WYRE FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL
Annual Report and review 2020/2021
Name of Member: Councillor Helen Dyke
Ward: Aggborough & Spennells
Section1: Attendance at Council / Committee and Sub-Committee meetings
Name of Committee No. of meetings held during the year No. of meetings attended
Council 6 6
Cabinet 7 7
Members Forum 3 3
Planning 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%
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 Update** 14/10/20
Audit & Introductory Treasury Management ** -
Cyber Security Awareness 03/11/20
Human Library 28/01/21
** Required to sit on the Committee
No of modules completed Additional e-learning
No of modules completed
Section 3: Community Involvement
Membership of -
Kidderminster Town Councillor
Member of BID Shadow Board.
Member of Kidderminster and District Youth Trust
Wyre Forest District Council Leisure Centre Board Member
Member of Safer Wyre Forest Task Group
Police and Crime Commissioner Panel
Corporate Parenting Board
North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership
Worcestershire Regulatory Services
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. We also now have an Aggborough and Spennells Team Facebook page. The page is still in its infancy but we know we have to move with the times and we understand that social media is the modern way.
This year I have used my Community Leadership Funding towards the partial re-surfacing the childrens play area on Spennells Playing Field.
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.
Being a member of Kidderminster Town Council and my Council duties for Wyre Forest District Council mean that the effective time management skills learnt over the many years as a Councillor are useful to enable me to manage the responsibilities well.
After having lived in Aggborough and Spennells for over 40 years and having been the District Councillor for 25 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.