A new portfolio holder has been appointed to lead Erewash Borough Council’s continued drive to boost town centres and work with local businesses on breathing new life into the borough’s High Streets.
Councillor Bryn Lewis will help spearhead moves to capitalise on any government town centre funding that may be available and his wider role will see him leading on proactive work with licensing enforcement, the markets and tourism opportunities – while he will also play a part in the heritage and conservation of the town centres.
One of his many priorities will be to start to move forward on a bid for up to £20m of government funding for regeneration projects in Ilkeston as part of the national Levelling Up initiative. This follows the government’s award of £24.8m of funding for Long Eaton for a series of projects to take the town forward over the next decade.
Councillor Bryn Lewis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Town Centres, says:
“I am delighted to have been appointed to this position and can assure the residents of Erewash that I am committed to taking Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres forward. I recognise these are difficult times for High Streets across the country but through hard work we can make a real difference to the towns going forward and I am focussed on the importance of this role. I am honoured to have been given this opportunity and look forward to working in partnership with everyone to bring new and realistic ambitions for our towns.”
Councillor Lewis was elected to Erewash Borough Council at a by-election in May this year and represents the Nottingham Road ward in Long Eaton.