A councillor who resigned from a planning committee after becoming disillusioned with its actions has chosen to rejoin.
Anita MacDonald, Labour representative for Heathrow Villages, quit the north planning committee after a controversial meeting last December, in which she had voted against the committee's U-turn on plans for a nursery in Rectory Way, Ickenham.
Now Ms MacDonald - who described the events at the time as 'the death of democracy in Hillingdon' - has elected to rejoin the committee from February 25 following the resignation of committee chairman Councillor Bruce Baker for what he described last week as 'personal reasons'.
Ms MacDonald said: "I will be rejoining after the mess at Rectory Way has been sorted out, partly because there are only a couple of us
Labour councillors who live in the north of the borough and it is important to represent us.
"At the time, I said I couldn't sit on a committee which acted in the way that it did, and fortunately it has changed now the chairman has resigned.
"I reserve opinion on the 'death of democracy'; there are a number of controversial applications going on over this month and last, but it is important that I have my say.
Her reappointment was backed by Negin Nassabeh, the applicant for the nursery.
She said: "I think it's great she is rejoining the committee as she is nonjudgmental and she makes the decisions based on planning merits, as it should be.
"I'm just confused at the whole thing really.
"I think its madness what has gone on."
Councillor Carol Melvin will be replacing Mr Baker on the committee, although Councillor Edward Lavery will be taking over as chairman.