Annual Report May 2011 - May 2012
Name of Councillor: Dale Smith
Date Elected: 1974
Next Election date: 2016
Allowances: 2011 - 2012
Special Responsibility: None
Other Council related Remuneration: 4572.00 - Bradford District Care Trust
Positions held (May 2011 - May 2012):
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
Shipley Area Committee
SOCIAL CARE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
Other meetings/bodies which I regularly attend:
LEA appointed Governor of the following schools:
Lister, Menston and Whetley Primary Schools, Immanuel College and Canterbury Nursery School
Co - Chairman of the Strategic Disability Partnership
Corporation Member of Bradford College; Governor Appleton Academy
Proliferation of meetings in connection with and arising from Council responsibilities
Shipley Glen Tramway Trustee - Chairman
Chairman Manor Coating Systems Ltd (formerly Shipley Paint Ltd)
Director Markport Ltd
Trustee and Director of Abbeyfield Ilkley
Member of various local organisations
My priorities for the past year (May 2011 - May 2012) were:
I re-emphasised my efforts to continue to act as a "Critical Friend" and to champion the best interests of the people of Bradford District.
My particular interests remained Education, Social Care and Disabilities but perhaps even more important than those is continuing to build Cohesion and Harmony across the District and encouraging stronger links with the Police.
Without such harmony and mutual respect amongst and across communities all other benefits will count for little.
The Shipley Glen Tramway has now re-opened.
I continued to promote green localised technology.
I supported action to close the gaps of inequalities across the District and promote partnership working to reduce the impact of the costs and effects of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
What I have achieved in the past year (May 2011 - May 2012):
Attending diligently numerous meetings throughout the year, as in all previous years I am content to be judged by the electorate and those of similar minds who are determined to promote well being, prosperity and harmony across the District and to narrow the gap of inequalities. I think my election result in 2012 gives some indication of my achievements.
I am driven by some small successes but mostly by the frustration of not making a difference quickly enough.
My priorities for the coming year (May 2012 -May 2013) will be:
To discharge my duties as Lord Mayor with credit to myself and the District.
To continue to safeguard the welfare and interest of my ward and the District.
I have attended the following training sessions, seminars, briefings and conferences to develop skills and gain knowledge that will help me serve the people of the district:
Whilst I do attend occasional training seminars, meetings etc I have a thirst for knowledge and a willingness to learn. I have a habit of popping up unexpectedly across the District in my pursuit of networking. I continue to be disappointed if every day I do not learn that I have still more to learn and indeed I continually learn something daily
Indeed I recognise that the answer I need to know is to the question I did not know to ask!