New July deadline for train station bid

THE county council has confirmed the new deadline for its bid to secure funding for a train station in Ilkeston is July 1.

Derbyshire County Council decided to delay its original bid to the Regional Growth Fund – a £1bn pot of Government cash for communities at risk of being harshly affected by the cuts – while it waited on advice from Westminster about bidding for train stations, which it hopes to receive before the new deadline.

The council should now know whether the bid for the remaining £4m needed to build the station is successful within 50 working days of the closing date.

A council spokesman said: “We’re currently putting together a business case for Ilkeston station and working towards submitting a bid to the Regional Growth Fund.”

Meanwhile, the council’s cabinet member for transport, who has fought hard for the bid during the Advertiser’s Back on Track campaign, has announced he is stepping down from his role.

But Cllr Chris Jackson, who has now been appointed vice chairman of the council, has said this will not affect the bid or the campaign.

“It isn’t going to affect it – I must emphasise this,” he said.

“In fact it’s probably going to give us more muscle.

“My position as vice chairman is an important civic role, which means I shall be mixing with people who I hope have got a joint interest in Ilkeston station.”

His successor Cllr Simon Spencer said he is ‘totally committed’ to the station campaign.

“I share pretty much the same views as Chris,” he said.

“It’s obviously a very significant factor in the economy of Erewash and something we are totally committed to.

“We will continue to pursue the Regional Growth Fund bid in the way we have been doing for the next round.”

A county council spokesman said: “Our involvement in the project was agreed by all cabinet members – including the leader and the incoming and outgoing cabinet member for highways and transport.

“Our continued commitment to the project won’t be affected by Cllr Jackson standing down.”

The authority has £1m set aside for the project and is bidding to the Regional Growth Fund for the remaining £4m needed to build it.

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