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Simon Tagg

County Councillor for Westlands and Simon Tagg 1Thistleberry

Annual Report 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019


I was first elected as County Councillor for the Keele and Westlands electoral division in July 2007.  In May 2013 as a result of the Electoral Commission Boundary review my division changed to Westlands and Thistleberry. 

My division lies in the north of Newcastle-under-Lyme district and includes the whole of Thistleberry ward, the majority of Westlands ward and part of the ward of Town and covers approximately 587 hectares with a population of 13,289.

Special Responsibilities 

I am Cabinet Support Member for Improvement.

Committee Membership and Attendance Record 

My committee membership and attendance record can be seen below: 

All Party Member Group Improvement

  • Possible: 1
  • Actual: 1

All Party Member Group - Isolation and Loneliness

  • Possible: 1
  • Actual: 1

County Council

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

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

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

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

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

Local Member Priority Meeting – Newcastle

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

Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee

  • Possible: 7
  • Actual: 4
  • Apologies: 3


  • Possible: 22
  • Actual: 12 (55%)
  • Apologies: 10 (45%)

Outside body appointments

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

  • Landfill, Opencast and Quarry Site Liaison Committee/Group - Walley's Quarry Local Liaison Committee

Schemes supported under the Staffordshire Local Community Fund

ApplicantAmount: Description

Food Fest

£500.00:Funding towards hire of gazebo, first aid, ceramic paints, printing and publicity to create with the help of a local potter, local school, charity schops and community groups who will create an image of the mascot, a scarecrow as part of the Scarecrow festival weekend for the community.

Lyme Racing Club

£450.00:Funding towards 8 children track bikes for use at the weekly Velodrome training sessions keeping children fit and healthy, a good diversionary interest and cycling from an early age often leads to competitive riding.

Newcastle South Locality Action Partnership Aspire Housing

£500.00:Funding towards a Health Event in Clayton to promote and create awareness of NHS Services, offer ‘Warm Packs’ and bring to together vulnerable/older generation to alleviate isolation.

Newcastle South Locality Action Partnership

£1,840.00:Funding towards 163 timber posts, fold down bollards, preliminaries and RAMS and professional fees for the installation of wooden post around the perimeter land off Earl’s Court Clayton to be used by local people for gentle exercise, sport and dog walking for the local community.

Stafford Welcomes Refugees (SWR)

£100.00:Funding towards BArts “Refugee Stories” drama productions fees for a number of performances, School workshop materials, travel expenses, Befrienders training costs, Venue hire and interpretation fees.

Newcastle Lads and Dads

£500.00:30 year lease for the self-management of the facility at Pool Dam Playing Fields, giving the club the opportunity to improve the facilities and benefit the local community.

Orme Centre Boxing Club

£500.00:Funding towards the cost of a 14ft floor boxing ring with stations to help with the new extension to the building.

Newcastle District Scouts

£1,000.00:Funding towards the cost of a Marquee and equipment hire and outdoor equipment to develop the outdoor activity programme in the district and to bring together over 500 scouts of all ages from the borough, in a large whole district camp.

Aspire Housing 

£150.00: Funding towards craft materials, Refreshments, Christmas decorations, music and raffle for the community Christmas event.

Staff Adults Autistic Society 

£960.00:Funding towards Wifi Unit, 3 x Wifi dongles, stationery and DBS Checks, Mobile, Room Hire, Flyers and design for a volunteer’s recruitment day.

St. Mary's Catholic Primary School 

£1000.00 Funding towards Privet or laurel hedge – 500 plants, Soil, Compost and fertiliser, improving the outdoor environment around the school, planting flowers, water butt and screens for an Air Pollution project in reducing the pollution around the school.



Councillor Development


 23 January 2019

Level 1 Child Protection

My Allowances and Expenses


Basic Allowance


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Total Paid


Mileage from my home to County Buildings, where many meetings take place, is 42 miles return.  

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