08 December 2018
As we head through the festive period and towards the New Year councils turn their minds towards budgets, council tax rises and services delivered or cut. As an opposition councillor and group we can develop alternative proposals to suggest different priorities. Whilst presented as an alternative budget in reality for Cannock Chase this is a request for the cabinet to re-look at their budget to consider the alternative proposals suggested by the opposition. It is usually a very political choice which strongly follows party whip.
26 November 2018
Last week Cannock Chase Green Party hosted a reception for the co-Chair of the United States Green Party linking local action to international cooperation towards a sustainable society.
25 November 2018
Cannock Chase Green Party Councillors are calling for higher energy efficiency standards to be specified in Local Planning Policies following a relaxation in rules imposed by National Government on building standards.
24 November 2018
The County Council has said it will be cutting services by a further £35 million from April and rather than taking this back to government who are cutting off funds for Local Authorities the County Council are proposing to do two things. Firstly, they will raise Council tax once again by more than inflation and secondly will cut and remove services they have provided for the community for many years.
10 November 2018
This week we commemorate the 100 years of the ending of the Great War and our community has shown great pride as we prepare for the Armistice period with displays and plays alongside the annual service.
03 November 2018
Cannock Chase Council is consulting on updated Draft Conservation Area documents which have been prepared for the following areas: Church Street, Rugeley Conservation Area; Talbot Street/Lichfield Street, Rugeley Conservation Area; and Trent and Mersey Canal (Cannock Chase District) Conservation Area.
23 October 2018
Over the last eighteen months Cannock Chase District Council has consulted upon and implemented a policy to charge traders in the town centres of Hednesford, Cannock and Rugeley to display advertising boards and having pavement cafes. This has caused wide concerns by traders and shoppers alike with campaigns to reverse the policy.
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.
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”
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.
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