Category Archives: Shifa Mustafa

Mustafa admits council had finance problems at start of year

Croydon’s stand-in CEO Shifa Mustafa has told the unions that, “the council’s finances were challenging at the start of the year”, a significant admission by a senior figure that the Town Hall’s cash crisis was not caused solely by covid-19 … Continue reading

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Croydon in crisis: Whitehall imposes new chief exec on council

EXCLUSIVE: Borough to get its third CEO in two weeks, as government parachutes in a ‘safe pair of hands’ on Newman’s Croydon clique. By STEVEN DOWNES A hastily arranged meeting of Croydon Council’s appointments committee will convene this morning to … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Shifa Mustafa, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Council breaks the law by withholding its latest accounts

EXCLUSIVE: Town Hall finance chiefs tell Whitehall they will run out of cash by the end of September, and meanwhile the council fails to fulfil its legal accounting obligations. By STEVEN DOWNES The council has failed to make its latest … Continue reading

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‘Desperate’ meetings with Henderson fuel CEO speculation

STEVEN DOWNES on a twist in the council’s search for new leadership Well-placed sources in Fisher’s Folly describe council leader Tony Newman as “beyond desperate” to get Robert Henderson to stay in Croydon – possibly going as far as to … Continue reading

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Newman bypassed cabinet and colleagues on CEO decisions

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the latest decision by decree from the council leader, and with a profile of the interim CEO who had a chequered career before joining Croydon Before she was announced yesterday as the interim replacement … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Business, CPO, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Lisa Taylor, Shifa Mustafa, Simon Hall, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

‘I can’t guarantee we won’t issue a Section 114 notice’

After weeks of repeated denials from Town Hall chiefs that the council is broke, last night there was a refreshing outbreak of frankness by an official. KEN LEE reports One of the council’s most senior officials last night admitted: “I … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Lisa Taylor, Shifa Mustafa, Simon Hall | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Staff accuse Negrini of ‘cowardice’ ahead of showdown meet

The council chief exec is presiding over mounting anger over her handling of the borough finances and management of hundreds of job cuts. STEVEN DOWNES reports Dozens of council staff, many of them facing the prospect of redundancy as part … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Guy van Dichele, Hazel Simmonds, Jacqueline Harris-Baker, Jo Negrini, Robert Henderson, Shifa Mustafa | Tagged , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Council staffer Pitt is recruited to board of failing Brick by Brick

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, discovers that the council has been less-than-forthcoming over the latest appointment to their loss-making house-builder Brick by Brick has appointed a new company director, in a move that could signal the council-owned house-builder is … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Jo Negrini, Shifa Mustafa, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 17 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

Brick by Brick losses mount as they spend £1m on ‘showroom’

The annual report from the council’s loss-making in-house house-builder shows ‘directors costs’ more than tripling in the past year, while spending £1million on rent and renovations to the company’s George Street base Brick by Brick, the bastard brainchild of Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Business, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Housing, Jo Negrini, Martyn Evans, Planning, Shifa Mustafa | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Newman discovers climate emergency but offers little to fix it

Our environment correspondent, PAUL LUSHION, was at the council’s ‘sustainability summit’ – staged in an unsustainable venue where guests were drinking from single-use cardboard cups – and found it to be full of contradictions Tony Newman, the Labour leader of … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Croydon Friends of the Earth, Croydon parks, Education, Environment, Extinction Rebellion, Planning, Refuse collection, Shifa Mustafa, Tony Newman, Waste incinerator, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brick by Brick gets 100%: 38 housing projects are all delayed

BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, reports on how late  completion of developments by the council’s house-builders is storing up a multi-million-pound problem Brick by Brick, Croydon Council’s house-building company, could be struggling to make its sums work as delays and … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Housing, Jo Negrini, Martyn Evans, Planning, Shifa Mustafa | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 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

Scott puts forward proposals to raise parking fees by 375%

“The problem isn’t with cars being parked, it’s with cars being driven.” Croydon’s Labour-run council is putting forward proposals for £300 per year resident parking permits which will hit the poor and the elderly hardest, as transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON … Continue reading

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Planning approval granted for £100m Selhurst Park scheme

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on a planning committee outcome which was never in any doubt This was one fixture in the 2017-2018 season which Crystal Palace Football Club were never going to lose. Croydon Council’s planning committee last … Continue reading

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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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Croydon’s Negrini, the £20m superyacht, and left over beer

KEN LEE, our spending-four-days-on-the-lash-at-public-expense correspondent, detected waning interest among the world’s property developers in Croydon’s tired message at this year’s MIPIM Apparently, it’s happening. “It’s happening!” was the latest lame slogan for Croydon this week at the booze and hookerfest … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Brick by Brick, Business, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Jo Negrini, Shifa Mustafa, Stiles Harold Williams, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Negrini’s council spend on South of France trip soars by 25%

Just as households around the borough are this week receiving notification of their hike in Council Tax with a solemn message from council leader Tony Newman that, “It is more important than ever to make every penny count”, so four … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Business, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Heather Cheesbrough, Jo Negrini, Shifa Mustafa, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Taberner House developers still don’t have building start date

BARRATT HOLMES on another prestigious scheme in the town centre which seems to have come to a grinding halt Five years since Taberner House was demolished and almost a year since planning permission was granted for the site – including … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Croydon parks, Environment, Fairfield, Housing, Planning, Queens Gardens, Shifa Mustafa, Taberner House | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Has Negrini’s appointee just admitted she can’t do the job?

WALTER CRONXITE reports on a secretive multi-million pound deal to come out of the Town Hall At lunchtime today, one of Croydon’s most senior executive officers got a “key decision” passed, without any discussion by our elected representatives at any … Continue reading

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Something stinks about council’s latest air quality plans

JEREMY CLACKSON, our motoring correspondent, reports on the inherent contradiction of the borough’s drive for growth (in cars, naturally) Croydon Council has just announced a public consultation (another one), this time over the borough’s rapidly worsening air quality. They are … Continue reading

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Negrini approves £12,500 spend on her trip to South of France

Jo Negrini, Croydon’s chief exec, has spent more than £12,000 of Council Tax-payers’ money for her and three council executives to spend most of this week out of the office in Fisher’s Folly and instead jet off to enjoy cocktails … Continue reading

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Council’s U-turn creates a road block to residents’ complaints

A council report to this Wednesday’s traffic management committee at the Town Hall recommends a U-turn on the controversial one-way system on residential streets between Addiscombe Road and Cherry Orchard Road which has caused distress and dismay for hundreds of … Continue reading

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£1.4bn Westfield plans set for council showdown next month

Revised plans for the £1.4 billion Westfield and Hammerson redevelopment of Croydon town centre seem likely to go before a showdown meeting of the council’s planning committee next month, and without any major adjustments to the much-altered scheme which was … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Centrale, CPO, Croydon Council, Gavin Barwell, Housing, Jo Negrini, Paul Scott, Planning, Property, Shifa Mustafa, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments