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‘Hucknall’ lost in Boundary changes

Pictured looking towards Hucknall town centre.

Pictured looking towards Hucknall town centre.

A full-scale campaign is being launched to Keep Hucknall HUCKNALL in opposition to a ‘daft’ Boundary Commission plan.

At present, the town is split into four Ashfield District Council wards which are called Hucknall Central, Hucknall North, Hucknall East and Hucknall West.

But it is now proposed to create eight wards instead and remove the word Hucknall from all of them.

Coun John Wilkinson, a Hucknall Labour member of Nottinghamshire County Council, raised the issue at a meeting of Hucknall Tourism and Regeneration Group (HTRG).

He claimed that if the changes went ahead, it would mean a significant loss of identity for Hucknall and create confusion.

For instance, a new Beauvale ward would actually exclude the estate of that name, while a Leen Mills ward would not contain Leen Mills Primary School or Leen Mills Drive.

Unlike at present, he added, there would be no ward name incorporating the centre of the town.

“Bits would be taken out of the ward to make bits,” he told the meeting.

Coun Wilkinson said: “The response must be massive to get the Boundary Commission to change their minds and I hope all parts of Hucknall will get involved.

It is planned to organise protest petitions and a response to the Boundary Commission must be submitted by the end of April.

MP for Sherwood Mark Spencer said it was a fuss about nothing.

“We are Hucknall and we are proud,” he said. “We don’t need names of political boundaries to tell us who we are. I think this is just a smokescreen by councillors to avoid accountability.

“There will be one councillor in one ward under the new proposals which will make it easier for residents to know who they are dealing with.”

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