Annual Report and review 2015/2016
Annual Report and review 2016/2017
Section1: Attendance at Council / Committee and Sub-Committee meetings
Name of Committee No. of meetings held during the year No. of meetings attended
Cabinet Financial Strategy Advisory Panel 5 5
Cabinet Review Group 1 1
Council 6 4
Members Forum 4 3
Overview & Scrutiny 8 8
S106 Monies Review Panel 2 2
This represents an overall attendance of 88%
Period of Extended Absence, (e.g. Maternity leave/Sick leave):
Number of meetings attended as a substitute:
Section 2: Community Involvement
Aggborough and Spennells Community Action Group
Aggborough and Spennells PACT Panel Member
Member of Kidderminster Town Council
Wyre Forest Children and Young People's Trust Board
Members Champion for Town Centres
Member of Town Team
Member of Kidderminster District Youth Trust
Board Member of Leisure Company Board
Section 3: Assisting Constituents
Times have changed and we no longer hold surgeries as our constituents prefer us to visit them if they have a problem or issue they wish to discuss. This way of doing things offers both parties more privacy if required. We find that much more communication with residents and them with us takes the form of emails these days and even by text and Facebook messenger in some cases. As a councillor you need to be aware of all forms of this type of communication to be able to keep in touch with the residents that you are election to represent.
We continue to write, print and with the help of volunteers deliver a regular Independent Newsletter to all residents in the ward. This Newsletter keeps residents informed about what is happening in the area. Each Newsletter includes a reply slip asking for ideas for our area or any concerns that residents may have and we also always include all our contact details on everything we send out. We provide a FREEPOST address for the use of residents so that it does not cost them anything to write to us although a lot of our case work comes via email these days.
Using some of our Community Leadership Fund I work with the Probation Community Payback Supervisor to arrange for some of their teams to carry out clearing up work around Aggborough and Spennells. I have funded clear ups of unadopted pathways and car parks around the area, litter picks and general clear ups which have been very well received by local residents. This work has two benefits in that areas that may not normally get maintained are looked after and residents see community payback work taking place within the ward.
Recently we had a spate of shed burglaries in our area so I and the other ward Councillors purchased some shed alarms using our Community Leadership Fund. We gave out over 80 of the alarms to residents and we are looking at doing this again later in the year.
I attend the local PACT Meetings and report back the issues raised and also include the police report that we receive each month from our local policing team.
Section 4: Supplementary Information
Being a Councillor it seems to get more difficult each year to be able to do the best for the residents that you represent and the wider area of the Wyre Forest District. This is due to the many financial pressures being experienced by local government as a whole. On a positive note I have found that by working with other partners, organisations and charities I am happy that I am still doing my best for local residents.
I continue to work full time alongside carrying out my council duties but with effective time management learnt over past years I find that I can run the two jobs together well.
After having lived in Aggborough and Spennells for over 35 years and been the District Councillor for 20 years I know I have acquired an enormous amount of local knowledge which does help a lot when working with residents and officers on any issues that may arise.