Indigo PA in spat over Cricklewood

The Conservative deputy leader for the Greater London Assembly (GLA) Brian Coleman has reported Indigo Public Affairs to a Barnet council public enquiry inspector, accusing him of inappropriate lobbying.

The allegations made by Coleman, a Barnet councillor, concern lobbying work by Indigo MD Richard Patient for Cricklewood Redevelopment Limited, a consortium of Railtrack and Pillar Property.

Patient denies the allegations, which relate to a conversation he had with Coleman about the councillor’s evidence to the enquiry on the development of Cricklewood.

‘One of the questions I asked him was whether he was able to let me know what he was going to say to the enquiry. There is nothing inappropriate about that,’ he said.

Patient added: ‘Most elected members welcome being kept informed about the regeneration proposal at Cricklewood.

‘If we do receive an official complaint, we will take appropriate action.’

Coleman confirmed that Patient had asked him whether he was able to tell Indigo what he was intending to say to the enquiry, but claimed there was more to the affair than that.

‘I made the inspector aware of the matter two weeks ago following advice from the Barnet borough solicitor,’ said Coleman.

To date, the public enquiry inspector has not contacted Indigo about the allegations.

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