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David Smith

County Councillor for Lichfield Rural SouthDavid Smith

Annual Report 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019


I was first elected as County Councillor for the Lichfield Rural South electoral division in May 2013.  

My division lies in the south of Lichfield and includes the wards of Little Aston, Shenstone, Stonnall and Hammerwich and part of the ward of Bourne Vale (the parishes of Weeford and Hints with Canwell) and covers approximately 6683 hectares with a population of 13,265.

Special Responsibilities

I am the Chair of the Planning Committee and the Vice Chair of the Charities and Trusts Committee.

Committee Membership and Attendance Record 

My committee membership and attendance record can be seen below: 

All Party Member Group - Improvement

  • Possible: 1
  • Actual: 1

Charities and Trust Committee

  • Possible: 3
  • Actual: 3

Countryside and Rights of Way Panel*

  • Possible: 2
  • Actual: 2

County Council

  • Possible: 6
  • Actual: 6

Joint Healthy Staffordshire, Safe and Strong and Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committees

  • Possible: 2
  • Actual: 2

Local Member Priority Meeting – Lichfield

  • Possible: 2
  • Actual: 2

Planning Committee

  • Possible: 5
  • Actual: 5

Prosperous Staffordshire Committee

  • Possible: 8
  • Actual: 8


  • Possible: 29
  • Actual: 29 (100%)

Outside Body Membership

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

  • Campaign to Protect Rural England
  • Landfill, Opencast and Quarry Site Liaison Committee/Group - Shire Oak Liaison Committee
  • Stafford Collegiate Governance Forum (Substitute)
  • Staffordshire Local Government Association - Staffordshire Planning Forum (Substitute)

Schemes supported under the Staffordshire Local Community Fund

ApplicantAmount: Description

Erasmus Darwin Foundation

£400.00: Funding of consultant development training programme, literature and guides for current and future volunteers, leaflets, promotional material, pull up banners, volunteers expenses for courses, volunteer fayres and promotional events to encourage new volunteers, external training courses and skills workshops for Erasmus Darwin House Museum.

Gartmore Riding for the Disabled Association

£400.00: Funding of rosettes and certificates for participants in support of over 400 people to learn social skills, increase their independence and health and wellbeing and to recognise these achievements.

Lichfield Arts

£400.00: Funding towards audience participatory activities aimed at engaging children in workshops, beatboxing sessions, magic decor creation, making wacky musical instruments, hip hop, storytelling, circus skills, sports and fitness as part of the FUSE Festival 2018.

Lichfield District Council

£400.00: Funding towards sound, stage, lighting, orchestra, performers, band, toilet facilities, fireworks, security, first aiders, promotion, printing, equipment hire, PRS licence for the Proms in the Park community event.

Stonnall Playing Field Association

£450.00: Funding towards a cantilever basket swing suitable for disabled and older children, ground surface cover, installation, delivery and skip hire for the children's play area.

The Friends of Letocetum

£406.00: Funding of the design and printing of information leaflets for Wall Roman Letocetum site to be place in various tourist outlets within Staffordshire to promote the site as an educational and leisure outlet for schools and tourists.

Shenstone Community Library

£400.00: Funding of an Epson Lumens projector to aid presentations on health and wellness, CVs for school leavers and lectures on multiple topics.

Canwell Estate Agricultural Society

£200.00: Funding of new signage and advertising banners to promote Canwell Show.

Wall Village Hall

£400.00: Funding towards paint, materials and labour for the complete redecoration of the hall's interior, kitchen and toilet facilities to improve appearance with the hope of increasing future lettings which will be of benefit to all users.

Stonnall Pre-school Playgroup Committee

£400.00: Funding to submit an application for full planning permission to erect a new pre-school classroom within the school grounds for St. Peter's Little Fishes pre-school as they are being asked to vacate the existing setting within St. Peters School.

Kendall and Wall Charitable Trust

£450.00: Funding towards food, refreshments, hire of hall, photographer, framing of certificate, hire of PA system, Queen's Award logo on buses and scrolls for volunteers as part of the presentation of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Services by the Lord Lieutenant which will be attended by clients, volunteers and civic dignatories.

Little Aston Tennis Club 

£400.00: Funding to resurface two day tennis courts.

St. Peter's Church, Stonnall

£500.00: Funding to supply and fit a white marble plaque to the memorial with the names of local people who served in WW1. 

The Friends of Footherley Hall 

£400.00: Funding towards replacing the old cane seating in the conservatory with proper supportive armchairs and two seaters which will help them to get up and down without hurting themselves.

Canwell Church

£400.00: Funding towards the cost of an overhead digital projector to enable them to create more room in the church hall for congregration and audiences for film shows and for the community to use when using the building. 

Shenstone Day Care Centre

£398.98: Funding towards a Gtech vacumn cleaner that will clean floors, carpets, upholstery and reach high corners.  Also to purchase 12 sets of cutlery. 

Shenstone Village Hall 

£400.00: Funding towards materials and upholsterer to reupholster some chairs in need of repair in the village hall. 

Stonnall Youth and Community Association

£295.00: Funding towards lowering of a work surface to prevent potential scalding of hot drinks and the provision of cable protectors to be used during community cinema sessions to stop people tripping over them. 

Lichfield Sinfonia

£400.00: Funding towards acoustic screens, formal folders, insignia, flyers and programme printing, stand lamps and conductors raised rostrum to enable them to perform for concerts in Spring/Summer



Councillor Development


26 March 2019

Members' Spring Event 

28 February 2019 

Member Briefing - Looked After Children

15 January 2019 

Member Briefing - Vulnerable Adults and Statutory Duties 

13 November 2018

Members Autumn Event

1 November 2018 

GDPR Training for Members

30 October 2018

Equality and Diversity Training

25 October 2018

County Lines Member Briefing

14 August 2018

Scrutiny Essentials Training for Members

22 May 2018

Speed Reading

16 May  2018 

GDPR Member Briefing

 9 May 2018

 Planning Committee Training - Biffa's Anaerobic Digestion Facility and Landfill Site

13 April 2018

Preventative Maintenance Surface Treatments

My Allowances and Expenses


Basic Allowance


Special Responsibility Allowance








Total Paid


Mileage from my home to County Buildings, where many meetings take place, is 42 miles return.  

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