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Julia Jessel

County Councillor for Needwood ForestJulia Jessel

Annual Report 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019


I was first elected as County Councillor for the Needwood Forest electoral division in May 2017.  

My division lies in the south east of East Staffordshire and includes the parishes of Barton under Needwood, Dunstall, Tatenhill & Rangemore, Hoar Cross, Newborough and Yoxall and part of the ward of Branston and covers approximately 8947 hectares with a population of 14,251.

Special Responsibilities

I am Vice-Chairman of the Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee

Committee Membership and Attendance Record 

My committee membership and attendance record can be seen below: 

Countryside and Rights of Way Panel

  • Possible: 10
  • Actual: 9
  • Apologies: 1

County Council

  • Possible: 6
  • Actual: 4
  • Apologies: 2

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

  • Possible: 1
  • Actual: 1

Joint Meeting of Prosperous Staffordshire and Safe and Strong Select Committees

  • Possible: 1
  • Actual: 1

Local Member Priority Meeting – East Staffordshire

  • Possible: 9
  • Actual: 6
  • Apologies: 3

Planning Committee

  • Possible: 5
  • Actual: 3
  • Apologies:2 

Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee

  • Possible: 8
  • Actual: 5
  • Apologies: 3 

Scrutiny Chairs Forum

  • Possible: 1
  • Actual: 1

SEND Working Group

  • Possible: 1
  • Actual: 1


  • Possible: 42
  • Actual: 31 (74%)
  • Apologies: 11 (26%)

Member comments on committee/attendance record

I had a period of absence from council meetings due to major surgery.

Outside body appointments

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

  • Landfill, Opencast and Quarry Site Liaison Committee/Group - Barton Quarry
  • Landfill, Opencast and Quarry Site Liaison Committee/Group - Newbold Gravel Pit Liaison Group
  • Yoxall Town Lands Charity

Divisional Activities

My main focus this year relates to a number of issues: 

  1. Working with local parish councils to ensure the implementation of the Experimental Road Traffic Orders on the A515 to reduce the volume of HGVs passing through the rural villages. 
  2. I have been keen to promote the further roll-out of improved broadband to rural locations and am pleased that Dunstall, Newborough and Hadley End are now online. Woodhouses will also be able to access high-speed broadband.  
  3. After raising the problem of the very poor condition of 5 Lanes End Island, repair works will now commence in June 2019. 

Schemes supported under the Staffordshire Local Community Fund

ApplicantAmount: Description

Yoxall Parish Council

£5,000.00: Funding towards drainage, Phase 1 pathway, tree surgery, picnic tables, benches, information boards, trees and shrubs to rejuvenate an area of land currently under utilised with a plan to create a community area accessible to all villagers

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

 £1,000.00: Funding towards IT equipment to help with a broad range of cultural and natural heritage projects across Trent Valley

Yoxall Bowling Club

£500.00: Funding towards materials and labout to level paving slabs around the bowling green providing a safe enviroment for walking around the perimeter for members and guests

Dunstall Community Broadband

 £1,000.00: Funding towards the cost of a community partnership scheme in conjunction with BT and Staffs Superfast Broadband to bring a reliable service to the 50 properties in the Village of Dunstall



Member comments on SLCF spend

Helping schemes to encourage people to be more active and enjoy the countryside has many benefits for both mental and physical health.  Access to quality broadband, especially in rural areas is now essential rather than a luxury for both businesses and private individuals.

Councillor Development


26 March 2019

Members' Spring Event

4 September 2018

Pre-Peer Review Briefing Session

31 July 2018

Finding Your Way round the Highways Portal

13 July 2018

Countryside and Rights of Way Member Training

29 May 2018

Countryside and Rights of Way Member Training

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 46 miles return.  

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