Fundraising Cheque Presented to League of Friends

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The outgoing Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Caroline Pond presented a cheque for £4,500 to the League of Friends for St Margaret’s Hospital and Community on Monday 12 May 2008. The cheque was the latest instalment from money raised by Councillor Pond toward the Epping Forest District Council Chairman’s Charity and will go towards the cost of providing new equipment at St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping.

Cheque presentation

Members of the St Margaret’s Hospital and Community League of Friends receive a cheque for £4,500 from Councillor Caroline Pond, outgoing Chairman of Epping Forest District Council.

In the back row from left to right are Joan Wood, Sylvia Spencer, Paul Meader, Sue Savage and Rosemary Hipkin, and in the front row from left to right are Daphne Hill, Councillor Caroline Pond, Mary Isaacs and Councillor Di Collins.

Lee Valley Park Farms Family Fun

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Morris dancers celebrate spring

Lee Valley Park Farms in Waltham Abbey will be celebrating the merry month of May in traditional style at a May Fete on Sunday 25 May 2008 with something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Although as yet unrecognised as Olympic sports nothing can beat the excitement of cheering on the favourite in pig or ferret races. Morris dancers will be jingling their way through centuries old dances celebrating the season and all the family can try their skill at winning a lovely bunch of coconuts at the coconut shy.

Meet the animals at the farmClick here to visit Lee Valley Park Farms website

Baby animals are the essence of spring and visitors to the fete will be able to see the Farm’s lambs and piglets and get up close and personal at animal handling sessions throughout the afternoon. Dedicated shoppers will find the Craft stalls irresistible and local produce including honey and eggs will be on sale.

James Broomfield, Lee Valley Park Farms Manager said: “May is the month when people can feel that winter is well and truly gone and look forward to summer. We hope that visitors will celebrate the season with us, enjoy the traditional entertainments on offer and come back throughout the year to enjoy the farm.”

The fete runs from 1:30pm to 5pm. Tickets are £6.50 per adult, £5 per child and £5 for concessions.

North Weald Community Event

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`Spring into the North Weald ‘ is a community event run by Epping Forest District Council Community Development and Housing Services. The event is being held on Thursday 22 May 2008 from 3pm to 8pm at the Queens Hall Community Centre in School Green Lane at North Weald.

There will be free activities for all the family including Arts and Crafts, a Puppet Show, Outdoor Games and Have a go at Cheerleading among others. Refreshments will be served throughout the event.

Representatives from local service providers, including Epping Forest District Council, Essex Library Services, North Weald Parish Council and Epping Forest College, will be available to give residents the opportunity to pass on their views on a at a community consultation board. Everyone who completes the consultation will be entered into the free prize draw.

For more information call 01992 564524 or 01992 564556.

Council Responds to East of England Plan

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The Government has unveiled proposals for more housing in Epping Forest District. The District has been set a target of 3,500 new homes to be built during the period 2001 to 2021. The new housing will include homes already built since 2001. Planning permission already exists for a large proportion of the remaining balance.

Harlow is also to be enlarged with additional development identified in Green Belt areas to the south, east and west of the town according to the East of England Plan published by the Government on 12 May 2008. Overall, Harlow will grow by a minimum of 16,000 new homes with at least 10,000 earmarked for the Harlow North site, currently within the boundaries of East Hertfordshire.

The Plan excludes development at North Weald. Expansion of Harlow to the south, east and west into Epping Forest District will be governed to some extent by the natural geography of the area, retaining new development within the `bowl` of Harlow to the south and west while the M11 will present a boundary to eastward expansion.

Confirmation of the headline figures for development within Epping Forest District will protect large amounts of Metropolitan Green Belt, threatened in earlier drafts of the East of England Plan by proposals to build more than 18,000 new homes within the District. However, the Plan recognises the expansion of Harlow will still mean a review of Green Belt boundaries although on a smaller scale.

We are committed to the defence of the Green Belt but there is no doubt the Government Plan will force us to make some compromises. Hopefully most of the new development allocated to Epping Forest District will be accommodated on Brown Field sites but the expansion of Harlow will undoubtedly have an impact. The best we can do is work with the Government and our partners to keep Green Belt intrusion to the minimum, said Councillor Mrs Diana Collins, Leader of Epping Forest District Council. While welcoming confirmation of the lower levels of development within the District, Planning Officers from Epping Forest District Council are still sounding notes of caution about the level of support for new and upgraded infrastructure to service the increased population.

Councillor Mrs Diana Collins said: We are going through the Plan very carefully. We fought a very hard fight to protect our Green Belt and to a large extent we have succeeded, especially at North Weald. Our Planning Officers are looking at the detail at the moment. The biggest concern that seems to be emerging is the continued lack of detail about infrastructure, basic services such as roads, transport, health, education and employment as well as the most fundamental requirements such as water, sewerage, gas and electricity provision. We are still in the dark about the potential Harlow by-pass although with the focus for future development to the north of the town, a new northern link from the A414 to the M11 looks the most likely option.

Councillor Mrs Collins went on to say: There is also a requirement for 56,000 new jobs to be created across a broad area including Epping Forest District, Harlow, Brentwood, Maldon, Braintree, Chelmsford and Uttlesford where Stansted Airport is located. Again at this stage we have very little detail.

The Government has set a target date of 2021 for completion of development. The Plan makes clear the Government`s expectations that Epping Forest District Council will continue to work in partnership with Harlow DC, East Herts DC, Essex and Hertfordshire County Councils and Harlow Renaissance as the `delivery vehicle ` for the new developments.

Councillor Mrs Collins concluded: We have already had extensive consultation with our neighbours. It is vitally important that we continue to work together and ensure the final outcome of the Plan is as sympathetic and sustainable for the District as possible.

Memorial Flight at North Weald Airfield

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The Spitfire and Hurricane of the RAF Battle of Britain Flight will lead a special family event day of celebration at North Weald Airfield on Sunday 18 May 2008. They will be leading tributes as Wing Commander Tom F `Ginger` Neil, DFC unveils a life-sized replica of the Hurricane he flew from North Weald during World War II. The Hurricane will take pride of place at the entrance to the historic Airfield later this year.

Gates open for the Spirit of North Weald Fly-in and Airfield Open Day hosted by The Squadron and Epping Forest District Council at 9:30am on Sunday with a nominal entrance charge of £2 per person. Proceeds from the fee will go towards mounting the replica Hurricane in a realistic flying position as a permanent tribute to the men and women who served at North Weald.

The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will fly in salute over North Weald village before landing to join the family event at the Airfield. Visiting aircraft will be taking off and landing throughout the day, joining a selection of aircraft from the Airfield’s historic collections. Fly-pasts of representative military aircraft that have flown from RAF North Weald will take place from 12noon. This partnership event, managed by The Squadron and Epping Forest District Council in conjunction with Airfield tenants and users, will be open between 9:30am and 4pm.

It promises to be a great day out for all the family. A wide variety of community, business, leisure and aviation-based organisations will be on show with their stalls, displays and attractions. Several services provided by Epping Forest District Council will also be represented including the Emergency Planning Team with giveaways and a wind-up radio prize for the winner of a competition. Hot and cold refreshments will be on sale throughout the day with a barbecue and pay bar open at The Squadron from 12noon.

The highlight of this special day will be the rollout and showing of the Airfield’s new gate guardian. A full-sized replica of a Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft that flew from North Weald during the Battle of Britain, symbolising The Spirit of North Weald Airfield and its community since flying began here in 1916. It will provide the first public view of this emotive aircraft which will be mounted in a realistic flying position at the Airfield entrance later in the year.

The Hurricane replica will be revealed to the public at 1.30pm by Wing Commander Tom F `Ginger` Neil, DFC who flew the depicted aircraft from North Weald during the Battle of Britain. The RAF Memorial Flight aircraft will then taxi out to take off and perform a fly-past in salute over the Airfield and its new gate guardian.

North Weald Airfield is off the A414, five minutes from junction 7 of the M11 at Hastingwood.

Midnight Walk for St Clare Hospice

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St Clare Hospice is launching its Midnight walk in which an estimated 3,000 women will walk 10k around the cycle and footpaths of Harlow. This event is expected to be the biggest fundraising event St Clare Hospice has ever seen but you must get your applications in by Friday 16 May 2008.

It is hoped that the Hospice will generate a huge £100k from this single event but as Project Manager Melanie Nightingale says: We can`t do it without the support of our local ladies! The night is going to be very pink and a brilliant laugh for all those taking part. So why not have a great night out with the girls and help raise vital funds for your local Hospice charity.

This event will appeal to younger women whom are being seen more and more of, as patients. St Clare Hospice needs the financial support of this age group to support the care of their neighbours, friends and family.

The Hospice provides around the clock specialist care for hundreds each year who have life-limiting illnesses such as Cancer. Currently it costs over £1.8m to run this service, a service which is vital to the patients and their families. St Clare Hospice receives 30% funding from the West Essex PCT.

    Key objectives and reasons for this exciting event:

  • To raise £100k or more
  • To exceed the most participants for an event of this kind in the Hospice sector Nationally
  • To create a fun-fundraising night out for local people in their local community with local business support

St Clare Hospice has committed to increasing it`s patient services team to be even more proactive in the community with the introduction of an Independent Living Team. The team visits patients in their homes to provide complementary therapies, physio and occupational therapy. The new service is costing the Hospice money which needs to be raised, for the work to continue.

Council to Appear on Television

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The oak at Thomas Willingale School is featured on 'Trees that Made Britain'.

Epping Forest District Council`s Landscape section and Countrycare, the Council`s countryside management service will be appearing on BBC TWO`s `Trees that Made Britain` programme.

They will appear on the programme that goes out at 7.30pm on Friday 16 May 2008 which will feature the Council`s 50 Favourite Trees project. The programme`s presenters Jon Hammerton and Tony Kirkham are seen at Thomas Willingale School in Loughton climbing their oak tree. This tree was under threat and so the school made a special case for it with the Council and it was eventually saved. It was nominated by the pupils and became one of the district`s 50 Favourite Trees chosen by a panel of judges. Judging of the nominations is also featured in the programme. Over 160 nominations were received in total.

Link to 50 favourite trees website
Link to BBC ‘Trees that Made Britain` programme website

The Council`s Landscape Officer and Arboriculturist Chris Neilan said: The 50 Favourite Trees project has been a fantastic success and we all very much enjoyed taking part in the programme. I hope as many people as possible will tune in on 16 May 2008, especially those residents who took the time and trouble to nominate their favourite tree.

Another tree featured in the programme is the black poplar on the Waltham Point development in Waltham Abbey. This tree was protected during the development and is now a focal point for the area.

Civic Awards Presented

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Four runners up in Epping Forest District Council`s Citizen of the Year 2008 awards were recently presented with their High Commendation certificates by the Chairman of Council Councillor Caroline Pond. Peter Trevelyan of High Ongar and Derek Tringham of North Weald, as well as husband and wife Sam and Ruth Day from Ongar were invited to a special tea at the Civic Offices in Epping.

Citizen of the Year awards runners up with their High Commendation certificates

Pictured above from left to right are Derek Tringham, Sam and Ruth Day, and Peter Trevelyan with their High Commendation certificates

Peter Trevelyan is the Chairman of the High Ongar Village Hall Management Committee and has worked tirelessly to raise funds to build a new village hall. Derek Tringham is very involved with the community of North Weald via the British Legion, the Bowls Club and the Village Hall Committee, as well as organising and running local clubs and groups. Sam and Ruth Day are both supporters of the Burma star association and of the Royal British Legion. They have collected in all weathers for the poppy appeal for over 50 years.

Chairman of Council Councillor Caroline Pond said: I was delighted to present these certificates and welcome Peter, Derek, Sam and Ruth to the Civic Offices. They all make such a difference to their communities and work so hard to support their favourite causes. Without people such as them many organisations would struggle to provide their services to people in need. I would also like to add my personal thanks to them for everything that they do.

Affordable Housing in a Rural Community

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Street scene of the rural affordable housing scheme in Matching Tye

Epping Forest District Council and Hastoe Housing Association celebrated the official opening of a recently-completed scheme of eight high quality homes at Clifford Close, Matching Tye. The development comprises four two bedroom houses and four three bedroom houses for rent and shared ownership.

Epping Forest District Council put forward people with a local connection from its housing waiting list for the brand new houses for rent, which are all available at affordable rent levels below the market rate.

Matching Tye Parish Council had been trying to provide a scheme to meet local needs for many years and throughout this period has been in contact with several Housing Associations. However, the provision of a suitable site was a real challenge. Matching Parish Council asked Hastoe to look around Matching Parish for potential sites and there were several available. However, the best was in the ownership of a Parish Councillor, who wanted to give something back to the community and whose father the scheme is named after. Hastoe agreed terms and the site was acceptable to the Planning Department as an exception site. Exception to planning policy can be granted on Green Belt land which abuts the village development boundary if the provision is for 100% affordable housing in perpetuity for local need.

Planting of the ceremonial tree

With the support of Epping Forest District Council`s Director of Housing Alan Hall, Hastoe overcame highways issues and the scheme was granted planning permission in November 2006. Work started on site in January 2007 and T J Evers, a local builder based in Colchester, constructed the scheme.

Local Elections 2008 Results

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All the results for the local elections 2008 have been declared.

Click on the links below to see the full results.

The Results for the Epping Forest District elections on 1 May 2008
Ward Elected Candidate Political Party
Buckhurst Hill East Dev Prakash Dodeja Liberal Democrat
Buckhurst Hill West Jill Margaret Sutcliffe Liberal Democrat
Chigwell Row Brian Paul Sandler Local Conservatives
Chigwell Village John Knapman Local Conservatives
Epping Hemnall Jonathan Matthew
Liberal Democrat
Epping Lindsey and Thornwood Common Christopher Laurence
Grange Hill David Richard Bateman Conservative
High Ongar, Willingale and the Rodings Margaret Ann McEwen Conservative
Loughton Alderton Rosemary Elizabeth Brookes Loughton Residents Assn
Loughton Broadway Patricia Hazel Richardson British National Party
Loughton Fairmead David John Wixley Loughton Residents Assn
Loughton Forest Rebecca Mellissa Cohen
James MacGregor Hart
Loughton Roding Kenneth Edwin
Loughton Residents Assn
Loughton St John’s Caroline Patricia Pond Loughton Residents Assn
Loughton St Mary’s Rodney Barrett Loughton Residents Assn
Moreton and Fyfield Anthony Louis Boyce Conservative
Passingford Diana Mary Collins Conservative
Theydon Bois John Morrison Philip Conservative
Waltham Abbey Honey Lane Jonathon Fredrick Collier Conservative
Waltham Abbey North East Jeane Lea Conservative
Waltham Abbey South West William James Pryor Conservative
The Political Composition of Epping Forest District Council
Political Party Number of Seats on the Council
Conservative 35
Liberal Democrats 9
Loughton Residents Association 6
British National Party 4
Independent 3
Labour 1

Election Results by Political Party

Election Results Wards Summary

Town and Parish Council elections on 1 May 2008

There are 16 Town and Parish Councils up for election which are uncontested, these are:

Abbess Beauchamp and Berners Roding
Chigwell Row
Chigwell Village
Grange Hill
High Laver
High Ongar
Little Laver
Magdalen Laver
Norton Mandeville
Paslow Common
Stanford Rivers
Stapleford Abbotts
Theydon Garnon