May 2018 half term activities

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Keep the kids entertained this May half term with our wide variety of fun filled activities.

May Half term 2018


Epping Forest multi sports day

  • Tuesday 29 May
  • Leverton Junior School, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 3BE
  • 9.15am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am – 9.15am, collect 3.30pm – 4.00pm)
  • Ages 5 – 14
  • Cost £16.50
  • Book online or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)
  • Thursday 31 May
  • Loughton Cricket Club, the Uplands, Loughton IG10 1NQ
  • 9.15am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am – 9.15am, collect 3.30pm – 4.00pm)
  • Ages 5 – 14
  • Cost £16.50
  • Book online or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)

Come and join our experienced coaches for a day of exciting activities. We believe that there is a sport and activity for everyone. At our Multi Sports days, young people can expect to get to try a mixture of traditional and non-traditional sports from Tennis to American Football with some wacky games and competitions thrown in for good measure.

Young people will need to dress appropriately for both indoor and outdoor sports, we would also advise a change of clothing in case of bad weather. Young people will also need a packed lunch, and plenty to drink (fruit juice or water please, no sports drinks). A healthy morning snack will be provided.


Customise your own denim

  • Tuesday 29 May
  • Communities training room, EFDC, 25 Hemnall Street, CM16 4LU
  • 6pm – 8pm
  • Ages 11 – 16
  • Cost £5.50
  • Book online or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)

Following on from our popular ‘Customise Your Own T-shirt Workshop’ is our ‘Customise Your Own Denim Workshop’. In a world of mass production and fast fashion why not take some time out and learn how to distress, embellish or bleach your denim to make a one off fashion special. Bring along your own denim jeans or shirt you would like to customise and we will provide the rest.


Salt dough art

  • Tuesday 29 May
  • Communities training room, EFDC, 25 Hemnall Street, CM16 4LU
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Ages 5-15
  • Cost £5.50
  • Booking essentialBook online or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)

Learn to make jewellery and art pieces using salt dough. All materials and paints will be provided.

Any items you make can be taken home.


Play in the forest

  • Wednesday 30 May
  • The Stubbles, Nursery Road, Loughton, IG10 4DZ
  • 10am – 12pm
  • All ages
  • Cost £3
  • Drop in at any time – No need to book

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. Join us for this Spring themed activity. We’ll have bug hunting, den building and a live story telling session as well as a host of Spring related activities. Drop in at any time. No need to book. Parental supervision required.

Please note: ‘Play in the Forest’ sessions are provided as play opportunities for children and not as child care. All children may come and go as they please. Staff are not obligated to prevent any children from leaving the sessions. Parents/Carers are free to stay and join in.


Come and join us

Don’t delay, getting booking for a fun filled May half term

  • Book online

  • or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)

Panel appointed to advise on Harlow and Gilston Garden Town

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Eighteen planning and design experts have been appointed to advise on the development of Harlow and Gilston Garden Town.

Harlow and Gilston Garden Town

Harlow and Gilston Garden Town is an ambitious and exciting project being planned and delivered in partnership between Harlow Council, East Hertfordshire District Council and Epping Forest District Council, with support from Essex County Council and Hertfordshire County Council.

The Garden Town provides the opportunity to create fantastic new communities, delivering 16,000 new homes by 2033, with a further 7,000 new homes planned to be built beyond that.

To help to deliver the Garden Town, the councils have established a Quality Review Panel to help ensure that the Garden City principles are embedded in the development and guarantee the delivery of a high quality development.

Independent expert advice

Eighteen experts have been appointed, with a wide range of backgrounds and experience, to provide independent expert advice on the planning and design of Harlow and Gilston Garden Town. The Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Quality Review Panel will provide ‘critical friend’ advice to the planning authorities to support the delivery of high quality new places to live and work, in order to meet the needs of existing and future communities.

The panel will be chaired by Peter Maxwell, the Director of Design, London Legacy Development Corporation. Peter is an architect, town planner and urban designer with over 15 years’ senior level experience. He has led implementation of major projects in the UK, Middle East and New Zealand. He currently leads on masterplanning, architecture and public realm for redevelopment of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. He will be joined by 17 other planning and design experts from around the country

A great opportunity to deliver the highest quality of development

Claire Hamilton Garden Town Director said: “We are delighted to have such an exceptionally high calibre of panel members who are all excited to be part of the process of planning and designing Harlow and Gilston Garden Town. This provides us with a great opportunity to deliver the highest quality of development that will provide fantastic places for people to live, work and socialize now and in the future.”

She continued “The first Quality Review Panel session will take place in May this year and I would like to wish each member of the panel a very warm welcome to the project. The panel’s wide ranging knowledge and experience will be instrumental in embedding the Garden City principles into the Garden Town and achieving the ambitious vision that the authorities have for it. This is a very exciting stage in the project and I look forward to working with the panel over the coming months and years.”

Quality Review Panel

The Quality Review Panel will begin its work in the spring of 2018 by reviewing the Spatial Vision and Design Charter for the Garden Town – and will then continue to advise the councils as they take forward their vision for Garden Town.

Review meetings, drawing on the expertise of the Quality Review Panel members, will also be available to advise the councils on strategy, masterplan and major schemes within their areas. As part of its commitment to high quality design, Epping Forest District Council has invited the Quality Review Panel to review schemes within its district and the first review will take place this month. While East Herts Council will be working with the Quality Review Panel for the Gilston Area, other schemes across its district will be reviewed by the Hertfordshire Design Review Panel.

Bright future for Epping sports and leisure

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The Epping Forest District Council in partnership with Places for People (PfP), has just completed a £1.1 million update to the Current Sports Centre in the heart of the town, with improvements to the gym and brand-new fitness spaces.

Epping Sports Center Opening

Future redevelopment plans

However, further improvements to local sports and leisure including the provision of a new swimming pool will follow any future redevelopment plans of the current council – owned sports centre in Epping.

Users of the centre know it was built many years ago. It is physically limited by the size, age and design of the building (poor accessibility, problems with floor in Sports Hall, ageing Mechanical and Electrical Systems etc.) and it is in a constrained location with minimal car parking.

What is the best solution for a Sports centre of the future to serve better the residents’ needs?

The current site of Epping Sports Centre has been identified by Epping Forest District Council as being more suitable for residential development and has been included in the Local Plan.

Epping Forest District Council has confirmed that Epping Sports Centre isn’t going anywhere in the short term, although it’s future will be under review at some stage.

Investing in Health and Wellbeing

Fitness and good mental health are key components of the Council’s Residents’ Health and Wellbeing Strategy. And although Leisure is a discretionary service, and many councils have been forced to cut back on leisure centre provision, the strong finances of Epping Forest District Council are enabling it to invest strategically in new sports and leisure facilities.

The Council entered a new contract with PfP to manage its sports and leisure centres last year. The £1.1 million improvement to Epping being completed now is part of a 20-year deal including £14.5million improvements to Council’s leisure facilities.  A brand new £10m Leisure Centre is under construction in Waltham Abbey. A £2m extension is currently being built at Loughton Leisure Centre and almost £0.5 has been invested at Ongar Leisure Centre.

No plans to close the facility

No decision has been taken to close Epping Sports Centre but the Council is looking at the options to provide better facilities including a swimming pool locally. The Council is looking to increase participation for people of all ages and abilities. Residents want to protect the Green Belt and a number of potential options including brownfield sites in North Weald are being assessed to ensure that any new facilities are accessible to the maximum number of residents.  The Epping Forest District Council is actively seeking a suitable site in the Epping area.

However, decisions are a long way off and other locations may also emerge.

Consultation will be a key part of the Council’s plans. The Council will be sure to listen to residents very carefully to ensure the best possible outcomes before any decisions are made.

Epping Forest District Council has no plans to close the facility.

Loughton man fined for illegal driveway

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At Chelmsford Magistrates Court on 8th February 2018 Mr Ivor Crandon of Loughton pleaded guilty after failing to comply with the requirements of a Planning Enforcement Notice served on him in July 2012.

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Failure to comply with notice

The Notice required him to remove a concrete drive from his land, 4 Ripley View Loughton.

Following an unsuccessful appeal to a planning inspector and subsequent extensions of time granted to him by the planning authority, the notice should have been complied with by 1 September 2017.

An inspection on 24 October 2017 by enforcement officers revealed that the notice had not been complied with.

Failed appeal

At an appeal in Chelmsford Crown Court on 13 April 2018 against the sentence imposed by the Magistrates on 8 February 2018 Mr Crandon was fined £2400.

He is also liable to pay the council’s prosecution costs of £508.26 and a victim surcharge of £170.

Removal of drive way

Mr Crandon stated that he is currently instructing arboriculture experts to prepare a method statement for ensuring that trees protected by tree preservation orders are not adversely affected by the removal of the driveway.

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Pair fined for eyesore garden

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Mr Salinder Minhas and Mrs Parminder Minhas of 3 Alderton Close Loughton Essex were successfully prosecuted by Epping Forest District Council in April 2018 for failing to comply with Notices served on them under Section 215 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 requiring them to clear rubbish from the front and rear of their property.

3 Alderton Close Loughton Essex

Failure to remove building materials

At Chelmsford Magistrates Court on 5th April 2018 Mr. & Mrs Minhas each pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to comply with the Notice served on them on 23rd November 2017.

The notice required them to remove building materials, paint pots, plastic items and cardboard from their front and rear gardens and from the flat roof of the garage which were adversely affecting the visual amenity of the area. They should have complied by 21st December 2017.

Over £800 in fines

The Magistrates fined Mr Minhas £110 and ordered him to pay £308 towards the Council’s prosecution costs together with the statutory victim surcharge of £30.

Mrs Minhas was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £308 and a Victim Surcharge of £30. The fines had been reduced by one third due to Mr & Mrs Minhas pleading guilty at the first hearing and also taking into account their current financial situation.

Given every opportunity to clear the land

Having seen the photographs taken by the Council the Magistrate told Mr & Mrs Minhas that he was not surprised that neighbours had complained about the state of the property and the Council had quite rightly brought the prosecution having given them every opportunity to clear the land.

Mr & Mrs Minhas informed the court that they would now fully comply with the Notice.

Failure to do so renders them liable to a further prosecution with a possible fine of up to £100 for every day that they do not comply from 5th April 2018.

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If you suspect any planning breaches get in contact with our team via email

Basildon woman guilty of housing fraud

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Fadimana Altinsoy of Basildon Essex was successfully prosecuted by Epping Forest District Council in March 2018 of three offences under the Fraud act 2006 and Money Laundering under the Proceeds of Crime act 2002.

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Change of plea

Initially pleading not guilty at Chelmsford Magistrates Court in February 2017, the Magistrates declined jurisdiction and transferred the matter to Chelmsford Crown Court.

Ms Altinsoy maintained her not guilty pleas at a number of hearings in that court but on the first day of a trial listed for six days in January 2018 she changed her pleas to guilty.

Fraudulent applications

The basis of the prosecution was when applying for Council housing in 2003 Fadimana Altinsoy had failed to declare her ownership of two properties jointly owned by herself and other relatives in Forest Gate London E7 and Grays in Essex RM17.

She was granted tenancy of a property in Copperfield Chigwell 22 January 2007, the following day she completed a further Housing Application form seeking a move from a flat to a house and again failed to state that she jointly owned the properties.

Had the Council been aware of her ownerships, she would not have been given the tenancy of the property at Copperfield Chigwell.

Home ownership grant

June 2010 Ms Altinsoy applied for a home ownership grant to assist her in purchasing a private property and again failed to reveal that she had an interest in two other properties.

Epping Forest District Council awarded Ms Altinsoy one of six available grants of £28,000 which she used to purchase a property in Basildon, SS13 in June 2011.

However having not been entitled to the tenancy of the property in Chigwell, she was  therefore not entitled to have received the home ownership grant.

Over £40,000 worth of fines

After the hearing in January Ms Altinsoy agreed to pay the sum of home ownership grant £28,000 back to the Council together with the prosecution costs of £12,500 before 5 March 2018 and a sentence hearing was fixed for 9th March 2018.

On that date she was given a 2 year suspended sentence, together with 200 hours unpaid work with a probation supervision order for 12 months.

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Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Housing and Infrastructure Fund approved

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East Herts Council, Harlow Council and Epping Forest Council are pleased that their Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Housing and Infrastructure Fund (HIF) bid has been approved by the Government to proceed to the next stage.

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The Councils have bid for funding to improve the existing River Stort crossing and provide a new river crossing in the Gilston area and also to deliver some of the sustainable transport corridor for the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Project.

The next stage will be for us, along with Hertfordshire County Council and Essex County Council, to develop a detailed business case for this funding. This is a competitive process but we hope to be successful in bidding for HIF funding to accelerate infrastructure delivery for the Garden Town Project.

Celebration of grant aid success

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Recognising the valuable contribution the local community and voluntary sector does for the district was celebrated Friday 23 March at our grant aid celebration event.

Ongar In Bloom

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Diverse mix of groups

A diverse mix of groups helping a wide spectrum of people across the District has received grants in the last year enabling them to continue their much needed and valuable work.

Vital and much needed services

Epping Forest District Council Chairman Councillor David Stallan said: “It’s so encouraging to see such a wide variety of groups receive these vital grants. This year we have given over £83,000 in grants and it’s great to see the improvements they are making within our communities.”

“The voluntary and community sectors do so much so for our District and its important their much needed hard work is recognised.”

“If you know of any local or community groups that could use our grant aid schemes help, get in contact today.”

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Pair found guilty of damaging protected oak trees

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Mr Mark William Wright of Abridge and Mr Danny James Swift of Romford Essex were each found guilty of causing, or permitting works to 2 oak trees protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).

Damaged Oak trees Abridge

Unauthorized works

In June 2017 tree and landscape officers were notified of work that had been carried out to the branches of 2 oak trees on land adjacent to Tudor Oak 9a London Road Abridge Essex.

Officers were aware in March 2017 permission had been granted for limited work to be carried out to the trees, but upon inspection in June they found branches on both oaks had been far more excessively cut than authorized.

This ultimately caused serious damage to both trees and increases the risk of decay. No consent would have been given for the extent of the work carried out.

Further investigation  

Further investigation revealed that permitted work had been carried out to the trees in May 2017 by council contractors, who had spoken to Mr Wright at that time and informed him that the trees were the subject of a Tree Preservation Order.

When interviewed under caution both confirmed Mr Wright had employed Mr Swift to carry out the unauthorized work and that neither had checked with the council as to whether the trees were protected.

Damaged Oak trees Abridge

Over £3000 worth of fines

8 February 2018 at Chelmsford Magistrates both Mr Mark William Wright of Tudor Oak 9a London Road Abridge Essex and Mr Danny James Swift of Highfield Road Collier Row Romford Essex were each found guilty of causing or permitting works to 2 oak trees protected by a Tree Preservation Order without the authorisation of Epping Forest District Council.

Having attended court although leaving before the hearing, the Magistrates accepted that Mr Wright had intended to plead guilty and he was fined £440 for each tree and ordered that he pay a contribution towards the Council’s prosecution costs of £600.

Mr Swift was fined £660 for each tree and ordered to pay a contribution towards the Council’s prosecution costs of £600.

More information

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Essex wide Livewell campaign launched

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Livewell, a countywide website to get Essex healthy has been launched.

Livewell campaign image

Working collaboratively to promote health

The Livewell campaign sees all local authorities, including Epping Forest District Council and health partners, work collaboratively to promote positive health and wellbeing by providing public health advice, activities and events tailored to the needs of local residents.

The Council’s local museum, arts, sports, social and Forest Countrycare events will be available on the site.

Check out how to Livewell

The website aims is to encourage Essex residents to be more active and to make healthier lifestyle choices for themselves and their families. It focuses on more effectively tackling county-wide issues affecting the 12 local authority areas together.

Take the #21 Challenge

To celebrate the website launch, residents are being encouraged to take part in a number of #21 challenges – a nod to the fact that it takes 21 days to break or create a new habit.

The first part of the campaign is #21situps21days, Residents can find out more information on:

Post-Christmas is a good time to think about improving lifestyle choices, lose weight and live a happier, healthier and longer life. The 21 day theme of the project, the number of days it is thought we need to break a bad habit or establish a new one also has the support of Public Health England. Anyone can try and it is fine to start with an easy goal. An occasional day off is also fine but the message is ‘don’t stop, just let that go and do as best you can towards the 21 days’.