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Newham Council to rethink £660,000 rugby pitch plan in West Ham

PUBLISHED: 13:47 07 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:53 07 June 2018

Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz is the newly elected Newham mayor. Pic: Rokhsana Fiaz

Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz is the newly elected Newham mayor. Pic: Rokhsana Fiaz

Rokhsana Fiaz

Newham Council will rethink plans for a £660,000 synthetic rugby pitch pushed through by the former administration.

At Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, members rescinded the cash earmarked to build the pitch at the Memorial Recreation Ground in West Ham.

The plans were passed under the borough’s former mayor Sir Robin Wales weeks before May’s election.

However the plan was called in by the scrutiny committee when councillors suggested the huge sum could be “better spent” elsewhere.

Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz, who was a member of scrutiny under the last administration, approved the recommendations and said the council will be looking at alternatives ways of spending the money.

Cllr John Gray, cabinet member for housing, said this was the first time the scrutiny committee had been successful in stopping something in its 12-year history.

He added that it was good to see the committee “have some teeth”.

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