Annual Report May 2013 - May 2014
Name of Councillor: Rizwan Malik
Date Elected: 2007
Next Election date: 2015
Allowances: 2013 - 2014
Special Responsibility: £12,627
Other Council related Remuneration: None
Positions held (May 2013 - May 2014):
Bradford West Area Committee
CORPORATE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
Social Services Appeals Panel
Other meetings/bodies which I regularly attend:
My priorities for the past year (May 2013 - May 2014) were:
My priorities for the past year have been to continue to work hard for my constituents and to help improve the environment and locality they are living in.
In the past year I set out to help improve the level of Council service received by the residents of Heaton in these very difficult times.
An important priority of mine in the past year was to find ways of improving the environment of Heaton and find greener ways for people to use local services.
I have also wanted to continue working with young people in the ward to help raise their aspirations and help them become responsible members of their community.
School places has been an ongoing issue for parents across the district including in Heaton and I really wanted to work with Council colleagues and help find ways of ensuring parents receive at least one of their preferenced choice of schools for their child.
Finally, I had also prioritised to help and assist any constituent of Heaton who may have a Council related problem.
As Chair of Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee I have been responsible to ensure Council services and Council officers are properly scrutinised and amenable and as such this has been a priority of mine in the role of Chair.
Drugs and alcohol killed and seriously injured - road traffic accidents.
As Chair of Corporate Overview and Scrutiny I recommended and overlooked a very important piece of work on the services we provide as an authority to those who are affected by drugs and alcohol abuse and the impact these services have on these people. I also instructed the Environment Scrutiny Committee to carry out an important Scrutiny review on the district's road safety and those that are killed or seriously injured.
What I have achieved in the past year (May 2013 - May 2014):
I have managed to be accessible and available to my constituents and have had regular ward surgeries and ward walks to meet and talk to residents. Admittedly, I have not always achieved the desired result a resident has wanted but I have always endeavoured to do my very best for a resident.
I have worked with various Council departments to assist young people in my ward by continuing to provide youth services and have allocated funds from the ward fund for projects for young people.
In the past year I have worked closely with residents and Council officers regarding the traffic issues on Duchy Avenue and Heaton Grove and to find an answerable solution. It has been very satisfying to see the works for traffic calming measures on Duchy Drive begin. We are still trying to resolve and find a sustainable solution to the traffic problems along Heaton Grove.
I have continued to represent my constituents at school appeals and although it has been frustrating at times I am pleased to say that I have had some success.
As mentioned before an important priority of mine in (May 2012-2013) was to help improve the environment in Heaton, and I am glad to say that I have managed to achieve some success with this. I have campaigned against a number of environmental issues residents in Frizinghall were suffering with from a waste disposal site located close by to the community, by working with Council departments, the Environment Agency and fellow Councillors. Along with my ward colleagues we have been successful in having community clean up days throughout the ward. I have also worked alongside with a local allotment association in the ward to help with some of the issues they were facing and have looked at finding them some funding to help improve their site.
I am very pleased and proud that as a Labour Council we have continued to work hard on the regeneration of Bradford and in particular with the development of the City Centre and I must admit it was a deserving moment of their pledge when the work on the Westfield Broadway Shopping Centre began. I am sure this will be a catalyst in regenerating the City Centre.
My priorities for the coming year (May 2014 - May 2015) will be:
To continue to work hard for my constituents and to help improve the environment and locality they are living in.
I would like to continue working with residents within the different communities of Heaton to help and assist with issues they may be facing.
As Chair of Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee I will continue to ensure Council officers and Council services are properly scrutinised and amenable and I will continue to work hard in this role and ensure I do the job as well as possible. I will also look at carrying out further pieces of work looking closely at specific areas of a Council service at the functionality of a Council service, especially as we are in such a difficult economic climate, in which Bradford Council is facing the very real prospect of further cuts.
One very important area that I would like the Corporate Committee to look at is poverty. This is poverty across all areas including fuel, financial, food and poverty related to children. We need to understand the significance of what poverty is and how this is impacting on the quality of life of people and what we as a local authority are doing about tackling this issue.
Regeneration and Education will always be a priority as I feel these two areas are key to ensuring that this district has a bright and prosperous future.
Finally, I will try my utmost to help and assist any constituent of Heaton who may have a Council related problem.
I have attended the following training sessions, seminars, briefings and conferences to develop skills and gain knowledge that will help me serve the people of the district: