TEN Labour councillors on Blackburn with Darwen planning committee have been cleared by a major standards inquiry of malpractice over the controversial approval of proposals for a Muslim prayer room in Beardwood.
The 10 councillors involved are councillors Smith, Parvaiz Akhtar,
Eileen Entwistle, Brian Taylor, Zamir Khan, Suleman Khonat, Trevor
Maxfield, Carl Nuttall, Abdul Rehman and Phil Riley. Several
complainants rejected the conclusions in letters to Mr Dudfield with
Barbara Stillman claiming “clear evidence of a predetermined decision”
and accusing the report of portraying Beardwood residents as “paranoid,
delusional and racist”.