Category Archives: Regina Road Residents’ Support Group

Housing board’s report warns of ‘years of hard work’ ahead

Nearly two years since the Regina Road council homes scandal broke, an independent panel appointed to oversee the Town Hall’s housing efforts has noted the beginnings of improvement Getting Croydon’s housing service to an acceptable standard “will take several years … Continue reading

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SWLLC Temporary Accommodation lunch, Socco Cheta, Dec 1

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‘I had to put my kids on inhalers because of the black mould’

EMMA GARDINER reports that the findings of a Coroner’s court in Rochdale over the cause of death of a toddler needs to lead to profound changes in the way social housing stock is managed The shocking announcement this week from … Continue reading

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Council opts to demolish blocks at centre of squalor scandal

The South Norwood flats which were so badly maintained that they caused a national scandal ‘are no longer fit for purpose’ according to a report from the cash-strapped council. By STEVEN DOWNES Croydon Council wants to demolish the three tower … Continue reading

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Mayor Khan calls for ‘better, safer, fairer housing’ in London

Croydon Council could face financial penalties if it fails to keep its social housing up to higher standards, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has warned. City Hall holds the purse strings for billions of pounds of housing development funding, … Continue reading

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‘Listening’ council gives two hours notice of housing workshop

Part-time Mayor Jason Perry’s half-arsed commitment to “listening” to locals was exposed yet again today when the council’s propaganda unit got round to issuing a press release about housing workshops less than two hours before the first session was due … Continue reading

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Regina Road repairs are falling short of required standards

CROYDON IN CRISIS: An estimated £100,000 has been spent so far repairing council flats in South Norwood. But tenants and their representatives are concerned about the poor standard of the works. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Nearly 18 months since the … Continue reading

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Perry opts to keep poor performing Axis for another year

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Despite reports of ‘shocking rudeness and inhumanity’, repairs contractors implicated in a national housing scandal have been given £20m worth of work by the borough’s part-time Mayor. By STEVEN DOWNES Jason Perry, the £81,000 per year part-time … Continue reading

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Select committee MPs promise swift action at Regina Road

CROYDON IN CRISIS: More than a year since the ‘appalling’ state of flats in Regina Road caused a national scandal, MPs from a Commons select committee visited South Norwood and Upper Norwood this week. They were shocked at what they … Continue reading

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Factsheet and Twitter: Gove’s answer to council housing crisis

Measures to improve the state of social housing and to guarantee tenants a decent place to live have been announced this morning by the government – 15 years after similar proposals were first agreed. Michael Gove, as the Levelling Up … Continue reading

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One year on, Hamida Ali’s latest apologies on Regina Road

‘To improve the conditions in people’s homes, the tenants have to pay for it… How is that fair?’ ITV News’ DANIEL HEWITT last night broadcast a follow-up to the investigation into conditions in council flats in South Norwood which caused … Continue reading

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Labour council’s ‘slumlords’ can’t face Regina Road tenants

The difference between the realities of life for council tenants in Croydon and the public statements from the Labour-controlled council demonstrate that the lessons of the Regina Road housing scandal have not been learned by those in power. By STEVEN … Continue reading

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‘Council must freeze its unnecessary 4.1% rent increase’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Ahead of a protest on Monday night, EMMA GARDINER, pictured right, calls on Town Hall leaders to abandon their proposed council rent hike until all their properties meet the habitable homes standard A long-awaited independent survey recently published … Continue reading

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One year on from housing shame: ‘not enough has been done’

A report from the improvement committee appointed in the aftermath of the council homes scandal has found that Croydon’s tenants continue to be treated with ‘shocking rudeness and inhumanity’, while many in Regina Road blocks ‘are still living in very … Continue reading

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Government looks to ‘professionalise’ social housing staff

The squalid and inhuman conditions that Croydon Council tenants, many with young children, were forced to endure on Regina Road, South Norwood, has forced the government to announce a wholesale review of training and qualifications for those working in social … Continue reading

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Inside Croydon’s Person of the Year 2021: Fransoy Hewitt

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Croydon 2021: a tale of lockdowns, let-downs and meltdowns

DID WE HAVE NEWS FOR YOU: Croydon entered 2021 as a bankrupt borough, yet there was worse still to come. Inside Croydon has been there, reporting on every twist and turn of events around the cash-strapped council as it entered … Continue reading

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Nine months on and council tenants are still being ignored

CROYDON IN CRISIS: If 2020 was Croydon Council’s year of Negreedy and bankruptcy, 2021 has been the year of leaks, mould and a local authority exposed as incompetent and uncaring about those living in its properties. And there are worrying … Continue reading

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Housing director: We need a culture change at the council

“We are not very good at responding to complaints and queries.” That’s the frank judgement of the council’s new director of housing after just a few weeks in his new job. As was exclusively revealed by Inside Croydon more than … Continue reading

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Wheatley is appointed as chair of housing improvement panel

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Nine months after the conditions in council flats in South Norwood caused a national scandal, and after spending £104,000 on one director who never bothered meeting the Regina Road Residents’ Support Group, the council has got around … Continue reading

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£800 per day council director Knight quits housing top job

CROYDON IN CRISIS: ‘Troubleshooter’ hired to fix scandalous conditions in flats in South Norwood has left cash-strapped local authority after less than six months. EXCLUSIVE By STEVEN DOWNES Alison Knight, the £800 per day director who was hired in May … Continue reading

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Council rehomes families from overcrowded Regina Road flats

EXCLUSIVE: New heaters have been promised by the middle of this month, as officials finally start to make changes for those living in ‘appalling’ conditions in South Norwood council flats. By STEVEN DOWNES Families with more than two children living … Continue reading

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Ombudsman demands culture change after council flats ‘shock’

Croydon Council’s housing department and repairs contractors need to change their ways, following the publication of an official report into “appalling” conditions endured by council tenants, many of whom have been found to be ignored by their landlords and even … Continue reading

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Asthma’s postcode lottery: ‘We all have a right to breathe’

Croydon is the worst place in London to have asthma, analysis from charity Asthma UK has shown. Yet Bromley, the borough next door to Croydon, is rated as the best place in the capital for asthmatics. The charity’s findings are … Continue reading

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Council issues urgent warning over Regina Road cold callers

It took the council 24 hours after Inside Croydon published its report on the bogus cold callers who had descended on the blocks of flats in Regina Road. But yesterday, a council-produced flyer was posted in the entrance halls of … Continue reading

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