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Mike Sutherland

County Councillor for Etchinghill and HeathMike Sutherland 1

Annual Report 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019


I was first elected as County Councillor for the Etchinghill and Heath electoral division in May 2017.

My division lies in the west of Cannock Chase District and includes the wards of Etchinghill and Heath and part of the ward of Western Springs and covers approximately 1812 hectares with a population of 11,613.

Special Responsibilities

I am Cabinet Member for Finance.

Committee Membership and Attendance Record 

My committee membership and attendance record can be seen below: 

All Party Member Group Improvement

  • Possible:1
  • Actual: 0
  • Apologies: 1

All Party Member Group Isolation and Loneliness

  • Possible:1
  • Actual: 1

Annual Business Rates Consultation Meeting

  • Possible:1
  • Actual: 1


  • Possible:13
  • Actual: 11
  • Apologies: 2

Corporate Review Committee*

  • Possible:6
  • Actual: 6

County Council

  • Possible: 6
  • Actual: 5
  • Apologies: 1

Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee

  • Possible: 14
  • Actual: 12
  • Apologies: 2

Local Member Priority Meeting – Cannock

  • Possible: 11
  • Actual: 7
  • Apologies: 4

Pensions Committee

  • Possible: 6
  • Actual: 6

Pensions Panel

  • Possible: 4
  • Actual: 4


  • Possible: 12
  • Actual: 11
  • Apologies: 1

Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee*

  • Possible: 1
  • Actual:1

Special Committee re: Corporate Services SLT

  • Possible:1
  • Actual: 1


  • Possible: 63
  • Actual: 54 (86%)
  • Apologies: 9 (14%)

* Invited to attend but not a committee member

Member comments on attendance

Annual holidays and meeting “clashing dates” account for 9 missed meetings. I also attend a much higher number of internal and external meetings that are not specifically recorded.

Outside Body appointments

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

  • Landfill, Opencast and Quarry Site Liaison Committee - Rugeley Quarry Liaison Committee
  • Local Strategic Partnership - The Chase Community Partnership
  • Rugeley Community Church
  • Rugeley Physically Handicapped Association

Member comments on outside bodies

Working with, and alongside local community groups is helpful in
supporting People helping People, a key county council agenda. 

Divisional Activities

Key activities include the proposals for the redevelopment of the Rugeley Power Station site.

Speciail Activities

Supporting Rugeley Cricket Club with their lease renewal and planning proposals.

Schemes supported under the Staffordshire Local Community Fund

ApplicantAmount: Description

Rugeley Community Church Limited

£750.00:Funding of volunteer training, food, kitchen and sports equipment and transport the Active-ate Summer Fit and fed project for families and children during 4 weeks of the school holidays to address holiday hunger, isolation and inactivity to include nutritious breakfast and lunch and improve fitness and strengthen both their physical and mental wellbeing.

Hagley Bowls Club

£300.00:Funding of second-hand short mat, block, delivery mats and score board, new match jacks, practice Jacks, tape measures, calipers and assorted second hand indoor bowls during the winter months and encourage active all year round use.

Family Action Cannock Chase Children's Centre

£100.00:Funding of electric cooker to include installation, portable mini oven and hob , microwave, kettle and toaster for the delivery of a 5 week free healthy cook and eat course at South Staffs College using healthy ingredients on a budget for adults and on their ability to care for their children to include cooking meals through gaining skills.

Brereton and Ravenhill Parish Council

£1000.00:Funding towards the purchase of a Tractor Mounted Hedge Trimmer, to be able to cut the hedgerows and improve road visibility and safety.

Rugeley Lotto Events

£750.00:Funding towards a Snow Globe, Fireworks, Snow Machines, Street Entertainers, Santa’s Sleigh, Market Stalls, Medics, 2 DJ’s and Insurance for the Christmas Lights Switch on.

Rugeley Community Church

£1,199.00:Funding of an external defibrillator, maintenance, external storage cabinet, training and installation at Rugeley Community Centre.

10th Rugeley Brownies

£300.00:Funding towards food, decorations and entertainment for the 45th Birthday party of the Brownies.

Rugeley Cricket Club

£227.99:Funding to purchase a table top cricket game for disabled users.

Victory Church Rugeley

£2,650.00:Funding towards boxing steel frames, fabric on ceiling, floor levelling, carpet tiles, sensory equipment and soft furnishing to create a sensory room to help elevate anxiety and stress for families who have children on the autistic spectrum.

Carers Association South Staffordshire

£200.00: Funding towards room hire, refreshments, resources including food, pedometers, hydration bottles etc, promotional flyers and outside trainers/speakers to hold 6 sessions designed to increase nutritional understanding, basic cooking skills and household management capabilities to provide support for male carers who have just taken on their caring responsibilities.



Member comments on Staffordshire Local Community Fund spend

I am pleased to have been able to support my local community and to help support projects that add value to our local area, not only within my division but also the wider community groups in Rugeley area.

Councillor Development


 26 March 2019

Members' Spring Event 

 5 February 2019

Skype Training for Members

22 November 2018 

Leadership Essentials - Finance 

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

4 September 2018

Pre-Peer Review Briefing Session

11 July 2018

CIPFA Conference

19 June 2018

Members' Summer Event

22 May 2018

Speed Reading

29 April 2018

Data Protection Act 1998 in SCC (e-learning)

29 April 2018

Data Protection Video (e-learning)

29 April 2018 

Data Protection Essentials (e-learning) 

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 22 miles return.  

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