Pitmen supporter and HTFCSA committee member Paul Woodhead was 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
Late last month we had our Full Council meeting and I just wanted to highlight a couple of contributions to the proceedings.
One of the several motions presented for debate related to the imposition of charges for certain materials being taken to the tip from 1st November. In supporting the motion to oppose the “Tipping Tax” I referenced that the County Councillors whom sit in both chambers have not raised this as a concern for the District since it was first raised at the County in February 2015, concerns that this could become the thin edge of the wedge if this was extended to other waste types in the future and sort clarification of any discussions between District councillors and officers and their counterparts at the County.
We received the minutes of all the committee meetings approved since our last meeting with the opportunity to ask any questions to follow up or clarify the information provided. On this occasion there was nothing I wanted to raise specifically.
The Food Law Service Plan highlighted the good news of the high number of food preparation premises operating at the category 5 (the highest) level and I raised concerns regarding the impact of the proposed budget cuts and how these may affect the resources to ensure we maintain these high standards for food hygiene.
We also received an update on the progress of the changes to Pest Control Services and the imposition of charges across a wider range of pests and I took the opportunity to remind the councillors of my preference for some level of support for the most vulnerable in our community who maybe choosing between pest control and food or heat.
All papers are available through the website www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk and give a flavour of the types of issues discussed on your behalf and how we can all contribute to the improvements in Cannock Chase