Retail Park Plans in Broadway Display

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Local residents and businesses can find out more about a proposed new retail park when initial plans go on display in Debden Broadway this month.

Langston Road Retail Park will hopefully soon become a welcome addition to Debden’s retail line-up; offering more choice for local shoppers and the wider catchments. Part of the site in Langston Road is currently occupied by a Council depot servicing refuse freighters and maintenance teams who would be relocated to other sites. No existing jobs would be lost as a result of this proposal. Combined with the adjoining land belonging to property developer Polofind, the enlarged site would form a retail development bringing jobs and shoppers.

Should the Council gain planning consent, Langston Road Retail Park is envisaged to become a home of fashion retailers complementing other high street businesses in the Broadway.

Computer generated impression of the proposed Langston Road retail park

Epping Forest District Council will launch a public information exercise at 23 The Broadway, Debden with displays of the proposed project, visuals and information.

23 The Broadway Debden will be open on:

Tuesday 23 November 2010 from 10am to 1pm

Wednesday 24 November 2010 from 1pm to 5pm

Thursday 25 November 2010 from 5pm to 8pm

Saturday 27 November 2010 from 10am to 1pm

Consultants and Council officers will be in attendance to answer questions and discuss the proposed development.

Computer generated impression of the proposed Langston Road retail park

Potential Benefits of Langston Road Retail Park:

¢ 10,000 sq m of ground floor retail space, with additional mezzanine space.

¢ Fashion led retail, home to high street names.

¢ Encouraging the retention of local shopping.

¢ Targeting 80+% of expenditure that currently goes outside the area to return and experience shopping on their doorstep.

¢ Give the local and wider community the retail it wants.

¢ Make Debden a more vibrant Centre.

¢ Bring in additional shoppers who will therefore spend more money in Debden.

¢ Enhance perception of the area and encourage additional retail interest in the locality.

¢ Encourage local shopping as part of a green sustainable attitude.

¢ Accessible by sustainable modes of transport; being within easy reach of Debden Station and the bus services which serve Chigwell Lane and The Broadway.

¢ Backing of Epping Forest District Council who will ensure that the retail is what the locals require, supporting the investment that the Council has already undertaken.

¢ Epping Forest District Council is an environmentally aware and business oriented district looking after its residents and traders.

¢ Will provide part and full time employment, both during the construction period and in the long-term once the Retail Park is open.

¢ Epping Forest District Council is looking at ways in which to support The Broadway and encourage the synergy between them.

¢ The majority of trips to and from the Retail Park will be made outside of the current weekday peak hours on the local highway network, underground and bus services; this will enable the Retail Park to complement the existing developments in Debden by attracting visitors to the area at times when the transport networks are less busy.

¢ A major highway improvement scheme for the A1168 Chigwell Lane is being developed to support the development in conjunction with Essex County Council. The scheme will be implemented as part of the development to ensure that trips to the Retail Park can be safely accommodated at all times, and will deliver benefits to all travellers using the route by smoothing traffic flow and improving the pedestrian environment.

¢ The proposed scheme will comprise 2 two storey terraced blocks with provision for first floor mezzanine.

¢ The building elevations are to be finished with a mixture of recyclable building materials.

To ensure this opportunity is given the greatest support the Council is looking at ways to encourage a better relationship between the site and The Broadway. Epping Forest would remain the Landlord to The Broadway and would not do anything to undermine it. The developers are considering a programme of enhancement which would include signage; an improved link walkway between Debden Station and The Broadway to encourage access; and a potential marketing programme to assist in creating awareness of The Broadway. This would be part of the continuing programme of enhancement and investment in the immediate area for the benefit of local people and traders.

The Council are very aware of the local residents’ concerns regarding highways issues affecting the area, and to this end they have been in a dialogue with Essex County Council to undertake traffic improvements. The intention is that a highways improvement scheme will be developed which not only addresses the demand created by the retail park, but which also seeks to tackle where possible the root causes of the traffic issues which are currently observed. When implemented, the results would improve access and traffic flow through the area, lessening the impacts of traffic congestion and delays which are felt locally. Epping Forest District Council is optimistic that the scheme can be delivered; if these improvements do not go ahead now, the opportunity for financial assistance will be lost; and there will not be an allocated time in the near future for them to re-commence.

Councillor Lesley Wagland, Legal and Estates Portfolio Holder, said: The Council are very supportive of the potential benefits of the scheme. Reflecting current interest, it is hoped it will bring in new fashion retailers to the area; encouraging those who shop in other destinations to return and shop locally. Langston Road Retail Park would, alongside The Broadway, combine to offer a greater shopping choice for Debden. Collectively it would become a thriving centre and its ability to compete with areas outside the district would improve. It could mean up to £70 million a year to the area from shopping that would otherwise go outside the district. In addition to the new shopping, it would create the opportunity for over 200 new local jobs for Debden.

Cabinet Discuss Possibility of Retail Park in Loughton

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The possibility of a new retail park at Loughton, cessation of the Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan, Parking Reviews, O2 Mast in Honey Lane, the Olympic White Water Canoe Centre and heating charges at Ninefields were among the many topics discussed at Cabinet on Monday 19 July 2010.

Watch the meeting:

Subsidised Heating costs for Ninefields Tenants

Tenants of Epping Forest District Council will have the increased costs of heating paid temporarily until new boilers are fitted in their homes. The Cabinet has agreed a budget of £57,000 for tenants living on the Ninefields estate in Waltham Abbey which will see their heating bills fall back from £22.19 per week to the 2009/10 level of £16.69.

The tenants involved are due to have replacement boilers fitted over the next two years. The new efficient boilers will allow individual energy usage costs to be apportioned to each tenant and should also cut the total amount of energy used by tenants. Long term costs to tenants and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions will also mean significant financial and environmental benefits.

Lifting of Gypsy and Traveller Direction

Councillors took the opportunity to thank local residents who played their part in the lifting the Gypsy and Traveller Direction. Councillor Di Collins, Leader of the Council welcomed the news from Government that the Direction was removed. Subject to final Council approval on 27 July, the Cabinet agreed to notify residents and travellers immediately of the decision, to cease all further work on the Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan Document, to update the council website and to reassure all affected residents that land identified within the consultation now returned to their pre-direction status (unless changed by normal planning applications in the meantime).

Parking Reviews

Councillor Syd Stavrou reported that Essex County Council was exploring cheaper ways of advertising the three parking reviews for Epping, Loughton and Buckhurst Hill. She asked for authorisation (with the Leader of Council and Finance Portfolio Holder) to recommence the schemes if affordable and acceptable advertising costs could be established by ECC. Councillor Stavrou also asked for flexibility to adapt or scale back the schemes should other savings still be necessary. Councillors heard that ECC hoped to be able to provide details in the next week to ten days.

Investment in Sports Equipment and Leisure Centre but new Sports Facility Postponed

In the current financial climate, councillors agreed to postpone proposals to develop additional sports facilities at Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool. Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder Brian Rolfe put forward the proposal to delay with great reluctance but noted that sports facilities continued to be provided at the sports centre in Broomstick Hall Road. Cabinet also agreed a range of measures to fund capital investment in other council-owned sports facilities in exchange for reduced management costs from centre manager SLM Ltd.

Extending the management contract with SLM, the Council will invest almost £800,000 in improved health and fitness facilities for Loughton Leisure Centre with annual management cost savings of £100,000. £192,000 will be invested in new fitness equipment at Epping and Ongar in exchange for reduced managements costs of £53,000 per year. Finance Portfolio Holder Chris Whitbread noted the annual return for the council of 12 per cent on the deal, far better than any conventional investment the council could make at the current time.

White Water Canoe Centre Olympic Partnership

Epping Forest District Council hopes to join Broxbourne Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council in partnership to maximise the benefits of the Olympic White Water Canoe Centre under construction between Waltham Abbey and Waltham Cross. Each Council would help to fund a new shared post. Epping Forest District Council would provide £10,000 per year while Broxbourne and Hertfordshire County Council will provide £20,000 each per annum to market and promote environmental improvements and the opportunities offered to local residents and businesses. The position would last for two years but is still subject to further detailed negotiation. Up to 70,000 people are expected to visit the centre each year, potentially providing major economic benefits to the adjoining towns. Lea Valley Regional Park owns the Centre and will reassume management from LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) after the 2012 Games.

Retail Park Negotiations for Loughton

A retail development to complement existing shop keepers in Loughton Broadway could come to Langston Road. Epping Forest District Council and Polofind Ltd, owners of neighbouring sites are exploring the possibility.

Councillor Lesley Wagland, Legal and Estates Portfolio Holder said that only 14 per cent of retail spend in this type of development is retained in the district. Most people go outside the district for their out of town retail park spending. This could be a real opportunity to encourage residents to spend more money locally, creating new jobs as well as supporting existing businesses.

In any such development, councillors were keen to see easy pedestrian access between the Broadway and a retail park as well as good links with the local underground station. Councillors also wished to ensure full consultation with residents and local businesses. The current layout of Chigwell Lane could prove a stumbling block. Progress on proposals is partly dependent on satisfactory highway improvements.

Councillor Wagland also assured Cabinet that controls are usually placed on out of town retail parks to ensure that they complement rather than compete with local town centres for trade. In response to a question, Councillor Wagland did not completely rule out the possibility of some form of cinema.

Loughton School Wins Pantathlon

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Oak View school in Loughton represented West Essex School Sports Partnership (SSP) at the South Essex Panathlon Challenge for the first time and won.

Thanks to a partnership between Epping Forest District Council`s Sport and Health Development Team, The West Essex School Sports Partnership and The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the young people at Oak View School were able to enter the competition for the first time and also received a term of coaching in preparation for the event from a qualified Tottenham Hotspur Foundation coach.

Members of Oak View School Pantathlon Team

The aim was to enter a team to represent West Essex for the first time to give participants the experience of performing in a large-scale event. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the school`s staff, the coaches and the children themselves, the team surpassed all expectations winning the semi-final and qualifying for the final which will take place on 1 July.

Panathlon Challenge is a day of competition with various sports specifically designed to be more appropriate for young disabled people. Panathlon runs nationally and will have around 2,500 young disabled people in different sports with a range of abilities competing in various locations around the country in 2010. Approximately 200 young disabled Essex sportsmen and women took part with much enthusiasm and great skill.

Oakview School in Loughton, part of the West Essex SSP won their first ever Panathlon event on 26 April at the Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre in Chelmsford. Lakeside Thurrock team (Beacon Hill) qualified for the final also and will meet Harlow Fields and Southview School (NW Essex) in the final on 1 July.

Essex Book Festival

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The annual Essex Book Festival is once again returning in March and is celebrating 11 years with a number of fantastic literary events across the county. This is an excellent opportunity for people to meet some of the biggest names in the literary world and for new writers to meet their public. This year there are more events taking place in the Epping Forest district than ever before.

Essex Book Festival 2010

Mike Gayle, best-selling novelist and ex-agony uncle. Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton IG10 1HD on 11 March at 8.00pm, tickets £6.50 or £4.50 concessions.

George Alagiah, BBC foreign correspondent and presenter of BBC Six O`clock news. St Mary`s Church, 201 High Road, Loughton IG10 1BB on 19 March at 7.30pm, tickets £10 or £8 concessions.

Bee Rowlatt and May Witwit talking about Jane Austen in Baghdad. Debden Library, Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton IG10 3SA on 8 March at 7.30pm, tickets £4 or £3 concessions.

Francesca Kay, author of award-winning book An Equal Stillness. In partnership with Epping Library`s Book Talk Group, Epping Library, St John`s Road, Epping, CM16 5DN on 17 March at 2.30pm, tickets £4 or £3 concessions.

Best-selling Sadie Jones (The Outcast, Small Wars) and her sister Melissa (The Secret Heart of Emily Hudson) in partnership with Ongar Library Book Talk Group, Budworth Hall, High Street, Chipping Ongar, CM5 9LG on 29 March at 7.30pm, tickets £6.50/£4.50 concessions.

For more information on booking these and other Essex Book Festival events, pick up a Festival programme available in libraries and book by post using the booking form. You can also book by telephone on 01206 573948 or book online at the Essex Book Festival website.

Loughton Broadway Result of Poll

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Declaration of result of poll for the election of a Town Councillor for Loughton Broadway held on Thursday 10 December 2009.

I, Ian Willett being the Returning Officer at the above election, do hereby give notice that the number of votes recorded for each candidate at the said election is as follows:

Name of Candidate: Bostock, Jill Elizabeth
Description: Labour
Number of Votes: 204

Name of Candidate: Kalkat, Iqbal Singh
Description: Conservatives
Number of Votes: 75

Name of Candidate: Long, Edward John
Description: British National Party
Number of Votes: 234

Name of Candidate: Nicholson, Katie
Description: Loughton Residents Association
Number of Votes: 257 Elected

    The number of ballot papers rejected was as follows:

  • A want of an official mark: 0
  • B voting for more candidates than voter was entitled to: 1
  • C writing or mark by which voter could be identified: 0
  • D being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty: 0
  • E rejected in part: 0
  • Total: 1

Vacant seats: 1

Electorate: 3,478

Turnout: 22.2%

And I do hereby declare that Katie Nicholson is duly elected.

Ian Willett
Returning Officer

Loughton Broadway Election Notice of Poll

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Election of a Town Councillor for Loughton Broadway.

    Notice is hereby given that:

  1. A poll for the election of a Town Councillor for Loughton Broadway will be held on Thursday 10 December 2009, between the hours of 7am and 10pm.
  2. The number of Town Councillors to be elected is one.
  3. The names, home addresses and descriptions of the candidates remaining validly nominated for election and the names of all persons signing the candidates nomination paper are as follows:Name of Candidate BOSTOCK Jill Elizabeth
    Home Address 91 Queens Road, Loughton, IG10 1RR
    Description Labour
    Name of Proposer Davis Joan
    Name of Seconder Dare Edwin H

    Name of Candidate KALKAT Iqbal Singh
    Home Address 5 Richmond Park, Loughton, IG10 4PQ
    Description Conservative
    Name of Proposer Fenn Patrick S
    Name of Seconder Hylton Owen

    Name of Candidate LONG Edward John
    Home Address 81 Grosvenor Drive, Loughton, IG10 2LA
    Description British National Party
    Name of Proposer Harding Nicola
    Name of Seconder Dextor Alex

    Name of Candidate NICHOLSON Katie
    Home Address 13A The Broadway, Loughton, IG10 3SX
    Description Loughton Residents Assiociation
    Name of Proposer Walker Claire
    Name of Seconder Bartels Rachel M

  4. The situation of Polling Stations and the description of persons entitled to vote thereat are as follows:Situation of Polling Station Thomas Willingale School, The Broadway, Loughton
    Station Number 1
    Ranges of electoral register numbers of persons entitled to vote thereat AV-1 to AV-1792

    Situation of Polling Station St Thomas More RC Church Hall, Willingale Road, Loughton
    Station Number 2
    Ranges of electoral register numbers of persons entitled to vote thereat AW-1 to AW-1439/1

Published by Ian Willett, Returning Officer.

Loughton Broadway Election of a Town Councillor

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Statement of Persons Nominated

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as a Town Councillor for Loughton Broadway to be held on Thursday 10 December 2009.

Name of Candidate BOSTOCK Jill Elizabeth
Home Address 91 Queens Road, Loughton, IG10 1RR
Description Labour
Name of Proposer Davis Joan
Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate KALKAT Iqbal Singh
Home Address 5 Richmond Park, Loughton, IG10 4PQ
Description Conservative
Name of Proposer Fenn Patrick S
Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate LONG Edward John
Home Address 81 Grosvenor Drive, Loughton, IG10 2LA
Description British National Party
Name of Proposer Harding Nicola J
Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate NICHOLSON Katie
Home Address 13A The Broadway, Loughton, IG10 3SX
Description Loughton Residents Association
Name of Proposer Walker Claire
Reason why no longer nominated*

* Decision of the Returning Officer that the nomination is invalid or other reason why a person nominated no longer stands nominated.

The persons above against whose name no entry is made by ‘Reason why no longer nominated’ have been and stand validly nominated.

Ian Willett, Returning Officer.

Loughton Broadway Area Parking Review

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Epping Forest District Council has asked Essex County Council to undertake a review of the parking in the Loughton Broadway Area.

This is your chance to comment on the Council’s review and we want to hear your views on the proposed measures.

Consultation maps of the proposed measures can be viewed online at the Essex County Council website.

Your comments can be submitted online or in writing but no later than Friday 23 October 2009.

The results of this review will be considered firstly by the Epping Forest District Council`s Local Highways Panel and then by the Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, where the final decision will be made. It is proposed that any changes will be implemented from February 2009 onwards.

Loughton Broadway Ward Notice of Vacancy

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Notice is hereby given that a vacancy has occurred in the office of Town Councillor arising from the resignation of Councillor Garry Martin.

An election to fill the vacancy will be held if notice in writing of a request for such an election is made by ten Local Government electors for the electoral area and received by the Returning Officer of Epping Forest District Council at the Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by not later than 20 October 2009.

If an election is not requested by ten Local Government electors as detailed above, the vacancy will be filled by the Town Council as soon as practicable after the expiry of the date given above.

Nominations Sought for Citizen of the Year

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Citizen of the Year Awards 2010

The search is on to find the Epping Forest District Council Citizen of the Year 2010.

Do you know someone who has shown outstanding courage, or has done something of great benefit to you or your community? Perhaps someone who has shown extraordinary commitment, energy and effort in their particular field or towards achieving a particular goal?

If that person is a resident of the district, why not show your appreciation and nominate them for Epping Forest District Council`s accolade, a Citizen of the Year Award? The Citizen of the Year 2010 will receive their award at the Annual Civic Reception in March 2010.

If you know someone who fits the bill and deserves to be recognised, fill in a nomination form and make sure it reaches the Civic Offices by Friday 27 November 2009. The forms can be obtained at Council Information Desks at Epping, Loughton or Waltham Abbey and Buckhurst Hill Parish Council Information Centre, or by telephoning 01992 564427.