Businesses receive £1,000 helping hand to set up in empty shops and boost streets

FOUR new businesses have opened in Ilkeston and Long Eaton with a helping hand from a scheme to revive empty shops.
The Golden Hello Scheme gives grants of £1,000 - an initial £500 plus £500 after 10 weeks of trading - to owners of businesses moving into empty retail premises in the two towns plus Sandiacre and Sawley.
It is managed by enterprise agency Erewash Partnership on behalf of Erewash Borough Council.

Gemma Worthington opened her business, Barefeet Wellbeing Lounge, in Ilkeston to help people with therapy sessions locally.
Gemma, who suffers from fibromyalgia, said: "I have been interested in alternative therapies for a while because of my condition, but there was nothing in the local area that offered a variety of therapies under one roof."
Her lounge offers Reiki, reflexology, hypnotherapy, colour therapy, sports massage, Indian head massage and holistic massage, using trained therapists who work different days.
"The grant was a massive help towards preparing and kitting out the premises," she said, adding the lounge had received a really positive response from people.
Also in Ilkeston, Richard Chamberlain took over a closed eatery in Mundy Street and re-opened it as The Humble Rutland Cafe, which serves breakfasts, pies and takeaways from 8-am-12 Monday-Fridays, and until noon on Saturdays.
He said the Golden Hello initially helped with decoration and fitting out the premises, and the second instalment will go towards a new till.
"The scheme is great for new businesses, particularly when starting because of lack of cash flow."
The cafe has created three-part-time jobs, in addition to him.
Nicola Taylor said the scheme helped her achieve her ambition of opening a shop.
She opened Tallulah & Delilah - nicknames for her daughters - in a former herbalist’s on Derby Road, Long Eaton, opposite the town hall.
It specialises in dresses from the 1940s. "It's a vintage period with the style making a comeback," she said.
Her grant paid for a logo and signage and marketing including branded stationery. "The money was really helpful," she said. "What it paid for made a massive difference in attracting customers."
Nearby, in Midland Street, Martin Laver has opened travel agency  All About Tours, in what used to be a photo studio but has been empty for four years. 
Martin is from the Laver family that ran coach holidays for many years.
Two years ago Martin set up a new independent business, using his experience with the industry specialising in coach tours, mainly in the UK. It employs four people.
Most of the initial grant has gone on signage and window decorating. “The Golden Hello is an excellent scheme to encourage new businesses and use empty shops,” said Martin.
Councillor Mike Powell, council lead member for regeneration and planning, said: "I am delighted that this successful, innovative scheme is still attracting applicants after several years. New businesses create jobs and also improve the street scene."

Time to register your vote 

More than 50,000 forms are now being delivered to homes across Erewash as part of the annual canvass to update the voting register.
Erewash Borough Council is urging residents to respond to the form by either confirming the details are correct or by making any necessary changes.
The Household Enquiry Forms are being hand-delivered and all homes will have received one by the end of this month. The forms are aimed at keeping the electoral register up to date and to ensure that everyone who is eligible to vote is on the register.
Residents can confirm their details are correct or make changes at by using the 10 digit security code that is printed on their form.
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“We have to check the Register of Electors every year and we would ask everyone to take action as soon as they receive their form – please don’t put it to one side and forget about it. When any election is held, residents only have a vote if they are on the register so it is vital that you respond.”
Erewash Borough 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.

Holiday fun at the museum 

Erewash Museum has a whole array of fun activities and events to capture the imagination this summer. From choo-choo choosing what train craft to participate in to shivering your timbers at the pirate event and from handling creepy crawlies to getting creative with sand . . . there is something to suit everyone! 
Dates for the diary include:
Trains Week 23-27 July
All aboard for lots of summer fun when Trains Week pulls in to the museum!
There will be lots of free train-themed crafts and activities every day, including building your own cardboard train engine and conductor’s hat! Have a toot-tooting time!
Holidays Week 30 July - 3 August
A week of holiday craft fun on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday with pin wheel and flag making. On Thursday children can try their hand at sand art, make sailing ship magnets, pretty seaside decorations and funky fish necklaces. This is suitable for over 3s and under 5s, with adult supervision needed to help with the craft session. The cost is £2 per person.
Pirate Week 6 – 10 August
Ahoy me hearties! Free pirate-themed crafts include making your own pirate telescopes, pirate hats and eyepatches for all the little swashbucklers out there on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. On Thursday there will be a pirate gold digging activity, £1.50 per person.
Mini Beast Week 13-17 August
All things great and small, not to mention creepy and crawly, will be slithering into the museum for this Mini Beast Week. Children can learn about the fascinating world of insects, hunt for bugs in the museum gardens and experience exotic bug handling plus other activities. Thursday 16 August is Bug Day with animal handling, for which there will be a small charge, and other free activities.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“What a brilliant assortment of events - there is no excuse for children to say they have nothing to do! Erewash Museum conjures up some incredibly imaginative, informative and fun weeks for all the family to enjoy, so get out there and enjoy the summer!” 

Erewash celebrates more success

Erewash Borough Council is celebrating more success this week with news that it has added to its achievements in the prestigious Green Flag awards.
The national award has been retained at Ilkeston’s Victoria Park, Straw’s Bridge Local Nature Reserve, West Hallam and West Park, Long Eaton – while a fourth, first-time award has been gained for Ilkeston’s Pioneer Meadows Local Nature Reserve.
Victoria Park has also been honoured in today’s announcement with a Green Heritage Award, which is granted to a Green Flag site that is deemed to be of local or national historic interest, or contains features of historic interest. 
This latest success comes just two weeks after the park scooped the national Horticulture Week Custodian Award for Best Heritage Park, beating other heritage contenders from across the country.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“What a summer of success this has been for Erewash! We now have four Green Flags in our borough and the best of the best heritage awards keep coming home to Victoria Park. It is a tremendous achievement all round and means the four sites are rightly confirmed as among the best in the country.
“We are thrilled that Pioneer Meadows has achieved the success for the first time and all four awards are testament to the hard work of our dedicated team who work all year round to manage these sites. We also send out a very big thank you to the volunteers, the Friends Group members and the local community who enthusiastically help us to maintain and further develop the popular sites.”
Pioneer Meadows is a popular Local Nature Reserve and regular visitors include children from Dallimore Junior School who use the site for Forest School activities and recently took part in an Eco Day at the site.  The council’s network of Tree Wardens also carry out regular volunteering tasks on the site which includes cutting back vegetation and thinning of the woodland areas.
West Park is the largest in Erewash at 127 acres and offers an extensive range of sports and recreational facilities including an outdoor gym trail, a skatepark, a splashpad water park, bowls, tennis and football and cricket.
Victoria Park dates back to 1896 and its national award this month is a salute to the major heritage project that has restored its key Victorian features thanks to a £740,800 National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Straw’s Bridge Local Nature Reserve features three ponds that are surrounded by woodland, scrub, meadow and wetland – while it is also connected to the Nutbrook Trail. It attracts many types of birds but is particularly famous for its swans, leading to its affectionate nickname ‘Swan Lake’.
The Green Flag award is the benchmark national standard for England and Wales and is presented to high quality parks, green spaces and nature reserves that have excellent facilities and are well-maintained and well-managed.

Waste options piloted 

Two new free waste collection schemes are to be piloted in Erewash as part of the borough council’s on-going drive to boost recycling rates.
The latest figures for Erewash show that around 12% of waste disposed of in the black bin is recyclable – which is equivalent to around 3,000 tonnes of recyclable material being sent to landfill every year when it could have been recycled.
Now Erewash Borough Council’s Executive has agreed to trial two free schemes, one to encourage more residents to recycle and the other to make it easier for some residents to dispose of household waste.  
At a Council Executive meeting today (Tuesday 17th), members agreed to pilot:
Use of brown bins for recycling. This will offer residents the opportunity to use their 240 litre brown bin for recycling if it is no longer needed for garden waste. Those who successfully apply to do this would have their brown bin lid changed to a blue one. During the pilot this will be offered on a first come, first served basis to 500 residents.
Community Household Waste Collection Service. This will see 16 locations across the borough chosen as sites for a Saturday morning community collection point.  The free service will enable residents to take small bulky items, which do not fit in a black bin, to the collection point for disposal. It is aimed at helping householders who live furthest away from the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Ilkeston or those unable to get there.  Items like bed frames, unwanted toys, small items of scrap metal, clothing, small furniture and small household electricals could all be disposed of with this service.  Collection vehicles would be at two of the sites each week and the pilot would run for 16 weeks.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“This is very much about extending our waste collection service – about finding ways to further improve our recycling rate here in Erewash and also to make it easier for our residents to dispose of small bulky items. Both schemes will be run over a trial period after which we will review the results and discuss what happens next.”
The council will promote the two schemes and the locations of the community collection points once everything is in place to get them started. Details will be on the website