Free One Hour Parking 

The popular free one hour parking in Erewash will continue, but Erewash Borough Council has agreed that changes to other car parking charges are needed to fund the scheme.
 
Parking charges will increase in all car parks from Monday 4 April in a move aimed at helping fund the one hour free parking in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centre car parks.
 
The charges at Long Eaton Train Station commuters’ car park, which are currently very cheap compared to other station car parks, will also increase to keep it more in line with other similar stations.
 
A review of the free scheme confirmed that its ongoing cost could not be sustained, with the council having lost £100,000 between April and September last year and continues to face losses of around £18,000 a month.
 
The free parking was introduced as a town centre regeneration initiative and has become increasingly popular with residents and town centre businesses.
 
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
 
“These are financially challenging times for all local authorities and although the free one hour parking is extremely popular and residents want it to continue, we have to find ways to fund it.
 
“The parking charges have not been increased since 2008 and any attempt to offset the cost of the free one hour parking has to come from the parking budget. Even with this increase in the parking charges, we are still potentially looking at losses, so we will have to continue to review the situation.”
 
The new charges will be the same in all the council’s car parks, removing the different tariffs which have existed in some car parks – a move which has been asked for by many drivers.
 
All the new parking fees will be applicable Monday to Saturday from 8am-6pm from 4 April.

Mayor’s Award

Erewash Borough Council is calling on its residents to nominate someone they admire for their selfless work for others in the borough and who deserves a pat on the back for their tireless work for the community.
 
The council has relaunched its Mayor’s Award scheme to honour the special people of Erewash - and it is calling on residents to make their nominations in recognition of those people who go that extra mile without expecting anything in return.
 
The closing date is 31 March when a panel will then consider the nominations, looking for evidence of special qualities and service beyond being a ‘good neighbour’.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, says:
 
“I have been so proud to serve this wonderful borough and have been truly humbled by the many people out there who work so tirelessly to help others. There are some very special people who are so caring of others and their warmth, kindness and compassion is overwhelming. 
 
“I ask residents to please take a moment to nominate the people they know who deserve to be recognised.” 
 
Nominations will be in confidence and publicity only given to people who actually receive a Mayor’s Award. Please note that awards cannot be made to serving councillors of the county, borough or parish councils or their employees.
 
Forms are available at Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Hall receptions and online at www.erewash.gov.uk or send full details in a letter to Susan Dunkley, Democratic and Civic Officer, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, DE7 5RP.
 
For more details email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115 907 1115.

Park Project Proceeds

The main phase of Victoria Park’s exciting heritage project will get underway over the next few weeks when residents will see some of the key features tra
nsformed.
 
Erewash Borough Council secured £740,800 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the project, but work on the key features was delayed due to the costs having risen, meaning the council has had to work with HLF to revise minor elements and find extra money.
 
At a meeting of Council Executive today (25 February), councillors agreed that the borough council should invest a further £20,000 into the heritage project at the Ilkeston park – meaning contractors can now be appointed and work get underway.
 
Major restoration work over the coming months will see:
 
The restoration of the bowling green pavilion, to a include a new refreshment kiosk, toilet facilities and improved storage for bowlers
New gates at the park’s two entrances on the corner of Drummond Road and Bristol Road and the corner of Manners Road and Bristol Road
Specialist restoration of the bandstand, which will be completed off site
A new timber pergola installed and refurbishment of the marble pillars
Path improvements using resin bonded gravel to areas around the bandstand and entrance gates
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Residents and visitors will start to see the exciting changes over the summer months. Victoria Park is a delightful park that is much loved by local people and I know they are looking forward to seeing the new additions and the complete restoration of the bandstand. The work will take several months but we hope that it will be completed by the end of the year.”
 
New flower beds based on designs shown in old photos of the park have already been created by the council’s parks team.
 
As part of the HLF project, a Community Ranger will also be appointed for three years to provide a busy activity plan at the park.

Get involved with Sport Relief

On your marks, get set . . . .  Erewash residents have the chance to take part in a Sainsbury’s Sport Relief mile when Ilkeston hosts the fundraising event on Sunday 20 March.
 
Enthusiastic ‘milers’ will set off from Rutland Sports Park and  Erewash Borough Council is now urging local people and families to register to take part and dust down their trainers to join hundreds of other like-minded walkers and runners for the fun event.
 
Setting off at 10 am, fundraisers can choose to run or walk one, three or six miles. The one mile route is on the running track at the sports park, while the 3 and 6 mile routes will take place in the lovely scenery of the Nutbrook Trail around the back of the centre.
 
Adding to the fun atmosphere will be additional free activities on offer for children and adults with the climbing wall, smoothie bike and football and multi-sports.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Our Sport Relief Mile event  is a great way for the local community to come together, have fun and raise much needed money for those in this country and around the world who live incredibly hard lives.  It doesn’t matter if you run or walk, so get out those trainers, join your friends and family and make yourself proud. You can make a difference.” 
 
Residents can enter now by registering for the ‘Rutland Mile’ at www.sportrelief.com  The money raised makes a difference, with 50% used to help people living in the UK and the other 50% funding projects in the world’s poorest communities.
 
Anyone wanting more information about the event at Rutland Sports Park can contact the council’s Sport and Physical Activity Co-ordinator Kevin Hatton by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0115 907 2244.
 

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