Today we are introducing Emma Hunneyball. She is a working Mum of two young children and is hoping to represent residents of Hednesford and Rawnsley division as our Candidate for County Council.
1. How long have you lived in Hednesford? If you were not born in the town can you tell us a bit about where you were born, where you have lived and what brought you to Hednesford?
I’ve lived all over the country during my life but I fell in love with Staffordshire when I went to Keele University. I moved to Cannock Chase with my husband and our (then) new baby son about twelve years ago. We wanted to live in Cannock Chase because it’s a stunningly beautiful part of the world which is within striking distance of Birmingham, Coventry and London, which is ideal for work.
2. What is your most favourite thing about Hednesford?
Hednesford has a fantastic sense of community spirit: volunteers work tirelessly to keep our town free of litter, beautifully decorated, and welcoming. I’m also very proud to work alongside wonderful colleagues at Hednesford Town Council, delivering initiatives to support a bright future for our town.
3. On a personal level what are the highpoints and best achievements in your life to date?
Last season I was the captain of Cannock Ladies 4th Hockey Team. We’d had a tough start to the season when the club lost its home ground. We also had to forge a new team made of members of the previous season’s 4th and 5th teams. The odds felt stacked against us but we came together as a team, won lots of matches, and ended up second in the division, which meant we were promoted! It was such hard work but I was so proud of the team and their fairy tale ending to the season.
4. What led you to be standing as a councillor now?
Standing for the County Council feels like a natural extension of the work I’m already doing as a Town Councillor. I enjoy listening to the community and working to deliver what they need, or to support in solving problems. I also feel very strongly that Councils should reflect the communities they serve: there just aren’t enough women in our councils, particularly women of working age. I’m really keen to break down the barriers that stop women from standing, and to help get more women elected to our Councils.
5. What issues do you think are most important to residents in Hednesford?
When I talk to residents there’s a lot on their minds right now. Hednesford is a growing town and people want to be sure our infrastructure (roads, road safety) keeps pace. People are also keen to support our local businesses and help them thrive after lockdown, visiting local shops and spending much-needed time with friends and families in our cafes and bars. And they are also fiercely proud about the Chase: people want to enjoy the Chase in the way they always have, and they want to ensure it’s protected for the future. These are a few of the most common issues I hear but there are many more, and I am committed to continuing to listen to residents, taking their feedback and acting on it.
6. If there was one thing you could achieve in your area, what would it be?
As a Town Councillor I’ve worked really hard to improve road safety in our area, through Community Speed Watch and keeping plans for pedestrian crossings and speed limit reductions at the top of the agenda. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made but there is still more to do: I would love to improve both the quality and safety of roads in Hednesford and Rawnsley as a County Councillor.