September marks the start of autumn as well as the start of the academic year. While many students will be joining a new form in their existing school, for others, September means leaving their friends and their family home to begin a new life in a different town as university beckons.
Huge congratulations to all the students who have achieved great results in their GCSEs and A’ Levels. I wish you all the best for the future (page 26). The council was also delighted to receive our best ever Ofsted rating for Brent’s children’s services as we strive to give every child the best start in life. Of course, we know university is not the only way for ambitious residents to develop themselves and further their careers. Brent, and Wembley in particular at the moment, is home to some really exciting regeneration projects and residents are benefiting from this through the many apprenticeships and jobs on offer (page 18).
Unfortunately, not every young person with great potential is able to fulfil it. Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes was tragically stabbed and lost his life in January 2017. His parents Paul and Lillian, organised the One Love festival to celebrate his life and it was really moving to see so much love and support for the family and what they are trying to achieve on the day (page 24).
Despite the pressure all public services are under, including the council and the police, we won’t let crime thrive in this borough and our recently opened state-of-the-art CCTV control room is just one of the many different ways we are helping to keep residents safe (page 8). Violent crime has no place in Brent and we will continue to work closely with the police and other partners – and most importantly, the community – to ensure that all of us who live or work in Brent feel safe and secure as we go about our daily lives.
Cllr Muhammed Butt
Leader of Brent Council