Shabir Hussain ‘On your side’


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REPRESENTATIVE: Shabir Hussain has been the Labour councillor for the Manningham ward for eight years and hopes to continue his work in the local community following next week’s local elections

REPRESENTATIVE: Shabir Hussain has been the Labour councillor for the Manningham ward for eight years and hopes to continue his work in the local community following next week’s local elections

For the past eight years, Shabir Hussain has been serving the Manningham area as the local Labour councillor and despite overseeing a number of positive changes, he insists that there is still work to be done.

Much like local councils all across the country, Bradford has been hit by big cuts imposed by central government.

By working with local authorities and the Manningham community, Mr Hussain says he hopes to build on work already undertaken and continue to improve the area for residents and the city as a whole.

Notable projects completed during his tenure most recently include, the successful campaign for non-invasive post-mortems, and a safety first initiative which led to the redevelopment of recreational spaces including the Springfield area and supporting the youth in local community areas.

All schemes were completed despite cuts of more than £100million to Bradford council from the coalition government, which threatens to hamper community development.

RESPECT: Technology that allows for non-invasive post mortems is to be introduced shortly in Bradford. Spearheaded by Deputy Leader Councillor Imran Hussain, Shabir Hussain supported the call alongside a number of local authorities and community groups, pictured with Councillors Imran Hussain and Nazam Azam

RESPECT: Technology that allows for non-invasive post mortems is to be introduced shortly in Bradford. Spearheaded by Deputy Leader Councillor Imran Hussain, Shabir Hussain supported the call alongside a number of local authorities and community groups, pictured with Councillors Imran Hussain and Nazam Azam

Mr Hussain states that he still has many issues he hopes to tackle, should he be re-elected, and explained what his main objectives were for the next term in office.

He said: “There are a number of worries that currently affect the Manningham area that will be tackled.

“Firstly, drugs and prostitution; I am working closely with West Yorkshire Police to eradicate these problems that exist in some areas of Manningham as these issues clearly have a negative impact on the wellbeing of our community.

“Secondly, there is the issue of the far-right wing, Britain First, who recently entered and desecrated the sanctity of some of the city’s mosques.

HANDS-ON: After the Manningham area was highlighted as a ward which struggled with healthy living, Mr Hussain helped clubs, such as Gotyasize Fighting Fit, receive funding to help with the purchase of sports equipment, benefiting youths across the area

HANDS-ON: After the Manningham area was highlighted as a ward which struggled with healthy living, Mr Hussain helped clubs, such as Gotyasize Fighting Fit, receive funding to help with the purchase of sports equipment, benefiting youths across the area

“In my opinion, these are abhorrent acts designed to deliberately provoke the Muslim community. These instances have justifiably caused our communities great concern but we must not react violently to this provocation because this would only play into the hands of this extremist group who have no respect for the sanctity of a place of worship.

“I am currently liaising with the committees of the local mosques in Manningham and with the local congregations in respect of implementing preventative measures should such instances arise in the future.  We have urged the police to investigate this matter swiftly and prosecute those responsible.

“Another issue that has affected many residents in Manningham and across the whole of West Yorkshire is the cancellation of Pakistan International Airline flights to and from Leeds Bradford Airport.

DEVELOPMENT: Mr Hussain successfully campaigned against a derelict site, between Morningside and Springcliffe, being turned into housing in 2010, and instead helped approve the construction of a recreational, play area for local residents

DEVELOPMENT: Mr Hussain successfully campaigned against a derelict site, between Morningside and Springcliffe, being turned into housing in 2010, and instead helped approve the construction of a recreational, play area for local residents

“It was convenient for local residents, who welcomed the move by PIA to use Leeds Bradford for their flights a few years ago.

“However, by PIA taking this measure of not using this airport any longer, it will also have an adverse financial impact upon both local businesses and the local community because the businesses will lose the trade from our community, who in turn will now have to travel up to Manchester to access these flights.

“I’m currently working with PIA personnel and the airport in an attempt to have these flights resumed as soon as possible.”

He added: “In addition to the above, many British Pakistani residents living in the Manningham area have complained about the red tape that they have to deal with in cases where they need to travel to Pakistan in an emergency.

“They cannot travel without a visa issued via Gerry’s unless they have an overseas ID card.  The process can take a few days and this is wholly unacceptable.

SAFE: The junction of Bertram Road and Church Street was an accident hot spot. After Ilyas Bhai, the general secretary of Masjid Quba, raised this concern with Mr Hussain, he delivered a petition from residents to the Highways Department demanding the road layout be reviewed, which it subsequently was

SAFE: The junction of Bertram Road and Church Street was an accident hot spot. After Ilyas Bhai, the general secretary of Masjid Quba, raised this concern with Mr Hussain, he delivered a petition from residents to the Highways Department demanding the road layout be reviewed, which it subsequently was

“I am liaising with the Pakistani Consulate in Bradford to see whether a facility can be provided for people to approach the Consulate directly and obtain a visa.”

Manningham is a vibrant area that has a multi-cultural community living in harmony and Mr Hussain says he will continue to work with all members of the ward and address any problems they have to the best of his ability.

Local elections will take place on Thursday 22nd May across local councils and Shabir Hussain is the candidate for the Labour Party.  He hopes to be ‘on your side’ once again for the foreseeable future.

 

 

Local elections will take place on Thursday 22nd May across local councils and Shabir Hussain is the candidate for the Labour Party.  He hopes to be ‘on your side’ once again for the foreseeable future.

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