Erewash celebrates more success

Erewash Borough Council is celebrating more success this week with news that it has added to its achievements in the prestigious Green Flag awards.
 
The national award has been retained at Ilkeston’s Victoria Park, Straw’s Bridge Local Nature Reserve, West Hallam and West Park, Long Eaton – while a fourth, first-time award has been gained for Ilkeston’s Pioneer Meadows Local Nature Reserve.
 
Victoria Park has also been honoured in today’s announcement with a Green Heritage Award, which is granted to a Green Flag site that is deemed to be of local or national historic interest, or contains features of historic interest. 
 
This latest success comes just two weeks after the park scooped the national Horticulture Week Custodian Award for Best Heritage Park, beating other heritage contenders from across the country.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“What a summer of success this has been for Erewash! We now have four Green Flags in our borough and the best of the best heritage awards keep coming home to Victoria Park. It is a tremendous achievement all round and means the four sites are rightly confirmed as among the best in the country.
 
“We are thrilled that Pioneer Meadows has achieved the success for the first time and all four awards are testament to the hard work of our dedicated team who work all year round to manage these sites. We also send out a very big thank you to the volunteers, the Friends Group members and the local community who enthusiastically help us to maintain and further develop the popular sites.”
 
Pioneer Meadows is a popular Local Nature Reserve and regular visitors include children from Dallimore Junior School who use the site for Forest School activities and recently took part in an Eco Day at the site.  The council’s network of Tree Wardens also carry out regular volunteering tasks on the site which includes cutting back vegetation and thinning of the woodland areas.
 
West Park is the largest in Erewash at 127 acres and offers an extensive range of sports and recreational facilities including an outdoor gym trail, a skatepark, a splashpad water park, bowls, tennis and football and cricket.
 
Victoria Park dates back to 1896 and its national award this month is a salute to the major heritage project that has restored its key Victorian features thanks to a £740,800 National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
 
Straw’s Bridge Local Nature Reserve features three ponds that are surrounded by woodland, scrub, meadow and wetland – while it is also connected to the Nutbrook Trail. It attracts many types of birds but is particularly famous for its swans, leading to its affectionate nickname ‘Swan Lake’.
 
The Green Flag award is the benchmark national standard for England and Wales and is presented to high quality parks, green spaces and nature reserves that have excellent facilities and are well-maintained and well-managed.
 

Waste options piloted 

Two new free waste collection schemes are to be piloted in Erewash as part of the borough council’s on-going drive to boost recycling rates.
 
The latest figures for Erewash show that around 12% of waste disposed of in the black bin is recyclable – which is equivalent to around 3,000 tonnes of recyclable material being sent to landfill every year when it could have been recycled.
 
Now Erewash Borough Council’s Executive has agreed to trial two free schemes, one to encourage more residents to recycle and the other to make it easier for some residents to dispose of household waste.  
 
At a Council Executive meeting today (Tuesday 17th), members agreed to pilot:
 
Use of brown bins for recycling. This will offer residents the opportunity to use their 240 litre brown bin for recycling if it is no longer needed for garden waste. Those who successfully apply to do this would have their brown bin lid changed to a blue one. During the pilot this will be offered on a first come, first served basis to 500 residents.
 
Community Household Waste Collection Service. This will see 16 locations across the borough chosen as sites for a Saturday morning community collection point.  The free service will enable residents to take small bulky items, which do not fit in a black bin, to the collection point for disposal. It is aimed at helping householders who live furthest away from the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Ilkeston or those unable to get there.  Items like bed frames, unwanted toys, small items of scrap metal, clothing, small furniture and small household electricals could all be disposed of with this service.  Collection vehicles would be at two of the sites each week and the pilot would run for 16 weeks.
 
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
 
“This is very much about extending our waste collection service – about finding ways to further improve our recycling rate here in Erewash and also to make it easier for our residents to dispose of small bulky items. Both schemes will be run over a trial period after which we will review the results and discuss what happens next.”
 
The council will promote the two schemes and the locations of the community collection points once everything is in place to get them started. Details will be on the website www.erewash.gov.uk
 

Water way to spend the summer!

Get ready for a splashing time with fun family pool parties being held at both Victoria Park Leisure Centre in Ilkeston and West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton this summer.
 
The whole family can relax and enjoy the inflatable obstacle course, play with the water toys and listen to great music so head on down to the pool for a brilliant way to spend those long school holidays!
 
Dates are:
• West Park Leisure Centre Saturday 28 July  and Saturday 18 August 3pm - 3.45pm and 4pm - 4.45pm
• Victoria Park Leisure Centre Saturday 4 August  and Saturday 25 August 3.30pm - 4.15pm and 4.30pm - 5.15pm
 
Councillor Michael Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“These pool parties will really help liven up the long summer holidays and encourage children to be healthy and active in a fun way!”
 
Members and under 5’s go free. Juniors £1.95/£2.55 Adults £3.65/£4.25 Families £11/£12.35
(with leisure card/without)

Summer Sounds

The varied dulcet sounds of The Cherrys and tributes acts to Dean Martin, Rod Stewart and Take That will be heard across Victoria Park in Ilkeston next month when the Summer Sounds music extravaganza rolls into town.
 
Erewash Borough Council’s annual concert is always a big hit with young and old alike as they pack into the park to sing along and dance to all the top tunes. 
 
This year’s event is on Sunday 22 July between 3pm and 7pm.There will be family entertainment, including various stalls, a circus skills workshop, stilt walkers and Jolly Jingles. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This is a great opportunity for family and friends to get together enjoy the fresh air and listen to some truly fantastic free music in the lovely surroundings of Victoria Park.”
 
Revellers can take their own food for a picnic in the Green Flag park and there will also be food and refreshment outlets at the event. All activities may be subject to change. Admission is free.
 

Roof repair on the cards

A £4,000 grant to help towards roof repair costs at Ashbrook Community Centre in Borrowash is expected to get the seal of approval at a meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive next week.
 
The centre’s Building Committee has been backed by Ockbrook and Borrowash Parish Council to apply for the money as part of the council’s Rural Community Grant Scheme.
 
The roof repairs are needed before the centre can be re-opened for community and private use. The building is owned by Derbyshire County Council but it is currently considering an application by the Building Committee members for a 50 year lease of the premises.
 
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“This grant scheme is aimed at helping fund projects in our rural communities and this application is exactly the sort of thing that it was set up for. Approving this grant will help get repairs underway to bring the community centre back into use for local residents.”
 
Councillors are expected to give the grant the green light, with the condition that the money is not released until there is written confirmation from the county council that the 50 year lease of the centre to the Ashbrook Community Centre Building Committee is in place.
 
Applications for a Rural Community Grant are currently open, with a deadline of 5.30pm on Wednesday 8 August. Applications are accepted from parish councils on behalf of organisations, with only one bid per parished area permitted.
 
The council has again made £62,500 available for this financial year and funding can be for anything ranging from buildings, equipment and regeneration projects through to open spaces or any scheme that will improve the lives of local communities.
 
Full details of the scheme can be found at www.erewash.gov.uk or email the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The meeting of Council Executive is at Ilkeston Town Hall on Tuesday 17 July at 10.30am.