Councillor James Abbott

Councillor  James Abbott
07 May 2015
05 May 2011
Green Party
Silver End and Cressing
1 Waterfall Cottages
Park Road
01376 584576
07951 923073

Councillor James Abbott has been a member of the Council since May 1999, representing Silver End and Rivenhall. Bradwell was added to the ward from 2003 to 2015, now replaced by Cressing following the latest boundary change. Councillor Abbott has also represented Witham Northern Division on Essex County Council since 2013 and is a member of Rivenhall Parish Council (Chairman since 2007).

Councillor Abbott is a member of the Braintree District Local Highways Panel and the Developing Democracy Group. He also represents the Council on the Rivenhall Playing Fields Association, which manages Rivenhall Village Hall.

Electoral Ward Profile

Member Allowances and Expenses

Election History

Thu 5 May 2011 Wed 6 May 2015 Re-elected
Thu 7 May 2015  

Party Representation History

PartyRepresentation FromRepresentation To
Green PartyFri 1 Nov 2013

Ward Representation History

WardRepresentation FromRepresentation To
Silver End and CressingThu 5 May 2011

Current Committee Memberships

Past Committee Memberships

Current Outside Body Appointments

Past Outside Body Appointments

Not a past member of any Outside Body.

Personal Register of Interests

Meeting Declarations

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 
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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: Francis Crittall Pavilion Association

Project: Francis Crittall Pavilion Association

Overall cost of project: £80000

Grant awarded: £1000

Joint Grant: NO

Date: 19th October 2017

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

1. Employment, office, trade, profession or vocation

Councillor: Self-employed gardener, Chairman of Rivenhall Parish Council, Essex County Councillor

Spouse: Employment declared

2. Financial Support

Councillor: Green Party of England and Wales for election expenses (part)

Spouse: None

3. Contracts with Braintree District Council

Councillor/Spouse: None  

4. Land/Property

Councillor/Spouse: 1 Waterfall Cottages, Park Road, Rivenhall, CM8 3PR

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

Self-employed gardener, Member of Rivenhall Parish Council and Member of Essex County Council

9. Discharged Contracts with Braintree District Council


Registerable Non-Pecuniary interests

10. Relevant Memberships

Appointed by Braintree District Council as representative on the Rivenhall Playing Fields Association. Ordinary Member of the Witham and Countryside Society, The British Astronomical Association (and Cfds), UCL Alumni, North Essex Astronomical Society, Campaign for Dark Skies (BAA Group), End to End Nature Care, CPRE, Greenpeace, The Green Party Chairman of Witham & Braintree Green Party, Co-ordinator of Essex Green Party, National Spokesperson for Science & Technology- Green Party of England & Wales), President of The Friendship Club in Silver End, Elected Member of Essex County Council and Chairman of Rivenhall Parish Council.

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


Updated: 2nd July 2015