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 News Bites
Posted: Dec 18 2007, 06:06 PM


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An Ilkeston man was forced to wade into the Nutbrook Canal after his dog got into distress. The Oakham Avenue resident entered the water after the animal was unable to escape, however, owner Allan Bridges was forced to call for emergency help he also became stuck. The collie-cross slipped into the water after crossing a weir near Quarry Hill Road on Friday 7th December. Neither dog nor owner could be seen from the road. Ilkeston fire crews arrived with police support which caused delays for motorists on the main road to Sandiacre .

South East Derbyshire College students in Ilkeston have been taking a look at what university life could be like in the future. Over 70 pupils at the Field Road and Cavendish Road sites were visited by the 'Aim Higher' roadshow team. 'Aim Higher' is a Government led initiative which seeks to raise participation in higher education amongst persons aged from 18 to 30, particularly from families and communities with little or no history of further education.

Erewash Borough Council has provided a grant of almost £2,000 to aid the renovation of an Ilkeston Fish & Chip Shop. The grant has been given to Yiu Kuen Ngan - owner of the Bath Street Fish Bar - in order to preserve the Victorian image of the main shopping street. The roof of the property will be replaced using natural slate, and flashings and lead will also be replaced. The project will cost a total of £3,500. After the council's £1,750 is considered, the rest of the funding will come from English Heritage. The property was identified as it stands in the town's conservation area.

Work has started on the long-awaited new cycle track at Hexham Avenue in Ilkeston – a project aimed at providing a safe path for cyclists as well as a ‘green’ route to work for many people. Contractors moved onto the site on 13th November to begin construction of the environmentally-friendly cycle route, which will link Hexham Avenue and the Longfield Lane development through to the Merlin Way Industrial Estate.

The cycle path is being opened after Wimpey Homes provided several acres of land as part of their planning permission agreement for the Longfield Lane housing development. Erewash Borough Council has also secured money from the East Midlands Development Agency to construct and design the cycle route – and now the project is under starter’s orders. The work is expected to take up to four weeks to complete, meaning the cycle path should be open by mid-December.
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