Pitmen supporter and HTFCSA committee member Paul Woodhead was recently elected as a Cannock Chase District Councillor for Hednesford. You will see him around the ground most match days, usually as Pitman Pete and in the Strikers Bar after the game where you can talk to him about any matters or issues of concern.

In these articles I want to bring the role of the councillor alive to you and ensure I am accountable to you as the elected representative for the ward in which the football club resides. I will highlight some of the things I get involved with and the decisions the council makes on your behalf. I will be available after most home games for a general conversation and we can arrange a private discussion should that be appropriate. Alternatively you can contact me by phone on 07930 120077 or by email paul.woodhead@greenparty.org.uk

One of the under considered and often intimidating aspects of council life is the paperwork. This may be thought of as the most dry of subjects and the most boring of reads however it covers the most important of information. Each meeting agenda is supported by reports, minutes of other meetings and documents to detail the way council deliveries the services and how it makes decisions when things change.

If you want to find out what future decisions are planned or which services are being scrutinised by Councillors or even to see the subjects being discussed and the points being raised for debate then all this information is in the public domain. An important part of ensuring we Councillors are working on your priorities is to check out the topics of debate and the meeting paperwork is a very good place to start and if there are areas we should be working on for your behalf please let us know, and as I have said before there are ways you can ask direct questions at council meetings.

The layout of this paperwork follows a similar pattern and once you get used to the layout finding the topics of interest and the important information becomes clearer. It is not as dry or intimidating as first expected.

All papers are available on the council website www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk or www.staffordshire.gov.uk for you to read.