Labour councillor demands debate on Hucknall 3G football pitch plans

A Hucknall councillor has called for proposals for a new 3G football pitch in the town to be properly debated at a full Ashfield District Council planning meeting.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 12:33 pm

The plans are for a full-sized 3G football pitch built on recreation land off Papplewick Lane, plus a modular classroom building and goal-storage enclosure.

Coun Lauren Mitchell (Lab) said: ““As a member of the planning committee at the council, I have called the application for a 3G football pitch on Papplewick Green in to be debated and voted on by councillors at a full planning committee meeting, predominantly on the grounds of reduced availability of leisure area for all residents who live on Papplewick Green.

Coun Lauren Mitchell wants the proposals to be fully debated

In response, Coun Jim Blagden (Ashfield Independents), who represents Hucknall Central, said: “These are exciting plans that would really benefit the whole of Hucknall.

"At a time when we are crying out for improved sports’ facilities – a multi-sport facility like this would be most welcome. It is important to note that this will not be fenced off – the applicants have confirmed this.

“Many areas of Hucknall suffer from anti-social behaviour – I think the more facilities we have to keep kids off the streets the better.

"You never know – we may see a Forest star of the future learning their trade there.

Coun Jim Blagden

"We are working hard to improve leisure provision across Hucknall.

"This includes turning Hucknall Leisure Centre into a destination to be proud of after years of Labour neglect.”