It’s party time!

Ilkeston’s Victoria Park will host a Party in the Park event on Sunday 2 October to give residents a chance to see the progress as the major restoration project nears completion.
 
Lots of family fun has been lined up for the party-style event that will run from 11am to 3pm – including circus workshops in a Big Top, live music from Dinnington Colliery Brass Band and bowls taster sessions.
 
Erewash Borough Council secured £740,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund for the restoration of key features within the Green Flag park – including the bandstand, the bowls pavilion, a new pergola and the installation of impressive new entrance gates based on the original Victorian design.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“While not all the work will be complete, visitors will be able to see how this lovely park is being transformed by the restoration of its key features.
 
“It has been a major project and we want the whole community to join us for a party in the park to celebrate the work before winter sets in!  We look forward to seeing everyone there.”
 
The park’s Community Ranger Helen Mitchem is keen to hear from anyone interested in being a regular volunteer to work with her on the conservation of the historic park and on creating new groups and activities.
 
Helen can be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her on 0115 907 2244.

Presentation of Freedom of the Borough 

Residents have a chance to give a big Erewash welcome to acclaimed home-grown actor Robert Lindsay when he is presented with the Freedom of the Borough on Saturday 1 October.
 
Erewash Borough Council has organised a public ceremony in Ilkeston Market Place beginning at 5.30pm to ensure as many people as possible can attend to show their support for the star.
 
Robert will be joined by his family as the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, presents him with the ribboned Badge of Office and framed scroll.
 
Freedom of the Borough is a rare civic honour that is only granted by a local authority to people who have achieved at the highest level.
 
Robert, who lived and went to school in Ilkeston, has had a glittering TV, stage and film career and remains one of the country’s best loved performers. He became a household name in the 70s playing the title role in popular TV comedy Citizen Smith and has continued to be a force in shows like My Family.
 
His stage career has seen him headline in the West End and on Broadway – while he won multiple awards for stage musical Me and My Girl.
 
Councillor Chris Corbett, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
 
“The presentation of this award is made on behalf of all the residents of Erewash and will be a very proud moment for both this borough and for Robert.
 
“He is one of Ilkeston’s most famous sons and we salute his incredible achievements. It is with great pleasure that we honour a man who continues to be such an inspiration to so many.
 
“A Freedom of the Borough award is very rarely bestowed on anyone and must only be awarded to someone who has achieved at the highest level . . . so what better recipient in Erewash than Robert Lindsay?”
 
Robert attended Kensington Junior School and the former Gladstone Boys’ School in Ilkeston where his love of acting developed. He has written of his memories of growing up in the town and credits his childhood in Ilkeston as the ‘real source of inspiration’ for his acting career and is known to visit his birthplace regularly.
 
Borough Councillors voted unanimously to bestow the award in honour of Robert’s outstanding achievements in his TV, stage and film career.
 

Bloom success for Erewash

Erewash has again achieved medal-winning success in the prestigious East Midlands in Bloom competition – with Long Eaton taking a top spot Gold Medal and Ilkeston winning the prestigious Silver Gilt Award.

 
News of the outstanding success of both towns in the Large Town category was announced on Wednesday 15 September during the awards ceremony at The John Fretwell Complex in Mansfield.
 
Impressed Bloom judges were bowled over by Erewash Borough Council’s colourful town centre floral displays, which have won widespread praise from local residents. They also enjoyed the appearance and facilities of both towns during busy tours of the area in the summer.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
 
“My congratulations go to the council’s ‘Bloom’ team who have worked tirelessly throughout the year planning, developing and maintaining our wonderful displays and ensuring Erewash is clean and welcoming.  This is the eighth successive year that both towns have been successful, an outstanding achievement.
“We are also very grateful to the many volunteers, residents and schoolchildren who have worked with us, and shown great community spirit in helping us care for our local environment.”
 
 
As well as the council’s floral displays, local businesses, schools and residents helped provide the bloom success through their commitment to providing colourful flowers and baskets.
 
To recognise this support, the East Midlands in Bloom initiative also presented special Judges Awards to the Friends of Straw’s Bridge, West Hallam for their dedication to the continued development of the nature reserve as a centre for wildlife conservation and a visitor destination and to Councillor Mike Wallis for his continued commitment to the “Bloom Initiative”.
 
This year’s Bloom competition also brought awards for two community entries, with Draycott winning Gold and Little Eaton taking Silver Gilt in the Small Town category.

Stanton consultation gets underway

The six week public consultation on Erewash Borough Council’s Stanton masterplan is now underway and will run until Monday 24 October.
 
Residents and businesses are being asked to give their views on the Stanton SPD (Supplementary Planning Document) that has been drafted by the council as a key guide for any developer wanting to put together a realistic planning application for the Stanton Regeneration Site.
 
The SPD document can be viewed via the homepage of the council’s website at www.erewash.gov.uk  where a comments form is also available to download.
 
Drop-in sessions for residents and business people to view the documents and talk to planners have also been arranged at the following locations:
 
Stanton by Dale Village Hall – Wednesday 21 September, 2pm-6pm
Sandiacre Memorial Institute, Doncaster Avenue – Friday 23 September, 2pm-6pm
Kirk Hallam Community Hall – Wednesday 28 September, 2pm-6pm
The Stute (Ilkeston Rugby Club), off Hallam Fields Road – Friday 30 September, 2pm-6pm
 
Paper copies of the SPD are available to view at all libraries in Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Sandiacre, Borrowash and on the mobile library in Long Eaton. It is also available at Ilkeston Town Hall, Long Eaton Town Hall and the Shopmobility centres in both towns. For residents living on the boundary edge of the borough, copies have also been placed in Duffield, Spondon and Allestree libraries.
 
While the council would prefer people to share their views via the comments form, comments will also be accepted for the consultation by email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - or letter. Write to Erewash Borough Council, Planning Department, Long Eaton Town Hall, Derby Road, Long Eaton, Derbyshire, NG10 1HJ.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
“This masterplan is an important document that will drive the development of the Stanton site and it is absolutely vital that our residents and business community have their say and help us to shape the expectations we have for the site.”
 
The Stanton Regeneration Site is featured in the council’s Core Strategy for redevelopment to provide, among other things, around 2,000 homes, a business park, a primary school, shops, open spaces, local jobs and other community facilities.
 
All documents (including the SPD, its accompanying Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Representation Form) are available to view at www.erewash.gov.uk/planning-buildingcontrol/planning-policy/stanton-regeneration-site-supplementary-planning-document.html.
 

A night at the museum!

Tickets are now on sale for those brave enough to join a late night ghost hunt at Erewash Museum, a serious five-hour exploration into unexplained and haunted happenings within the historic building.
 
The overnight event begins on Saturday 29 October at 8.30pm through to 1.30am and will be led by a specialist paranormal investigation team. Strictly for adults (18 and over), those taking part will have the chance to take park in live experiments and discover behind the scenes areas of the museum.
 
Erewash Museum is based in Dalby House at Ilkeston, a late Georgian building with Victorian extensions that was previously a family home and school before becoming Erewash Borough Council’s museum in the 1980s.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“There have been reports over the years, from our team and visitors, of unexplained activity at the museum, so this promises to be a very interesting evening. This is a serious investigation and not for the faint hearted – but if you’re brave enough it will certainly be a spine-tingling experience!”
 
Tickets are £28, which includes light refreshments, and are available from Erewash Museum. The museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. For more details 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