New councillor sets out plans

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By ADAM UREN

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.”

Pic­ture: GE­ORGI MABEE

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)

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