FREE dog health checks

Erewash Borough Council has again joined forces with the PDSA animal charity to bring another four roadshow events that will offer free dog health checks.
 
Erewash dog owners can take their four-legged friends for the 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.  Places are limited and will be on a first come first served basis.
 
The council’s Neighbourhood Dog Wardens will also be at the events offering free dog micro-chipping and advice between 8.30am and 5pm.
 
The Tuesday to Wednesday health check roadshows will be held from 10am – 5pm, while the Friday event will finish at 4pm:
 
Tuesday 18 April – Cotmanhay Sure Start Centre car park, Beauvale Drive
Wednesday 19 April – Elvaston Street car park, Draycott 
Thursday 20 April – Sawley Community Centre car park, off Draycott Road
Friday 21 April – Cotmanhay Sure Start Centre car park, Beauvale Drive
 
Cats Protection representatives will also be at the events offering FREE cat spay/neuter vouchers for owners. Owners must NOT take their cats to the events and can arrange for their pets to have the procedure at a later date. 

Time to Bloom

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 12 April – Long Eaton High Street, 10am-2pm
Thursday 13 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 12 April at www.erewash.gov.uk/erewashinbloom or forms can be downloaded at www.erewash.gov.uk/pride
 

Your vote counts

Erewash residents are reminded that they must be registered by Thursday 13 April – just over a month away - to have their right to vote in the Derbyshire County Council (DCC) elections.
 
The DCC elections are on Thursday 4 May when voters will elect nine county councillors for the Erewash area.
 
Most residents who are old enough to vote are on the register, which is checked and updated every year by Erewash Borough Council.  However, anyone who knows they are not registered or has recently moved house or moved into the borough should ensure their details are registered.
 
It is quick and easy to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote Residents who want to check that they are registered to vote in Erewash can fill in a form online that will be responded to within one working day. Visit www.erewash.gov.uk  and click on the ‘Your Council’ tab and follow the ‘elections’ link.
 
Voters wanting postal or proxy votes should note the following deadlines:
 
5pm, Tuesday 18 April – for new postal vote and postal proxy applications
5pm, Tuesday 25 April – new applications to vote by proxy
 
The council’s elections team can help with any enquiries. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115 907 1190.

New byelaw goes ahead

A new byelaw is soon to be made to give police new powers to crackdown on people urinating and defecating in public areas of Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres.
 
Erewash Borough councillors unanimously gave the green light to progress the making of the new law at a meeting of the Full Council on Thursday (9 March).
 
Residents were asked for their views on bringing the new byelaw into force during a widespread consultation last year and there was overwhelming support for the move.
 
Urinating or defecating in public is a problem in many town centres across the country – usually at night and weekends as revellers leave pubs and nightclubs and use shop doorways, alleyways and other areas as ‘toilets’.
 
Police currently have only limited powers but the new byelaw will make the behaviour a criminal offence and anyone caught will face a fine of up to £500. The council’s neighbourhood wardens will also support police officers in enforcing the byelaw.
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“We don’t have a major problem in our town centres, but when it does happen it is obviously totally unacceptable. The respectable majority have great pride for their town and I really do feel for the shopkeepers, businesses and our own council teams that have to clear up such disgusting mess. There was overwhelming support for action and this byelaw will help and will hopefully serve as a deterrent.”
 
The council must now publish a notice of the making of the byelaw locally and on its website and written representations can be made during a set time frame of not less than 28 days.
 
It is hoped that the byelaw will be in place by the summer and signs will be put up in the two town centres informing the public that it is in force.
 

Council tax decision expected

A recommendation that Erewash Borough Council raises its share of council tax for 2017/18 by £5 a year will go before councillors at a budget-setting meeting this week (Thursday 9 March).
 
If agreed, it will mean that the council’s charge for a Band D property in Erewash will increase by 2.9% to £175.91 – a rise which works out at just 9p a week. 
 
Only 11% of the total council tax bill goes towards paying for Erewash Borough Council services. Council tax payers also have to pay an amount for Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Constabulary, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and Parish Councils – Erewash Borough Council has no control over the charges set by these organisations.
 
The recommended increase comes as the borough council continues to work hard to find further savings and put in place plans to increase income as part of its future budget planning. The council has already identified a total of £660,000 of efficiency savings for next year and needs to find a further £1.8m by 2020.
 
Councillor Wayne Major, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Resources, says:
 
“We are doing everything in our power to make substantial efficiency savings and reduce our reliance on central government funding while, at the same time, protecting and maintaining our front line services wherever possible.
 
“The next few years are going to be extremely challenging due to the national efforts to balance the country’s finances - but we will continue to work hard at balancing our budget and we remain proud to be a council that is debt free.”
 
The Full Council meeting will be held at Ilkeston Town Hall on Thursday 9 March at 7pm.