Westminster Council has sacked the head of its housing arm CityWest Homes after weeks of wrangling.
The council made the shock announcement to fire the Kevin Bond yesterday citing 'differences of opinion' as having caused a rift.
Explaining the decision, Westminster Council's chief executive Mike More said: "This has not been a decision taken lightly, but we believe it is in the best long term interests of all parties.
"Over recent weeks our relationship with Mr Bond has become untenable as his view of the role of CityWest Homes differed significantly from ours and we felt this was putting at risk the improvement of our housing stock and the delivery of new homes in Westminster.
He continued: "As a result we no longer felt that it was appropriate for Mr Bond to lead such an important public service on the City Council's behalf, and we have invoked our power to remove him from the company’s board of directors.
"The council would, however, like to reiterate its commitment to CityWest Homes and would also stress that there will be absolutely no impact to tenants and lessees. We will work with CityWest Homes to support them in appointing a new chairman as soon as possible.
"Since 2002 CityWest Homes has delivered significant improvements to Westminster’s housing stock. The council is grateful for the part current and past staff have played in this success."