KIRK HALLAM TO GET A WHEELY PARK Skateboarders, scooter and BMX riders are Leisure, says: “This is fantastic news for Kirk in for a treat later this year when Kirk Hallam and we are deHallam gets a wheeled sports park.
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The facility costing £130,000 has been confirmed by Erewash Borough Council and it is hoped that it will open in the summer. Funding has been provided by the council, the Lottery-funded Big Local Kirk Hallam group and WREN, a not-for-profit business that awards grants to community projects. These three organisations will now work together to plan the design and layout of the park in consultation with young people in Kirk Hallam. Once agreed, the wheeled sports park will be built on the popular leisure site at the rear of Windsor Crescent, where there are already sports pitches, a children’s play area, changing rooms and a multi-use sports area. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and
lighted that we can now get on with the project at a site which is becoming an excellent leisure and sport ‘hub’ for young people in the area.” His comments were backed by Brian Cooper, Chair of Big Kirk Hallam: “We are very pleased with the news – it’s a great present for the young people of Kirk Hallam. We have waited a long time for a new skate park and it has been a clear priority identified by residents in our consultation about how to spend the Big Kirk Hallam funding. We are looking forward to working in partnership with Erewash Borough Council and WREN.” Preparation of suggested designs and consulting with young people will start early in the New Year.
Ilkeston’s favourite son nominated for Freedom of Erewash honour Local historian Danny Corns is pushing for Ilkeston-born actor Robert Lindsay to be made a Freeman of the borough. He has made his case before Erewash Council and is waiting, as we go to press, for a decision from them. Danny collected 172 signatures on a petition and was given five minutes to present his case before the council. He said: “Robert Lindsay has been a television star for more than 40 years. He is a local man who doesn’t forget his roots; that’s one of the main reasons why I put him forward. I was listening to him on Radio 4 recently and even there he didn’t miss the opportunity to mention Ilkeston and his old Gladstone Boys School teacher Mr Lally. “He often comes back to his old town; I saw him recently at an Ilkeston football match in the pouring rain—how’s that for dedication! I went up to him and asked if he’d like to meet up for a cup of coffee. The next day we met up as planned and he spent over an hour there talking to a group of us in the U Choose café.” Robert’s TV roles include Wolfie in Citizen Smith, Ben Harper in My Family and Captain Sir Edward Pellew in Hornblower. He is soon to be seen in the Disney musical film Galivant, where he plays Chester
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Robert Lindsay Wormwood, a villain. Danny remembers seeing Robert as a youngster in a school play. “I saw him play the Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist and you could tell he had something. Robert always said he owed his career to Mr Lally. “He is highly respected in the town—there was no trouble getting the signatures on the petition. He’s a great publicist for Ilkeston and that’s why he should have the freedom of Erewash.”
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