Councillor Darius Laws

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  • Allowances & Expenses
  • Election History
  • Party History
  • Ward History
  • Members Interests
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  • Outside Bodies
  • Training History
  • Hospitality & Gifts
  • Locality Budget
07 May 2015
First Elected::
07 May 2015

Darius Laws grew up in a village on the Suffolk Essex border and completed his A-Levels at the Colchester Sixth Form College. After university Darius briefly lived in London but in 2007 choose to put roots down in Britain’s First City & oldest recorded town.

Currently working in the media industry Darius has previously worked in retail, hospitality, catering, agriculture and is a former University governor. Passionate about heritage Darius also enjoys growing vegetables on his allotment.  Darius is keen to help Colchester be an even better place to live, and is very happy to help all Castle ward residents with any issues they may have.

Please get in touch with him using the contact details on this page. 

Job Title:
Basic Allowance £6,839.35 Conservative Group Leader Special Responsibility Allowance £7,688.55

Election History

Thu 7 May 2015 Mon 6 May 2019 Not elected

Party Representation History

PartyRepresentation FromRepresentation To
ConservativeThu 7 May 2015 Mon 6 May 2019

Ward Representation History

WardRepresentation FromRepresentation To
CastleThu 7 May 2015 Sun 8 May 2016
CastleMon 9 May 2016 Sun 5 May 2019

Current Committee Memberships

Not a current member of any Committee.

Past Committee Memberships

CommitteeRoleJoining DateLeaving Date
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Scrutiny Panel Substitute28 May 201506 May 2019
Local Plan Committee Substitute27 May 201506 May 2019
Licensing Committee Member27 May 201506 May 2019
Crime and Disorder Committee Substitute14 September 201506 May 2019
Planning Committee Substitute03 February 201606 May 2019

Current Outside Body Appointments

Not a current member of any Outside Body.

Past Outside Body Appointments

Not a past member of any Outside Body.

Personal Register of Interests

Date of NoticeReceipt by Monitoring Officer 
02 January 201902 January 2019 View

Meeting Declarations

Committee NameMeeting DateNature 
Planning Committee20 October 2016Pecuniary View
Mon, 4 Mar 2019Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Briefing 
Thu, 7 Feb 2019Essex Highways Briefing 
Tue, 5 Feb 2019Policing in Colchester 
Tue, 8 Jan 2019Parking Schemes and Traffic Regulation Orders 
Thu, 29 Nov 2018Local Plan Viability 
Mon, 26 Nov 2018Colchester Borough Homes Briefing 
Wed, 14 Nov 2018Local Plan Housing Numbers and Objectively Assessed Need  
Thu, 1 Nov 2018Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal Training 
Tue, 23 Oct 2018Chairing Skills 
Tue, 2 Oct 2018Crimestoppers Briefing 
Tue, 8 May 2018Safeguarding, Equality and Diversity and GDPR 
Tue, 20 Mar 2018General Data Protection Regulations Training 
Thu, 15 Mar 2018Planning Training 
Tue, 10 Oct 2017Garden Communities Briefing 
Tue, 5 Sep 2017The Confident Public Speaker 
Wed, 14 Jun 2017Licensing Training 
Thu, 20 Apr 2017Sustainable Development Training 
Mon, 27 Jun 2016Equality and Diversity Workshop 
Mon, 20 Jun 2016Presentation by the University of Essex 
Tue, 26 Jan 2016Jumbo - Issues and Options Briefing 
Tue, 12 Jan 2016Air Quality Action Plan and Low Emission Strategy Briefing 
Mon, 11 Jan 2016Planning Training 
Fri, 13 Nov 2015Introduction to the Code of Conduct 
Thu, 9 Jul 2015Introduction to Local Government Finance 
There are no hospitality and gift records for this member.

Please find below the 2018/19 Locality Budget spends for Councillor Laws

Date  Total Contribution  Description   Category
31/05/2018 £125  Firstsite annual community event, Illumanti  Opportunity 
  £125  Facility Improvements, St Botolphs Church  Opportunity, Wellbeing, Growth Responsibility 
30/06/2018  £125  Annual Community Lunch, Riverside RA   Wellbeing 
31/10/2018  £125  Tackling reuse of plastics locally, Replastic    RESPONSIBILITY OPPORTUNITY WELLBEING 
  £125  Fundng for plants and bulbs, and for PR campaign, Colchester District Neighbourhood Watch     WELLBEING 
  £125  Purchase of trees and bulbs to enhance streetscene, Rosebery and Smythies Residents' Association    WELLBEING
30/11/2018  £125 Contribution towards tree saplings and bulbs owned by RA, Roman & Castle Residents' Association  WELLBEING 
  £125  Contribution towards running costs, Colchester Orbital   GROWTH OPPORTUNITY WELLBEING 
31/12/2018  £125 Restoration of drinking water fountain on Middleborough to reduce plastic use, Colchester Civic Society   GROWTH OPPORTUNITY WELLBEING  
  £125  To fund security, website development and web hosting for the Colchester Pride 2019  OPPORTUNITY WELLBEING 
01/01/2019  £324.96  Provision of labels for tree on the tree trail within the park, Friends of Castle Park   OPPORTUNITY WELLBEING  
31/01/2019  £125  Running costs supporting the services to the borough, Colchester Emergency Night Shelter   RESPONSIBILITY WELLBEING
  £300  Community360 to provide a mini bus service to residents on the riverside estate who might need extra assistance with their shopping / access to the High Street, Riverside Residents' Association   GROWTH OPPORTUNITY WELLBEING  

Please find below the 2017/18 Locality Budget spends for Councillor Laws

Date  Total Contribution  Description   Category
09/05/2017 £125 Colchester Storytelling Project - Arts La'Olam Vibrant, Prosperous, Thriving, Welcoming
27/10/2017  £200  New Bench Riverside Estate/Castle Park Area - Riverside Residents Association  Thriving, Welcoming, Prosperous, Vibrant 
05/01/2018  £600  Funds to enhance the signage and interpretation of the site - Colchester Archaeological Trust  Welcoming, Vibrant 
05/01/2018  £150  Contibution towards information displays - Destination Colchester CIC  Welcoming, Vibrant  
26/01/2018  £150  Contribution towards Essex Witch Trial Victim Memorial - John Worland (WTV Memorial)  Vibrant 
27/02/2018  £250  Contribution to purchase bulbs and seeds - Colchester In Bloom   Thriving, Welcoming, Prosperous, Vibrant 
27/02/2018  £260  Contribution towards running costs - Colchester Night Shelter  Thriving, Welcoming, Prosperous, Vibrant 
28/02/2018  £965  Lighting up Jumbo at night  - Version Events Thriving, Welcoming, Prosperous, Vibrant 

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