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ANNUAL REPORT OF ACTIVITIES 2012/13
Attendance at Council/Committee and Sub-Committee meetings
Name of Committee No. of meetings No. of
Cabinet 9 9
Cabinet Review Group 3 3
Council 6 6
Ethics & Standards 3 2
KEF 2 2
Members Forum 7 6
Planning 12 12
Number of meetings attended as a substitute:
2 (Licensing & Environmental)
Kidderminster Special Educational Benefits Trust.
Chairman and Trustee of Kidderminster District Scout Council.
Chairman of Worcestershire Regulatory Services Board.
Member of the Kidderminster Charter Trustees.
Governor at Sutton Park Primary School, Baxter College and Wyre Forest School.
Trustee of Kidderminster Harriers Football in the Community Trust.
Trustee of Kidderminster District Youth Trust.
I have responded to all queries raised to me by constituents either by telephone call, letter, email, home visit, by organising a residents meeting or a combination of some or all of these means of communication.
I respond to literally dozens of letters/emails relating to casework issues within the ward on a weekly basis.
I also deliver a regular newsletter to all households within the ward together with my two ward colleagues and this is done six times per year.
In addition to the regular newsletter, there are often issues which affect a particular street or area and I always communicate regarding those issues as well
As well as my public duties I am also employed as a solicitor specialising in criminal and road traffic law.
I do find that my legal background has helped me, particularly when sitting on the Planning Committee. Whilst I am by no means an expert in planning law, I did study some planning law at University and do understand the general principles which I have found assisted me greatly in determining what is and is not a material planning consideration.
I also sit on the Ethics and Standards Committee and find that again, my legal background has helped me in respect of this. Again, I sit on the Appointments and Appeals Committee and my legal training has helped me tremendously to be able to play a positive role on this committee.
Also, as indicated as a criminal law specialist, advocacy is a big part of my job and therefore speaking at Council meetings and meetings with residents comes a lot easier.
In terms of whether any outside obligations impact on my role, clearly being employed does have an impact as it means I cannot be a completely full time Councillor but believe the balance between being employed in the workplace and my democratic role compliments itself very well.
Apartment 2 Woodhamcote Manor
Telephone: 01562 851769
Appointments and Appeals
Ethics and Standards