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 are fast approaching the election period for the County Council elections on Thursday May 4th and now is the time to ensure you are registered to vote. The registration system changed last year and there some people may have been missed as the electoral roll was updated last December. You can check you are registered by contacting the elections office at Cannock Chase District Council. If you have recently moved into the area, will turn 18 before the election or have been missed for some other reason you still have time to register. You can do this by 13th April by following the link www.gov.uk/register-to-vote – all you require is your name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number to ensure you are registered to vote.

I would strongly encourage everyone to vote and not let someone else decide who will be your representative on the County Council. Councillors are often criticised for not being visible, available or effective and you can change this on May 4th by voting for someone you know, by finding out about your alternatives, asking who is working in the community all year round and whose name you recognise for the values you share.

If you do not vote someone else will decide whether potholes are repaired, education or social care are supported, which investment decisions are made to develop our local economy and the future of green spaces, libraries or public buildings. Don’t hope for a better councillor, vote for one.