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Paul Harrison

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WYRE FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL
Annual Report and review 2021/2022

Name of Member: Councillor Paul Harrison

Ward: Wribbenhall & Arley

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
Planning 10 - 8
Local Plan Review Panel 1 - 1

This represents an overall attendance of 84%


Period of Extended Absence, (e.g. Maternity leave/Sick leave): -

Number of meetings attended as a substitute: 0

Section 2: Mandatory Training Completed
Licensing
Planning
Environmental Protection Team Presentation

Cyber security training no of modules completed - 5




Section 3: Community Involvement

I attend meetings of Bewdley Town Council, part of which is in my Ward and of which I am a member. I also attend as many meetings of Kidderminster Foreign Parish Council and Upper Arley Parish Council as I can to keep up to date with current concerns in their areas of my Ward. Issues raised by the Parish Councils may be pursued with District Council officers.

I was a member of the Management Committee of Bewdley Museum, but Wyre Forest District Council's ‘Localism' agenda has now superseded that body, with the Museum's freehold promised to the Town Council and a group of independent Trustees formed to take over the management of the Museum. The Trustees hope to commence operations in the new year 2023.

Part of the Ward, in Wribbenhall and Kidderminster Foreign, was again flooded by the River Severn in the winter, and the provision of better flood defences has been of much concern to residents and both the District and Town Councils. The Environment Agency has plans for permanent flood barriers in Wribbenhall which will hopefully be installed in 2024.

I represent Bewdley Town Council on the Citizens' Advice Bureau board.

Section 4: Assisting Constituents

As a Ward Councillor, my main activities have been aimed at providing a service to the residents of my Ward by keeping them informed about local issues and responding to their complaints and enquiries, which involves telephoned and e-mailed enquiries and visits to resident's homes.

The District Council's Local Plan review has been the single biggest issue raised by residents this year, although its implementation was delayed from September 2020 until April 2022 by the Covid pandemic.

One edition of our ‘Wribbenhall and Arley Matters' leaflet has been distributed so far this year, with additional issues planned, an increase in service to our Ward residents compared to the last two years with their Covid restrictions.

Section 5: Supplementary Information

I have undertaken the duties of the Town Mayor of Bewdley this year. It's been a strange year with Mayor Making taking twenty minutes at a Council Meeting with no townspeople present, whilst the vagaries of the Government's Covid restrictions prevented, or forced the postponement of, most civic and charity fundraising events during the first four months (May to August) of the municipal year. The number of engagements increased in the second four months, September to December, and planning of events became practicable, and there was a further increase of events in the new year of 2022.

Locally, with help from the Town Council and interested townspeople, Bingo Nights and Quiz Nights have been organised at the Parish Rooms in aid of the Mayor's charities. Afternoon Teas at Wharton Park have also proved popular and raised funds. I have also attended civic and charity events for other Mayors and Chairmen in Ludlow and Worcestershire.

I made Wyre Forest Citizens' Advice Bureau, and Reach, my two charities. Reach is located at Lower Park and provides support and opportunities for people with learning difficulties, disabilities and mental health needs.








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8 Habberley Road
Bewdley
Worcestershire
DY12 1JA

Telephone: 01299 489114
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Email: paul.harrison@wyreforestdc.gov.uk
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