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
Appointments & Appeals 1 1
Cabinet 9 9
Cabinet Review 1 1
Council 6 6
Members Forum 4 4
Planning 11 11
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: Community Involvement
Trustee of Kidderminster Special Educational Benefits Trust, Chairman and Trustee of Kidderminster District Scout Council, Trustee of Kidderminster Harriers Football in the Community Trust, Trustee of Kidderminster District Youth Trust, Member of Wolverley and Cookley Parish Council, Member of the Wolverley Memorial Project Steering Committee, Member of Worcestershire County Council.
Section 3: Assisting Constituents
It has been another busy year in my role as an elected member, 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 throughout the year. This year has been no exception and every resident has had at least three newsletters.
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.
Section 4: Supplementary Information
This is now my second report that I am writing as a Councillor for the new Wyre Forest Rural Ward. From 2002 to 2015 I represented the Sutton Park Ward which was an urban ward. The new ward, made up essentially of the previous wards of Wolverley, Cookley, Chaddesley and Blakedown is geographically, by far the largest ward and whilst being in a three member ward, the number of electors is approximately a third larger than the previous ward, in line with all other three member Council wards. The ward is a lot more rural and whilst there are urban parts to it, the rural nature of the ward makes this a different and more interesting challenge. In particular, there are no less than six parish councils of which I and my colleagues continue to attend regularly on a rota basis, providing them with regular reports and updates and I believe that liaising with the parish councils and their councillors is essential to maintain community ties in particular in the rural areas.
We attend PACT meetings, TCC meetings and community events as often as we are able.