Roger Horst spoke about the latest crime trends and what Essex Police are doing to proactively police the Epping Forest district. A panel of senior representatives from Essex Police and Essex Fire Service explained to residents the demand on budgets, current successes and where improvement is needed.
Representing the Epping Forest District Community Safety Partnership Councillor Sam Kane said: “We always appreciate feedback from local residents on how our district is policed. There’s a strong sense of community in Epping Forest but we must all still work together to make our district a safer place to live.
Councillor Kane added: “I’m pleased to report that 3 new Police Officers dedicated to the Epping Forest district have started. They have been directly funded by Epping Forest District Council to look at 3 of our local policing priorities which are dealing with anti-social behaviour, burglaries and hate crime. They have been with us just a month and have been very successful already in solving crimes.”
At a meeting of Council on Tuesday 31 July 2018, Councillors paid tribute to former Councillor Frank Love, supported a motion to secure a Holocaust Memorial in the district, agreed extra investment in the recycling contract and were pleased to hear the district is the ‘best connected’ to superfast broadband in Essex.
The Chairman of Council, Councillor Richard Bassett, invited Councillors to stand for a minute’s silence in tribute to the memory of Former Councillor Frank Love, who recently passed away.
The former Councillor represented the Chipping Ongar Ward from 1978 until 1991 and served on many of the Council’s member bodies throughout this time.
Councillor Paul Keska and Councillor Richard Morgan shared their fond memories of Mr Love with fellow Councillors, sending their condolences to his family and loved ones.
Motion for Holocaust Memorial
Unanimous cross party support for the motion, brought by Councillor Gavin Chambers and seconded by Councillor Kauffman, to secure an official Holocaust Memorial within the district was echoed throughout the Council chamber.
Councillors shared personal stories and the same zero tolerance approach to anti-Semitism – wholeheartedly supporting the creation of a place for commemoration and remembrance. The full proposal for the memorial will be considered at a subsequent Cabinet meeting.
Need for high quality recycling
Councillors agreed to contribute towards increased costs faced by the Council’s waste and recycling contractor Biffa Municipal, since the Chinese government imposed a ban on the import of paper produced by recycling facilities in the UK.
The ban has resulted in excess amounts of paper in the reprocessing market, reducing its value and creating a buyers’ market focussed on quality – increasing Biffa’s costs.
The Council currently sends no recycling waste to landfill. In order to continue with this policy, Biffa requested a further investment of £841,080 to offset the cost associated with delivering higher quality recycling materials.
Having taken specialist advice, Councillors agreed the recommendation to pay Biffa £500,000 – comprising a £200,000 one off capital contribution and £50,000 annually over six years, in order to prevent any of the district’s recycling waste ending up in landfill.
Some of the increased costs relate to the amount of contamination found within the recycling collected. Residual food waste and non-recyclable materials can find their way into recycling, which significantly reduces the quality of the material produced.
Best connected district – Superfast Broadband
It is good news for internet users as the Epping Forest District is well on its way to becoming the ‘best connected’ area within Essex. 96% of residents can currently connect to Superfast Broadband services – reportedly the fastest high speed internet connection in Essex.
The Rural Challenge Project, that finished in early July, has seen in excess of 4,300 additional properties connected to the fibre broadband network. The next phase of the rollout is expected to provide broadband to a further 2,188 properties, bringing coverage up to an impressive 99.67% by December 2019 – leaving just 207 homes in the district where superfast broadband cannot be obtained.
Community and voluntary groups involved in delivering community, cultural and sports activities have been awarded £19,060 in grants by Epping Forest District Council.
Grants awarded to:
3rd North Weald Scout Group
£2250 towards the cost of purchasing a trailer for use on adventure programmes for beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers.
414 (Epping & North Weald) Squadron Royal Air force Cadets £350 towards the cost of a banner to parade at community events.
Buckhurst Hill Bowls & Lawn Tennis Club
£5000 towards the cost of building a mini tennis court and practice wall.
Epping Bowls Club
£600 towards the cost of purchasing a defibrillator for use by the group and the wider community.
Epping Youth FC
£2660 towards the cost of football equipment.
Grant A Smile
£2500 towards the cost of purchasing an industrial cleaning machine and materials.
Hertfordshire Boat Rescue £700 towards the cost of a rescue sled to take on missions.
£5000 towards the cost of delivering a counselling service for young people.
Could you use a grant?
Could your community group use funding to help the social and physical wellbeing of the district’s residents?
If the answer is yes, apply now for a grant towards projects to improve facilities, equipment purchases, capital projects and new initiatives.
Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “The Council greatly appreciates the work of the voluntary sector and encourages all local groups to get in contact to see if they are eligible to apply. The need for groups to receive funding is vital and our Council has funds available to support local groups. Our grants are a great opportunity to help others in our community.’’
The public-voluntary sector partnership between Epping Forest District council and the Citizens Advice Bureau came under the spotlight at the Overview and Scrutiny meeting on Tuesday 24 July 2018.
Council CAB Partnership
The Council is one of the most important sources of local CAB funding, contributing £150,000 in the current Financial Year.
Chief Executive Nnenna Anyanwu summarised the work the Epping Forest District CAB. It provides specialist and generalist advice from three main offices in Loughton Library, Waltham Abbey Town Hall and Hemnall Street, Epping as well as two outreach services from Limes Farm and Ongar library.
CAB advice is free, confidential, impartial and independent. Core areas of expertise include benefits, debt, housing, employment, relationships, legal matters financial services, tax, discrimination and consumer issues.
Most people come to the CAB with more than one problem. In 2017/18 the 44 volunteers working from the five local offices helped 1,961 clients directly with 7,409 issues. Between April and June 2018, 833 CAB clients benefited through a mix of additional income, benefits and debt written off by almost £275,000.
Nnenna Anyanwu is hoping to build a closer strategic partnership with Epping Forest District Council as the CAB faces various challenges including funding, EFDC geographical environment, volunteer recruitment and training, staff shortages and building partnership relationships.
Grant applications to Epping Forest District Council by local organisations can now be made online.
Community-based organisations operating for the benefit of Epping Forest residents, can apply for up to £5,000 online.
Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “I am proud to see our Council moving forward and making our processes as simple as possible for groups to apply for funding.
“Council grants are actively helping groups in our district to provide much needed and valued services for our residents in order to keep our communities thriving.
“So if you know of a community group or voluntary service that could use a funding boost, don’t delay, encourage them to apply online today.”
Grants up to £5,000 are available to:
Local voluntary and community groups
Arts and culture groups
Community interest groups
Groups that apply must:
Operate on a charitable or non-profit making basis
Be based, or are active, in the Epping Forest district
Offer services and facilities to all eligible local residents
Not have unfair restrictions on membership or participation
Be able to show a clear need for financial support
Have a bank or building society account in the name of the applicant organisation
Do you want to know the latest on crime trends and proactive policing operations in the Epping Forest District? Do you have a question for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s senior team?
If so make a date in your diary to come along to a public meeting being held in Epping, organised by Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex.
Date: Thursday, August 2 2018
Time: 6.30pm -8pm
Location: Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ
Epping Forest District Council Portfolio Holder for Safer, Greener, Transport, Councillor Sam Kane said: “These meetings are a great opportunity for residents across the district to find out more about the current situation in policing and fire services in our area and to ask any questions they may have about the two services.”
Mr Hirst said: “I hold regular public meetings across the length and breadth of the county. They are a great way to hear from local communities directly and we can help them resolve community safety issues. Very often a joint approach is the answer to a problem. With a panel of experts on hand, our public meetings are a great way to find the solutions together.”
Sitting alongside Roger Hirst will be Jane Gardner, the Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, and Chief Inspector Lewis Basford, Essex Police’s District Commander in Epping Forest. They will also be joined by representatives from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and the local Community Safety Partnership.
A new joint District Community Safety Hub bringing Epping Forest District Council and Essex Police closer together in the fight against local crime was officially launched on 20 July 2018.
(L-R) Council Leader Chris Whitbread, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community Safety Sam Kane, Epping Forest District Council Chairman Richard Bassett, Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet, Essex Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst, and Dame Eleanor Laing MP, at the official launch of the new Epping Forest Community Safety Hub.
The Council and Essex Police joined forces, together with other agencies, to create the Hub, at the Civic Offices in Epping.
Guests, including Rt. Hon. Dame Eleanor Laing MP, Roger Hirst (Essex Police Fire and Crime Commissioner), Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet, Council Chairman Richard Bassett, and local councillors, joined Council and Police officers to open the Hub which has been in operation since the end of June 2018.
The launch marks an even stronger partnership between Epping Forest District Council and Essex Police. The Hub comprises the Council’s Community Safety Team, a Police Sergeant and two experienced Police Constables all funded and tasked by the Council. The team is already working together with other partners involved with crime prevention and community safety.
The Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Councillor Sam Kane, hosted the Launch and said: “Over recent years there has been a sustained demand for councils to increase the use of their powers to deal with anti-social behaviour, disorder and environmental crime. At the same time, the Government has introduced significant new legislation giving police and councils effective new powers to deal with these issues. Epping Forest District Council is already making use of the new powers but enforcement is often the main responsibility of the Police, which can lead to a disjointed approach. Better coordination through the creation of this unique Community Safety Hub will prove to be revolutionary for the District.”
Rt. Hon. Dame Eleanor Laing unveiled the plaque for the Launch and said: “This is a brilliant initiative. I am genuinely delighted to unveil the plaque to mark the launch of the Epping Forest Community Safety Hub. There is in our area increasing fear of a rise in crime and I am pleased to be able to tell people that Epping Forest District Council in conjunction with Essex Police and our local community are doing something about it.
“I would like thank the district council, Essex Police and everyone who has been involved in making this ground-breaking initiative come together.”
First initiative of its kind
Councillor Sam Kane said: “I believe this is the first initiative of a district council both funding and tasking police officers anywhere in the country. I am confident it will become a flagship for others to follow. The Council and Essex Police are proud of the close links that we already have. The new Community Safety Hub is a powerful demonstration of our continuing and innovative partnership working.”
Chief Inspector Lewis Basford, District Commander for Epping Forest and Brentwood added: “This commitment is a fantastic demonstration of what local partnerships can do. It means more police, more problems solved, better engagement and ultimately safer communities.”
Epping Forest District Council will review its commitment to fund the three police officers after three years.
Household Enquiry Forms will be dropping through letterboxes over the next few weeks and it is essential that every home within the Epping Forest District responds by 21 August 2018.
If you live at an address in the district, you are legally required to respond and we are urging local residents to do it as soon as the form arrives, to help cut down the £20,000 cost of reminders last year.
The form also ensures that Epping Forest can keep the electoral register up to date and that you are able to vote should there be an unexpected election.
Simon Hill, Electoral Registration Officer said: “It’s important that residents respond immediately to the form online, by phone or by text, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Epping Forest.”
“Last year 60% of households used one of the automated response options but many more could have done, particularly if there are no changes to the details. Using them saves time and money.”
Register and respond to canvass form
If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or call the Electoral Services office on 01992 564411.
At the same time as registering you must also respond to the canvass form.
People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details. Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time.
Do it online, by phone or by text now
It’s easiest and quickest to confirm your details online, by phone or by text. You can also let us know of any changes online. By using one of the automated response options you are helping to keep our costs down.
Make sure you can vote
“People think that they are automatically added to the register of electors because they are paying Council Tax, but that’s not the case,” said Simon Hill. “The annual canvass happens every year and even if nothing in your household has changed, you still need to confirm your details.”
It can affect your credit rating
It is important to remember that not being on the register can affect your ability to open a bank account, get a loan, credit, a mortgage or even a mobile phone, because it can affect your credit rating.
Respond by 21 August
Don’t ignore the form. By law you must confirm your details, or you may face a fine of up to £1,000. Please respond immediately if you have not already done so, please complete your form by 21 August 2018 at the very latest.