Say hello to Santa

Children have the chance to meet Santa when he calls into the stables at Erewash Museum next month as part of the annual Santa Saturdays.
Two visits from the man himself will be held on 7 and 14 December, when Father Christmas will be in residence between 10:30am-3:30pm. 
Timed tickets are selling fast so it is recommended that they are purchased from the museum prior to the event if possible as there is no guarantee that they will be available on the day. 
Tickets are £2.50 per child, which includes a present and visitors are urged to arrive early to avoid any disappointment.
Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. For more information contact the Museum on 0115 907 1141 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

Free Christmas parking

Erewash Borough Council will once again provide 24-hour FREE parking in all its car parks, with the exception of Long Eaton Railway Station, for the busy festive season.
The annual Christmas gift will run from Monday 9 December to Sunday 29 December inclusive – a move aimed at giving a major boost for town centre traders and shoppers.
The council has also issued a ‘call to action’ for residents to support the borough’s markets and High Streets by shopping local, saying that by working together we can make a difference.
All of the council’s car parks are part of the scheme, with the exception of the commuter car park at Long Eaton Railway Station. Ilkeston Railway Station car park is not owned by the council.

Climate action agreed

Erewash Borough Council has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions to net-zero as climate change continues to dominate international headlines.
At a Full Council meeting last week (10 October) it was unanimously agreed to commit to reducing net carbon emissions to zero by 2050 in line with the Government’s national target. 
The council has already completed a number of schemes that have helped reduce its carbon emissions by 28% since 2012/13 including:
Office LED lighting replacement programmes within council buildings
Upgrades to the heat recovery system at one of the council swimming pools
Car park LED lighting replacement programme
Installation of smart meters in the council’s larger energy-use buildings 
Sports Hall LED lighting replacement programme
Introduction of the Fuel-link system to monitor fleet fuel usage
300 free fruit trees were given away to Erewash residents last year.
The council is also committed to making the whole borough carbon neutral by 2050 through joint working with its partners and other relevant agencies and will call on the UK government to provide the powers, resources and help to make this possible.
At the meeting Councillor Garry Hickton the council’s Lead Member for Environment stated that strong and well thought out policies were needed to help meet the council’s carbon reduction target.
Councillor Garry Hickton, says:
“All levels of government have to take responsibility and act right now on the very serious issue of climate change.
“This council has long been aware of its commitments and has worked to reduce its carbon footprint over the years. But now is the time for us to step up that work and commit to having net-zero emissions within a realistic time frame.”
The council has also agreed to:
Use its planning and building control power to make new homes more energy efficient.
Seek to increase the number and size of land designated as nature reserves and improve and create habitats to support insect life, including bees.
Encourage and support tree and hedge planting within Erewash.
Support the transition away from petrol and diesel cars.
The full council meeting was held at Long Eaton Town Hall on Thursday 10 October.

Ilkeston Fair - road closures and suspension of residents’ parking schemes

Residents’ parking schemes close to Ilkeston town centre will be temporarily suspended during the week of the 767th Charter Fair. 
The schemes will be suspended from Monday 14 October to Sunday 20 October inclusive, resuming on Monday 21 October.
Streets belonging to the two residents parking schemes are:
St Mary Street Area: Burns Street, Fullwood Street, Fullwood Avenue, Gregory Street, Jackson Avenue, New Lawn Road, St Mary Street, Wilmot Street. Queens Drive Area: Albert Street, Cedar Park, Darwin Avenue, Queens Drive, Lissett Avenue, Moss Road.
A one-way system will be in place along Wharncliffe Road, Albert Street and Queen’s Drive to the junction with Oakwell Drive. Diversions will be in place and signposted.
Several town centre car parks are always closed throughout the duration of Ilkeston Charter Fair week to make way for the rides, stalls and fair vehicles. These are situated on South Street, Pimlico, Queen Street and Gregory Street.
The following road closures will be in place from 5am on Tuesday 15 October until midday on Sunday 20 October:
  • South Street (from the Market Place to its junction with Gladstone Street West) 
  • Wharncliffe Road (from its junction with Albert Street to the Market Place)
  • Queen Street - in its entirety
  • Market Place - in its entirety
  • East Street (from its junction with the car park to the Market Place)
  • Bath Street (from its junction with Wilmot Street to the Market Place)
  • Pimlico (from its junction with New Lawn Road to its junction with Burns Street)

The power of walking

Dementia-friendly walks will begin at West Park in Long Eaton this month to help those living with dementia and their carers to enjoy exercise outdoors.
The first walk will be on Thursday 17 October with two more planned for Thursday 21 November and Thursday 19 December. All three will set off from the park’s bowls pavilion at 10.30am and free refreshments will be available at the end of the walk.
The morning walks, which are wheelchair-friendly, have been organised by Erewash Borough Council’s Sport and Health Development team and will offer general and easy strolls led by qualified walk leaders.
The distance and pace of the free walks can be designed for those taking part and can last for between 20 minutes to one hour.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“These gentle and easy walks within the park will provide an enjoyable and accessible way for people living with dementia to take exercise with all the well-known benefits that this can bring. We held a series of these walks in our Victoria Park at Ilkeston earlier this year and they were very popular and welcomed by all those who went along.”
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