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Tuesday, 7 July 2020

EX LONG EATON HEAD TEACHER IN COURT


A man has admitted killing his ex-wife and her partner in Duffield on New Year’s Day. Rhys Hancock appeared at Derby Crown Court on Monday 6th July via videolink, where he pleaded guilty to both murders. Officers found Helen Hancock (right) (nee Almey), 39, from Duffield, and Martin Griffiths, 48,  from Derby, at her home in New Zealand Lane, Duffield, at 4.11am on January 1st. They had suffered fatal stab wounds. Helen bought the home in Duffield with husband Rhys Hancock in 2014. The couple who had three children under the age of ten, split when she ended the relationship. Rhys Hancock (40), a former Long Eaton head teacher, of Portland Street, Etwall, was arrested at the scene and later charged with two counts of murder. He will be sentenced at the same court at a later date.

Monday, 6 July 2020

ITS PLAY DAY

All 50 play areas in Erewash will re-open this week on Thursday 9th July following the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions and comprehensive safety checks by Erewash Borough Council. The council has carried out extensive inspections on the play sites across the borough and is now urging residents to follow safety guidance to keep everyone as safe as possible and minimise the risks of spreading the virus. In addition to the play areas, the outdoor gym equipment at West Park in Long Eaton will also reopen. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“Before re-opening the play areas, our first priority has been to ensure that they all meet the highest standards of safety in line with all the guidance issued to combat covid-19. I can assure everyone that a lot of hard work has gone in to ensure children will be as safe as possible. We know our play facilities are very popular with families, especially during the summer. However, we do need everyone to play their part and appeal to parents to take responsibility for basic hygiene measures and safety guidance. We thank everyone for their help in this.”

Safety advice will be on display at the play areas, with guidance including:
·         Please do not visit the park if any family member has symptoms of the virus.
·         Continue to follow safe social distancing of at least two metres where possible and encourage children to do the same.
·         Wash hands before leaving the house and on returning home. At the park use hand sanitiser regularly, especially before and after eating, and after touching shared surfaces such as gates, railings and climbing frames.
·         Take wipes to clean the areas of play equipment that children are most likely to touch, such as the handles on seesaws and bars on climbing frames.
·         Discourage children from putting their hands in their mouths after playing, and from putting their mouths on the play equipment.
·         Avoid eating or drinking within play areas. 
·         If the bins are full, please take your litter home with you.
Anyone using the outdoor gym circuit at West Park is asked to take cleaning products with them and wipe down equipment before and after use. Wash or sanitise hands before and after using the gym and do not use if feeling unwell. The Splashpad water playpark at West Park remains closed until further notice in line with Government guidance.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

PARKING CHARGES REINSTATED

Parking charges have resumed in all Erewash Borough Council car parks from 1st July. The fees were suspended by the council on 27th March to support and show appreciation for key workers who needed to park in the borough’s car parks, including Long Eaton Railway Station, for long periods during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. But with restrictions easing, and following the permitted opening of all non-essential shops, the council has made the decision to lift the suspension on parking charges and will return to the standard tariff of up to one hour free, up to 2 hours, £1.50; up to 3 hours, £2.00; and over 3 hours, £4.00 from Wednesday 1st July. All charges run from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday inclusive – excluding Bank Holidays. All parking in Erewash Borough Council car parks is free of charge on Sundays. Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:

“It was absolutely right that we suspended the charges to help our key workers and residents during what has been the most difficult of times for everyone. While the way forward out of lockdown is ongoing, the fact is that restrictions have been eased and we – along with councils across the country - had to make a decision on when charges would be reintroduced. We have to now start looking at the way forward, at the financial situation and how best we can continue – having, I believe, worked with our wonderful community in the monumental effort to get us all through this crisis. With town centre shops in Ilkeston and Long Eaton now able to open, we hope residents will support them as the High Streets look to recover from the lockdown.”

Before the coronavirus lockdown the council had agreed a new and simplified two-tier charging system of just £1 for up to three hours and £3 for any period over three hours, with the current rates remaining the same at the commuter car park at Long Eaton Railway Station. This is still going ahead and the revised charges will come into force on Thursday 1st October. 

Monday, 29 June 2020

HISTORIC CHIMNEY DEMOLISHED

Picture by Steve Ingers
On Sunday morning at 9am June 28th local residents gathered to watch the demolition of the chimney at the old Wade Springs Factory on Bennett Street.
Until 2009 the site was home to a number of mills buildings which  included the Britannia and Portland Mills, which were built in the early 1900s. A huge fire started at the mattress manufacturer Elson and Robbins and soon spread gutting many of the buildings on the site which were later demolished. The only thing left was the chimney which has been used as a mast for telecommunications equipment. The work was carried out by Total Reclaims Demolition. Developers have submitted plans to build 109 homes on the site. The council gave the thumbs up for the demolition work in April.

Saturday, 27 June 2020

PARKING CHARGES REINSTATED

Parking charges are set to resume in all Erewash Borough Council car parks. The fees were suspended by the council on 27th March to support and show appreciation for key workers who needed to park in the borough’s car parks, including Long Eaton Railway Station, for long periods during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. But with restrictions easing, and following the permitted opening of all non-essential shops, the council has made the decision to lift the suspension on parking charges and will return to the standard tariff of up to one hour free, up to 2 hours, £1.50; up to 3 hours, £2.00; and over 3 hours, £4.00 from Wednesday 1st July. All charges run from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday inclusive – excluding Bank Holidays. All parking in Erewash Borough Council car parks is free of charge on Sundays.
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:

“It was absolutely right that we suspended the charges to help our key workers and residents during what has been the most difficult of times for everyone. While the way forward out of lockdown is ongoing, the fact is that restrictions have been eased and we – along with councils across the country - had to make a decision on when charges would be reintroduced. We have to now start looking at the way forward, at the financial situation and how best we can continue – having, I believe, worked with our wonderful community in the monumental effort to get us all through this crisis. With town centre shops in Ilkeston and Long Eaton now able to open, we hope residents will support them as the High Streets look to recover from the lockdown.”

Before the coronavirus lockdown the council had agreed a new and simplified two-tier charging system of just £1 for up to three hours and £3 for any period over three hours, with the current rates remaining the same at the commuter car park at Long Eaton Railway Station. This is still going ahead and the revised charges will come into force on Thursday 1st October. 

Thursday, 25 June 2020

GOODBYE CHIMNEY


On Sunday morning at 9am June 28th the chimney at the old Wade Springs Factory on Bennett Street is to be demolished. Local residents are being warned not to be alarmed and that there will be a big blast.
Roads around Bennett Street, Long Eaton will be closed for an hour on Sunday whilst the work is carried out. Total Reclaims Demolition of Hucknall are to carry out the work.

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

RE APPEAL AFTER LONG EATON DISTRACTION BURGLARY

Officers investigating a distraction burglary in Long Eaton are re-appealing for the public’s help to identify a man they want to speak to in connection with the crime. The incident took place at 2pm on Monday 27th April in Kirkwhite Avenue. The elderly couple, who are both over 70, answered their door to a man who said he needed to check an alarm. The man entered the property, stole an amount of money and then left the house. The man pictured was seen in the area at the time of the incident and officers would like to speak to him as a matter of urgency. The image has already been circulated, however, it is hoped that this further appeal will prompt someone to come forward. Anyone who recognises the man is asked to contact Derbyshire police using any of the below methods, including reference 20*214205:
 
Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
Website – complete the online contact form 
www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us
Phone – call us on 101.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Saturday, 20 June 2020

LACE HERITAGE IN BLOOM



Erewash’s lace-making history is the inspiration behind this summer’s beautiful carpet bedding displays currently blossoming in Victoria Park, Ilkeston and outside Long Eaton Town Hall.  The flowers have been planted in a ‘Leavers Lace’ pattern by Erewash Borough Council’s Green Space team and is a reflection of John Lever’s success, who, in 1813, invented a machine  closely modelled on the knitting frame and was capable of producing lace in bulk. Collectively known across the globe as ‘Nottingham Lace’, both Ilkeston and Long Eaton and outlying areas became recognised manufacturers of the exquisite and finely made lace. 

Lace became hugely popular during the Victorian era, being used in the manufacture of furniture, curtains and various high quality garments with fine lace shawls sold by local firms to Queen Victoria - but with new manufacturing processes and materials demand declined leading to the closure of many of the lace factories including Granger’s factory in New Tythe Street, Long Eaton in 2001. Many former lace factories now house a number of other businesses and still dominate the skyline of Ilkeston and Long Eaton. The buildings are a poignant reminder of a great industrial past - Ilkeston is home to the Cluny Lace Company, based in Belper Street, and is the only surviving lace manufacturer in England and its quality lace products are famous all over the world. Long Eaton’s historic lace mills form the Long Eaton Mills Conservation Area with Harrington Mill and its distinctive chimney, built in 1885, being one of the most familiar sights in the town. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:

“The flowerbed displays depicting the history of lace in Erewash at our Green Flag award-winning Victoria Park in Ilkeston and at Long Eaton Town Hall are stunning, and it is a truly fitting way to honour our lace heritage and all those who worked within the local lace industry. If you are able to visit the summer flowerbeds in all their glory, please do it safely and within social distancing guidelines.”

Sunday, 14 June 2020

FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE

Toilets, Ilkeston Market Place
All public toilets in Erewash will reopen on Monday 15th June following several weeks of lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis. Erewash Borough Council confirmed the news this week and says it will conduct the usual cleaning standards once they are open, with all toilets having a morning deep clean and then two hourly cleans as before. Additional signage on safety guidance will be in place, including social distancing and hand washing. There are more than a dozen public conveniences across the borough which are open 8am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 8am-4.30pm on a Sunday. Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:

“We thank the public for their understanding while we had to keep our toilets closed. But I am sure they support and appreciate that decision, given public conveniences would be high risk areas for our residents during the height of this lockdown. However, with the easing of restrictions we have reviewed the situation and are happy to confirm they will be reopening. Our usual high standard and regular cleaning regime will be in place and we ask that the public also respect the cleanliness of the surroundings.”

The public conveniences are located at:
Long Eaton Town Hall Grounds, Orchard Street, Long Eaton, Trent Lock, Long Eaton, Victoria Road, Draycott, Victoria Avenue, Borrowash, Longmoor Lane, Sandiacre, Long Eaton Railway Station, West Park, Long Eaton, Breaston Park, Longmoor Lane, Breaston, Parish Rooms, Blind Lane, Breaston, Station Road, Ilkeston, Market Place, Ilkeston, Gallows Inn, Nottingham Road, Ilkeston. Access to toilets for the disabled are available through the National Radar Key Scheme. Keys are available for free from Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Hall receptions (Proof of disability required).

BRANCHING OUT IN EREWASH

Volunteer tree wardens have mapped the tree canopy cover in Erewash as part of a national project. Erewash Borough Council volunteers David Pinney and Pat Ancliff mapped the tree cover across the whole of the borough, to build on previous research but this time detailing the canopy cover on a ward-by-ward basis. Early results of mapping the Long Eaton area show that the Nottingham Road ward has a fairly large tree canopy cover at 20%. This is not surprising as this area includes Toton Sidings, Attenborough pastures, Attenborough gravel tips, Trent Meadows Local Nature Reserve, the River Trent and numerous water bodies with associated vegetation.
Long Eaton Central has a much lower 9.8% cover, but this area comprises mainly of residential, commercial and industrial land, with Forbes Hole LNR and trees around the ponds at South Junction providing important greenery to this ward. Behind the national scheme are Trees for Cities, Brillianto and Forest Research, with the project seen as a citizen science project to map out the canopy cover of Britain’s towns and cities. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“We are extremely grateful for the support of our volunteer tree wardens David and Pat and the important work they have carried out so enthusiastically and swiftly. This mapping has taken place in every single ward across Erewash and the results will be invaluable in helping us as a council shape future tree planting.”

Urban trees are increasingly recognised for the many benefits they provide, such as removing carbon dioxide and pollutants from the air, providing habitats for wildlife and making our urban areas more attractive, enjoyable and healthy places to be. The full results will be reviewed and residents will be able to view the maps of canopy coverage and find out more about the nationwide project at www.forestresearch.gov.uk More information about tree wardens and how to get involved can be found at www.erewash.gov.uk

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Another chance for small businesses

A second round of grant funding opened on 9th June for those small businesses in Erewash that were not eligible for previous covid-19 support schemes. Erewash Borough Council says eligible businesses have until the deadline of Monday 22nd June to apply for help. The government funding is aimed at small businesses with a workforce of not more than 50 employees and includes those operating in shared spaces, regular market traders, small charity properties that would meet the criteria for small business rates relief and bed and breakfasts that pay council tax rather than business rates. Eligible businesses can apply now for funding via an online form at www.erewash.gov.uk  Anyone wanting further information can email  There will be 6 levels of grant available ranging from £2,000 to £25,000. The level of award will be related to the number of staff employed by the business and the severity of the fall in income due to the Covid-19 crisis. Councillor Wayne Major, Deputy Leader of Erewash Borough Council and Lead Member for Resources, says:
“We are well aware that there are small businesses that did not qualify for the previous government grant funding but are still in need of vital support. We will continue to work to ensure those who successfully apply for this latest support will receive the funding as quickly as possible.”
The first round of funding closed on Monday 8th June and grants for the successful applicants will be issued shortly. Businesses who applied during the first round of funding need not reapply, as their applications are already being considered by the authority. As well as the council’s website, business ratepayers can find out more by visiting www.gov.uk/business-supportwww.gov.uk/business-support 

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

SHOPLIFTER JAILED

A 40-year-old man has been jailed for 14 months following a three month shoplifting spree. Leeroy Simpson, of Croft Avenue in Long Eaton, pleaded guilty to breaching a criminal behaviour order and ten shop thefts at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday 9th June. The shoplifter’s haul included 16 bottles of self-tan, beef steaks and boxes of washing powder, in a series of thefts he committed between 16th February and 1st May.
Simpson stole from the Co-op on Bracebridge Drive four times, once on 18th April, twice on 19th April and once on 1st May. His other targets were Sainsbury’s in Watnall Road in Hucknall on 16th February, Go Outdoors on Mansfield Road in Daybrook on 25th February, Superdrug in Main Street in Bulwell on 19th March, Heron in Bracebridge Drive in Broxtowe on 23rd April, McColls in Broxtowe Lane in Broxtowe on 24th April and Wollaton Vale Service Station in Wollaton Vale, Wollaton, on 1st May. PC Keith Parkes of Nottinghamshire Police said: 
“Simpson has repeatedly helped himself to goods from shops at the expense of the business owners. We know what an impact shoplifting can have on businesses in our community, which is why I’m pleased we have been able to put Simpson before the courts to answer for his actions. I'm happy with the outcome today and hope it shows that crime does not pay.”