Around the Community

Pitmen supporter and HTFCSA committee member Paul Woodhead plays a big part in promoting the club throughout the community. He is also involved in various local groups, organisations and associations that would affect a number of supporters. Here, in a recurring article for the programme, he brings us up-to-date with news from around the area.

As part of a series of features to raise awareness of groups working in our community, we look at the Hednesford Town Council.

What does the Town Council do? and why do we have one?

A town council is the most local level of government. The Town Councillors have a key role in promoting our town, representing local people’s interests and supporting the fantastic work of various community groups.

The regular meetings discuss what’s going on in our town – from provision of CCTV cameras to funding for voluntary groups and welcoming new residents.

Town councillors know the area and represent their views to other authorities like the District and County Council, Health Authorities, Police and Fire Authorities. They are entitled to be consulted on planning applications, which include work to listed buildings and are often consulted on such things as schools and roads. They put the town’s case at public inquiries.

The Town Councillors are elected for a four year term, the latest from May this year until 2019. The Town Councillors are not paid to serve and represent a ward, or area, of the town separately to other responsibilities if elected as District or County Councillors

Hednesford councillors are promoting awareness of dementia as they pioneer efforts to become a ‘dementia friendly town.’ They are working together to help the local community recognise the unique needs of people suffering from the often misunderstood condition.

How you can get involved

The Town Council welcomes the involvement in its work from all residents in the area. All meetings are open to the public and there is an opportunity for public questions at the start of every Full Council Meeting.

News will appear about a series of Town Conferences and how residents can participate. The Council gets involved in the organisation of various events from time to time – for example the Town Centre Christmas event. If you are willing to assist in the planning and organisation please contact the Council.

To receive details of forthcoming meetings please send an email to the Town Clerk peter.harrison@hednesford-tc.gov.uk Information is available on the website www.hednesford-tc.gov.uk