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Philip Atkins

County Councillor for Uttoxeter RuralPhilip Atkins

Annual Report 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019

Introduction

I was first elected as County Councillor for the Uttoxeter Rural electoral division in May 1987.  

My division lies in the north and east of East Staffordshire and includes the wards of Bagots, Abbey, Churnett and Weaver and part of the ward of Crown (Marchington and Draycott – in – the – Clay and covers approximately 21155 with a population of 12,343.

Special Responsibilities

I am Leader of the Council.

Committee Membership and Attendance Record 

My committee membership and attendance record can be seen below: 

Annual Business Rates Consultation Meeting

  • Possible: 1
  • Actual: 1

Cabinet

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

Children's Improvement Board

  • Possible: 8
  • Actual: 4
  • Apologies: 4

Corporate Review Committee *

  • Possible: 6
  • Actual: 6

County Council

  • Possible: 6
  • Actual: 6

Local Member Priority Meeting – East Staffordshire

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

Pensions Committee

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

Pensions Panel

  • Possible: 4
  • Actual: 3
  • Apologies: 1

Planning Committee

  • Possible: 5
  • Actual: 4
  • Apologies:1 

Pre-Cabinet

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

Property Sub-Committee

  • Possible:11
  • Actual: 9
  • Apologies:2 

Special Committee re: Corporate Services WLT

  • Possible:1
  • Actual: 1

Special Committee re: Remuneration

  • Possible:1
  • Actual: 1

Special Committee re: Restructure of Senior Leadership Team

  • Possible:2
  • Actual: 2

Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership

  • Possible:2
  • Actual: 0
  • Apologies:2

Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership - Executive Board

  • Possible:8
  • Actual: 4
  • Apologies:4

Totals

  • Possible: 90
  • Actual: 66 (73%)
  • Apologies: 24 (27%)

(* invited to attend but not a committee member)

Member comments on committees/attendance record

As Leader I have many meeting clashes, which explains my apologies for some meetings.

Outside body appointments

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

  • County Councils Network Committee - CCN Council
  • County Councils Network Committee - Executive Committee
  • Great Gate Education Trust
  • Landfill, Opencast and Quarry Site Liaison Committee/Group - Uttoxeter Quarry, Local Quarry Liaison Committee
  • Local Government Association - Councillor’s Forum
  • Local Government Association - General Assembly
  • Transport for the North (Substitute)
  • West Midlands Employers (Regional Employers Organisation)
  • West Midlands LGA
  • Midlands Engine
  • Midlands Connects
  • Constellation Partnership
  • Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Member comments on outside bodies

The opportunities, benefits and lobbying for Staffordshire that these bodies present to Staffordshire are worth the effort. However, representing Staffordshire outside Staffordshire involves meeting time and date clashes with meetings at the County Council.

Divisional activities

Helping many village community groups across the Division who support others less fortunate with advice and explaining how they can present a case. I have helped many residents with their own personal issues.

Special Activities

  • Uttoxeter Quarry future sport facilities
  • Road improvement plans for the junction of Church Lane, Ashbourne Road, Rocester
  • Solutions for traffic on Stubby Lane
  • A515 HCV traffic issues

Schemes supported under the Staffordshire Local Community Fund

ApplicantAmount: Description

Friends of Staffordshire Samaritans

 £250.00: Funding towards the refurbishment of the kitchen and bathroom in the centre for volunteers who support and help the local community who contact the branch

Marchington Village Hall

 £750.00: Funding towards the replacement of wall and ceiling lighting, replace and fit ceiling and wall heaters

Abbots Bromley PCC

£500.00: Funding towards the restoration of the St. Nicholas Church Clock

Abbots Bromley Sports Association

£2,000.00: Funding towards toilets, showers, sink, tiles, lighting, cupboards, work surfaces, raw materials and paint to renovate two portable cabins into changing facilities for a new sports ground

Abbots Bromley Parish Council

£1,500.00: Funding towards traditional wooden gateways to improve the village gateways to distinguish the entrance to the village

Denstone Players Amateur Society

£500.00: Funding towards stage subframes and tops for a new stage in Denstone Village Hall

St. Michael's Parochial Church Council

£1,000.00: Funding towards installation and supply of two screens plus two projectors and the moving of all audio visual controls to the rear of the church into a bespoke cabinet

Kingstone Community Society Ltd.

£1,000.00: Funding towards a Structural Survey and Plunkett Foundation Registration to secure the Shrewsbury Arms as a permanent multi-purpose community hub for the Kingstone and neighbouring villages

Total

£7,500.00

Member comments on SLCF spend

I have tried to spread the fund’s money and help across the whole Division. The money spent will help future generations and support local communities support themselves

Councillor Development

DateEvent

26 March 2019

Members' Spring Event

28 February 2019

Member Briefing: Looked after Children

18 November 2018

CCN Annual Conference

13 November 2018

Members' Autumn Event

 1 November 2018

GDPR Training for Members

 4 September 2018

Pre-Peer Review Briefing Session 

 3 July 2018

LGA Annual Conference 

3 June 2018

Data Protection Essentials

Member comments on development

I am always learning something new from the activities and organisations I am involved in.

My Allowances and Expenses

DescriptionAmount

Basic Allowance

£9,406.32

Special Responsibility Allowance

£36,489.00

Mileage

£3,528.45

Other

£255.75

Subsistence

£293.25

Total Paid

£49,972.77

Mileage from my home to County Buildings, where many meetings take place, is 38 miles return.  

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