Firm turns green waste to brown goodness and donates £1000 worth so gardens bloom 

GREEN waste from households across two Derbyshire boroughs which has been turned into soil improver by an Ilkeston company is being used to boost local gardening projects.
 
Stanton Recycling has given the product to help three schools, a hospice care scheme and horticultural students.
 
It is to help green-fingered gardeners pack a punch of nutrients when they prepare displays that give pleasure to others.
 
Stanton Recycling, based at The Old Iron Works, Crompton Road, provides a comprehensive range of recycling and waste disposal solutions across Derby and Nottinghamshire.
 
This includes taking in green kerbsite collection waste from thousands of homes in Erewash and Amber Valley which, after a process lasting 10 weeks, produces PAS100 soil improver.
 
That is bought by a commercial company operating nationally though individuals and organisations also buy it directly from the company's site.
 
The company recently gave more than £1,000 worth of the organic improver to the five projects, delivered by Ilkeston firm KRM Building Supplies.
 
Improver was given to Hallam Field Junior School, Ilkeston, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Firfield Primary School, Breaston, Treetops Hospice Care at Risley, where it was used on a new raised bed on which day visitors can grow vegetables, and Derby College at Broomfield, Morley.
 
As well as being used by their horticultural students in the gardens it is being used to support an exhibit at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society show at Chatsworth in June.
 
Their show garden, called Find Yourself...Lost in the Moment... promotes the physical and mental health benefits of being a volunteer gardener. Forty volunteers have worked on it for months.
 
Head gardener Sam Harvey said: “We are very grateful to have this donation of soil improver which will raise the quality of the plants in our display.”
 
At Kirk Hallam a senior pupil came up with an idea to re-invigorate an unused garden and re-create growing beds to produce vegetables for the school kitchen and hopefully for sale to the local community.
 
“We want the project to involve the community and use their experience to help the students,”said business manager Jenny Harrison Hill. 
 
Stanton Recycling is hoping that its product will start to reap benefits during this International Compost Awareness Week (May 5-11), the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry.
 
Natalia Losa-Riley, administration and quality manager at Stanton Recycling, said: “The company is happy to give something back to the local community as part of its social corporate responsibility initiative.
 
“This is the ultimate form of re-cycling – taking discarded waste from homes and producing soil improver which people can now use to enhance and bring new life to their gardens and floral displays.
 
“It's good to think that our produce is helping to boost the blooming efforts and give pleasure to so many.”

Preparing for polling day

Erewash Borough Council’s elections team continue to work behind-the-scenes as the countdown continues to polling day on Thursday 2 May.
 
Residents go to the polls to vote in the Borough Council elections, while in some areas there will also be Parish Council elections.
 
The whole process to prepare for Polling Day gets underway many weeks before to ensure all the administrative and legal requirements are met.
 
A major part of the process is managing the register of voters, sending out the poll cards, setting up and manning the polling stations, training election staff and, finally, organising the counts ahead of the declaration of results.
 
Here are some facts about this year’s 2 May elections in Erewash:
 
• More than 87,000 poll cards have been hand-delivered to every resident in the Erewash borough who is on the electoral register.
• The percentage of postal votes requested in Erewash for the borough elections is 18.38%.
• There will be 57 polling stations for the Erewash Borough Council election.
• The stations will be manned by 57 Presiding Officers and 103 Poll Clerks in total between 7am and 10pm.
• The count for both the borough and parish elections will be held at Rutland Sports Park Tennis Centre in Ilkeston on Friday 3 May. 

What voters need to know 

Voters in Erewash are being reminded of what they need to know to have their say in the Erewash Borough Council and parish elections, which are now just days away on Thursday 2 May.
 
Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. You should have received a card with details of your local polling station. If not, you can search for your polling station via a link from the home page of the council’s website www.erewash.gov.uk (under Find It) or call the Erewash election hotline on 0115 907 1190 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
When voting at a polling station, it is helpful to take your poll card with you. But if you don’t have it, don’t let that stop you – you can still vote as long as you are registered.
Polling station staff will give you ballot papers for the Erewash Borough Council election. In some areas, you will also receive a second ballot paper for your local Parish Council election.
If you applied for a postal vote, it needs to be completed and returned in the envelope provided. If you leave it too late to post back, you can drop it off at any polling station within Erewash or at either Long Eaton or Ilkeston Town Hall.
 
Anyone wanting more information can visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Funding bid for Long Eaton

Erewash Borough Council is to bid for substantial government funding for three projects that will help reduce the impact of HS2 on Long Eaton.
 
The council has confirmed its bid will be submitted by the 22 March deadline and will ask for a slice of the government’s newly-launched £675m Future High Streets Fund – with most awards expected to be in the £5m-£10m range, although the maximum amount is £25m.
 
Local authorities can bid for only one town and to qualify the town centre must be facing a significant challenge, with the council also demonstrating a strong vision on how it can transform the town.
 
The council has made it clear that the proposed high speed rail line through Long Eaton will have serious consequences and at the end of last year it approved its Mitigation Plan, a hard-hitting package of measures it wants HS2 Ltd to put in place to help the town. 
 
The new Future High Streets Fund is seen as a way that the government can pay for some of those measures and so the council is specifically bidding for:
 
• A new west facing chord from the High Level Line allowing the Low Level Line to be closed. This would enable the line of HS2 to be altered to reduce the number of residential and business demolitions; remove the need for level crossings in the town, improve access and reduce congestion. It would also release space to expand existing business parks providing new employment opportunities.
 
• An improvement to Long Eaton Green to prevent the frequent grid-lock there, improve the reliability of bus journeys, create better pedestrian crossings and form a feature gateway to the town.
 
• The physical regeneration of run-down parts of the town.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“Looking at the criteria for the current funding round, we believe a bid for Long Eaton has a realistic chance of success. We are putting our full weight behind this bid to gain what we hope would be substantial funding towards these three key projects. Alongside this, we have already given a forthright and clear message to HS2 that we are fighting for, and want, the best possible deal for our communities here in Erewash. They have seen all the measures we want in place and are well aware of the work that has been put in by this council to look at ways of reducing the impact on Long Eaton.”
 
Some of the funding available as part of the Future High Streets Fund has been ring-fenced for heritage-style projects and the council also plans to apply for money at a later date for a heritage-related regeneration project in Ilkeston.

TOYOTA NATIONAL BRiT AWARD FOR ILKESTON CAR DEALER

A FAMILY run car dealership in Ilkeston has been crowned with a Toyota BRiT Award for an outstanding display of performance! 
 
Rather than awards for musical accomplishments, the BRiT (Best Retailer In Town) Awards are an assessment across the UK by Toyota, for which Ron Brooks in Derby Road Ilkeston won the top overall prize, Retailer of the Year.
 
Of 182 centres in the running, Ron Brooks was nominated for three awards, taking the win on the top spot as the best Toyota Retailer in the UK measured against seven criteria.
There were 14 prizes in total for categories including awards for customer service, aftersales, performance and more. The Ron Brooks Ilkeston and Mansfield region was placed first nationally and second in the ‘People’ award which judges the qualifications and experience of staff in each department.
 
Announcing the winner of the top prize, comedian Lenny Henry said: “To win this award, a centre must deliver on all categories.”
Upon being awarded with the Retailer of the Year Award, Ron Brooks Managing Director Kevin Slack, said: “In the modern day and age, the way people buy cars is beginning to change. 
“Regardless of this change, as a family-run business, we continue to make sure the customer is always at the forefront of everything we do, whether it concerns a car sale or service. 
“It’s fantastic to know that the Ron Brooks way of thinking is still applauded and recognised by Toyota as the best practice to help customers with all their motoring needs.” 
 
Founded in 1962, Ron Brooks has been supplying new and used vehicles to customers across the country for more than 56 years. Having set up the location as a dedicated Toyota dealership over 45 years ago, the Ilkeston branch serves as one of the longest running Toyota centres in the UK.