Mansfield campaigner Melanie wants views on how to improve our town

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A survey asking Mansfield residents about the problems where they live and how they could be solved has been launched by a local campaigner and mum.

Melanie Darrington, who is in the running to represent Labour in Mansfield in the next general election, the survey to get people’s voices heard and engage them in local politics.

The idea came to her following the recent UK Parliament Week, which aimed to show people how they can get involved in politics and local issues that are important to them.

Melanie, who comes from Mansfield, said: “Whenever I speak to residents, be it at the swimming club, the scouts group or in the pub, I’m always told the same thing - people feel locked out of decision making and don’t think their view is important. However, it is everyday people that know the most about the issues that affect their communities and often have the solutions but feel powerless to get involved.”

She decided to design a survey so that residents in Mansfield and Warsop can highlight the issues that are most important to them, in a bid to get something done about them.

Questions in the survey cover topics such as crime, health and leisure and planning issues.

Melanie (pictured) added: “I’m really interested in hearing what people in Mansfield and Warsop have to say. Where should police resources go? Which parts of the community need regeneration? What are the most important issues for the area?

“The survey is a great opportunity to have your say I urge people to complete it. The answers are completely anonymous and so residents can really express their views.”

To take part in the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MansfieldandWarsop