We are a Parish Council within the Cannock Chase area. Parish refers to the geographical area. We are not connected with any church, nor are we part of Cannock Chase Council nor Staffordshire County Council.
We have 11 scheduled official meetings annually, with 13 Councillors representing four wards.
The Council promotes and encourages the roll out of defibrillator units. The Council has installed four at:
- Hayes Green Community Centre, Heath Way, Heath Hayes.
- St John's Church, Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes.
- Community Life Church, Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes.
- Tasty Bites, John Street, Wimblebury.
- In 2019 the Parish Council took over the mangement of Cannel Mount. Cannel Mount is the eight acre wooded area to the east of John Street in Wimblebury. We are looking forward to developing the site as a valuable open space and public asset.
- The Council comment on planning applications for the benefit of all the residents and liaise with local organisations to suggest improvements for example, we liaised with Tesco to schedule deliveries so refrigerated lorries were not parked waiting in Heath Way with their engines running affecting the neighbours.
- Road safety measures are suggested, for example, dropped kerbs (Gorsemoor Road by the school and Health Centre), improved parking (Boston Close markings), the pedestrian refuges on Hayes Way, the pedestrian crossing on Hayes Way. The Council lobbied for 10 years to get the speed limit on the Cannock Road between Chapel Street and Five Ways Island reduced to 30mph. We then lobbied for and suggested "Gateway" features such as the extra signs, roundels and "sharks teeth" at the start of the 30mph limit.
- The Council offers grants to local organisations that would benefit the area.
- The Facebook group is regularly updated and has over 1,400 members.
- VAT paid is reclaimed as the Parish Council is exempt. This means we have 20% more purchasing power on items that attract VAT.
- The Council has assisted creating groups in the area, such as the Heath Hayes Area Senior Residents' Support Group. This group has been supported by the Council and received annual grants. It holds regular Networking meetings at Heath Hayes Library to inform local residents and groups about relevant issues.
- Th Council is members of the Cannock Chase AONB and Chasewater Friends.
- The Parish Council liaise with other Councils, such as Cannock Chase Council and Staffordshire County Council.
- We have liaised with Hednesford and Norton Canes Council to form a group to work together to provide the administration for the Christmas Lights in our respective areas. The initial agreement covered the 2017,18 and 19 Festive Seasons and we have taken over responsibility for the lights from Cannock Chase Council
- We have awards for the Citizen, Business and Young Person of the Year. These are given out at our Annual Parish Meeting.
- We entered the Best Kept Village Competition for 20 years and as part of this, had poster competitions with the local schools and used the entry as a means of asking for work to be done in the area.
- The Council has a monthly litter picking programme with regular events held across the area.
- Remembrance events at Heath Hayes and Wimblebury.
- The Hawks Green, Heath Hayes and Wimblebury Environmental Group. The main aim of the group is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of local residents, reduce loneliness and social isolation with supported walks and to educate children and others on the benefits of being environmentally responsible.
- We organise public consultation events when necessary and produce Residents' Guides (Schools etc).