New Mayor of Erewash
The new Mayor of Erewash is Councillor Val Custance, who was formally elected to the role during Erewash Borough Council’s annual meeting last night (28 May).
Councillor Custance represented the former Abbotsford Ward in Ilkeston for the last four years and is now a councillor for the new Shipley View Ward following the borough council elections in May.
During her mayoral year, Councillor Custance will be supported at civic engagements by either her partner Mike Bell or her sister Glenys Warmsley. In addition, she will also be accompanied at various events by the Mayor’s Cadets from the Derbyshire Air Cadet Force, the Air Training Squadron and the Long Eaton Sea Cadets.
Events will be held throughout the year to raise money for the Mayor’s chosen charity, the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent – while a ‘charity pot’ will also raise funds that will be distributed to local groups and organisations at the end of her term in office.
Councillor Custance is looking forward to representing the residents of Erewash during her civic year:
“I feel very honoured to have been elected as Mayor and am well aware that it is a commitment to serve not only the Borough Council but also the people of Erewash. I feel very proud to pledge myself to do my very best for the whole of the borough and I sincerely hope to meet as many residents as possible during the year.”
Born in Kimberley, Councillor Custance worked at HM Land Registry in Nottingham until her retirement after 43 years’ service. She has lived in several towns around Nottingham but moved back to Ilkeston to be closer to her family.
Councillor Custance has been a School Governor of the former Bennerley School, now the Ormiston Ilkeston Academy, since 1998 and is also involved with the Shipley View Residents’ Association and local health groups and community forums.
In her spare time, the Mayor enjoys being with her family – she has one daughter, six grandchildren and two great grand-daughters – and her hobbies include dressmaking, soft furnishings and baking.
The Rev Peter Davey of Christ Church, Cotmanhay, will be the Mayor’s Chaplain for the 2015/16 civic year.
The new Deputy Mayor of Erewash is Councillor Abey Stevenson, who represents the Little Eaton and Stanley Ward on the Borough Council.
Candidates Announced For Borough Council Elections
There will be 131 candidates standing in next month’s Erewash Borough Council elections, which take place on Thursday 7 May.
Following the close of nominations, the 131 were formally confirmed. Five political parties plus Independents are represented in the elections, which will see 47 councillors elected in total to represent the borough’s 19 wards.
The political parties taking part and the number of candidates each are fielding in the borough elections are as follows:
• Conservative Party (47 candidates)
• Labour Party (47 candidates)
• UK Independence Party (UKIP) (19 candidates)
• Liberal Democrats ( 12 candidates)
• Green Party (4 candidates)
• Independents (2)
A full list of the candidates and the wards they are contesting can be found in ‘Latest News’ on the home page of the council’s website, www.erewash.gov.uk - where there is also a link to the list of candidates for the Parish Council elections in Erewash.
Blooming Heck . . . It’s That Time Again!
Erewash gardeners can put their hoes and rakes on standby and dust down their mowers . . . the ever-popular Erewash in Bloom gardening competition is launched this month!
The annual competition for green-fingered gurus is the flagship project of Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees residents, schoolchildren and businesses put some real flower power into the borough.
This year’s contest will be launched during National Gardening Week with special ‘Bloom’ stalls in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres where residents can find out more and pick up an entry form:
• Wednesday 15 April – Long Eaton High Street, 10am-2pm
• Thursday 16 April – Ilkeston, Bath Street, 10am-2pm
The competition features a wide range of categories as gardening fans all compete to put on the best summertime displays and be crowned an Erewash in Bloom champion.
Entry forms are also available from Long Eaton and Ilkeston Town Halls. Alternatively, residents will be able to enter on-line from Wednesday 16 April at www.erewash.gov.uk/erewashinbloom or forms can be downloaded at www.erewash.gov.uk/pride