New Greenhouses Near Completion

A refurbishment project to upgrade the greenhouses at the West Park nursery complex in Long Eaton is close to completion.
 
The £110,000 project to upgrade the four glass houses started in September and saw the demolition of three greenhouses that were no longer fit for purpose. These have been replaced with modern aluminium structures which will contain more up-to-date heating, lighting and ventilation systems. A fourth is being refurbished. 
 
The finishing touches are now being put in place, including heating pipes, plant benches, the installation of footpaths and a water system. The new nursery complex is due to open in March when plant production begins.
 
Thousands of plants are grown at West Park Nursery by the council’s park teams every year for displays across the borough, including the flowers that formed the popular Union Flag displays which could be seen in Ilkeston and Long Eaton in the summer of 2018. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure at Erewash Borough Council, says: 
 
“The greenhouses are essential as this is where the colourful plants and flowers are grown that brighten up the borough. The upgrade project has been a great success so far and is on track to be completed next month. These new glass houses will save us money on maintenance and heating costs. We would like to again thank residents for their understanding while the work is completed.”

Garden waste collections

Erewash Borough Council will restart its garden waste collections at the end of next month in Ilkeston and the north of the borough and the beginning of March in Long Eaton and the south of the borough.
 
Residents living in the Ilkeston and north area are reminded that their collection during the week commencing 11 February will be the last time recyclable waste can be put out in brown bins. After that week brown bins must only be used for garden waste. Collections of garden waste restart week commencing Monday 25 February.
 
For residents in Long Eaton and the south of the borough, the last time brown bins can be used for recyclable waste is during week commencing 18 February. Collections of garden waste restart week commencing Monday 4 March.
 
Householders who have been using their brown bins over the winter must change back to putting out kerbside recycling in green bags, a brown bin with a blue lid or a blue bin. To purchase a blue bin call 0115 907 2244 or visit www.erewash.gov.uk for more details.
 
North zone – Ilkeston, Breadsall, Cotmanhay, Dale Abbey, Kirk Hallam, Little Eaton, Morley, Ockbrook, Stanley, Stanley Common, Stanton by Dale, West Hallam.
 
South zone – Long Eaton, Borrowash, Breaston, Draycott, Risley, Sandiacre, Sawley.
 
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
 
“The busy gardening season is on its way and keen gardeners are ready to get out there and do some work to prepare for spring and summer. There is no additional charge for garden waste collections in Erewash and we know our service makes gardening easier for everyone.”
 

Forging links with Japan

Erewash businesses have a chance to find out more about forging links with Japan at a major conference taking place in Derby on Friday 1 February.
 
The New Roads to Japan event will focus on creating opportunities for those local businesses across Derbyshire that are interested in the Japanese market and has been organised by the Japan Local Government Centre (JLGC) as part of the recent 20th anniversary of Toyota-Derbyshire twinning activities.
 
It will take place at the Roundhouse Derby College on Pride Park between 11am and 3pm and anyone interested can register a place now at www.eventbrite.co.uk
 
Business representatives from Erewash and beyond will learn more about creating opportunities for local business through international municipal twinning links, plus the importance of local authorities in the UK forming long-term partnerships to support their economies. 
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“This is a great opportunity for businesses in Erewash to find out if and how they can forge commercial links with Japan. It is an event that is as relevant to our local businesses as it is to other areas. We encourage people to register and attend this free conference where there will be a keynote speaker, an exhibition and the chance to ask questions and network with trade, economic development and international trade experts.”
 
The JLGC has organised the conference supported by Derbyshire County Council and Marketing Derby. 

Budget views needed

Erewash Borough Council has launched a consultation into its budget for the next financial year – and is urging residents to take part and give their views.  
 
The move comes as the council faces making significant savings to balance its 2019/2020 books as – along with local authorities across the country – it faces further cuts in government funding.
 
A short online survey is now open on the council’s website www.erewash.gov.uk and is available until the closing deadline of 9am on Monday 4 February.
 
Last year, the council asked residents for their opinions on which services were most or least important to them and wants to repeat that exercise for the coming year to see if any changes or trends in opinions can be highlighted.
 
Those taking part in the survey can also write any general comments they have about the council budget or make suggestions on how the council could increase income or reduce costs and make savings. 
 
Councillor Wayne Major, Deputy Leader of Erewash Borough Council and Lead Member for Resources, says:
 
“We have worked, and continue to work, extremely hard to make efficiency savings in these difficult financial times for local government – and are proud that we have done so while maintaining the vital front line services. But the financial challenges remain and we face having to find further significant savings.
 
“That is why we want to hear our residents’ views on how we spend their money and help us shape our budget priorities.”
            
Anyone wanting a hard copy of the consultation should email the council’s Community Engagement Officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All aboard at Erewash Museum

Choo- choo! Erewash Museum’s Model Railway Day rolls into Ilkeston on Saturday 26 January. Join representatives from the Nottingham Model Railway Society to see their amazing model of a 1930s Ilkeston Town Railway Station which will be on display in the Hayloft. Two model layouts of Toton Sidings will also be on display alongside a children’s railway themed activity trail.
 
The lay-out, designed by Davey Jones and Dave Jacques, depicts the half mile branch line from Ilkeston Junction Station on the main LMS Erewash Valley Line from Nottingham to Sheffield, to the Ilkeston Town terminus station. It reflects the daily train movements, 70 in total, that were time-tabled in that era. In years gone by, passenger trains also ran to and from Ilkeston Junction calling at Trent, Nottingham, Sheffield and Mansfield.
 
The model will be on display to the public from Thursday 24 January until Tuesday 29 January. Free admission, all ages welcome. 11am - 3pm each day.  
 
Also, at 7pm on the Tuesday evening Davey Jones will be giving a free talk at the museum’s Lally Gallery on the research and building of the model.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Leisure and Culture, said: 
 
“It is always fascinating to see how much detail and devotion are put in to creating these exceptional model railways, and even more interesting to see how Ilkeston and the surrounding areas used to operate their rail infrastructures in bygone years.”
 
Erewash Museum is located in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Monday to Saturday during school holidays. Admission is free. Contact 0115 907 1141, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the Facebook page /erewashmuseum. You can also follow the museum on Twitter @Erewash_Museum, and Instagram @erewashmuseum.