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
Audit 4 4
Council 5 5
Members Forum 4 3
Planning 10 9
Treasury Management Review Panel 3 3
I am also a member of the Local Plan Review Panel, which met regularly during the municipal year. I believe I was present on every occasion it met.
This represents an overall attendance of 92%
Period of Extended Absence, (e.g. Maternity leave/Sick leave):
Number of meetings attended as a substitute:
Section 2: Community Involvement
I am a trustee of Areley Kings Village Hall. The trustees act as the management committee and meet monthly. Also, I am a member of the Action Group set up to enhance the facilities, and usage, of the Walshes Community Hall. I am involved as a participant in activities at both halls. The Walshes Neighbourhood Action Group, (formerly the Tenants Consultative Committee), holds its meetings at the Community Hall, which I attend. From time to time, this hall is the venue for PACT meetings; another is the Lickhill Community Centre. I attend PACT meetings and share the division of tasks arising from the meeting with the police.
Every two months, Community Housing organise a “Walshes Walkabout”. Housing officers, tenants'
representatives and councillors may attend. A route through the Walshes estate is chosen and sites inspected as the walk progresses. I attend the walkabouts and, as with PACT, apportion tasks with the officers.
Section 3: Assisting Constituents
The Areley Kings Rose, (previously under other titles), has been delivered to local residents four times per year since 1981. In 2015, when the ward was increased in size by the inclusion of the town council's Central ward, but named “Riverside”, the Riverside Rose duly came into existence, with the same frequency of issue. Thus, the residents of Areley Kings and Riverside are both kept informed of local issues and given my contact details and those of colleagues. I do not hold surgeries. It has always been my practice to arrange an appointment with residents at their home.
During this municipal year, I have taken up issues as diverse as potential homelessness, grass verge cutting, amended street signage, noise disturbance, air pollution, breaches of planning law,fly-tipping, untidy garage sites, and the reporting of anti-social behaviour and criminal behaviour. One major and controversial planning application for housing has generated great public concern. My colleagues and I convened a public meeting to advise local residents and have kept them informed by means of special newsletters.
Section 4: Supplementary Information
This is my report, but I am part of a team. My councillor colleagues contribute to the debates which result in the Labour Party policies adopted for Wyre Forest and my fellow members in Stourport raise funds, deliver thousands of leaflets and are involved in election campaigning in many other ways. My contribution would be much poorer without them.