Annual Report and review 2017/2018
Section1: Attendance at Council / Committee and Sub-Committee meetings
Name of Committee No. of meetings held during the year No. of meetings attended
Council 5 5
Members Forum 3 2
Overview & Scrutiny 8 8
Affordable Housing Review Panel 3 1
This represents an overall attendance of 84%
Period of Extended Absence, (e.g. Maternity leave/Sick leave):
Any Absences for none attendance have been for Family reason's (Compassionate) or Work related as a Senior Emergency Medical Technician
Number of meetings attended as a substitute:
Section 2: PACT Meetings
Number of Meetings Attended: 2
The priorities are decided at quarterly PACT meetings.
PACT meetings are where Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs), members of the public and other local agencies discuss issues within the local neighbourhood which as local councillor means I am approachable. The meetings give members of the public the chance to raise issues for the authorities to tackle. Actions and results are reported at future meetings and new priorities are then set. As Councillor I try to fully assist members of all agencies and community where I can to achieve the priorities decided by the group and the community as a whole, and will continue to do so.
Section 3: Community Involvement
I am a Royal British Legion Welfare Case Worker for serving, veterans, ex service and their extended families.
Have been working with The Horsefair and Proud Committee for the benefit of the residents and the community of Broadwaters.
Regularly attend litter picks around the ward and also helped The Pickup Artists, see it, Collect it, Bin it which is keeping Kidderminster and Surrounding Places Clean, supporting the, founder of the group which is now supported by Green Street Depot for collection of waste collected on their litter picks.
I am also working with the DY10 Big Local for the good and benefit of the local area and its residents and community.
Also been working very closely with the Horsefair and Proud Committee as a volunteer with all events and pro active with The Iconic Horsefair Clock Project 2017 and making a replica clock of the original from 1912 – 1968 which stood outside The Old Peacock PH, this project is hoping to be completed by 31st July 2018 and I personally would like to thank everyone for their very kind donations and sponsorship to this project. Including Smith of Derby Clockmakers, Kidderminster Town Council, Wyre Forest District Council, Worcestershire County Council and Ringway who are all helping us achieve this piece of history being restored.
Working with various fiends groups, assisting where I can and even being hands on occasionally when I can:
Friends of Springfield Park,
Friends Of Broadwaters,
Friends of Baxter Park,
Friends of St Georges Park.
Section 4: Assisting Constituents
It has been another busy year in my role as an elected councillor, I have responded to all queries raised to me by constituents either by telephone call, letter, email, facebook or twitter, even home visits, also by organising a residents meeting or a combination of some or all of these means of communication.
I respond to literally dozens of letters/emails relating to casework issues within the ward on a weekly basis.
I deliver newsletters to all households within the ward, together with my other colleague(s).
In addition to the regular newsletter, there are often issues which affect a particular street or area and I always communicate regarding those issues as well when notified.
Section 5: Supplementary Information
I'm extremely pleased to be able to continue serving the good people of Broadwaters & the Horsefair communities. It has been a privilege & an honour to work with the many groups and agencies doing wonderful work in and around the Broadwaters ward. All of whom are making a real difference to the environment and to people's lives in the area. There is a strong community spirit and a “can do” attitude In Broadwaters. The various groups are an example for others to follow. I hope during the past year I have played my part in helping to develop some of these projects. Our biggest one, the iconic Horsefair Clock Project and I am looking forward to the coming year when we can deliver further improvements against a backdrop of very difficult social and economic conditions.
Many may be surprised by my decision to change parties but rest assured, it was not a snap-decision, I spent many months weighing up the facts & potential consequences of moving. It is with the best of intentions & I will continue to serve the community to the best of my abilities. I am now in a better position to uphold my beliefs & promises than I could have previously. I look forward to remaining and working hands-on for you not just as Steve Walker but as one of your three ward councillors', but as the hard-working individual you've come to know and trust over the last nine years and I will of course continue to attend PACT meetings, and Community events as often as I am able too.