New leadership at EBC

Erewash Borough Council has its first female Leader following the appointment of Councillor Carol Hart to the position, a move which was approved at the Annual Meeting of the council last night. (Thursday 18 May).
Councillor Hart takes over the reins after the previous Leader, Councillor Chris Corbett, stepped down after 10 years and has now been appointed Deputy Mayor of Erewash.
The new Deputy Leader is Councillor Wayne Major, who is also Lead Member for Resources. Both appointments take effect for the civic terms 2017/18 and 2018/19.
Councillor Hart, who represents the West Hallam and Dale Abbey ward, was previously Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Member for Community Engagement.  A resident of West Hallam for over 40 years, Councillor Hart has been a borough councillor for West Hallam and Dale Abbey since 2001 and a Derbyshire county councillor for Breadsall and West Hallam since 2005. She is also the cabinet member for Health and Communities at Derbyshire County Council.
Councillor Hart is the first female leader of Erewash Borough Council since it was founded in 1974 following Local Government Reorganisation with the merger of the Borough of Ilkeston, Long Eaton Urban District and part of South East Derbyshire.

Time to Bloom

Erewash gardeners can put their hoes and rakes on standby and dust down their mowers . . . the ever-popular Erewash in Bloom gardening competition is launched this week!

The annual competition for green-fingered gurus is the flagship project of Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees residents, schoolchildren and businesses put some real flower power into the borough.

This year’s contest is launched during National Gardening Week with special ‘Bloom’ stalls in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres where residents can find out more and pick up an entry form:

•    Wednesday 12 April – Long Eaton High Street, 10am-2pm
•    Thursday 13 April – Ilkeston, Bath Street, 10am-2pm

The competition features a wide range of categories as gardening fans all compete to put on the best summertime displays and be crowned an Erewash in Bloom champion.

Entry forms are also available from Long Eaton and Ilkeston Town Halls. Alternatively, residents will be able to enter on-line from Wednesday 12 April at or forms can be downloaded at

For further information:
Call Stewart Millar or Joy Thompson on 0115 907 1159 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Full steam ahead as Erewash MP names the date for new station opening

Erewash MP Maggie Throup is delighted to announce that trains will begin stopping at Ilkeston’s new railway station on Sunday 2nd April 2017, with an official opening expected to follow later in the summer.
The details were today confirmed to Ms Throup in an email from Network Rail and will come as welcome news to the people of Ilkeston who have waited over 50 years to be reconnected to the railway. 

The new £10 million station project was made possible because of a £6.6 million Government infrastructure investment package administered through the New Stations Fund.
Announcing the date, Maggie said: 
“I am delighted that at long last we finally have a firm date for passenger trains to begin operating to and from Ilkeston’s new station.
“The station will not only transform the way local people travel, but will undoubtedly give a significant boost to the local economy and attract new business to the area.
“Sunday 2nd April 2017 will be a historic day in the life of our town as we finally cast off the dubious title ‘the largest town in Britain without a station’, and I for one cannot wait to be on that first passenger train as it pulls into Ilkeston Junction after an interval of over 50 years.
“This investment by the Conservative Government demonstrates the commitment we have made to improving Britain’s aging railway infrastructure. However I now want to see even more investment to make sure we connect the station up with the rest of the town to maximise the benefits.”

Helping shape Stanton’s future

An important planning document that will drive the development of the Stanton site looks set to be formally adopted by Erewash Borough Council this week.
A full council meeting on Thursday (19 January) is expected to confirm that the Stanton masterplan is accepted as the key guide for any developer wanting to put together a realistic planning application for the site.
The document – known as the Stanton Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) – has been produced by the council, with the process including a six week consultation with residents and stakeholders.
Stanton Regeneration Site features in the council’s Core Strategy as a key site for redevelopment and is seen as one of the biggest development opportunities the borough has ever seen.
The council wants to see the site provide around 2,000 homes, business and industry development to provide local jobs, a primary school, shops, open spaces, a wildlife corridor, improved public transport, increased pedestrian and cycle access to surrounding areas and other community facilities.
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
“Development of the Stanton site is vital if we are to achieve our targets for job creation and new housing, so this masterplan is one of the most important planning documents for Erewash and for the future development of the site. It aims to address all the issues that surround this site and set out the expectations that we, as a council, have to provide a quality redevelopment for the residents of this borough
“There has been a lot of hard work in putting it together but now we have a masterplan that is a clear guide to help developers put together planning applications that are likely to be successful. It is a giant step towards moving this important site forward.”
A previous planning application seeking outline planning permission for the redevelopment of the site on behalf of site owners Saint-Gobain PAM UK Ltd was withdrawn in July 2015 when they were advised that the proposals failed to meet the requirements of the Erewash Core Strategy.
The masterplan includes guides to where different uses should be located and how development across the whole site should be phased, and is aimed at helping the site owner secure a developer.
A meeting of the Council will be held at Long Eaton Town Hall on Thursday 19 January at 7pm.

Regeneration agency accredited again and  praised for putting its customers first 

ENTERPRISE agency Erewash Partnership is again top of the crop for the way it treats its customers, according to an organisation that monitors national standards for service. 
The Long Eaton-based regeneration agency received a clean bill of health on 30 benchmarks in a re-assessment by Customer First to keep its valued accreditation which was first awarded in 2008.
There are three sets of customers – people referred from jobcentres under the National Enterprise Allowance  programme to a scheme run by the Partnership to help them set up their own businesses; tenants of managed workspaces including offices; and 450 members across all business sectors.
Assessor Mike Wildey said: “Erewash Partnership is an organisation that genuinely puts the customer at the heart of what they do and deserve to remain compliant with the Customer First Standard – well done.”
And Lisa Yeardley, customer relationship and events manager, heaped further praise on the Partnership, which is based at Bridge House, Derby Road, and is now in its 22 year of encouraging enterprise and helping to regenerate new life into the area's economy. 
“There have been some fantastic areas of strength identified during your assessment which highlight your achievements as well as some sound suggestions for continuous improvement,” she said.
Partnership chief executive Ian Viles said: “I and my team are delighted to retain this recognition for the way we deal with our customers, helping them in a variety of ways to set up, build and promote their businesses and so benefit the area.”
The Partnership's experience and triumph will be used to help other organisations improve their customer service. Its success means that the Partnership can use the Customer First logo on its website and materials.