Saturday, 16 April 2011


Bill Camm
 There will be 126 candidates standing in next month’s Erewash Borough Council election, which takes place on Thursday 5th May. At the close of nominations at 12noon April 4th the candidates were formally confirmed. Six political parties plus Independents will be represented in the election, which will see 51 councillors elected to represent the 22 wards which make up the Borough Council. There will however be two well known names missing from the ballot papers when Erewash go to the polls.In Sawley it will be the first time in 50 years that Bill Camm has not taken part in the local elections. Bill was first elected in 1961 and is currently the longest serving member on the council. In 1970 he was elected as the Sawley councillor on Derbyshire County Council a position he has held ever since and was elected Mayor in 1991/92. In February he suffered a stroke from which he is still recovering. The latest news is that he has been moved to a recovery ward and is on the mend. So in this election the three main parties will be fielding three candidates each in the Sawley ward for the first time in years. In Nottingham Road Brenda White is standing down after 40 years in local politics. Brenda was first elected to the old Long Eaton Urban District Council in 1971, a seat she retained after the Borough Council was introduced in 1974. She was elected Mayor in 1998/99. She said:

"I feel it is time to go. I would like to have more time for myself. I like writing poetry and sketching and have three grand daughters and Barney the cat."

After 60 years in the Labour Party and working in every election since she was ten years old no one can say she hasn’t earned a rest.

A taxi driver was robbed after picking up a man on the rank in Long Eaton. The incident occurred shortly after 9.15 on Sunday April 3rd. Several other Taxis had already refused to pick the man up. He said he was going to Petersham and as they travelled along Briar Gate he produced a knife and told the driver to head for Grasmere Road. When they got there he got out, taking with him the drivers takings around £35 and his mobile phone. He is described as 6ft. Tall and wearing a grey, hooded top. Anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 0345 123 3333.

The number 19 bus, which runs from Long Eaton to Sawley and Sandiacre via Fields Farm Road and Bosworth Way is to be axed following Derbyshire County Councils decision to withdraw funding. The decision was made as part of the authority’s plans to save more than £3million over the next two years. The council are aiming to find a commercial operator to run the service but Labour county councillor Roland Hosker fears that without the subsidy bus fares under a new operator would be higher. The service has been a lifeline for many elderly people in the area, especially those without a car.

A 37 year old man was attacked while walking onto West Park from Parkside Avenue . The incident occurred between 9.30pm and 9.45pm Wednesday April 6th. He was attacked by two men, who punched him to the head before walking off. He suffered a fractured eye socket, fractured cheek and grazes to his hand. The victim went to a nearby house where the homeowner called police. He was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre for treatment. He has described his attackers as white and in their early 20s. They were around 5ft 9ins tall. One had short, dark hair and the other, who had a shaved head, wore a light coloured tracksuit. Anyone with information, or anyone who saw men matching these descriptions in the area that evening, should call police on 0345 123 3333 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.