A week in the life of Erewash Borough Council leader

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There is no such thing as a typical week, but I thought residents might be interested in the sort of things that I have done over the last seven days.

An early start on Monday, to be ready for a radio interview at 8am regarding the possibility of a HS2 station south of Breaston.

Spent part of the afternoon with Maggie Throup and Oliver Letwin MP taking him round to speak to residents in Long Eaton.

The evening was spent at a supper club at Risley Park Hotel, listening to an excellent speaker from the Community First Responders.

Tuesday, I was the guest speaker at a church group in Sawley, where I talked about the different responsibilities of the county and the borough councils.

Later that day, I went to an exhibition at Long Eaton Town Hall organised by the developers of Lacemakers Court, an old peoples’ complex being built on Tamworth Road.

Wednesday was catch-up day to do all the paperwork that seems to follow me around and also to prepare for the rest of the week.

I received a letter from Bishop Jupp of Long Eaton Parish Church expressing thanks for the work done on the footpaths around the church.

Also in the post was an invitation from Francois Hollande, the President of France, to the opening of a memorial on 11th November in the Pas de Calais.

Unfortunately I could not attend as Erewash remembrance events must come first and he did not offer to pay my train fare.

The evening was the borough council’s bonfire night at West Park which seemed busier than ever, being cold but dry.

Thursday morning saw me in Matlock meeting all the other council leaders in Derbyshire to discuss ways in which we can work closer together to save money but also to create economic prosperity for the whole county and to regenerate our towns and villages.

I hurried back from Matlock to be at the official re-opening of Petersham Hall by His Worship the Mayor.

Friday started at the Erewash Partnership Ltd AGM, where I was joined by our Lead Member for Regeneration, Councillor Geoff Smith, and local business people.

Immediately afterwards, I joined our MP Jessica Lee, customers and suppliers at the official opening of a new engineering cell at Progress Rail Precision Engineering in Sandiacre.

Then it was off to the Manor Squash Club in Ilkeston to meet Michael Gove MP, the Government Chief Whip.

The final meeting of the day was in the Scout Hut at Breaston to address residents on the likely impact of the HS2 East Midlands Hub Station being placed in the green belt to the south of Breaston rather than at Toton.

I do not have the power to decide whether or not HS2 is built but if it is, then I want the best for Erewash.

In my view that means a station on Toton Sidings, a brown field site with room for the industry and jobs we all want to see.