It may have been overshadowed by the calling of a General Election in June, but voters will go to the polls before that to elect local councillors.
All seats at Nottinghamshire County Council are up for election on Thursday, May 4.
The council is currently made of 67 councillors, across 54 divisions.
Although officially under No Overall Control, it is led by the Labour Party, who hold 32 seats, ahead of the Tories with 21. There are also five Liberal Democrat councillors, four Ashfield Independents and two Mansfield Independent Forum members and three Independents.
After the election, 66 councillors will represent 55 divisions.
Voters in Hucknall South division will elect one councillor to represent them. We asked candidates to submit some details about themselves in the run up to voters going to the polls.
Jack Holland (UKIP)
Thirty years’ service in the Nottinghamshire Police gives me pretty good experience of people from all strands of life and is a particularly useful attribute when interacting with folk. I am retired and would be able to devote more time to people’s concerns in the role of county councillor than someone still engaged in the work place. I believe UKIP can make a difference and actually help the people of Hucknall. Unlike those from other parties, UKIP councillors are not subject to party whips – this is more democratic, giving electors a unique direct influence on their councillors. For too long, the same old parties have been elected with the same old results – it’s time for a different approach and for party candidates not beholden to their party machines or other vested interests. Vote for change, vote for UKIP
Trevor Locke (HFCF)
Having had 15 years experience as a local councillor I would like to call on you the people of Hucknall, for your support in electing me as your county councillor. This, if elected would enable me to represent your views within the council. I have no allegence to any main party or group, and my policies will be formulated at forum, between myself and the people of the Hucknall forum. My polices are: Discussions and agreements on policy, will always be made with you the people, and not to a whip or a political Party or group; I will always endeavour to make sure agreed views are put to the council on all matters; To make a strong representation to Council, on all matters affecting social services and a special consideration for OAPs; To work hard to get the council to maintain our roads and pavements in tip top condition; To ask for a review on the parking permit system and to look into the draw backs people are encountering; To work for more doctors surgeries within the county; To try to encourage the county council in conjunction with the district council to provide a main town centre public convenience, for all our use. We own the councils so why can’t we have one. Who says we can’t? And to encourage whoever controls the next county council, to work for the people, and to stop saying no to what I consider to be reasonable requests such as two hours’ free parking and a toilet.
Phil Rostance (Con)
Phil was born and raised in Hucknall and attended Holgate School. He has also worked in Hucknall for many years and recently set up his own business, which is doing well. Phil regularly MC’s Hucknall’s Christmas Festival and you may recognise him from performances as front man of Phil Rostance and the Marshall Band in pubs and clubs both locally and across the country. At Ashfield District Council, Phil has been an active campaigner, supporting residents in their fight against inappropriate development and acting on behalf of council tenants when Ashfield decided to change their housing circumstances without their consent. Phil wants to see more funding for local roads, as figures show Ashfield has received less than its fair share recently.
Alex Sjoberg-Weekes (LD)
John Wilkinson (Lab)
From the moment he was elected, John made the decision that being a county councillor would be his full-time job – giving his time, energy and commitment to representing Hucknall on the council. During his time as a councillor, John has been particularly proud of the council’s commitment to jobs, which has seen £7 million invested in Hucknall’s Harrier Business Park – bringing a potential 2,000 jobs to the town. John is particularly keen to build on the work started by the multi-million pound town centre improvement scheme by working with partners to encourage new businesses to invest in our town centre – bringing further prosperity and economic growth to Hucknall. John would also like to see this prosperity shared with other areas of the town such as Portland Road and Watnall Road. When not on official Council business, John enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren and is an avid supporter of Burnley Football Club.
Con – The Conservative Party;
HFCF– Hucknall First Community Forum;
Lab – The Labour Party;
LD – Liberal Democrats;
UKIP – UK Independence Party.