Free One-Hour Parking Extended

Erewash Borough Council’s free one-hour parking scheme in town centre car parks will be extended until October while a full review of its impact on high street regeneration is carried out.

Councillors agreed on Thursday (25th) that the all-party Scrutiny Committee should evaluate all aspects of the trial scheme – particularly its impact on town centre trade and the financial cost to the council.

The Full Council meeting was told that more than 341,000 free one-hour tickets were issued between 5 January and 31 May this year - but councillors were also told that the pilot scheme has had an impact on the council’s income.

Free one hour parking was launched in January as a six month pilot and has cost the council £91,000 so far, with an estimated £60,000 further loss of income between now and October.

Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:

“It is right that we extend the scheme for a further three months to give the all-party Scrutiny Committee time to analyse the consultation and survey data gathered and also look at the considerable effect the scheme has had on our income. We can afford it in the short term as a one-off from our contingency budget, but the all-party review will need to look at how it can be sustained in the long term.”

The results of the review will go to the Full Council meeting on 15 October.

All On Board For Station Boost

A project to improve the area outside Long Eaton train station and make it a landmark site to promote the town and its heritage is now underway.
 
Erewash Borough Council is working in partnership with Derbyshire County Council, East Midlands Trains and Long Eaton Chamber of Trade on the scheme, which should be completed during the summer.


Containers of evergreen planting, seating and a new ‘Welcome to Long Eaton’ board will be added to the area immediately outside the station, while the car park will have an improved layout and extra ticket machine installed.
 
The project will also see the adjacent pavement resurfaced, artificial turf added to the traffic island and ornamental planting in a new bed outside the station entrance.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“There has been great support from traders and residents to use the station as a ‘Gateway to Long Eaton’ site – a place to promote the town and signpost visitors to the town centre.
 
“We are delighted to have invested in this project and to be working in partnership to carry out these improvements, which support our wider commitment to regenerating our town centres.”
 
Improvements to the station building will be carried out and colourful planters added to the platforms which will promote Long Eaton’s worldwide renown as the UK centre of quality upholstery manufacture. 
 

Station offers platform for future

An important document on the landmark opportunities on offer for Erewash with the launch of the new Ilkeston Railway Station will help shape the positive developments that will open up for the borough.
 
Erewash Borough Council has formally adopted the Ilkeston Gateway Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) – a masterplan that centres on the council’s vision that the new station will be a catalyst for improved transport infrastructure, economic regeneration and job creation in the Ilkeston area.
 
The SPD focuses on the area between Ilkeston town centre and the railway station - called the Gateway – and includes details of potential improvement projects as well as listing 13 sites that could be developed to bring jobs to the area 
 
The masterplan has been confirmed following wide-ranging consultation last year with local residents and stakeholders.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“The opening of Ilkeston Railway Station offers enormous opportunities for both the immediate Gateway area and for Ilkeston as a whole - exciting and ambitious opportunities for job creation and for projects that include creating new cycle routes and improvements to the roads and links to the station.
 
“A lot of work has gone into preparing the masterplan and we thank local residents and our partners for their help in shaping it. This is a key document that, above all, will help developers understand our approach and speed up the planning process.”
 
As well has listing the creation of a cycle and pedestrian route between Ilkeston town centre and the station, other projects identified include improvements to the canal towpath, the provision of a station taxi rank and footpath and traffic safety improvements.
 
The Ilkeston Gateway SPD can be viewed in full at www.erewash.gov.uk/gatewayspd

Carnival time for Ilkeston

A colourful parade, music, dance and lots of family fun . . .  it must be carnival time in Ilkeston again!
 
This year’s 25th Ilkeston Lions Carnival takes place on Saturday 13th June with the traditional parade of floats, marching band and vintage cars leaving Belfield Street at 12.30pm and travelling up Bath Street, through the Market Place and down to Rutland Recreation Ground.
 
Organised by Ilkeston Lions Club, the annual event is always a great family day out as onlookers watch the parade and then enjoy the entertainment at the carnival showground.
 
The carnival site will be open from 12noon and will includes lots of stalls and things to do, while the arena will feature entertainment including The Borrowash Ambassadors, Flying Dakos gymnastics display team and the Dance Divaz.
 
The ever-popular tug of war competition will also be held throughout the afternoon and teams of five can enter on the day – with a £50 prize up for grabs.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Ilkeston Carnival will once again bring colour and fun to town with the traditional parade and carnival entertainment for all the family. Our congratulations go again to Ilkeston Lions Club for ensuring this annual event goes ahead and we hope local people of all ages will turn out in force to support and enjoy the day - come rain or shine!”
 
For more information on Ilkeston Lions Club and the carnival visit www.ilkestonlionsclub.org.uk

New Mayor of Erewash

The new Mayor of Erewash is Councillor Val Custance, who was formally elected to the role during Erewash Borough Council’s annual meeting last night (28 May).

Councillor Custance represented the former Abbotsford Ward in Ilkeston for the last four years and is now a councillor for the new Shipley View Ward following the borough council elections in May.

During her mayoral year, Councillor Custance will be supported at civic engagements by either her partner Mike Bell or her sister Glenys Warmsley. In addition, she will also be accompanied at various events by the Mayor’s Cadets from the Derbyshire Air Cadet Force, the Air Training Squadron and the Long Eaton Sea Cadets.

Events will be held throughout the year to raise money for the Mayor’s chosen charity, the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent  – while a ‘charity pot’ will also raise funds that will be distributed to local groups and organisations at the end of her term in office.

Councillor Custance is looking forward to representing the residents of Erewash during her civic year:

“I feel very honoured to have been elected as Mayor and am well aware that it is a commitment to serve not only the Borough Council but also the people of Erewash. I feel very proud to pledge myself to do my very best for the whole of the borough and I sincerely hope to meet as many residents as possible during the year.”

Born in Kimberley, Councillor Custance worked at HM Land Registry in Nottingham until her retirement after 43 years’ service. She has lived in several towns around Nottingham but moved back to Ilkeston to be closer to her family.

Councillor Custance has been a School Governor of the former Bennerley School, now the Ormiston Ilkeston Academy, since 1998 and is also involved with the Shipley View Residents’ Association and local health groups and community forums.

In her spare time, the Mayor enjoys being with her family – she has one daughter, six grandchildren and two great grand-daughters – and her hobbies include dressmaking, soft furnishings and baking.

The Rev Peter Davey of Christ Church, Cotmanhay, will be the Mayor’s Chaplain for the 2015/16 civic year.

The new Deputy Mayor of Erewash is Councillor Abey Stevenson, who represents the Little Eaton and Stanley Ward on the Borough Council.