllr Adam Langleben had submitted a members' item to the October Housing Committee asking for a best practice check list to be drawn up for future regeneration projects in order to learn from the mistakes made at West Hendon.
He submitted a second member's item to this week's meeting asking for the Housing Committee to adopt the Mayor's draft Good Practice Guide and to respond to the consultation.
Cllr Langleben said:"My members item referred to the Mayor's interim guidance on regeneration. If Cllr Davey actually took the time to speak to residents living on a regeneration estate in the borough he would know how angry and betrayed many of them feel about Barnet Council.