Tuesday January 2, 2018
The start of a New Year is a time when we collectively pause to reflect on the accomplishments of the year gone by and a moment for bold new resolutions for the time ahead.
Looking back over 2017, there is much as Leader of Brent Council that I take pride in: from bringing Brent Housing Partnership back under council control; to seeing our students achieve some of the finest A-Level and GCSE results across London, and to our ‘Invest 4 Brent’ company, which has seen families in temporary housing move into new, quality accommodation in time for Christmas.
As Londoners, the year will be remembered for the challenges this city has faced; with both the tragedy on the Grenfell estate and the attacks on Westminster Bridge and in Borough Market testing the resilience of the city.
It never ceases to amaze me how such painful events can bring communities together, and London responded by showcasing the very best of the human spirit. The heroic work of London’s emergency services who attended and the response of the community back here in Brent should make us proud as Londoners.
I look forward with renewed optimism for the year ahead; despite the heavy cuts the government continues to make to our funding, the council will use every resource and power available to make a positive difference to Brent.
Making Brent prosper has been my guiding principle year after year. We’re committed to protecting our schools and health service from further cuts; we will provide more support to elderly residents to help them retain their independence for longer; we will fund more police officers to make our streets safer and we will continue to work with businesses to create a strong local economy for every resident to enjoy.
There’s lots of work to do to meet these challenges head on, but I am in no doubt that Brent has the talent to make 2018 another successful year for all.
Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council