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 email@example.com
Planning decisions are amongst the most controversial within the communities that can be made by councils outside of cuts to public services, as we have seen with developments like shopping centre at Mill Green and the housing in Pye Green. These decisions are made against the background of a wide range of policy documents which inform developers of what is likely to be approved and where within the district as well as the context for other considerations like infrastructure, the environment and social or affordable homes. These are linked through to a Local Plan which sets out clearly the commitments the council has towards the number of homes built as well as land set aside for industrial/commercial development and green spaces for example. Part 1 of the plan was approved and published in 2014.
Part 2 sets out where in the district these developments are likely to be favoured or not as well as the strategic decisions about why those decisions will be made. Part 2 is out for consultation at the moment through to the end of March and it is important that if you want to have an influence on the decision making of developments now is the time to have your say. When planning permission is being sort it is often too late to stop a development which the community believe may harm the character of the area. Once it is published developers will use this document to make their own decisions about investment for developments as well as use the detail to ensure any projects proceed.
If you have a view if we should allow building on Green Belt land or where traveller sites should be situated, the locations of housing or the priorities of biodiversity and environmental sustainability please get involved and have your voice heard. I know officers at the council are keen to hear from residents and also available for questions to explain the information published.