Q&A: My Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 February 2018


This week we spoke to Farah Hussain, Redbridge Council’s cabinet member for housing, who was born and raised in the borough. She tells us what she likes about the borough and what she feels could be improved.

What is your connection with the borough?

I was born and brought up in Redbridge, I grew up in Ilford and I have been a councillor for three and a half years.

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

It is the people. I think Redbridge has some amazing residents, passionate about their area and who really care about the community. I think it is the people that make Redbridge so great.

What one thing would you change?

I would want people to think more about the environment and take more ownership of their streets and pavement outside their front gardens. I want them to turn their frustration about litter and mess into action and actively do something about it. Work with us, the council, to make Redbridge a tidier place.

Use three words to describe the borough.

Green. Friendly. Diverse.

Who is the most inspiring person you know?

My mum is the most inspiring person for me. She has really strong principles and morals that guide everything she does.

She always sees the best in people, I wish I had more of that. Eventhough she worked full-time she made sure that we never missed out on anything we wanted or needed. I don’t think I could have become a councillor without her support.

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

I would increase the length of maternity leave so parents could spend more time with their children and introduce three months paternity leave. I think it is really important for children that they spend more time with both parents and get that interaction early on.

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

I would focus on the small, brilliant things Redbridge residents do – from charity fundraising to street parties. They are little things but it all adds up, like residents doing grocery shopping for their

elderly neighbour or picking up their working neighbour’s

children from school. These everyday interactions that make a difference. I would also like to see the Recorder do a campaign on the issue of loneliness, which people are facing around the country.

To get residents involved in speaking to people who are lonely at a shop or cafe.

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