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Gill Heath

County Councillor for Leek RuralGill Heath

Annual Report 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019


I was first elected as County Councillor for the Leek Rural electoral division in May 1997. 

My division lies in the north east of Staffordshire Moorlands district and includes the wards of Leek North, Horton, Dane, Manifold, Ipstones and Hamp Valley and covers approximately 32784 with a population of 14,041.

Special Responsibilities

I am the Cabinet Member for Communities.

Committee Membership and Attendance Record 

My committee membership and attendance record can be seen below: 


  • Possible:13
  • Actual: 12
  • Apologies:1

Cabinet Community Support Members Meeting

  • Possible:8
  • Actual: 8

Corporate Parenting Panel

  • Possible:11
  • Actual: 9
  • Apologies: 1
  • Absent: 1  

County Council

  • Possible: 6
  • Actual: 6

Local Member Priority Meeting – Staffordshire Moorlands

  • Possible: 11
  • Actual: 3
  • Apologies: 2


  • Possible: 12
  • Actual: 9
  • Apologies: 3

Property Sub-Committee*

  • Possible: 4
  • Actual:4

Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee*

  • Possible: 3
  • Actual:3

Special Committee re: Corporate Services SLT

  • Possible:1
  • Actual: 1

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Joint Archives Committee

  • Possible:4
  • Actual: 4

Staffordshire and Wolverhampton Joint Local Access Forum

  • Possible: 1
  • Actual: 1


  • Possible: 68
  • Actual: 60 (88%)
  • Apologies: 7 (10%)
  • Absent 2 (2%)

* Invited to attend but not a committee member

Outside Body appointments

I also represent the county council on the following outside bodies: 

  • Campaign to Protect Rural England
  • Cannock Chase AONB Joint Committee (Substitute)
  • County Council Picture Fund Trustees
  • Design and Historic Environment Champion
  • Landfill, Opencast and Quarry Site Liaison Committee - Cauldon Cement Works Liaison Committee
  • Landfill, Opencast and Quarry Site Liaison Committee -Three Nooks Farm Liasion Committee
  • Landfill, Opencast and Quarry Site Liaison Committee/Group - Meece Landfill Site
  • Landfill, Opencast and Quarry Site Liaison Committee/Group - Poplars Landfill Site
  • Local Strategic Partnership - Moorlands Together
  • Peak District National Park Authority
  • Rudyard Lake Trust

Schemes supported under the Staffordshire Local Community Fund

ApplicantAmount: Description

Grindon Old School New Management Committee

£1,000.00:Funding towards plastering work for Grindon village hall to repair crumbling plaster prior to the redecoration of the hall to benefit local residents, events, room hire for functions and all other users.

Alstonefield and District Friendship Club

£500.00:Funding towards room hire, speakers, outings, catering and to celebrate the 60th anniversary year of the friendship club for older people in a remote rural area.

North Staffs Rowing Club

£500.00:Funding towards 8 blades for a ladies 8 boat to enable more local people to access the sport with a waiting list to learn to row and older junior 18+ to remain and take part in more competitions.

Leek Breastfeeding Club

£300.00:Funding towards the purchase of Mats, Cushions, Toys and Lidded cups to enable the group to continue running its sessions.

Alstonefield Local History Group

£400.00:Funding towards the purchase of 4 Display Boards and costs of materials to stage an exhibition about the 43 men that went to World War 1 and returned.

Waterhouses and District

£500.00:Funding towards additional equipment pool extraction board, national pool/lifeguard qualification, pool, throw bag, pool buoy to encourage young people to gain life schools including first aid and CPR in gaining qualification.

Ipstones Agricultural Show

£400.00:Funding towards hire of hall and marquee as part of Ipstones Agricultural show.

Sheen Village Hall

£500.00:Funding towards the repair and resurfacing for Sheen Village Hall Car park making a more even surface which will be of benefit to all users and to people with disabilities who attend various groups.

Warslow Village Hall

£71.52:Funding towards two road closure signs and four diversion signs for the community Christmas fayre along Cheadle Road.

St. Michael's Church Horton PCC

£1,500.00:Funding towards the replacement of existing churchyard gates with replica oak gates.

Sheen Parish Council 

£60.00:Funding towards replacement pads and batteries for the village defibrillator.

Disability Solutions West Midlands 

£485.00:Funding towards Volunteer Expenses, training and help towards the telephone and IT costs so that the volunteers can support people with disabilities.

Haregate Community Centre - Community Cupboard 

£100.00:Funding towards volunteers to be trained in food safety.

U3A Bowls Club 

£1,000.00:Funding towards two new specialist long indoor bowls mats to help with the growing membership.



Councillor Development


 26 March 2019

Members' Spring Event 

13 November 2018

Members Autumn Event

4 September 2018

Rural Conference, Cheltenham

19 June 2018

Members' Summer Event

13 April 2018

Preventative Maintenance Surface Treatments

Members comments on development

This training helps support me to be both aware and informed on specific programmes that impact on my role.

My Allowances and Expenses


Basic Allowance


Special Responsibility Allowance








Total Paid


Mileage from my home to County Buildings, where many meetings take place, is 50 miles return.  

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