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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 erewash.gov.uk/bridge 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.

A bridge over the erewash canal

Town Deal Updates

Last updated: 27/01/2023

Richard Ledger, Chairman of the Long Eaton Town Deal Board, backed a decision by all members to cancel the proposed £6.93 million Derby Road junction project in favour of securing and enhancing other regeneration projects.

Due to the complexity of the issues around these junctions and the current exceptional inflationary pressures, it has not proven possible to design a Derby Road Junctions project that is value for taxpayer’s money. It is proposed that the funding will instead be reallocated to secure three of the other key projects; Long Eaton High Street, Long Eaton Walking and Cycling Network, and the Stable Block Managed Workspace. This will include:

  • An additional £3.43 million for the High Street project which will see a redesign and upgrade of the High Street with the aim being to enhance the public space by making it a more sociable space with seating and planting. The reallocated funding also enables an expansion in scope to include Tamworth Road.
  • An additional £2.96 million for the walking and cycleway improvements which will include lighting along the cycleway within West Park and replacing the bridge which connects West Park to the town centre, as well as the construction of a new bridge on Britannia Road.
  • An additional £540,000 for the Stable Block which will see the conversion of a former Stable Block next to Long Eaton Town Hall into modern office spaces and studios. VIDEO: Watch on YouTube: How the Stable Block Business Centre could look.

The decision was not taken lightly by the Town Deal Board which is made up of independent members from the Long Eaton business and voluntary community as well as representation from the local authority and other organisations. It was agreed at the meeting that the £6.93 million would be reallocated to other projects to help offset rising inflation and other cost pressures.

Richard Ledger, chair of the long Eaton Town Deal, says:

“Unfortunately there has been no alternative but to cancel the Derby Road Junctions project. Costs accelerated at a rate where we could no longer deliver this as a viable project, however we can now make the best use of the remaining funding by enhancing other Town Deal projects. These developments will benefit the residents of the town and deliver value for money.”

 

The front of Galaxy Row Cinema

Galaxy Row Project

Last updated: 14/12/2022

The submission of a Summary Document to Government for the proposed Galaxy Row redevelopment project, part of the Long Eaton Town Deal, has been approved by Erewash Borough Council.

On December 13 Council Executive considered the project summary to claim the remainder of the £3.5m Towns Fund grant funding from the government that is needed for the project.

The aim of the project is to remove the eye sore of the former derelict Galaxy cinema on Derby Road and replace it with a new development made up of commercial and residential units, including a courtyard/car park, that enhance the town centre. This would be part of a larger development which includes the former cinema, a tyre depot, adjacent shop fitter’s store and former Stage 1 bar and nightclub. Galaxy Row is one of six projects that form the town deal. The development would create new jobs and benefit the town centre economy.

If funding is secured it will be necessary for the council to use compulsory purchase powers to acquire the buildings in order for the development to proceed.

Richard Ledger, chair of the Long Eaton Town Deal Board, says:

“The submission of the summary document to secure Government funding will be a big step forward for this exciting project, which is central to the Long Eaton Town Deal. With this funding in place the plans for Galaxy Row can really start to gain pace and we look forward to sharing further news of town centre regeneration with residents.”

In July 2021 Council Executive approved heads of terms with government to deliver the projects in the investment plan using £24.8 million of town deal funding. The other projects are:

  • West Park visitor attractions, including an events space and waterfront.
  • Stable Block Managed Workspace Units. Conversion of a former stable block into office space.
  • Pedestrian and cycleway improvements, including bridges at Broad Street which connects West Park to the town centre and Britannia Road.
  • Improving Derby Road Junctions around Long Eaton Green.
  • Long Eaton High Street.