Climate action agreed

Erewash Borough Council has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions to net-zero as climate change continues to dominate international headlines.
 
At a Full Council meeting last week (10 October) it was unanimously agreed to commit to reducing net carbon emissions to zero by 2050 in line with the Government’s national target. 
 
The council has already completed a number of schemes that have helped reduce its carbon emissions by 28% since 2012/13 including:
 
Office LED lighting replacement programmes within council buildings
Upgrades to the heat recovery system at one of the council swimming pools
Car park LED lighting replacement programme
Installation of smart meters in the council’s larger energy-use buildings 
Sports Hall LED lighting replacement programme
Introduction of the Fuel-link system to monitor fleet fuel usage
300 free fruit trees were given away to Erewash residents last year.
 
The council is also committed to making the whole borough carbon neutral by 2050 through joint working with its partners and other relevant agencies and will call on the UK government to provide the powers, resources and help to make this possible.
 
At the meeting Councillor Garry Hickton the council’s Lead Member for Environment stated that strong and well thought out policies were needed to help meet the council’s carbon reduction target.
 
Councillor Garry Hickton, says:
 
“All levels of government have to take responsibility and act right now on the very serious issue of climate change.
 
“This council has long been aware of its commitments and has worked to reduce its carbon footprint over the years. But now is the time for us to step up that work and commit to having net-zero emissions within a realistic time frame.”
 
The council has also agreed to:
Use its planning and building control power to make new homes more energy efficient.
Seek to increase the number and size of land designated as nature reserves and improve and create habitats to support insect life, including bees.
Encourage and support tree and hedge planting within Erewash.
Support the transition away from petrol and diesel cars.
 
The full council meeting was held at Long Eaton Town Hall on Thursday 10 October.

The power of walking

Dementia-friendly walks will begin at West Park in Long Eaton this month to help those living with dementia and their carers to enjoy exercise outdoors.
 
The first walk will be on Thursday 17 October with two more planned for Thursday 21 November and Thursday 19 December. All three will set off from the park’s bowls pavilion at 10.30am and free refreshments will be available at the end of the walk.
 
The morning walks, which are wheelchair-friendly, have been organised by Erewash Borough Council’s Sport and Health Development team and will offer general and easy strolls led by qualified walk leaders.
 
The distance and pace of the free walks can be designed for those taking part and can last for between 20 minutes to one hour.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“These gentle and easy walks within the park will provide an enjoyable and accessible way for people living with dementia to take exercise with all the well-known benefits that this can bring. We held a series of these walks in our Victoria Park at Ilkeston earlier this year and they were very popular and welcomed by all those who went along.”
 
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Musical opening for historic fair

Ilkeston Charter Fair is one of the oldest and largest street fairs in Europe and will once again be given its ceremonial opening on Thursday 17 October when the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Sue Beardsley will ‘ring the bell’ – the official signal that this year’s 767th Charter Fair is underway. 
 
The traditional ceremony also includes a reading of the original 1252 Charter in front of Ilkeston Town Hall witnessed by local families and visitors, who will join the showmen to celebrate and welcome the fair.
 
This year’s Charter Fair will be held from Wednesday 16 October to Saturday 19 October when Ilkeston town centre will again be transformed into a colourful spectacle as the rides and stalls pack in to the Market Place and surrounding streets.
 
Guests at the ceremony will include representatives from other local authorities in Derbyshire and children from two schools in the borough who will be leading a colourful, musical procession from Erewash Museum to the market place using musical shakers they have created in school. 
 

Communities bloom with pride!

Erewash has once again swept the medal tally board with their best year yet, after their outstanding successes at the prestigious East Midlands in Bloom competition – with Long Eaton and Ilkeston both winning gold medals in the Large Town category section after being nominated by Erewash Borough Council’s parks team.
 
Villages from around the borough have had an equally incredible run of success with awards for Draycott, Breaston, Ockbrook and Borrowash. Volunteers - including residents, schoolchildren and local community groups, have come together in their respective communities and have worked tirelessly fundraising to enable them to create stunning colourful flower displays and areas of horticultural beauty. 
 
Draycott won Gold in the Large Village category while Breaston was awarded Gold in the Small Town category and a discretionary award for the Best Entrance. Ockbrook in Bloom won the Silver medal in the Large Village category. They were also rewarded with the Doug Stacy Award for Young Persons Involvement which went to Gina Hoolan and Amelia Wright.
 
This year’s Bloom competition also brought an award for Brookland Court, part of the Long Eaton entry, who won Gold in the best retail or commercial premises.
 
Special Judges Awards were presented to:

Long Eaton Horticultural Society for their major contribution to the Long Eaton "Bloom" campaign and in particular the beautiful floral displays in the Long Eaton library grounds.

Friends of Stanton Road Cemetery in Ilkeston for their contribution and hard work in developing the former overgrown cemetery into a wildflower and wildlife haven and an important historic visitor attraction.

Draycott for their canal art which is displayed throughout the village.

Breaston for Pins, Hooks and Pompoms for their yarn bombing, crochet and new lace making skills.

Borrowash in Bloom received the award their 50th anniversary of the moon landing display.

Ockbrook in Bloom for their "Love is all around" theme, in particular the panels at Redhill School.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
 
“It’s been a beautiful, colourful summer to remember in both our towns, and now Erewash can proudly boast of an extraordinary year of wins for both towns and communities once more as our winning record in this prestigious competition continues.
 
“Huge thanks need to go to all those involved with this week’s Bloom success story from the council’s park teams through to volunteers, residents, and the many local support groups who work with us.
 
“Our baskets and floral planting, plus the work of the local volunteers who have worked so hard to bring their beautiful villages to life, bring such vibrancy to the towns and certainly add to the feel good factor. The communities in our borough should be extremely proud. 
Well done to all!”
 
News of the incredible result was announced this week during an awards ceremony at The Winding Wheel in Chesterfield. Bloom judges were bowled over by the appearance and facilities of both towns and communities during busy judging tours of the area over the summer.

Family fun for everyone

It’s almost time for Ilkeston Charter Fair! Spectacular rides, excited children, music and bright lights will all help to celebrate the event’s 767th year in the town.
 
The town centre will once again welcome one of the oldest and largest street fairs in Europe/, transforming the Market Place and surrounding streets into a colourful spectacle.
 
The Charter Fair attracts thousands of people with some of the biggest and best travelling rides in the country, from white-knuckle thrillers through to firm family favourites such as the big wheel and dodgems. There will be rides suitable for all ages to keep the whole family entertained.
 
This year’s event runs from Wednesday 16 October until Saturday 19 October and will once again be given a ceremonial opening on Thursday 17 October – when the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Sue Beardsley, will ‘ring the bell’ to get the 2019 Charter Fair officially underway.
 
The traditional ceremony, which includes the reading of the 1252 Charter, will take place outside the town hall under a covered walkway. Local families and visitors will gather round to join the showmen to officially welcome the fair. This year, pupils from Dallimore and Dovedale Primary Schools will lead a vibrant musical procession from Erewash Museum to the Market Place to help mark the start of the fair. Guests at the opening ceremony will include representatives from other local authorities in Derbyshire. The opening ceremony will also be streamed live on the council’s Facebook page.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We are always proud to welcome Ilkeston Charter Fair and look forward to the town centre being transformed into a family-friendly colourful scene full of rides, lights and music. The historic event brings thousands of visitors into the town every year to enjoy the amazing atmosphere and to experience the thrills on offer.” 
 
The Fair is situated in Bath Street, Market Place, East Street, South Street, Queen Street, Wharncliffe Road and Pimlico. Attractions are open from 6pm-11pm on Wednesday 16 October and from 12 noon-11pm Thursday 17, Friday 18 and Saturday 19 October.