Your vote counts

Erewash residents are reminded that they must be registered by Thursday 13 April – just over a month away - to have their right to vote in the Derbyshire County Council (DCC) elections.
 
The DCC elections are on Thursday 4 May when voters will elect nine county councillors for the Erewash area.
 
Most residents who are old enough to vote are on the register, which is checked and updated every year by Erewash Borough Council.  However, anyone who knows they are not registered or has recently moved house or moved into the borough should ensure their details are registered.
 
It is quick and easy to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote Residents who want to check that they are registered to vote in Erewash can fill in a form online that will be responded to within one working day. Visit www.erewash.gov.uk  and click on the ‘Your Council’ tab and follow the ‘elections’ link.
 
Voters wanting postal or proxy votes should note the following deadlines:
 
5pm, Tuesday 18 April – for new postal vote and postal proxy applications
5pm, Tuesday 25 April – new applications to vote by proxy
 
The council’s elections team can help with any enquiries. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115 907 1190.

New byelaw goes ahead

A new byelaw is soon to be made to give police new powers to crackdown on people urinating and defecating in public areas of Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres.
 
Erewash Borough councillors unanimously gave the green light to progress the making of the new law at a meeting of the Full Council on Thursday (9 March).
 
Residents were asked for their views on bringing the new byelaw into force during a widespread consultation last year and there was overwhelming support for the move.
 
Urinating or defecating in public is a problem in many town centres across the country – usually at night and weekends as revellers leave pubs and nightclubs and use shop doorways, alleyways and other areas as ‘toilets’.
 
Police currently have only limited powers but the new byelaw will make the behaviour a criminal offence and anyone caught will face a fine of up to £500. The council’s neighbourhood wardens will also support police officers in enforcing the byelaw.
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“We don’t have a major problem in our town centres, but when it does happen it is obviously totally unacceptable. The respectable majority have great pride for their town and I really do feel for the shopkeepers, businesses and our own council teams that have to clear up such disgusting mess. There was overwhelming support for action and this byelaw will help and will hopefully serve as a deterrent.”
 
The council must now publish a notice of the making of the byelaw locally and on its website and written representations can be made during a set time frame of not less than 28 days.
 
It is hoped that the byelaw will be in place by the summer and signs will be put up in the two town centres informing the public that it is in force.
 

Council tax decision expected

A recommendation that Erewash Borough Council raises its share of council tax for 2017/18 by £5 a year will go before councillors at a budget-setting meeting this week (Thursday 9 March).
 
If agreed, it will mean that the council’s charge for a Band D property in Erewash will increase by 2.9% to £175.91 – a rise which works out at just 9p a week. 
 
Only 11% of the total council tax bill goes towards paying for Erewash Borough Council services. Council tax payers also have to pay an amount for
Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Constabulary, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and Parish Councils – Erewash Borough Council has no control
over the charges set by these organisations.
 
The recommended increase comes as the borough council continues to work hard to find further savings and put in place plans to increase income as part of its future budget planning. The council has already identified a total of £660,000 of efficiency savings for next year and needs to find a further £1.8m by 2020.
 
Councillor Wayne Major, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Resources, says:
 
“We are doing everything in our power to make substantial efficiency savings and reduce our reliance on central government funding while, at the same time, protecting and maintaining our front line services wherever possible.
 
“The next few years are going to be extremely challenging due to the national efforts to balance the country’s finances - but we will continue to work hard at balancing our budget and we remain proud to be a council that is debt free.”
 
The Full Council meeting will be held at Ilkeston Town Hall on Thursday 9 March at 7pm.

Helping shape Stanton’s future

An important planning document that will drive the development of the Stanton site looks set to be formally adopted by Erewash Borough Council this week.
 
A full council meeting on Thursday (19 January) is expected to confirm that the Stanton masterplan is accepted as the key guide for any developer wanting to put together a realistic planning application for the site.
 
The document – known as the Stanton Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) – has been produced by the council, with the process including a six week consultation with residents and stakeholders.
 
Stanton Regeneration Site features in the council’s Core Strategy as a key site for redevelopment and is seen as one of the biggest development opportunities the borough has ever seen.
 
The council wants to see the site provide around 2,000 homes, business and industry development to provide local jobs, a primary school, shops, open spaces, a wildlife corridor, improved public transport, increased pedestrian and cycle access to surrounding areas and other community facilities.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“Development of the Stanton site is vital if we are to achieve our targets for job creation and new housing, so this masterplan is one of the most important planning documents for Erewash and for the future development of the site. It aims to address all the issues that surround this site and set out the expectations that we, as a council, have to provide a quality redevelopment for the residents of this borough
 
“There has been a lot of hard work in putting it together but now we have a masterplan that is a clear guide to help developers put together planning applications that are likely to be successful. It is a giant step towards moving this important site forward.”
 
A previous planning application seeking outline planning permission for the redevelopment of the site on behalf of site owners Saint-Gobain PAM UK Ltd was withdrawn in July 2015 when they were advised that the proposals failed to meet the requirements of the Erewash Core Strategy.
 
The masterplan includes guides to where different uses should be located and how development across the whole site should be phased, and is aimed at helping the site owner secure a developer.
 
A meeting of the Council will be held at Long Eaton Town Hall on Thursday 19 January at 7pm.

Need a grant for your community work?

Community and voluntary groups in Erewash have another chance to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them with their work in the borough.
 
Erewash Borough Council has opened a final funding round of its Small Grants Scheme for 2016/17 and is urging local groups to get in touch and apply for financial support ahead of the closing deadline on Friday 17 February.
 
The council has helped many groups over the last few years through the grants scheme and is still keen to hear from more groups – however large or small - that could use a grant for specific projects that help people living in Erewash
 
Funding rounds earlier in the 2016/17 financial year have already helped 30 community and voluntary groups who won a share of just over £36,700 in total.
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“We want to get the message out to groups in all corners of our borough that these grants are on offer to help them. It doesn’t matter how small the group is, we want to hear from you if you are working to help others in our borough. We know there is so much good work of all kinds happening every day. Will a grant of up to £2,000 help you? Then get in touch now!”
 
The deadline for community grant applications is close of play on Friday 17 February 2017.
 
Full details of the scheme and how to apply for a community grant are available at www.erewash.gov.uk  - via the ‘Community and Living’ tab and the link to ‘Grants’. 
Anyone needing help or advice regarding completing the application form can contact the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0115 907 2244.