ALLEGATIONS of misconduct and improper behaviour against Councillor Mahboob Hussain are to be heard by Sandwell Council’s standards committee next month.

Serious accusations have been levelled at Oldbury councillor Hussain, the former deputy leader – who denies any wrongdoing – regarding land sales and parking tickets.

He was initially due to appear before the authority's standards committee in August 2016 and then again in March 2017, but both hearings were cancelled following the councillor’s High Court legal challenges.

But in June, Mr Justice Green said the allegations against Cllr Hussain should now be investigated properly by the council.

It was then arranged for him to face the committee in September to answer a number of alleged code of conduct breaches, yet the hearing was once again postponed, this time due to the “unavailability” of Cllr Hussain.

But a three-day enquiry is now set to take place between January 8 and 10, 2018.

The hearing will refer to allegations that Cllr Hussain abused his position on the council to secure the sale of land to a close associate for just £35,000 when he knew it had been valued at £130,000, and that he wrongly secured the cancellation of parking tickets and reduction of parking fines issued to members of his family.

The allegations – which were the subject of the 2016 Wragge report – have been denied by Cllr Hussain, who refutes any wrongdoing.