Scheme To Combat Crime In Town Centres Is Boosted By Digital Upgrade To Equipment

A scheme to help retailers in Ilkeston and Long Eaton combat crime and keep their customers safe has been upgraded using the latest digital technology.
 
Enterprise agency Erewash Partnership set up the innovative Radio Link scheme in 1999.  Now it has been upgraded from analogue to state-of-the-art digital equipment to make the town centres more secure.

The scheme involves shops, the police, town centre wardens and is linked to closed circuit television. Regular meetings are held with those taking part to share information and experiences.
 
It has a two-fold purpose. Participating businesses can alert others to any criminal or anti-social activity in an area and hopefully prevent more trouble. It can also be used to alert traders about lost children so that they can be quickly re-united with parents/carers to ease a stressful situation.
 
Partnership member Zycomm  Electronics of Ripley has supplied the latest digital two-way radios (walkie-talkies) and new digital base stations in each town.
 
Managing director Ruth Nixon said “We have worked closely with the Partnership to ensure that the new equipment has been programmed and configured with its requirements and to provide coverage in both Long Eaton and Ilkeston.”
 
The new equipment provides better reception to enhance radio network security and give better reception in all areas. The radios have special features, including text messaging, emergency button, and caller display.
 
The new equipment cost many thousands of pounds and has been shared between the Partnership for Long Eaton and the borough council for Ilkeston.
 
Councillor Chris Corbett, leader of Erewash Borough Council, said the authority was delighted to fund the improvements to the scheme in Ilkeston.
 
“We feel that the system makes a real difference to the viability of the shops in the town centre by helping fight crime and anti-social behaviour,” he said. “We want people to feel safe so that they are willing to shop locally.”
 
Partnership chief executive Ian Viles said: “We know from the feedback from both retailers and police just how effective this scheme has been over the years in combating crime.
 
“We are grateful for the technical input from Zycomm and for the continued support from the council.”
 

New Year, New Classes!

Residents wanting to kick start their New Year fitness resolution can enrol for some new exercise classes that get underway at Victoria Park Leisure Centre in Ilkeston from 5 January.
 
The Leisure Centre will host classes for the popular ‘Insanity’ workout that centres on high-intensity exercise to help fans get fitter, faster. The classes will be held on Mondays between 9.45am-10.45am.
 
For those wanting something a little less intense, Pilates sessions will be held on Mondays between 10.45am-11.45am, while Hatha Yoga classes will be held between 7.15pm-8.15pm on Wednesdays.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
 “If your New Year resolution is to get fit, keep fit and stay healthy then there is no better time to start than straight away! We’re delighted to launch these new classes – but there is also plenty more health and fitness on offer at Victoria Park and all our Leisure Centres.!
 
The new classes are free to members or £4.40 for those with a leisure card (£4.90 without). Anyone wanting more information can contact Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Manners Road, Ilkeston, on 0115 944 0400. Visit www.erewashhealthclub.co.uk
 

Free Festive Parking Brings Christmas Cheer

Shoppers have voted the free 24-hour parking in Erewash a big festive hit as the final countdown to Christmas gets underway.
 
Erewash Borough Council launched its bumper parking scheme in all its car parks at the start of December and is offering round-the-clock free parking through to Saturday 3 January – the most extensive free festive parking offered by the council so far.
 
The scheme is part of the council’s on-going town centre regeneration drive and is aimed at attracting visitors to the borough and encouraging residents to shop locally
 
Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
 
“We’ve had great feedback from residents, visitors and the business community who all appreciate the month-long free parking and its aim of helping our town centres. Everyone can see that the car parks have been busier, which is excellent news.
 
“We’re now into the final fortnight of this Christmas season, so we would urge everyone to continue to make the most of the free parking – and, more importantly, to support our markets, our town centres and our village centres by shopping locally.”
 
All of the council’s car parks are part of the scheme, with the exception of the Long Eaton Railway Station commuters’ car park.

Walking In The Moonlight

Erewash’s popular moonlight walk is back on Sunday 28 December - the walk offers the perfect opportunity to explore Erewash from a whole new perspective.
 
The walk starts at 5:30pm from The Nags Head, Sawley and costs £5 for adults, £3 for children and £13 for a family of four - the price includes refreshments and head torch hire.
 
The walk takes around one hour and is suitable for all ages, however under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. There is no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
 “The Moonlight Walk offers a unique way to view the sights across Erewash, and is a perfect way to take some exercise this festive season. The walks are always popular with our residents at this time of year and are a great opportunity to experience and explore Erewash at night.”
 
The Nags Head is located on Tamworth Road, Sawley.
 
For more information or to book places on the Moonlight Walk visit: www.facebook.com/erewashvillagegames, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Sport and Health on 0115 907 2244 extension 4314.
 

Sensory Santa Sessions

Enjoy a unique way to celebrate Christmas this festive season with Victoria Park Leisure Centre’s Sensory Santa Sessions. The magical sessions include relaxing sounds and lighting in the centre’s sensory pool - a virtual Santa will swim in the pool with Christmas music adding to the atmosphere.
 
Sessions are 30 minutes long, and are aimed at children up to eight years with their parents/guardians - each session costs £3.60 for one parent and a child under five, or £3.10 with a leisure card; an adult with a child aged five to eight years, sessions are £5.75 or £5.25 with a leisure card.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Our Santa Sessions are a unique way for families to enjoy a special Christmas atmosphere in the sensory pool at Victoria Park Leisure Centre.” 
 
Sessions are available on the following dates:
 
Monday 22 December: 11am – 2pm and 4pm - 6pm 
Tuesday 23 December: 9.30am – 6pm
Wednesday 24 December: 9.00am – 1pm
Saturday 27 December: 9:00am – 2.30pm 
Sunday 28 December: 9:30am – 1.30pm
Sunday 28 December: 1.30pm – 2:30pm (people with disabilities only)
Monday 29 December: 11am – 2pm and 4pm - 6pm 
Tuesday 30 December: 9.30am – 6pm
Wednesday 31 December: 9:30am – 1pm