What voters need to know 

Voters in Erewash are being reminded of what they need to know to have their say in the Erewash Borough Council and parish elections, which are now just days away on Thursday 2 May.
 
Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. You should have received a card with details of your local polling station. If not, you can search for your polling station via a link from the home page of the council’s website www.erewash.gov.uk (under Find It) or call the Erewash election hotline on 0115 907 1190 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
When voting at a polling station, it is helpful to take your poll card with you. But if you don’t have it, don’t let that stop you – you can still vote as long as you are registered.
Polling station staff will give you ballot papers for the Erewash Borough Council election. In some areas, you will also receive a second ballot paper for your local Parish Council election.
If you applied for a postal vote, it needs to be completed and returned in the envelope provided. If you leave it too late to post back, you can drop it off at any polling station within Erewash or at either Long Eaton or Ilkeston Town Hall.
 
Anyone wanting more information can visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Easter fun at Victoria Park

Hop on over to Victoria Park in Ilkeston this Easter for some springtime fun! The event in the park grounds takes place on Saturday 20 April.
 
Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and follow the trails around the park to find the ten hidden Easter bunnies, discover the ten names to win a chocolate treat.
 
 View the Easter decorations hanging from the trees, made by Victoria Park’s own wellbeing group.
 
Use your pedal power on the specially designed ‘smoothie bikes’. The bikes are a great interactive way to introduce healthy eating to all, choose your fruit, create a delicious drink and pedal your way to five a day! There will be a two smoothie bikes, one for adults and one for children.
 
Have a go at designing a pot and plant a sunflower seed; take it home, nurture it and watch it grow!
 
The free event is on between 1-3pm.

Time is ticking . . . 

Erewash Borough Council has issued a final reminder to local residents that if they are not already registered that they must register by Friday 12 April to have a right to vote in next month’s elections.
 
With less than two weeks to go to the register deadline, the council’s elections team is continuing to register hundreds of people who are getting in touch or going online to confirm their details.
 
Anyone old enough to vote who is not on the council’s Register of Electors by the deadline day will not be able to vote in the Borough and Parish elections taking place on Thursday 2 May.
 
It is quick and easy to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Easter ‘eggs-travanganza’ at the museum!

Visitors will be hopping with excitement at the Easter line-up of events at Erewash Museum this April half-term.
 
The Easter holidays kick off with a week of fun-filled crafts and activities from Monday 15 to Friday 19 April between 11am-3pm. There will also be a daily Easter-themed treasure hunt trail around the museum for everyone to take part in and enjoy. 
 
On Wednesday 17 April, the good times carry on rolling when the big Easter Party takes place from 4pm-6pm. This ticketed event will include a disco, games, music and, of course, plenty of Easter fun!  Tickets are on sale now from the museum gift shop at £3 per child including prizes. Food is not included in the price but the Old Stables Tearoom will be open serving treats and drinks.
 
The fun continues on Saturday 20 April and Tuesday 23 – 26 April between 11am-3pm when the museum brings back the hugely popular Blocks and Bricks Week, offering lots of building fun with every child’s favorite construction toy. There will be Lego crafts, trails around the museum and plenty of Lego for play.      
 

Floral boost for town centre

Floral planters and extra benches will give Ilkeston town centre a summer boost thanks to improvements by Erewash Borough Council.
 
Business leaders and residents were recently asked for their thoughts on what would help lift and improve the town centre and extra seating and more floral displays were popular suggestions.
 
Now the council’s economic development team is putting those ideas into action and have a number of floral planters which will be filled with seasonal plants and fitted to shops in Ilkeston town centre streets to complement the usual summertime displays in the heart of the town.
 
Businesses are being encouraged to take part, with the shop’s commitment being to care for the planter going forward – but those interested must get in touch with the council before Thursday 14 March.
 
Over the coming weeks, there will also be some additional benches installed to give more opportunities for shoppers to take a break.
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“Residents and business owners agree that flower displays add a feelgood factor to the town centre, making it a welcoming place to be. So we are delighted to support them by providing planters for some shops that will complement our usual displays. It is part of our ongoing work to help breathe new life into both Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres.”