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Denbighshire councillors miss 51 meeting in six months

DENBIGHSHIRE councillors missed 51 meetings they were expected to attend in the last six months.

Whilst 18 councillors had 100% attendance records for the meetings they were expected to attend, many councillors missed either one or two meetings, and others missed more.

Denbighshire County Council collected the figures from the period between 13 July 2022 and 4 January 2023.

Cllr Merfyn Parry missed five meetings, attending seven of the twelve meetings he was expected to attend.

But Cllr Parry said he attended the vast majority of council meetings at the three community councils in his ward, on top of his Denbighshire County Council workload.

“My priority as a county councillor is to look after my ward, and I attend nearly all of the community council meetings,” said Cllr Parry.

“My second priority is then to the county, and I try to attend as many of those as I can. That fits in with my full-time work as an agronomist. I look after crops for farmers.”

Cllr Elfed Williams missed four meetings, attending nine of the 13 he was expected.

Cllr Williams said: “I attend the main council meetings, but I’m on six sub-committees, which is more than a lot of other councillors.

“I also work full-time for  a mental health advocacy charity. It’s important that we try and attract people from different backgrounds into the council.”

He added: “It’s important we attend as many meetings as possible, but before I go to a meeting, I do look at the agenda to make sure if there’s anything relevant to my local area.

“I do read all the minutes and discuss matters with my co-councillors as well. So I keep up to speed with any meetings I have missed.”

Cllr Alan Hughes missed three meetings of the six he was expected to attend.

Cllr Hughes said: “I attended all the important meetings. There were just a few clashes with work. That is the only reason; otherwise, I attend any meeting I can.”

The full list is below.
The figures are split into three categories: expected, present, and in attendance.
‘Expected’ refers to the number of meetings that the councillor was expected to attend whilst ‘present’ means the number of meetings that a councillor actually attended.
‘In attendance’ refers to meetings a councillor voluntarily attended.

1. Expected
2. Present
3. In attendance

The list below includes Cllr Brian Blakeley who sadly passed away in November last year.

Councillor Win Mullen-James14140
Councillor Terry Mendies12110
Councillor Rhys Thomas771
Councillor Raj Metri760
Councillor Peter Scott984
Councillor Pete Prendergast760
Councillor Pauline Edwards773
Councillor Paul Keddie870
Councillor Michelle Blakeley-Walker650
Councillor Merfyn Parry1271
Councillor Martyn Hogg770
Councillor Mark Young981
Councillor Kelly Clewett540
Councillor Karen Anne Edwards992
Councillor Justine Evans531
Councillor Julie Matthews12123
Councillor Jon Harland990
Councillor Joan Butterfield760
Councillor Jeanette Chamberlain-Jones432
Councillor Jason McLellan770
Councillor James Elson990
Councillor Huw Williams431
Councillor Huw Hilditch-Roberts775
Councillor Hugh Irving1092
Councillor Hugh Evans420
Councillor Gwyneth Ellis14144
Councillor Gill German771
Councillor Geraint Lloyd-Williams320
Councillor Gareth Sandilands1195
Councillor Eryl Williams200
Councillor Emrys Wynne773
Councillor Ellie Chard13123
Councillor Elfed Williams1390
Councillor Elen Heaton762
Councillor Diane King320
Councillor Delyth Jones1090
Councillor David Gwyn Williams440
Councillor Cheryl Williams440
Councillor Carol Holliday860
Councillor Brian Blakeley641
Councillor Bobby Feeley993
Councillor Barry Mellor871
Councillor Arwel Roberts213
Councillor Ann Davies220
Councillor Andrea Tomlin11114
Councillor Alan James1191
Councillor Alan Hughes630