Guest column: Exciting Summer Ahead, by Cllr Martin Wright, leader of Mansfield’s Independent Forum

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My observations suggest that the warmer weather and improving economic climate is attracting more people to shop in Mansfield town centre.

Visitors to our town from as far afield as Lincoln, Barnsley, Newark and Chesterfield tell me that they are very impressed with our selection of cafés, ease of car parking and new bus station.

More people are shopping mid-week and the shops are very well populated, seemingly with people looking to buy, this can only bode well for the town centre’s future. The news that planning permission has been granted for a mixed use retail/residential development in the White Hart area of our town is also good for the future. Let us all wish the developer success in delivering this exiting project.

Soon the school Summer holidays will be upon us, Mansfield District Council working with the Mansfield Partnership Against Crime, have put together a guide of “What’s On” between July 11 – September 6. Download it from www.mansfield.gov.uk/whatson.

The East Midlands in Bloom judges visited Mansfield recently, hopefully, they will have been as impressed as I am with the floral displays in our Green Flag parks and town centre. Other locations such as allotments, schools and community projects were also visited to give the judges a feel for what Mansfield is working towards. Mansfield has a great track record in this competition, the eventual winners go forward to compete for the Britain in Bloom title.

Saturday August 8, is the start of the official Football League season with my team Mansfield Town starting out on that long journey full of hope and anticipation? If I may take this opportunity to wish the chairman, manager, players and supporters a successful season. I look forward to more goals and more entertaining football. Good luck and come on you Stags.