The Partnership’s £2.5 million SRB project ran from April 1996 to March 2001 and focussed on Cotmanhay and north Ilkeston.
Funds were used for a series of innovative projects aimed at tackling crime, improving health and reducing unemployment in the area. The programme provided training for over 600 people, helped nearly 50 new businesses start up and improved the security of at 400 homes.
Other projects included improvements to lower Bath Street including changes to traffic flows, on-street parking, re-paving and road re-surfacing. A new training centre was set up in the area to support the central concept of the initiative of “A Learning Community” – which the Partnership saw as a means to regeneration
Partnership Chief Executive Ian Viles said: “The most exciting aspect of the bid was the synergy created by combining the energies and skills of people living in the area with a wider mix of representatives from the private and public sector.”
Partners included Erewash Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, Police, Cotmanhay Community Concern (now Community Concern Erewash), South East Derbyshire College (now Derby College) and local businesses.