Bid to tackle void left by axe of partnership group

ASHFIELD District Council is trying to fill the void left by the scrapping of an organisation designed to improve quality of life in Hucknall.

The council is appointing a community strategy co-ordinator for a 12-month period after it withdrew from the Ashfield Partnership at the end of March.

The partnership, first set up in 1999, involved councils, health chiefs, police, education and business leaders planning how to improve the area’s fortunes.

But it was dissolved after financial support from the government and Notts County Council was slashed in the aftermath of the recession.

The new post is designed to ensure the partnership’s aims of improving the area are still met.

Mark Gwynne, of Ashfield Council, said: “The financial pressures on councils have presented a need for us to review the way we work with our key partners to deliver services to and support the local community.”

He added the council would continue ‘partnership working’ but would develop a new approach delivering ‘real benefits’ without the need for representatives from different bodies holding more meetings.