Outgoing Greenwich Council leader appoints own successors to controversial company

Councillor Chris Roberts

Councillor Chris Roberts

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

After resigning as the director of a council-owned company following an outcry from his own party, Greenwich's leader has appointed three successors to take his place.

Leader of Greenwich Council Councillor Chris Roberts had been the unpaid co-director of Meridian Home Start - a local authority-owned company set up in 2010 to provide family homes at a sub-market rent level.

But he resigned last month following a rare Labour rebellion over the not-for-profit company's future direction - announcing days later he would also quit the council.

A plan had been in place to convert Meridian into a charitable industrial and provident society - allowing it to receive the council's Right to Buy receipts and potentially build homes outside the borough.

The conversion would have followed the same model as Greenwich Leisure Limited which, since being started by the council in 1993, has ballooned in scope, now running 100 leisure facilities in Greenwich, the capital and beyond.

A decision on that conversion has now been postponed after Labour members' concerns about a lack of consultation, the scope of its future work and the suitability of Cllr Roberts to remain as its director.

Cllr Roberts has now appointed his own successors to the board - cabinet member for housing Councillor Steve Offord, council assistant director for strategy Mark Baigent and assistant chief executive Tony Evans.

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5:44pm Sat 3 May 14

ms day says...

THIS GUY ROBERTS ONLY CARES FOR HIMSELF LOOK AT THE STATE OF THIS BOROUGH .DONT CALL US WE CALL YOU CHRIS THE CROOK ROBERTS
THIS GUY ROBERTS ONLY CARES FOR HIMSELF LOOK AT THE STATE OF THIS BOROUGH .DONT CALL US WE CALL YOU CHRIS THE CROOK ROBERTS ms day
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