Croydon's planning director departs for Redbridge

Written by: Ellie Kahn
Published on: 8 Dec 2020

Heather Cheesbrough

The director of planning and strategic transport at troubled Croydon Council has resigned.

Heather Cheesbrough, who has held the role since 2016, will be leaving in February 2021 to take up a new role with the London Borough of Redbridge. At the time of publication, it was not clear what her new role at Redbridge would be.

Before her role at Croydon, Cheesbrough was assistant director of strategic planning, regeneration and economic development at the London Borough of Hounslow.

Croydon Council declared bankruptcy in November, and earlier this month submitted a second section 114 notice, which means that no new expenditure is permitted except to safeguard vulnerable people.

“I have been open about the fact that we cannot fix our problems overnight,” said the leader of the council Hamida Ali, in a statement last week. “This will be a three-year journey for Croydon. However, we are making huge efforts toward that improvement journey and we are confident that government support will stabilise our financial position.”