Show some love for Victoria Park!

Residents will be able to have a heartfelt day of family fun when this month’s Valentine’s Day is marked with a ‘Love Your Park’ celebration at Ilkeston’s Green Flag winning Victoria Park.
 
A drumming workshop, live DJ music and face painting are among the activities on offer for the free family event on Tuesday 14 February – which falls in the school half term holiday.
 
A ‘Swap Shop Table’ will also be on offer during the day – with the event running between 11am and 3pm – so families can take along toys and items they no longer want to see if they can swap them.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“What better way to show your pride and love for the wonderful Victoria Park than by joining us for this activity-packed event on the perfect ‘date’ - Valentine’s Day!”
 
Victoria Park’s Community Ranger Helen Mitchem organises a wide variety of activities within the park as part of the wider heritage project that is taking place. The council secured £740,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund for the restoration of its key features, including the bandstand, bowls pavilion and the provision of impressive new entrance gates.
 

Full steam ahead as Erewash MP names the date for new station opening

Erewash MP Maggie Throup is delighted to announce that trains will begin stopping at Ilkeston’s new railway station on Sunday 2nd April 2017, with an official opening expected to follow later in the summer.
 
The details were today confirmed to Ms Throup in an email from Network Rail and will come as welcome news to the people of Ilkeston who have waited over 50 years to be reconnected to the railway. 
 
The new £10 million station project was made possible because of a £6.6 million Government infrastructure investment package administered through the New Stations Fund.
 
Announcing the date, Maggie said: 
 
“I am delighted that at long last we finally have a firm date for passenger trains to begin operating to and from Ilkeston’s new station.
 
“The station will not only transform the way local people travel, but will undoubtedly give a significant boost to the local economy and attract new business to the area.
 
“Sunday 2nd April 2017 will be a historic day in the life of our town as we finally cast off the dubious title ‘the largest town in Britain without a station’, and I for one cannot wait to be on that first passenger train as it pulls into Ilkeston Junction after an interval of over 50 years.
 
“This investment by the Conservative Government demonstrates the commitment we have made to improving Britain’s aging railway infrastructure. However I now want to see even more investment to make sure we connect the station up with the rest of the town to maximise the benefits.”
 

Helping shape Stanton’s future

An important planning document that will drive the development of the Stanton site looks set to be formally adopted by Erewash Borough Council this week.
 
A full council meeting on Thursday (19 January) is expected to confirm that the Stanton masterplan is accepted as the key guide for any developer wanting to put together a realistic planning application for the site.
 
The document – known as the Stanton Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) – has been produced by the council, with the process including a six week consultation with residents and stakeholders.
 
Stanton Regeneration Site features in the council’s Core Strategy as a key site for redevelopment and is seen as one of the biggest development opportunities the borough has ever seen.
 
The council wants to see the site provide around 2,000 homes, business and industry development to provide local jobs, a primary school, shops, open spaces, a wildlife corridor, improved public transport, increased pedestrian and cycle access to surrounding areas and other community facilities.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“Development of the Stanton site is vital if we are to achieve our targets for job creation and new housing, so this masterplan is one of the most important planning documents for Erewash and for the future development of the site. It aims to address all the issues that surround this site and set out the expectations that we, as a council, have to provide a quality redevelopment for the residents of this borough
 
“There has been a lot of hard work in putting it together but now we have a masterplan that is a clear guide to help developers put together planning applications that are likely to be successful. It is a giant step towards moving this important site forward.”
 
A previous planning application seeking outline planning permission for the redevelopment of the site on behalf of site owners Saint-Gobain PAM UK Ltd was withdrawn in July 2015 when they were advised that the proposals failed to meet the requirements of the Erewash Core Strategy.
 
The masterplan includes guides to where different uses should be located and how development across the whole site should be phased, and is aimed at helping the site owner secure a developer.
 
A meeting of the Council will be held at Long Eaton Town Hall on Thursday 19 January at 7pm.

Need a grant for your community work?

Community and voluntary groups in Erewash have another chance to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them with their work in the borough.
 
Erewash Borough Council has opened a final funding round of its Small Grants Scheme for 2016/17 and is urging local groups to get in touch and apply for financial support ahead of the closing deadline on Friday 17 February.
 
The council has helped many groups over the last few years through the grants scheme and is still keen to hear from more groups – however large or small - that could use a grant for specific projects that help people living in Erewash
 
Funding rounds earlier in the 2016/17 financial year have already helped 30 community and voluntary groups who won a share of just over £36,700 in total.
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“We want to get the message out to groups in all corners of our borough that these grants are on offer to help them. It doesn’t matter how small the group is, we want to hear from you if you are working to help others in our borough. We know there is so much good work of all kinds happening every day. Will a grant of up to £2,000 help you? Then get in touch now!”
 
The deadline for community grant applications is close of play on Friday 17 February 2017.
 
Full details of the scheme and how to apply for a community grant are available at www.erewash.gov.uk  - via the ‘Community and Living’ tab and the link to ‘Grants’. 
Anyone needing help or advice regarding completing the application form can contact the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0115 907 2244.