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Croydon Council housing boss leaves just months after starting in wake of Regina Road scandal

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A housing director has left Croydon Council just months after the new role was created in the wake of shocking conditions in Regina Road flats.

Alison Knight joined the authority at the end of May after awful living conditions were exposed at the South Norwood estate.

Families were living in flats thick with mould with water pouring through the ceiling.

Appalling footage of soaking wet floors and walls thick with mould was shown on ITV News and opened a national conversation about the state of council housing in the UK.

An independent investigation recommended creating a new executive director of housing.

Dr Knight was appointed on a temporary contract for an initial six months at a cost of £104,250 to the council.

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At the time of her appointment, she said: “I am passionate about delivering excellent services to local people, and this role is a great opportunity to help make sure everyone in council homes feels cared for and receives a really good, responsive experience across our teams.”

According to LinkedIn, Dr Knight has been replaced by David Padfield who started this month after nearly two years in the same role at Hackney Council.

Like Dr Knight he is listed as being interim corporate director of housing meaning his appointment is not a permanent contract.

Croydon Council was contacted for comment.

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