Richard Ledger, Chairman of the Town Deal Board

Town Deal Updates

Last updated: 22/11/2023

HUGE improvements to Long Eaton after it clinched almost £25million of investment from the Government will soon see locals reaping the benefits – despite the National Audit Office warning that similar Town Deal projects across England are floundering.

The man heading up the massive revamp told of his optimism that the place where he was raised is about to be transformed back into what he described as “an absolutely fabulous town”.

Richard Ledger – a Cambridge graduate who studied physics with Stephen Hawking – said it was natural for townsfolk to want to see big changes fast. But strict Government requirements over the best use of public funds have taken significant time to satisfy.

Four years of planning are now close to fruition. Richard, who is the Long Eaton Town Board chairman said: “After an immense amount of work to get the project to its current stage we will see the results coming with increasing speed.”

The NAO warned in a new report that many local authorities were struggling to deliver Town Deal projects in time. Spiralling costs fuelled by inflation were blamed – together with contractors suffering from skills shortages.

Richard admitted there had been hiccups locally but said Erewash Borough Council was working hard to overcome them. Work to transform the former stable block next to Long Eaton Town Hall stalled when the major building firm that was hired went into administration. A new contractor will be appointed imminently to continue turning the building into a state-of-the art business hub.

A stunning new bridge across the Erewash Canal to link Broad Street to West Park is close to being commissioned. The park itself is getting new lighting at a cost of £245,000 – although work had to be paused due to flooding from Storm Babet. The town will also see a much-improved walking and cycling network. As part of this a second new bridge is planned for Britannia Road.

There will be a new West Park Waterfront development with space for food outlets where people can relax. Meanwhile, crunch negotiations with Derbyshire County Council to revitalise the High Street are entering their final phase.

On Derby Road there are plans for smart new housing and shops to replace the old cinema and the rest of Galaxy Row. Richard, 57, who is a former pupil at Grange Primary School, said:

      “I was saddened to see the vibrancy of Long Eaton slowly ebbing away and this is a fantastic opportunity to turn things around.”

He is a successful local businessman and inventor who was keen to bring his decades of expertise to the Town Deal initiative. The entrepreneur founded a Draycott-based firm that makes machinery for the food processing industry.

As a child he had helped out in his dad’s engineering business, fixing machinery in local lace factories. Richard launched his firm Millitec in 2005 after a friend working in a food factory asked if he could build a machine to butter bread.

Richard sympathised with other local authorities who have battled to keep their Town Deal projects on track. He said: “We have not been immune in Erewash. But the team has pulled together so we can truly deliver for Long Eaton.”

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities said in the wake of the NAO report: “We continue to work closely with local authorities to support their delivery of their vital projects.”

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Walking and Cycling Project

Last updated: 11/10/2023

A £245,000 mission to improve an Erewash park will get under way this autumn after the council awarded a contract for new lighting.

The improvement to Long Eaton’s West Park will see the installation of 42 lampposts. This will mean an extra 1,215 metres of pathways are illuminated.

The investment is part of Long Eaton’s £24.8million Town Deal – which is money the council secured from the government for regeneration in the town. The West Park project aims to boost walking, running and cycling – even though the lights themselves are low energy.

Two gateways are among previously unlit sections of the park that will be illuminated. The new lighting will complete a figure of eight pathway through the park. Power will also be installed at the bandstand to encourage more use of it.

Work is expected to start in November after the contract was awarded to E.ON Lighting and Grid Energy Infrastructure Services. Richard Ledger, chair of the Long Eaton Town Deal board, said:

“This is all brilliant news – in more ways than one. West Park is a much-loved amenity, and this project means local people can make even more use of it.”

Councillor Alex Breene, who is Erewash’s Lead Member for Town Centres, Regeneration and Planning, said:

“The council is determined to ensure the people of Long Eaton all benefit from the investment that comes with the Town Deal – which is money that Erewash fought extremely hard for.”

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Walking and Cycling Project

Last updated: 21/02/2023

Residents are being asked for their views on plans to replace a bridge adjacent to West Park, in Long Eaton.

Erewash Borough Council have been provisionally awarded funding as part of the Long Eaton Town Deal to replace the pedestrian bridge over the canal that links Broad Street and West Park.

The proposal is to remove the 100-year-old bridge and replace it with a new, wider bridge with lower ramp gradients and improved clearance of both the towpath and canal.
Map shows in yellow where the footpath to Broad Street is
A public consultation aims to obtain the thoughts of the community on the proposal to replace the existing bridge with a new bridge from West Park to the towpath.

Councillor Michael Powell, Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:

“I would encourage people who live in Long Eaton, and those who visit the park, to take part in this consultation. The current bridge presents a number of challenges for users and we are keen to get people’s feedback so that the replacement bridge can meet people’s needs.”

The public consultation is open until March 19. Have your say by taking part in the survey at Paper copies will be available at Long Eaton Town Hall, library and West Park Leisure Centre.

Results of this survey can now be found on the Pedestrian & Cycleway Project Page

The Long Eaton Town Deal will see almost £25 million of Government funding go towards numerous projects which will benefit the town and community. 

Access to Broad Street is marked in yellow in the picture.