Blooming great news for Victoria Park

Victorious Victoria Park has been honoured again - with Erewash Borough Council scooping the national Horticulture Week Custodian Award for Best Heritage Park.
 
The council’s top title was announced at a glittering ceremony held at Woburn Abbey last week, beating other heritage contenders from across the country and turning the national spotlight on Ilkeston’s historic park.
 
This latest tribute – one of the most prestigious park awards – is a salute to the major restoration project made possible by National Lottery players. Thanks to a £740,800 National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project has seen the Green Flag park returned to its Victorian glory.
 
Key features like the bandstand, entrance gates, pergola and bowls pavilion have all been restored to original designs, while new heritage activities held in the park and bedding schemes in the restored floral garden continue to win widespread praise from residents and visitors.
 
The council’s Green Space and Street Scene officer Caroline Pollard and horticultural apprentice Sam Pickering were joined by Richard Daniel, of the Friends of Victoria Park group, in collecting the award at the celebration ceremony.
 
 Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
“What an absolutely unbelievable accolade for Victoria Park. With the help of the National Lottery funding it has been restored its former glory and is a much-loved place of enjoyment for the residents of Erewash. Congratulations to everybody who has been involved with the restoration and gardening works, it is certainly a well-deserved award and we are thrilled to receive such a prestigious honour.”
 
Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: 
 
“This is fantastic news for Victoria Park and the local community. The Victoria Park project was delivered thanks to money raised by National Lottery players and it’s great to see that it has been recognised by this award. The project transformed Victoria Park and restored its historic features for future generations to enjoy. Congratulations to all those involved in the project.”

Hygiene champions again

Erewash Borough Council has topped a national table for the second consecutive year for its impressive food hygiene standards in the latest report from consumers’ champion Which?
 
Which? says the hard work of the council’s food, health and safety team means planned interventions were carried out on all failing premises and an ‘impressive’ 97% of the borough’s food establishments are compliant with food hygiene standards.
 
Nearly 400 local authorities across the UK were analysed for the report using data collected by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), including the percentage of high and medium-risk food businesses compliant with food hygiene standards.
 
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
 
“What an achievement by our team, ensuring that Erewash retains its title as the best performing local authority for food hygiene enforcement. Our officers work hard all year round to maintain and improve food safety and health and safety standards for the residents of Erewash. Well done to all involved.”
 
There are more than 950 registered food premises in Erewash, ranging from small corner shops to large food manufacturers. Food safety inspections are carried out in line with the FSA’s Food Law Code of Practice to calculate the hygiene rating which is published on the national FSA website.  
 
Council officers will identify what follow-up action is needed for businesses that are not compliant with the legislation and always provide advice and support to help a business improve.
 
Residents can find the food hygiene ratings of Erewash premises at www.food.gov.uk

A fitting floral tribute

A century of the Royal Air Force has been celebrated with a dedication of a commemorative flower bed at the front of Bridge House in Long Eaton.
 
The special event, on 21 June, was attended by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, members of the Erewash Branch of the RAF and 2195 (Long Eaton) Royal Air Force Air Cadets. 
 
The floral carpet bed, which includes the RAF emblem, was planted by Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash team, who have been busy planting red, white and blue Union Flag flower beds in the borough to mark the centenary of World War One. It can be seen on the embankment in front of Bridge House, next to Long Eaton Town Hall. 
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, said: 
 
“We were proud to dedicate this special display to recognise the great work of our armed forces. The flower bed is a great feature in the town and I’m sure lots of people will stop and admire it.”
 
Marion Wells, chair of Erewash RAFA, which offers friendship, help and support to all members of the RAF family, said:
 
“I would like to thank Erewash Borough Council for its time and support in creating this fabulous floral display in Long Eaton town centre.” 
 
 
The RAF celebrated its 100th birthday on 1 April. The website RAF100 documents all the events that are being held to mark the occasion. The centrepiece of RAF100 will take place on 10 July, with a centenary service in Westminster Abbey, followed by a parade in The Mall and spectacular flypast over Buckingham Palace.

Funding boost for Erewash villages

Projects that help residents living in villages and rural communities in Erewash could benefit from substantial funding thanks to a grants scheme that is now open for applications.
 
A new round of funding of Erewash Borough Council’s Rural Communities Grant Scheme means that groups are being urged to work with their local parish council to apply for support for projects that will benefit their community.
 
The council has again made £62,500 available for this financial year and funding can be for anything ranging from buildings, equipment and regeneration projects through to open spaces or any scheme that will improve the lives of local communities.
 
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“These grants can make a real difference to people living in our borough’s villages and show our continued commitment to supporting life in our rural communities. There is so much excellent work being carried out by local groups and so now here is another opportunity for them to apply for money for projects within their community.
 
“So get in touch with your parish council and let’s hear about projects you would like to carry out. These are financially challenging times so this scheme is here to help you take things forward.”
 
Applications are accepted from parish councils on behalf of organisations, with only one bid per parished area permitted. The deadline for applications for a share of this year’s moneypot is 5.30pm on Wednesday 8 August.
 
Full details of the scheme and how to apply can be found at www.erewash.gov.uk  - click on ‘For You’ and then ‘Grants’. Anyone interested can also email the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Keep on running…

The Erewash Triathlon and Erewash Half Marathon, two of the biggest and most popular events in the local sport and health calendar, are back for another year. 
 
The Erewash Half Marathon takes place on Saturday 18 August starting at Langley Mill at 8.30am, with runners using the towpath and park trails to make their way to the finish line at West Park Leisure Centre. Open to all abilities, the race provides an enjoyable run for both novice and experienced runners. Enter at www.erewashhalf.com
 
The Erewash Triathlon is back for its eleventh year and while a triathlon may seem daunting, this one is aimed at everybody so is ideal for first timers. The event is open to athletes age 15 and above and all abilities. This year’s event is scheduled to take place on Sunday 19 August – the day after the Half Marathon - with competitors travelling from all over the country to compete.
 
The event will kick off with a 400m swim in the West Park Leisure Centre pool, followed by a 16km bike ride before the competitors complete the event with a 5km run within West Park. There will be prizes for the top three male and female athletes overall as well as prizes for male and female age group winners. All finishers will receive a goody bag.
 
An athlete from Long Eaton’s twin town, Langen, is due to travel to the borough to compete in the event.  This will be the fourth year of the ‘exchange’ with an Erewash triathlete taking part in the prestigious Frankfurt Triathlon in July.
 
 The Erewash Triathlon is being organised by Stuweb Event Management working in partnership with Erewash Borough Council. Enter online at www.erewashtri.com
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead, Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We are proud to once again host the triathlon and half marathon in Erewash - the many athletes who take part and train so hard to achieve their personal best are inspiring to all. Good luck to all involved!”