Last chance for grants

Community and voluntary organisations, small groups and charities are being urged to apply for funding support as part of Erewash Borough Council's Community Grant Scheme before the 9am deadline on Monday 17 December.
 
The latest funding round is due to close shortly and the council is keen for groups both large and small to apply for up to £2,000 for projects and services that benefit Erewash residents.
 
The council are once again continuing their support to voluntary organisations and have made funding available to help as many groups as possible and are particularly keen to hear about new and innovative projects that could benefit from a grant. 
 
Groups such as those supporting older people, community and voluntary organisations  - ranging from scout groups to charities like Sight Support Derbyshire – along with play schemes, arts and sporting groups, all made successful bids for a small grant last year.
 
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“There are many groups in Erewash who play vital roles in helping to bring people in our community together. We want to make these groups aware that they may be eligible for a small grant to help with their invaluable work.”
 
Full details of the scheme and how to apply for a grant are available at www.erewash.gov.uk/grants
 
Anyone needing help with their application or wanting more information can contact the council’s Community Engagement Officer, Colin Handley, via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0115 907 2244 extension 3575.
 

HS2 – council sets out its proposals

A hard-hitting package of measures to help tackle the impact of HS2 in Erewash will be discussed by councillors at a meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive next week.
 
The council’s proposed Mitigation Plan is part of the continuing work to get the best possible deal for local residents and businesses and has been drawn up in response to HS2 Ltd’s consultation on its draft Environmental Statement released last month.
 
In an introduction to the Plan, the council says that, despite HS2 making it clear that Long Eaton, Sandiacre and the Trent Valley would be adversely affected, its latest suggestions do nothing to reduce the major impact the project will have on the borough.
 
Now councillors will be asked to agree a straight-talking response that outlines the vital measures that Erewash Borough Council wants in place to deal with key issues like traffic, demolition of homes, compensation for home owners and the impact on Long Eaton town centre – which will be the worst affected by HS2. 
 
The Mitigation Plan, which builds on the council’s previous responses to HS2 consultation, is expected to be sent to the next Full Council meeting on Thursday 13 December for approval. The venue for that meeting is now Long Eaton Town Hall after requests received from residents.
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
 
“Our priority has always been to work to get the best and fairest deal for those most affected by HS2 and we remain committed to doing just that. I can assure residents that this council is working tirelessly to address all the serious issues that the HS2 project brings and this Mitigation Plan is a forthright message to HS2 that we are fighting for, and want, the best possible deal for our communities here in Erewash.
 
“Much hard work has already been carried out by this council on behalf of our residents and businesses. Now we are setting out, in very clear and thorough terms, just what our concerns are and what we want to see happen to reduce the impact.”
 
Among the proposals listed are:
 
 Homeowners on the east side of both Bonsall Street and New Tythe Street in Long Eaton to be compensated – with residents offered the choice of selling their homes to HS2 Ltd at compulsory purchase terms or to receive a £30,000 impact payment if they choose to stay in their homes.
The low level rail line to close because frequent closures of the level crossings on Station Street and Main Street would cause traffic gridlock in Long Eaton town centre. The creation of a new high level link to the Midland Mainline to Derby is proposed and the level crossing areas turned into streets.
Re-aligning the viaduct to save 41 homes on Bonsall Street from demolition.
Several other proposed changes are suggested to tackle fears that Long Eaton will be split in two, with HS2 cutting through the town centre on a 19metre-high viaduct. These include calling for a bespoke design for the viaduct to integrate with the townscape and to feature modern business space in the form of 21st Century railway arches.
Road access from Long Eaton to the Toton hub must be provided instead of HS2’s current proposal which would see residents having to take a 5km journey to the station – which is actually only 1km away as the crow flies.
Acquire and develop the former Stadium Industrial Estate in Long Eaton to develop housing suitable for those who lose their homes to make way for HS2.
Investment provided to refurbish the upper floors of Victorian lace mills to provide relocation opportunities for Long Eaton’s world famous upholstery businesses.
 
The Mitigation Plan also includes proposals to lessen the impact of the HS2 route at Sandiacre Meadows and through the Trent Valley.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“We have produced very detailed and comprehensive proposals that we believe are both reasonable and necessary, things that will make a real difference and lessen the impact on the residents and businesses of our borough.”
 
The proposed HS2 Mitigation Plan can be read in full on the council’s website at www.erewash.gov.uk within the agenda for the Council Executive meeting on Tuesday 4 December. The meeting is at Long Eaton Town Hall at 10.30am.

Cash will benefit communities

People in Erewash will benefit from the latest round of Rural Community Grants that look set to be given the go ahead at a Council Executive meeting on 4 December.
 
The scheme allows parish councils to apply for a share of £250,000 of funding over four years and is designed to help meet some of the costs of new capital projects.
 
Ockbrook and Borrowash Parish Council has applied for £2,070 to help fund improvements to the access route at Borrowash Burial Ground, which is being converted into a Garden of Remembrance. This will enable contractors to start work at the site. 
 
Two extensions to deadlines for previously approved grants awarded to Sandiacre Parish Council are also expected to be agreed. The grants were agreed in September 2017 but the money was not spent within the 12 month deadline. The first was for £10,000 to support Sandiacre Town FC’s project to build a new 3G artificial pitch at Sandiacre Friesland School. The other was £12,500 to help the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust to pay for the extraction of the lock chamber and remedial work at Sandiacre Lock. 
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, said:
 
“The Rural Community Grant Scheme has been successful in meeting the costs of new capital projects which benefit the community, bring local people together and improve neighbourhood engagement.
 
“The council continues to recognise the value of the work done by local groups and parish     councils in the community through this scheme.”
    
The council allocated £250,000 to support capital projects over four years through the Rural Community Grant Scheme, which ends in March 2019. Applications for the current round of funding close on 17 December. Apply at erewash.gov.uk/grants  
 

Ilkeston Christmas Lights switch-on

Join us on Friday 30 November as Ilkeston celebrates one of its most popular dates of the year, the annual Christmas lights switch-on! There’ll be seasonal sights a-plenty, fairground fun and festive songs . . . and a visit from a very special person, Santa!
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, will ‘light up’ the town to officially launch the Christmas season, during a fantastic night of family-friendly fun.  
 
The celebration event will take place between 5.30pm-8.30pm in Ilkeston town centre, with the Mayor switching on the lights at 7pm after which the sky will explode in a riot of colour as fireworks add to the magical festivities.
 
Enjoy musical performances from Ilkeston Brass Band and listen to the dulcet sounds of singer Trevvy. Join in the funfair atmosphere with rides for all ages and marvel at the stilt walkers who will be weaving their way around entertaining the crowds. There will also be the Ilkeston Christmas Market organised by SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“The 2018 Christmas countdown is well underway, and this event is a firm festive favourite. It’s a great evening of music, lights and entertainment for all ages that brings the town together in a magical celebration!” 
 
 

It’s a tree-mendous giveaway!

Erewash residents have the chance to pick up a free bush apple tree for their gardens . . . with the return of Erewash Borough Council’s popular Free Tree giveaway.
 
The annual town centre giveaway is organised by the council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees stalls set up in both Ilkeston and Long Eaton – with residents of the borough able to claim one free bush apple tree per household.
 
This year’s giveaway dates for the diary are:
 
• Long Eaton – High Street on Wednesday 28 November, from 10am
• Ilkeston – Market Place on Thursday 29 November, from 10am
 
A total of 150 bush apple trees will be available at each of the events and they will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis to residents of Erewash only. The varieties will include Cox, Red Falstaff and James Grieve. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Apple trees are one of the easiest fruit trees to grow and we know there are many people out there who have enjoyed the fruits of their success in growing one at home after last year’s giveaway!
 
“We will have apple trees for every size of garden, including ones that can be grown in containers, so go along to our stalls to get your favourite to plant – but remember, it’s first come, first served, so get there early!”
 
The council’s Volunteer Tree Wardens will be at both town centre events to help with information about the trees.