Q&A: Tarot card reader Tina Sawhney
PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 June 2018
Tarot card reader Tina Sawhney speaks about Dagenham's tourism potential, the need for more shopping in the area and the importance of local community centres.
What’s your connection with the borough?
I am a local business owner as I have worked as a Tarot card reader in east London since 2003.
I do video, whatsapp and skype tarot card readings, but I also visit clients and they visit me. I also help out at my local community centre at Sue Bramley Centre.
I love going there every week as it is an outing for me to socialise with the local residents.
What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?
You get to meet the people in your community and attend the local religious and seasonal events with them at Christmas, New Year, Halloween, Thanksgiving and St Patricks Day.
I have also been on many walks organised by the local charity walking groups.
What one thing would you change?
I would love a big shopping mall near Barking Riverside station as there is nothing really in this area.
Tourists should also be encouraged to visit as there’s Manor Lodge in Dagenham and other lovely places to see.
Use three words to describe the area.
Quiet, relaxing, peaceful.
Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?
MP Margaret Hodge, who listens to the local residents for their ideas on how to improve the area.
I have written to her on at least 10 occasions regarding some aspect of Barking which needs sorting out and she always writes to the relevant Barking and Dagenham councillor to resolve the matter.
What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?
That business rates and council tax are abolished.
If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?
I would focus on how to make the whole of east London a better place to live in with community spirit, more community centres for the elderly and lonely people.
People are living longer and the area needs to accommodate them, not with old people’s homes but with more sports, youths and community centres.