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

This article has been subject to a quick rewrite to bring you some information about the ongoing consultation on planned cuts to council services. The cabinet have approved a proposed Financial Recovery Plan which has been published for consultation until 6th November 2016. This sets forward a wide range of cuts and service cost increases giving £2.1 million of proposals to deliver £1.6 million of cuts.

I have my own views on the options, the process and the framework in which this is being delivered however everyone on Cannock Chase is being given the opportunity to comment and this week it has been announced that there will be four consultation events for the public to attend.

I would strongly encourage everyone to attend one of the meetings, find out more and ask the questions you want answering. As the saying goes:- The future is decided by those who turn up.

18 October, 6:30pm – Mansfield House, 40 Market Street, Rugeley

19 October, 12 noon – Ballroom, Cannock Chase Council Offices

20 October, 6:30pm – Ballroom, Cannock Chase Council Offices

25 October, 6:30pm – The Aquarius, Hednesford