Town gets on board Advertiser campaign

NILABE120414c2, Ilkeston train station petition. MP Jessica Lee and Editor Peter Hemmett.
NILABE120414c2, Ilkeston train station petition. MP Jessica Lee and Editor Peter Hemmett.

TODAY I will be handing over the Advertiser’s Get Ilkeston Back on Track campaign petition to Downing Street.

We have had great support from the residents of Ilkeston and surrounding areas who have backed our campaign in droves.

NILABE120414c2, Ilkeston train station petition. MP Jessica Lee and Editor Peter Hemmett.

NILABE120414c2, Ilkeston train station petition. MP Jessica Lee and Editor Peter Hemmett.

As editor of the Advertiser the campaign has been a major part of our coverage for over a year now and we are grateful for all the encouragement we have had from the town.

Last Saturday we gathered a further 100 signatures at our special Market Place stall.

I was joined on the day by Erewash MP Jessica Lee as well as Erewash Borough Council leader Cllr Chris Corbett and regeneration cabinet member Cllr Geoff Smith.

The response overall was incredibly positive and I would like to thank everyone who pet pen to paper.

NILABE120414c3, Ilkeston train station petition. Cllr Chris Corbett with Katherine Mayor signing the petition.

NILABE120414c3, Ilkeston train station petition. Cllr Chris Corbett with Katherine Mayor signing the petition.

In total we now have 1,554 names on our petition to hand over to the Government to encourage them to put their hands in their pockets and find the cash we need to make the station a possibility.

For a town to once have four stations, and now have none is really a disgrace.

Hopefully this petition will really make a difference in the Government’s thinking.

Follow me on twitter @PeteTheEditor for updates on how the day in London goes and see next week’s Advertiser for more reaction.