Despite cutbacks making the headlines at the start of 2014, the year ahead should be a positive one for Ilkeston and its residents.
The landscape of the town will change forever this year when the train station is built and work starts on the Stanton development as well as many other projects and events.
Perhaps the main highlight will be the opening of Ilkeston train station.
It was announced in May last year that funding had been made available for the station after a massive campaign started by the Advertiser.
Another two new buildings on the town’s skyline will open this year. The new £10m Derby College campus opens to students next week and a Morrisons supermarket will be built on the school’s former site at Field Road along with 39 new homes.
Massive decisions are expected after plans for Stanton were submitted to Erewash Borough Council last year.
The 470-acre former Stanton Ironworks will effectively become a new 1,950-home village south of Ilkeston if the plans are approved.
Traders on the town’s high street reported a good Christmas with plenty of people shopping locally but the town has already seen its first business casualty of the year with Bath Street’s Il’son Ink announcing that they have closed down this week.
World Cup fever will hit in the summer as England travel to Brazil to play in the top tournament, hopefully giving local pubs a boost.
Cuts were a big talking point again this week after chancellor George Osborne’s New Year speech and there’s no doubt Ilkeston will be affected as savings are made.
Leader of Erewash Borough Council Cllr Chris Corbett, said: “We have a positive and exciting year ahead but it will come with some challenges.
“There is the college which will hopefully see students and staff using the town centre and spending their money there, but the big one of course is the train station.
“Council wise there will be some difficult financial decisions we face but on the whole it appears Erewash is showing signs of recovery as is the whole country.”
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