Councillors allowances and expenses 2012/13

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Councillors are entitled to allowances and expenses to cover some of the costs of carrying out their public duties as they are not paid a salary. The Council is required to publish these amounts annually.

Amounts paid to Epping Forest District Council councillors in respect of basic and special responsibility allowances, travel and subsistence expenses, together with the special allowances paid to the chairman and vice-chairman of the Authority during the year.

MEMBERS’ ALLOWANCES AND EXPENSES 2012/13
Epping Forest District Council
LOCAL AUTHORITIES (MEMBERS’ ALLOWANCES) (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2003 – PAYMENTS TO COUNCILLORS 2012/13

Notice is hereby given of the amounts paid to Councillors of the Epping Forest District Council in respect of Basic and Special Responsibility Allowances, Travel and Subsistence Expenses, Connectivity Allowance, Pension and ERS NI and special allowances paid to the Chairman and Vice­Chairman of the Authority during the year ended 31 March 2013.
I Willett
Assistant to the Chief Executive
Dated this 8th day of May  2013

Councillors Allowances and expenses 2012/13 (pdf 16kb)
Notes

  • Basic Allowance is an amount paid to each Councillor to cover incidental expenses as a result of their role as elected representatives.
  • Responsibility Allowance is a special payment to Cabinet Members and certain Chairmen in connection with their additional responsibilities and workload in these positions.
  • Member Connectivity Payments are made to members who agree to receive the majority of their agenda/reports/minutes in e-format and not hard copy.
  • Chairman/Vice-Chairman’s Allowances are special payments to the Chairman and Vice­ Chairman of the Council to assist them in carrying out their civic duties on behalf of the Council.
  • Travelling and subsistence payments are made in relation to attendance at meetings and other approved duties.
  • Pension payments are the contributions made by the Council to the Local Government Pension Scheme for those members opting into the Scheme.
  • ERS NI represents the Council’s national insurance contributions.

Home Energy Conservation Act Further Report 2013

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As part of the amended Home Energy Conservation Act, Local Authorities are required to submit a further report on planned energy efficiency measures in their area.

Read the Epping Forest District Council HECA further report 2013

Find out more about energy efficiency

 

Countrycare Easter Scavenger Hunt

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Looking for something fun to do with the  kids Wednesday 3rd April? Why not Join Epping Forest Countrycare for an Easter Scavenger hunt!

10am until 12pm. No need to book just turn up. £4 per child. Starting point Reserve Entrance at the end of Pike Way, North Weald, CM16 6BL.

For more Countrycare events download our Coutnrycare Events List 2013

 

 

 

Proposed changes to charging for pre-planning application advice

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As from 1 April 2013, the Council’s charges on pre-planning application advice will be changing to include a greater scope of development types. Please see the attached document which sets out these new charges and the procedure for seeking advice.

View the new pre-planning application advice fees April 2013

 

Find out more about the planning process and pre-application advice

Countrycare Events For 2013

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Countrycare will be running a series of kids events again this spring and summer.

Join Countrycare on one of our Local Nature Reserves and branch out into birds on Roding Valley Meadows, go barmy over bugs at Weald Common or nutty over newts at Nazeing Triangle. Our kids events are aimed at ages 4 to 12, we aim to teach them a little about their surrounding countryside and the wildlife that lives there and have a lot of fun too!

We will be kicking off with an Easter Scavenger Hunt at Roughtalley’s Wood on 3rd April. Find and solve the riddles hidden around the reserve to win some chocolate eggs!

Click Countrycare Events 2013 for a list of all our events in 2013.

Learning with Countrycare

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Countrycare launches environmental education service to show young people the value of the green spaces and wildlife around them.

The Countrycare team is offering an environmental education service to schools that can work with their curriculum, in both science and arts, to help engage young people with the environment. Environmental education sessions can be run on Local Nature Reserves, in classrooms or in school grounds, and we cater for all ages.

We want young people to grow up not just enjoying the countryside but respecting it as well.

Learning with Countrycare

We offer a range of projects including

  • Creating wildlife sanctuaries in school grounds
  • Building bird boxes
  • Practical projects on Local Nature Reserves
  • Tree ecology
  • Tree planting
  • Invertebrate identification
  • Guided walks

If none of these activities fit in with your syllabus we can mould lessons to fit your needs.

Find out more

Download the brochure Learning with Countrycare (pdf 1MB)

For more information about the environmental education service at Countrycare and the competitive costs call 01992 788203 or email contactcountrycare@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

Find out what other work Countrycare does the website at http://www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/

You can also follow Countrycare on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EFcountrycare/

Countrycare volunteer day Tuesday 22 January cancelled

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Due to the adverse weather the Countrycare volunteer day on Tuesday 22 January 2013 has been cancelled.

Countrycare is sorry to disappoint those of you who were intending to jump in a pond and clear some reeds tomorrow in North Weald, but the task has been cancelled due to weather conditions. We apologise to anyone who had been looking forward to an ice cold dip. Thursday’s volunteer task is still expected to go ahead.

One Business Briefing – brimming with news for local businesses

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The January 2013 edition of ‘One Business Briefing’ is now available.

In this edition Reed in Partnership gives local businesses advice on how they can use Government funding to get staff job relevant qualifications at no cost to the employer or employee. It also introduces MP Eleanor Laing’s new Business Forum, reports on current tourism development work, including a key event on 31 January 2013 to develop tourism within the area and much more.

Read the January 2013 edition – One Business Briefing

Produced by Epping Forest District Council, One Epping Forest and local partners the briefing provides information for businesses and those looking to start up in business in the Epping Forest district. The briefing is designed to report on business funding opportunities / access to finance, business support, workshops / events for business, town centre news and other local economic development initiatives.

If you would like to receive future editions of ‘One Business Briefing’ by email please email economicdevelopment@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

Chairman Tees Off In Charity Challenge

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On Tuesday 17 June 2008 Chigwell Golf Club played host to the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor John Knapman and Members and Officers from the Council for a Charity Golf Day which raised £655 to kick start the Chairman`s year.

The Chairman Councillor John Knapman with Officers and Members

This year the Chairman`s fundraising efforts are aimed at raising money for St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood which cares for people and their families who are affected by life-threatening incurable diseases and Vitalise Jubilee Lodge, Chigwell which offers a variety of accessible residential respite breaks and other services designed for disabled people and their carers.

Vice Chairman Penny Smith presents winner Wendy MacleodChairman of Council Councillor Knapman said: This is a great start to my fundraising efforts for my year in office. This day gives a chance for Members and Officers to relax the normal formal working relationships to benefit two very worthy local charities.

The overall winner of the competition was Wendy Macleod an Officer of the Council who is pictured receiving her prize and the Don Spinks Trophy from Council Vice Chairman Councillor Penny Smith.

Safer Cleaner and Now Greener

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A pioneering agreement between Epping Forest District Council and the entertainment and communications Company Virgin Media will speed up the removal of unsightly graffiti quicker from the Company’s green electricity cabinets across the District.

Graffiti on a Virgin Media green electricity cabinetVirgin Media have provided match funding and supplied the paint that will be distributed to the Council`s graffiti removal contractors with the view to painting over graffiti on the Company’s green electricity cabinets. The scheme will begin in the larger urban areas, such as Loughton, Epping and Buckhurst Hill, and will then be progressing through the District in the near future.

Epping Forest District Council`s Community Wellbeing Portfolio Holder Councillor Mrs Syd Stavrou said: This partnership with Virgin Media is a part of our commitment to make the Epping Forest District a safer, cleaner and greener community for all its residents, workers and visitors. It will help rid the District of graffiti faster and hopefully encourage other private companies to work with us to improve public services. We recognize that graffiti can have a negative impact on the environment and is often perceived by people to be linked with crime.

Councillor Stavrou continued: I am very pleased to see the Safer Communities Team building on their success by entering into this partnership with Virgin Media. I would encourage residents to report instances of graffiti on a Council property either online on the Councils website or by telephone on the Graffiti Hotline number on 01992 564272.

Neal Walshe, spokesperson for Virgin Media said: “We are delighted to be working with Epping Forest District Council to combat the antisocial menace of graffiti. We are confident that our joint efforts will result in a significant improvement in the local environment.”