Interview: Cllr Wayne Trakas-Lawlor at Croydon Council
Tue 19th May 2015, 12:02 pm
The Sitematch London team met with Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, Croydon's deputy cabinet member for economic development, for a short interview.
Which projects are you most proud of being involved in?
Projects that involve local regeneration, job creation and entrepreneurship in my ward.
What developments or enhancements would most benefit the borough?
More development of social or affordable housing and the Westfield/Hammerson development plans.
What makes developers good partners?
The three most important characteristics are honesty, good open communications and shared goals.
If you could change one thing about working in the borough, what would it be?
I would increase funding from central government for local authorities.
Which people have inspired you the most – either at work or in your personal life?
The late Barbara Castle, the late Malcolm Wicks and my parents.
If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go and why?
Australia. It is on my list of places to go and I like warm climates. I also have family there who I have never met.
Which book, film, piece of music or sporting occasion has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
Ken Livingstone's biography. It was such a gripping read, I did not put it down much for a few days before reading the whole book – a genuine guy with a lot of passion, vision and energy.
When did your most memorable meeting take place and what made it so special?
My most memorable meetings are those where I can make a difference to a constituent’s life – perhaps not by changing policy to benefit them (as much as I would love to), but by being there when they need support, advice and guidance.
What is your favourite gadget and why?
My tablet – I can work on it, play music – basically my life is on this gadget.
What is your biggest professional achievement?
Being re-elected to Croydon Council in 2014.