Q&A: My Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 March 2018


This week we spoke to Sikh Women’s Alliance chairwoman Balvinder Saund, a former Redbridge councillor and magistrate.

What is your connection with the borough?

I have lived in Redbridge 44 years and have been a magistrate in this area for 21 years. I was a councillor for eight years and have led a women’s group in Ilford for the past 15 years. I brought up my kids and grandkids in the borough and am now semi-retired.

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

Best thing about living and working in the borough is its cosmopolitan people, living in harmony side by side.

What one thing would you change?

One thing I would like to change is the habits of people who litter our streets and make the area look rundown.

Use three words to describe the borough.

Excellent schools. Green leafy environment. Friendly family area.

Who is the most inspiring person you know?

The most inspiring living person for me is Fauja Singh who, notwithstanding his age, has put Redbridge on world map.

He should be given the Freedom of the Borough.

The other person I most admire is our Sikh princess Sophia Duleep Singh, who was involved with the suffragette struggle 100 years ago and got us women the right to vote.

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

If I were prime minister, I would change the law to ensure that everyone pays their taxes equally, and that corporate and rich people do not get around paying their share of taxes by creative accountancy and hiding money abroad.

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

If I were editor of the Ilford Recorder, I would focus on crime and social issues on the rise, burglaries, knife crimes and violence amongst youth.

Young people need to belong and their empowerment is important.

Gender equality has to be part of all projects and articles.

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