Ashfield (/ˈæʃˌfiːld/) is a local government district in western Nottinghamshire, England. According to the 2001 UK census, it has a population of 111,387, increasing to 119,497 at the 2011 Census. The district is mostly urban and contains parts of both the Nottingham Urban Area and the Mansfield Urban Area. The area has a tradition of coal mining. There are three towns in the district; the largest being Sutton-in-Ashfield. Settlements in the district include the following:
Annesley, Annesley Woodhouse
Selston, Stanton Hill, Sutton-in-Ashfield
The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merger of urban districts of Hucknall, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, and Sutton-in-Ashfield and parts of Basford Rural District namely the parishes of Annesley, Felley and Selston.
In spring 1986, all departments, except for Direct Works, moved into purpose-built office accommodation in the centre of Kirkby-in-Ashfield. These offices provide civic accommodation for members, together with a Council Chamber and two Committee Rooms. District Offices have been maintained at Watnall Road, Hucknall, and Fox Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield, to cater for housing matters and cash receipts on a local basis.
Elections to the district are held every 4 years, with currently 33 councillors being elected from 15 wards. For much of the history of the council the Labour party has had a majority, but at the 2007 election Labour lost control. Liberal Democrat Jason Zadrozny became the youngest Council Leader in England, until the Labour party took control of the council (with the support of Conservative and independent councillors). The last election in 2011 saw Labour retake majority control of the council and after the election the council is composed of the following councillors: