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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.”


Cool Chairman in the Shade for Guide Dogs

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Healthy Eyes Shades Day logo

Councillor John Knapman Chairman of Epping Forest District Council encouraged everyone in the district to look cool by wearing their sunglasses for Guide Dogs, supporting the charity`s annual fundraising event Shades Day. He joined Vice Chairman of Council Councillor Penny Smith on 20 June 2008 in wearing sunglasses to highlight the importance of protecting your eyes from UV (Ultraviolet) sunlight which can cause long-term eye damage and potential sight loss. Also joining them were four trainee Guide Dogs.

The Chairman and Vice-Chairman with Guide Dogs

The Chairman was amongst thousands of schoolchildren and adults all over the UK who will be making a donation of £1 to The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association to wear their sunnies on Shades Day. The special day provides a unique opportunity to learn more about eye care, particularly in the sun, such as the importance of wearing good quality sunglasses.

Group picture with Guide Dogs and trainers

Pictured above with Chairman Councillor John Knapman and Vice-Chairman Councillor Penny Smith are Jo Willey and Hazel (Black Golden Retriever/Lab cross), Mary Issit and Duchess (Golden Retriever/Lab Cross), Jennifer Crane and Quizzy (Golden Retriever/German Shepherd) and Laura Skinner and Leah (Italian Spinone/Labrador).

Councillor Knapman said: Shades Day is a fantastic way both to raise money for Guide Dogs and to highlight an important eye care message for us all. I was delighted to support this event and hope that everyone will wear their sunglasses to protect their eyes when out and about this summer.

Further information on Shades Day 2008 can be found at www.shadesday.org.uk.

Crucial Crew 2008

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From Monday 9 June to Friday 13 June and from Monday 23 June to Friday 27 June 2008, every Year 6 school pupil in Epping Forest District schools, over 1,300 pupils, will be visiting Gilwell Park, Chingford to take part in the annual Crucial Crew event.

Crucial Crew is an interactive safety initiative based around key life skills that targets 10-11 year old children. Crucial Crew teaches children how to tackle the dangers they may encounter in everyday life and helps prevent them becoming involved in crime in a very interactive way.

    It is designed to help the children to:

  • Cope with dangerous situations
  • Accept responsibility for their own safety
  • Learn social responsibility
  • Make sensible decisions based on acquired knowledge
 
    Crucial Crew is based very firmly on four principles:

  • Children learn by doing
  • Crime prevention and personal safety education can be challenging and exciting
  • Everyone is concerned about crime prevention and personal safety
  • The most effective way of tackling the problem is a partnership approach

Superintendent Simon Williams, Essex Police states, “Crucial Crew is a fun way to prepare children to remain safe in a variety of emergency situations and to be aware of dangers they are likely to encounter as they advance through life. Messages are conveyed through interactive role play allowing children to react to the problems they encounter and to learn how to make the correct choices about their personal safety.

Set out below are the scenarios the children will be dealing with this year. Each interactive scenario lasts for ten minutes during which time the children will be asked to make personal choices about their safety.

2008 Scenarios
Scenario Aim Provider
Road Safety For young people to consider how collisions can happen and how they can be avoided and the consequences for all involved. EFDC Highways Dept
First Aid For the children to have a basic knowledge of how to assess an unconscious patient and place them in the recovery position. Ambulance Crew
Internet Safety To show to the participants the dangers of disclosing personal information whilst using social networking sites on the Internet. Essex Police
Drug Awareness For children to understand their own responsibilities concerning drugs and to recognise peer pressure. To gain an awareness around the identity of drug users and dealers and to understand the consequences of using cannabis. Drugs Line / EYPDAS
Fire Safety To enable children to identify common causes of domestic fires and to respond to a simulated fire scenario. Essex Fire & Rescue Service
Alcohol To help young people learn not to follow the crowd. To warn of the dangers of drinking (using embarrassing incidents as example). To inform children of the law with regard to alcohol. Essex Trading Standards
Self Esteem & Bullying To understand what is bullying and the forms it may take. To find out what you can do about bullying and how to cope. School Nurses
Safety in the Countryside To provide knowledge of how to recognise and help to address / avoid anti-social behaviour within the Lee Valley Regional Park and other countryside areas. Lee Valley Parks Authority
Burglary To encourage young people to take notice of what goes on around them, the importance of good observational skills and the importance of property marking valuable items. Essex Police
Recycling To enable young people to identify what can be recycled out of the day-to-day domestic rubbish generated. EFDC Environmental Services

Broadway Consultation Starts 23 June

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Debden Town Centre and Broadway public consultation

Residents have the chance to comment on multi-million pound regeneration plans for Loughton Broadway. Starting on 23 June 2008, Epping Forest District Council and consultants Urban Practitioners will be holding a series of events aimed at gauging local views on the proposals. A special leaflet will be produced and there will be information available on the internet. Meetings will be held with stakeholder groups and public exhibitions where anyone can comment.

Central to the process will be a travelling exhibition. It will be stationed at various locations around the Broadway during the four-week consultation period ending 18 July 2008. Urban practitioners and the Council also hope that taking a market stall on Thursday 10 July will maximise the number of people able to respond.

Councillor Mrs Anne Grigg, Planning and Economic Development Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council said: Urban Practitioners have developed some very exciting proposals based on earlier rounds of consultation and an in-depth assessment of the current Broadway area. We are looking at homes, shops, businesses and public transport. The next step is to test those proposals with the people who know the Broadway best, our residents and local businesses.

Full details of the consultation schedule and venues will be published next week.

Quality Award for Housing Service

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A new way of focusing on customer needs has helped the Council to renew an important quality accreditation. Six years ago, the Housing service was awarded ISO 9001:2000 certification. This is an internationally-recognised quality award which must be renewed every three years. Following a successful re-assessment, the 2008 certificate renewal report noted a number of further improvements, including the introduction of an innovative `customer perspective programme`.

The customer perspective programme was introduced last year to take a close look at all the ways in which Housing communicates with its customers. Leaflets, letters, forms and every other kind of communication have been subjected to close scrutiny. The customer perspective group meets regularly and includes the Chairman of the Tenants` and Leaseholders ` Federation.

The external assessor of Housing’s ISO 9001 quality management system is Lloyds Register Quality Assurance (LRQA). In addition to the three-yearly assessment, LRQA carries out regular audits, inspections and site visits. The re-certification assessment took place recently over a three-day period. LRQA`s assessor said that the service provided is of a consistently high quality. He also recorded in his report that the Housing Directorate has a matured and user friendly quality management system, with effective control measures. As well as praising the customer perspective programme, reference was made to the Housing Business Plan and the fact that a number of key performance indicators are in place to demonstrate the system`s effectiveness.

    The ISO 9001 accreditation covers most of the Housing Directorate`s work, including:

  • Council housing repairs, maintenance and management
  • Housing options and homelessness prevention
  • Older people`s housing (incorporating the Careline emergency alarm system and sheltered housing)
  • Housing resources (including the Council home ownership team, housing information and strategy, Council rent administration and support services)
  • Architectural services

Following a transfer of the private sector housing function into the Housing Directorate under a recent restructuring, Housing’s Quality and Performance Officer will be working with private sector housing staff over the next year in order to seek extension of the certificate to cover this area of work.

By taking steps to improve continually the quality of our service and our performance, we aim to bring direct benefits to the public who use our services, says Councillor David Stallan, Housing Portfolio Holder. Our systems are rigorously assessed by an independent, accredited body and through internal audits. Gaining ISO 9001 accreditation involved a major commitment from the staff in Housing and we are proud to have retained our certification.

The Housing Directorate also has the Cabinet Office`s Charter Mark award for customer service excellence in the public sector.


Cabinet Question Time

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Ask the Cabinet

If you live or work in the Epping Forest District you will soon be able to put your questions direct to Cabinet members in a new `Public Questions` item at each Cabinet meeting. The introduction of this new item will begin at the first Cabinet meeting of the new Council year on 9 June 2008 with 15 minutes being allocated at the start of each meeting at 7pm for questions.

To register to ask a question you will need to contact the Office of the Chief Executive before 4pm on the day of the Cabinet meeting. You can do this by phone, letter or email including your name, address and the subject of your question. You can ask questions on any aspects of the Cabinet’s business although some issues will not be considered.

The Cabinet is made up of 9 Councillors, each responsible for specific services (known as a Portfolio). Cabinet members have responsibilities for making many of the decisions relating to how the Council Services are run. They follow the broad policies set down by Council and manage its multi-million pound budgets. Portfolios cover topics as diverse as Planning, Housing, Leisure and Young People, Civil Engineering and Community Wellbeing.

If you intend to ask a question you should bear in mind that Cabinet meetings are webcast live and can be viewed online via the Councils website for up to 6 months after the meeting.

Leader of Council Councillor Mrs Diana Collins said: We are committed to encouraging local democracy, improving communication and making our services more accessible. Our Council meetings have always been open to the public and are now available to view online following the success of the webcasting initiative. Politicians have the chance to ask the Cabinet questions and it was thought it’s time the public had the same chance. I hope that this will help to reinvigorate interest in local democracy and I am really looking forward to seeing the public take full advantage of this opportunity.

Chigwell Row Notice of By-election

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Epping Forest District

Election of a Parish Councillor for Chigwell Row

Notice is hereby given that:

  • An election is to be held of One Parish Councillor for Chigwell Row.
  • Forms of nomination for the Parish Election may be obtained from Clerk to Parish Council or Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ from the Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for the electoral area prepare a nomination paper for signature.
  • Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ on any day after the date of this notice but no later than NOON on Friday, 6 June 2008.
  • If the election in contested, the poll will take place on Thursday, 3 July 2008.
  • Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Wednesday, 18 June 2008.
  • Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Wednesday, 25 June 2008.
  • Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5pm on Wednesday, 25 June 2008 must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Thursday, 3 July 2008.

Dated Thursday 29 May 2008

Ian Willett
Returning Officer

Trees Planted to Commemorate Jamboree

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Cllr Caroline Pond with Chairman of Council Cllr John Knapman

To commemorate the arrival of 40,000 young people at North Weald, the gateway to the World Scouts Jamboree last Summer, a ceremonial international tree planting took place at North Weald Airfield on Tuesday 27 May 2008. An avenue of six trees is to be planted adjacent to the memorial garden, each representing a continent of the world from where the scouts originated.

The Airfield, owned by Epping Forest District Council, acted as the logistical hub throughout the eleven-day Jamboree in July and August last year. It became the check-in centre, the food distribution centre and ran the park and ride service to Hylands Park in Chelmsford where the Centenary celebrations of the Scouting Movement took place.

Among the guests at the ceremony was the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor John Knapman who said: I am very proud that North Weald Airfield was able to offer so much support for this historic event. It was a massive challenge and it is a tribute to all the organisations concerned that it was so successful.

Representatives from the Scouts Association joined Councillors and Council staff for the ceremonial tree planting.

    Each tree will represent a continent of the world from which Scouts came to North Weald:

  • Africa -Tamarisk
  • Australia – Eucalyptus
  • South America – Beech
  • North America – Sweetgum
  • Asia – Birch
  • Europe – Oak