Extraordinary scenes occurred when a meeting of Bradford’s Housing Committee was interrupted by furious Newby Square tenants demanding to know why an item concerning them was due to be discussed behind closed doors.

The outcome, one councillor asked to resign, and others were criticised for not supporting the tenants earlier. The following day, Councillor Abdul Hameed paid a visit to the Square and reported his “alarm” at the claim that asbestos had been used in the Sixties construction.