WYRE FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL
Annual report and review 2022/2023
Name of Member: Councillor Ben Brookes
Ward: Franche & Habberley North
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 3 3
Council 4 3
Members Forum 3 3
Overview & Scrutiny Committee 2 2
Planning 6 6
Strategic Review Panel 3 3
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 95%
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
Planning ** 27/06/2022
Induction / Refresher Chairmanship 20/07/2022
Planning ** 16/08/2022
Treasury Management ** 31/10/2022
Emergency Planning & Business Continuity 28/02/2023
* Desirable for returning members as a refresher
** Required to sit on the Committee
Other training Number of modules completed
Cyber security training
Section 3: Community Involvement
I am a trustee of Wyre Forest District Scout Council. Trustee and Group Scout Leader for 7th Wyre Forest Scout Group and 6th Wyre Forest Scout Group. I am a member of Wolverley and Cookley Parish Council. I meet regularly with Community Housing and the neighbourhood policing team for Franche and Habberley North, where we walk ‘the patch' and engage with residents where necessary.
Section 4: Assisting Constituents
After nearly completing my first 12 months as a Councillor I have enjoyed meeting with residents on a face-to-face basis as well as responding to all calls, emails, text messages and one written letter posted to me.
I have worked closely with my ward colleague Councillor David Ross, and have engaged regularly with Community Housing and the neighbourhood policing team for Franche and Habberley North, where we walk ‘the patch' and engage with residents where necessary.
In July 2022, just a few weeks after my election, I spoke at the planning committee on behalf of residents, to voice concerns over a planning application following its inclusion in the local plan. This application dominated my byelection and has continued to be a very important and divisive issue to residents in Franche and Habberley North.
With my ward colleague I deliver a regular newsletter to all households in the ward. At least three editions are produced each year. I also post regularly on Facebook.
Section 5: Supplementary Information
This is my first report as a Councillor, and I look forward to completing just shy of 12 months on the Council before the next election. I have very much enjoyed working with my ward colleague Councillor Ross and benefitting from his and my other colleagues' years of experience.