24 November 2018

Councillor’s Corner 18/19 No 11 The End of School Crossing Patrols?

Pitmen supporter and HTFCSA committee member Paul Woodhead is 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

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.

One proposal is to remove school crossing patrols unless they are paid for by schools, community groups or local businesses. To this end they have just started a consultation for views regarding the future of school crossing patrols which will be removed from September 2019.

There are three key, but leading questions, in the consultation. 1. How are children affected by these cuts, 2. What will you do to minimise the impacts of these cuts on your children and 3. Will you help raise money or pay for school crossing patrols directly

Please go here to give your views

https://consultation.staffordshire.gov.uk/communications/review-of-the-school-crossing-patrol-service/

There is also an independent petition against the cuts led by a parent in the Staffordshire Moorlands and that can be found here

https://www.change.org/p/staffordshire-county-council-retain-our-county-council-funded-crossing-patrols

Please get involved and give your views or decisions will be made without them.