A claim that Hucknall has a major litter problem was strongly denied by councillors at a meeting of the town’s Area Committee.
A Hucknall resident who did not want to be named said he was taking up a complaint by someone that rubbish was being dumped ‘everywhere’ in the town centre area.
But Coun Chris Baron, a Labour member for Hucknall West on Ashfield District Council, said: “As I go round the community, I hear glowing praise for Ashfield’s environmental team.”
He also pointed out that as a Safer Neighbourhood litter-pick initiative, 16 youngsters had collected 12 bags of rubbish from hedge-bottoms and were rewarded with pizza meals.
The same resident said Hucknall needed better policing to crack down on cyclists who were racing around where they liked.
Coun Baron, who is leader of the district council, replied that even though the front counter at Hucknall police station had now closed, the training establishment meant that there were more officers in the town than ever before.
He highlighed out that year-on-year reductions were being recorded of crime in Hucknall and burglaries had dropped by 41 per cent.
Coun Baron said efforts were being made to encourage safer cycling by youngsters, including a scheme to distribute bike lights.
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