Budget views needed

Erewash Borough Council has launched a consultation into its budget for the next financial year – and is urging residents to take part and give their views.  
The move comes as the council faces making significant savings to balance its 2019/2020 books as – along with local authorities across the country – it faces further cuts in government funding.
A short online survey is now open on the council’s website www.erewash.gov.uk and is available until the closing deadline of 9am on Monday 4 February.
Last year, the council asked residents for their opinions on which services were most or least important to them and wants to repeat that exercise for the coming year to see if any changes or trends in opinions can be highlighted.
Those taking part in the survey can also write any general comments they have about the council budget or make suggestions on how the council could increase income or reduce costs and make savings. 
Councillor Wayne Major, Deputy Leader of Erewash Borough Council and Lead Member for Resources, says:
“We have worked, and continue to work, extremely hard to make efficiency savings in these difficult financial times for local government – and are proud that we have done so while maintaining the vital front line services. But the financial challenges remain and we face having to find further significant savings.
“That is why we want to hear our residents’ views on how we spend their money and help us shape our budget priorities.”
Anyone wanting a hard copy of the consultation should email the council’s Community Engagement Officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.”