Erewash Mayor honours caring citizens

Community-minded residents and groups will be honoured for their contribution to society at this year’s Erewash Mayor's Awards.
 
Eleven caring residents and representatives from three local groups will be presented with their awards by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, in the Mayor’s Parlour at Ilkeston Town Hall on Tuesday 19 December at 6pm.
 
The awards are to recognise groups or individuals who carry out vital work in their community without expecting anything in return.
 
The judging panel looked at nominations, made by members of the public, for evidence of special qualities and service beyond simply being a ‘good neighbour’ when picking out the award winners. 
 
Councillor Mary Hopkinson, the Mayor of Erewash, says:
 
“Presenting these awards will be one of the highlights of my year in office.  It is a pleasure for me to recognise all the recipients and an honour to personally congratulate and thank them for all that they do for this borough.
 
“I have seen at first hand the work of the countless people in this borough who work so selflessly to help others in so many ways. It is a privilege to be able to present awards to some of those residents and organisations.”
 

Have a cuppa with the Mayor!

Residents and town centre shoppers can call into Ilkeston Town Hall to have a cuppa with the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, when she hosts a charity coffee morning on Saturday 16 December between 10am and 12noon.
 
The warm and welcoming event will be in the Mayor’s Parlour and will raise funds for the Mayor’s chosen charities – Alzheimer’s Research, Sight Support Derbyshire, The Canaan Trust and Ben’s Den, an Ilkeston-based charity that provide holidays for families with children diagnosed with cancer and leukaemia.
 
Councillor Mary Hopkinson, the Mayor of Erewash, says:
 
“These charities are very close to my heart so I wanted to host this Christmas coffee morning to raise as much money as possible to help them in the work they do. I’m sure the town centre will be busy with festive shoppers, so please take a break and have a warming cup of coffee with me.”
 
A raffle will also be held during the morning, with tickets 50p each, to boost the fundraising further.
 

Report outlines key successes

Erewash Borough Council’s Annual Report, which outlines the key achievements across its priority areas, is expected to be approved at a meeting of Council Executive next week (Tuesday 5 December).
 
The 2016/17 report also includes the financial position and the council’s priorities and vision to take the borough forward.
 
Among the messages and achievements featured in the report are:
  • That for every £1 of council tax paid by a resident, the borough council receives 11p. Derbyshire County Council receives 74p, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner 11p and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority 4p.
  • The council reduced fly tipping incidents for the second year running from 302 in 2014/15 to 255 in the last financial year.
  • Tackling the causes of climate change remains a key priority and, among the achievements, is a 17.5% reduction in the council’s C02 emissions over the last three financial years. 
  • Encouraging a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages has seen a range of targeted programmes. Almost 879,000 people visited the council’s leisure centres during the year, including just over 677,500 for sporting activities.
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
 
“Our Annual Report is a valuable way of showing residents the positive results we have achieved across all our priority areas. We are committed to keeping residents informed about how their money is being spent on the things that matter in our borough and this report is an important platform that allows us to do just that.”
 
Once approved, the Annual Report 201/17 will be available to view online at www.erewash.gov.uk while a small number of printed copies will be displayed in the reception areas of the council’s buildings. Hard copies can be provided on request by calling 0115 907 2244.
 
The meeting of Council Executive is at Long Eaton Town Hall on Tuesday 5 December at 10.30am.

Bid to be part of business rates pilot

Erewash borough councillors are expected to rubber-stamp a decision to include the council in a bid for Derbyshire to become a trial area for a 100% rates retention pilot in 2018/19.
 
A report going to the meeting of Council Executive on Tuesday (5 December) confirms that Erewash Borough Council is part of the Derbyshire Rates Pool – along with all the county’s local authorities – which is hoping to be chosen as a business rates pilot area by the government.
 
The move comes after the government announced it was expanding the five current 100% pilots which started in April this year. Confirmation of the successful applications could be released next month.
 
Councillor Wayne Major, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources, says:
 
“If the bid to be a 100% pilot area is successful, there is the chance to retain a significant amount of additional rates next year within Derbyshire – possibly in the region of £21m if projections are met.
 
“These are financially challenging times and with council budgets continuing to be under pressure, it is a sensible move. Tapping into a key source of income such as business rates will be a vital part of being able to balance future budgets.”
 
Under the 100% pilot programme, the retained money would be split between the councils and 30% of each authority’s gain ring-fenced to support economic regeneration in the county. The Derby and Derbyshire Authorities Joint Committee for Economic Prosperity would make the approvals on funding for individual projects.
 
The government has agreed a ‘no detriment’ clause for the 2018/19 pilots which will guarantee that those taking part will not be worse off as a result.
 
The meeting of Council Executive is on Tuesday 5 December at 10.30am at Long Eaton Town Hall.

Festive scenes at the museum

The award winning Erewash Museum will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland of seasonal celebration during December leading up to the Christmas break.
 
The three-week festive wonderland will see the stables area of the museum’s historic Dalby House home decked out with all things Christmas, creating a magical scene where children can take part in a themed activity trail until Saturday 23 December.
 
Visitors can drop in to see the displays between 10am and 4pm on each of the museum’s usual opening days.
 
As part of the celebration the museum hosts its popular Christmas Fayre on Saturday 2 December between 11am-3pm when visitors have a chance to pick up gifts from a range of craft stalls. Santa will also be visiting and there is a chance to meet some reindeer. Admission is £1.50 for children over the age of 2 – free admission for adults (16 and over) and babies. 
 
Father Christmas will return for three Santa Saturdays, on 9th, 16th and 23rd December when he will be in residence in The Stables between 10.30am-3.30pm. Children can visit him for £2.50, which includes a present to take home.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We love to deck out the halls of Erewash Museum every December and we know the whole wonderland and Christmas celebration is very popular with families.  It’s a magical time and gives families a chance to get together and enjoy some festive fun in the lead up to the big day.”
 
Erewash Museum is situated in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Monday to Saturday during school holidays. 
 
For all the latest news from Erewash Museum, including events and activities, residents can check out the Facebook page www.facebook.com/erewashmuseum  or the website www.erewashmuseum.co.uk