Parking charges to resume

Parking charges are set to resume in all Erewash Borough Council car parks.
 
The fees were suspended by the council on 27 March to support and show appreciation for key workers who needed to park in the borough’s car parks, including Long Eaton Railway Station, for long periods during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis.
 
But with restrictions easing, and following the permitted opening of all non-essential shops, the council has made the decision to lift the suspension on parking charges returning to the standard tariff of up to 1 hour free, up to 2 hours £1.50; up to 3 hours £2; and £4 for over three hours from Wednesday 1 July.
 
All charges run from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday inclusive – excluding Bank Holidays. All parking in Erewash Borough Council car parks is free of charge on Sundays.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“It was absolutely right that we suspended the charges to help our key workers and residents during what has been the most difficult of times for everyone. While the way forward out of lockdown is ongoing, the fact is that restrictions have been eased and we – along with councils across the country - had to make a decision on when charges would be reintroduced.
 
“We have to now start looking at the way forward, at the financial situation and how best we can continue – having, I believe, worked with our wonderful community in the monumental effort to get us all through this crisis. With town centre shops in Ilkeston and Long Eaton now able to open, we hope residents will support them as the High Streets look to recover from the lockdown.”
 
Before the coronavirus lockdown the council had agreed a new and simplified two-tier charging system of just £1 for up to three hours and £3 for any period over three hours, with the current rates remaining the same at the commuter car park at Long Eaton Railway Station. This is still going ahead and the revised charges will come into force on Thursday 1 October.

Have Your Say

Long Eaton residents are being reminded that they still have time to get involved and share their views on the shaping of an investment plan for the town – an important step in the bid for substantial government funding.
 
There are just two weeks left until the public consultation closes on Sunday 30 August. Take part online.
 
The six week public consultation, hosted by Erewash Borough Council, was launched in July to help finalise a detailed bid for funding after Long Eaton was named as one of the UK towns that could be in line for up to £25m funding through the government’s Towns Fund.
 
Long Eaton Town Deal Board Chairman, Richard Ledger, said:
 
“Residents have a vital role to play in determining the future of the town. I would encourage those residents of Long Eaton, who haven’t already, to have their say via the public consultation as this is a unique opportunity to help shape and revitalise Long Eaton for generations to come and your opinions really do count.”
 
The Town Fund is a government initiative designed to highlight the role towns can play in increasing economic growth with the focus on matters like planning and land use, developing local transport schemes that complement regional and national networks and ensuring towns have the space to support skills and small business development.

Council services

Erewash Borough Council has sent out a message of thanks for the understanding and support of residents and businesses as it continues to do all it can to maintain essential services in these unprecedented times.

To prioritise and focus on the collection of household waste and recycling, the council took the decision to suspend the collection of garden waste from this week – just one of many changes to ensure the key services can continue.

It has also confirmed that it has suspended charges in all its car parks for everyone – including Long Eaton Train Station commuter car park. Free parking had previously been on offer for all NHS staff and key workers.

Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:

“These are challenging times and as a local authority we have a key role to play in supporting our communities and especially the most vulnerable in our borough. We are doing everything we can to navigate our way through this. We continue to follow government advice and we will continue to keep everyone informed as we respond to the ever-changing situation.

“I would like to applaud our staff and those at all local authorities who are working so hard in these difficult circumstances. I would also like to send my thanks to everyone out there who is putting themselves on the line to help in Erewash and countrywide - NHS staff, volunteers, social workers and more. Let’s all work together in this to keep everyone safe and well.”

The council is working together with residents and businesses to offer the latest information and advice through its website, which features links to the government’s up-to-date pages, to the NHS and to the council’s own web pages. Facebook and Twitter are also being used to get information out.

Except for emergencies, the reception areas at Ilkeston and Long Eaton town halls are closed for the safety of the public and staff. The contact centre team continues to work but are dealing with a high level of calls so residents are advised to use the council’s online services and register for a My Erewash account.

Easter trail fun

The popular Easter Trails in Erewash are back again in time for half-term. The interactive fun trails are suitable for the whole family to enjoy and are a good way to get active outdoors. The walks around Ilkeston or Long Eaton will take 45 minutes to an hour and keep your eyes peeled for the Easter-themed clues along the way! 
 
Trail maps can be collected from West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton between Monday 6 April – Friday 17 April (closed Good Friday and Easter Monday) or Erewash Museum in Ilkeston between Monday 6 April – Saturday 18 April (closed Sundays, Good Friday and Easter Monday).
 
Completed forms can be returned to the leisure centre or museum in exchange for a small prize.
 
Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Mike Wallis, said:
 
“The Easter activities organised by the council’s Sports Development team are a great way to get out and about in Erewash and experience a fun day with family and friends. Have a go at spotting the clues on the Easter trails and enjoy having a good stroll around our beautiful borough in the springtime.”

New town centre drive

A new Lead Member whose role will be to target the on-going drive to regenerate Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres has been appointed by Erewash Borough Council.
 
The ruling Conservative group confirmed this week that Councillor Dan Pitt has taken up the reins for the newly-created Lead Member for Town Centres portfolio. He will be working with local businesses and looking at new ways to increase footfall in the towns.
 
His appointment is connected to the council’s ambition to encourage people to stay longer in the town centres and make them more viable by shopping locally.
 
One of Councillor Pitt’s biggest priorities will be to join the work now underway to put together a bid for grant money of up to £25m for Long Eaton from the government’s new Towns Fund. He will also focus on a bid being put together for Ilkeston should new market town grant money becomes available.
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council says:
 
“I believe a new Lead Member to give full attention to our town centres and take a proactive approach is the right move. This is all about investigating new ideas and having a fresh look at the way forward, building on the regeneration work put in over the last few years. We know High Streets across the country are facing the same difficult challenges - but if we can attract more people to live in the town centre, we will then, hopefully, see them shop locally
 
“Our night time economy in Erewash works well through the town centre bars and restaurants. Now we will continue our work with local traders and businesses to replicate that in the daytime by finding fresh and pioneering ways to encourage people to support their town.”
 
Councillor Pitt has welcomed the new approach to town centre regeneration:
 
“I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed to this position, which will allow me to focus on how we get more people into our town centres and, most importantly, to stay in them for longer and show their support for local businesses by shopping locally. It is a difficult challenge, I am well aware of that, but it is one that I fully embrace. I aim to change the negative narrative that surrounds our High Streets and work with everyone to create fresh and exciting ideas that will bring a new positivity going forward.”
 
Elected to the council in May last year, Councillor Pitt represents the Derby Road West ward in Long Eaton. He has previously worked as a manager in the hospitality industry and for the last five year has taught business and politics in the Higher Education sector. He holds two masters’ degrees, one in international business and the other in political philosophy.