Committee call for report into escalating costs fear
Suggestions of rift between two of Havering’s most influential committees - Finance and Education - were being flatly refuted this week.
The suggestions stem from a meeting last week of the Finance Committee when education chairman Cllr. Norman Richards (RA) argued in favour of an additional £9000 for Havering.
He was opposed by the acting chairman of finance Ald. Jack Moultrie (CON.) who wanted more information about the need for £9000 before agreeing to vote in favour of the extra allocation.
On a first vote recommendation to grant the money was carried with a majority of one then Ald. Moultrie said: “It appears I forgot to cast my vote. Before we move to the Technical College next business I believe we would be within our rights to vote again”.
Despite protests from the Labour group a second vote resulted in the recommendation being lost. Ald. Moultrie voted against the £9000 request.
Committee members asked for a report compiled by the Borough Treasurer and the Chief Education Officer about expected future spending of Havering Technical College. They are worried about escalating costs of new courses.