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Sue Woodward

County Councillor for Burntwood NorthSusan Woodward

Annual Report 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019

Introduction

I was first elected as County Councillor for the Burntwood North electoral division in May 2013.  

My division lies in the west of Lichfield district and includes the wards of Chase Terrace, Boney Hay and Burntwood Central and Hunslet Parish ward, part of the ward of Highfield, and covers approximately 354 hectares with a population of 13,056.

Special Responsibilities

I am Leader of the Opposition

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

Audit and Standards Committee

  • Possible:4
  • Actual: 4

Corporate Review Committee

  • Possible:12
  • Actual: 9
  • Apologies: 3

County Council

  • Possible: 6
  • Actual: 6

Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee

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

Local Member Priority Meeting – Lichfield

  • Possible: 2
  • Actual: 1
  • Apologies: 1

Medium Term Financial Strategy Working Group

  • Possible: 8
  • Actual: 8

Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee

  • Possible: 1
  • Actual: 1

Special Committee re: Corporate Services WLT

  • Possible: 1
  • Actual: 1

Special Committee re Remuneration

  • Possible: 1
  • Actual:1

Special Committee re: Restructure of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) - Appointment of Director of Corporate Services

  • Possible:2
  • Actual: 2

Totals

  • Possible: 39
  • Actual: 33 (85%)
  • Apologies: 6 (115%)

Member comments on attendance

I take an active role in meetings, always ensuring I prepare well in advance including via personal research.  I focus on the potential impacts of debates for by electors in Burntwood North but, as Opposition Leader, I also consider the wider impacts across the whole County.

Outside Body appointments

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

  • County Council Picture Fund Trustees
  • County Councils Network Committee - CCN Council
  • Family Improvement Board - Lichfield Family Improvement Board
  • Local Government Association - Councillors Forum
  • Local Government Association - General Assembly 

Member comments on outside bodies

I am proud to represent Staffordshire County Council on national bodies, to share the challenges we face from our County’s perspective but also the opportunities we have. These national networks give an insight into the ways other Councils work and enable “best practice” to be followed. I am a member of the LGA’s People & Places Board and also a Member Peer, advising and mentoring members of other Councils. 

Divisional Activities

I spend much of my County Council time on following up casework for residents who need assistance with problems or concerns. I have regular advice surgeries (on the first Saturday of every month at Burntwood Library at 10am) and have done so since I was first elected. Along with Labour colleagues, I also take part in street surgeries and produce regular newsletters to deliver to residents in my Division. 

I am also a Governor at Chase Terrace Primary School, a member of Burntwood Town Council and, until May 2019 when I stood down from my seat, the Opposition Leader at Lichfield District Council. I am a Steward of Chase Terrace Methodist Church and am involved with numerous community organisations including Spark.

Special Activities

I am a passionate believer in the benefits of increasing access to and activities at Chasewater, a wonderful local asset. To this end, and along with my colleague Cllr Fisher, I set up a voluntary group – Chasewater Friends – to promote and support our beautiful country park.

Schemes supported under the Staffordshire Local Community Fund

ApplicantAmount: Description

The Fun Club

£250.00:Funding of crafts, plants, food, refreshments and marketing for the big lunch event to bring the whole community together for intergenerational activities and picnic and a Fun Club for young people at the Open House Burntwood on 3 June.

Bracken House Fundraising Society

£1,000.00:Funding towards a ‘Magic Table’ which can help lots of people using it together with dementia interacting with others helping them to relax and reminisce for those with mid to late stages of dementia and important for those who are no longer able to go out.

Beacon Community Church

£1,000.00:Funding towards repairing and updating the community centre by rendering and painting, for the youth club to still be able to meet every week in a safe place.

Family Action - Lichfield

£200.00:Funding towards printing and information materials, storage boxes, tuff spots, mini book of ideas, resources for district box, replenish stock and marketing a wide approach to improve the outcomes set to improve various early years community groups, families and children of pre - school age to enhance the children’s centre services and enable vulnerable families to access quality which will help with children to become school ready.

Chase Terrace Technology College

£500.00:Funding towards marketing, advertising and printing, transport, catering, speakers and workshops for employers, businesses, schools, colleges, parents, carers and wider family as part of a mammoth careers roadshow, growing skill sectors and jobs for the future.

Sparks Burntwood CIC

£250.00:Funding towards advertising, ingredients for cooking activities, craft and children’s resources, volunteer DBS checks and Paediatric First Aid Training to help set up a new group called World Wide Women run by volunteers for women and children who have moved to Burntwood from other countries.

Residents of Princess Close

£204.00:Funding towards tree trimming/lopping on branches that have become a significant nuisance for the residents as they have become a danger to properties and motor vehicles.

Friends of Burntwood Library

£440.00:Funding towards a medium feather flag, roller banner to advertise the library coffee shop and photographs, transfer and printing of art work in children area.

Sparks Burntwood

£150.00:Funding towards resources and session running costs giving little sparklers parents access to goods that can promote healthier and more independent lifestyles.

SCC -Chasewater Innovation Centre

£3,000.00:Funding to hold a large event in Chasewater Country Park by providing outdoor entertainment to raise awareness of the park and encourage local people to continue to use the outdoor space for fitness and wellbeing.

St John's Community Church

£1,000.00:Funding towards professional cleaning and surface restoration of war memorial.

Total

£7,494.00

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

DateEvent

 14 March 2019

Mindkind Training for Members

 5 February 2019

Skype Training for Members

13 November 2018

Members Autumn Event

8 November 2018 

Member Peer Conference

14 August 2018

Scrutiny Essentials Training for Members

3 July 2018

LGA Annual Conference

22 June 2018

LGA Women Councillors Development Day

22 May 2018

Speed Reading

13 April 2018

Preventative Maintenance Surface Treatments

Members comments on development

The County Council provides excellent support and training for Members and I take advantage of opportunities as much as I can.

My Allowances and Expenses

DescriptionAmount

Basic Allowance

£9,406.32

Special Responsibility Allowance

£18,244.44

Mileage

£768.15

Other

£434.70

Subsistence

£0.00

Total Paid

£28,853.61

Mileage from my home to County Buildings, where many meetings take place, is 26 miles return.  

Member comments on allowances and expenses

Other travel expenses have been incurred because of my attendance at meetings on national bodies in London and elsewhere across the country.

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