12 October 2019

Hednesford Town Council have extended an offer to the DVSA to establish a driving test centre in the town.

Pitmen supporter and HTFCSA committee member Paul Woodhead is a Cannock Chase District Councillor for Hednesford and now Chairman of Hednesford Town Council. 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. This season I will focus on the work of the Town Council in particular. 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

Following the closure of the driving test centre, for the second time, in Cannock earlier in the year. Town Councillors have been working with campaigners, driving instructors and representatives from the DVSA to find a solution which will bring driving test back to the District and save long journeys out of the area for students.

The Town Council has made an offer to host a driving test centre at Pye Green Community Centre at its recent meeting where representations were received from the driving instructors’ association highlighting the need for a local facility serving the community.

Local campaigner and driving instructor Chris Scott-Douglas said:

“With the backing of the ADI National Joint Council and support from Hednesford Town Council we proactively searched for a legitimate solution to the closure of Cannock Test Centre. Armed with this we were able to question the DVSA’s actions (or inactions), which eventually led to the offer being made at the Pye Green Community Centre.”

“As Chairman of the South Staffordshire Association of Driving Instructors, I speak on behalf of all my colleagues in thanking Hednesford Town Council for their help and support. I stress upon the DVSA to accept this offer so testing can commence as soon as possible, which will help keep waiting times for tests to a minimum in the region.”

Chairman of Hednesford Town Council Councillor Paul Woodhead commented:

“We have been listening to residents and in dialogue with the campaigners since the beginning of the year and working to find a solution that will serve our community and accommodate the needs of the DVSA for a driving test centre. The offer we have presented is fair both to the public finances of the Town Council and the requirements of the DVSA and we are hopeful we can come to an agreement that will see driving tests for students back in the area they live.

“We have done what we can to make this happen and satisfied the requirements of the DVSA. It is up to them now, if they want to serve our community they have this opportunity with us here. There is no reason not to proceed.”

The previous facility provided through the community fire station in Cannock was closed in June. The nearest facilities available are in Lichfield, Stafford and Featherstone.

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