Council services

Erewash Borough Council has sent out a message of thanks for the understanding and support of residents and businesses as it continues to do all it can to maintain essential services in these unprecedented times.

To prioritise and focus on the collection of household waste and recycling, the council took the decision to suspend the collection of garden waste from this week – just one of many changes to ensure the key services can continue.

It has also confirmed that it has suspended charges in all its car parks for everyone – including Long Eaton Train Station commuter car park. Free parking had previously been on offer for all NHS staff and key workers.

Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:

“These are challenging times and as a local authority we have a key role to play in supporting our communities and especially the most vulnerable in our borough. We are doing everything we can to navigate our way through this. We continue to follow government advice and we will continue to keep everyone informed as we respond to the ever-changing situation.

“I would like to applaud our staff and those at all local authorities who are working so hard in these difficult circumstances. I would also like to send my thanks to everyone out there who is putting themselves on the line to help in Erewash and countrywide - NHS staff, volunteers, social workers and more. Let’s all work together in this to keep everyone safe and well.”

The council is working together with residents and businesses to offer the latest information and advice through its website, which features links to the government’s up-to-date pages, to the NHS and to the council’s own web pages. Facebook and Twitter are also being used to get information out.

Except for emergencies, the reception areas at Ilkeston and Long Eaton town halls are closed for the safety of the public and staff. The contact centre team continues to work but are dealing with a high level of calls so residents are advised to use the council’s online services and register for a My Erewash account.

Easter trail fun

The popular Easter Trails in Erewash are back again in time for half-term. The interactive fun trails are suitable for the whole family to enjoy and are a good way to get active outdoors. The walks around Ilkeston or Long Eaton will take 45 minutes to an hour and keep your eyes peeled for the Easter-themed clues along the way! 
 
Trail maps can be collected from West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton between Monday 6 April – Friday 17 April (closed Good Friday and Easter Monday) or Erewash Museum in Ilkeston between Monday 6 April – Saturday 18 April (closed Sundays, Good Friday and Easter Monday).
 
Completed forms can be returned to the leisure centre or museum in exchange for a small prize.
 
Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Mike Wallis, said:
 
“The Easter activities organised by the council’s Sports Development team are a great way to get out and about in Erewash and experience a fun day with family and friends. Have a go at spotting the clues on the Easter trails and enjoy having a good stroll around our beautiful borough in the springtime.”

New town centre drive

A new Lead Member whose role will be to target the on-going drive to regenerate Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres has been appointed by Erewash Borough Council.
 
The ruling Conservative group confirmed this week that Councillor Dan Pitt has taken up the reins for the newly-created Lead Member for Town Centres portfolio. He will be working with local businesses and looking at new ways to increase footfall in the towns.
 
His appointment is connected to the council’s ambition to encourage people to stay longer in the town centres and make them more viable by shopping locally.
 
One of Councillor Pitt’s biggest priorities will be to join the work now underway to put together a bid for grant money of up to £25m for Long Eaton from the government’s new Towns Fund. He will also focus on a bid being put together for Ilkeston should new market town grant money becomes available.
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council says:
 
“I believe a new Lead Member to give full attention to our town centres and take a proactive approach is the right move. This is all about investigating new ideas and having a fresh look at the way forward, building on the regeneration work put in over the last few years. We know High Streets across the country are facing the same difficult challenges - but if we can attract more people to live in the town centre, we will then, hopefully, see them shop locally
 
“Our night time economy in Erewash works well through the town centre bars and restaurants. Now we will continue our work with local traders and businesses to replicate that in the daytime by finding fresh and pioneering ways to encourage people to support their town.”
 
Councillor Pitt has welcomed the new approach to town centre regeneration:
 
“I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed to this position, which will allow me to focus on how we get more people into our town centres and, most importantly, to stay in them for longer and show their support for local businesses by shopping locally. It is a difficult challenge, I am well aware of that, but it is one that I fully embrace. I aim to change the negative narrative that surrounds our High Streets and work with everyone to create fresh and exciting ideas that will bring a new positivity going forward.”
 
Elected to the council in May last year, Councillor Pitt represents the Derby Road West ward in Long Eaton. He has previously worked as a manager in the hospitality industry and for the last five year has taught business and politics in the Higher Education sector. He holds two masters’ degrees, one in international business and the other in political philosophy.

The power of flowers

Local businesses, parish councils, community groups and residents can show their pride in Erewash by sponsoring flower baskets helping to put the feel-good factor in the borough over the summer.
 
The sponsorship fee is £99.60 per year, based on a three year contract, and covers everything from the cost of the basket and plants through to watering, maintenance and an optional sponsor plaque.
The colourful baskets are attached to lamp columns and brighten up the towns and villages in Erewash throughout the summer.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure says:
 
“Our sponsorship scheme offers residents and businesses the ideal opportunity to play their part in helping the borough bloom this summer.”
 
Anyone interested in sponsoring a flower basket needs to apply by Monday 23 March. Application forms can be obtained by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0115 907 2244. Applications will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis.
 

In honour of VE Day

If you are looking to hold a street party in Erewash to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8 May, you have until 5pm on Friday March 27 to apply for funding to help with the commemorations.
 
Erewash Borough Council has confirmed that grants of between £50 and £200 are available to support street parties in the borough.
 
The anniversary day has been declared as a Bank Holiday for the nation to salute and remember the historic Victory in Europe – and it is expected that street parties will be held to honour the occasion.
 
Grants are only on offer for events taking place on Friday 8 May and can be used to help with things like bunting, entertainment, table and chair hire and food and drink (non-alcoholic).
 
Councillor Val Clare, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“We are delighted to be able to offer this support, which will give some extra sparkle to what will be a poignant occasion. Street parties bring communities together and this anniversary will enable residents to experience the celebration the nation felt 75 years ago at Victory in Europe and peace at last – while also, of course, remembering all those who gave their lives and never returned.”
 
Full details of how to apply and what the grants may be used for are on the council’s website www.erewash.gov.uk/vedaygrants and party planners are urged to put in their applications for funding as soon as possible. Where events are to be held on a street an application for a Road Closure Order must be submitted and this information is also available on the council’s website.
 
Residents will also be able to pay their VE Day tributes at wreath-laying commemorations at Ilkeston Cenotaph and Long Eaton War Memorial on Friday 8 May. Ilkeston Brass and Long Eaton Silver Prize Band will entertain from 2.30pm-3pm before pausing for the laying of remembrance wreaths at 3pm The bands will then play again from 3.15pm to 3.45pm