Bid to make Hucknall council meetings more popular with public

A BID has been launched to make the public Ashfield District Council meetings that are specific to Hucknall more popular with.

Area Consultative Group meetings relating to the town are held every two months at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street.

The group comprises Hucknall’s nine elected members of Ashfield Council, as well as council officers, all working to a Hucknall-based agenda.

The meetings also provide a public forum where residents can ask questions of councillors.

But there has been long-running criticism that the meetings are not publicised properly by the council, attract low attendances and do not grab the attention of the public.

Now a review, led by Coun Chris Baron (Lab), of Hucknall, is under way to look at ways in which things can be improved.

Proposals include changing the name of the group, creating a database of local contacts who would be invited to meetings and even giving each consultative group its own budget so it can back more local events.

Coun Trevor Locke (Lab), of Hucknall, said: “Having money is crucial but communication with the public has to be a priority.”

The findings of the review will be compiled in the coming weeks before a strategy is pieced together.