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.

Erewash Launches Car Park ‘Transfer’ Tickets

Motorists visiting Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres can now transfer their pay and display tickets between certain car parks.

The move is another New Year scheme as part of Erewash Borough Council’s wider town centre regeneration programme, with councillors confirming the ‘transferability’ promotion is a permanent one.

Notices in the car parks that are part of the transfer scheme are now in place on the tariff boards alongside the pay and display machines. The boards are marked with two categories - a blue circle, and a red square. Tickets can be transferred between car parks within each of these categories.

The notice boards now show the car parks that can shoppers can switch between:

•    Blue circle short stay car parks: Ilkeston – Albion Centre, Albion Centre extension, Club Row, Queen Street and South Street. Long Eaton – Beaconsfield Street and lower

     Town Hall.

•    Red square long stay car parks: Ilkeston – East Street, Baker Street, Chapel Street, Pimlico, Station Road, Wilton Place. Long Eaton – Claye Street, Gibb Street, Lawrence


Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:

“This is more good news as 2015 gets underway and is another clear example of our commitment to helping boost trade within our town centres and to making it easier for shoppers to explore and move around when visiting Ilkeston and Long Eaton.

“We have looked at the best car parks to include in the transferable ticket system and we are confident it will be welcomed and well-used by visitors.”

The ‘ticket transfer’ scheme in selected car parks has been introduced as part of a New Year double by Erewash Borough Council which has also launched its free one-hour parking in some of its busiest town centre car parks.

Pool Re-Opens This Weekend

West Park Leisure Centre’s swimming pool will re-open this Saturday (17th) following the complete refurbishment of its circulation pipework.

The work has been completed on schedule following a five-week closure to carry out the essential maintenance and repair work. The pool will be open on Saturday between 6.30am and 5pm for casual swimming.

To celebrate the reopening, Erewash Borough Council has been giving away 100 free family swim passes (two adults and up to three children) for use on Saturday. The vouchers are available from West Park Leisure Centre reception until Friday 16 January on a first come, first served basis - residents can ring 0115 946 8454 to check availability.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“We would like to thank everyone for their understanding and we know that our members and regular swimmers are already looking forward to getting back into the pool for exercise and fun family times. The pipework is now up to date and fit for the job – so residents can take the plunge with their 2015 fitness regime!”

The gym and other fitness facilities and classes have all been open as normal during the work.