Hunt on for the conifer firebug

POLICE are hunting an arsonist who sets fire to conifer trees in different parts of Hucknall.

This was reported at a meeting of Hucknall’s Reach Out residents’ group, held at Holgate Comprehensive School.

A resident claimed that one such tree was set alight on Hillcrest Drive, near the school, and neighbours put it out with a hosepipe.

Seven conifers in other parts of Hucknall had also been torched, the meeting was told.

One man at the meeting said: “This is a big worry because these fires could spread to houses and garages.” It was claimed that a caravan had been burnt out in one of the blazes.

The group was given an update on plans for a ball court on the Nabbs Lane recreation ground. Andy Hinchley, of Ashfield District Council, said the proposal would not interfere with a fun fair which was sometimes set up on the same site.

An extension of hardstanding has been requested over a boggy part of the land and it was reported that this would benefit youth service workers visiting the site.

Coun Chris Baron, a Labour member of Hucknall’s West ward on Ashfield District Council, said it was important to provide a grid to stop dogs getting on to the area.

The Rev Jo Stephens, team vicar at St Peter and St Paul’s Church on Ruffs Estate, gave details of plans for a new notice-board outside the church.

Steve Thompson, of Holgate School, reported on the success of its innovative ‘Silver Surfers’ scheme, with students teaching pensioners how to use computers. It is hoped this will continue in September.