Town council could be right for Hucknall

Hucknall MP Mark Spencer has revealed that a survey has highlighted a view in the community that a town council could help answer some of the area’s issues.

Mr Spencer has been carrying out a survey of residents’ views on proposed boundary changes within Ashfield District Council and the idea of moving Hucknall into the Nottingham City Council boundary.

“I’m really pleased that people are getting involved in the debate about local boundaries, as changes could have a huge effect on every local resident,” said Mr Spencer.

“Many people have come back to me and raised the idea of a Hucknall Town Council, which is potentially a fantastic idea.

“At the minute, we don’t get enough support from Ashfield District Council, who seem to prefer to spend their money in Kirkby and Sutton, so a town council just for Hucknall could help make sure we get our fair share of support.”

He did warn however that the introduction of a town council could add another layer of politicians.

He added: “If we had a town council, I think it would have to be as a replacement for Ashfield District Council.

“We need to do something to solve our problems with Ashfield, and this idea has a great deal of support. I’d like to see some kind of proposal or consultation with local people, to find out exactly how we could achieve it.”

Ashfield District Council was formedin 1974, replacing the former urban district councils of Hucknall, Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Sutton-in-Ashfield, along with the parishes of Annesley, Felley and Selston, formerly part of Basford Rural District.
Councillor John Wilmott represents Hucknall North on Ashfield District Council.

He said a previous survey suggested people would not want a town council.

But he added that any changes would have to be the will of the people.

He also said that the council’s local area committee system meant that decision making and funding applications were at a local level anyway.

He added: “I have no issues with surveys like this as long as nothing is forced on people.”