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Bob Spencer

County Councillor for CodsallBob Spencer

Annual report 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019


I was first elected as County Councillor for the Codsalll division in February 2018.  

My division lies in the north east of South Staffordshire and includes the wards of Bilbrook, Codsall North and Codsall South. and covers approximately 1800 hectares with a population of 12,259.

Committee membership and attendance record 

My committee membership and attendance record can be seen below: 

Corporate Review Committee

  • Possible:11
  • Actual: 7
  • Apologies: 3
  • Absent: 1

County Council

  • Possible: 6
  • Actual: 6

Local Member Priority Meeting – South Staffordshire

  • Possible: 11
  • Actual: 8
  • Apologies: 3

Pensions Committee

  • Possible: 10
  • Actual: 6
  • Apologies: 4

Planning Committee

  • Possible: 4
  • Actual: 2
  • Apologies: 12

Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education

  • Possible: 3
  • Actual: 2
  • Apologies: 1


  • Possible: 45
  • Actual: 31 (69%)
  • Apologies: 13 (29%)
  • Absent: 1 (2%)

Outside body appointments

I was also appointed to represent the county council on the following outside bodies: 

  • South Staffs and Cambridge Water Customer Panel
  • Wolverhampton Business Airport (Substitute)
  • Staffordshire Joint Police, Fire and Crime Panel (Substitute)

Schemes supported under the Staffordshire Local Community Fund

ApplicantAmount: Description

4th Codsall Rainbows

£300.00:Funding towards activities and crafts for the Codsall Rainbows.

Watery Lane Allotments

£200.00:Funding of topsoil for the raised allotment area to be used by disabled gardeners to help with their development and health.

Codsall PCC

£500.00:Funding towards removal of carpets/covering, floorboards and to replace a number of joists, carpets and flooring to repair the parish rooms used by various groups within the community.

Codsall Wood Show Committee

£500.00:Funding towards a defibrillator, waterproof cabinet and installation to be located in Codsall Wood.

Codsall Wood Show Committee

£231.59:Funding of a 7Cu Ft lockable grit bin and salt to benefit the local residents within the village.

Codsall Community Group

£600.00:Funding towards promotional materials, attractions, activities and site facilities as part of the Summer Fair providing an action packed programme of events which will also develop and promote the community and businesses with over 3,000 in attendance.

5th Codsall Rangers

£300.00:Funding towards annual census, new programme material, day trips and evening events providing new experiences for girls in the Codsall Area.

5th Codsall Guides

£350.00:Funding towards annual census, new programme materials, residentials, day trips and evening events.

Church of the Holy Cross

£500.00: Funding towards TV, DV player, Karaoke machine, crafts, games and art materials for the adult community group from across Bilbrook for adults with learning difficulties, people with disabilities or early signs of dementia.

Family Action South Staffs 

£125.00:Funding towards printing and information materials, storage boxes, tuff spots, mini book of ideas, resources for district box, replenish stock and marketing a wide approach to improve the outcomes set to improve various early years community groups, families and children of pre - school age to enhance the children’s centre services and enable vulnerable families to access quality which will help with children to become school ready.

1st Codsall Rainbows 

£300.00:Funding of a Rainbow sleepover a safe space to engage in new activities, craft materials, and challenges to inspire them to make new friends and have fun.

4th Codsall Brownies 

£500.00:Funding towards the yearly census and new guiding materials.

2078 Boscobel Squadron ATC Air Cadets 

£600.00:Funding to purchase 5 Silva Expedition Compasses, a Coleman Event Shelter and 5 Vango Folding Gas Stoves, to enable the cadets to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

4th Codsall Guides 

£565.00:Funding towards the annual Census and 2 Toilet and Utility tents, 2 tents for the guides and Kitchen/Cooker storage for camping expeditions.

Codsall Christmas Fair Group 

£350.00:Funding towards live music, street entertainment, adverting and promotion, website, programme printing, St John’s ambulance, Santa’s grotto as part of the Christmas Fair Group.

Old Tree Nursery - Accord Housing Association 

£399.90:Funding towards a petrol leaf blower, petrol hedge cutter and Health and Safety signage to help with the maintenance of the grounds and make the site more presentable.

Codsall Parish Council - Staffordshire Police

£375.98:Funding towards a pedal cycle for the Codsall and Bilbrook PCSO which will allow for greater access and visibility to the local residents.

1st Bilbrook Rainbows 

£350.00:Funding to take 12 girls on a trip to see the Beauty and the Beast and craft supplies for the Codsall Carnival.

Family Action 

£452.45:Funding to support the delivery of our Children’s Centre Volunteer led sessions enabling them to provide free of charge early learning opportunities to families locally helping children to become school ready whilst providing their own networks of support also providing good quality, district specific, information, advice and guidance for families with improved knowledge of what they can access to make families healthier and more independent.



Councillor development


28 February 2019

Member Briefing - Looked After Children

15 January 2019

Member Briefing - Vulnerable Adults and Statutory Duties

19 October 2018

Staffordshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel - Scrutiny Refresher Training

11 October 2018

School Governance Briefing

14 August 2018

Scrutiny Essentials Training for Members

31 July 2018

Finding your way round the Higways Portal

19 June 2018 

Members' Summer Event

My Allowances and Expenses


Basic Allowance


Special Responsibility Allowance








Total paid


Mileage from my home to County Buildings, where many meetings take place, is 32 miles return.  

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