Grand designs

Erewash Museum’s arts development team will be hosting a free BBC Get Creative event this Saturday (8th April).
 
Young craft fans can drop in any time between 11am and 3pm to create their very own Victorian inspired cardboard doll’s house using templates. They can then wander around the museum and its grounds to different activity stations to add in a kitchen, parlour and to decorate their very own grand design.
 
Storyteller Patrick Ashcroft will be at the event throughout the day telling Rumer Godden’s tale ‘The Dolls House’, a heart-warming story filled with imagination and creativity.
 
BBC Get Creative is a campaign run by a group of cultural organisations to celebrate and support the everyday creativity happening in homes and public spaces. It aims to inspire people to try something new at home or at a Get Creative event and to encourage people to share their own examples of everyday creativity.

FREE dog health checks

Erewash Borough Council has again joined forces with the PDSA animal charity to bring another four roadshow events that will offer free dog health checks.
 
Erewash dog owners can take their four-legged friends for the 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.  Places are limited and will be on a first come first served basis.
 
The council’s Neighbourhood Dog Wardens will also be at the events offering free dog micro-chipping and advice between 8.30am and 5pm.
 
The Tuesday to Wednesday health check roadshows will be held from 10am – 5pm, while the Friday event will finish at 4pm:
 
Tuesday 18 April – Cotmanhay Sure Start Centre car park, Beauvale Drive
Wednesday 19 April – Elvaston Street car park, Draycott 
Thursday 20 April – Sawley Community Centre car park, off Draycott Road
Friday 21 April – Cotmanhay Sure Start Centre car park, Beauvale Drive
 
Cats Protection representatives will also be at the events offering FREE cat spay/neuter vouchers for owners. Owners must NOT take their cats to the events and can arrange for their pets to have the procedure at a later date. 

Helping the homeless

Erewash Borough Council Leader Councillor Chris Corbett has again signed up for the overnight charity ‘Sleep Out’ in Long Eaton to help raise awareness of the needs of the homeless in the community.
 
The Sleep Out has become a popular annual event organised by the Long Eaton-based Canaan Trust – an independent charity which supports those who find themselves homeless.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, will also support the event by formally ‘launching’ the Sleep Out at 8pm on Friday 21 April alongside the war memorial in Long Eaton Market Place.
 
Residents, sports clubs and other organisations are invited to join in the fundraising event and help raise as much money as possible. Those taking part will ‘bed down’ in the area around the war memorial until 7am the next morning.
 
Councillor Chris Corbett, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
 
“I have willingly given my support and have taken part in every Sleep Out since the event began several years ago. As a council we work alongside and recognise the importance of organisations such as The Canaan Trust, which works hard all year to help the disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our community.”
 
Anyone interested in signing up for the Sleep Out should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0115 946 4903.
 
 
The Canaan Trust, which is based on Main Street in Long Eaton, is a charity that has been working to help homeless people in the borough for more than 20 years.

Your vote counts

Erewash residents are reminded that they must be registered by Thursday 13 April – just over a month away - to have their right to vote in the Derbyshire County Council (DCC) elections.
 
The DCC elections are on Thursday 4 May when voters will elect nine county councillors for the Erewash area.
 
Most residents who are old enough to vote are on the register, which is checked and updated every year by Erewash Borough Council.  However, anyone who knows they are not registered or has recently moved house or moved into the borough should ensure their details are registered.
 
It is quick and easy to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote Residents who want to check that they are registered to vote in Erewash can fill in a form online that will be responded to within one working day. Visit www.erewash.gov.uk  and click on the ‘Your Council’ tab and follow the ‘elections’ link.
 
Voters wanting postal or proxy votes should note the following deadlines:
 
5pm, Tuesday 18 April – for new postal vote and postal proxy applications
5pm, Tuesday 25 April – new applications to vote by proxy
 
The council’s elections team can help with any enquiries. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115 907 1190.

New byelaw goes ahead

A new byelaw is soon to be made to give police new powers to crackdown on people urinating and defecating in public areas of Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres.
 
Erewash Borough councillors unanimously gave the green light to progress the making of the new law at a meeting of the Full Council on Thursday (9 March).
 
Residents were asked for their views on bringing the new byelaw into force during a widespread consultation last year and there was overwhelming support for the move.
 
Urinating or defecating in public is a problem in many town centres across the country – usually at night and weekends as revellers leave pubs and nightclubs and use shop doorways, alleyways and other areas as ‘toilets’.
 
Police currently have only limited powers but the new byelaw will make the behaviour a criminal offence and anyone caught will face a fine of up to £500. The council’s neighbourhood wardens will also support police officers in enforcing the byelaw.
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“We don’t have a major problem in our town centres, but when it does happen it is obviously totally unacceptable. The respectable majority have great pride for their town and I really do feel for the shopkeepers, businesses and our own council teams that have to clear up such disgusting mess. There was overwhelming support for action and this byelaw will help and will hopefully serve as a deterrent.”
 
The council must now publish a notice of the making of the byelaw locally and on its website and written representations can be made during a set time frame of not less than 28 days.
 
It is hoped that the byelaw will be in place by the summer and signs will be put up in the two town centres informing the public that it is in force.