Easter Holiday Playschemes are set to be the best yet

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Easter Holiday PlayschemesWith a wide range of fun and exciting activities, including an ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’  that includes an Easter Bunny hunt, Easter-themed arts and crafts, sporting fun and games, competitions and an ‘eggciting’ fancy dress party the council’s Easter Holiday Playschemes are set to be the best yet!

The theme of the second week of activities is Cartoon Capers and will be action-packed and full of fun with wacky races, super heroes, cartoon princess and lots more. The week will end with a fun party with children dressing up as their favourite cartoon character. In addition, children are able to choose from a range of activities every day including sports, music, drama, arts and crafts.

Due to popular demand the Playschemes will start at 8.45am and run until 3.30pm.

Children can come along for the whole two weeks, or individual days as required.

The Easter Playscheme will be based at Thomas Willingale School, Loughton and will run from 2-12 April inclusive. The booking line is now open on 01992 564226 and the playschemes will continue to offer great value for money at £15 per day (£8.50 concessions).

We are also running a number of ‘Play In The Park’ and Play In The Forest’ sessions for children from 5 – 11 years old.

Play in the park logo‘Play in the Park’ is all about playing games and having fun outdoors. Play Rangers will bring along a wide range of equipment for children and young people to enjoy and will help organise games. Space Hoppers, flying saucers, rounders, football, arts & crafts and endless fun! Children are:

Free to come
Free to go
Free to play

Please note ‘Play in the Park’ sessions are provided as play opportunities for children and young people and not as childcare. All participants may come and go as they please. Staff are not obliged to prevent any child from leaving the session. There are no toilet facilities at the sites.

Play in the Park is supported by your local parish/town council.

No booking is required, just turn up and have some fun. All sessions are free of charge and parents/carers are free to stay and join in.

For details of the dates and times of the Play In the Park sessions please visit our Community Events listing on our website.

Play In the Forest LogoPlay in the Forest’ is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. Play Rangers will bring along a wide range of equipment and activities for children and young people to enjoy and will help them explore the forest. Activities will include den building, nature trails and woodland arts and crafts. Suitable clothing to be worn and children to be accompanied by an adult. There are no toilet facilities at the sites. No booking required, just turn up and enjoy yourselves.

The sessions cost £2 each and you pay when you arrive on site.

For details of the dates and times of the Play In the Forest sessions please visit our Community Events listing on our website.

For general information regarding Easter Holiday activities, please telephone the Community Development Team on 01992 564556.

For full dates, times and locations of all our upcoming programme of activities and play schemes please take a look at our events calendar.

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

 

 

 

Youth Mountain Biking Club rides in Epping Forest

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Youth Mountain Biking Club every Saturday in Epping Forest

Learn new riding skills and improve your off road bike handling on the trails of Epping Forest under the instruction of expert coaches; sessions will include fundamental riding techniques and forest rides.  The club will provide an opportunity to meet like minded new friends, and take part in local and national mountain bike competitions.

Young people will need their own mountain bike and helmet to join in although you may, at first, want to consider hiring a bike while you try out the sessions.

Please ensure bikes are safe to ride and helmets conform to British safety standards (CE marked).  Other suggested riding equipment: pair of riding gloves, pair of riding glasses (optional).

Sessions are every Saturday 10.00am to 12.00pm and will leave from Kings Oak Hotel Car Park, Nursery Rd, High Beech, Loughton IG10 4AE . Sessions cost £6, parents and guardians are welcome to take part at no extra cost.

To join the club or for more information contact Fabrizio on Tel 01992 564567 email fferrari@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

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.

Netball sessions at Easter

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We are going to be holding two netball sessions during the Easter holiday period so why not come along and have some fun, work on your skills, make new friends and play in some matches.

Both sessions take place on Tuesday 2 April at Debden Park High School, Willingale Road, Debden, Loughton IG10 2BQ with separate sessions for children aged 7 – 11 and children aged 12 – 16. The morning session is for 7 – 11 year olds and and will run from 10am to 12 noon. The afternoon session is for 12 – 16 year olds and runs from 1pm to 3pm.

All children taking part should bring a drink and wear suitable clothing and footwear.

All sessions cost £4.00 per person.

To book a place at the sessions please ring 01992 564226 by Thursday 28th March. 

Easter netball sessions for 12 - 16 year oldsEaster netball session for 7-11 year olds

Shared Ownership Week

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Shared Ownership Week aims to highlight the need for shared ownership (part buy, part rent) within today’s housing market. It could be an ideal solution for would-be first-time buyers who are increasingly frustrated by high house prices and deposit requirements.

Housing associations and councils are teaming up with the National Housing Federation for Shared Ownership Week from 18 to 24 March 2013 – to show the positive effects shared ownership can have on local economies and communities. Epping Forest District Council works in partnership with housing associations to develop shared ownership in the local area.

Shared ownership offers the most affordable route into home ownership, meeting families’ aspirations and allowing them to live and work in areas they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. Normally the homes are newly built and available for sale on a ‘part buy and part rent’ basis through housing associations. You can buy shares worth between 25% and 75% of the property’s market value, then pay a subsidised rent on the remaining share. You may need to raise a mortgage to purchase your share. But if you have enough money for a deposit, or equity from the sale of a property, this can also be used towards purchasing your share. Second-hand shared ownership properties are also available from existing owners and these are called resales.

An innovative scheme called “Open Market Shared Ownership” (OMSO) was launched last year by the  Council, in partnership with B3 Living. OMSO offers a lower cost alternative to other types of shared ownership. Buying a 50% share and paying a subsidised rent on the remaining share, can cost you a third less than if you bought the property outright. The deposit is lower too.  For an affordable way to own your own home, give the Home Ownership Team at B3Living a call on 01992 453700.

On 1st March a new development of 119 houses was officially opened at Gilwell Hill, Waltham Abbey – including 95 affordable homes. The Council worked closely with Genesis Housing Association to provide 38 two bedroom shared ownership houses on the ‘Abbey Meadows’ site, which have all been sold. There are 57 affordable rented homes as well. All applicants must be registered on the Epping Forest Housing Register.

Contact HomeBuy if you are looking for shared ownership homes, or resales.  HomeBuy options is the single website for the South East of England and is operated by Moat. You will find details of homes available to buy or rent in Essex – through affordable home ownership schemes – in the area you live or work.

The ones that got away

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900 fish were released into Roding Valley Lake on a sunny but chilly March morning. Members of the Roding Valley Angling Club helped release the fish by the lakes fishing platform.

The fish, 600 bream and 300 roach, all around 10” in length, were released on Thursday 14 March 2013 to help restock the lake.

The Fisheries Section of the Environment Agency (EA) funded the improvements and worked with Epping Forest District Council with the installation of aeration units to help oxygenate the water and the planting of reed bed filtration systems to improve water quality following the substantial loss of fish by natural causes in 2007. This year they provided an additional £10,000 for fish restocking at the lake.

Neil Winter, technical officer from the Environment Agency fisheries and biodiversity section said: “We are here today at Roding Valley Lake to introduce bream as part of the partnership project with Epping Forest District Council and the Roding Valley Angling Club. These fish were funded through rod licence payers money and we are here to introduce a range of species into the lake.”

Photos of the day

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No fish were harmed during the transportation and all were successfully introduced into Roding Valley Lake.

Want to know more about angling?

The Roding Valley Angling Club are looking for new members, contact them for details by their Facebook page.

 

Council Tax Benefit change is coming

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A new scheme called Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) will replace Council Tax Benefit from the 1 April 2013. This new support scheme will be different from the current Council Tax Benefit scheme and is not so generous.

Local Council Tax Support poster
Local Council Tax Support poster

This scheme applies only to people of working age. People of pension age will continue to have their LCTS calculated in the same way as they currently have their Council Tax Benefit calculated.

Although the Government has introduced the LCTS scheme, they have reduced the funding that we receive and therefore we have had to reduce the amount of help that we can give working age people towards their Council Tax.

Changes from 1 April 2013

If you currently do not pay any Council Tax you will now have to pay something.

If you already pay Council Tax after your benefit entitlement has been deducted you will have to pay more than you have previously towards your Council Tax.

Council Tax Support will fall by over £1 million in Epping Forest.

If you have questions about this new scheme, come along to one of our Local Council Tax Support surgeries where you can talk to our Benefit and Council Tax team about the scheme and the payment options available to you.

Local Council Tax Support surgeries

  • Monday 25 February 2013
    Debden, Little Oaks Children’s Centre, IG10 3TD – 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 February 2013
    Waltham Abbey, Waltham Abbey Town Hall, EN9 1DE – 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 27 February 2013
    Chigwell, The Limes Centre, IG7 5LP – 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Friday 1 March 2013
    Ongar, Ongar Adult Community Learning, CM5 0GA – 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Monday 4 March 2013
    Buckhurst Hill, Little Buddies Children’s Centre, IG9 5ES – 2pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday 6 March 2013
    Epping, Epping Forest District Council Offices, CM16 4BZ – 9.30am to 3.30pm
  • Thursday 14 March 2013
    Waltham Abbey, Hazelwood Children’s Centre, EN9 3EL – 12.30pm to 3pm