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LOZELLS COMMUNITY PROJECT IS “RUBBISH”

24-02-2010

Claims that Birmingham Council’s CommUNITY project has been fostering better relations in Lozells following the 2005 Riots has been dismissed as “rubbish” by a local community activist.

The city’s Cabinet Member for Equalities Alan Rudge referred to the project yesterday in a statement expressing sympathy for the family for Isaiah Young-Sam, following the recent acquittal of three men accused of his murder during the disturbances.

Waseem Zaffar, who chairs the neighbouring Handsworth Central Neighbourhood Forum described CommUNITY as, “the biggest waste of money.”

He added, “I’ve never met an officer from CommUNITY. Where have the resources gone? They don’t even have an office in the ward”.

Zaffar emphasised that he doesn’t have a downer on the City Council in general, and singled out the efforts of Kate Foley who was the Lozells Neighbourhood Officer for three years before recently moving on to a new job.

The Stirrer has invited the Council to respond – and has also asked questions about the resources given to CommUNITY, as well as the targets it’s expected to achieve.

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