Friday January 6, 2017
By the time you’re reading this 2017 will be well underway. Nevertheless, Happy New Year!
Whether your 2016 was a good one or not, there will have been many valuable lessons that we should all try to learn from. Among my many resolutions, I’m going to work harder at keeping things in perspective. I’ll remember to make gratitude and humility a far bigger part of each day. And, instead of dwelling on past events, I’ll ask myself what I did to make something better or worse, and what I could have done differently. I’m doing this not to churn things over, but to ensure that I learn from each experience and do better next time around.
We’ll need to do better this time around because the challenges that 2017 presents are substantial. Our schools and our health services need to be protected from further government cuts. Many of our elderly residents need more support in living active, independent and dignified lives. We need to work with local businesses and build a bigger, stronger and more dynamic local economy. And we absolutely must figure out how to make good quality housing available and affordable for as many people as possible.
While I am filled with confidence about our borough’s ability to rise to these challenges, we must accept that they are too great to tackle alone. We cannot afford to let ourselves be pulled apart. It is essential that we as individuals, as partners, as families, as friends, as neighbourhoods and communities, set aside our differences and not allow ourselves to be pulled apart. If we come together, focusing on what’s real rather than perceived, then we will have everything necessary to prevail.
I am immensely proud to be a part of Brent, to have been born here, raised here and to live here. I’m proud that this borough welcomed my parents and made it possible to build themselves a new life. We should all be very proud that we continue to welcome people from around the world, proud that they can come and proud that they want to. I’m thrilled to have seen this borough evolve, to see how we’ve grown, and now, as Leader, it is humbling to have a hand in shaping a Brent of the future, a future starts now.
Best wishes for an exciting and prosperous 2017.
Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council