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

We now enter into quite a busy time of year in the Councillor calendar in respect to the Council decisions. It is budget time. A full debate will follow the conclusion of the consultation into the District budget and the cabinet decisions on where cuts are being made and how much to raise your council tax for the year ahead. I will write to cover this in a future article and my own responses are published on my blog.

In the meantime, Hednesford Town Council has already made the decision to increase the amount it receives from council tax from £130,000 to £137,500 for the year ahead. I had a question from a resident a little while ago concerned about the value the Town Council brings to our community and an analysis of the budget leads to further questions to explore this further. The Town Council also receives an income from other sources and from hire charges for the Pye Green Community Centre and from all this income, 69% is spent on administering the Town Council and 31% on community activities including CCTV in the town and support for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau. An amount each year is spent on town events like the Christmas Lights Switch-on and some is given to community groups who can apply for grants each year.

The HTFCSA was fortunate to receive a grant again this year of £200 and we thank the Councillors for this support.