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

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

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.

Candidates Announced For Borough Council Elections

There will be 131 candidates standing in next month’s Erewash Borough Council elections, which take place on Thursday 7 May.

Following the close of nominations, the 131 were formally confirmed. Five political parties plus Independents are represented in the elections, which will see 47 councillors elected in total to represent the borough’s 19 wards.

The political parties taking part and the number of candidates each are fielding in the borough elections are as follows:

•    Conservative Party (47 candidates)
•    Labour Party (47 candidates)
•    UK Independence Party (UKIP) (19 candidates)

•    Liberal Democrats ( 12 candidates)
•    Green Party (4 candidates)
•    Independents (2)

A full list of the candidates and the wards they are contesting can be found in ‘Latest News’ on the home page of the council’s website,  - where there is also a link to the list of candidates for the Parish Council elections in Erewash.

Blooming Heck . . . It’s That Time Again!

Erewash gardeners can put their hoes and rakes on standby and dust down their mowers . . . the ever-popular Erewash in Bloom gardening competition is launched this month!

The annual competition for green-fingered gurus is the flagship project of Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees residents, schoolchildren and businesses put some real flower power into the borough.

This year’s contest will be launched during National Gardening Week with special ‘Bloom’ stalls in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres where residents can find out more and pick up an entry form:

•    Wednesday 15 April – Long Eaton High Street, 10am-2pm
•    Thursday 16 April – Ilkeston, Bath Street, 10am-2pm

The competition features a wide range of categories as gardening fans all compete to put on the best summertime displays and be crowned an Erewash in Bloom champion.

Entry forms are also available from Long Eaton and Ilkeston Town Halls. Alternatively, residents will be able to enter on-line from Wednesday 16 April at or forms can be downloaded at