Cash boost for community groups 

Three rural community groups in Erewash look set to benefit from over £12,000 in grants from the final round of the Rural Community Grant Fund Scheme.
Councillors are expected to give the greenlight at a meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive on Tuesday 19 February. 
The Rural Community Scheme was launched in 2015 to recognise the good work carried out by local groups and Parish Councils in the community. The council has supported many projects over the last four years that will benefit rural communities. The scheme will end March 2019.
Next week’s meeting is expected to give the go-ahead for the following grants:
• £4,830 to allow the Draycott Millennium Green Trust to create a circular pathway on the village open space
• £2,140 to allow Risley Hall Management Committee to replace the village hall floor.
• £5,580 for Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust. The grant received will go towards materials, equipment and village hall hire to accommodate volunteers involved in the groundwork and restoration of the Borrowash lock chamber.   
Designed to benefit the community, bring local people together and improve neighbourhood engagement, community groups are encouraged to work alongside their Parish Councils who apply for funding on their behalf. 
Leader of Erewash Borough Council, Councillor Carol Hart, says:
“All Parish Councils in Erewash have been encouraged to apply for grants on behalf of local groups and organisations. We are delighted to have been able to grant fund so many worthy projects over the past four years that will benefit communities and residents for years to come.” 

Supporting our Armed Forces

Erewash Borough Council will once again be joining other local authorities to sign the Derbyshire Armed Forces Covenant which pledges our support and guidance to members of the Armed Forces in the county. 
At a meeting of Council Executive on Tuesday (19 February) it will be recommended that the Leader of the Council, Councillor Carol Hart, will sign the agreement, along with the Armed Forces Member Champion, Councillor John Sewell, at a formal ceremony to be held at County Hall in Matlock next month.
The council first signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in June 2012 and later that year signed a joint agreement with all local authorities. The covenant has now been updated and all authorities are being asked to consider re-signing.
Leader of Erewash Borough Council, Councillor Carol Hart, said:
“We are very proud to once again be signing the Armed Forces Covenant - by doing so, we are showing our commitment to helping all Armed Forces in Derbyshire, including serving personnel, veterans and their families. Help can be provided in so many ways, including employment, housing, welfare and health. We will work alongside other local authorities to make sure that all Armed Forces are made to feel that they are fully supported in their communities.”

New play days ahead

An exciting new expanded play area at Shipley View in Ilkeston looks to be given the go-ahead and should be in place by early summer 2019.
At a meeting of Council Executive next Tuesday (19 February), proposals to build a new play area on Barling Drive are expected to be approved.
Erewash Borough Council successfully secured £100,000 of external funding from WREN (Waste Recycling Environment Ltd), the not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects. The development will enhance the look of the site and significantly increase the number of play facilities on offer for children. 
The grant means there is very little financial cost to the council and officers will shortly begin working with local residents and members of Ilkeston Parents for Play to discuss possible designs for the new play area.
Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Leisure and Culture, Councillor Mike Wallis, says:
“We are delighted to have been awarded this substantial grant which will enable us to provide an up-to-date and bigger play area. It will make a massive difference to families in the Shipley View community who will be able to use a much improved outdoor play facility that’s right on their doorstep.”

Erewash Mayor honours caring citizens

Community-minded residents and groups will be honoured for their contribution to society at this year’s Erewash Mayor's Awards.
Seven caring residents and representatives of eight local groups will be presented with their awards by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, at a ceremony in the Council Chamber at Long Eaton Town Hall on Wednesday, 13 February at 7pm.
The awards are to recognise groups or individuals who carry out vital work in their community without expecting anything in return.  Erewash Borough Council’s judging panel looked at nominations, made by local residents, for evidence of special qualities and service beyond simply being a ‘good neighbour’ when picking out the award winners. 

Contract signing signals new leisure era

A landmark agreement that will see Parkwood Leisure Ltd take over the running of Erewash Borough Council’s leisure services has been marked with a ceremonial contract signing.
The council’s Leader, Councillor Carol Hart, is pictured with Parkwood’s Operations Director, Glen Hall during the signing of the 10-year contract at Ilkeston Town Hall.
The milestone moment confirms that, from 1 February, Parkwood will manage the council’s 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 Sandiacre Friesland Sports Centre. 
The council will retain ownership of the leisure facilities, meaning Parkwood will lease the facilities and be in place to manage and deliver a leisure service on behalf of the council. 
It was agreed to outsource leisure at a meeting in November, with councillors saying the deal will bring substantial savings at a time when local authorities continue to face financially-challenging times.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure at Erewash Borough Council, says:
“We are on the threshold of a new era for leisure services here in Erewash and the formal signing of the contract is a significant moment. It is also an exciting one and we know Parkwood have ambitious plans to invest in and develop the facilities on offer.
“We see working in partnership with Parkwood as an innovative decision that will bring significant savings for us but – most importantly – it will mean a better deal for our residents and leisure-users. That has been at the heart of this process throughout.” 
Following the signing, Parkwood’s Operations Director Mr Hall said:
“We are delighted to be operating these, already impressive, leisure facilities on behalf of Erewash Borough Council. We have over 20 years’ experience in helping local communities to be happier and healthier and we look forward to achieving this throughout these five leisure centres. Parkwood, our staff, and I, look forward to working with the council encouraging activity, fitness and wellbeing across Erewash.”
Improvements to be made by Parkwood will include 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 providing £800,000 and a further £500,000 earmarked for upgrading the leisure centres through a loan from the council, which will be paid back over the term of the contract.