Cllr Martin Wright: Clean up Mansfield Day was great success

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A big thank you to all the residents of Mansfield and district who recognised the importance of registering their opinions in all the elections held on May 7.

The people of Mansfield and district have spoken and returned an Independent Mayor for the fourth consecutive election since 2003, proof if it is needed that Mansfield has lost faith with the large political parties who put their best interest and those of trade unions ahead of what local people want and need.

The new Mayor, Cllr Kate Allsop, will now push ahead with her manifesto pledges and put her ideas into practice. The new administration is looking to improve Mansfield and, as always, has offered to work as closely as possible with the two political party groups within the council and to move our town forward.

The executive consists of six Independent councillors and one UKIP councillor, yet again Labour opted out, a familiar story since 2004.

I was personally proud to lead the Mansfield Independent Forum team into the 2015 local elections, everyone played their part, even those who were personally unsuccessful, in getting an Independent Executive Mayor and fifteen Independent councillors elected.

It has become an annoying trait in recent years to see bags of domestic waste neatly tied and lying in the street, usually by a litter bin but not always.

Everyone has a domestic waste bin so why is this happening? Let me know your thoughts by email: mwright@mansfield.gov.uk.

It should be pointed out that people putting domestic waste into street and park waste bins is technically “fly tipping” and there are avenues for prosecuting those offenders who are caught.

The third annual International Clean Up Mansfield Day took place on Friday June 12. Mansfields from Texas, Connecticut, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts in the USA, plus Ontario in Canada joined many schools, youth groups and businesses here in Mansfield to make the day a complete success.

Next year’s event will be Friday June 10, further details are available at www.mansfield.gov.uk/cleanup.

Mansfield District Council have recognised the achievements of three of our local sporting heroes, Paralympian swimmers Charlotte Henshaw and brothers Sam and Ollie Hynd.

Renaming the competition pool at the Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex the Hynd and Henshaw Competition pool is a fitting tribute to three of our areas fine young athletes.

Whilst on the subject of swimming, belated congratulations go to Rebecca Adlington and husband Harry following the recent birth of their baby daughter.

Contact me with any issues or comments via email: mwright@mansfield.gov.uk.