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Councillor James Abbott

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Councillor  James Abbott
Elected:
09 May 2019
First Elected
05 May 2011
Party:
Green Party
Ward:
Silver End and Cressing
Address:
C/O Causeway House
Bocking End
Braintree
Essex
CM7 9HB
Telephone No:
01376 584576
Mobile Telephone No:
07951 923073
Biography:

First elected to Braintree District Council in May 1999 and a Member continuously since.

The Ward originally was formed of Rivenhall and Silver End parishes, with various boundary changes since to include Bradwell parish for a period but now comprises the parishes of Silver End, Cressing and Rivenhall.

Leader of the Green and Independent Group on Braintree District Council since May 2019.

Elected in May 1999 to Rivenhall Parish Council; Chairman since May 2007.

Essex County Councillor for Witham Northern division from 2013 to 2019.

Graduate of University College London (Astronomy, 1982).

Previously employed in archaeology and own landscaping/tree growing business.

 

Electoral Ward Profile 


Member Allowances and Expenses

 

Updated: 17th May 2021

Job Title:
Councillor
Department:

Election History

ElectedRetiredReason
Thu 5 May 2011 Wed 6 May 2015 Re-elected
Thu 7 May 2015 Mon 6 May 2019 Retirement and Re-elected
Thu 9 May 2019 Elected on 2nd May 2019

Party Representation History

PartyFromTo
Green PartyThu 2 May 2019

Ward Representation History

WardFromTo
Silver End and CressingThu 5 May 2011 Wed 6 May 2015
Silver End and CressingThu 7 May 2015 Mon 6 May 2019
Silver End and CressingThu 9 May 2019

Current Outside Body Appointments

Past Outside Body Appointments

Past Outside BodyPast Joining DatePast Leaving Date
There are no past outside bodies for this member.

Personal Register of Interests

Date of NoticeReceipt by Monitoring OfficerView
There are no register of interest records for this member.

Meeting Declarations

Committee NameMeeting DateNatureView
There are no meeting declarations for this member.
DateTitleNotes
Thu, 30 May 2019Introduction to Environmental Services and Enforcement, and Housing and Community Services 
Thu, 16 May 2019Introduction to Committees, Member Development and DP/FOI 
Tue, 14 May 2019Introduction to Council Services 
Thu, 9 May 2019Member Induction Day - Overview of the Council including Role of Councillor and Code of Conduct  
Mon, 28 Jan 2019PFCC 
Wed, 21 Nov 2018Scrutiny of the Priorities for 2019/20 and Initial Budget Position 
Mon, 16 Apr 2018Member Development - Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner/Community Safety HubsSession Outline: • To provide an overview of the work of the Office of the Police, Fire and CrimeCommissioner. • To provide an overview of the Braintree DistrictCommunity Safety Partnership Strategic Assessment 2017/18. • To provide an overview of the Braintree Community Safety Hub Session Outcomes: • Have an improved awareness of the work of the Office of the Police, Fire and CrimeCommissioner. • Understand the benefits & importance of partnership working within the Community Safety Hubs.
Wed, 22 Nov 2017Overview and Scrutiny 
Tue, 21 Nov 2017Planning Training 
Wed, 28 Jun 2017Member Development 
Wed, 1 Feb 2017Member Development 
Mon, 5 Dec 2016Member Development 
Tue, 26 Jul 2016Development Evening Programme 
Tue, 30 Jun 2015Public Health Development Training 
Wed, 13 May 2015Member Induction 
DateFromDescriptionValue
There are no hospitality and gift records for this member.

Councillors’ Community Grant

This grant scheme operates from 1st September 2016 and provides all 49 Ward Councillors with funds to support organisations and groups to develop and deliver community projects and initiatives that benefit local residents.

The Councillor Community Grants Scheme is monitored by the Grants Panel and Councillors are obliged to consider the Member Code of Conduct when making grant decisions.  To aid transparency the details of each grant are published below. 

Grants made by Councillor James Abbott:

Organisation:1st Silver End Scouts
Project:Summer Festival
Overall cost of project: £500
Grant awarded: £500
Joint Grant: No
Date: 12th June 2017

Organisation: Greener Silver End
Project: Picnic in the Park
Overall cost of project: £200.00 
Grant awarded: £150.00
Joint Grant: No
Date: 26th June 2017

Organisation: Rivenhall Playing Fields Association 
Project: New Shed / Storage Facility
Overall cost of project: £1022
Grant awarded: £511
Joint Grant: YES (Cllr Kevin Bowers)
Date: 24th July 2017

Organisation: Silver End Parish Council

Project: Community use Defibrillator

Overall cost of project: £900

Grant awarded: £500

Joint Grant: No

Date: 9th August 2017

Organisation: Cressing Temple Community Shed
Project: Promotional material
Overall cost of project: £316.00
Grant awarded: £316.00
Joint Grant: No
Date: 1st October 2017

Organisation: Francis Crittall Pavilion Association
Project: Francis Crittall Pavilion Association
Overall cost of project: £80000
Grant awarded: £1000
Joint Grant: No
Date: 19th October 2017

Organisation: Francis Crittall Pavilion Trust
Project: Storage
Overall cost of project: £1500 (requesting £650)
Grant awarded: £650
Joint Grant: No
Date: 24th October 2018

Organisation: Francis Crittall Pavilion Trust
Project: Francis Crittall Pavilion Sign
Overall cost of project: £1000 (requesting £350)
Grant awarded: £350
Joint Grant: No
Date: 21st November 2018

Organisation: Witham Art and Sketch Club 
Charity Registration Number:
N/A
Project:
Witham Art and Sketch Club - Room and Speakers 
Overall cost of Project:
£1,000
Grant Awarded:
£184 (for now)
Joint Grant:
No
Date:
17th March 2019
Financial Year:
2018/19

Organisation: Witham Art and Sketch Club 
Charity Registration Number: 
N/A
Project: 
Insurance and Guest Speaker Changes  
Overall cost of Project: 
£300
Grant Awarded:
£300
Joint Grant:
No
Date:
1st November 2019
Financial Year:
2019/20

Organisation: Witham Art and Sketch Club 
Charity Registration Number: 
N/A
Project: 
Insurance and Guest Speaker Changes  
Overall cost of Project: 
£300
Grant Awarded: 
£300
Joint Grant: 
No
Date: 
1st November 2019
Financial Year: 
2019/20

Organisation: The Friends of Cressing Temple Gardens
Charity Registration Number:
1166431
Project: 
Cressing Temple Community Gardening
Overall cost of Project:
£1379.32
Grant Awarded:
£579.32
Joint Grant:
Yes (Councillor Bob Wright)
Date:
13th January 2020
Financial Year:
2019/20

Organisation: Cressing Community Magazine
Charity Registration Number:
N/A
Project: 
Cressing Community Magaine 
Overall cost of Project: 
£2,200
Grant Awarded: 
£250
Joint Grant: 
Yes (Councillor Bob Wright - £250 contributed)
Date: 
12th January 2021
Financial Year: 
2020/21

Organisation: Silver End Parish Council
Charity Registration Number: 
N/A
Project:
Floodlights/Electrical Supply
Overall cost of Project: 
£1,500
Grant Awarded: 
£750.00
Joint Grant: 
Yes (Councillor Bob Wright)
Date:
12th January 2021
Financial Year: 
2020/21

Organisation: Rivenhall Parish Council
Charity Registration Number: 
N/A
Project: 
New/replacement litter bin with lid
Overall cost of Project: 
£200
Grant Awarded: 
£100.00
Joint Grant: 
Yes (Councillor Bob Wright)
Date: 
5th October 2021
Financial Year: 
2020/21

Organisation: Silver End Heritage Society
Charity Registration Number: 
N/A
Project: 
New laptop computer
Overall cost of Project: 
£1000
Grant Awarded: 
£500.00
Joint Grant: 
No
Date: 
5th October 2021
Financial Year: 
2020/21

Organisation: Trust Links
Charity No.: 1092324
Project: Plant House at Growing Together
Overall cost of project: £2,841
Grant awarded: £1000
Joint Grant: Yes (Councillor Bob Wright)
Date: 28th January 2022
Financial Year: 2021/22

Organisation: Cressing Parish Council
Charity No.: N/A
Project: Defibrillator at Playing Field
Overall cost of project: £2,750
Grant awarded: £450
Joint Grant: Yes (Councillor Bob Wright)
Date: 14th April 2022
Financial Year: 2022/23

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

1. Employment, office, trade, profession or vocation

Councillor:  Braintree District Councillor and Parish Councillor (Chairman) of Rivenhall Parish Council

Spouse: Employment declared

2. Financial Support

Councillor: Election expenses from the Witham and Braintree Green Party.

Spouse: None

3. Contracts with Braintree District Council

Councillor/Spouse: None  

4. Land/Property

Councillor/Spouse: Declared to the Monitoring Officer - Dispensation against publication granted - 23/11/2021 

5. Property Licences

Councillor/Spouse: None

6. Tenancies with Braintree District Council

Councillor/Spouse: None

7. Securities

Councillor/Spouse: None

Other Pecuniary Interest

8. Employment

None

9. Discharged Contracts with Braintree District Council

None

Registerable Non-Pecuniary interests

10. Relevant Memberships

Chairman of Witham and Braintree Green Party, Co-ordinator of Essex Green Party, Rivenhall Parish Council.

Braintree District Council's appointed Representative to the Rivenhall Playing Field Association.

Member of: British Astronomical Association (and Cfds), CPRE (Essex), Witham and Countryside Society, End to End Nature Care, North Essex Astronomical Society, Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE), UCL Alumni and Greenpeace.

 

11. Gifts and Hospitality with as estimated value of at least £50

None.

 

Updated: 26th November 2021

Member Attendance

Attendance Summary

SummaryCountPercentage
Expected attendances39 
Present as expected2974%
Absent1026%
Apologies received10100% of absences
In attendance (as a visitor)6 

Attendance Details

Meeting DateCommitteeAttendance
12 Jul 2021 19:15 Cabinet In attendance (as a visitor)
20 Jul 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
26 Jul 2021 19:15 Council Attended
3 Aug 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Apologies received
17 Aug 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
31 Aug 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
9 Sep 2021 18:00 Local Plan Sub-Committee Apologies received
14 Sep 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Apologies received
20 Sep 2021 19:15 Council Attended
28 Sep 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
11 Oct 2021 19:15 Council Attended
12 Oct 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
26 Oct 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
2 Nov 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
9 Nov 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
23 Nov 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Apologies received
25 Nov 2021 17:30 Local Plan Sub-Committee Attended
29 Nov 2021 19:15 Cabinet In attendance (as a visitor)
30 Nov 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
13 Dec 2021 19:15 Council Attended
14 Dec 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
5 Jan 2022 19:15 Performance Management Scrutiny Committee In attendance (as a visitor)
11 Jan 2022 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
25 Jan 2022 19:15 Planning Committee Apologies received
2 Feb 2022 19:15 Performance Management Scrutiny Committee In attendance (as a visitor)
7 Feb 2022 19:15 Cabinet In attendance (as a visitor)
7 Feb 2022 18:00 Appointments Committee Attended
8 Feb 2022 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
21 Feb 2022 19:15 Council Attended
22 Feb 2022 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
8 Mar 2022 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
17 Mar 2022 18:00 Local Plan Sub-Committee Apologies received
22 Mar 2022 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
28 Mar 2022 19:15 Council Attended
31 Mar 2022 14:00 Appointments Committee Attended
5 Apr 2022 19:15 Planning Committee Apologies received
19 Apr 2022 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
25 Apr 2022 19:15 Council Attended
3 May 2022 19:15 Planning Committee Apologies received
11 May 2022 19:15 Partnership Development Scrutiny Committee Apologies received
16 May 2022 19:15 Cabinet In attendance (as a visitor)
31 May 2022 19:15 Planning Committee Apologies received
13 Jun 2022 18:00 Local Plan Sub-Committee Attended
14 Jun 2022 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
20 Jun 2022 19:15 Council Attended