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John Byng

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Annual report and review 2023/2024

Name of Member: Councillor John Byng

Ward: Wribbenhall & Arley

Section 1: Attendance at Council, Committee and Sub-Committee meetings

Name of Committee No. of meetings held during the year No. of meetings attended
Audit 4 4
Council 5 5
Licensing & Environmental 5 5
Licensing Sub 1 1

The calendar of meetings is agreed at the beginning of each municipal year. Occasionally the need arises for additional meetings to be arranged at short notice which not all Members are able to attend due to previous commitments. The table shows only the meetings in the agreed municipal calendar: additional meetings are ignored.

This represents an overall attendance of 100%

Other attendance Number

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


Number of meetings attended as a substitute:


Section 2: Mandatory Training Completed

Training Activity Date attended
Code of Conduct Training 16-05-2023
Online Audit Training 23-05-2023
Licensing Training On-line 29-05-2023
Housing Training 15-06-2023
Audit Committee Risk management training 20-07-2023
Community Housing: Housing Induction for members 24-07-2023
Treasury Management Training 13-11-2023
Treasury Management Training 29-01-2024
Corporate Parenting 30-01-2024
Refresher training Licensing online 29-04-2024

Other training Number of modules completed
Core e-learning
Additional e-learning
Cyber security training

Section 3: Community Involvement

1. Member and Trustee of Friends of Riverside North Park.
2. Member of the Bewdley Flood Emergency Group.
3. Attended meetings, in my District Councillor role, of Arley and Kidderminster Foreign Parish Councils.
4. In regular communication with the Chair of Wribbenhall Residents' Association.
5. Millennium Green Committee Member, maintaining Trustee responsibilities to the community.
6. Member of Bewdley Town Council.
7. Chairman of Finance & Facilities Committee (Bewdley Town Council) and member of the Events & Functions Group (BTC).
8. Member of Bewdley Civic Society.
9. Vice Chairman of Wyre Forest District Council, deputising for the Chairman at functions, when required.

Section 4: Assisting Constituents

I have endeavoured to assist my constituents by responding to requests received via email, telephone or personal home/site visits.

This has been a particularly busy year with regards to new housing in the Ward, with four new developments. I have met with concerned residents and represented them on three occasions at Planning Committee meetings, putting forward the various issues raised.

I have been able to help resolve a variety of issues by, where necessary, involving WFDC officers, West Mercia Police, Worcestershire County Council, Community Housing, and Wribbenhall Residents' Association. Other issues that I have helped residents with include tree safety, highways and road safety issues, mould, illegal parking and litter problems, as well as pursuing planning issues highlighted by residents. I have also visited residents regarding illegal building works and other planning matters.

I have kept residents informed by delivering newsletters (Wribbenhall & Arley Matters), which reach every household in my Ward. I have also made personal telephone calls and/or visits to residents to advice and inform in respect of their specific issue or concern raised.

My contact details are prominently shown and included on Wyre Forest District and Bewdley Town Council websites.

Section 5: Supplementary Information

I have observed Cabinet and Committee meetings via Zoom and worked closely with the Parish Clerks of Kidderminster Foreign and Arley Parish Councils.
Being visible has encouraged people to approach me with issues that I have endeavoured to resolve, for example, during Ward walks.
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John Byng


Contact Details
51 Meadow Rise

DY12 1JS

Telephone: 01299 210459
Web Site:

Committee Membership

Audit Committee
Licensing and Environmental Committee