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Kyle Robinson

County Councillor for Talke and Red StreetKyle Robinson

Annual Report 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019

Introduction

I was first elected as County Councillor for the Talke and Red Street electoral division in May 2017. 

My division lies in the north of Newcastle under Lyme district and includes the wards of Butt Lane and Talke and part of the ward of Red Street and Crackley and covers approximately 926 hectares with a population of 12,531.

Special Responsibilities 

I was the Shadow Cabinet Lead for Safe and Strong Communities until May 2018, when I was appointed as Shadow Cabinet Lead for Prosperous Staffordshire. 

Committee Membership and Attendance Record 

My committee membership and attendance record can be seen below: 

County Council

  • Possible: 6
  • Actual: 6

Infrastructure+ Customer Outcome Group

  • Possible: 2
  • Actual: 2

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

  • Possible: 1
  • Actual: 1

Joint Meeting of Prosperous Staffordshire and Safe and Strong Communities Select Committes

  • Possible: 1
  • Actual: 1

Local Member Priority Meeting – Newcastle

  • Possible: 5
  • Actual: 1
  • Apologies: 3
  • Absent: 1

Planning Committee

  • Possible: 4
  • Actual: 4

Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee

  • Possible: 6
  • Actual: 6

Safe and Strong Communities Select Committee

  • Possible: 1
  • Actual: 1

SEND Working Group

  • Possible: 1
  • Actual: 1

Totals

  • Possible: 27
  • Actual: 23 (85%)
  • Apologies: 3 (11%)
  • Absent: 1 (4%)

Member comment on Committee attendance

It is always my aim to fully attend committees I have been appointed to including Full Council. As you can see above, I have 100% attendance for those important meetings. 

The local member priority meetings regularly clashed with community meetings in my division which I always try to prioritise. I also feel that some of the local member priority meetings don’t necessarily bear any relation to the division I represent. 

Divisional Activities

This year was particularly challenging as the council sought to make more savings by proposing cuts to services like School Crossing Patrols across Staffordshire. I worked closely with residents in Butt Lane, Talke and Red Street to challenge Staffordshire County Council on their plans. Thankfully our campaign was successful, and the leadership of the council decided not to pursue cuts to this service which would only make a small saving. The residents I represent made it clear that School Crossing Patrols are invaluable to them and they help to keep kids safe when crossing busy roads in our community. 

Working with local MP, Ruth Smeeth, we have been working hard to ensure the ‘Access for All’ bridge at Kidsgrove Railway Station is completed. It was disappointing that Network Rail had failed to complete the project in the time that was first promised. After a visit to Parliament and seeking commitment from Staffordshire County Council to ensure the whole project did not fall by the wayside, I am pleased funds have been protected. Further work is ongoing to ensure Network Rail fulfils their promises to the people of Kidsgrove. Our community deserves a modern railway station with access for disabled people and parents with prams. 

Many people want to see our highways improved and kept up to a good standard, so I have worked closely with residents and borough councillors to report hundreds of potholes, blocked grids and many other highway related issues. We have had some successes on the ground and some pavements have been completely replaced in sections. It is clear that there still isn’t enough capital committed to the repair of our roads and pavements across Butt Lane, Talke and Red Street and I continue to demand extra resource to see our local infrastructure brought up to a standard local residents expect. 

For part of the year I have been supporting residents who live in the Clough Hall area to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in Clough Hall Park. The spike in incidents at this particular park highlighted the need for more police in the Kidsgrove community and wider area. I have been pressing Staffordshire Police and our local councils to take tough action to stamp out such issues in hot spot areas. Working with residents, we have called on Newcastle Borough Council to implement a Public Space Protection order and fund a package of CCTV to improve public confidence. I will continue to work with all partners to ensure people can feel safe in the community they live in. More visible patrols and extra PCSO support is now in place and ASB incidents have begun to reduce. 

This year I co-ordinated the development of the Reginald Mitchell Peace Garden in Butt Lane. This small garden has brought the community together and is used by many people to stop for a break and enjoy the surroundings. Locals have commented on how the garden has helped their mental health and made people feel positive about the community. It is a fantastic tribute to Reginald Mitchell who was born on Congleton Road, Butt Lane.

Kyle Robinson working on the Reginald Mitchell Peace Garden with volunteers

Schemes supported under the Staffordshire Local Community Fund

ApplicantAmount: Description

Tom Lowe Boxing Club

£2,000.00: Funding of eight competition gloves, 12 various size punchbags, four head guards, 2 jumbo curved spar pads and ten bag mitts sparring for the amateur boxing club.

Chesterton Community Angling Club

£1,463.61: Funding towards stone for pathways, 10 tonne machine hire and operator, 5 tonne roller machine, 5 and 1 tonne dumper hire, turf, trees and shrubs to include semi-skilled workers to carry out the work to upgrade the facilities for disabled anglers and the surrounding areas for wildlife as part of the pools regeneration project.

Chesterton A F C

£1,116.00: Funding to replace existing goalposts with two sets of goals for the mini soccer tournament.

Potteries North Scout District Council

£1,000.00: Funding to help prepare three scouts for training camps prior to the Jamboree in 2019 to include flights to USA, uniform, accommodation, cultural enrichment programme of meetings, slideshow and skills evenings. The Jamboree will provide a broad spectrum of experiences on a programme of global develpment, peace, cultural understanding, activities, adventure, friendship and to share with their peers and fellow scouts on their return.

Lyme Racing Club

£450.00: Funding towards eight children track bikes for use at the weekly Velodrome training sessions keeping children fit and healthy, a good diversionary interest and cycling from and early age often leads to competitive riding.

Butt Lane Baptist Church

£1,000.00: Funding towards the installation of new access doors to enable better disabled access, new environmentally efficient heating system and new church floor.

Food Fest

£470.39: Funding towards gazebo hire, first aid, security, publicity and printing, vounteer expenses, activities and attractions, artist fees, artist materials, Stella Farm on Wheels, PA Hire and Music artist fees for a two day community celebration, looking at issues of food waste, food poverty, sustainability and food security.

Total

£7,500.00

Councillor Development

DateEvent

26 March 2019

Members' Spring Event

14 March 2019

Mindkind Awareness for Members

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 

22 October 2018

Personal Resilience 

11 October 2018

School Governance Briefing

4 September 2018

Pre-Peer Review Briefing Session

14 August 2018

Scrutiny Essentials Training for Members

31 July 2018

Finding your way round the Highways Portal

Member comments on development

I take my role as the County Councillor for Butt Lane, Talke and Red Street very seriously so I have taken up many opportunities to attend training at the County Council. This has helped me to develop my skills and serve my community better. 

My Allowances and Expenses

DescriptionAmount

Basic Allowance

£9,406.32

Special Responsibility Allowance

£1,824.60

Mileage

£0.00

Other

£379.70

Subsistence

£0.00

Total Paid

£11,610.62

Mileage from my home to County Buildings, where many meetings take place, is 350 miles return.

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