New councillor sets out plans
CENTRAL Ward’s newest councillor is wasting no time in looking to make a difference in his neighbourhood.
Councillor Mohammed Jamil made Central an all-Labour ward when he defeated incumbent Conservative Mahmood Fazal last month with a massive 700 majority.
Having been a city councillor between 2001 and 2004, he said he has been surprised by the amount of changes that have happened at the authority during his absence.
But one thing that has not changed is his relationship with his constituents and he believes that – with three Labour councillors serving the area, himself, Cllrs Nazim Khan and Zahid Hussein – Central Ward will get the attention it deserves.
He said: “Places like Werrington always seem to get the things they need, whereas we seem to be losing more and more amenities.
“Maybe the council has had an easy ride from this ward in the past.
“But I want our residents to know that they know have a voice and that we will fight tooth and nail for the people who live in this ward.”
Cllr Jamil has already made his voice heard at a council health scrutiny meeting on June 14, arguing against the closure of the Millfield Surgery in his ward.
And he has also been fighting to raise awareness of the decline of his boyhood park in Russell Street, which he wants to transform from a “concrete jungle” to a child-friendly haven.
Cllr Jamil said he wanted to hold on to funding to improve the park, and does not want to see it go to any other areas of the city.
He said ward members are holding consultations with schoolchildren at the nearby Beeches Primary School to find out what equipment they would like to see there.
A passionate supporter of youth projects, he wants to see more facilities in the area designed to get young people off the streets and doing something constructive for their futures.
But first and foremost, he wanted to thank his constituents for voting him back into the council.
He added: “I am so grateful for the faith that has been shown in me by the people in Central Ward and I will repay that in the next four years.”
FRESH START: Councillor Mohammed Jamil, pictured with Police Community Support Officer Thomas Puthernpurayil, wants to see the Russell Street play area revamped. (METP-21-05-10GM024)