Darker nights, turn on your lights!

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During the winter months, burglary increases by 12.8%. Most burglars are opportunists and will look for ways to enter your home where they find an insecure point.

Burglary campaign 2017 poster

Actions

These are just a few actions you can take to make your home more secure.

  • Close and lock all windows and doors every time you leave your house or go to bed
  • Make sure your door is locked properly ie lift the handle, turn the key and then remove the key
  • Do not leave your keys by the front door or in view of windows but ensure they are easy to access should you need to get out in an emergency
  • If you have a burglar alarm, use it at all times, even when you’re just popping out or zone off areas before going to bed
  • Secure your boundaries and ensure access to your garden is not easily obtained
  • Secure your sheds and garages as they contain valuable items and tools that can be used to break into your home
  • Leave lights on, or on timers to give the impression your house is occupied
  • Don’t leave valuable items on display
  • Mark your property and register your items free on www.immobilise.com
  • Do not ‘check in’ on social media, as this identifies your house is empty

Secure and protect your home

Sam Kane, Safer, Greener and Transport portfolio holder said: “This is an extremely timely initiative from Essex Police, with the nights drawing in, our Community Safety Team would encourage every resident to secure and protect their homes by means of a few simple tips to help prevent household burglary.”

Let your friends and families know

“All the tips can be found on www.essex.police.uk/secure and we would like as many people as possible to take a few minutes to check out the advice. Small steps really can make a big difference to your home security” advised Councillor Kane.

“We are working with Essex Police to spread the word, so please do visit the website and let your friends and families know about these important home security checks.”

Keep your home safe

Councillor Kane ended with: “These are excellent tips for residents to employ, but if you’re concerned about security and want advice on how to keep your home safe, contact Ross Brazier, our Epping Forest and Harlow Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor. Call 101 or email crimepreventiontacticaladvisors@essex.pnn.police.uk.”

“If you see someone acting suspiciously call the police on 101 or if you see a crime in progress call 999.”

Lower Sheering election result

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Result of the election for a district councillor for the Lower Sheering Ward on Thursday 19 October 2017.

Result

  • Ingrid Black (Liberal Democrats) – 52 votes
  • Paul Stalker (Conservatives) – 220 votes Elected

Vacant seats – 1

Electorate – 1,747

Turnout – 15.6%

Rejected ballot papers – 1 being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty

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Make your own Christmas floral arrangements

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Looking to get into the Christmas spirit and get creative?

Book now for Epping Forest District Council’s Make Your Own Floral Arrangements workshop Monday 4 December 2017, 7pm – 9pm in Epping.

Christmas floral workshop

During this fabulous evening workshop you will learn how to make a creative selection of Christmas floral arrangements and garlands for your home!

Event details

  • Where: Community services training room, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4LU
  • When: Monday 4 December 2017
  • Time: 7pm – 9pm
  • Cost: £10.00 (including materials)
  • Booking: Booking is essential
  • This workshop is suitable for participants over 18 years old

Booking information

Further information

Contact Victoria Robertson vrobertson@eppingforestdc.gov.uk 01992 564732

Make your own bubble-licious bath bombs

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Book now for Epping Forest District Council’s Make your own Bubble-licious Bath Bombs workshop for adults on Monday 21 November 2017, from 7pm to 9pm in Epping.

Make your own bath bombs!

Event details

  • When: Monday 21 November 2017
  • Where: Community Services Training Room, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4LU (next to the sports centre)
  • Time: 7pm – 9pm
  • Cost: £6.00 (including materials)
  • Booking: Booking is required
  • This workshop is suitable for participants over 18yrs old

Booking information

Further information

Contact Victoria Robertson on vrobertson@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or call 01992 564732

Decisions from Plans West 18 October 2017

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Planning application decisions from Area Planning Sub-Committee West meeting on Wednesday 18 October 2017.

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Decisions

  • EPF/1058/17 – The Vicarage, Epping Road, Epping Upland, Essex CM16 6PN
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1820/17 – 7 Langland Place, Roydon, Harlow, Essex CM19 5FS
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1956/17 – Broxlea Nursery, Nursery Road, Nazeing, Essex EN9 2JE
    Decision deferred to DDMC
  • EPF/1957/17 – 52 Barnard Acres, Nazeing, Essex EN9 2LZ
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2183/17 – Meadow View, High Street, Roydon, Harlow, Essex CM19 5EA
    Permission refused

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Three Acres and a Cow comes to Loughton

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As part of the Paths Unseen season of events we’re pleased to be bringing Three Acres and a Cow to Lopping Hall, Loughton, on Saturday 21 October 2017, for one night only.

3 acres and a cow

  • Where: Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton, IG10 4LN
  • When: Saturday 21 October 2017
  • Time: 6pm (meal)
  • 7pm (performance starts)
  • Price: £5 (£9 with a meal)
  • Booking required

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About

Three Acres and a Cow connect the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with current issues like fracking and the food sovereignty movement via the Enclosures, English Civil War, Irish Land League and Industrial Revolution.

It draws a compelling narrative through the history of England in folk song, stories and poems.

History, sing a-long & storytelling

The performance will include a history talk, folk club sing-a-long, poetry slam and storytelling session. Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations.

Paths Unseen project

Paths Unseen shows how poetry can be a shared sociable activity. Over the past 18 months performance poet Keely Mills and illustrator Jef Winter have engaged with many individuals and groups from across the local community enabling them to write, tell their own stories and share their work in their own voices.

Inspiration has also come from local folklore, encouraging museum audiences to consider art as a medium for rediscovering local history. Paths Unseen project has been funded by Arts Council England.

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Woman fined £1,451 for failing duty of care

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Rachel Cooper of Lushes Road in Loughton, was found guilty of a waste duty of care offence for giving 10 bags of household waste to someone who fly-tipped her waste at the junction of Bushfields and Parkmead in Loughton.

Fly-tipping Loughton

Failed to attend hearings

Rachel Cooper failed to attend two court hearings and was arrested on 29 September 2017. At court Ms Cooper pleaded guilty to handing over 10 bags of household waste to someone, who then fly-tipped them at the junction of Bushfields and Parkmead, Loughton on 30 November 2016.

Fined and prosecuted

She was fined £170 for the offence and failing to attend an interview with the council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods team. She was also ordered to pay the Council’s prosecution costs of £1281.33.

So easily avoided

Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Will Breare-Hall said: ”This is a situation that could easily have been avoided. Ms Cooper admitted that she had asked for the waste to be removed for cash, without first checking to see whether the person was licensed.”

”Ms Cooper’s decision was particularly foolish as over 80% of the waste could have been recycled using Epping Forest District Council’s normal doorstep collection. If she had used this, or simply checked the licence of the person removing the waste, she would not have been arrested or fined.”

He continued: ”Householders and business must make reasonable checks to ensure that they comply with their waste duty of care. You must only give your waste to a person authorised by the Environment Agency. Businesses who produce commercial waste must also keep waste transfer notes”.

#CrimeNotToCare

Love Essex, a partnership of councils, businesses and environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, has launched its #CrimeNotToCare campaign to inform residents they could unwittingly end up with a criminal record and face an unlimited fine, if a rogue trader dumps their waste illegally.

Protect yourself and help us catch fly-tippers

To protect yourself from legal action, we advise you check, consider and record

  • Check the person you are asking is licensed with the Environment Agency
  • Consider whether you think the person is legitimate. Be mindful of cold callers, if the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is
  • Record as much information as possible, including licence/vehicle and contact details and what you are asking to be disposed of

If you suspect someone is disposing of waste illegally, tell us. Contact us on 01992 564608 or enofficers@eppingforestdc.gov.uk for help and advice.

Help us catch fly-tippers.

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Fireworks party at North Weald Airfield

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Come and join us at North Weald Airfield on 3 November 2017, for a spectacular evening of fireworks and fun! Tickets are on sale, so book now to avoid disappointment!

North Weals Airfield fireworks and bonfire party

Click on an image below to begin slideshow of last year’s fireworks event.

Schedule of events

  • 5.00 pm – Gates & Ferris wheel open
  • 5.30 pm – Kids disco starts, with prizes for the best dancers
  • 7.00 pm – Bonfire is lit
  • 7.15 pm – Little Mix tribute band (2 lucky children get to meet the band, keep your ticket number handy)
  • 8.15 pm – Hot air balloons glow to music
  • 8.30 pm – Fireworks display begins
  • 9.15 pm – 80’s tribute band begins
  • 10.30 pm – Licensed bar closes
  • 10.45pm – Last bus leaves
  • 11.00pm – Airfield closes

Every ride on the Ferris wheel you take will see 50% of the price donated to The Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust, helping to fund their life saving missions!

Tickets available now!

Tickets are available to buy now, so don’t delay and avoid disappointment!

  • Buy tickets online
  • Tickets are also available from The Squadron Café at North Weald Airfield, The News Shop in North Weald and are being sold at Saturday market at North Weald Airfield

Ticket prices

  • £5 per adult
  • £3 per child (2 – 11 years old)

A limited number of tickets will be available on the night and will cost

  • £7 per adult
  • £5 per child (2-11 years old)

Getting to and from the event

By bus

  • Special bus services to the airfield from Waltham Abbey, Harlow and Ongar will be available – details here
  • Return busses to Waltham Abbey, Harlow and Ongar will leave from the control tower from 9:45pm
  • A free bus will pick up passengers from Kings Head bus stop, North Weald

On foot

  • North Weald Airfield (map)
  • A free bus will pick up passengers from Kings Head bus stop, North Weald

By car

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Help us bring empty homes back into use

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Did you know that in the Epping Forest District there are approximately 447 properties which have been empty for more than 6 months?

We are asking for your help this National Empty Homes Week (16 to 23 October 2017) – report empty homes to us, so that we can help the owners bring them back into use.

Empty homes week

Why are properties left empty?

Properties are left empty for a variety of reasons but they can be the source of much misery to neighbours who have to live nearby. It is estimated that the home next door to an empty property can be devalued by 10%.

There is also the worry of nuisance, vermin, arson, vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

For the owner, an empty property is a wasted resource and can be costly in terms of increased insurance, increased council tax premiums, property fraud, emergency repairs and break-ins.

Financial assistance

We are committed to reducing the number of empty properties in the district and can offer financial help in certain circumstances. It is recognised that a stumbling block can be that the empty property is in disrepair and cannot be lived in, let or easily sold in its condition.

We can offer the following schemes:

  • The Empty Homes Repayable Assistance offers up to £10,000 if there is an empty property that you intend to live in yourself, but is in poor condition. The money is repaid when you eventually sell the property.
  • The PLACE Loan offers up to £25,000 if you have a property that you would like to have renovated in order that you can sell or rent it out. This is an interest free loan and is paid back within two years in the case of a loan to sell, or five years in the case of the loan to let.

We always prefer to work with owners in a constructive way. We have certain enforcement powers that we may use to ensure an empty property is brought back to use, particularly if it has been empty a long time and is problematic to the local community.

Help for empty home owners

Councillor Syd Stavrou, Housing Portfolio Holder, said: “As a council we are fully committed to bringing empty properties back into use and are looking to help owners in every way we can. However where all other measures have failed, we are prepared to take enforcement action as a last resort.”

She added: ”If you are aware of an empty property or own one yourselves, please let us know. We will need the address and any other information you think might be helpful. We will do our best to contact the owner and work with them to bring the property back to use, and all calls are treated in confidence.”

Report an empty property

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State of the art centre for Waltham Abbey

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On Thursday 12 October 2017 local school children, councillors and business members gathered to mark the start of construction for Waltham Abbey’s brand new state of the art leisure centre, which is due to open in Winter 2018.

Preparing to place the Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre time capsule

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Exciting times for Waltham Abbey

Councillor Helen Kane, Portfolio Holder for Leisure said: “These are exciting times for Waltham Abbey. The first new council housing in 30 years has just been completed in Harveyfields, Roundhills and surrounding roads as we start the construction of this fantastic new leisure centre. Sixty independent living accommodation units providing a positive alternative to residential care and new health facilities replacing the old surgery accommodation in Maynard Court are set to follow in partnership with Essex County Council and NHS England.”

”The leisure centre will be for everyone. Working with Places for People and their construction partners Pellikaan, we are set to deliver a top class leisure facility that will promote health and wellbeing, and provide a place for people to enjoy physical activity and socialise within the community.”

Investing in our community

Councillor Kane continued: “We are investing in our community and our future. Coming hard on the heels of the recently refurbished and extended museum in Sun Street and the development of the brand new Epping Forest Shopping Park in Loughton, Epping Forest District Council is signalling its intent in the best possible way.”

Councillor Sue Lissimore, Cabinet member for housing at Essex County Council added: “These plans breathe new life into taxpayer-owned land. We’ve pledged £42m over the next five years to bring sites like this forward for much needed homes with multi-use developments that also help to drive economic growth. The leisure centre ground-breaking is a fantastic milestone and a great example of public and private sector partners working together across Essex.”

Design, build, operate and maintain

Places for People Leisure were awarded the 20-year Design, Build, Operate and Maintain contract for the new Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre by Epping Forest District Council, along with their construction partners Pellikaan Construction and architects Pozzoni.

£9.5m investment in centre

The new £9.5m leisure centre has been designed with a green roof to complement the surrounding recreational ground and will feature an 80-station fitness suite, 25m six lane pool with 15m learner pool, exercise and group cycling studio, a community room, and café.

Virtual cycling & Les Mills

The Centre will also feature a dedicated Virtual Cycling studio with classes led by Les Mills virtual master trainers, enabling customers to participate at their own convenience when it suits them.

Fantastic community leisure facility

John Bates, Business Development Director at Places for People Leisure said: “We are extremely excited to begin work on what will be a fantastic community leisure facility. Through our partnership with Epping Forest District Council we are looking forward to providing a leisure operation that will capture the local community’s imagination and encourage even more people to adopt a love of physical activity.”

Time capsule

Those in attendance yesterday included pupils from Hillhouse Church of England Primary School as well as representatives from the Epping Forest District Swimming Club who buried a time capsule as part of the ceremony which included the old set of keys to the previous community centre.

The current Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool recently received investment to improve the customer experience and will remain open and fully operational until the new centre opens.