Fair play to the people of Ilkeston!

Erewash Borough Council has sent out a thank you to the residents and businesses of Ilkeston for once again welcoming the annual Charter Fair to their town and for making last week’s event such a big success.
 
The 765th Ilkeston Fair – one of the largest and oldest street fairs in Europe - was attended by people of all ages and proved another colourful spectacle as stalls and rides helped create a family fun atmosphere.
 
The council has also given its thanks to the Showmen’s Guild, local bus companies, the emergency services – including Derbyshire Constabulary and the Fire and Rescue Service – and the security and medical teams who helped ensure the historic event ran so smoothly.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This historic fair has taken place for 765 years, but we know it does cause disruption and we applaud local residents for their patience and understanding and the welcome they give to this wonderful street fair. The opening ceremony saw a remarkable turnout despite torrential rain. Well done, too, to all the people and organisations who worked tirelessly to make it such a success.”
 

Times change at Friesland centre

New opening hours at Sandiacre Friesland Sports Centre come into force on Monday 30 October after Erewash Borough Council approved the changes due to low levels of daytime usage on weekdays.
 
The new hours are as follows:
Monday to Friday 
Squash courts and gym 3pm – 10pm
All other activities 4.30pm – 10pm
 
Saturday 8:30am – 6:30pm
Sunday 9:30am – 7:00pm
 
Councillors agreed to reduce the opening hours after a report showed that over the last five years visits to the centre by residents during the day on weekdays were very low and the latest figures showed 89.87% of usage is during the evening and the weekend.
 
A consultation was carried out on the revised opening hours, with responses from the public seeing little objection to the proposal and all comments received showed an understanding of the council’s position. Leisure facilities are on offer at nearby West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton for those who want to visit during the day. The move is expected to save the council just over £65,500 a year. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Everyone is well aware that these are financially challenging times for all local authorities and we continue to look at ways to save money and be more efficient. At our Sandiacre sports centre it is clear that the high demand to use the facilities is during the evening and weekends – and, as such, the new opening hours reflect this.”
 
The centre opened in 1975 and is in the grounds of Sandiacre Friesland School. A successful partnership agreement between the council and the school is in place which will see the school continue to use the sports hall and a range of facilities during term time.
 

Time to have your say

The final eight-week consultation on the proposals for new parliamentary constituency boundaries in the East Midlands have opened today (17 October), with residents having until 11 December to give their views.
 
Initial proposals have been revised following a previous public consultation earlier this year and this is now the last chance to contribute views to the Boundary Commission on the best ‘pattern’ of constituencies.  The Commission is due to recommend its new boundaries to Parliament next year. 
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
 
“Residents have an important role in the decision-making process so I would strongly urge everyone to get involved in this boundary review.”
 
All the information needed to see the proposals and contribute to the review can be found at www.bce2018.org.uk
 

Making a Halloween splash!

Music, an inflatable obstacle course, fun and games will all ensure a hauntingly good time when Ilkeston’s Victoria Park Leisure Centre hosts two Halloween Pool Parties on Saturday 28 October.
 
The first themed party is 4pm-4.45pm followed by a second frighteningly funny party between 5pm-5.45pm – with both offering plenty of family fun.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Our themed pool parties are always a splash hit – and these Halloween-themed fun sessions are certain to be just as bewitching!”
 
Entrance is £2.40 for juniors or £1.80 with a leisure card; £4 for adults or £3.40 with a leisure card. A family entrance (2 adults/three children) is £11.60 or £11 with a leisure card.
 

Fairgrounds of the past

Erewash Museum is stepping back in time with a one-day ‘Fairgrounds of the Past’ exhibition on Saturday 21 October.
 
Fairground enthusiasts and visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to see and hear an original street organ and showman’s engine in the museum grounds and the Fairground Association of Great Britain will be displaying their fairground models in the Hayloft.
 
The event runs alongside the final day of the 765th Ilkeston Charter Fair and gives a taste of how fairs used to be in the past. It is free admission and the can be viewed between 11am and 4pm.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
 
“This event is always popular with families and enthusiasts and is a great way to discover more about the history of fairgrounds and gain a real sense of the past, so go along and take a step back in time.”
 
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 www.facebook.com/ErewashMuseum