Scheme To Combat Crime In Town Centres Is Boosted By Digital Upgrade

A scheme to help retailers in Ilkeston and Long Eaton combat crime and keep their customers safe has been upgraded using the latest digital technology.
 
Enterprise agency Erewash Partnership set up the innovative Radio Link scheme in 1999.  Now it has been upgraded from analogue to state-of-the-art digital equipment to make the town centres more secure.
 
The scheme involves shops, the police, town centre wardens and is linked to closed circuit television. Regular meetings are held with those taking part to share information and experiences.
 
It has a two-fold purpose. Participating businesses can alert others to any criminal or anti-social activity in an area and hopefully prevent more trouble. It can also be used to alert traders about lost children so that they can be quickly re-united with parents/carers to ease a stressful situation.
 
Partnership member Zycomm  Electronics of Ripley has supplied the latest digital two-way radios (walkie-talkies) and new digital base stations in each town.
 
Managing director Ruth Nixon said “We have worked closely with the Partnership to ensure that the new equipment has been programmed and configured with its requirements and to provide coverage in both Long Eaton and Ilkeston.”
 
The new equipment provides better reception to enhance radio network security and give better reception in all areas. The radios have special features, including text messaging, emergency button, and caller display.
 
The new equipment cost many thousands of pounds and has been shared between the Partnership for Long Eaton and the borough council for Ilkeston.
 
Councillor Chris Corbett, leader of Erewash Borough Council, said the authority was delighted to fund the improvements to the scheme in Ilkeston.
 
“We feel that the system makes a real difference to the viability of the shops in the town centre by helping fight crime and anti-social behaviour,” he said. “We want people to feel safe so that they are willing to shop locally.”
 
Partnership chief executive Ian Viles said: “We know from the feedback from both retailers and police just how effective this scheme has been over the years in combating crime.
 
“We are grateful for the technical input from Zycomm and for the continued support from the council.”
 

Christmas Markets

Erewash residents and visitors have the chance to grab great gifts and festive food at the popular Ilkeston and Long Eaton markets in the busy run up to Christmas.

Markets will be held in both town centres on Tuesday 23 December and Christmas Eve and again on Saturday 27 December.  
 
Santa Claus will also make last minute visits to add to the festive fun at Long Eaton market this Saturday (13 December) and Ilkeston on Saturday 20 December when he will be handing out candy canes to children between 11am and 2pm.
 
Councillor Geoffrey Smith, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“The days leading up to Christmas are always busy and it’s great news that our markets in Ilkeston and Long Eaton will be trading in the run up to the big day for those looking for last minute gifts and festive fayre for the big day.”
 
Ilkeston’s Thursday market will not be held on New Year’s Day, Thursday 1 January.
 

Pool Closure For Pipework Update

The swimming pool at West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton will be closed for around five weeks over the Christmas and New Year period for essential maintenance and repair work.
 
The pool will be closed from 1pm on Saturday 13 December and work will start immediately on the complete refurbishment of the circulation pipework, which is the original system that has been in place since the 1970s.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We would like to apologise for this inconvenience, but we are unable to undertake the repairs without draining the pool. We have deliberately chosen the Christmas and New Year season to do the work as we believe this will cause the least inconvenience – and we will get the pipework up to scratch and the pool re-opened as quickly as possible for those wanting to kickstart the 2015 fitness regime!” 
 
Swimmers can use the pools at Victoria Park Leisure Centre in Ilkeston while the work is carried out in Long Eaton.  The Victoria Park swimming timetable can be found on the council’s website www.erewash.gov.uk
 

Long Eaton Christmas Lights Switch-On

A magical evening of festive fun, seasonal sights and unmissable free family entertainment is on offer when Long Eaton’s big Christmas Lights ‘switch-on’ event is held on Thursday 27 November.

The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, will ‘light up’ the town at 7pm to officially launch the Christmas season and Erewash Borough Council has once again lined up a feast of free family fun to ensure a fabulous night for everyone to enjoy.

A Christmas market and family fun fair will bring seasonal colour to the town centre while there will be traditional festive music and performances by the Long Eaton Silver Prize band. Street entertainers, fun ‘walkabout’ characters and a visit by Santa Claus and some real reindeer will also ensure a magical night as Long Eaton begins its countdown to Christmas.

In addition, there will be a chance for celebration sing-a-longs with a Take That tribute band who will be playing from 6.20pm-6.50pm and 7.10pm-7.30pm. 

The event will take place in and around the Market Place area of the town centre from 5.30pm to 8.30pm - with the Mayor switching on the lights at 7pm.

One of the highlights of the event will be children from the local Dovedale Primary School taking part in a light procession wearing illuminated costumes inspired by snowmen and animals from the arctic.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“We look forward to seeing everyone at this festive celebration, which is always a very popular event, full of seasonal spirit and great entertainment for all the family.
 
“The event always has a wonderfully warm family atmosphere and is the perfect way for us all to welcome the start of the Christmas season and is an opportunity for us to get together to celebrate our town centre and all that it has to offer.”

More Free Parking For Erewash

Erewash Borough Council will provide free one hour parking in its town centre car parks in Ilkeston and Long Eaton next year after the scheme was approved at the Council Executive meeting this morning. (Thursday 30th Nov)

Councillors gave the go-ahead for a six month trial of the free parking as part of the council’s wider programme of town centre regeneration.

The council’s pilot scheme will begin on 5 January next year and run through to the end of June – meaning all the spaces in the busiest town centre car parks will be free for one hour.

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

“We see this as a very positive scheme that will be welcomed by both traders and residents alike – and we are confident it is a major step in our continued drive to help regenerate our high streets. We certainly hope it will encourage more residents to support their town centre and to shop locally. Over the six months we will be asking traders to help us monitor the impact and see if it does make a difference.”

The free one-hour scheme will replace the free 30-minute bays that have been available over the last year.

The car parks which will have the free one-hour parking next year are: Ilkeston – East Street, Baker Street, Chapel Street, Pimlico, Station Road, Wilton Place, Albion Centre, Albion Centre extension, Club Row, Queen Street and South Street. Long Eaton - Claye Street, Gibb Street, Beaconsfield Street, Lawrence Street and the Town Hall.