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Edinburgh housing repairs probe: suspended Dave Anderson resigns

Dave Anderson
Image caption Dave Anderson, director of city development, said he wanted to pursue consultancy interests

One of Edinburgh City Council's senior directors, who was suspended as part of an investigation into the authority's property repairs service, has resigned.

Dave Anderson, the council's director of city development, said he wanted to pursue consultancy interests in economic development and investment.

An inquiry is under way into how contracts were awarded for work relating to property maintenance.

About 500 people have complained about statutory notices.

The city council uses the statutory notices to ensure essential repairs are carried out on its historic tenements.

Under the system, the council can intervene to organise repair work on private properties when the owners of shared buildings cannot reach agreement.

However, hundreds of city residents complained they had been over charged for work - and allegations of fraud and corruption have been investigated by police.

So far 11 employees across the property service have been dismissed and six are suspended pending disciplinary action.

Alleged bribery

Edinburgh City Council is up to £40m out of pocket due to the problems in its property conservation department.

Mr Anderson was suspended from his £123 000 a year job in June pending a disciplinary investigation into his management of the property conservation department and his knowledge of what was going on there.

He joined the council in 2008 from Scottish Enterprise.

During his four years as director he was involved in a number of projects across the city including the development of the Edinburgh Bioquarter and the extension of the EICC.

An Edinburgh City Council spokesman: said: "His decision to leave the council brings to a close the investigation into his knowledge and management of the issues under scrutiny in the council's property conservation service.

"It can be confirmed that the investigation has not revealed any evidence to doubt Dave's honesty, integrity and entrepreneurial abilities.

"We wish him well in his future endeavours."

The council has said it will investigate all outstanding disputes, which include alleged bribery, overcharging, unnecessary and poor quality work.

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