Real Christmas tree for town!

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Hucknall’s market place will have a real Christmas tree this year, it was revealed at the latest meeting of the town’s area committee.

The group met to consider grant applications and to review the Hucknall Locality Plan - a series of environmental, community and economic objectives for the town.

Members also discussed free car parking in Ashfield, the Station Road bridge and the need to attract a bigger turnout for the committee meetings at the John Godber Centre on Tuesday night.

Coun Mick Murphy said: “The people of Hucknall are asking for just two hours a day, five days a week.”

Coun Keir Morrison warned the scheme would mean a ‘significant loss of revenue’ for Ashfield District Council after its grant from central government was cut. He added: “In an ideal world we would all love unlimited free parking.”

Coun Murphy warned that the Station Road works to strengthen the bridge could take as long as 20 weeks to complete and said he would confirm with Nottinghamshire County Council.

The committee donated money towards an event for Ashfield Seniors at the Festival Hall in October, as well as a contribution towards the running costs of the Cedar Wildlife Sanctuary to help with running costs.

Hucknall and District Voluntary Sector Partnership, based at Under One Roof on Vine Terrace, applied for £900 to buy computer equipment. Councillors were able to pledge £750 will the possibility of more money.

The Hucknall and District University of the Third Age wanted over £2,000 to buy five ukeleles with the aim of training ‘at least 24 members to play in a ukelele band’ to entertain residents of care homes and four laptops, but the application was deferred until more information has been received.

Councillors also donated £500 to cover the cost of staff DBS checks at the Kang Han Combat Academy.

It was resolved to ask local school children where Hucknall’s heritage murals should be located in the future.