New era for Erewash leisure services

The company that will take over the running of Erewash Borough Council’s leisure services has been confirmed as Parkwood Leisure Ltd.
 
Parkwood will manage the council’s leisure services as part of a ten-year contract, resulting in substantial savings for the authority. Parkwood will take over leisure services at Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Rutland Sports Park and Pewitt Golf Course in Ilkeston, as well as West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton and Friesland Sports Centre in Sandiacre. 
 
Parkwood will take the leisure services forward from early 2019, with a number of improvements set to be made including the expansion and improvement of gym facilities; new gym, spin and weight lifting equipment; improvements to customer retail and vending facilities, and the introduction of a number of new activities. 
 
Outsourcing the provision of the leisure service will save the council approximately £6 million over ten years. Approximately £1.3 million is expected to be invested to improve facilities for residents with Parkwood Leisure investing £800,000 with a further £500,000 earmarked for upgrading the leisure centres through a loan from the council to be paid back over the term of the contract.
 
The council has built into the contract protection for a number of local clubs and groups and an agreement that prices will be frozen for a minimum of six months. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure at Erewash Borough Council, says:
 
         “Our residents and leisure customers have been at the heart of this process throughout. There has been a commitment to achieve two key aims: to ensure the leisure facilities on offer are invested in and improved and that we, as a council, achieve the important savings we need in these financially challenging times. We believe those aims will be more than achieved and customers will see enhanced facilities and a new programme of activities at our leisure centres.
“This marks a new era for leisure services in Erewash and we look forward to seeing Parkwood’s plans put into action.”
 
Peter Fitzboydon, Managing Director of Parkwood Leisure, says: 
 
“Parkwood Leisure has more than 20 years’ experience in running leisure centres. Recently we have invested in our staff and improved our customer experience to help achieve our overall company objective: helping the local community to be happier and healthier.
 
“We look forward to working with the council and as soon as we have finalised the exciting plans for the centres we will share them with our customers and staff.”
 

Museum to honour Ilkeston war veteran 

An Ilkeston war veteran who was awarded France’s highest decoration for his bravery during the D-Day landings is to have his medals displayed at Erewash Museum.
 
Sgt Ernest Turner, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 92, was awarded the rank of Chevalier de la Ordre National de la Region d’Honneur (Legion of Honour) in 2016 during a presentation in the Mayor’s Parlour at Ilkeston Town Hall. 
 
His daughter, Lesley Bamford, has now kindly loaned his medals for a long-term display in the museum’s War Gallery and will present them on Friday 7 December at 1pm, when she will be joined by members of the local Royal British Legion branches.
 
Ernest was a long-time friend to the museum, loaning objects about his heroic career and family history, and was also a long-standing member and supporter of the Royal British Legion charity,
 
Mr Turner’s war service included taking part in the Normandy D-Day landings, which saw him run up Juno Beach where 2,000 men had been killed by German guns just 24 hours earlier. He fought in many Second World War battles through France and was stationed all over the world, later serving in Palestine in 1947-48.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This is a wonderful way to honour the memory of a truly remarkable gentleman. Ernest was always very humble and it is with great pride that we can display his medals, all of which tell a story of incredible bravery. It is much more than a salute to his memory, these medals are part of history and it will be particularly special for our many young visitors to see them. We would like to thank his family for kindly loaning his medals to Erewash Museum.” 
 

Waste Collection Scheme to Begin

A pilot waste collection scheme for people to dispose of small bulky items they no longer need will begin in Erewash on December 8.
 
The Saturday morning community collection service will be a 16-week pilot, with the first collections taking place from 8am until 11.30am on December 8 at two sites: the recreation ground car park at Doncaster Avenue in Sandiacre, and the Village Hall car park in Risley.
 
People will be able to take items to the collection points on set dates, where it will be loaded into a vehicle and taken to the household recycling centre. Items classed as small bulky waste include bed frames, toilets, small items of scrap metal, bagged soil, furniture and small household electrical items such as kettles, irons, hairdryers and toasters.  
 
The scheme will mostly benefit residents who live furthest away from the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Ilkeston or people unable get there.
 
Items must be taken to the collection points within the stated times. Anything left at the collection points outside of these times will be classed as fly tipping.
 
Councillor Garry Hickton, Lead Member for Environment, says:
 
      “These new small bulky waste collections will be more convenient for many people and will also go towards further combatting fly tipping in the borough. People just need to take their items to their nearest collection point at the designated times.”
 
Council staff will be at a different collection point each week, until 23 March. A full list of locations can be found at erewash.gov.uk/wastecollections.
 
The collections will form the second phase of a new recycling initiative to be piloted in Erewash. The first saw residents given the option of having blue lids fitted to their brown bins if they did not use them for garden waste.
 

Last chance for grants

Community and voluntary organisations, small groups and charities are being urged to apply for funding support as part of Erewash Borough Council's Community Grant Scheme before the 9am deadline on Monday 17 December.
 
The latest funding round is due to close shortly and the council is keen for groups both large and small to apply for up to £2,000 for projects and services that benefit Erewash residents.
 
The council are once again continuing their support to voluntary organisations and have made funding available to help as many groups as possible and are particularly keen to hear about new and innovative projects that could benefit from a grant. 
 
Groups such as those supporting older people, community and voluntary organisations  - ranging from scout groups to charities like Sight Support Derbyshire – along with play schemes, arts and sporting groups, all made successful bids for a small grant last year.
 
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“There are many groups in Erewash who play vital roles in helping to bring people in our community together. We want to make these groups aware that they may be eligible for a small grant to help with their invaluable work.”
 
Full details of the scheme and how to apply for a grant are available at www.erewash.gov.uk/grants
 
Anyone needing help with their application or wanting more information can contact the council’s Community Engagement Officer, Colin Handley, via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0115 907 2244 extension 3575.
 

HS2 – council sets out its proposals

A hard-hitting package of measures to help tackle the impact of HS2 in Erewash will be discussed by councillors at a meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive next week.
 
The council’s proposed Mitigation Plan is part of the continuing work to get the best possible deal for local residents and businesses and has been drawn up in response to HS2 Ltd’s consultation on its draft Environmental Statement released last month.
 
In an introduction to the Plan, the council says that, despite HS2 making it clear that Long Eaton, Sandiacre and the Trent Valley would be adversely affected, its latest suggestions do nothing to reduce the major impact the project will have on the borough.
 
Now councillors will be asked to agree a straight-talking response that outlines the vital measures that Erewash Borough Council wants in place to deal with key issues like traffic, demolition of homes, compensation for home owners and the impact on Long Eaton town centre – which will be the worst affected by HS2. 
 
The Mitigation Plan, which builds on the council’s previous responses to HS2 consultation, is expected to be sent to the next Full Council meeting on Thursday 13 December for approval. The venue for that meeting is now Long Eaton Town Hall after requests received from residents.
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
 
“Our priority has always been to work to get the best and fairest deal for those most affected by HS2 and we remain committed to doing just that. I can assure residents that this council is working tirelessly to address all the serious issues that the HS2 project brings and this Mitigation Plan is a forthright message to HS2 that we are fighting for, and want, the best possible deal for our communities here in Erewash.
 
“Much hard work has already been carried out by this council on behalf of our residents and businesses. Now we are setting out, in very clear and thorough terms, just what our concerns are and what we want to see happen to reduce the impact.”
 
Among the proposals listed are:
 
 Homeowners on the east side of both Bonsall Street and New Tythe Street in Long Eaton to be compensated – with residents offered the choice of selling their homes to HS2 Ltd at compulsory purchase terms or to receive a £30,000 impact payment if they choose to stay in their homes.
The low level rail line to close because frequent closures of the level crossings on Station Street and Main Street would cause traffic gridlock in Long Eaton town centre. The creation of a new high level link to the Midland Mainline to Derby is proposed and the level crossing areas turned into streets.
Re-aligning the viaduct to save 41 homes on Bonsall Street from demolition.
Several other proposed changes are suggested to tackle fears that Long Eaton will be split in two, with HS2 cutting through the town centre on a 19metre-high viaduct. These include calling for a bespoke design for the viaduct to integrate with the townscape and to feature modern business space in the form of 21st Century railway arches.
Road access from Long Eaton to the Toton hub must be provided instead of HS2’s current proposal which would see residents having to take a 5km journey to the station – which is actually only 1km away as the crow flies.
Acquire and develop the former Stadium Industrial Estate in Long Eaton to develop housing suitable for those who lose their homes to make way for HS2.
Investment provided to refurbish the upper floors of Victorian lace mills to provide relocation opportunities for Long Eaton’s world famous upholstery businesses.
 
The Mitigation Plan also includes proposals to lessen the impact of the HS2 route at Sandiacre Meadows and through the Trent Valley.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“We have produced very detailed and comprehensive proposals that we believe are both reasonable and necessary, things that will make a real difference and lessen the impact on the residents and businesses of our borough.”
 
The proposed HS2 Mitigation Plan can be read in full on the council’s website at www.erewash.gov.uk within the agenda for the Council Executive meeting on Tuesday 4 December. The meeting is at Long Eaton Town Hall at 10.30am.