A ‘tree-mendous’ giveaway

Erewash Borough Council’s annual Free Tree event is back for 2019 . . . giving Erewash residents the chance to pick up free bush apple trees and pear trees for their gardens.
The hugely popular town centre giveaway is organised by the council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees stalls set up in both Ilkeston and Long Eaton – with residents of the borough able to claim one free tree per household.
This year’s giveaway dates are:
Long Eaton – High Street on Wednesday 4 December, from 10am
Ilkeston – Market Place on Thursday 5 December, from 10am
150 bush apple and pear trees will be available at each of the Free Tree Giveaway locations and they will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis to Erewash residents only. 
The council’s Volunteer Tree Wardens will be at both town centre events to help with information and to promote trees.

Say hello to Santa

Children have the chance to meet Santa when he calls into the stables at Erewash Museum next month as part of the annual Santa Saturdays.
Two visits from the man himself will be held on 7 and 14 December, when Father Christmas will be in residence between 10:30am-3:30pm. 
Timed tickets are selling fast so it is recommended that they are purchased from the museum prior to the event if possible as there is no guarantee that they will be available on the day. 
Tickets are £2.50 per child, which includes a present and visitors are urged to arrive early to avoid any disappointment.
Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. For more information contact the Museum on 0115 907 1141 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.facebook.com/ErewashMuseum

All the fun of the fair

Long Eaton’s Chestnut Fair celebrates its 25th anniversary this month when traditional rides and stalls take over the town centre.
This year’s event takes place between Thursday 21 November and Saturday 23 November and will be given its usual official opening by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Sue Beardsley, at 6pm on the Thursday at the dodgems ride on Waverley Street.
The fair will once again feature rides for all ages, from the traditional carousels through to the white knuckle rides for daredevil fair-goers. Rides and stalls stretch out from Waverley Street and along the High Street through to the Market Place.
Councillor Sue Beardsley, the Mayor of Erewash, says:
“I look forward to opening the Chestnut Fair, it is a firm family favourite offering something for everyone so wrap up warm and enjoy this colourful street fair.”
The fair is open from 6pm-10pm on Thursday and Friday and 1pm-10pm on Saturday. Motorists should note there will be some disruption with Waverley Street closed to traffic and Cross Street, Union Street and the Market Place also affected.

Free Christmas parking

Erewash Borough Council will once again provide 24-hour FREE parking in all its car parks, with the exception of Long Eaton Railway Station, for the busy festive season.
The annual Christmas gift will run from Monday 9 December to Sunday 29 December inclusive – a move aimed at giving a major boost for town centre traders and shoppers.
The council has also issued a ‘call to action’ for residents to support the borough’s markets and High Streets by shopping local, saying that by working together we can make a difference.
All of the council’s car parks are part of the scheme, with the exception of the commuter car park at Long Eaton Railway Station. Ilkeston Railway Station car park is not owned by the council.

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.