Annual Report and review 2018/2019
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 3
Overview & Scrutiny 9 9
Overview & Scrutiny Sub Committee 3 3
Highways Maintenance Review Panel 5 5
Civil Enforcement Review Panel 4 3
This represents an overall attendance of 97%
Period of Extended Absence, (e.g. Maternity leave/Sick leave):
Number of meetings attended as a substitute:
Section 2: PACT Meetings
Number of Meetings Attended:
Section 3: Community Involvement
Aggborough and Spennells PACT Member
Kidderminster Town Councillor
Wyre Forest Children and Young People's Trust Board
Members Champion for Place
Member of BID Shadow Board
Kidderminster and District Youth Trust
Leisure Company Board
Member of Safer Wyre Forest Task Group
Section 4: 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 issues, they would like our help with. This way of doing things offers both parties more privacy if required. We find that more and more communication with us by residents is done via email, Facebook and even Facebook messenger. As Councillors we need to be aware of all the ways we can receive communication or information from residents so that we can respond in the appropriate way.
We continue to write, print and with the help of local volunteers deliver a regular monthly Independent Newsletter to all homes in the ward. This Newsletter keeps residents about what is happening in the immediate area and further afield too. Each Newsletter contains a reply slip asking for any concerns residents may have about our area or positive ideas to improve our area. We include all our contact details on each Newsletter and provide a FREEPOST address to make it cost free for residents to contact us.
Using our Community Leadership Funding we work with residents to try and keep our area looking good. We use the funding to get work done that is not covered by the council especially on those many unadopted areas around Spennells and for things like support for local school and funding towards the provision of youth activities at the Youth Centre in Kidderminster. We also allocated some of this funding towards the installation of a de-fib at Spennells shops. We try to make this allocation of money stretch as far as possible to have the most positive impact.
Section 5: Supplementary Information
Being a Councillor it seems to get more difficult each year to be able to do the best for 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. On a positive note we have found that by working with other partners, organisations and charities we can achieve more and therefore I am happy that I am doing my best for residents.
I continue to work full time alongside carrying out my council duties but with effective time management learnt over the many years as a councillor I find that I can manage the responsibilities well.
After having lived in Aggborough and Spennells for over 38 years and having been the District Councillor for 23 years I have acquired an enormous amount of local knowledge which does help a lot when working with residents and officers on any issue that may arise.