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Councillor Mrs Mary Cunningham

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Councillor  Mrs Mary Cunningham
09 May 2019
First Elected
07 May 2015
Braintree West
Little Bishops
Oueenborough Lane
CM77 6TF
Mobile Telephone No:
07811 780355

I have lived and worked in Braintree since the mid –seventies and I am married with an adult son.


I was elected as Member for Central Braintree and Beckers Green in 2015 and I’m now a ward member for Braintree West ward.


I serve on both the Overview and Scrutiny committee and the Local Highways Panel. I have this year been appointed Chairman of the Partnership Development group of Overview and Scrutiny. I also have recently been appointed to the Standards Sub Committee.

Electoral Ward Profile

Member Allowances and Expenses

Updated: 10th May 2019

Job Title:

Election History

Thu 7 May 2015 Mon 6 May 2019 Retirement and re-elected
Thu 9 May 2019 Elected on 2nd May 2019

Party Representation History

ConservativeThu 7 May 2015

Ward Representation History

Braintree Central and Beckers GreenThu 7 May 2015 Mon 6 May 2019
Braintree WestThu 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.
Thu, 30 May 2019Introduction to Environmental Services and Enforcement, and Housing and Community Services 
Tue, 28 May 2019Introduction to Local Government Finance and Strategic Investments 
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 
Thu, 26 Jul 2018Member Development - Planning EnforcmentSession outline: Guide to Planning Enforcement including: Outline of powers and enforcement tools, breaches of planning controls, permitted development, allegations which are not planning breaches, outline of powers for untidy land, unlawful adverts, protected trees and listed buildings.
Thu, 24 May 2018Member Development - Health and wellbeingSession Outline: Be Well Strategy, Disabled Facilities Grants, Home First initiative, mental health provision
Wed, 22 Nov 2017Overview and Scrutiny 
Thu, 16 Nov 2017Member Development Evening 
Wed, 8 Nov 2017Sensory Awarness 
Wed, 26 Jul 2017Member Development 
Wed, 28 Jun 2017Member Development 
Thu, 25 May 2017Member Development 
Tue, 7 Mar 2017Member Development 
Wed, 1 Feb 2017Member Development 
Mon, 5 Dec 2016Member Development 
Thu, 3 Nov 2016Member Development 
Tue, 20 Sep 2016Sensory Awareness 
Thu, 8 Sep 2016Member Development 
Tue, 12 Jan 2016Community Champions 
Thu, 16 Jul 2015Managing Difficult Situations 
Tue, 30 Jun 2015Public Health Development Training 
Tue, 2 Jun 2015Member Induction 
Thu, 21 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 given by Councillor Mrs Mary Cunningham:


Organisation: Torchlight
Project: Torchlight Growth and Development Programme
Overall cost of project: £1390.00
Grant awarded: £1390.00
Joint Grant: No
Date: 18th January 2017


Organisation: Braintree, Halstead and Witham Citizens Advice Bureau
Project: Citizens Advice in the Community
Overall cost of project: £2280
Grant awarded: £760
Joint Grant:Yes - Councillors John Cunningham and Andrews Hensman
Date: 26th June 2017

Organisation: Al Falah Braintree Islamic Centre
Project: Mosque Open Day
Overall cost of project: £1,600.00
Grant awarded: £334.00
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors John Cunningham and Andrew Hensman
Date: 14th August 2017

Organisation: Braintree Chess Club
Project: Braintree Chess 2017
Overall cost of project: £940.24
Grant awarded: £240.00
Joint Grant: Yes  - Councillors John Cunningham and Andrew Hensman
Date: 26th October 2017

Organisation: Braintree Basketball Club
Project: Electronic Score Board
Overall cost of project: £944
Grant awarded: £144
Joint Grant: Yes  - Councillors John Cunningham, Graham Butland, Tom Cunningham, Vanessa Santomauro and Andrew Hensman
Date: 8th January 2018

Organisation: Braintree Foyer
ProjectBraintree Community Activators
Overall cost of project: £1000
Grant awarded: £132
Joint Grant: Yes (with Councillor Santomauro, Councillor Ramage and Councillor Mr J Cunningham)
Date: 22nd March 2018


Organisation: Torchlight
Project: Street Dancing and Residential Activity Programme
Overall cost of project: £2200
Grant awarded: £600
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillor Mr J Cunningham
Date: 23rd May 2018

Organisation: Al Falah Braintree Islamic Centre 
Project: Community Fun Day
Overall cost of project: £3000
Grant awarded: £400
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors John Cunningham, Graham Butland, Tom Cunningham, Mrs Lyn Walters, Frankie Ricci and John  McKee
Date: 24th May 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 John Cunningham, Tom Cunningham, Frankie Ricci, Peter Tattersley, Phil Barlow, Mrs Lyn Walters, Miss Vanessa Santomauro and Peter Schwier.
Date: 26th January 2019


Organisation: Community Iron
Charity Registration Number: 1162930
Project: Mental Health First Aid Train the Trainer
Overall cost of Project: £2232 (Requested £2232)
Grant Awarded: £200
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Miss Vanessa Santomauro,  Graham Butland, Saif Rehman, Frankie Ricci, Tom Cunningham, Kevin Bowers, Mrs Lyn Walters, Peter Tattersley, John McKee and Andrew Hensman
Date: 7th June 2019
Financial Year: 2019/20

Organisation: Baby Stuff
Project: New Shed, Base, Hilti Fixings
Overall cost of Project: £1,250
Grant Awarded: £250.00
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Graham Butland,Tom Cunningham, Frankie Ricci, Mrs Lyn Walters and Dean Wallace 
Date: 21st November 2019
Financial Year: 2019/20

Organisation: Braintree Youth Project Charity
Registered Charity Number: 1139014
Project: Life Enhancing Skills Project 
Overall cost of Project: £1,969
Grant Awarded: £700
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillor John McKee 
Date: 13th February 2020
Financial Year: 2019/20


Organisation: Braintree & Bocking Community Association
Project: IT Installation
Overall cost of Project: £2,870
Grant Awarded: £2,600
Joint Grant: Yes (Councillors Graham Butland, Justin Wrench, Paul Euesden and Stevie Hicks)
Date: 4th November 2020
Financial Year: 2020/21


Organisation: Braintree District Museum Trust
Registered Charity No.: 1110447 and 05408088
Project: Exhibition 'Space Fact & Fiction'
Overall cost of project: £7,500
Grant awarded: £200
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors John Baugh, Kevin Bowers, Graham Butland, Tom Cunningham, Andrew Hensman, John McKee, Ian Pritchard, Wendy Schmitt, Peter Tattersley, Dean Wallace, Lyn Walters and Justin Wrench
Date: 26th May 2021
Financial Year: 2021/22

Organisation: Wilderness Foundation UK
Registered Charity No.: 1118493 
Project: Wilderness nature therapy 
Overall cost of project: £60,000 per year
Grant awarded: £500
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Kevin Bowers, Tom Cunningham and Frankie Ricci
Date: 3rd December 2021
Financial Year: 2021/22

Organisation: Braintree Youth Project Charity
Registered Charity No.: 1139014
Project: New furnishings
Overall cost of project: £1,278
Grant awarded: £578
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Frankie Ricci, John McKee, Paul Euesden
Date: 9th February 2022
Financial Year: 2021/22

Organisation: Al Falah Braintree Islamic Centre
Registered Charity No.: 1086210
Project: Community Fun Day
Overall cost of project: £3,900
Grant awarded: £400
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Tom Cunningham, John McKee, Saif Rehman, Frankie Ricci, Mrs Wendy Schmitt, Dean Wallace and Mrs Lyn Walters
Date: 6th June 2022
Financial Year: 2022/23

Organisation: Braintree Basketball Club
Registered Charity No.: N/A
Project: Improvements to sports facilities 
Overall cost of project: £10,654.68
Grant awarded: £500
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Kevin Bowers, Graham Butland, David Mann, John McKee, Ian Pritchard, Saif Rehman, Frankie Ricci, Mrs Wendy Schmitt, Dean Wallace and Justin Wrench
Date: 21st June 2022
Financial Year: 2022/23

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

1. Employment, office, trade, profession or vocation

Councillor: Co-Director, Wrights Farm Contracts Ltd.

Spouse: Co-Director, Wrights Farm Contracts Ltd.

2. Financial Support

Councillor: Contribution to election expenses by Braintree Constituency Conservative Association.

Spouse: None.

3. Contracts with Braintree District Council

Councillor/Spouse: None.  

4. Land/Property

Councillor/Spouse: Little Bishops, Queenborough Lane, Rayne, CM77 6FT

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

Wrights Farm Contracts Ltd

9. Discharged Contracts with Braintree District Council

Highways weed control contract with Essex County Council.

Registerable Non-Pecuniary interests

10. Relevant Memberships

Member of Conservative Party, Member of the National Trust, Member of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Member of the Cardiomyopathy Association.

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


Updated: 13th December 2020

Member Attendance

Attendance Summary

Expected attendances18 
Present as expected1794%
Apologies received1100% of absences
In attendance (as a visitor)3 

Attendance Details