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Councillor Miss Vanessa Santomauro

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15 May 2019
First Elected
05 May 2011
Councillor Miss Vanessa Santomauro was the Chairman of the Council for the Civic Year 2018/19

Electoral Ward Profile 

Member Allowances and Expenses

Updated:10th May 2019

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Election History

Thu 5 May 2011 Wed 6 May 2015 Re-elected
Thu 7 May 2015 Mon 6 May 2019 Retirement and re-elected
Wed 15 May 2019 Mon 8 May 2023 Local Elections - May 2023

Party Representation History

ConservativeFri 1 Nov 2013 Wed 6 May 2015
ConservativeThu 7 May 2015 Mon 6 May 2019
ConservativeWed 15 May 2019 Mon 8 May 2023

Ward Representation History

Bocking BlackwaterThu 5 May 2011 Wed 6 May 2015
Braintree SouthThu 7 May 2015 Mon 6 May 2019
Three FieldsWed 15 May 2019 Mon 8 May 2023

Current Committee Memberships

Committee - Date JoinedRole
There are no current committees for this member.

Past Committee Memberships

Current Outside Body Appointments

Outside BodyJoining Date
There are no current outside bodies for this member.

Past Outside Body Appointments

Personal Register of Interests

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There are no register of interest records for this member.

Meeting Declarations

Committee NameMeeting DateNatureView
There are no meeting declarations for this member.
Tue, 4 Jun 2019Introduction to The Local Plan and Economic Development 
Mon, 28 Jan 2019PFCC 
Thu, 24 May 2018Member Development - Health and wellbeingSession Outline: Be Well Strategy, Disabled Facilities Grants, Home First initiative, mental health provision
Wed, 26 Jul 2017Member Development 
Wed, 19 Apr 2017Making the most of the hours that count 
Tue, 2 Jun 2015Member Induction 
Tue, 19 May 2015Member Induction 
Thu, 14 May 2015Member Induction 
Wed, 13 May 2015Member Induction 
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.

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 Miss Vanessa Santomauro:


Organisation: Braintree Basketball Club
Project: Electronic Score Board
Overall cost of project: £944
Grant awarded: £200
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Mrs Mary Cunningham, John Cunningham,  Tom Cunningham, Graham Butland and Andrew Hensman
Date: 17th January 2018


Organisation: Braintree Foyer
ProjectBraintree Community Activators
Overall cost of project: £1000
Grant awarded: £327
Joint Grant: Yes  - Councillors Ron Ramage, Mrs Mary Cunningham and John Cunningham
Date: 21st March



Organisation: The Friends of Bradford Street

Project:The Friends of Bradford Street Museum Wall

Overall cost of project: £2500 (requesting £2350)

Grant awarded: £350

Joint Grant:Yes - Councillors Mrs Wendy Schmitt, Mrs Lyn Walters and Malcolm Dunn.

Date: 5th November 2018

Organisation: Hearing Help Essex Ltd
Project:Hearing Aid Support Service
Overall cost of project: £12,320 (requesting £2353.)
Grant awarded: £250.00
Joint Grant: Yes  - Councillors Mrs Mary Cunningham,  John Cunningham, Tom Cunningham, Frankie Ricci, Peter Tattersley, Phil Barlow, Mrs Lyn Walters and Peter Schwier.
Date: 28th January 2019

Organisation: CHAPS Men's Health Charity
Project: The Braintree District Men's Health Project
Overall cost of project: £4000.00
Grant awarded: £100.00
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Ron Ramage, Frankie Ricci, Bill Rose, John Cunningham, Andrew Hensman, Peter Tattersley, John Baugh and Gavin Maclure
Date: 7th February 2019

Organisation: 158 Squadron Braintree Air Cadets 
Charity Registration Number:
548/88 (Charity Exemption No)
Camping Expedition for D of E
Overall cost of Project: 
Grant Awarded: 
Joint Grant: 
Yes - Councillors David Mann, Stephen Kirby and Malcolm Dunn
25th February 2019
Financial Year: 

Organisation: Witham Running Club
Charity Registration Number: N/A

Project: Gazebo Purchase 2019
Overall cost of Project: 
Grant Awarded: 
Joint Grant:
Yes - Councillors Gavin Maclure and James Coleridge
25th March 2019
Financial Year: 


 Organisation: Shalford Local History Association
Charity Registration Number: N/A
Project: 700+ Community Celebration
Overall cost of Project: £2,800
Grant Awarded: £375
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Gavin Maclure and James Coleridge
Date: 5th June 2019
Financial Year: 2019/20

Organisation: Community Iron
Charity Registration Number: 1162930
Project: Mental Health First Aid Train the Trainer
Overall cost of Project: £2232 (Requested £2232)
Grant Awarded: £332
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Graham Butland, Saif Rehman, Frankie Ricci, Mrs Mary Cunningham, Tom Cunningham, Kevin Bowers, Mrs Lyn Walters, Peter Tattersley, John McKee and Andrew Hensman
Date: 4th June 2019
Financial Year: 2019/20

Organisation: Gt Bardfield Baby and Toddler Group
Project: Equipment for and hall hire for Toddler Group
Overall cost of Project: £1,258
Grant Awarded: £400
Joint Grant: Yes (Councillor Peter Tattersley)
Date: 8th January 2020
Financial Year: 2019/20


Organisation: William Bendlowe Charity
Registered Charity No.: 241285
Project: Petanque Terrain, Shalford Village Hall
Overall cost of Project: £5,000
Grant Awarded: £500
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillor Peter Tattersley (£500 contributed)
Date: 26th October 2020
Financial Year: 2020/21

Organisation: Blackmore End Village Hall
Registered Charity No.: 301255
Project: Acoustic Panelling
Overall cost of Project: £3,854
Grant Awarded: £250
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillor Peter Tattersley (£250 contributed)
Date: 18th February 2021
Financial Year: 2020/21

Organisation: Wethersfield Community Activities
Registered Charity No.: 1193485
Project: Parent and toddler sensory sessions
Overall cost of project: £500.00
Grant awarded: £150
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillor Peter Tattersley
Date: 26th July 2021
Financial Year: 2021/22

Organisation: Shalford Village Hall Management Committee
Registered Charity No.: 301392
Project: Acoustic panels
Overall cost of project: £4920
Grant awarded: £250
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillor Peter Tattersley
Date:  20th September 2021
Financial Year: 2021/22

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

1. Employment, office, trade, profession or vocation

Councillor: Senior Solicitor and Trustee of the Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens.

Spouse: N/A.

2. Financial Support

Councillor: Election expenses met by Braintree Constituency Conservative Association.

Spouse: N/A.

3. Contracts with Braintree District Council

Councillor: None.

Spouse: N/A.

4. Land/Property

Councillor: 13 Gosfield Road, High Garrett, Braintree, Essex, CM7 5NZ

5. Property Licences

Councillor: None.

Spouse: N/A.

6. Tenancies with Braintree District Council

Councillor: None

Spouse: N/A.

7. Securities

Councillor: None.

Spouse: N/A.

Other Pecuniary Interest

8. Employment

Holmes & Hills LLP, Bocking End, Braintree, CM7 9AJ.

9. Discharged Contracts with Braintree District Council


Registerable Non-Pecuniary interests

10. Relevant Memberships

Solicitors Regulation Authority, The Solicitors' Association of Higher Courts Advocates, Braintree Constituency Conservative Association, Trustee of Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens and Honorary President of 158 (Braintree & District) Squadron ATC.

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


Updated: 25th June 2021. 

Member Attendance

Attendance Summary

Expected attendances5 
Present as expected240%
Apologies received133% of absences
In attendance (as a visitor)0 

Attendance Details