WARRINGTON MAYOR 2016/17

``A Mayor that won Warrington people’s hearts.``

2016 / 17

Cllr Faisal Rashid

133rd Warrington Mayor and first citizen of Warrington

My love of Warrington and its beautiful people pushed me to bring the community closer, not only for the opportunity to bring people together but also for business initiatives.

With a young family at home and a full time job, I have still managed to dedicate myself to bring a smile on Warrington people’s faces.

My involvement with the community in Warrington, position as borough councillor since 2011 and current Mayoral year have enabled me to become a respected and well-known public figure across all the communities in the town.

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During the past year as Warrington Mayor, I have raised my profile significantly through various community initiatives (as can be seen on my social media). I have raised over £60k for my chosen Mayoral charities, significantly more than any of my predecessors.

Throughout my year as Warrington Mayor I have attended hundreds of community/civic engagements and events in every part of Warrington, engaging with residents of all ages and walks of life. For these, I have received many messages of appreciation.

I have greatly enjoyed all this diverse activity which I have shared with the community through my social media channels.

MY CHOSEN CHARITIES

My Mayoral charities were aligned with my vision of bringing more prosperity and care to Warrington.
I feel great pride in picking up diverse charities which are supporting deserving people of Warrington.

I feel proud and blessed with the support I have received in raising record breaking amount of just under £70,000… The highest ever in any Mayoral year in Warrington.

Brainwave

When a child and family attends Brainwave, they spend two days at a centre being assessed by a dedicated team of physio, occupational and educational therapists.

They work to devise a unique programme designed to suit that child’s needs, which will help them to reach their individual milestones from feeding to walking.

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A charity that works nationally and internationally for peace and non-violent resolution of conflict.

It delivers unique programmes that focus on young people, from offering general leadership development to working with those who may be vulnerable or at risk of being influenced by extremism.

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St Rocco’s Hospice has cared for people with life limiting illnesses in Warrington and their families for more than thirty years.

They are dedicated to helping each patient live their life to the full with respect, dignity and choice and believe in making every day count for everyone – patients, carers, their families and loved ones.

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Warrington charities trust aims to provide grant-aid to assist and support small needy charities and voluntary organisations which provide charitable activities in and for the benefit of the inhabitants of Warrington borough, their quality of life and their environment.

WDP

A voluntary organisation run predominately by disabled people with the aim of improving the quality of life for disabled people and their families through a range of direct and indirect services.

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The Warrington foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in our local area, but part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks.

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Warrington’s YMCA is a local charity forming part of the national organisation, looking to help young people with various aspects of their life such as housing, education and advice.

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Helping those in need wherever they are, working locally supporting families in crisis with practical aid, and partnering with groups around the country, ensuring all your donations go to the people who need them.

BREAKTHROUGH INITIATIVES

Over his mayoral year, Warrington Mayor Faisal Rashid created many great first of their kind initiatives.

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Mayor’s Inaugural Charity Ball

Raising over 12K in one night.

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Breaking the Barriers

A flagship event held at Parr Hall where all the mainstream religions and non-faith residents across Warrington attended and appreciated.

Warrington's Got Talent

Warrington’s Got Talent

To encourage Warrington’s gifted individuals and provide a platform to promote their talent.

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Interfaith Prayer Event

Held first time at Warrington Town Hall to pray for world peace.

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Queen 90th Birthday Garden Party at the Town Hall 

Residents were invited to a garden party at the Town Hall to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

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Multi-Cultural Evening, Walton Hall

A SPECTACULAR evening of food and entertainment from around the world.

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Christmas Dinner for the Vulnerable

A SPECIAL Christmas meal was staged for vulnerable ,  homeless and lonely residents at the Town Hall.

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Circle – The Future

An initiative by the Mayor to help turn Warrington into an entrepreneurs’ hub.

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First ever Mayoral Business Seminar

To promote Warrington’s future regeneration and to share innovative business ideas for the town.

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Mayor’s Achievement Awards

To recognise the work of unsung heroes of Warrington. This initiative will be a legacy of Cllr Faisal Rashid, Warrington Mayor, and a great gift to the people of Warrington.

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Civic Charity Ball

May 12 – A night to remember with the Warrington Mayor.

CIRCLE - THE FUTURE

A new initiative, focusing on Business, Culture & Sport and Charity.

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Circle - The Future

As Warrington Mayor, Faisal launched the initiative, inviting local businesses to sign up to The Circle, to create new opportunities and enhance existing ones while creating a culturally cohesive society.

With the help of business community engagements, it will include Start-up Club, CEO Club, Sector Clubs, Power Series, Social Events, Monthly Newsletter, Charity Events and Support.

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17 hours ago

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Press release:
Faisal Rashid MP welcomes Council’s rethink on Stockton Heath Recycling Centre

Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, has welcomed news that the closure of Stockton Heath Community Recycling Centre has been halted pending further investigative work.

In a report to Warrington Borough Council’s Executive Board, council officers originally recommended that the Stockton Heath Community Recycling Centre be closed, but instructed “…officers to allocate a suitable site for the provision of a CRC site within the South of the Borough as part of the Local Plan Process.”

While Faisal had welcomed the Council’s commitment to providing a new, fit for purpose alternative site in the south of Warrington, he expressed concerns about the proposal to close the Stockton Heath recycling centre upon completion of the improvement works at Woolston and Gatewarth, which would see residents in Stockton Heath, Appleton, Grappenhall, Thelwall, Walton, Stretton, Hatton and Lymm without access to a recycling centre in the local area.

Faisal has since held discussions with council chiefs to call for the Stockton Heath facility to be kept open until the alternative site in the south of the town is delivered. Following these discussions, the recommendation to close the Stockton Heath site was changed as follows “Request officers re visit the current operating model for the facility at Stockton Heath in partnership with the existing contractor, with a view to reducing the operational cost of the facility and report back with the outcome of their discussions to the May Executive at the latest.”

Commenting on the news Faisal said:

“Over the past week I have been in talks with Councillor Russ Bowden, Professor Steven Broomhead and senior officers from Warrington Borough Council over the future of the Stockton Heath Community Recycling Centre. I had raised concerns with them regarding proposals that would see the recycling centre closed upon completion of improvement works at Woolston and Gatewarth.

“I am delighted to hear that following my work on this issue, the Council’s Executive Board has now halted plans to close the Stockton Heath site and agreed to look again at ways to keep the site open until an alternative facility is delivered.

“Throughout our discussions, I made it clear that whilst I welcome the Council’s commitment to deliver a new recycling centre in the south of the town, there should be no gap in provision for residents in Stockton Heath, Appleton, Grappenhall, Thelwall, Walton, Stretton, Hatton and Lymm. The Stockton Heath site is well-used and therefore I believe it must remain in operation for as long as possible to ensure that communities in the south of the town do not experience any disruption to their recycling services.

“The Stockton Heath Community Recycling Centre will now remain open while usage of the site is monitored and re-evaluated. I hope that the findings from the investigative work will ensure that the Stockton Heath facility is kept open until a new site in the south of Warrington is delivered. I will continue to work closely with the Council on this important local issue.”
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4 days ago

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The results of my recent Brexit Survey 2018 are now available on my website here:
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Once again, I would like to reiterate that I fully respect the referendum result of 2016. This survey was designed to gain a greater understanding of my constituents’ views on the ongoing situation of exiting the European Union, as there is no official data available which focuses solely on Warrington South constituency.

In total 1811 people completed the survey, with 935 people from Warrington South responded to the survey. Some key headlines are:

1) 72.9% said they voted Remain in the 2016 EU Referendum.
2) 72.6% said they would choose ‘Remain’ if there was a second vote.
3) 61.1% would prefer a ‘People’s Vote’ on the final deal.
4) 74.1% said they would vote to ‘Remain in the EU’ in a People’s Vote.
5) 10% of respondents who voted Leave in 2016 would now vote Remain.
6) Of those who did not vote, 58.3% would choose ‘Remain’ and 25% would choose ‘Leave’.

Apart from the survey, I have received over 1000 direct emails about Brexit in the last 12 months, in which 90% were Remain campaigns, where many people expressed their concerns about the Brexit process and the consequences of leaving the EU.

Read more on the results here:
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5 days ago

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“Debate on affordable credit”

I recently spoke at a debate on the appalling and exploitative lending practices that target many of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Despite the welcome demise of big payday lenders such as Wonga, people without enough to get by remain over-exposed to manipulative lending practices. With in-work poverty on the rise, the Government must do more to reform the broken credit model and tackle the persistent debt spiral into which many working families have fallen. Often, low-income households are unaware of or unable to access affordable credit provision in their local area or nationally.

I hope that the Government will begin to take a proactive approach to solving this critical issue.
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