Roof repair on the cards

A £4,000 grant to help towards roof repair costs at Ashbrook Community Centre in Borrowash is expected to get the seal of approval at a meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive next week.
The centre’s Building Committee has been backed by Ockbrook and Borrowash Parish Council to apply for the money as part of the council’s Rural Community Grant Scheme.
The roof repairs are needed before the centre can be re-opened for community and private use. The building is owned by Derbyshire County Council but it is currently considering an application by the Building Committee members for a 50 year lease of the premises.
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“This grant scheme is aimed at helping fund projects in our rural communities and this application is exactly the sort of thing that it was set up for. Approving this grant will help get repairs underway to bring the community centre back into use for local residents.”
Councillors are expected to give the grant the green light, with the condition that the money is not released until there is written confirmation from the county council that the 50 year lease of the centre to the Ashbrook Community Centre Building Committee is in place.
Applications for a Rural Community Grant are currently open, with a deadline of 5.30pm on Wednesday 8 August. Applications are accepted from parish councils on behalf of organisations, with only one bid per parished area permitted.
The council has again made £62,500 available for this financial year and funding can be for anything ranging from buildings, equipment and regeneration projects through to open spaces or any scheme that will improve the lives of local communities.
Full details of the scheme can be found at or email the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The meeting of Council Executive is at Ilkeston Town Hall on Tuesday 17 July at 10.30am.

Grants galore for Erewash groups

Nearly 30 community groups and arts and sports organisations in Erewash were handed a share of a bumper payout of more than £28,000 over the last financial year.
A report going to a meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive next week lists all those that were helped by the money thanks to the council’s Community and voluntary Small Grants Scheme.
Organisations across the borough successfully applied for a grant, including church groups, charities, scout and guide groups, clubs supporting older people and sports clubs.
The scheme offers the chance for groups both large and small to apply for up to £2,000 for projects and services that help Erewash residents.
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“We continue to reach out to the community through this scheme and support the many groups and organisations that are working every day to help and support residents of all ages. These grants are often a lifeline to help provide vital services in all corners of our borough.”
Groups that were helped over the last year include The Canaan Trust charity, which used its grant to replace bed frames and mattresses for its work with the homeless; Kirk Hallam Community Hall Association, which now has chairs for adults and children and a new trolley; Stanton by Dale Cricket Club used its grant to improve the disabled access to the ladies toilets; and Ilkeston Swimming Club’s grant went towards the costs of a new starter system.
The deadline for applications for the latest round of Community Grants is 5.30pm on Thursday 19 July. Full details of the scheme and how to apply can be found at
The meeting of Council Executive is at Ilkeston Town Hall on Tuesday 17 July at 10.30am.

Summer Football Camp fun 

Time to find your inner World Cup star! Erewash Borough Council is running a football camp for kids aged 8-14 years at Friesland Sports Centre in Sandiacre from Monday 30 July until Friday 3 August. Friesland offers great facilities for junior football and welcomes both boys and girls of any ability or disability.
Registration between 9.30am – 10am
Lunch 12.30pm- 1.30pm
Astro/field 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Pick up 3.30pm – 4pm
Shin pads must be worn, please bring your own football boots and lunch. The cost per person is £12.50 a day
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
“After the excitement of the World Cup I hope this encourages young people to take an interest in football and hone their skills. Who knows, Erewash could produce the next Harry Kane!”
For more information please contact 0115 907 2244 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Blooming great news for Victoria Park

Victorious Victoria Park has been honoured again - with Erewash Borough Council scooping the national Horticulture Week Custodian Award for Best Heritage Park.
The council’s top title was announced at a glittering ceremony held at Woburn Abbey last week, beating other heritage contenders from across the country and turning the national spotlight on Ilkeston’s historic park.
This latest tribute – one of the most prestigious park awards – is a salute to the major restoration project made possible by National Lottery players. Thanks to a £740,800 National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project has seen the Green Flag park returned to its Victorian glory.
Key features like the bandstand, entrance gates, pergola and bowls pavilion have all been restored to original designs, while new heritage activities held in the park and bedding schemes in the restored floral garden continue to win widespread praise from residents and visitors.
The council’s Green Space and Street Scene officer Caroline Pollard and horticultural apprentice Sam Pickering were joined by Richard Daniel, of the Friends of Victoria Park group, in collecting the award at the celebration ceremony.
 Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
“What an absolutely unbelievable accolade for Victoria Park. With the help of the National Lottery funding it has been restored its former glory and is a much-loved place of enjoyment for the residents of Erewash. Congratulations to everybody who has been involved with the restoration and gardening works, it is certainly a well-deserved award and we are thrilled to receive such a prestigious honour.”
Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: 
“This is fantastic news for Victoria Park and the local community. The Victoria Park project was delivered thanks to money raised by National Lottery players and it’s great to see that it has been recognised by this award. The project transformed Victoria Park and restored its historic features for future generations to enjoy. Congratulations to all those involved in the project.”

Hygiene champions again

Erewash Borough Council has topped a national table for the second consecutive year for its impressive food hygiene standards in the latest report from consumers’ champion Which?
Which? says the hard work of the council’s food, health and safety team means planned interventions were carried out on all failing premises and an ‘impressive’ 97% of the borough’s food establishments are compliant with food hygiene standards.
Nearly 400 local authorities across the UK were analysed for the report using data collected by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), including the percentage of high and medium-risk food businesses compliant with food hygiene standards.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“What an achievement by our team, ensuring that Erewash retains its title as the best performing local authority for food hygiene enforcement. Our officers work hard all year round to maintain and improve food safety and health and safety standards for the residents of Erewash. Well done to all involved.”
There are more than 950 registered food premises in Erewash, ranging from small corner shops to large food manufacturers. Food safety inspections are carried out in line with the FSA’s Food Law Code of Practice to calculate the hygiene rating which is published on the national FSA website.  
Council officers will identify what follow-up action is needed for businesses that are not compliant with the legislation and always provide advice and support to help a business improve.
Residents can find the food hygiene ratings of Erewash premises at