Category Archives: Hamida Ali

Knight appointed to come to the rescue of council tenants

Croydon Council has appointed a doctor to try to heal the deep wounds caused to its reputation over the scandal of damp and mouldy flats in South Norwood. Dr Alison Knight – her doctorate was in education – was revealed … Continue reading

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New councillor Bonello quick to meet with discredited Newman

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The former leader of the council appears to continue his interest, and possibly influence, over Labour councillors. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES.  Photo: DANNIE LIEBOVITZ Less than 72 hours after being elected as a ward councillor for Woodside … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Mike Bonello, Paul Scott, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Vote swings to Tories could see Labour lose 15 council seats

NOT-SO-SPECIAL ELECTION SPECIAL: The toxic legacy of Tony Newman and his cabal at the Town Hall could see the ex-leader’s former party wiped out if this week’s by-election results are repeated in 2022. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor If Croydon … Continue reading

Posted in Alisa Flemming, Andrew Pelling, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jade Appleton, Joy Prince, Kenley, Kola Agboola, Louis Carserides, New Addington North, Ola Kolade, Park Hill and Whitgift, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Waddon, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Regina Road residents look at legal action for compensation

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Pressure is mounting on the council’s leadership for a firm response to the highly critical housing report published yesterday. By STEVEN DOWNES There have been renewed calls for the resignation of Hamida Ali as leader of Croydon … Continue reading

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Croydon in crisis: Investigation into housing scandal finds systemic failure and incompetence in council

Independent consultants confirm that housing officials treated tenants with ‘a lack of respect’, and even lied to the local MP over repairs to damp and mouldy flats in South Norwood. By STEVEN DOWNES A “relatively routine” building failure, a water … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Croydon North, Hamida Ali, Housing, South Norwood, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

More worries over Kerswell’s suitability for council top job

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Our council reporter, SANDRA STEAD, on the latest twist in the search for new leadership at Fisher’s Folly Katherine Kerswell, the interim chief executive at Croydon’s bankrupt council, is expected to apply for and to be offered … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Improvement Board, Jo Negrini, Katherine Kerswell, Section 114 notice, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

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

‘Grim milestone’ as Croydon passes 1,000 covid deaths

Croydon has passed what the council leader called today “a grim milestone”, when the borough’s death toll from coronavirus this week reached 1,000. “This moment represents a devastating loss of life – each one a family member or friend taken … Continue reading

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Scott in power cut as he is ‘purged’ from planning committee

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The best mate of discredited council leader Tony Newman spent seven years dominating and domineering the planning committee – and never once did he declare an interest over colleague architects or Brick by Brick. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Jo Negrini, London-wide issues, Paul Scott, Planning, Toni Letts, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Regina Road families left waiting for council leader meeting

CROYDON IN CRISIS: ‘Do not insult us any longer’ say residents after Hamida Ali breaks her promises to hold an ‘urgent’ meeting and to publish a report from investigation into the ‘appalling’ disrepair of South Norwood flats. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN … Continue reading

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Town Hall meeting brought forward to dodge roadmap changes

KEN LEE reports on a very slow return to ‘normality’ over council business The council has brought forward its 2021 annual meeting by a fortnight – so that the borough’s councillors can avoid having a potential covid super-spreader event at … Continue reading

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BxB’s collapse was predictable. Why did no one else notice?

CROYDON IN CRISIS: It did not take a couple of £800-a-day consultants to spot that Brick by Brick was dragging the council into financial ruin. Reader NICHOLAS PANES’s first piece for this website, the presciently headlined “Building towards the council’s … Continue reading

Posted in Brick by Brick, Colm Lacey, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, Martyn Evans, Paul Scott, Planning, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Council tenants rebel: ‘Your staff make us feel less than human’

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Angry at being ignored and ‘left in limbo’, new residents’  group hints at a class legal action against their landlords as they claim that the council was considering demolishing the South Norwood tower blocks 20 years ago. … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, South Norwood, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Ombudsman starts investigation into damp and mouldy flats

Croydon’s Labour-run council is likely to come under renewed pressure to publish the findings of its “urgent” investigation into the appalling conditions in residential towers in South Norwood, after the Housing Ombudsman announced today a full-scale national investigation of his … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, London-wide issues, South Norwood | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Ali accused of cover-up over findings on council flats scandal

CROYDON IN CRISIS: What was supposed to be an ‘urgent’ report into the appalling living conditions endured by council tenants in South Norwood is being withheld ahead of local elections. STEVEN DOWNES reports Hamida Ali, the leader of the council, … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing, South Norwood, South Norwood Community Kitchen, South Norwood Tourist Board, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Time to end borough’s ‘lazy’ political duopoly say Greens

Voters at next month’s council by-elections are being encouraged to end the Town Hall’s unfunny double act, reports WALTER CRONXITE, political editor The Green Party has accused the political duopoly which dominates Croydon politics of becoming “lazy”, with Tories and … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Croydon Greens, Esther Sutton, Hamida Ali, Housing, Kenley, New Addington North, Park Hill and Whitgift, Paul Scott, Peter Underwood, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Tony Newman, Tracey Hague, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

‘Council flats crisis has been heartbreaking, and cruel’

The scandal over the appalling conditions in South Norwood flats rolls on, as the council evacuated some of its tenants into poor conditions – in one case, placing a mother with a two-year-old toddler into what appeared to be a … Continue reading

Posted in Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Patsy Cummings, South Norwood, South Norwood Community Kitchen, South Norwood Tourist Board, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Candidates’ tough task to shake off Labour reputation

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on how candidates standing in ward by-elections next month have to shake off the stigma of replacing discredited Tony Newman and Simon Hall Kola Agboola and Mike Bonello have been named by Labour as their … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Central, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Fieldway, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Kenley, New Addington North, Park Hill and Whitgift, Paul Scott, Report in the Public Interest, Simon Hall, South Norwood, Steve O'Connell, Steve Reed MP, Tony Newman, Vidhi Mohan, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Fitzsimons stays on to scrutinise his scrutiny committee

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The Town Hall’s theatre of the absurd continues tonight with a meeting chaired by a councillor criticised by auditors and government inspectors for failing to raise the alarm over finances and poor governance. STEVEN DOWNES reports Sean … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Clark, Clive Fraser, Croydon Council, David Wood, Hamida Ali, Jane Avis, Nina Degrads, Oliver Lewis, Report in the Public Interest, Stephen Mann, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

This is what happens when you strip front-line services

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The appalling conditions endured by council tenants in South Norwood, says ROD DAVIES, is symptomatic of a decline in local government, where the front-line services are stripped of resources While the cases of the neglected tenants in damp … Continue reading

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Ali was emailed about ‘appalling’ council flats six months ago

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The council leader talks about damp and mould in two flats in South Norwood. Community workers have found the same problem widespread throughout three tower blocks, where residents are ‘belittled’ by officials and are left ‘feeling worthless’. … Continue reading

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Ali refuses to support Newman and Hall for public office

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Splits in the local Labour Party are deepening as recriminations mount over Tony Newman’s 15 years of misrule. By STEVEN DOWNES Hamida Ali, the one-time political protégé of discredited council leader Tony Newman, yesterday refused to offer her … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, New Addington North, Section 114 notice, Simon Hall, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

‘Most dangerous man in Britain’ to stand in council election

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on a startling development over two ward by-elections on May 6 A lifelong political activist laughably described by the Daily Mail as “the most dangerous man in Britain” has become the first to declare that … Continue reading

Posted in Community associations, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Paul Scott, South Norwood, South Norwood Tourist Board, Tony Newman, Woodside | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Council’s flats scandal caused by ‘complete corporate failure’

The scandal of the unliveable conditions in council flats in South Norwood has been the result of “a complete corporate failure” at Croydon Council, the council leader told a committee of MPs this afternoon. Councillor Hamida Ali was addressing the … Continue reading

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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 , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments