candidate for the Hackney Downs by-election
May 5th 2016
Mohammed has lived and raised his family in their home just off Brooke Road for more than 15 years. He is a plumber who runs his own business in the local community.
As well as being a stalwart of the Hackney and London Liberal Democrats and a community campaigner, Mohammed has been an active member of the users' groups for both Hackney Downs and Stoke Newington Common. Probably his biggest campaign to date was the campaign against the imposition by Hackney Council of the "Zone R" Controlled Parking Zone against the wishes of the community.
"Hackney Labour's idea of consultation was a joke," says Mohammed. "They pretended to listen and then just rode roughshod over local people and did what they always intended to do.
"That's not democracy and it's what people in my neighbourhood deserve. I'm standing so that Hackney Downs residents can have a voice in the council chamber to challenge the Labour mayor - something we obviously can't rely on another Labour councillor to do."
Outside of party politics, Mohammed has also been deeply involved with local drives to collect supplies for refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria.
Mohammed's Top 5 Priorities for Hackney Downs
Lib Dem mayoral candidate, Caroline Pidgeon says we need an "Olympic effort" to build new council houses, affordable homes for sale and rent and provide much-needed relief from sky-high housing costs, and I'm backing her plan 100%.
Hackney Council talks a good game on housing, but we are not doing anything like enough to help make housing more affordable either to rent or buy.
2. Clean Streets
Hackney currently recycles less than a quarter of its waste. Our local waste authority says that needs to double in the next 4 years. Hackney Lib Dems have been calling for better access to recycling and for a crackdown on fly-tipping.
As you can see (pictured - on the Nightingale Estate) so far the Labour council is not taking this very seriously.
As your councillor, I will fight for tough action on the fly-tipping that blights our streets and estates; for more recycling facilities for batteries, light bulbs and electrical items and for the Council to make good on its previous commitment to improve access to green recycling bags.
3. Green Transport
We have some of the lowest car ownership in London, and yet many of our streets are difficult and dangerous for walking and cycling.
I want to see Hackney Downs ward declared a "Clean Travel Zone" to coincide with the redevelopment of the Nightingale Estate and upgrades to local Overground stations - with better crossings, signage, cycle priority and secure storage. This will make it easier and safer to walk or cycle, improve local air quality and even help us get more exercise.
4. Rail Connections
Many journeys from our neighbourhood are headed for Tottenham Hale and areas further north, which are major shopping and employment destinations - but there is no direct public transport service either by train or bus.
I am calling on Abellio, the rail operator, to stop its London to Hertford and London to Broxbourne services at Clapton, providing people in our area with a fast and regular train connection to Tottenham Hale and beyond, giving us access to retail, leisure and employment and taking journeys off the roads and onto public transport.
5. Stronger IN Europe
Being part of the EU is good for Britain, good for London and good for people in Hackney Downs. We all benefit from easier travel, cheaper prices and the ability to buy and sell across borders.
As a councillor and local representative, I would aim to be a community leader on issues that are important to our community - and there are few things more important than making sure Hackney Downs votes to REMAIN on June 23rd.