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Aug 22 2013

Harrow Conservative Group: Cllr Kam Chana

kam_chana_survey-150x150Cllr. Kam Chana works for Ford Motor Company in Essex and is a Chartered Engineer. He was born and raised in Smethwick, Birmingham and supports Birmingham City football club. Cllr. Chana has always had a passion for local politics and after fighting a by-election in 2008 (in Marlborough ward) was elected a Councillor for Pinner South ward, where he lives with his wife and two children, in May 2010.

Cllr. Chana is the Shadow Portfolio Holder for Business and Chief Whip for the Harrow Conservative Group. For the last three years he has sat on the Overview and Scrutiny committee and is the Lead member for Corporate Resources. Additionally, he sits on the Business Enterprise committee and is the reserve for the Planning committee. As well as this he is the Chairman for the Conservative Pinner South ward committee and a school governor for Cannon Lane First and Junior (now Primary) School. Cllr. Chana also regularly attends the Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team meetings.

Cllr. Chana helps residents with issues in Pinner South and beyond. Typical case issues he has worked on are: removing and planting trees, correcting and cleaning pavements, creating petitions, fixing pot holes, resident financial concerns, council tax issues, disputes between commercial properties and the council, helping install alley gates, noisy neighbours, public residents meetings, anti-social behaviour, car parking issues, etc., etc. As a regular canvasser, Cllr Chana enjoys meeting lots of different people and, regardless of their political affiliations, if they are a Harrow resident he tries to help them with any local concerns they may have. He says his favourite aspect of being a Councillor is when he has managed to help someone, and is most pleased when he’s able to make a difference in someone’s life. Recently, Cllr. Chana has created a business survey (see picture) and began surveying local businesses in Harrow in the hope of trying to provide better support for them during these difficult economic times. This is enabling him to get out and meet more of our local business people and build better relationships with the business community, something very important to Cllr. Chana.

He values Harrow’s multi-cultural status and sees it as a great advertisement for showing other areas how people from different backgrounds, faiths and cultures live and work together. Tying in with this, Cllr. Chana chairs a monthly Sikh community group meeting serving also as a management committee member for Conservative Friends of India. He has conducted many initiatives including being a guest speaker at Conservative headquarters for an event held by Sikh Council UK.

Cllr. Chana is also a mentor for many young people looking to come into politics and tries to support them as best he can, where possible providing sound and knowledgeable advice.

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