WYRE FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL
Annual Report and review 2021/2022
Name of Member: Councillor Marcus Hart
Ward: Wyre Forest Rural
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
Planning 10 - 10
Overview & Scrutiny Committee 10 - 9
Overview & Scrutiny Committee Sub Committee 1 - 1
Strategic Review Panel 3 - 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: 0
Section 2: Mandatory Training Completed
Cyber security training no of modules completed - 6
Section 3: Community Involvement
I am a Trustee of Kidderminster Special Educational Benefits Trust, Trustee of Kidderminster District Scout Council, Trustee of Kidderminster Harriers Football in the Community Trust, Member of Wolverley and Cookley Parish Council, Member of the Wolverley Memorial Project Steering Committee, Member of Worcestershire County Council, Member of Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Authority and Non-Executive Director of Worcestershire Children's First. I am heavily involved in the community that I represent, regularly ‘on the patch' meeting residents, looking at issues, attending events and attending all 6 Parish Councils.
Section 4: Assisting Constituents
It has been another busy year in my role as an elected member, despite being in lockdown for part of it yet again. I have responded to all queries raised to me by constituents either by telephone call, letter or email and indeed have face to face meetings again now.
I respond to literally dozens of letters/emails relating to casework issues within the ward on a weekly basis. In the very first lock down, for the first month this substantially abated, but since then no matter whether we have been in lockdown or out or in a tier there has been no abatement in the workload and if anything, it has gone up as more people are working from home and enjoying the open countryside they seem to have more time to see issues and then report them. Litter and fly tipping have been constant issues throughout the year.
The Local Plan and protecting the green belt has also been an issue raised by many local residents.
Localism issues within the ward, ie Blakedown Car Park and parking issues at Brown Westhead Park, together with a number of ongoing planning enforcement issues on unlawful development and indeed motor cross has kept us very busy throughout the year.
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 affected by the pandemic but we have done this safely when the rules have allowed.
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 5: Supplementary Information
This is now my seventh report that I am writing as a Councillor for the ‘new' Wyre Forest Rural Ward. Since I wrote my last report, I continue to work very closely with my ward colleagues Cllrs. Ian Hardiman and Lisa Jones.
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, Broome, Chaddesley Corbett, Churchill and Blakedown, Rushock, Stone and Wolverley and Cookley 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 community events and residents meetings as often as we are able and when we are invited.