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Councillor Stuart Porthouse

Councillor Stuart Porthouse
07 May 2015
01 May 2003
This is my second term as St Chad’s Councillor, previously elected 2003 until 2007.  I was born in West Herrington and have lived in Middle Herrington for the last 23 years.  I retired (sacked) from the British Coal Corporation as Chief Mechanical Engineer when the previous Tory Government closed all the deep mines in the North East putting thousands out of work.  I am closely involved in the local community as a School Governor at Farringdon Primary School which has changed from Ofsted “Notice to Improve” to “Good with outstanding features”.  I chair the Sunderland South Forum, a registered charity which “Works with the Community for the Community”.  I am also a Director on the Management Committee of the Jubilee Centre. other interests outside politics include the ‘North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers’ (The Mining Institute) as a Trustee.  The Mining Institute is a registered Charity incorporated by Royal Charter from Queen Victoria 1876 and a supplemental charter from Queen Elizabeth II 2005. The Mining Institute houses the Nicholas Wood Memorial Library, an archival library considered to be of National and International importance.  I am a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Mining Institute of which I had the honour to be President 2006-07.  I also served as Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer for several years.  My other interests include playing golf at Wearside Golf Club where I was Seniors Captain for 2008 and 2009.

St Chad's Ward Surgeries are as follows:

Councillors Stuart Porthouse and Darryl Dixon,

Wednesday 5th December 3.00pm – 4.00pm at Methodist Chapel, Crow Lane, Middle Herrington


Wednesday 5th December 4.00pm - 5.00pm at Community Room, Aldenham Tower, Lakeside Village



As your City Councillor, the council’s data protection policy applies when I am carrying out council business. This explains your data protection rights and who to contact if you have a query about use of your data;


When working for you  as your Ward Councillor, I respect your data protection rights and only use the personal data you provide as needed to respond to your enquiries. This can include sharing the information you provide with council officers and other services and organisations so I can get information to reply to you, which might include information about you and your circumstances. I also share information with other Councillors who may be able to help. If you would prefer me not to share your information with a particular person, or organisation please let me know when you contact me.


Election History

Thu 1 May 2003 Wed 2 May 2007  
Thu 5 May 2011 Wed 6 May 2015  
Thu 7 May 2015 Wed 1 May 2019  

Party Representation History

PartyRepresentation FromRepresentation To
LabourThu 1 May 2003 Wed 2 May 2007
LabourThu 5 May 2011 Wed 6 May 2015
LabourThu 7 May 2015 Wed 1 May 2019

Ward Representation History

WardRepresentation FromRepresentation To
St. Chad'sThu 1 May 2003 Wed 2 May 2007
St. Chad'sThu 5 May 2011 Wed 6 May 2015
St. Chad'sThu 7 May 2015 Wed 1 May 2019

Current Committee Memberships

Not a current member of any Committee.

Past Committee Memberships

CommitteeRoleJoining DateLeaving Date
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Development Control (South Sunderland) Sub-Committee Member18 May 201602 May 2019
Cabinet Housing and Regeneration Portfolio Holder16 May 201825 March 2019
Economic Prosperity Scrutiny Committee Member18 May 201616 May 2018
West Sunderland Area Committee Member20 May 201517 May 2016
Council Member20 May 201517 May 2016

Current Outside Body Appointments

Not a current member of any Outside Body.

Past Outside Body Appointments

Outside BodyJoining DateLeaving Date
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Local Plan Members Steering Group 16 May 2018 14 May 2019
Northern Housing Consortium Limited 16 May 2018 14 May 2019
Farringdon Academy 18 May 2016 14 May 2019
Sunderland Homes Limited 16 May 2018 14 May 2019
North East Joint Transport Overview and Scrutiny Committee 21 November 2018 14 May 2019

Personal Register of Interests

Date of NoticeReceipt by Monitoring Officer 
24 May 201124 May 2011 View
14 September 201214 September 2012 View
01 July 201402 July 2014 View
22 June 201530 June 2015 View
17 May 201817 May 2018 View

Meeting Declarations

Committee NameMeeting DateNature 
Planning and Highways Committee12 October 2016Other View
Economic Prosperity Scrutiny Committee07 February 2017Other View
Planning and Highways Committee10 January 2018Other View
Planning and Highways Committee10 October 2018Other View
Planning and Highways Committee07 November 2018Other View
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Councillors Stuart Porthouse and Darry Dixon will be holding their next St Chad’s Ward Surgeries on:


Wednesday 10th April from 11.00am -12.noon at Jubilee Centre, Allendale Road, Farringdon and then from 12.noon to 1.00pm Community Room, Amalfi Tower, Lakeside Village.


No appointment necessary everyone welcome.