It’s Cool To Be In The Pool!

Music, inflatables and fun and games for the whole family are on the agenda when Ilkeston’s Victoria Park Leisure Centre hosts two summer pool parties on Saturday 22 August.
The swimming parties will be held between 3.30-4.15pm and 4.30-5.15pm and promise lots of summertime fun for families wanting to take the plunge.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Our pool parties always go swimmingly, so join us for a splashingly good time full of laughter and music!”
 
The parties are limited to 100 places on a first come, first served basis on the day. The cost is £2.15 for juniors (5-16 years) or £1.65 with a leisure card; Adult admission is £3.60 or £3.10 with a leisure card. A family admission (two adults and up to three children) is £10.45 or £8.70 with a leisure card. The parties are free to junior summer swim members.
 
The parties are for 5 years to adults – but children under eight years must be accompanied by an adult.

Join The Summer Holiday Club!

An action-packed Holiday Club activity programme of non-stop fun and games has been lined up for a summer celebration throughout the school holidays.

Erewash Borough Council’s Holiday Club is always a big hit with youngsters and will again offer a whole range of activities for children aged 5-14 years throughout the school break between Monday 27 July and Friday 4 September.

Entertainment and a whole range of activities are among the summer fun on offer at all four of the council’s leisure centre - West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton; Sandiacre Friesland Sports Centre; and Ilkeston’s Victoria Park Leisure Centre and Rutland Sports Park.

In addition, Erewash Museum will once again host its popular themed weeks through the school holiday.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“It’s summer holiday time and we are delighted to once again be offering non-stop activities across the borough to keep children entertained and active throughout.”

A copy of the Holiday Club guide can be picked up from any of the four leisure centres, Erewash Museum or from Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Hall receptions. It can also be downloaded at www.erewash.gov.uk/theholidayclub

FREE Dog Health Checks

Erewash Borough Council has again joined forces with the PDSA animal charity to continue the community campaign to promote responsible dog ownership and animal welfare.

Erewash dog owners can take their four-legged friends for a FREE health check by a PDSA veterinary nurse that will cover body condition and weight, teeth and gums, eyes and ears, coat condition and general fitness.

The council’s Neighbourhood Dog Wardens will also be supporting the charity during the visits offering help and advice to dog owners. They will also be offering free dog micro-chipping which will be compulsory from 6 April 2016.

All four health check events will be held from 9am – 4pm at the following locations:

•    Tuesday 14 July - Cotmanhay Sure Start Children’s Centre Car Park, Beauvale Drive, Cotmanhay

•    Wednesday 15 July – Sawley Community Centre Car Park, off Draycott Road, Sawley

•    Thursday 16 July – Collingwood Recreation Ground, Cornwallis Close, Long Eaton

•    Friday 17 July – Ashbrook Community Centre, Ashbrook Avenue, Borrowash


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

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with the PDSA and welcome them back to our borough. Previous ‘roadshows’ have proved incredibly popular and we would encourage owners to go along to these latest visits to get their dogs checked out and find out from the experts about how they can keep their dogs healthy and happy.”

Cats Protection representatives will also be at the events offering £10 vouchers for owners to have their cats spayed and neutered. The vouchers are for cats only and owners can arrange for their pets to have the procedure at a later date – owners must NOT take their cats to the events.

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.