After an eight-week inquiry into the Gateway scheme Croydon Council has been left with a bill of around £180,000.

This is just the costs the council has to cover, which pays for its legal advice.

However,the total cost - the majority of which will be covered by Central Croydon Regeneration Limited Liabilty Partnership - is expected to be much higher.

Although Councillor Tim Pollard, cabinet member for finance, was unable to give an exact figure at last night's council meeting.

In a question presented at the full council meeting by Councillor Avril Slipper, Coun Pollard said: "I am unable to provide the exact cost at present because all invoices in relation to the inquiry have not yet been provided.

"The council needed its own QC, legal advice and consultants to present the council's case at the call-in inquiry, which makes up the £180,000 figure."