by Gaby Spinks
In March, ten community reps were elected
onto the New Deal Partnership Board. We plan to interview all these
reps in coming issues. First to be interviewed: Aisha Special K.
How do you feel about representing
I feel proud and honoured. Being seen to be proud of the area changes
the perceptions of people from outside the area. They see there
must be something to be proud and honoured about.
How are you settling into the role
of Partnership Board Representative?
I have already started to have a positive and productive impact.
Positiveness breeds positiveness and I’m not a person who
believes in beating around the bush. I haven’t got where I
am now, being a community leader, by being meek and mild, but by
being assertive, confident and enthusiastic.
What would you like to see change/happen
while you are on the board?
How long have you got? Firstly I would like to see those who are
paid to do a job in Burngreave, doing the work properly and to higher
standards. For example, the street cleaners, they are letting the
area down. Better monitoring needs to be in place and senior management
need to get out into the community to see things with their own
eyes, to understand the complexity of the situation.
I’d like to see improvements to co-ordinated
child and youth provision, higher educational attainment levels
and a Burngreave school bus and driving scheme. I’d also like
to see the Vestry Hall and Sorby House redeveloped into Multicultural
Learning and Resource Centres.
We definitely need a supermarket, a bank and more
support for small or new businesses. I want to see improvement of
housing and support for elderly home owners to maintain their properties.
I want to see improved policing, the police need to be more accountable
for the damage that they do to properties unsuccessfully raided,
currently SCC pay for damage done. There also needs to be support
for drug users and facilities.
I’d like there to be more social and fun events for the whole
community to contribute to and a permanent Burngreave Community
Do you feel you have the power to
make a difference?
Yes! I do feel that I have the power to make a difference and Inshallah
(God Willing) I will. I also believe that everyone has the power
to make a difference.
What would make being a community
More Aisha Special Ks! Everyone needs to exercise their powers by
getting involved positively in New Deal. We also need improvements
in partnership working built on trust, there are a lot of people
talking about partnership, but are not doing it.
Other Community Rep interviews:
Issue 33, August 2003:
Issue 34, September 2003: Natasha
Issue 35, October 2003: Tony
Issue 36, November 2003: Dorrett
Issue 37, December 2003: Kelvin