Council Tax 2020/21

A recommendation that Erewash Borough Council raises its share of council tax for 2020/21 by £5 per annum for a Band D property is expected to be sent to the council’s budget setting meeting on Thursday 5 March.
 
Councillors at a meeting of Council Executive next week (18 February) look set to support the proposal which, if agreed, will mean an increase of 9p per week on the council’s charge for a Band D property.
 
The council has worked hard to keep the proposed increase in its share of the Council Tax bill to a minimum despite local authorities across the country continuing to face financially challenging times.
 
The budget proposals include savings of approximately £1m in staff costs and work continues to achieve further significant savings.
 
Councillor Wayne Major, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources, says:
 
“The latest savings show our commitment to do whatever we can to find effective and efficient ways of meeting the continuing financial pressures. We have worked very hard over the last few years to balance our budgets and we are well aware of the very tough challenges ahead – but we assure residents that we remain committed to providing the best service we can for them.”
 
The proposed £5 increase would mean that the council’s charge for a Band D property would increase from £186.59 to £191.59 per annum.
 
Only 11% of the total council tax bill goes towards paying for the Borough Council services. Council tax payers also have to pay an amount for services provided by Derbyshire County Council, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue and Parish Councils – Erewash has no control over the charges set by these organisations.
 
The meeting of Council Executive is at Long Eaton Town Hall on Tuesday 18 February at 10.30am. The budget-setting Full Council meeting is at Ilkeston Town Hall on Thursday 5 March at 7pm.

Parking charges 

A proposal to scrap one hour free parking in Erewash car parks and introduce a simplified two-tier charging system is expected to be sent to Erewash Borough Council’s budget setting meeting next month.
 
If agreed, the new charges would see drivers pay just £1 for up to three hours and £3 for any period over three hours. The change would not affect rates at the commuter car park at Long Eaton Railway Station.
 
The suggested change is included in a report going to Council Executive next week (18 February), with councillors expected to give it the green light to go to Full Council for a final decision.
 
The council has carried out an extensive review of charges in its car parks and while the free parking has been popular, it is relatively costly and arguably has not encouraged longer stays in the town, potentially restricting shopping and other opportunities,
 
The budget proposals report outlines the tough financial challenges facing the council.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“This move, if agreed, will encourage people to stay longer in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres. We believe a simplified two-price system will work well and that the new rates are fair and compare favourably to charges in other local authority areas.”
 
Additional income generated from the changes would help the council meet the long term costs of maintaining and upgrading the car parks.
 
The meeting of Council Executive is at Long Eaton Town Hall on Tuesday 18 February at 10.30am. The budget-setting Full Council meeting is at Ilkeston Town Hall on Thursday 5 March at 7pm.
 

Stalls removal likely

The 25 fixed market stalls off Long Eaton’s High Street look set to be taken down and the area made secure until proposals are made for the longer term use of the site.
 
Members of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive are expected to approve the removal of the stalls, which have a steel framework and corrugated plastic roofing.
 
A report going to the meeting on Tuesday (18th) says the empty stalls have attracted anti-social behaviour in recent years and many have been badly damaged by vandalism.
 
Councillors are expected to agree that repair costs would be too high and further ongoing costs would be likely if more damage is caused.
 
The proposal would see the area’s paving repaired and bollards installed to prevent vehicles getting onto the site.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“This is a key town centre space and we will look at all the options of how the site can be used in the future. In the meantime, action needs to be taken due to serious safety concerns.”
 
A small number of traders have continued to use the damaged stalls, but the council would offer them a self-erect pitch alongside other traders along the High Street.
 
The meeting of Council Executive is at Long Eaton Town Hall on Tuesday 18 February at 10.30am.

Celebrate Chinese New Year

Lion dancing, dragons, lights and music will all come together in a triumph of colour and sound as Erewash Museum celebrates the Chinese New Year in style next month.
 
2020 is the Year of the Rat and to mark the occasion the museum will be holding a rat-themed lantern making workshop on Saturday 25 January, between 1.15pm - 5.15pm with a nominal charge of £1.60 per person to cover costs.
 
In the build up to Chinese New Year and the procession, traditional Chinese artist Ling Peng will deliver cultural workshops to Dovedale Primary and Parklands Infant and Nursery Schools in Long Eaton and Mapperley C of E Primary School, teaching pupils the history of this significant festival and why it is celebrated all around the globe.
 
A spectacular lantern procession will then mark the finale of the Erewash Festival of Light, making its way from the museum at 5.30pm to Ilkeston Market Place. Led by the Nottingham Seven Star Lion Dance, pupils from local schools will be taking part in the parade which will culminate in a lively session of dancing, sounds and tales. 
 
Artist Ann Levett of Avago Crafts has created a colourful rat lantern which will go on tour to visit each of the schools involved and then head up the procession.
 
Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Mike Wallis, said: 
 
“This is a lovely way to welcome in the Chinese New Year and a great event for all the family to get involved with. The procession through the town really is a sight to behold and brings together all ages and walks of life from around the borough. Holding cultural workshops within local schools is a great idea, educating children all about one of the biggest events celebrated across the globe.” 
 
Erewash Museum is located in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Monday to Saturday during school holidays. Admission is free. Contact 0115 907 1141, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the Facebook page /erewashmuseum. You can also follow the museum on Twitter @Erewash_Museum, and Instagram @erewashmuseum
 

On the right track…

All aboard! Erewash Museum’s ever popular Model Railway weekend rolls into Ilkeston from Friday 10 January until Sunday 12 January  offering plenty of fascinating insights and fun for model enthusiasts of all ages.
 
Davey Jones, from the Nottingham Model Railway Society, will be displaying his amazing model of a 1930s Ilkeston Town Railway Station in the Hayloft. Due to popularity, Davey’s model will also be on display at the museum on Thursday 9 January and Tuesday 14 January.
 
Ilkeston Woodside Model Railway Club will be presenting their ‘drive it yourself’ Thomas the Tank engine layouts as well as a replica of the Old Station at Heanor and a model section of 
Bennerley Viaduct.
 
Members of the Toton Sidings Remembered Project will be taking along their model of a hands-on hump shunting track design. Hump yards are the largest and most effective classification yards, allowing vehicles to roll down an incline or ‘hump’, pushing the cars into pre-set routes in the railway yard. 
Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Mike Wallis, said: 
 
“It’s fascinating to see just how much detail and devotion goes into creating these incredible model railways, and even more interesting to see how Ilkeston and the surrounding areas used to operate their rail infrastructures in bygone years.”
 
Erewash Museum is located in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Monday to Saturday during school holidays. Admission is free. Contact 0115 907 1141, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the Facebook page /erewashmuseum. You can also follow the museum on Twitter @Erewash_Museum, and Instagram @erewashmuseum