Businesses Receive £1,000 Welcome For Setting Up In Town Centre Empty Shops

THREE new businesses have opened in Long Eaton and Ilkeston after being given a helping hand through a scheme to bring empty shops back into use.

The £1,000 Golden Hello grant helps businesses move into empty retail premises in the centres of Ilkeston, Long Eaton and Sandiacre.

The regeneration scheme is run by enterprise agency Erewash Partnership, which manages the scheme on behalf of Erewash Borough Council.

Successful applicants have received £500 as an incentive and will get a similar amount after 10 weeks of trading.

Sam Bailey has opened Lilly B's coffee shop and takeaway on Derby Road, Long Eaton. She sells freshly-ground coffee from a Brazilian microgrower, sandwiches, snacks and takeway breakfasts. Cakes are freshly made on the premises.

Sam has been a chef/pastry chef for 17 years working in Greece and Nottingham.

“I have always wanted to open my own business selling home-made cakes,” she said. “The family have always encouraged it and I named the premises after my nan who died last year and was a great inspiration to me.”

She is being helped by a relative at the shop, but is looking to recruit, including a delivery driver.

Sam has used her grant for fitting and equipping the premises which used to have just a takeaway counter but can now seat 14 people.

Further along Derby Road, near The Green, David Anning opened 2 Wheels Better, having previously run a mobile bike repair business.

“The shop became available in a good location at a decent rent and I saw it as an attractive opportunity,” he said.

David has been in the trade for 20 years. He now sells new bikes as well as a range of accessories from the shop.

He has spent his grant on renovating the shop, a former estate agent's office, and making it more attractive to customers ready for when the cycling season takes off in the Spring.

David is also currently being helped by family and friends, but hopes to take on an apprentice.

“The Golden Hello is a good scheme which has been a massive help. It's also been a quick and easy process,” he said.

Casey Foster-Miles, who is a partner in Deakin & White, has opened a traditional barber's at Queen Street, Ilkeston, in what used to be a dance clothing shop. He has already employed an assistant. He used the grant for signage and equipment.

Casey, who has been in the trade for 10 years, said: “The scheme has been a great help.”

The partners have another barber's shop on Derby Road, Long Eaton, which has been open for seven years and employs four people there.

Councillor Geoff Smith, council lead member for planning and regeneration, is pleased with the scheme's success. It has now approved 39 applications, with 82% of businesses still trading since 2010.

“I am delighted at the continued success of this scheme, both in helping individuals achieve their dreams and also breathing new life into empty premises,” he said.

“This latest batch shows show yet again how varied the applicants and the business ideas that they want to pursue are and I wish them all the best.”

Grants are still available for businesses that wants to move into the area or move and take on empty premises.

Erewash Launches Car Park ‘Transfer’ Tickets

Motorists visiting Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres can now transfer their pay and display tickets between certain car parks.

The move is another New Year scheme as part of Erewash Borough Council’s wider town centre regeneration programme, with councillors confirming the ‘transferability’ promotion is a permanent one.

Notices in the car parks that are part of the transfer scheme are now in place on the tariff boards alongside the pay and display machines. The boards are marked with two categories - a blue circle, and a red square. Tickets can be transferred between car parks within each of these categories.

The notice boards now show the car parks that can shoppers can switch between:

•    Blue circle short stay car parks: Ilkeston – Albion Centre, Albion Centre extension, Club Row, Queen Street and South Street. Long Eaton – Beaconsfield Street and lower

     Town Hall.

•    Red square long stay car parks: Ilkeston – East Street, Baker Street, Chapel Street, Pimlico, Station Road, Wilton Place. Long Eaton – Claye Street, Gibb Street, Lawrence


Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:

“This is more good news as 2015 gets underway and is another clear example of our commitment to helping boost trade within our town centres and to making it easier for shoppers to explore and move around when visiting Ilkeston and Long Eaton.

“We have looked at the best car parks to include in the transferable ticket system and we are confident it will be welcomed and well-used by visitors.”

The ‘ticket transfer’ scheme in selected car parks has been introduced as part of a New Year double by Erewash Borough Council which has also launched its free one-hour parking in some of its busiest town centre car parks.

Pool Re-Opens This Weekend

West Park Leisure Centre’s swimming pool will re-open this Saturday (17th) following the complete refurbishment of its circulation pipework.

The work has been completed on schedule following a five-week closure to carry out the essential maintenance and repair work. The pool will be open on Saturday between 6.30am and 5pm for casual swimming.

To celebrate the reopening, Erewash Borough Council has been giving away 100 free family swim passes (two adults and up to three children) for use on Saturday. The vouchers are available from West Park Leisure Centre reception until Friday 16 January on a first come, first served basis - residents can ring 0115 946 8454 to check availability.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“We would like to thank everyone for their understanding and we know that our members and regular swimmers are already looking forward to getting back into the pool for exercise and fun family times. The pipework is now up to date and fit for the job – so residents can take the plunge with their 2015 fitness regime!”

The gym and other fitness facilities and classes have all been open as normal during the work.

Can You Vote In This Year Of The Treble?

Erewash residents are being urged to make it a New Year resolution to ensure they are registered to vote – with 2015 seeing an election hat trick!

Voters will go to the polls on Thursday 7 May for three elections – the General Election, Erewash Borough Council election and the Parish Council elections.

It is quick and easy to register online, with residents only needing their date of birth and National Insurance number to ensure they have the right to vote. Visit

Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:

“The right to vote is an important and precious thing, it gives us all a chance to have our say and that is why our New Year message is clear – please ensure you are properly registered. This is a big year for elections and the countdown to the 7 May is already underway, so please take action now.”

A new and more secure system of registering to vote was introduced nationally last year. Called
Individual Electoral Registration (IER), the new system means that everyone old enough to vote has to take the responsibility to ensure they are on the voting register. It replaces the previous system, where the ‘head of the household’ could register everyone living in a property.

Most voters have registered online, but residents can email the council’s elections team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or telephone 0115 907 1190 to request a form by post.
For more details on IER visit

One Hour Free Parking In Erewash

Free one-hour parking in selected car parks comes into force on 5th January as part of Erewash Borough Council’s six month trial to further boost town centre regeneration.
The 60p one hour charge has been abolished in 11 car parks in Ilkeston – East Street, Baker Street, Chapel Street, Pimlico, Station Road, Wilton Place, Albion Centre, Albion Centre extension, Club Row, Queen Street and South Street.

In Long Eaton, the town centre car parks on Claye Street, Gibb Street, Beaconsfield Street, Lawrence Street and the lower Town Hall are in the scheme.
Councillors agreed to run the one hour free parking as a pilot until Sunday 28 June in the busiest town centre car parks and the scheme will replace the free 30-minute bays that have previously been available.
Shoppers can park in any of the bays in the car parks offering the free parking at any time of the day but must obtain a ticket from the pay and display machine by pressing the green button. The free ticket will give the expiry time and this must be clearly displayed in the vehicle. 
Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“We are delighted to start the New Year with this very positive move that we know has already been welcomed by both traders and residents alike. We see this as a major step in our continued drive to support our town centres and it follows discussions with local businesses, the Chamber of Trade and local residents who felt that an increased period of free parking would be beneficial.
“This council will continue to do all it can to help with the wider regeneration of Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres – but we hope this key offer will encourage more residents to show their support for their town. Over the six months we will be asking traders to help us monitor the impact and see if it does make a difference.”
The launch of the free one-hour parking follows the popular FREE-cember promotion which saw the council offer free 24-hour parking in all its car parks throughout December.
Residents should note that it is the 60p tariff that has been abolished – if someone wants to park for two hours or more then they must pay those rates in full.