WYRE FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL
Annual Report and review 2021/2022
Name of Member: Councillor Calne Edginton-White
Ward: Bewdley & Rock
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 - 10
Licensing & Environmental 5 - 4
Overview & Scrutiny 10 - 9
This represents an overall attendance of 91%
Period of Extended Absence, (e.g. Maternity leave/Sick leave): -
Number of meetings attended as a substitute: 0
Section 2: Mandatory Training Completed
Audit & Introductory Treasury Management
Environmental Protection Team Presentation
Cyber security training no of modules completed - 3
Section 3: Community Involvement
I am the current WFDC representative on the WCC Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee which meets at County Hall. During 2021-2022 the group has scrutinized and monitored a number of NHS services including holding a special HOSC Task Group with regard to Ambulance Handover Delays. Throughout the year reports have been examined from the NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, Worcestershire County Council and the West Midlands Ambulance Service.
In January I joined the newly formed CAMHS Scrutiny Task Group as part of a Children & Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing scrutiny initiative. Reports from this group will be presented to the County Council later in the year once all investigations and feedback has been examined.
I have continued to work with the Environment Agency Engagement Team as Lead Town Councillor on Bewdley Flood Defences and Bewdley Community Flood Volunteer Co-Ordinator focussing on both the Temporary Flood Barriers at Beale's Corner and the permanent flood barrier project.
I am a member of the Bewdley Civic Society, a Friends of Riverside North Park Trustee, a Far Forest Society member, joint Far Forest Horticultural Show Secretary, a member of Bewdley Concert Band and I attend Wyre Forest CALC and Parish joint meetings with WFDC.
Section 4: Assisting Constituents
During flood events the Environment Agency Engagement team provide direct information to be shared with the residents living on Beale's Corner and the wider community with regard to bridge closures and residents safety. During storm Franklin in January 2022 the early deployment of the temporary barriers at Beale's Corner involved direct contact with residents to remove cars in order to deploy the temporary barrier. My role included providing feedback from residents to the local EA team and to WFDC to ensure that there was additional one to one support for various emergency requirements as the flood levels increased including additional sand bags, pumps and repairs to flood doors were some of the items which required an immediate response. My Liaison role with the EA engagement team and the duty manager during a flood event has led to more immediate responses for residents and supports the EA barrier deployment teams to operate safely. The early posting of information direct from the on-site EA teams on the Town Council website and through social media provides more immediate communication between residents and the EA during barrier deployment and in a flood event. This also means that residents concerns are being relayed in real time as a flood event progresses. Through emails and text messages information and feedback between residents, flood volunteers, the EA and me in my role ensures more timely contact and response to issues as they arise.
Dealing with Local issues has included riverside fly tipping, car park lighting, dustbin collection, transfer of assets under localism, progress with the transfer of the Bewdley Museum, protection of heritage buildings, residents parking, parking enforcement. Working with our local County Councillors and regulatory services continuing we continue to raise issues of air pollution in Welch Gate, road safety, speeding traffic in the Town and the Bewdley Gateways, paving repairs, debris on the bridge and clearing of Quay Walls. Planning site visits and providing planning procedure advice and referring planning questions.
Stakeholder engagement with the Environment Agency had provided opportunities for residents and Bewdley Town Council to view the preferred design option for the permanent flood barrier at Beale's Corner. I also liaised with the EA Engagement Team regarding the provision of a public drop-in session to view the preferred design as they commence their public consultation.
I use text messaging, WhatsApp, telephone and email to respond to residents. I use both Zoom and Teams to participate in or arrange small group meetings with residents and face to face meetings. My home and mobile phone numbers and email addresses are publicised on leaflets and on the Town and District Council web sites.
Section 5: Supplementary Information
I have attended a number of District Council meetings as an observer including Cabinet meetings, Green Panel Advisory and attended two planning site visits. I have continued to serve as WFDC Planning Chair over the last twelve months.
My elected role as a Bewdley Town Councillor includes Chair of the Bewdley Road Safety Group and Lead Councillor on Bewdley Flood Defences these two roles and my responsibilities as a ward Town Councillor has helped to highlight a number of issues to explore more fully in my district Councillor role. My dual role as a District and Town Councillor has been particularly important during the transfer of assets under Localism including Riverside North Park, the Load Street toilets, Council Offices 6a Load Street and the Museum, Guildhall & Jubilee Gardens.