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Q&A: My Redbridge - Korean karate teacher Mohammed Islam

PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 August 2018

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What is your connection with Redbridge?

I moved to Hainault from inner east London six years ago.

Hainault has good road network (A12, M25, M11) and wonderful green spaces which provides a wonderful quality of life. There is a sense of peace when visiting one of many green fields in Hainault.

I have come to appreciate the quiet life now, especially as I work in the city. The quieter neighbourhood and surroundings are highly appreciated.

What’s the best thing about working or living in Redbridge?

Redbridge is vast, there is so much this borough offers. So many towns with different characters to make a wonderful borough. I have seen a good change in the borough. Recent regeneration is helping the community, it is good to see investment being continued considering the decade of austerity. Better quality local restaurants and businesses are offering excellent choices, which is great for the borough as locals spend in the local economy helping the borough.

What one thing would you change about the borough?

I would like to see mandatory recycling and wheelie bins being introduced to the borough.

Use three words to describe the borough.

Diverse, cohesive, relaxing.

Who is the most inspiring person you know?

During London 2012, I was fortunate to be a games maker at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

For me the Paralympic Games were truly outstanding and inspirational. There was an archer in a wheelchair without arms called Matt Stutzman, he was incredible. Using his mouth to pull the arrow and foot to hold the bow. Simply sensational. Another athlete I remember was at the pool. Lu Dong had no arms and swam using his body and legs.

Having seen the impossible made me realise how incredible these human being are, their inner strength and willingness to succeed is nothing short of incredible.

What new law would you introduce if you were prime minister?

I would like to tackle rough sleepers and homelessness. For such a developed country we should not have people in society without shelter, without being fed and not receiving support. There are many people who fall on hard times, we as a society need to support them.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

There is a lot of negative news coverage. Instead I would like to see inspirational news. There are a lot of inspirational people in our community, we need to search them out and highlight their contribution.

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