WYRE FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL
Annual Report and review 2019/2020
Section1: Attendance at Council / Committee and Sub-Committee meetings
Name of Committee No. of meetings held during the year No. of meetings attended
Council 7 6
Overview & Scrutiny 7 6
Members Forum* 3 1
* Due to a change of date, attendance at either of the October 2019 meetings is counted.
This represents an overall attendance of 76%
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
New Members Induction N/A
Accessing Council IT N/A
Planning ** -
Local Plan ** -
Audit & Introductory Treasury Management ** -
Treasury Management ** -
Scrutiny ** -
Capital Portfolio and Development Loans Fund Business Case Viability * -
Code of Conduct – Statutory Code of Conduct and Members Responsibilities * -
Chairmanship and Vice Chairman ** -
Licensing ** -
Introduction to Housing – Council's role and responsibilities -
Safeguarding Agenda * -
Commercialism * -
Corporate Parenting -
Domestic Abuse Awareness -
* Desirable for returning members as a refresher
** Required to sit on the Committee
No of modules completed Additional e-learning
No of modules completed
Section 3: Community Involvement
I attend PACT Meetings
During the current Coronavirus, I have been working with the Kidderminster Coronavirus Support Group (thanks to Dale for setting up), delivering postcards. I have also fetched prescriptions, shopping and posted items for vulnerable people.
(Combined with my role as Dep Police & Crime Commissioner, we also set-up a fund to support Coronavirus Support Groups (rolled out across whole of West Mercia)
I also work with Dial-a-Ride in respect of the Bus Service on Habberley Estate, which I part fund.
I have also held events with West Mercia Police in respect of Smartwater
Together with Churches Together in Kidderminster, my colleagues and I put on an annual Easter Egg Hunt in Brinton Park in 2019 (cancelled 2020 due to Coronavirus)
As County Cllr, I also work with Worcs County Council Highways in respect of local casework.
Section 4: Assisting Constituents
During 2019/20, I have canvassed my residents by going door to door, to ask their opinion on issues.
With colleagues, we have delivered over 14,000 newsletters advising residents on issues.
Residents can contact me on my mobile phone number, which is published on every newsletter and once Coronavirus is over, I will return to offering weekly surgeries.
I am on Facebook via BHS Conservatives and Wyre Forest Conservative Assoc
In respect of casework, our biggest issue was Crown House, where we delivered a postcard campaign to every house (2018) in respect of getting Crown House demolished, which it now has been.
I was also one of the main supporters of getting Worcester Street opened back up to traffic, which it now has been.
This year alone, mostly requested by residents, I have done the following casework :
Drains cleared – 4 & Requests for clearance of a further - 2
Litter Bins Replaced – 1
White Lines Repainted – 1
Hedges Cut – 5
Anti Social Behaviour Issues Resolved – 3
Double Yellow Line Requests – 6 & Installed – 2
Rubbish Cleared – 2
One Way System Investigations – 3
Road Resurfacing Requests – 2 & Achieved – 1
Streetlights replaced – 7
Dropped Kerb Requests – 4
VAS Signs – 2
Parking Issues – 4 & Resident Only Parking Scheme Requests & Paid For - 3
Speed Measurements – 5
Box Junctions Reinstated – 2
Safety Barrier Replaced – 1
Handrails / Bollards Reinstated – 1 & 1 Requested
Potholes Filled - 2
Pavements Resurfaced – 2 Done & 1 Partly Done & 2 Requested
Street Signs Installed - 1
Planning Issues - 3
Campaigns - 1
Section 5: Supplementary Information
I have the honour of being Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner for West Mercia
I missed a full council meeting due to being in hospital.
I do think it is wholly unfair to include the October Members Forum meeting in the attendance figures. The meeting was cancelled and then rearranged and in between times, I accepted a work appointment which meant I could not attend. This should not affect my attendance.