The Whitley Pump visited the December Katesgrove ward surgery at Pau Brasil on Saturday morning. Councillors Matt Rodda and Rose Williams were on hand to talk to Katesgrove residents but nobody came …
So, to fill the time, the Whitley Pump talked to Matt and Rose about how they split constituency business between them.
“I have been most involved with local parking issues, Rose with housing and both of us with planning,” said Matt Rodda. “This is in addition to cross Reading issues. Sophia James gets involved with certain types of campaigns, for example her recent intervention on the Reading University Agricultural Club social.”
Life as a councillor can be very busy. Two of the three Katesgrove councillors work full-time, so meetings and briefings during the day tend to fall to Rose Williams.
Reading Borough Council answers the question what do councillors do? like this :
Councillors have a variety of responsibilities which include:
- Representing the interests of their ward constituents and wider community in the decision making processes of the council
- Making decisions at council and committee meetings
- Advocating for ward constituents to help them in their dealings with the council
- Supporting local organisations
- Campaigning on local issues
- Developing links with all parts of the community.
Katesgrove councillors sit on the following committees as well as attending full council meetings :
- Access and disabilities working group
- Adult social care, children’s services and education committee
- Arts and heritage forum
- Licensing application sub-committee 3
- Older people’s working group
- Strategic environment, planning and transport committee
- The Heights Free School sub-committee
And just in case you are wondering, Reading Borough Council answer the question what do councillors get paid? as follows:
Councillors don’t receive a salary or wage, but they are entitled to allowances and expenses to cover some of the costs of carrying out their public duties.
- The Independent Remuneration Panel recommends a scheme of allowances for councillors which includes:
- A basic allowance paid to all Councillors
- Special responsibility allowances (for the leader and deputy leader of the Council, opposition group leaders, lead councillors and committee chairs)
- Claims for travel, subsistence and dependent carer costs
A full break down of these allowances last year can be seen here (PDF).
The next ward surgery, will be on 9 January 2016, 10.30 – 12.00 at Pau Brasil. At least one of the councillors will be upstairs in the café.
- Pau Brasil, 89 Mount Pleasant, Reading, RG1 2TF. Nearest bus stop, Whitley Street – Emerald 5, 6, 6a.
- Katesgrove ward councillors
- Councillor allowances paid and expenses claimed 2014/15 (PDF)
- University of Reading Students’ night out was “racism, xenophobia and religious hatred” says Reading councillor
- Statements on Reading Agricultural Club social from the University and Reading University Students’ Union