Gnome News Is Good News!

Ilkeston’s newest roundabout is now officially called Gnome Island after Erewash Borough Council’s Planning Committee gave its backing to the name last night (Wednesday).

The official name for the Nottingham Road traffic island was gnome-inated by local residents in a fun campaign that led to more than 500 people signing an e-petition that was submitted to the council.

The traffic island, alongside the Morrisons superstore, has been a major talking point in the town and captured the imagination of locals when gnomes started to appear on the roundabout.

As the campaign gathered pace, an Ilson Gnome Facebook page and Twitter account  were set up – and both were busy all yesterday as followers turned to social media ahead of last night’s meeting to tweet and post their support with a #voteYESfor GnomeIsland thread.

Councillor Geoffrey Smith, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:

“From this gnome-ment on, the traffic island won’t have to resort to a Gnome de Plume but will have an official name. This has been one of the more light-hearted items we have had to deal with and it has been fun – not least to see the creative gnome puns that have been doing the rounds! As to who is behind them all . . . maybe we need to set Sherlock Gnomes on the case!”

Ilkeston currently now has three roundabouts which already have ‘street names’, the other two being White Lion Square and Rutland Square.