Fair views needed

Erewash residents are being asked for their views on a request from the Showmen’s Guild to extend Ilkeston Charter Fair by one day.
 
The fair currently runs from Wednesday tea-time through to Saturday night, but the Guild wants to see Sunday as the final day, opening between 1pm and 9pm.
 
Erewash Borough Council has now opened a consultation on the proposal and is keen to hear the views of the public. The Fair’s Royal Charter, originally granted in 1252, means the council cannot decide to simply extend the event and must follow a legal process that requires the Home Secretary, currently Sajid Javid, to approve any change.
 
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“The Home Secretary will only grant an extension of the fair if he believes that the change is for the convenience and advantage of the public. He would expect us to have asked local people for their views and for the responses to be included in any approach to him. That is why it is important that residents tell us their thoughts – do you want to see Ilkeston Charter Fair open on Sunday or is it something you would be against?”
 
A short survey can be filled in online at www.erewash.gov.uk while a paper copy of the survey is available at Ilkeston and Long Eaton town halls or can be requested by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
The 12-week public consultation is already underway and is open until 10am on Friday 15 February with the results taken to a meeting of Council Executive for consideration before being sent to Full Council for approval or otherwise.
 

Lighting the way

Join in with the Winter Solstice celebrations in Ilkeston on Saturday 15 December as Erewash Borough Council’s Arts Development Team hold lantern-making workshop. 
 
Workshops will be held at Erewash Museum from 12pm to 5pm and at Victoria Park from 3pm to 5pm and cost £1.50 per person.
 
The day will culminate with a beautiful lantern parade winding its way through the town from the museum to Victoria Park where there will be poetry, lanterns, story-telling and Morris dancing with Black Pig Border Morris.
 
The Lantern Parade takes place from 5.15pm to 6.30pm. People can meet at Erewash Museum at 5.15pm or wait by Victoria Park Bowling Pavilion where the parade will arrive at around 5.30pm.
 
Erewash Museum will also be holding a Winter Wonderland the same day between 11am and 3pm where children can meet Santa and his reindeers. Admission is £1.50 for children and there will be a small charge for a photo and gift from Santa.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Leisure and Culture, says:
 
         “What a lovely way to mark the shortest day of the year. The Winter Solstice lantern parade will look stunning weaving through the streets of the town, so join us if you can to celebrate this annual midwinter event.”
 

Free parking for Christmas

Erewash Borough Council is once again offering 24-hour FREE parking in all its car parks, with the exception of Long Eaton and Ilkeston Railway Stations, for the busy festive season.
 
The council has confirmed that its car parks will be free from Monday 10 December to Wednesday 26 December inclusive – a festive gift aimed at giving a major boost for town centre traders and shoppers during the run-up to Christmas.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“The seasonal free parking scheme remains a key part of our on-going drive to support our town centres and we know it is warmly welcomed by traders, residents and visitors to the borough at this busy time of year.
 
“Now, more than ever, we all have a role to play in supporting retailers here in Erewash. ‘Shop Local’ is the call-to-action in the run-up to Christmas and beyond - if we all get behind this, we can make a difference. So please use the free parking to make the most of the excellent markets and shops in Ilkeston and Long Eaton, as well as local shops in villages across the borough.”
 
All of the council’s car parks are part of the scheme, with the exception of the Long Eaton Railway Station commuter car park. Ilkeston Railway Station commuter car park is not owned by the council.
 

Nominate your community champion

Erewash Borough Council is calling on its residents to nominate someone they admire for their valuable voluntary work in the borough and who deserves a pat on the back for their tireless work for the community.
 
The council has launched its popular Mayor’s Awards to honour the special people of Erewash and is looking for nominations in recognition of those people who willingly volunteer to help others and go that extra mile without expecting anything in return.
 
The closing date is Friday 11 January when a panel will then consider the nominations, looking for evidence of special qualities and service beyond being a ‘good neighbour’.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, says:
 
“I know only too well just how many unsung heroes we have in this wonderful borough – indeed, I have been truly humbled when meeting many of them and have seen first-hand the selfless work carried out to help others.
 
“This is our way of celebrating and recognising fellow residents. I ask people to please take a moment right now to nominate someone you admire. It will be a great honour for me to present my Mayor’s Awards to people who make a real difference to the lives of others in this borough.”
 
Nominations will be in confidence and publicity only given to people who receive a Mayor’s Award. Please note that awards cannot be made to serving councillors of the county, borough or parish councils or their employees.
 
Forms are available at Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Hall receptions and online at www.erewash.gov.uk or send full details in a letter to Susan Dunkley, Democratic and Civic Officer, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, DE7 5RP. For more details email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115 907 1115.
 

New era for Erewash leisure services

The company that will take over the running of Erewash Borough Council’s leisure services has been confirmed as Parkwood Leisure Ltd.
 
Parkwood will manage the council’s leisure services as part of a ten-year contract, resulting in substantial savings for the authority. Parkwood will take over leisure services at Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Rutland Sports Park and Pewitt Golf Course in Ilkeston, as well as West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton and Friesland Sports Centre in Sandiacre. 
 
Parkwood will take the leisure services forward from early 2019, with a number of improvements set to be made including the expansion and improvement of gym facilities; new gym, spin and weight lifting equipment; improvements to customer retail and vending facilities, and the introduction of a number of new activities. 
 
Outsourcing the provision of the leisure service will save the council approximately £6 million over ten years. Approximately £1.3 million is expected to be invested to improve facilities for residents with Parkwood Leisure investing £800,000 with a further £500,000 earmarked for upgrading the leisure centres through a loan from the council to be paid back over the term of the contract.
 
The council has built into the contract protection for a number of local clubs and groups and an agreement that prices will be frozen for a minimum of six months. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure at Erewash Borough Council, says:
 
         “Our residents and leisure customers have been at the heart of this process throughout. There has been a commitment to achieve two key aims: to ensure the leisure facilities on offer are invested in and improved and that we, as a council, achieve the important savings we need in these financially challenging times. We believe those aims will be more than achieved and customers will see enhanced facilities and a new programme of activities at our leisure centres.
“This marks a new era for leisure services in Erewash and we look forward to seeing Parkwood’s plans put into action.”
 
Peter Fitzboydon, Managing Director of Parkwood Leisure, says: 
 
“Parkwood Leisure has more than 20 years’ experience in running leisure centres. Recently we have invested in our staff and improved our customer experience to help achieve our overall company objective: helping the local community to be happier and healthier.
 
“We look forward to working with the council and as soon as we have finalised the exciting plans for the centres we will share them with our customers and staff.”