5 things you didn’t know about the new Cabinet Member for Parking, Parks and Leisure

Learn more about Cabinet Member for Parking, Parks and Leisure, Cllr Salman Shaheen.

Published: Thursday, 7th July 2022

Cllr Shaheen

Councillor Salman Shaheen was recently appointed Cabinet Member for Parking, Parks and Leisure at Hounslow Council. He was elected a councillor in 2018 and represents the Isleworth ward. 

  1. I studied Social & Political Sciences at Cambridge and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. I am a writer and have written for the Guardian, New Statesmen and Times of India. I am currently working on a sci-fi novel.
  2. I fell in love with Hounslow after having a pint along Isleworth riverside at the Town Wharf pub. Although I was born in Norwich, and have lived in various parts of London, I called Hounslow my home in 2014. Having a pint at the Town Wharf pub - overlooking the River Thames - made me realise how beautiful the area was! 
  3. My favourite thing about Hounslow is its diverse communities. Growing up in Suffolk, I was the only child in my class from an ethnic minority background. Coming to Hounslow was very enriching – surrounded by the diversity of cultures, languages and religions. 
  4. In my new role, I want to expand allotment provision in the borough. Growing up in the countryside, I had my own vegetable patch in my parents’ garden, and this helped ignite my passion for food and cooking. I want every resident in the borough to have the opportunity to grow fruit and vegetables on land they maintain – I also want to develop children’s interest in nature and understanding where food came from. 
  5. I like appearing on TV quiz shows. I am a fan of TV quiz shows and have appeared as a contestant on the Weakest Link and The Chase - I also like horse riding, travelling, cooking and music festivals.
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