College ward Conservative Councillor Lewis Robinson was astonished when he saw the size of bills for building work given to leaseholders at Crystal Court, College Road.
Labour-controlled Southwark Council demanded that residents pay £30,000 for each flat and sometimes more just to keep the block ship-shape. Lewis took up the fight and saved residents a substantial sum of money.
Hard-hearted Southwark Council said leaseholders had no choice but to pay the bills. But Lewis read through the itemised bill and found charges of £12,000 for ten mobiles and £500 for broadband - absurdly excessive sums for items that are hardly typical building-work items.
Lewis met with enraged residents. Together, they challenged the fees and Southwark had to back down.
Lewis said: “These charges were totally beyond reason and I am appalled that the Council even allowed them to be sent out. There are still some large items on the bills that residents are contesting and I will be working for them all the way.”