More litter culprits taken to court

Three more litterbugs have been left with hefty court bills after they were caught offending and then failed to pay the Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) fine.
 
The trio of litter culprits follow three other offenders that were prosecuted by Erewash Borough Council in recent weeks– with the council warning that it will continue to crackdown on environmental crime.
 
In the latest cases, which were heard at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court, all three had failed to pay their FPN after Neighbourhood Wardens spotted them throwing their cigarette ends onto the pavement and must now instead pay court fines and costs totalling hundreds of pounds.
 
Ben Kerslake (29), of Newdigate Street, Ilkeston, and Branny Wright (21), of Reney Crescent, Sheffield, both dropped cigarette ends and left them on the pavement on Bath Street, Ilkeston. They have each been ordered to pay a fine of £220, a victim surcharge of £30 and the council’s full costs of £127.50 - a total bill of £377.50 each.
Ryan Oakley (24) of Paddock Close, Castle Donington pleaded guilty to dropping a cigarette end and leaving it on the pavement on High Street, Long Eaton.  He was ordered to pay a fine of £40, with his guilty plea taken into account. He must also pay a victim surcharge of £30 and the council’s full costs of £127.50 – a total bill of £197.50
 
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
 
“Over the last few weeks we have made it absolutely clear that we will always take action against anyone caught dropping litter, failing to pick up after their dog or guilty of any environmental crime. These cases clearly illustrate that – and they also demonstrate that if offenders think they can get away with non-payment of an FPN, we will prosecute.
 
“Our message is clear – dispose of your litter properly and take some responsibility for the environment. That way you won’t be out of pocket.”
 
Over the last quarter, the council issued an increased number of 44 FPNs for litter offences compared to 31 in the same period last year. In the year to date there have been 170 issued compared to 109 at the same point in 2016. Fly-tipping cases have dropped in the year to date, with 116 instances compared to 208 in the same period last year.
 
The council appeals to the public to help the crackdown on environmental crime by reporting offenders and supplying information through the council’s confidential PRIDE-line number 0115 850 8383 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

‘Recovery’ exhibition

Artwork and text which has been created by people recovering from drug and alcohol abuse will go on display in the Lally Gallery at Erewash Museum on Saturday 10 March.
 
The ‘Recovery’ exhibition, which runs until 3 April, will include handmade prints, collage, mixed media, paintings, text art and films. Professional artists Diana Shepherd and Cathy Terzza have worked alongside the Derbyshire Recovery Partnership and exhibitors since October last year to create the artwork. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This will be a fascinating exhibition, the result of an inspiring project. It is a chance to see a wide range of artwork created by people who face day to day challenges as they recover from addiction.” 
 
The people involved have worked at Derbyshire Recovery Partnership drug and alcohol recovery services based at Erewash House in Ilkeston in partnership with Wash Arts CIC Horti-Culture Project. 
 

Litter culprits be warned!

Litterbugs and pet owners who fail to pick up after their dogs are being warned they will be prosecuted if they are caught offending and then fail to pay the Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) fine.
 
The hard-hitting message comes from Erewash Borough Council as it continues its crackdown on environmental crime and follows three successful prosecutions last month – while a further three court cases are due to take place over the next couple of weeks.
 
Two local residents have been taken to court by the council after they failed to pay their fines when they were spotted throwing their cigarette ends onto the pavement – while a third was also prosecuted for non-payment of his fine for failing to pick up after his two dogs.
 
All three were issued with Fixed Penalty Notices when they were seen by Neighbourhood Wardens and must now pay court fines and costs totalling hundreds of pounds. All three cases were heard at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court:
  • Kirsty Taylor, of Balmoral Road, Borrowash, dropped a cigarette end and left it on the pavement on Derby Road, Long Eaton.  No FPN payment was received and the court fined her £220, with a victim surcharge of £30 and ordered her to pay the council’s full costs of £127 – a total bill of £377.
  • James Whitworth (32), of Critchley Street, Ilkeston, dropped and left his cigarette end on Bath Street, Ilkeston. He failed to pay his FPN and was fined £220 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and the council’s full costs of £127.50 – a total bill of £377.50.
  • Isaac Stack (20), of Blackwell Close, Ilkeston, was issued with two FPNs when he failed to pick up after his two dogs fouled land at Cotmanhay Pavilion Open Space.  No payment was received and he must now pay a total court bill of £597.50 – a fine of £220 for each offence, a victim surcharge of £30 and the council’s full costs of £127.50.  
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
 
“These cases show that we won’t hesitate to take action against offenders. They may have hoped to avoid punishment, but the fines and costs awarded demonstrate the court’s support for our work. If people don’t want to be out of pocket, the solution is simple – dispose of waste responsibly.
 
“Littering of any kind is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. It brings down the appeal of our towns and local communities and is dangerous and unhealthy. Much of the waste carelessly thrown out, particularly cigarette ends, does not rot down for a very long time. Clean-up costs, of course, are met through Council Tax so dropping litter, fly-tipping or leaving dog mess makes no sense at all and is a mindless thing to do. We need the public to take a responsible approach to disposing of their waste.”
 
Over the last quarter, the council issued an increased number of 44 FPNs for litter offences compared to 31 in the same period last year. In the year to date there have been 170 issued compared to 109 at the same point in 2016. Fly-tipping cases have dropped in the year to date, with 116 instances compared to 208 in the same period last year.
 
The council appeals to the public to help the crackdown on environmental crime by reporting offenders and supplying information through the council’s confidential PRIDE-line number 0115 850 8383 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tee-off for charity

Golf players are being urged to hit the greens and tee-off for a Charity Golf Day hosted by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, to raise funds for her chosen charities.
 
Teams of keen golfers are needed for the special sporting day on Friday 27 April at the Erewash Valley Golf Club in Stanton by Dale, when all proceeds will go to Alzheimer’s charities, Sight Support Derbyshire, Ben’s Den and The Canaan Trust.
 
The event will be a four person team Stableford Competition off 3/4 handicap with the best two scores at each hole to count and there will be a handicap limit of 24 (men) and 36 (women). The Mayor will start everyone off at the first hole, with the first team teeing-off at 10.30am.
 
Councillor Mary Hopkinson, the Mayor of Erewash, says:
 
“I hope as many people as possible will join us for what will be a competitive and fun day that will also raise money for charities that are very close to my heart.”
 
The entry fee for the event is £160 per team, which includes refreshments from 9.30am and a two course hot meal after play. Businesses can also support the charity day by sponsoring a hole for £50.00.  Full publicity will be given.
 
Entry forms and more details are available from the Civic Support Office at Ilkeston Town Hall, telephone 0115 907 1115 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by contacting Mike Ronan on 
07918 621588.
 

Relaunched ‘Teen Gym’ 

Erewash Borough Council has extended its Health Club gym membership scheme to enable more young people to make use of the gym facilities at its leisure centres.
 
The relaunched Teen Gym membership is available now for 11-15-year-olds – previously it was just for 14-15-year-olds.
 
The move comes after staff completed the necessary training to permit the younger age group into the gym and is part of the council’s on-going drive to encourage more young people to take up a healthier lifestyle.
 
Membership is £15 a month, with no joining fee and includes an induction and their own plan. It covers the use of the gym at supervised sessions or with an adult aged 18+ who has had an induction – while it also includes swimming and group exercise classes at all sites
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We are delighted to be able to extend our health club membership and look forward to welcoming more young people to enjoy our fitness facilities. Research published on the Sport England website shows that 11-15 is a vital age range for creating an exercise habit for life.”
 
The new Teen Gym Membership for 11-15 year olds is available direct from West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton, 0115 946 1400; Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Ilkeston, 0115 944 0400; Rutland Sports Park, Ilkeston, 0115 930 2033; and Sandiacre Friesland Sports Centre, 0115 949 0400.