Councillor’s Corner 18/19 No 7 - Hednesford Neighbourhood Plan Gets the Go Ahead Despite Low Turnout

17 October 2018

Last Thursday residents of Hednesford were asked to approve or decline the Neighbourhood Plan for the town. With a very low turnout of just 1,477 residents against 13,490 eligible votes the plan was approved by just 6.71% of the population of our community.

Green Living – Individual Actions in Response to IPCC Report

14 October 2018

This week a report was released by the United Nations body known as IPCC which underlines the urgency of the climate emergency. It states we have 12 years to avoid catastrophic climate breakdown and requires “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”

Councillor’s Corner 18/19 No 6 - Deputation on Litter

13 October 2018

Last week a community group whose members spend many hours keeping our town free of litter presented a deputation to Cannock Chase Council. This is unusual as it is not a method of engagement promoted publically by the Council but is a very useful way for members of the public to get the councillors to talk about the issues the community care about. Indeed, I was told afterwards that this was the first one ever received by the Council.

Personal Statement Around Hednesford Neighbourhood Plan

01 October 2018

This is a personal posting by Paul Woodhead as I have been asked by many residents to help them understand the referendum of the Hednesford Neighbourhood Plan. This is aimed at my Hednesford friends and neighbours on here for your consideration of how to vote in the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum. You will have received a ballot card and can vote on Thursday 11th October at your usual polling station or by Postal Vote or via a Proxy in the same way you would at an election.

Councillor’s Corner 18/19 No 5 - Doing Less for More

15 September 2018

In a letter to the Town Council Staffordshire County Council has stated that it will expect communities and volunteers to undertake tasks and services previously supplied by the Authority.

Green Living – Switch from Plastic

10 September 2018

There are many alternatives to help us reduce the consumption of plastics in particular and packaging in general. We have spoken previously about reusable coffee cups and water bottles as well as switching to safety razors and our shopping bags replacing the plastic bags, ditching the straw and not buying anything in black plastic. Here are some more easy to access examples which might help you switch from plastic.

Councillor’s Corner 18/19 No 4 - Swift Cards

09 September 2018

Cannock Chase Council has approved the introduction the Swift smart card travel scheme on bus services in the Cannock Chase District, these can already be used on rail services along the Chase Line to Birmingham.

Councillor’s Corner 18/19 No 3 - BKV18

05 September 2018

Over the summer the town was entered for the second time for the Best Kept Village competition. In 2017 we received a “Highly Commended” in our first year with positive comments about the community spirit which delivered on many aspects of the judging criteria. The feedback we received from last year was used to plan the areas for improvement for this year and we were rewarded for the hard work across the community with a Second Place.

Bank Ethically and Move Your Money

26 August 2018

Cannock Chase Green Party calls for all patrons of Lloyds Bank to "Move Your Money" and consider ethical and community alternatives in response to their branch closure and letter response to community concerns

Councillor’s Corner 18/19 No 2 - A Boards Update

26 August 2018

You will likely have heard quite a lot over the last few months about A Boards and the implementation of a Council policy to restrict and charge for the use of the highway (paths and pedestrian areas) for advertising boards and pavement cafes. This policy was consulted upon last year, passed by majority vote and implemented from April this year.

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