BEING a Hucknall lad born and bred, I thought a few facts might not go amiss.
In 1801, the population of Hucknall stood at 1,495. The census of 1861 put the number at 2,836 and in 1891, the population was 13,094.
In 30 years, the population had grown four-and-a-half times.
The reason for this growth was, of course, jobs. Coal was found, factories opened and engineering came to the fore.
The railways started to expand, after all the coal had to be moved.
The people came to live where the jobs were. Hucknall changed from a sleepy agricultural village to a large and prosperous town.
In the Local Plan of 2002, Hucknall was required to build 3,000 dwellings. Unemployment was not a major issue at the time, but the pits had gone and the factories had closed.
But we had the magic ‘transport corridor’. It was no longer a town that grew because of its wealth-creating ability.
To say that migration is not a major issue is deluding the people ‘There Are Many Reasons To Object To Housing Plans — Migration Is Not One’ in last week’s Have Your Say section of the Dispatch). Even Ed Milliband, leader of the Labour Party, says the party must talk about migration.
Of course pressures on the infrastructure and the impact on the local environment are important aspects.
This is a small island and we do not want concrete jungles everywhere.
Finally, if only because I know what the Tories stand for and that the Liberals cannot be trusted, I still vote Labour.