Free One Hour Parking 

The popular free one hour parking in Erewash will continue, but Erewash Borough Council has agreed that changes to other car parking charges are needed to fund the scheme.
 
Parking charges will increase in all car parks from Monday 4 April in a move aimed at helping fund the one hour free parking in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centre car parks.
 
The charges at Long Eaton Train Station commuters’ car park, which are currently very cheap compared to other station car parks, will also increase to keep it more in line with other similar stations.
 
A review of the free scheme confirmed that its ongoing cost could not be sustained, with the council having lost £100,000 between April and September last year and continues to face losses of around £18,000 a month.
 
The free parking was introduced as a town centre regeneration initiative and has become increasingly popular with residents and town centre businesses.
 
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
 
“These are financially challenging times for all local authorities and although the free one hour parking is extremely popular and residents want it to continue, we have to find ways to fund it.
 
“The parking charges have not been increased since 2008 and any attempt to offset the cost of the free one hour parking has to come from the parking budget. Even with this increase in the parking charges, we are still potentially looking at losses, so we will have to continue to review the situation.”
 
The new charges will be the same in all the council’s car parks, removing the different tariffs which have existed in some car parks – a move which has been asked for by many drivers.
 
All the new parking fees will be applicable Monday to Saturday from 8am-6pm from 4 April.

Mayor’s Award

Erewash Borough Council is calling on its residents to nominate someone they admire for their selfless work for others in the borough and who deserves a pat on the back for their tireless work for the community.
 
The council has relaunched its Mayor’s Award scheme to honour the special people of Erewash - and it is calling on residents to make their nominations in recognition of those people who go that extra mile without expecting anything in return.
 
The closing date is 31 March when a panel will then consider the nominations, looking for evidence of special qualities and service beyond being a ‘good neighbour’.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, says:
 
“I have been so proud to serve this wonderful borough and have been truly humbled by the many people out there who work so tirelessly to help others. There are some very special people who are so caring of others and their warmth, kindness and compassion is overwhelming. 
 
“I ask residents to please take a moment to nominate the people they know who deserve to be recognised.” 
 
Nominations will be in confidence and publicity only given to people who actually receive a Mayor’s Award. Please note that awards cannot be made to serving councillors of the county, borough or parish councils or their employees.
 
Forms are available at Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Hall receptions and online at www.erewash.gov.uk or send full details in a letter to Susan Dunkley, Democratic and Civic Officer, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, DE7 5RP.
 
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Get involved with Sport Relief

On your marks, get set . . . .  Erewash residents have the chance to take part in a Sainsbury’s Sport Relief mile when Ilkeston hosts the fundraising event on Sunday 20 March.
 
Enthusiastic ‘milers’ will set off from Rutland Sports Park and  Erewash Borough Council is now urging local people and families to register to take part and dust down their trainers to join hundreds of other like-minded walkers and runners for the fun event.
 
Setting off at 10 am, fundraisers can choose to run or walk one, three or six miles. The one mile route is on the running track at the sports park, while the 3 and 6 mile routes will take place in the lovely scenery of the Nutbrook Trail around the back of the centre.
 
Adding to the fun atmosphere will be additional free activities on offer for children and adults with the climbing wall, smoothie bike and football and multi-sports.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Our Sport Relief Mile event  is a great way for the local community to come together, have fun and raise much needed money for those in this country and around the world who live incredibly hard lives.  It doesn’t matter if you run or walk, so get out those trainers, join your friends and family and make yourself proud. You can make a difference.” 
 
Residents can enter now by registering for the ‘Rutland Mile’ at www.sportrelief.com  The money raised makes a difference, with 50% used to help people living in the UK and the other 50% funding projects in the world’s poorest communities.
 
Anyone wanting more information about the event at Rutland Sports Park can contact the council’s Sport and Physical Activity Co-ordinator Kevin Hatton by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0115 907 2244.
 

Mayor's Charity Golf Day 

 

Open for business – first tenants in as new chapter turns for town centre historic site 

FIRST tenants have taken offices at a new business centre housed in a landmark building in Ilkeston town centre.
 
Erewash Business Centre, set in The Old Police Station on Wharncliffe Road, was opened last Autumn by local MP Maggie Throup in a fanfare celebration attended by local business leaders.
 
The 1906 red brick and stone building was latterly the headquarters of enterprise agency Erewash Partnership until 2014 when it moved to Bridge House on Derby Road, Long Eaton.
 
The building was then bought from Midlands Co-op by Simon Woods, chair of the partnership and managing director of TecQuipment, an education equipment manufacturer based in Long Eaton.
 
Erewash Partnership is now managing lettings at the building which underwent months of work, including new windows on three sides, replacement boiler and heating system, energy-efficient LED lighting, new carpets and redecoration.
 
One of the first tenants to have moved into the 16 offices is Lee Tabreham, trading as Essential Money Matters.
 
Lee, who lives in Ilkeston, gives advice on mortgages, equity release, life insurance and assurance, and income protection among other matters.
 
He has been in the business for 10 years working for other companies but recently branched out on his own, starting his new business in the new business centre, which he likes.
 
“I was impressed by the fact that the building had been renovated and refurbished to high standards and provides good office suites, meeting room, and a car park all in the town centre,” he said.
 
“It's a good location and handy for clients and potential customers.”
 
The Partnership has itself moved its town centre office from its own business centre at Castledine House on Heanor Road, back into its former headquarters, offering its varied programme of services to start-ups and established businesses.
 
A marketing campaign is now underway to attract new tenants on flexible terms.
 
Partnership chief executive Ian Viles said: “This is a new chapter for a historic building that has served Ilkeston for more than a century. It offers good facilities and is an ideal base for both start-up and existing businesses. Hopefully, it will bring new enterprise and jobs to the town centre.”  
 
Erewash Partnership also has office space available in Long Eaton.
 
For information on lettings call Erewash Partnership on 01159 468839 or see the website at www.erewash-partnership.com