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.

Enterprise agency staff and members work together to give charity a business boost

 
STAFF and members of enterprise agency Erewash Partnership have pulled together to help a charity which supports young families to update its business operations.
 
Ilkeston-based Home-Start Erewash, a member of the Partnership, asked for help a year ago to move the charity's business operation forward.
 
The Partnership produced a development blueprint with guidance across a number of areas of professional expertise. This, in turn, had a strategic objective of ensuring that the charity is sustainable in the medium and longer term.
 
The University of Derby helped with marketing, using the charity as a module for students who were tasked to produce a comprehensive marketing plan. The charity then took on an intern provided by the University.
 
Hello People Solutions of Ilkeston provided human resources support to ensure that the charity's employment contracts and staff terms and conditions were up to date and fit for purpose.
 
Catherine Simpson, of Simpson Social, also based in the town, used a series of workshops to train staff in using social media.
 
Andrew Deighton, of AWD Development Solutions, based in Chellaston, ran workshops to develop the charity's strategic plan, and a review of the charity's governance was provided by Richard Smallwood, of Breaston-based Smallwood Consultants, who is one of the mentors used by the Partnership to advise businesses.
 
Partnership project manager Paul Calladine re-designed and updated the charity's website which includes the facility to donate money online and contracts manager Lottie Naylor provided direction and support to keep the project running smoothly.
 
Now the charity, based on Heanor Road, has finalised its strategic plan and has attracted new board members.
 
Manager Bren Butler said: “We are in a good position and appreciate the help that we have received from the Partnership and its members.  Going forward we would like to support more families and would like to hear from potential parent volunteers and trustees.”
 
Partnership chief executive Ian Viles said: “We were all delighted to help. It is very rewarding to support a third sector organisation and see such positive results.”
 
# Anybody with spare time who could help the charity should call 0115 930 4640.
 
The case study can be viewed here
 

Businesses receive £1,000 helping hand to set up in empty shops and boost streets

FOUR new businesses have opened in Ilkeston and Long Eaton with a helping hand from a scheme to revive empty shops.
 
The Golden Hello Scheme gives grants of £1,000 - an initial £500 plus £500 after 10 weeks of trading - to owners of businesses moving into empty retail premises in the two towns plus Sandiacre and Sawley.
 
It is managed by enterprise agency Erewash Partnership on behalf of Erewash Borough Council.
 
Gemma Worthington opened her business, Barefeet Wellbeing Lounge, in Ilkeston to help people with therapy sessions locally.
 
Gemma, who suffers from fibromyalgia, said: "I have been interested in alternative therapies for a while because of my condition, but there was nothing in the local area that offered a variety of therapies under one roof."
 
Her lounge offers Reiki, reflexology, hypnotherapy, colour therapy, sports massage, Indian head massage and holistic massage, using trained therapists who work different days.
 
"The grant was a massive help towards preparing and kitting out the premises," she said, adding the lounge had received a really positive response from people.
 
Also in Ilkeston, Richard Chamberlain took over a closed eatery in Mundy Street and re-opened it as The Humble Rutland Cafe, which serves breakfasts, pies and takeaways from 8-am-12 Monday-Fridays, and until noon on Saturdays.
 
He said the Golden Hello initially helped with decoration and fitting out the premises, and the second instalment will go towards a new till.
 
"The scheme is great for new businesses, particularly when starting because of lack of cash flow."
 
The cafe has created three-part-time jobs, in addition to him.
 
Nicola Taylor said the scheme helped her achieve her ambition of opening a shop.
 
She opened Tallulah & Delilah - nicknames for her daughters - in a former herbalist’s on Derby Road, Long Eaton, opposite the town hall.
 
It specialises in dresses from the 1940s. "It's a vintage period with the style making a comeback," she said.
 
Her grant paid for a logo and signage and marketing including branded stationery. "The money was really helpful," she said. "What it paid for made a massive difference in attracting customers."
 
Nearby, in Midland Street, Martin Laver has opened travel agency  All About Tours, in what used to be a photo studio but has been empty for four years. 
 
Martin is from the Laver family that ran coach holidays for many years.
 
Two years ago Martin set up a new independent business, using his experience with the industry specialising in coach tours, mainly in the UK. It employs four people.
 
Most of the initial grant has gone on signage and window decorating. “The Golden Hello is an excellent scheme to encourage new businesses and use empty shops,” said Martin.
 
Councillor Mike Powell, council lead member for regeneration and planning, said: "I am delighted that this successful, innovative scheme is still attracting applicants after several years. New businesses create jobs and also improve the street scene."

Woodland Survival Crafts goes Swiss

Training teams in Bushcraft is greatly satisfying as it draws out hidden talents as well as builds confidence and understanding. Last week I was privileged to be working with a group of Outdoor Instructors high up in the Swiss Alps. The scenery was stunning with high peaks and wooded valleys, everything you would expect. The team was from International Camp Suisse who take groups of 5 -17 year olds on summer adventures.

The training was in a selection of core skills of safe/effective shelter construction, useful and safe knife usage, competent fire lighting as well as water filtering and campfire gadgets. The weather for this was perfect from my point of view. It was warm but very wet indeed. The reason I consider this is perfect, is that I was able to quickly clarify the value of reading your landscape and point out exactly where, why, and how to find dry wood that would ignite with relative ease. The team were great to work with having good professional skills with just the right amount of humour/banter.

I trust they will have a great season ahead of them.

Dave Watson
Director
Woodland Survival Crafts Ltd

 

New Mayor of Erewash

The new Mayor of Erewash is Councillor Chris Corbett, who was formally elected to the role for the 2018/19 civic year during Erewash Borough Council’s annual meeting last night (17 May).
 
Councillor Corbett has represented the Wilsthorpe Ward on the borough council since 1999 and was Leader of the Council from 2007 to 2017, when he stepped down to take up the role of Deputy Mayor.  He also serves on Sawley Parish Council.
 
During his mayoral year, Councillor Corbett will be supported by his wife Linda and has chosen to support two local charities during his term of office – the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and Erewash Voluntary Action (Community Volunteer Service).
 
Councillor Corbett, together with his wife Linda, is looking forward to representing the residents of Erewash over the next year:
 
“We are thrilled and honoured to be Mayor and Mayoress of our wonderful borough for the 2018/19 civic year and look forward to meeting the many kind-hearted residents who work so tirelessly to help others as well as contributing to the rich community spirit of our towns and villages. 
 
“We are also keen to help and encourage new and existing businesses and to promote economic regeneration throughout Erewash.”
 
Councillor Corbett was brought up in Sandiacre and enjoyed a 30-year career in banking that saw him work in Yorkshire and Scotland before returning to Erewash when he took early retirement.
 
He is a life member of the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association, having been at its first public meeting in 1968 and was a founder member of Sandiacre and Stapleford Round Table 981. He is now a member of Long Eaton Rotary Club.
 
Councillor Corbett and Linda have known each other for over 50 years and were married at St Helen’s Church in Stapleford.   They have two sons and four grandsons.
In their spare time they enjoy travelling and socialising with their friends and family.
 
Deacon Terry Street, of Trinity Methodist Church, Long Eaton, will be the Mayor’s Chaplain during his year in office.