Christmas Services and Shelter Information

 

Free parking for Christmas

Erewash Borough Council is once again offering 24-hour FREE parking in all its car parks, with the exception of Long Eaton and Ilkeston Railway Stations, for the busy festive season.
 
The council has confirmed that its car parks will be free from Monday 10 December to Wednesday 26 December inclusive – a festive gift aimed at giving a major boost for town centre traders and shoppers during the run-up to Christmas.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“The seasonal free parking scheme remains a key part of our on-going drive to support our town centres and we know it is warmly welcomed by traders, residents and visitors to the borough at this busy time of year.
 
“Now, more than ever, we all have a role to play in supporting retailers here in Erewash. ‘Shop Local’ is the call-to-action in the run-up to Christmas and beyond - if we all get behind this, we can make a difference. So please use the free parking to make the most of the excellent markets and shops in Ilkeston and Long Eaton, as well as local shops in villages across the borough.”
 
All of the council’s car parks are part of the scheme, with the exception of the Long Eaton Railway Station commuter car park. Ilkeston Railway Station commuter car park is not owned by the council.
 

Nominate your community champion

Erewash Borough Council is calling on its residents to nominate someone they admire for their valuable voluntary work in the borough and who deserves a pat on the back for their tireless work for the community.
 
The council has launched its popular Mayor’s Awards to honour the special people of Erewash and is looking for nominations in recognition of those people who willingly volunteer to help others and go that extra mile without expecting anything in return.
 
The closing date is Friday 11 January 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 Chris Corbett, says:
 
“I know only too well just how many unsung heroes we have in this wonderful borough – indeed, I have been truly humbled when meeting many of them and have seen first-hand the selfless work carried out to help others.
 
“This is our way of celebrating and recognising fellow residents. I ask people to please take a moment right now to nominate someone you admire. It will be a great honour for me to present my Mayor’s Awards to people who make a real difference to the lives of others in this borough.”
 
Nominations will be in confidence and publicity only given to people who 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.
 

Factory unveils new hi-tech equipment and jobs with help of a £170k investment

An Ilkeston company which makes aluminium products for the building industry has unveiled its latest state-of-the-art investment.
 
Dales Fabrications has installed a polyester powder coating plant which applies attractive hard-wearing finishes to the aluminium products it manufactures at its factory in Crompton Road.
 
Industry specialists and Erewash MP Maggie Throup were among guests who attending the unveiling on Friday 28th November. 
 
Karl Prosser, managing director of Dales, said the new equipment, costing £170,000, is a massive upgrade of a limited capacity that the company had up to now and will will help speed up the process.
 
The cost includes a grant of £42,500 from a Government fund managed by the University of Derby  that provides loans and grants to businesses across the East Midlands which are looking to grow.
 
This is because the company is creating two jobs with another two expected to follow in the next couple of years.
 
Under the scheme the university will offer other services such as apprenticeships, knowledge exchange, research and product testing as part of a continuing relationship.
 
Dales has received endorsement from Syntha Pulvin, a multi-national company that provides the powder products. Dales is one of only 26 companies in Britain to have this approval.
 
It will be using a chemical  pre-treatment which is more environmentally-friendly, ahead of new legislation which will be introduced in three years that bans chromium products. 
 
The company makes bespoke aluminium products, including fascias, soffits, and rainwater systems that enhance the appearance of  a variety of buildings. It has an order book at an all-time high going into 2019 with work approaching £1.5m in value.
 
Maggie, who has a scientific background, said: “The chemistry behind this is really exciting and at the same time it's allowing Dales to have complete control of the quality of their excellent and innovative products.
 
“I'm delighted that this will result in more people being employed locally. It's always good news to see local businesses expanding.”
 

HS2 – council sets out its proposals

A hard-hitting package of measures to help tackle the impact of HS2 in Erewash will be discussed by councillors at a meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive next week.
 
The council’s proposed Mitigation Plan is part of the continuing work to get the best possible deal for local residents and businesses and has been drawn up in response to HS2 Ltd’s consultation on its draft Environmental Statement released last month.
 
In an introduction to the Plan, the council says that, despite HS2 making it clear that Long Eaton, Sandiacre and the Trent Valley would be adversely affected, its latest suggestions do nothing to reduce the major impact the project will have on the borough.
 
Now councillors will be asked to agree a straight-talking response that outlines the vital measures that Erewash Borough Council wants in place to deal with key issues like traffic, demolition of homes, compensation for home owners and the impact on Long Eaton town centre – which will be the worst affected by HS2. 
 
The Mitigation Plan, which builds on the council’s previous responses to HS2 consultation, is expected to be sent to the next Full Council meeting on Thursday 13 December for approval. The venue for that meeting is now Long Eaton Town Hall after requests received from residents.
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
 
“Our priority has always been to work to get the best and fairest deal for those most affected by HS2 and we remain committed to doing just that. I can assure residents that this council is working tirelessly to address all the serious issues that the HS2 project brings and this Mitigation Plan is a forthright message to HS2 that we are fighting for, and want, the best possible deal for our communities here in Erewash.
 
“Much hard work has already been carried out by this council on behalf of our residents and businesses. Now we are setting out, in very clear and thorough terms, just what our concerns are and what we want to see happen to reduce the impact.”
 
Among the proposals listed are:
 
 Homeowners on the east side of both Bonsall Street and New Tythe Street in Long Eaton to be compensated – with residents offered the choice of selling their homes to HS2 Ltd at compulsory purchase terms or to receive a £30,000 impact payment if they choose to stay in their homes.
The low level rail line to close because frequent closures of the level crossings on Station Street and Main Street would cause traffic gridlock in Long Eaton town centre. The creation of a new high level link to the Midland Mainline to Derby is proposed and the level crossing areas turned into streets.
Re-aligning the viaduct to save 41 homes on Bonsall Street from demolition.
Several other proposed changes are suggested to tackle fears that Long Eaton will be split in two, with HS2 cutting through the town centre on a 19metre-high viaduct. These include calling for a bespoke design for the viaduct to integrate with the townscape and to feature modern business space in the form of 21st Century railway arches.
Road access from Long Eaton to the Toton hub must be provided instead of HS2’s current proposal which would see residents having to take a 5km journey to the station – which is actually only 1km away as the crow flies.
Acquire and develop the former Stadium Industrial Estate in Long Eaton to develop housing suitable for those who lose their homes to make way for HS2.
Investment provided to refurbish the upper floors of Victorian lace mills to provide relocation opportunities for Long Eaton’s world famous upholstery businesses.
 
The Mitigation Plan also includes proposals to lessen the impact of the HS2 route at Sandiacre Meadows and through the Trent Valley.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“We have produced very detailed and comprehensive proposals that we believe are both reasonable and necessary, things that will make a real difference and lessen the impact on the residents and businesses of our borough.”
 
The proposed HS2 Mitigation Plan can be read in full on the council’s website at www.erewash.gov.uk within the agenda for the Council Executive meeting on Tuesday 4 December. The meeting is at Long Eaton Town Hall at 10.30am.