It’s been busy, busy, busy for the Croydon delegation at MIPIM, the property developers’ “junket” (© council leader Tony Newman) held in Cannes in the south of France this week.
Croydon Council has spent £8,000 of Council Tax-payers’ money in sending three senior officials, including executive director Jo Negrini, centre in the picture above.
They have been working closely with local PR agency Grey Label and the Develop Croydon lobby group of local businesses. Richard Plant, pictured left above, chairs Develop Croydon when he is not running Stiles Harold Williams, the property management firm which has such a tight grip on so much of the town centre’s commercial property, and which conducts much work for the Whitgift Foundation, the majority freeholders of the Whitgift Centre.
The picture shows Plant and Negrini in Cannes meeting with Richard “Dick” Blakeway, the Tory Mayor of London’s deputy responsible for housing.
Blakeway is usually based at City Hall, but how much more fun it must be for Negrini and her colleagues to meet him while at MIPIM in Cannes. And at our expense, too.
“Our time is now,” indeed.
- This is what £8,000 of public money buys Croydon at MIPIM (Part 1)
- This is what £8,000 of public money buys Croydon at MIPIM (Part 2)
- Read our report on MIPIM and Croydon Council’s lingering love affair with the event here
- Negrini signs-off on £8,000 MIPIM junket to the south of France
- Property investor Philp comes up short on Purley ‘skyscraper’
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