Many have said despite the funds poured into he area there has been no substantial progress, which has been clearly highlighted with the demise of the drum and the proposed closure of Newtown Community Centre.
Having done some work with some of the local Schools it is clear to me that we have some talented youngsters for whom we need to take collective responsibility in order to ensure we create a level playing of opportunity for them, socially and economic, with support for academic achievement at the forefront, be it through the academic trail or apprenticeships.
I addition to this supporting their individual aspiration as opposed to cocooning them into stereotypical roles. Hence the importance of creating opportunities.
The pathways at time are very treacherous and with the ever increasing concerns surrounding Gun and Knife crime, for the past 4 years, I have been advocating for a joined up Multi agency approach, which has fallen on deaf ears.
Clearly, the blame game, the lack of taking responsibility and lack of Leadership is contributing to this also.
The residents of Newtown have a clearly choice for change on Thursday 3rd may and that is to vote for Desmond Jaddoo.
My pledge is to work with you to create a brighter, non-violent, prosperous and unified future for our young people.
This is important as recently in Great Hampton Row there was an argument between two men in their 20's and it was getting heated. After diffusing it they both told me the same thing and I summarise it as follows:
"We don't like each other and there is no love here. We cannot reason with each other as in a dispute all we want to do is kill each other".
This is a very powerful statement and very need to work together to change this mind-set.
"It is time for everyone and not the chosen few".
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8th April 2018