Councillor Theresa Higgins

  • General
  • Allowances & Expenses
  • Election History
  • Party History
  • Ward History
  • Members Interests
  • Committees
  • Outside Bodies
  • Training History
  • Hospitality & Gifts
  • Locality Budget
06 May 1999
First Elected::
06 May 1999
Other Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Essex County County Councillor
  • Local Government Association peer member
  • Local Government Association Improvement Board member
  • East of England Local Government Association - Improvement East
Job Title:
Basic Allowance £7,115.66, Cabinet member Special Responsibility Allowance (0.75) £9,606.17

Election History

Thu 6 May 1999 Sun 9 May 2021 Did not stand for re-election

Party Representation History

PartyRepresentation FromRepresentation To
Liberal DemocratsThu 6 May 1999 Sun 9 May 2021

Ward Representation History

WardRepresentation FromRepresentation To
New TownThu 6 May 1999 Sun 8 May 2016
New Town and Christ ChurchMon 9 May 2016 Sun 9 May 2021

Current Committee Memberships

Not a current member of any Committee.

Past Committee Memberships

CommitteeRoleJoining DateLeaving Date
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Council Member27 May 201509 May 2021
Planning Committee Substitute22 May 201909 May 2021
Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Commercial Services22 May 201909 May 2021
Local Plan Committee Substitute23 May 201909 May 2021
Revolving Investment Fund Committee Member05 June 201909 May 2021

Current Outside Body Appointments

Not a current member of any Outside Body.

Past Outside Body Appointments

Personal Register of Interests

Meeting Declarations

Committee NameMeeting DateNature 
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Planning Committee11 September 2014Non-Pecuniary View
Planning Committee08 January 2015Non-Pecuniary View
Planning Committee16 April 2015Non-Pecuniary View
Planning Committee16 April 2015Non-Pecuniary View
Planning Committee26 May 2016Pecuniary View
Planning Committee09 June 2016Pecuniary View
Planning Committee14 July 2016Non-Pecuniary View
Planning Committee15 September 2016Pecuniary View
Planning Committee03 November 2016Non-Pecuniary View
Planning Committee16 March 2017Non-Pecuniary View
Planning Committee13 April 2017Non-Pecuniary View
Planning Committee28 September 2017Non-Pecuniary View
Thu, 21 Jan 2021Vaccination Programme 
Mon, 16 Nov 2020Scooter Briefing Session 
Tue, 6 Oct 2020GDPR Training 
Wed, 27 May 2020Cabinet Remote Meetings Training 
Tue, 5 Feb 2019Policing in Colchester 
Mon, 10 Sep 2018Social Media Training 
Tue, 20 Mar 2018General Data Protection Regulations Training 
Tue, 9 Jan 2018Essex Highways Briefing 
Tue, 10 Oct 2017Licensing Training 
Thu, 20 Apr 2017Sustainable Development Training 
Thu, 12 May 2016New Council Conference 
Mon, 11 Jan 2016Planning Training 
Mon, 1 Dec 2014Colchester Housing Strategy 2015 briefing 
Mon, 20 Oct 2014Local Government Boundary Commission: Warding Proposals briefing 
Tue, 1 Jul 2014Changes to the Council's Website 
Mon, 27 Jan 2014Castle Reopening Communications Strategy 
Tue, 8 Oct 2013UCC and FSR Briefing 
Mon, 8 Jul 2013Colchester Citizen's Advice Bureau 
Tue, 18 Jun 2013Welfare Reform Briefing 
Wed, 8 May 2013Surface Water Management Plan Briefing 
There are no hospitality and gift records for this member.

Please find below the 2020/21 Locality Budget spends for Councillor Higgins:

Date  Total Contribution  Description   
30/06/2020 £100  Money to help supply the vital food some residents require. Colchester Foodbank
 30/06/2020 £150 Towards making activity packs for service users which they can use as they cannot meet as usual during Covid-19. Colchester Gateway Clubs  
 30/06/2020 £1,000  To aid GO4 Enterprises help people in need during COVID-19. GO4 Enterprises  
 30/06/2020 £500  To help feed those children wo are eligible for free school lunches. New Town Munch Club  
 30/11/2020  £100 Purchase of materials to repaint lamp posts in ward - approved by Highways. Colchester Civic Society  
28/02/2021  £250 Contribution toward refurbishing vandalised outside play area of the nursery. Stepping Stones Play and Learn Group  


Please find below the 2019/20 Locality Budget spends for Councillor Higgins

Date  Total Contribution  Description   Category
31/07/2019  £144.95 New Town Community Day - hire costs for the recreation ground, Wimpole Road Methodist Church OPPORTUNITY WELLBEING GROWTH RESPONSIBILITY
31/08/2019  £350.00 Funding to support Anna Mudeka's Kura Kura Faraway Theatre Show. Black History Month - c/o Lawrence Walker OPPORTUNITY WELLBEING GROWTH RESPONSIBILITY
 01/11/2019 £100 Money towards the Paxman Park Residents Association Christmas Party. Paxman Park Residents' Association  OPPORTUNITY WELLBEING GROWTH RESPONSIBILITY
 01/11/2019 £200 Help provide lunches for children during the school holidays. It has been successful in other wards and is now starting in New Town. These are children who during term time get free school meals. Monkwick Lunch Club  OPPORTUNITY WELLBEING
 01/11/2019 £100 Helps support young people in a safe environment. Packing Shed Theatre  OPPORTUNITY WELLBEING GROWTH RESPONSIBILITY
 01/11/2019 £120 This is for an open space event in Castle Park to celebrate 900 years since St Mary Magdalen Church was founded as a leper hospital. Internal - Amphora  WELLBEING
 31/01/2020  £300  Supply a new computer. GO4 Enterprises   OPPORTUNITY WELLBEING GROWTH RESPONSIBILITY
 31/01/2020  £200  Purchase of litter picking equipment and pupils part of Litter Warriors. St George's New Town Junior School   OPPORTUNITY WELLBEING GROWTH RESPONSIBILITY
 31/01/2020  £100  Providing 1940s music to VE Day Celebration event on the Recreation Ground. Individual - Dave Dawes   OPPORTUNITY WELLBEING  RESPONSIBILITY
 31/01/2020  £185.05  To support the Litter Warrior Scheme in the ward. Internal  OPPORTUNITY WELLBEING GROWTH RESPONSIBILITY
 31/01/2020  £200  Contribution for a bench placed at the Gurkha house on Southway. Internal  RESPONSIBILITY WELLBEING 


Please see below the 2018/19 Locality Budget spends for Councillor Higgins

Date  Total Contribution  Description   Category
31/07/18  £600 Provision of defibrillator, GO4  Wellbeing, Growth, Responsibility, Opportunity 
   £500 Insurance for BOMA wheelchair, Walk Colchester  Wellbeing, Responsibility, Opportunity
31/09/2018  £100  Contribution to running costs, Packing Shed Company  Wellbeing, Growth, Responsibility, Opportunity 
  £120  Fees for use of Recreation Ground for New Town Community Day,    Wellbeing, Growth, Responsibility, Opportunity 
30/11/2018  £100  Contribution towards Christmas Party, Paxman Parks Residents' Association  Wellbeing 
  £500  Display signage for historic information about the water tower on Butt Road,  Balkerne Tower Trust  RESPONSIBILITY OPPORTUNITY 
31/01/2019  £1580  GO4 holding funds for the group to facilitate community action and events at the park. Green Flag status ambition, Friends of the Recreation Ground  Wellbeing, Growth, Responsibility, Opportunity 

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