Blooming heck . . . It’s That Time Again!

Erewash gardeners can put their hoes and rakes on standby and dust down their mowers . . . the ever-popular Erewash in Bloom gardening competition is launched this month!

The annual competition for green-fingered gurus is the flagship project of Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees residents, schoolchildren and businesses put some real flower power into the borough.

This year’s contest will be launched during National Gardening Week with special ‘Bloom’ stalls in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres where residents can find out more and pick up an entry form:

•    Wednesday 15 April – Long Eaton High Street, 10am-2pm
•    Thursday 16 April – Ilkeston, Bath Street, 10am-2pm


The competition features a wide range of categories as gardening fans all compete to put on the best summertime displays and be crowned an Erewash in Bloom champion.

Entry forms are also available from Long Eaton and Ilkeston Town Halls. Alternatively, residents will be able to enter on-line from Wednesday 16 April at www.erewash.gov.uk/erewashinbloom or forms can be downloaded at www.erewash.gov.uk/pride

Increased Retail Rate Relief


Erewash Borough Council is offering smaller retail premises in the borough a Business Rates support package which includes a discount of £1,500 over 2015/16.
 
To qualify for discount the Rateable Value must be £50,000 or less and you or your business must not receive state aid of more than £167,000 within the next three financial years.  Retailers must sell goods to the public such as florists, bakers, grocers, chemists, charity shops, post offices, or provide services such as hair and beauty, shoe repairs/key cutting, restaurants, coffee shops etc. 
 
The Relief has been increased from £1,000 in 2014/15 to £1,500 for 2015/16 and ratepayers who have already been granted the reduction in 2014/15 will automatically receive it again.
 
For further information contact the council’s Revenues Section on 0115 907 1000 or visit our website www.erewash.gov.uk and download an application form from the Business Rates page.
 

In The Swim For Charity

Fundraisers can once again take the plunge and sign up for the annual Swimathon challenge when Victoria Park Leisure Centre hosts the nationwide event between 17-19 April.
 
The Swimathon challenge is designed for all levels of fitness, abilities and ages. You can choose to take on one of the individual 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k challenges or the team 1.5k and 5k - If you wish to take up your own challenge why not sign up to SimplySwim.
 
Thousands of swimmers are expected to take on the Swimathon challenge and go that extra length to help raise funds for Marie Curie who provide care and support for people affected by terminal illnesses across the UK. 
 
To register for Swimathon 2015 go to www.swimathon.org or telephone 0845 36 700 36 for more information. From now until 31 March you will also have a chance of winning £200 of Zoggs swimming products. 
 
Marie Curie is the official charity partner for Swimathon 2015.

CCTV Upgrade

A major upgrade of the CCTV system in Erewash is now complete thanks to a major investment by Erewash Borough Council.
 
The upgrade has included the installation of new cameras in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres and the replacement of old recording systems and outdated monitors with up-to-date monitoring stations.
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Community Engagement, said:
 
“This is a significant investment to help keep our town centres safe for local people and visitors – the new recording equipment including high quality cameras will make it easier to detect crime and allow the Police to take the necessary action against irresponsible individuals.”  
 
The new system has improved the images viewed in the control rooms, which are currently in Ilkeston and Long Eaton Police Stations.
 

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.