Doing what is right for Erewash

Erewash residents have been urged to continue to play their part in the fight against the coronavirus as the borough faces its first full week in the government’s Tier 2 high alert category.
 
The borough’s move to the high Covid alert level was announced by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, and came into force on Saturday at 12.01am after a surge in Coronavirus cases. 
 
Erewash Borough Council has appealed to residents to take the ‘high alert’ level seriously and follow the tighter ‘lockdown’ rules to help stop the spread of the virus.
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of the Council, has told residents that while the news is disappointing, moving to the higher level was ‘absolutely the right thing to do’.
 
“We all need to see this as a wake-up call and must pull together to reverse the numbers and work together to keep each other safe,” she says.
 
“I understand some people don’t agree with the restrictions, but my appeal is that right now it is crucial that we are one united community that takes our responsibilities seriously. We must think of others, particularly the vulnerable.
 
“It’s going to be a challenging winter, but we do not want to see Erewash move to the highest Tier 3 alert. We can all do our best to stop that by following the guidelines.”
 
The government’s extra restriction on Erewash are due to be reviewed after four weeks. Full details on the restrictions and three-tier levels can found at the government’s website www.gov.uk 
 

Funding help available

Erewash Borough Council is once again offering help towards worthy causes across the borough through its Community Grants Scheme.
 
Voluntary groups and organisations are being encouraged to apply now for up to £2,000 and the council is particularly keen to support projects and initiatives that are helping the local community.
 
The grants scheme has helped hundreds of local groups and sporting organisations over the years and the release of the latest funds is to support all the vital charity and voluntary work that is going on right now in the area.
 
Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, Councillor Val Clare, says:
 
“Grants are awarded for many projects that help Erewash and in the past funds have been released to community groups, pre-school groups, churches, village halls and organisations that offer support in countless ways to both the young and old. This year in particular has seen the need for help increase as communities rally together to provide care and assistance for those who may be struggling due the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.” 
 
The council wants to hear from as many organisations as possible ahead of the closing deadline of 5.30pm Wednesday 16 December 2020.
 
Full details of the scheme, and the EBC Community Grants Funding Policy, can be found at erewash.gov.uk/community-grants
Anyone wanting advice on how to apply can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
EBC’s Community Grants Scheme is unable to provide funding to any community group that has received a grant award within the last 12 months.

Tough measures on anti-social drinking

Proposals by Erewash Borough Council to tackle anti-social drinking in the borough are expected to be supported by Council Executive (8 September) with a recommendation to Full Council for approval.
 
The introduction of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is part of a partnership effort to curb anti-social behaviour caused by alcohol consumption, which remains a persistent problem within the borough’s town centres.  The PSPO will provide ‘authorised officers’ the power to request individuals stop consuming and surrender their alcohol, if they are also causing anti-social behaviour.  If the individuals fail to comply with an officer’s request, they can be issued with a fine. 
 
The new three-year PSPO, subject to Council approval, will come into force in October 2020.  It will replace the existing Designated Public Place Order which was approved in 2008 and covered the whole of Erewash. The new orders are designed to cover specific, troublesome areas within the borough.
 
Proposed ‘restricted areas’ to be covered by the new PSPO will include:
Ilkeston town centre and surrounding green spaces including Rutland Recreational Ground and Victoria Park
Long Eaton town centre and surrounding green spaces including West Park, Dockholme Lock and Petersham Green.
 
As part of the consultation process, an online survey was conducted by the council earlier this year, with feedback showing overwhelming support in favour of the suggested PSPO restrictions, with some 93% of respondents stating that drinking alcohol in public leads to or may lead to anti-social behaviour. 84% of respondents said that they were likely to avoid the area and 79% being of the opinion that it is likely to cause an increase in violence.
 
 
Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, Councillor Val Clare, says:
 
 
“The introduction of the new public space protection order will support our community safety partners in dealing with the problem of irresponsible drinking in our towns and open spaces. The public survey, which was completed earlier this year, received over 500 replies from residents and partner organisations in the first two weeks alone which goes to show how strongly public opinion runs with this particular issue.”
 

A fair decision

The cancellation of landmark events in Erewash which attract thousands of people – including the historic Ilkeston Charter Fair – is expected to be confirmed at an Extraordinary meeting of Erewash Borough Council next week.
 
A report to the 27 August meeting confirms that the major events should be cancelled in the interests of public safety and in line with safety advice on mass gatherings and the ‘red risk’ they pose for the spread of coronavirus.
 
One of the biggest decisions will be confirmation that the 768th Ilkeston Charter Fair will not go ahead in October, thought to be the first time the street fair - which attracts more than 40,000 people – will not have taken place since wartime.
 
November’s Erewash Bonfire and Fireworks Display at West Park in Long Eaton, another major crowd-puller in the council’s events calendar, is also expected to be rubber-stamped for cancellation.
 
Oher casualties of covid-19 are likely to be Long Eaton’s Chestnut Fair, the Christmas Lights switch-on events in both Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres and the traditional Christmas Eve Carol Service in Ilkeston Market Place.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“These are extremely difficult decisions but the safety of all has to be our number one priority. I can assure residents that the cancellation of events is not taken lightly but the recommendation and advice is absolutely clear and agreed by everyone involved – that the safety of the public would be at risk.
 
“So while it is disappointing, I am sure that everyone will understand the reasons. It has been an unprecedented year, but we look to 2021 with optimism and hope that we will be able to welcome back this borough’s historic Charter Fair and our many other events.”
 
The Remembrance Sunday wreath-laying events in Ilkeston and Long Eaton are expected to go ahead on 8 November but with restrictions on attendance and no parades or church services beforehand.
 
The council worked with Derbyshire County Council’s public health team and also consulted with the Showmen’s Guild Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Mid and South Lincolnshire Section during the summer. Its chairman confirmed that, while disappointed, they had no objection to the cancellation and sent their best wishes to the council with the message that they look forward to returning for next year’s Ilkeston Charter Fair. 
 

Parking charges to resume

Parking charges are set to resume in all Erewash Borough Council car parks.
 
The fees were suspended by the council on 27 March to support and show appreciation for key workers who needed to park in the borough’s car parks, including Long Eaton Railway Station, for long periods during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis.
 
But with restrictions easing, and following the permitted opening of all non-essential shops, the council has made the decision to lift the suspension on parking charges returning to the standard tariff of up to 1 hour free, up to 2 hours £1.50; up to 3 hours £2; and £4 for over three hours from Wednesday 1 July.
 
All charges run from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday inclusive – excluding Bank Holidays. All parking in Erewash Borough Council car parks is free of charge on Sundays.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“It was absolutely right that we suspended the charges to help our key workers and residents during what has been the most difficult of times for everyone. While the way forward out of lockdown is ongoing, the fact is that restrictions have been eased and we – along with councils across the country - had to make a decision on when charges would be reintroduced.
 
“We have to now start looking at the way forward, at the financial situation and how best we can continue – having, I believe, worked with our wonderful community in the monumental effort to get us all through this crisis. With town centre shops in Ilkeston and Long Eaton now able to open, we hope residents will support them as the High Streets look to recover from the lockdown.”
 
Before the coronavirus lockdown the council had agreed a new and simplified two-tier charging system of just £1 for up to three hours and £3 for any period over three hours, with the current rates remaining the same at the commuter car park at Long Eaton Railway Station. This is still going ahead and the revised charges will come into force on Thursday 1 October.