Michael Lilley with Benson at Appley Park April 2024

MICHAEL LILLEY

Parliamentary Candidate

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Isle of Wight East

MICHAEL LILLEY

Michael Lilley with Benson at Appley Park April 2024

Isle of Wight East

Parliamentary Candidate

Liberal Democrat branding white text with yellow bird

MICHAEL LILLEY

Michael Lilley with Benson at Appley Park April 2024

Isle of Wight East

Parliamentary
Candidate

Liberal Democrat branding white text with yellow bird

Annual Report as an IW Councillor

Michael Lilley Mayor of Ryde with heart drawn on palm of hand

Cllr Michael Lilley – Ryde Appley and Elmfield

Annual Report 2022-23 – Isle of Wight Council

I have to submit every year an annual report to IW Council members’ pages and below is my latest report. This does not include my work as Ryde Town Council and I am currently writing my Mayor’s Annual Report for the Ryde Town Council AGM on 15th May 2023.

Summary

It has been a busy year within Ryde Appley and Elmfield Ward with supporting and advocating for 166 residents with specific cases including homelessness, cost-of-living crisis, and health issues and need for support. The top 5 ward issues that I am continually working on are cost-of-living crisis and poverty, dog-fouling on pavements, traffic and parking, pot-holes and road issues, Appley Park and Beach, and planning applications for developments. The latter takes up considerable time and I have supported local residents in campaigning and objecting to 5 applications over the year. I have seen funding finally secured for Appley Tower renovation, secured compensation from Southern Water for sinkhole for local projects, supported road improvements, reduced dog-fouling by working with environmental officers, and supported the establishment of a local community warm space HUB through the winter to help residents through cost-of-living crisis.  I raised £2000 for local food security projects and had a successful motion at IW Full Council to reduce child poverty. I have also campaigned and negotiated with Southern Water to reduce raw sewage being on Ryde beaches.

IW Council Roles and Committee Membership

I have been active on IW Council as follows:

  • Vice-Chair of IW Council – supported the Chair of Council, Claire Critchinson throughout the year and attended several events representing the IW Council
  • Vice-Chair of Audit Committee – attended meetings and worked with Chair and IWC Finance team to improve IWC Audit process.
  • IW Council Mental Health Champion – Actively worked with IWC Public Health and IW Health Watch teams in establishing an annual Mental Health small grants fund for community and grass-roots projects that promote and support mental-well-being across the Island. I have actively attended a range of meetings to advocate improvements in mental health services across the Island and attended local, regional and national events.
  • Vice-Chair of Health Scrutiny Committee – Actively worked with the Chair of the Committee and health stakeholders on the Island to improve health services. I have focused on improving dentistry, GP surgeries, mental health and dementia services, suicide prevention, support for carers, and support for those with cancer. I initiated and secure funding for a LGA Peer Review for Improving Suicide Strategy and Mental Health Services on Isle of Wight.
  • IWC representative on IWC Pension Board – attended meetings of Board and IWC Pension Committee.
  • IWC representative on IW Community Action – I am a strong advocate and supporter of IW Voluntary Sector and attend IWCA Board meetings and work closely with the IWCA team in achieving strong community resilience.

Communication with Residents

I hold monthly meetings on the first Thursday of each month, produced 3 newsletters going to all households in 2021/22 including e-newsletter, and have a regularly updated website Website: www.michaellilley.uk

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