A SENIOR Waltham Forest councillor has been reported over an alleged Twitter spat with claims he abused a member of the public.

Cllr Khevyn Limbajee, who sits on the local authority’s cabinet as portfolio member for housing, was subject to a complaint at the beginning of last month.

The complainant claims in July, Cllr Limbajee got into a row online with a resident of the Marlowe Road estate in Walthamstow, which is currently undergoing controversial regeneration work.

When the resident said they had been ‘forced out of their home’ by the project, the councillor allegedly responded: “You bought your house knowing it was earmarked for regeneration.”

Cllr Limbajee’s account has since been deleted from the social networking site, as the council decides whether the tweets breached its code of conduct.

A Waltham Forest council spokesperson said: “We have received a complaint that a councillor has breached the council’s Code of Conduct.

“A decision will be made under the council’s procedures as to whether the complaint requires further investigation.

“If that is found to be the case the matter will be investigated and a council committee will determine if there has been a breach of the code.”

A £130 million council project to revamp the Marlowe Road estate with developers Countryside Properties was granted planning permission in November 2015, before work commenced in March.

The scheme, which is due for completion in 2021, will see the demolition of all buildings on the site, except Northwood Tower, and the construction of 430 new homes for social rent and private sale.

However, the development has proved controversial with residents in the area, who have been moved off the estate while work is carried out.

The council had to buy back some 48 homes on the estate, which were purchased from the under Right to Buy legislation.

Residents refusing to leave would have been forced to sell by having their home placed under a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO), which allows public bodies to acquire land without the owner’s consent.

Once the development is complete, they will be offered the chance to return, but will have to pay market value for the homes, leading some to describe the scheme as “social cleansing”.

The project was put on hold in July, with the council citing uncertainty in the housing market caused by Brexit.

Regeneration Work on the estate is now not expected to begin until early autumn.