Diwali Day celebration

Stories of demons with ten heads, arts activities, dance and music will all be part of an arts-themed day at Erewash Museum this Saturday (14 October) to celebrate the ancient Indian festival of Diwali.
 
Activity workshops for all the family will be between 10.30am and 2pm and will give visitors the chance to make a Diva Lamp or create colourful Rangoli patterns. The arts activities are £1.50 per person. Diwali celebrations continue between 2.15pm-3pm with free storytelling, dance, music and a Diwali fact finding trail.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Diwali is such a warm and colourful festival and we are always pleased to provide educational and fun activities to mark this ancient tradition.”
 
Erewash Museum is located in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Monday to Saturday during school holidays. Admission is free. Contact 0115 907 1141, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the Facebook page /erewashmuseum. You can also follow the museum on Twitter @Erewash_Museum, and Instagram @erewashmuseum.
 

New help scheme for small businesses

A business rates relief scheme which will benefit nearly 200 businesses in Erewash is expected to get the green light at an Erewash Borough Council meeting this week.
 
The move comes following a national government revaluation of all commercial properties in England and Wales, leading to new rates payable by business owners. The last revaluation was in 2010 and the latest one has resulted in the business rates of some premises in the borough increasing significantly.
 
The government has made a funding pot available for local authorities to cover a four year period to help the predominantly small, medium and independent businesses facing the steepest increases in their bills as a result of the revaluation.
 
Erewash Borough Council’s share of this additional funding is £251,000 which will be distributed to local businesses over four years through a new rates relief scheme that councillors are expected to support at the Full Council meeting on Thursday 12 October.
 
The scheme will target the funding at those premises with a rateable value not exceeding £100,000 and work across two bands – those with a value up to £20,000 and those with a value between £20,001 and £100,000.
 
It is proposed that relief awarded to businesses in the lower band will cover the increase in business rates payable as a result of the revaluation between the 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years, while the funding will be used to ensure the increase payable by businesses in the upper band will be limited to 1.5%
 
Councillor Wayne Major, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources, says:
 
“We continue to do everything within our power to encourage business growth across the borough, creating opportunities for local people and helping to generate new jobs.
 
“This proposed scheme will target relief at businesses that are facing a significant increase in their business rate bills in order to minimise financial hardship.”
 
It is recommended to the meeting that the relief is distributed to the eligible local businesses automatically and efficiently without the need for an application process.
 
The funding is ‘front-loaded’, meaning £141,000 is available for the current financial year followed by £68,000 in 2018/19, £38,000 in 2019/20 and £4,000 in 2020/2021.
 
The Full Council meeting is at Long Eaton Town Hall this Thursday 12 October, at 7pm.

Junior swim offer

A cut-price half term Junior Swim Membership is on offer for the October school holiday following the success of Erewash Borough Council’s similar summer package.
 
The membership offers nine days swimming for just £5 and the council has made 60 memberships available – 30 at Ilkeston’s Victoria Park Leisure Centre and 30 and West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton.
 
The half term membership - which runs from 21-29 October inclusive - has been funded by Sport England and is for 11-16-year-olds as part of Sport England’s campaign to encourage young people to be more fit and healthy.
 
The memberships are available to buy now from both leisure centres and also include entrance to two Halloween pool parties at Victoria Park Leisure Centre in Ilkeston on Saturday 28 October.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Our summer special proved extremely popular so we are grateful to Sport England for helping us return with this half term offer as part of our ongoing commitment to get young people physically active – particularly in this 11-16-year-old age range.”
 

Ilkeston Fair - road closures and suspension of residents’ parking schemes

Residents’ parking schemes close to Ilkeston town centre will be temporarily suspended during the week of the 765th Charter Fair – a move which is taken every year in an effort to free-up car parking space.
 
The schemes will be suspended from Monday 16 October to Sunday 22 October inclusive, resuming on Monday 23 October.
 
Streets belonging to the two residents parking schemes are:
St Mary Street Area: Burns Street, Fullwood Street, Fullwood Avenue, Gregory Street, Jackson Avenue, New Lawn Road, St Mary Street, Wilmot Street. Queens Drive Area: Albert Street, Cedar Park, Darwin Avenue, Queens Drive, Lissett Avenue, Moss Road.
 
A one-way system will be in place along Wharncliffe Road, Albert Street and Queen’s Drive to the junction with Oakwell Drive. Diversions will be in place and signposted.
 
Several town centre car parks are always closed throughout Ilkeston Charter Fair week to make way for the rides, stalls and fair vehicles.
 
The following road closures will be in place from 5am on Tuesday 17 October until midday on Sunday 22 October:
  • South Street (from its junction with Derby Road to the Market Place)     
  • Wharncliffe Road (from Albert Street to the Market Place)
  • Queen Street - in its entirety
  • Market Place - in its entirety
  • East Street (from the car park to the Market Place)
  • Bath Street (from Wilmot Street to the Market Place)
  • Pimlico (from its junction with New Lawn Road to Burns Street)

All the fun of the fair

Roll up, roll up . . . the countdown is now well underway for this year’s Ilkeston Charter Fair, one of the oldest and largest street fairs in Europe.
 
Ilkeston town centre will once again be transformed into a colourful spectacle when the historic fair packs into the Market Place and surrounding streets for its 765th year!
 
The Charter Fair attracts thousands of people when it rolls into town with some of the biggest and best travelling rides in the country, from white-knuckle thrillers through to firm family favourites like the ghost train and dodgems.
 
This year’s event runs from Wednesday 18 until Saturday 21 October and will once again be given a ceremonial opening on Thursday 19 October – when the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, will ‘ring the bell’ to get the 2017 Charter Fair officially underway.
 
The traditional ceremony, which includes the reading of the 1252 Charter, takes place in front of the Town Hall and sees local families and visitors gather round to join the showmen to officially welcome the fair. Guests at the opening ceremony will include representatives from other local authorities in Derbyshire and local schoolchildren.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This historic event brings thousands of visitors into the town every year to enjoy the lovely atmosphere and to experience the thrills and excitement on offer at this celebrated street fair. We are always proud to welcome the Charter Fair and watch as its transforms the centre into a colourful scene, while we all – both young and old – look forward to enjoying all the fun of the fair!”
 
The Fair transforms Bath Street, Market Place, East Street, South Street, Queen Street, Wharncliffe Road and Pimlico. Attractions are open from 6pm-11pm on Wednesday 18 October and from 12 noon-11pm Thursday 19, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October.