Empty Partnership Offices To Re-Open As A New Home For Businesses In Town Centre

A landmark building in Ilkeston town centre which was the headquarters of enterprise agency Erewash Partnership is to again be a home for businesses.
 
The Old Police Station has been bought by a company solely-owned by Simon Woods, chairman of Erewash Partnership and managing director of education equipment manufacturer TecQuipment based in Long Eaton,  for use by starter and growing businesses and also established businesses looking for high quality premises.
 
Work has now started on some light refurbishment of the building in Wharncliffe Road, after Mr Wood's company, the Lester Point Pension Trust, bought it from the Midlands Co-op.
 
The Old Police Station was built in 1906 of red brick and stone. When the new police station opened on Heanor Road the old one lay empty and vandalised until the former Ilkeston Co-op refurbished it for its own use.
 
Erewash Partnership took over the management of it in 2004 and used it as its headquarters for inspiring enterprise and helping to regenerate the borough. Other firms were based there. It was closed by Midlands Co-op in 2014 and the Partnership moved to Bridge House on Derby Road, Long Eaton.
 
The Partnership is managing the refurbishment work at The Old Police Station, which will include installing a new energy-efficient heating system. 
 
It will also be involved with managing lettings at the building - to be known as The Erewash Business Centre - which is likely to be open later this Spring.
 
Lester Point Pension Trust will pay for the refurbishment work, with no public or Partnership finance involved.
 
There are 16 offices – ranging from 15 sq metres to 35 sq metres –  a conference room and a large car park. The offices will be let on flexible terms, though one will be used by the Partnership for the delivery of business advice and mentoring.
 
Partnership chief executive Ian Viles said:  “This development is a philanthropic gesture by Simon who is an enthusiastic supporter of enterprise in the area and is putting his own money where his heart is!
 
“It is a case of the Partnership working with a private sector investor rather than the local authority. We are using our track record of redeveloping and operating this type of facility to help businesses start and those that are looking to expand.
 
“This is an exciting time for the Partnership. It provides much-needed  high quality office accommodation which complements that operated by the Partnership at Castledine House on Heanor Road.
 
“We did not want to see this important building staying empty. The scheme is a win, win, win situation for the Partnership, Ilkeston, and for businesses.”
 
Simon said: “I'm delighted to be working with the Partnership on this scheme that will see The Old Police Station occupied again, help businesses and hopefully bring new jobs to the heart of Ilkeston.
 
“I feel proud that I'm putting something back into the community and the town centre which has been hit by closures and job losses. This is another demonstration that the Partnership has not turned its back against Ilkeston, but is expanding its vital work in regenerating the area.”
 

Free Parking Success

Just over 114,000 free one hour tickets were issued in the first two months of Erewash Borough Council’s popular free parking scheme in its town centre car parks.
 
The figure is a bumper 40,000 increase on tickets issues in the same period last year on the free 30 minute scheme.
 
Free one hour parking was introduced in the busiest car parks in Ilkeston and Long Eaton in January as a six month trial to encourage people to shop locally and further boost town centre regeneration.
Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
 
“These latest figures give another clear indication that the one hour free parking is popular and is bringing more people into our town centres. This trial scheme is part of our wider programme to regenerate Ilkeston and Long Eaton and a major part of that is to encourage residents to actively support their town centres by shopping locally.”
 
Shoppers can park in any of the bays in the car parks offering the free parking at any time of the day but must obtain a ticket from the pay and display machine by pressing the green button. The free ticket will give the expiry time and this must be clearly displayed in the vehicle. 
 
The council is monitoring the success of the trial, which runs until Sunday 28 June – including talking to town centre retailers to see if the free parking has had a positive impact on their business.
 

Free Parking Hits The Mark

Erewash Borough Council’s one hour free parking in its town centre car parks has proved a major success – with more than 60,000 free tickets issued in the first month.
 
Free parking was introduced in the busiest car parks in Ilkeston and Long Eaton in January as a six month trial to encourage people to shop locally and further boost town centre regeneration.
 
The council is monitoring the scheme’s success during the trial, which runs until Sunday 28 June. An independent market researcher has been commissioned and is currently carrying out street-based interviews with visitors to the towns on market and non-market days as well as Saturdays to find out more about the views of residents.
 
In addition, the council will also carry out a survey of town centre retailers this month to see if the free parking has had a positive impact on their business.
 
Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
 
“The feedback we have received so far indicates that people find the one hour free parking a big help, with many pointing out that the town centre car parks are busier than ever. We are delighted it has been so well received as we see this scheme as a positive move to boost our town centres. The key to its success, however, is that it encourages more residents to show their support for their town and to shop locally. We are monitoring its impact and look forward to talking to local traders to see if it is making a difference.”
 
The free one hour parking is available in 11 car parks in Ilkeston – East Street, Baker Street, Chapel Street, Pimlico, Station Road, Wilton Place, Albion Centre, Albion Centre extension, Club Row, Queen Street and South Street.
 
In Long Eaton, the town centre car parks on Claye Street, Gibb Street, Beaconsfield Street, Lawrence Street and the lower Town Hall are in the scheme.
 
Shoppers can park in any of the bays in the car parks offering the free parking at any time of the day but must obtain a ticket from the pay and display machine by pressing the green button. The free ticket will give the expiry time and this must be clearly displayed in the vehicle
 

‘Flipping’ Great News For Ilkeston Market!

Free pancakes and a range of food and gift stalls will celebrate Erewash Borough Council’s first speciality market in Ilkeston on Shrove Tuesday. 
 
The special market on Tuesday 17 February will celebrate Pancake Day by offering free pancakes to shoppers from a professional crepe bar while a range of speciality foods, crafts and gifts from local producers will feature on stalls between 10am-4pm.


 
The move is part of the council’s on-going programme to help boost business and regenerate Ilkeston town centre through a wide range of initiatives.
 
Treats that will be available include sweet and savoury pies and pastries, cakes, homemade jams and preserves, speciality cheeses and locally produced honey.
 
The professional traders will also be joined by five stalls manned by teams of students from local schools selling a range of gifts and edible treats.  The students have been given the opportunity to try market trading through the Business Enterprise Erewash (BEE) project, which is run jointly by Erewash Borough Council and Erewash Partnership. 
 
Through this scheme, students from local schools have the chance to try trading for free on one of Erewash’s markets, together with a small grant to help with the cost of buying their stock.
 
Councillor Geoffrey Smith, Erewash Borough Council's Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“This is the first Tuesday market and it already promises to be a popular one, with lots of interest. We hope local people will show their support for the traders and the students – our next generation of Erewash entrepreneurs! The speciality market initiative is all about attracting more people into the town centre to support both the stallholders and the shops in Ilkeston.
 
“If this event proves popular we will certainly look at holding more speciality markets in the future.”
 
Traders interested in attending this speciality market should contact Erewash Borough Council’s Markets Officer, Kevin Lowe, on 07890 283951 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Are You Ready To Help Put On The Blitz?

Schoolchildren, residents and local community groups are all gearing up for this year’s Borough Blitz bonanza . . . and there’s still time for more people to get involved.
 
Erewash Borough Council’s annual crackdown on litter and graffiti will once again run throughout March as armies of volunteers turn out to help blitz all corners of the borough.
 
The flagship project is led by the council’s Pride in Erewash team, which organises the many clean-up events that will be held daily during the month-long blitz.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s portfolio holder for Pride in Erewash, says:
 
“Our Borough Blitz continues to be a shining example of how working together can make a real difference and it remains an incredibly popular event on our calendar.  Every year we are bowled over by the enthusiasm of people of all ages who have great pride in Erewash and want to help – it is a real community-boosting initiative. If you want to be a part of the Blitz, get in touch!”
 
The Borough Blitz features clean-up events in parks, play areas, on streets and open spaces and involves litter picking and scrubbing graffiti off walls and play equipment. Volunteers are kitted out with fluorescent Pride in Erewash vests, gloves, bin bags and a litter-picking gadget.
 
For more information or to register to take part in the 2015 Borough Blitz, contact the council’s Pride in Erewash team on 0115 907 2244.