Deadline nears for Hucknall and Bulwell footpath consultation

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Time is fast running out for the public to comment on controversial plans for the diversion of a popular footpath between Hucknall and Bulwell.

At a meeting of Hucknall’s Reach Out residents group, it was reported that the deadline for Ashfield District Council to receive comments or objections was next Monday (15th September).

The proposal is part of a project to build a new road leading from Hucknall Bypass to a business park which is envisaged for the Rolls-Royce site.

The diversion of about 170 metres would mean that the path no longer passes Farleys Brook, which is a picturesque highlight for walkers.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust have expressed concerns about the likely impact on flora and fauna in the area.

Comments about the diversion are to be sent to the Assistant Chief Executive Governance, Ashfield District Council, Council Offices, Urban Road, Kirkby-in-Ashield, Nottingham, NG17 8DA.

Reach Out chairman Sally Wyatt said: “It is important that as many people as possible write in, giving their views.”

Geoff Thorpe, chairman of a sub-group monitoring the groundbreaking plans for a business park and 900 homes on the Rolls-Royce site, gave an update on the proposals.

He said the sub-group had met with representatives of Rolls-Royce on Thursday 21st August and it was made clear that all aspects of the development had to go through revelant planning procedures.

It was pointed out that Rolls-Royce employed 1,000 people at their Hucknall plant and the company were not planning to increase this number.

This meant that up to 2,000 jobs envisaged as a result of the proposals would all pertain to the business park.

Mr Thorpe added that Rolls-Royce had agreed to meet the sub-group on a quarterly basis to discuss progress with the scheme.