Proposals for the refurbishment of the public toilets in Ilkeston Market Place and the installation of welcoming information boards in the town’s car parks have been given the go ahead at a meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive.

Councillors approved the two projects, which will be funded using money secured by the council through a planning agreement when the Morrisons superstore off Nottingham Road in Ilkeston was developed.

The £40,000 refurbishment of the public toilets will include a new roof, external improvements, redecoration and re-tiling inside, new energy efficient LED lighting plus new counter tops, basins, taps and cubicle partitions. The work will also include improvements for disabled users.

The information boards will be installed in all of the council’s Ilkeston town centre car parks and would feature illustrative maps that would signpost places of interest, showcase what the town has to offer and provide useful directions.

Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:

“These two projects will have a very positive impact on the town centre. The public toilets will be given a complete makeover and the information boards will provide a welcome to visitors – all helping provide a feelgood factor that, I’m sure, would be welcomed by residents.”

The council secured £250,000 from Morrisons under the planning agreement - called a Section 106 – with a legal requirement that the money be spent on improvements for Ilkeston town centre. Just over £53,000 was allocated towards the restoration of the ground floor windows in the old Co-op store to help bring the ground floor of the building back into use, while £100,000 was used for the refurbishment of the former Woolworth’s store.

The two projects total £50,000, meaning the council has £46,700 remaining for regeneration proposals that must be actioned, under the agreement, by 17 December this year.