Blue lid trial for recycling

A new waste scheme is being trialled in the borough as part of the continuing drive to make Erewash even more environmentally-friendly.
 
Erewash Borough Council is offering residents who have no need for their brown garden waste bin the chance to convert it to a recycling bin by applying for the lid to be changed to a blue one.
 
There is no charge for switching to a blue lid, but residents who successfully apply must understand that the move is a permanent one and the brown bin cannot be used again for garden waste.
 
This free option is being offered on a first come, first served basis to 500 residents and the uptake and impact of the scheme will be reviewed after a trial period.
 
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
 
“This is very much about extending our waste collection service, about finding ways to further improve our recycling rate here in Erewash. We know there are people in the borough who have asked to use their brown bin for recycling all year round – well, this gives them that chance.
 
“We hope those who apply for this will increase the amount of waste they recycle. We all have our part to play.” 
 
The latest figures for Erewash show that around 12 per cent of waste disposed of in the black bin is recyclable – the equivalent to around 3,000 tonnes of recyclable material being sent to landfill every year.
 
Diverting as much of this material as possible into the recycling stream would go towards significantly improving recycling figures for Erewash.
 
It is hoped that offering the chance to change the brown bin to a blue-lidded bin for recyclable waste will appeal to residents who have no gardening to do and that it will encourage those who take part in the trial to recycle more.
 
Anyone interested in the scheme can apply now by calling the council on 0115 907 2244.

May the ‘savings’ be with you

Tickets for this year’s Erewash Bonfire and Fireworks display will be on sale Monday 10 September, with out of this world savings to be had with the introduction of our new online tickets sales facility. Stellar discounts are also on offer for pre-paid tickets bought in advance. 
 
The 2018 display at Long Eaton’s West Park on Saturday 3 November is once again tipped to attract thousands of people. Organised by Erewash Borough Council, it is one of the biggest community bonfire and firework displays in the area and this year’s theme is ‘Space Odyssey’.
 
It has never been easier to purchase your tickets for the extravaganza with tickets available online from www.gigantic.com where huge savings can be made. Adult tickets are £5, children under 16 and senior citizens (over 60) pay just £2 and family tickets (2 adults and up to 3 children) can be snapped up for just £10, a massive saving on the £20 on-the-night price. 
 
Pre-paid tickets bought from West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton; Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Ilkeston; and Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls are another way the council can offer fantastic value for money savings to the event – a family ticket is £15, adults can take advantage of a ticket for £7 and children under 16, and those over 60, pay only £2.
 
Tickets can also be bought on the night at the West Park entrance with family tickets at £20, adult tickets for £8, and children 16 and under and senior citizens paying £5.
 
Admission is free for children aged 5 and under.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Even though Bonfire Night seems a long way off, it makes sense to take advantage of these great savings on your tickets, especially with the bonus this year of being able to purchase online. Our display and celebration is by far the biggest and best for miles around and is enjoyed every year by thousands of people – so we’ll hope see you there!”
 

Away with the fairies

Erewash Museum will be whisking us away to the land of the fairies when their Enchanted Garden event opens on Saturday 15 September between 11am and 3pm.
 
Come and meet the Queen of the Fairies in her grotto, have your photo taken with a beautiful 
unicorn, join in with the fairy craft activities and take part in the magical fairy trail activity around the decorated gardens. To get in to the spirit of the occasion, why not come in costume dressed as a fairy or an elf? 
 
The Old Stables Tea Rooms will be open for you to enjoy a well-earned rest from the magic and sparkle. 
 
There will be a small charge for some activities.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Join us for a magical day at the museum, the enchanted garden day is always an extremely popular event and it’s a delight to see how it ignites the imaginations of both young and old visitors.”

Your favourite park could win award

Vote for your favourite park in Erewash and show how much the UK loves parks.
 
The experts have had their say and in July West Park, Long Eaton, Ilkeston’s Victoria Park and Pioneer Meadows Local Nature Reserve, along with Straw’s Bridge Local Nature Reserve were all given a prestigious Green Flag Award. Victoria Park was also honoured with a Green Heritage Award, which is granted to a Green Flag site that is deemed to be of local or national historic interest.
 
The Award Scheme is asking the nation to have its say and decide which parks and green spaces should receive the People’s Choice Award for being the UK’s favourites.
 
Whether you enjoy visiting a park or green space to play football, walk the dog, exercise or simply get away from the hustle and bustle, if you think your favourite deserves to be in the top 10 People’s Choice then cast your vote.
 
All you have to do is go to www.greenflagaward.org find your park on the winners map and click the voting button. Once you’ve registered your vote, why not encourage others to get involved too through social media using the hashtag #PeoplesChoice.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We have four Green Flag Parks in the borough and they are all something to be proud of. We hope people in Erewash show their passion for our parks and take a few minutes to go online to cast their vote.”
 
Voting opens 1 September and closes 30 September, with the top 10 sites being announced on 16 October. 

Harvest Moon festival lights the way

This year’s popular Harvest Moon Festival, part of the Erewash Festival of Light, will take place on Saturday 29 September at Kirk Hallam Lake in Godfrey Drive. Organised by Erewash Borough Council’s Arts Development team, in partnership with the Harvest Moon Group, the free event is on between 4pm-7.30pm with the lantern procession at 7pm.
 
Activities include face painting, natural mosaics, creating bird feeders out of recycled materials, a Cool Science stall, Erewash Museum activities, St Catherine’s Church activities and the Calidoscopio Carnival Drummers, an energetic drumming group who play Brazilian and fusion grooves.
 
Local arts organisation Avago Crafts will be making lanterns with pupils from Dallimore and Ladywood Primary Schools at the start of the autumn term which will be completed in time for the event. You are encouraged to make and bring your own lanterns - but please avoid using glass or real candles.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Leisure and Culture, says:
 
“The annual festival is a stunning sight to behold, and a fantastic example of community involvement. The lantern procession around the lake looks incredible as the light starts to fade, so join us down there with your families, friends and your colourful lanterns!”