FREE Dog Health Checks

Erewash Borough Council has again joined forces with the PDSA animal charity to continue the community campaign to promote responsible dog ownership and animal welfare.

Erewash dog owners can take their four-legged friends for a FREE health check by a PDSA veterinary nurse that will cover body condition and weight, teeth and gums, eyes and ears, coat condition and general fitness.

The council’s Neighbourhood Dog Wardens will also be supporting the charity during the visits offering help and advice to dog owners. They will also be offering free dog micro-chipping which will be compulsory from 6 April 2016.

All four health check events will be held from 9am – 4pm at the following locations:

•    Tuesday 14 July - Cotmanhay Sure Start Children’s Centre Car Park, Beauvale Drive, Cotmanhay

•    Wednesday 15 July – Sawley Community Centre Car Park, off Draycott Road, Sawley

•    Thursday 16 July – Collingwood Recreation Ground, Cornwallis Close, Long Eaton

•    Friday 17 July – Ashbrook Community Centre, Ashbrook Avenue, Borrowash

Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with the PDSA and welcome them back to our borough. Previous ‘roadshows’ have proved incredibly popular and we would encourage owners to go along to these latest visits to get their dogs checked out and find out from the experts about how they can keep their dogs healthy and happy.”

Cats Protection representatives will also be at the events offering £10 vouchers for owners to have their cats spayed and neutered. The vouchers are for cats only and owners can arrange for their pets to have the procedure at a later date – owners must NOT take their cats to the events.

New Mayor of Erewash

The new Mayor of Erewash is Councillor Val Custance, who was formally elected to the role during Erewash Borough Council’s annual meeting last night (28 May).

Councillor Custance represented the former Abbotsford Ward in Ilkeston for the last four years and is now a councillor for the new Shipley View Ward following the borough council elections in May.

During her mayoral year, Councillor Custance will be supported at civic engagements by either her partner Mike Bell or her sister Glenys Warmsley. In addition, she will also be accompanied at various events by the Mayor’s Cadets from the Derbyshire Air Cadet Force, the Air Training Squadron and the Long Eaton Sea Cadets.

Events will be held throughout the year to raise money for the Mayor’s chosen charity, the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent  – while a ‘charity pot’ will also raise funds that will be distributed to local groups and organisations at the end of her term in office.

Councillor Custance is looking forward to representing the residents of Erewash during her civic year:

“I feel very honoured to have been elected as Mayor and am well aware that it is a commitment to serve not only the Borough Council but also the people of Erewash. I feel very proud to pledge myself to do my very best for the whole of the borough and I sincerely hope to meet as many residents as possible during the year.”

Born in Kimberley, Councillor Custance worked at HM Land Registry in Nottingham until her retirement after 43 years’ service. She has lived in several towns around Nottingham but moved back to Ilkeston to be closer to her family.

Councillor Custance has been a School Governor of the former Bennerley School, now the Ormiston Ilkeston Academy, since 1998 and is also involved with the Shipley View Residents’ Association and local health groups and community forums.

In her spare time, the Mayor enjoys being with her family – she has one daughter, six grandchildren and two great grand-daughters – and her hobbies include dressmaking, soft furnishings and baking.

The Rev Peter Davey of Christ Church, Cotmanhay, will be the Mayor’s Chaplain for the 2015/16 civic year.

The new Deputy Mayor of Erewash is Councillor Abey Stevenson, who represents the Little Eaton and Stanley Ward on the Borough Council.

Blooming heck . . . It’s That Time Again!

Erewash gardeners can put their hoes and rakes on standby and dust down their mowers . . . the ever-popular Erewash in Bloom gardening competition is launched this month!

The annual competition for green-fingered gurus is the flagship project of Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees residents, schoolchildren and businesses put some real flower power into the borough.

This year’s contest will be launched during National Gardening Week with special ‘Bloom’ stalls in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres where residents can find out more and pick up an entry form:

•    Wednesday 15 April – Long Eaton High Street, 10am-2pm
•    Thursday 16 April – Ilkeston, Bath Street, 10am-2pm

The competition features a wide range of categories as gardening fans all compete to put on the best summertime displays and be crowned an Erewash in Bloom champion.

Entry forms are also available from Long Eaton and Ilkeston Town Halls. Alternatively, residents will be able to enter on-line from Wednesday 16 April at or forms can be downloaded at

Increased Retail Rate Relief

Erewash Borough Council is offering smaller retail premises in the borough a Business Rates support package which includes a discount of £1,500 over 2015/16.
To qualify for discount the Rateable Value must be £50,000 or less and you or your business must not receive state aid of more than £167,000 within the next three financial years.  Retailers must sell goods to the public such as florists, bakers, grocers, chemists, charity shops, post offices, or provide services such as hair and beauty, shoe repairs/key cutting, restaurants, coffee shops etc. 
The Relief has been increased from £1,000 in 2014/15 to £1,500 for 2015/16 and ratepayers who have already been granted the reduction in 2014/15 will automatically receive it again.
For further information contact the council’s Revenues Section on 0115 907 1000 or visit our website and download an application form from the Business Rates page.

In The Swim For Charity

Fundraisers can once again take the plunge and sign up for the annual Swimathon challenge when Victoria Park Leisure Centre hosts the nationwide event between 17-19 April.
The Swimathon challenge is designed for all levels of fitness, abilities and ages. You can choose to take on one of the individual 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k challenges or the team 1.5k and 5k - If you wish to take up your own challenge why not sign up to SimplySwim.
Thousands of swimmers are expected to take on the Swimathon challenge and go that extra length to help raise funds for Marie Curie who provide care and support for people affected by terminal illnesses across the UK. 
To register for Swimathon 2015 go to or telephone 0845 36 700 36 for more information. From now until 31 March you will also have a chance of winning £200 of Zoggs swimming products. 
Marie Curie is the official charity partner for Swimathon 2015.