Category Archives: Sarah Hayward

Mystery of the ‘lost’ £600,000 expert report into Fairfield Halls

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Suspicions mount over the business of Brick by Brick and the scandal surrounding the Fairfield Halls refurbishment. But even members of the Town Hall’s scrutiny committee are being denied vital information by council directors. By STEVEN DOWNES … Continue reading

Posted in Asmat Hussain, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Robert Ward, Sarah Hayward, Sean Fitzsimons | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

Fore! Golf course and hotel latest properties in council fire sale

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Four public-owned properties, not mentioned in the council’s original disposals list, are now being sold off as the Town Hall gets itself out of the hotels business. By PEARL LEE, our south of the borough correspondent The … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Business, Coulsdon, Coulsdon East, Croydon Council, Golf, Old Coulsdon, Sarah Hayward | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Police name teenager killed in Bensham Manor stabbing

Council’s cabinet member admits that crime strategy is still being ‘developed’, two years after an out-of-work Labour politician was put in charge of the borough’s ‘violent crime reduction network’ The police have named the second Croydon 16-year-old to have been … Continue reading

Posted in Bensham Manor, Crime, Croydon Council, Knife crime, London-wide issues, Manju Shahul Hameed, Policing, Sarah Hayward, Sarah Jones MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Public outcry as council off-loads historic Heathfield House

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The future of a long-established ecology charity has been placed under threat, as well as hundreds of school visits conducted annually, by a council plan to lease out a publicly-owned listed building. By our environment correspondent, PAUL … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Charity, Croydon Council, Croydon Friends of the Earth, Croydon parks, Environment, Heathfield, Heathfield House, History, Property, Riesco Collection, Sarah Hayward, Schools, Selsdon & Ballards, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , | 13 Comments

‘Deeply shocking’ report shows council’s ‘serious failure’

The pressure increased on Hamida Ali, the leader of Croydon Council, as the Town Hall’s pay-masters, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, issued a statement today in response to the notice issued by the Social Housing Regulator which … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Alison Knight, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Sarah Hayward, Sarah Jones MP, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Government regulator steps in over ‘appalling’ council flats

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The squalid conditions of homes in South Norwood has seen the council found to be in breach of 15-year-old regulations introduced to prevent people having to endure slum conditions. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES The council has been … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Knight, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Sarah Hayward, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , | 9 Comments

‘None of the tenants in Croydon trust anybody in the council’

By STEVEN DOWNES The council took the unusual step last night of inviting one of the people it is supposed to serve, a resident, a council tenant, to speak at its Town Hall cabinet meeting. What Fransoy Hewitt said, her … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Knight, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Katherine Kerswell, Patricia Hay-Justice, Sarah Hayward, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

£104,000: astronomical pay deal for housing troubleshooter

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE says that the controversy surrounding the squalid conditions in council homes in South Norwood seems likely to be stoked further tonight over disputed claims that the council leader, Hamida Ali, has met with residents in … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Knight, Community associations, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Katherine Kerswell, Sarah Hayward, South Norwood, South Norwood Tourist Board, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Council housing staff summoned to urgent briefing with CEO

The wait could almost be over: the report into how council flats in South Norwood fell into such squalid and appalling conditions is expected to be released tomorrow. All members of the council’s housing department have been summoned to attend … Continue reading

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Official accused of bullying Regina Road tenants over meeting

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Did the council leader lie to a parliamentary committee when she promised to release the investigation findings into the ‘appalling’ state of council flats in South Norwood ‘as soon as we have them’? EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Katherine Kerswell, Sarah Hayward, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 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

Council’s ‘urgent’ inquiry into housing scandal is slow to start

It took Croydon Council five days after they were approached by ITV News with serious questions about the appalling conditions in council flats in South Norwood before they announced an “urgent inquiry”. And in the council’s first response to the … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Patricia Hay-Justice, Sarah Hayward, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Hayward promoted to investigate Regina Road scandal

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A controversial former Labour council leader is promoted and given a possible £40,000 pay rise by Hamida Ali in the latest round of musical chairs at the Town Hall. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Sarah Hayward has been … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Katherine Kerswell, London-wide issues, Policing, Sarah Hayward, Shifa Mustafa, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Lip-service webinars fail to consider libraries’ community future

CROYDON COMMENTARY: As the council pays lip-service to a legally required consultation process, there’s a sense of inevitability about proposed closures for up to five of the borough’s public libraries. After sitting in on one of the council’s virtual Q&A … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Broad Green, Coulsdon, Croydon Council, Education, Libraries, Old Coulsdon, Oliver Lewis, Sarah Hayward, Section 114 notice | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

‘Mistakes will be made’ warn staff after latest round of cuts

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Libraries to close, refuse dumps to close, while elderly, disabled and mental health services are to be cut. Even buses for SEND schoolchildren face the axe. Yet the council’s ‘renewal plan’ will still spend £37m more in … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Children's Services, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Katherine Kerswell, Libraries, Refuse collection, Sarah Hayward, Section 114 notice | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

New leader Ali blames covid for crime report that is a year late

CROYDON IN CRISIS: On crime figures, ‘some are going up, some are going down’, according to the newly elected leader of the council, who has failed in a legal duty to deliver a community safety plan. KEN LEE reports Whichever … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Stranack, Crime, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Knife crime, Policing, Sarah Hayward, Shifa Mustafa | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Jobs for the gals! Newman hands £100,000 job to Blairite pal

It’s not what you know, but who you know when it comes to some top-level jobs at Croydon Council, as KEN LEE reports Tensions between Croydon Council’s senior paid officials and the Town Hall’s Labour leadership threaten to break out … Continue reading

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