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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:
1 Waterfall Cottages
Park Road
Rivenhall
Witham
Essex
CM8 3PR
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 Committee Memberships

CommitteeRoleJoining Date
Council Member28 May 2015
Local Plan Sub-Committee Member05 October 2020
Planning Committee Member22 May 2019

Past Committee Memberships

Past CommitteePast RolePast Joining DatePast Leaving Date
Community Governance Review Committee Member24 April 201706 May 2019
Appointments Committee Member11 December 201706 May 2019
Appointment Committee (Corporate Director) Member26 March 201806 May 2019
Planning Committee Member28 May 201525 April 2016

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

 

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: 1 Waterfall Cottages, Park Road, Rivenhall, CM8 3PR and 45 Collingwood Road, Witham, CM8 2DZ

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: 17th May 2021

Member Attendance

Attendance Summary

SummaryCountPercentage
Expected attendances38 
Present as expected2874%
Absent1026%
Apologies received10100% of absences
In attendance (as a visitor)4 

Attendance Details

Meeting DateCommitteeAttendance
22 Sep 2020 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
29 Sep 2020 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
5 Oct 2020 19:15 Council Attended
13 Oct 2020 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
27 Oct 2020 19:15 Planning Committee Apologies received
10 Nov 2020 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
18 Nov 2020 19:15 Performance Management Scrutiny Committee In attendance (as a visitor)
24 Nov 2020 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
7 Dec 2020 19:15 Council Attended
8 Dec 2020 19:15 Planning Committee Apologies received
14 Dec 2020 18:00 Local Plan Sub-Committee Attended
15 Dec 2020 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
19 Jan 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
2 Feb 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
3 Feb 2021 19:15 Performance Management Scrutiny Committee In attendance (as a visitor)
4 Feb 2021 18:00 Local Plan Sub-Committee Attended
8 Feb 2021 19:15 Cabinet In attendance (as a visitor)
16 Feb 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
22 Feb 2021 19:15 Council Attended
2 Mar 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
9 Mar 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
15 Mar 2021 19:15 Council Attended
16 Mar 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
30 Mar 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Apologies received
13 Apr 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Apologies received
19 Apr 2021 18:30 Council Attended
20 Apr 2021 18:00 Local Plan Sub-Committee Attended
27 Apr 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Apologies received
11 May 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
13 May 2021 18:00 Local Plan Sub-Committee Attended
25 May 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Attended
7 Jun 2021 19:15 Council Attended
8 Jun 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Apologies received
22 Jun 2021 19:15 Planning Committee Apologies received
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