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Unemployment, housing and safety are core issues

Kevin Crompton, who spoke at last weeks Logan: City of Choice Summit.
Kevin Crompton, who spoke at last weeks Logan: City of Choice Summit.

THE issues plaguing Logan are similar to those which started widespread rioting in London in 2011.

Kevin Crompton, one of the keynote speakers at the Logan: City of Choice Summit, witnessed the London riots which caused violence, crime and disorder in Tottenham and the United Kingdom.

He was asked to share his story, and said there were similarities between what happened in Logan and what happened in London.

"The issues of unemployment, housing and public safety are the same between the two cities," he said.

"But here in Logan you are lucky it didn't escalate to what it did in London.

"From both scenarios, I can see the spotlight on high levels of unemployment within certain groups in the community."

Mr Crompton, who was involved in the events leading up to, during and then following the London riots, spoke of ways in which Logan too could move forward.

"I strongly believe Logan can get through this," he said.

"It is all about taking pride in your own city.

"I think people who use social media should be out there sharing all of the good stories about what they love about Logan.

"That is what we did in Tottenham."

Mr Crompton also suggested the council use a step-by-step calendar where residents could make goals and then tick them off once they are completed so they too could see the positive changes of what was happening in their communities.

Logan City Council are currently looking into this.


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