Architect's Plan For Homes Will Transform Landmark & Revitalise Town Centre

A Long Eaton architect has devised a scheme that will transform a building almost 100 years old and breathe new life into the town centre.
 
Alan McGowan Architects is the driving force behind the project to change a prominent building at 1-3 Tamworth Road close to the Market P

lace and main shopping area.
 
Alan drew up the scheme to provide 10 high-quality apartments, secured planning permission from Erewash Borough Council, and will project manage it for the new owners of the building.
 
It was bought last year by Meadowbank Estates, a property company based near London's Heathrow Airport, from a property management company. This is its first project in the East Midlands and the firm is likely to look for more. 
 
Under the scheme there will be five apartments on each of the first and second floors, some with one bedroom, some with two. Then main entrance will be from Tamworth Road and a number of apartments will have views over Tamworth Road and the Market Place. There is a public car park at the rear.
 
The property was built in the 1920s and known as the Co-op Arcade because of the number of different shops there.
 
Latterly, a women-only gym occupied the first floor until it closed last year. The second floor has been empty since 2003 when it was used as a training centre for a national supermarket chain before it opened its store in the town.
 
“This scheme will bring new life into a prominent building in the town centre, part of which has been unused for more than decade,” said Alan.
 
“It is a good example of what can be achieved with the many empty upper floors of buildings in our town centres. It will provide good, spacious homes right in the town centre where people can use the various amenities. It will add vibrancy to Long Eaton town centre and hopefully provide extra trade for new businesses.
 
“Being a  local practice it's exciting to help revitalise the town centre and build on our previous work that restored a number of premises there to their former glory under the townscape heritage scheme.”
 
It is anticipated that conversion work will start in late spring and be completed by late summer or early autumn.
 
This will also include removing dated cladding from the 1960s and replacing it with a contemporary facade. Windows will be replaced with double glazing to provide protection from street noise.
 
The ground floor of the building is currently occupied by a  building society and shop which will remain unaffected.
 
The scheme is one of the latest undertaken by Alan McGowan Architects following the practice move to new premises at Bridge House, Derby Road.

Free Parking Success

Just over 114,000 free one hour tickets were issued in the first two months of Erewash Borough Council’s popular free parking scheme in its town centre car parks.
 
The figure is a bumper 40,000 increase on tickets issues in the same period last year on the free 30 minute scheme.

 
Free one hour parking was introduced in the busiest car parks in Ilkeston and Long Eaton in January as a six month trial to encourage people to shop locally and further boost town centre regeneration.
Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
 
“These latest figures give another clear indication that the one hour free parking is popular and is bringing more people into our town centres. This trial scheme is part of our wider programme to regenerate Ilkeston and Long Eaton and a major part of that is to encourage residents to actively support their town centres by shopping locally.”
 
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. 
 
The council is monitoring the success of the trial, which runs until Sunday 28 June – including talking to town centre retailers to see if the free parking has had a positive impact on their business.
 

Free Parking Hits The Mark

Erewash Borough Council’s one hour free parking in its town centre car parks has proved a major success – with more than 60,000 free tickets issued
 in the first month.
 
Free parking was introduced in the busiest car parks in Ilkeston and Long Eaton in January as a six month trial to encourage people to shop locally and further boost town centre regeneration.

 
The council is monitoring the scheme’s success during the trial, which runs until Sunday 28 June. An independent market researcher has been commissioned and is currently carrying out street-based interviews with visitors to the towns on market and non-market days as well as Saturdays to find out more about the views of residents.
 
In addition, the council will also carry out a survey of town centre retailers this month to see if the free parking has had a positive impact on their business.
 
Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
 
“The feedback we have received so far indicates that people find the one hour free parking a big help, with many pointing out that the town centre car parks are busier than ever. We are delighted it has been so well received as we see this scheme as a positive move to boost our town centres. The key to its success, however, is that it encourages more residents to show their support for their town and to shop locally. We are monitoring its impact and look fo
rward to talking to local traders to see if it is making a difference.”
 
The free one hour parking is available 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.
 
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
 

Are You Ready To Help Put On The Blitz?

Schoolchildren, residents and local community groups are all gearing up for this year’s Borough Blitz bonanza . . . and there’s still time for more people to get involved.
 
Erewash Borough Council’s annual crackdown on litter and graffiti will once again run throughout March as armies of volunteers turn out to help blitz all corners of the borough.
 
The flagship project is led by the council’s Pride in Erewash team, which organises the many clean-up events that will be held daily during the month-long blitz,
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s portfolio holder for Pride in Erewash, says:
 
“Our Borough Blitz continues to be a shining example of how working together can make a real difference and it remains an incredibly popular event on our calendar.  Every year we are bowled over by the enthusiasm of people of all ages who have great pride in Erewash and want to help – it is a real community-boosting initiative. If you want to be a part of the Blitz, get in touch!”
 
The Borough Blitz features clean-up events in parks, play areas, on streets and open spaces and involves litter picking and scrubbing graffiti off walls and play equipment. Volunteers are kitted out with fluorescent Pride in Erewash vests, gloves, bin bags and a litter-picking gadget.
 
For more information or to register to take part in the 2015 Borough Blitz, contact the council’s Pride in Erewash team on 0115 907 2244.

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.