Category Archives: Heather Cheesbrough

Council chiefs accused by MP of being on side of developers

As concerns mount about the local authority’s failure to exercise any development controls or planning enforcement over rapacious private developers operating in the borough, a local MP has accused Croydon Council of not caring about residents and being “content to … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Heather Cheesbrough, Katherine Kerswell, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Council planners’ 3-month delay over Sanderstead complaint

When senior officials in Croydon’s planning department refuse to acknowledge their own serious errors, can residents rely on the council’s complaints system? Not if the latest development fiasco in Riddlesdown is anything to go by, says STEVE WHITESIDE Deliberate delays … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Community associations, Croydon Council, Environment, Heather Cheesbrough, Lynne Hale, Nicola Townsend, Planning, Sanderstead | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Job cuts see council’s business close to breaking point

CROYDON IN CRISIS: So many staff have been made redundant at Fisher’s Folly that they now don’t have time even to draft meeting minutes of the Town Hall’s £1.5bn pension fund. By STEVEN DOWNES When the council’s planning committee convened … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Clark, Croydon Council, Gareth Streeter, Heather Cheesbrough, Katherine Kerswell, Paul Scott, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

#Macarnage: Not a single ‘affordable’ home from Coulsdon plot

Next in the firing line for Macar Developments is a beautiful Arts and Crafts house on Coulsdon Court Road, which the developers want to destroy and replace with six small terraced houses. The architecturally significant house was built as part … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coulsdon, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, Planning, Property | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Director refuses to admit conflict of interest over South Drive

A council director has told residents that there is nothing wrong whatsoever in a member of her planning staff providing pre-application advice to a developer,  and then leaving their job at the council to work for the architects hired by … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Heather Cheesbrough, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

#Macarnage: Planning officer’s ‘leaving present’ to Coulsdon

EXCLUSIVE: The revolving door between the council planning department and private developers and architects is exposed over a scheme for 39 flats in Coulsdon. By STEVEN DOWNES Before Jan Slominski was hired as a senior planning adviser for the architects … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, East Coulsdon Residents' Association, Heather Cheesbrough, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Kerswell set to depart after completing cull of Negrini execs

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Having overseen the removal of almost all of Jo Negrini’s ‘executive leadership team’, it seems that the interim chief exec wants to move on to better things. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Croydon Council is to begin the … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Elaine Jackson, Guy van Dichele, Hazel Simmonds, Heather Cheesbrough, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Lisa Taylor, Robert Henderson, Sarah Hayward, Section 114 notice, Shifa Mustafa | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

CEO Kerswell gets ready to reorganise council’s senior officials

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A meeting last night showed that no one had bothered removing former leader Tony Newman from an important committee, while councillors lacked the power to sack the chief executive or other senior officials. WALTER CRONXITE reports That … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Elaine Jackson, Hamida Ali, Heather Cheesbrough, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Paula Murray, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Directors Murray and Cheesbrough start exodus from council

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The director of planning and the borough’s culture chief are to leave Fisher’s Folly – the first top-level departures since the council issued its Section 114 notice. By STEVEN DOWNES Heather Cheesbrough, Croydon’s director of planning, and … Continue reading

Posted in Art, BH Live, Borough of Culture 2023, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Heather Cheesbrough, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Paula Murray, Planning, Section 114 notice, Shifa Mustafa | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Council still receiving ‘vast quantities’ of planning applications

What trade magazine Property Week described as “an unprecedented volume of planning applications” has been submitted to Croydon Council in the couple of weeks since the authority issued a Section 114 notice to declare itself broke. Between October 1 and … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Planning, RIF, Section 114 notice | Tagged , , , , , | 10 Comments

CEO Kerswell: council staff ‘are angry, upset and want answers’

CROYDON IN CRISIS: They say confession is good for the soul, though apologies issued yesterday by several council executives read more like pleas to keep their jobs. By WALTER CRONXITE There were several council staff members who half-expected Katherine Kerswell, … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Elaine Jackson, Hamida Ali, Hazel Simmonds, Heather Cheesbrough, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Lisa Taylor, Report in the Public Interest, Richard Simpson, Shifa Mustafa | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Questions tower over council’s husband and wife planning act

Angry residents are seeking a full and independent investigation into the role played by a senior member of the council’s planning department in a £300million tower development that was granted planning permission in central Croydon – when the wife of … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, One Lansdowne Road, Planning, Property, Purley | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Council in cover-up over planning’s husband and wife act

Croydon’s planners have clearly never heard the old saying, ‘when in a hole, stop digging’, as suspicion mounts over the absence of documents to support dubious statements given to a committee, as KEN LEE reports Croydon Council has been accused … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Chris Philp MP, Community associations, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Kenley, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, Purley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

£120m Brick by Brick scheme to get ‘virtual’ planning meeting

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on how Croydon Council is using the pandemic lockdown to lock out the public from the planning process Council leader Tony Newman has ignored calls from residents’ groups, his own Labour councillors and a local MP … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Muhammad Ali, Paul Scott, Planning, Toni Letts, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Croydon now has three employees paid £200,000+ per year

Our political correspondent, WALTER CRONXITE, reports on the latest startling figures coming out of the council Croydon Council had three members of staff who took home more than £200,000 in the last financial year for which figures are available. That’s … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Services, Colm Lacey, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Eleni Ioannides, Guy van Dichele, Heather Cheesbrough, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jo Negrini, Richard Simpson, Robert Henderson, Shifa Mustafa | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Family fortunes: council suspected of planning cover-up

Heather Cheesbrough, one of Croydon’s most senior directors, has been accused of misleading the public and the elected councillors on the planning committee in a council cover-up over whether one of her staff properly declared an interest in advance over … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Heather Cheesbrough, Planning, Purley | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Negrini draws ridicule for her £81 On The Buses guided tour

Hold very tight please! Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, is ready to be taken for a ride around Croydon town centre, all in the name of a good cause Croydon’s beleaguered £220,000 per year chief executive has attracted yet more … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Allders, Boxpark, Brick by Brick, Business, Centrale, Colm Lacey, CPO, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Heather Cheesbrough, Jo Negrini, Menta Tower, Paul Scott, Property, Purley Way, Ruskin Square, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Council director promises to find new home for Carers Centre

One of the council’s most senior executives has given a firm undertaking that, together with the borough’s wealthiest charity, a new home will be found for the Croydon Carers Support Centre which is currently based on George Street. Permission was … Continue reading

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Purley residents consider judicial challenge to planners

Housing correspondent BARRATT HOLMES on the gathering storm over the council’s housing targets, with the administration accused of allowing ‘planning policy in this borough to be hijacked by one or two individuals’ The Town Hall’s under-fire planning department could soon … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Paul Scott, Planning, Purley, Simon Brew | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Mayfair property developers fence off Woodside play space

Greedy property developers, who are trying to bully a group of neighbours off the community gardens they have created in South Norwood, have erected a six-foot fence around a children’s play area in Love Lane without seeking any planning permission. … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Gardening, Gavin Barwell, Hamida Ali, Heather Cheesbrough, Jane Avis, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Planning, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council CEO spends £20,000 on annual trip to South of France

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, unravels the latest extravagance with public money by the Labour-run council’s chief executive Jo Negrini, Croydon Council’s £212,000 per year chief executive, last month spent nearly £20,000 of public money so that she and three … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Brick by Brick, Business, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Jo Negrini, Paul Scott, Shifa Mustafa, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Planning chair votes twice to thwart Sunny Bank residents

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE watched last night’s council planning committee, so you wouldn’t have to… Paul Scott, the Labour-run council’s chair of the planning committee, last night allowed himself to vote twice to push through a housing scheme in … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Environment, Fairfield, Heather Cheesbrough, Housing, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jane Avis, Jason Perry, Jo Negrini, Muhammad Ali, Patsy Cummings, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, Pubs, Ruskin House, South Norwood, Thornton Heath | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Did planning chief mislead committee over MP’s objections?

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on growing concerns about what testimony to trust at the council’s planning meetings Did Croydon’s most senior planning official mislead elected councillors on the planning committee last week? Had the planning department provided unhelpful … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Jo Negrini, Park Hill and Whitgift, Pete Smith, Planning, Property, Sarah Jones MP, Vidhi Mohan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Negrini blocks Town Hall question on her jaunt to MIPIM

Jo Negrini’s sensitivities over questions about her jaunt to the South of France last month, where she attended the champagne-soaked MIPIM conference with international property developers, has seen the council’s unaccountable CEO not only refuse to answer letters from residents, … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jo Negrini, Shifa Mustafa | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Newman approved council’s £17,000 trip to Cannes ‘junket’

WALTER CRONXITE reports on how Croydon’s unaccountable chief executive refuses to answer enquiries from Council Tax-payers, while the council leader ignores uncomfortable questions from voters The trip to the South of France last month to a property speculators’ conference taken … Continue reading

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