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.

Cash will benefit communities

People in Erewash will benefit from the latest round of Rural Community Grants that look set to be given the go ahead at a Council Executive meeting on 4 December.
The scheme allows parish councils to apply for a share of £250,000 of funding over four years and is designed to help meet some of the costs of new capital projects.
Ockbrook and Borrowash Parish Council has applied for £2,070 to help fund improvements to the access route at Borrowash Burial Ground, which is being converted into a Garden of Remembrance. This will enable contractors to start work at the site. 
Two extensions to deadlines for previously approved grants awarded to Sandiacre Parish Council are also expected to be agreed. The grants were agreed in September 2017 but the money was not spent within the 12 month deadline. The first was for £10,000 to support Sandiacre Town FC’s project to build a new 3G artificial pitch at Sandiacre Friesland School. The other was £12,500 to help the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust to pay for the extraction of the lock chamber and remedial work at Sandiacre Lock. 
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, said:
“The Rural Community Grant Scheme has been successful in meeting the costs of new capital projects which benefit the community, bring local people together and improve neighbourhood engagement.
“The council continues to recognise the value of the work done by local groups and parish     councils in the community through this scheme.”
The council allocated £250,000 to support capital projects over four years through the Rural Community Grant Scheme, which ends in March 2019. Applications for the current round of funding close on 17 December. Apply at erewash.gov.uk/grants

Lighting-up a festive Long Eaton 

Join us for an evening of festive fun, seasonal sights and unmissable free family entertainment when Long Eaton’s big Christmas Lights ‘switch-on’ event is held on Thursday 29 November.
The event will take place in and around the Market Place from 5.30pm to 8.30pm with the 
Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, officially launching the Christmas season by switching on the lights on at 7pm. 
Erewash Borough Council has once again lined up an evening of festive treats to guarantee a fabulous night for everyone to enjoy.
Browse amongst the charity stalls on High Street and the old Market Place from 5pm and wave at the stilt walkers who will be mingling with the crowds. Traditional festive music will be on offer along with performances by the Long Eaton Silver Prize band, and a carol performance by the pupils of The Long Eaton School. There will also be musical delights from the Gary Barlow tribute and Diamond Cut Choir. A family fun-fair will bring seasonal colour to the town centre.
One of the highlights will be a stunning lantern parade featuring pupils from Dovedale Primary School who will be forming a procession from the Town Hall to the Market Place.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“This is always a very popular winter event, full of seasonal spirit, and we look forward to seeing everyone at the festive celebration. The event guarantees a wonderfully warm family atmosphere and is the perfect way for us all to join together to celebrate our town centre and all that it has to offer.”

It’s a tree-mendous giveaway!

Erewash residents have the chance to pick up a free bush apple tree for their gardens . . . with the return of Erewash Borough Council’s popular Free Tree giveaway.
The annual town centre giveaway is organised by the council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees stalls set up in both Ilkeston and Long Eaton – with residents of the borough able to claim one free bush apple tree per household.
This year’s giveaway dates for the diary are:
• Long Eaton – High Street on Wednesday 28 November, from 10am
• Ilkeston – Market Place on Thursday 29 November, from 10am
A total of 150 bush apple trees will be available at each of the events and they will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis to residents of Erewash only. The varieties will include Cox, Red Falstaff and James Grieve. 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Apple trees are one of the easiest fruit trees to grow and we know there are many people out there who have enjoyed the fruits of their success in growing one at home after last year’s giveaway!
“We will have apple trees for every size of garden, including ones that can be grown in containers, so go along to our stalls to get your favourite to plant – but remember, it’s first come, first served, so get there early!”
The council’s Volunteer Tree Wardens will be at both town centre events to help with information about the trees.

All the fun of the Chestnut Fair

Long Eaton will welcome the popular Chestnut Fair this month when Waverley Street is once again transformed into a spectacular traditional street fair.
There will be stalls, children’s rides, white knuckle excitement for the brave and family favourites such as the dodgems and waltzer.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, will officially open the fair on Thursday 15 November at 6.00pm.
The fair, presented by James Mellors Amusement Ltd, will be open as follows:
Thursday 15 November 6pm-10pm
Friday 16 November 6pm-10pm
Saturday 17 November 1pm-10pm 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
        “The Chestnut Fair always proves popular and it’s a great event for all ages, whether you simply go for an autumn stroll around the stalls or brave the rides!”