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Located just north of Nottingham with excellent connectivity through the A38 and junctions 27 and 28 of the M1 Ashfield's location is so central that over 70% of the nation's population can be reached within three hours. The District comprises three large settlements in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Sutton-in-Ashfield and Hucknall. Sherwood Park is the Districts flagship development employing over 4,000 people through a variety of multi-national and local organisations.
Bassetlaw has two main population centres, the market towns of Worksop and Retford, which are home to the majority of its 108,000 residents. Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park offer open countryside in this historic, semi-rural district. Bassetlaw provides good business opportunities for organisations with nationwide distribution requirements such as B&Q's depot at the former Manton Colliery.
Rushcliffe lies south of Nottingham and the River Trent and extends towards Newark in the North East and Loughborough in the South West. The main centre of population is West Bridgford, where around 36,000 of the Borough's 100,000 plus population live. The remainder of the district is largely rural, with the centres of population split between small towns and villages.
Mansfield District covers an area of 77 sq km with a population of over 100,000, the vast majority living in Mansfield itself. Historically, the area has been heavily dependent on the declining mining and textile industry however much has been done to diversify the economic base and to replace jobs lost. Unlike most English Districts the Council is led by an independent directly elected mayor.
Broxtowe lies to the west of Nottingham and is bounded by the River Trent on the south and the River Erewash on the west. There are four main towns Beeston, Stapleford, Kimberley and Eastwood. Industry includes employment opportunities from large national companies such as Boots and the Royal Mail. The most notable son of Broxtowe is D.H. Lawrence whose writings reflect many places in the area.
Located in the heart of Nottinghamshire and includes a substantial part of the Greater Nottingham conurbation. It borders Sherwood Forest to the north, the River Trent to the south-east and the City of Nottingham to the south-west. The name is taken from the present day suburban village of Gedling, which was mentioned in the Domesday survey of 1086 as Ghellinge.
Newark & Sherwood
Geographically the largest of seven local district authorities within Nottinghamshire, covering an area of over 65,000 hectares but with a population of just over 110,000 accounts for only 10% of the total population. It is a diverse district with the former coalfields in the northwest and the largely rural areas to the south and east. The area has strong communication links to the M1, A1 and East Coast Mainline rail network.