The Conservative candidate for Hendon looks ahead to the new year
The start of a new year is a time to reflect and set goals for the exciting time ahead. This year I hope to see changes in Hendon, and I intend to work hard to make this happen.
I was born in Hendon and have lived locally my whole life. It holds a very special place in my heart, and I hope to do as much as I can to reinvigorate community spirit across the area.
Only in Hendon, can someone come from an immigrant family living in a council estate and go on to run as the next Member of Parliament. Hendon is a hub of opportunity and I want to promote those opportunities for others. Building a strong community starts from the ground up. This means investing in our children and young people to ensure that they have bright futures ahead of them.
That’s why the government is delivering a record £123m for schools in Hendon. With this funding I hope to refurbish the Menorah Foundation School and invest in Hendon School, Copthall and Mill Hill County High School.
One of the best things about Hendon is the diversity and uniqueness of its residents and would like to use this year to get to know as many people as possible.
However, these aspects are currently under threat. The plans to build bland concrete high-rise flats over The Broadwalk Centre would eradicate the heart of our community.
Working with residents and local businesses, I hope to regenerate the high street and protect what Hendon stands for.
These developments would also have a knock-on effect on the air quality of the area. Over 5,500 residents have agreed to oppose over-development for this reason, and I hope to stand up for them to stop this from happening.
This year, I hope to see Hendon thrive, and I will do everything I can to make this happen.
Ameet Jogia is Conservative candidate for Hendon – read more Barnet Hopes for 2024 from: Dan Thomas, Bidemi Alabi, Dan Tomlinson, Propa Rezwana Anwar, Sara Hall, Youssef Bashir, Dane McCrindell and Sarah Sackman.
UPDATE: This article was amended at 3.31pm on 11th January 2024 to correct an inaccuracy. The original version described the plans to redevelop for The Broadwalk Centre in Edgware as being “led by Labour-run Barnet council”. In fact, the development is a joint venture between Transport for London and Ballymore.