Flags at half-mast for Spanish attacks

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Flags outside the civic offices in Epping are flying at half-mast today in solidarity with Spain in the wake of last night’s tragic events.

Flags at half mast in Solidarity

We stand with Spain

Leader of Council Councillor Chris Whitbread said: “I am saddened to hear the news of the terrible events in Catalonia, we stand with Spain at this terrible time and send our thoughts to all affected.”

Result of Hemnall Town Councillor by-election

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Result of the election for a Town Councillor for the Hemnall ward on Thursday 17 August 2017.


  • Simon Baker (Conservatives) – 481
  • Cherry McCredie (Liberal Democrats) – 805 Elected

Vacant seats – 1

Electorate – 4,996

Turnout – 25.8%

Rejected ballot papers – 4 being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty


Community clubs get 24k in grants

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9 local community and voluntary groups have been awarded a total of £24,474 in grant aid from Epping Forest District Council. The grants go towards improving the social and physical wellbeing of the district’s residents.

Community group

Grants awarded

Chigwell Tennis Club – Chigwell
£5,000 to refurbish the clubhouse pavilion

Epping Forest Cricket Club – Epping
£5,000 for an electronic scoreboard and netting to enhance game play

Gardens of Hanbury Petanque Club – Waltham Abbey
£1,574 towards upgrading pistes, for new scaffold boards and fixtures

GROW Community Garden – Loughton
£1,700 for a poly tunnel to grow natural produce

Hastingwood Village Hall – Hastingwood
£3,700 for the refurbishment of the hall to increase use of the premises

3rd Ongar Scouts
£5,000 for security fencing in order to prevent vandalism

Roydon Tennis Club
£800 for cleaning of the courts and moss killing to keep the grounds in good condition

The Roydon Society
£1,500 for repairs to the Stocks & Lock-Up to prevent vandalism

Waltham Abbey Woodcraft Folk
£200 for camping equipment for an upcoming summer trip

Could your community group use £5k?

If your community group could use up to £5,000 to help with your one-off project, initiative or even the further development of an existing scheme, apply now.

Find out if your group is eligible at Grants for sports, arts, leisure and community groups.

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Decisions from Plans West 16 August 2017

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Planning application decisions from Area Planning Sub-Committee West meeting on Wednesday 17 August 2017.

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  1. EPF/1129/17 – 25 Shooters Drive, Nazeing, Essex, EN9 2QA
    Permission granted
  2. EPF/1322/17 – Redwood, Epping Road, Epping Upland, Essex, CM16 6PU
    Permission granted
  3. EPF/1418/17 – Cressage – now known as Lady Oak House, Low Hill Road, Roydon, Essex, CM19 5JN
    Permission granted
  4. EPF/1436/17 – The Estate Office, Hayleys Manor, Upland Road, Epping, Essex, CM16 6PQ
    Permission granted

Planning application search

V Festival advice

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V Festival takes place at Hylands Park in Chelmsford from 19 August to 20 August 2017. Find advice on getting to the festival, staying safe at the festival and even avoiding the festival.


You can find lots of useful information on the V festival website including what you can or can’t bring, staying green, disabled access, personal safety, and more.

Staying safe

If you’re attending this year’s V Festival, Essex Police has advice so you can have a free-from-crime time.

Avoid V Festival congestion

Drivers are being warned to expect delays as thousands of festival-goers head to the Chelmsford V Festival.


Roydon man fined for illegal tree felling

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Mr Paul Hayden of Old house land, Roydon was fined a total of £3,199 after illegally cutting down trees protected by tree preservation orders (TPO’s).

Reckless actions

On 6 July at Chelmsford Magistrates Court Mr Hayden pleaded guilty to cutting down 2 oak trees, 2 Hawthorn trees and willfully damaging another Hawthorn, all were protected by Woodland Tree Preservation Orders in a conservation area.

Mr Hayden told the magistrates he had occupied the property for 26 years before buying in it 2016 but did not instruct his solicitor to carry out usual conveyancing searches.

He cut down the trees to clear a riding path for his daughter to avoid the horses eating acorns, which he said are found to be poisonous to them.

£3,199 worth of fines

The Magistrates considered his actions to have been reckless but not for monetary gain and implemented fines of £400 for each tree cut down and £250 for the damaged Hawthorn. He will have to plant replacement trees.

Mr Hayden has also been ordered to pay the council’s prosecution costs of £1,309 and a victim surcharge of £40 making a total of £3,199.

More information

For any inquiries regarding tree protection orders (TPOs) please contact

51% of households responded, have you?

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51% of Epping Forest district households have responded to the annual canvass so far, that’s 28,600 household Enquiry Forms (HEF) in total, 20,000 were received online, by text and by phone!

Household Enquiry Form - Annual Canvass 2017

Do it online, it’s easier & cheaper

”Responding online, by text or by phone is by far the quickest and simplest way for you to respond and it’s also the cheapest, which helps us keep our costs down” explained Glen Chipp, Electoral Registration Officer for Epping Forest District Council.

”We still have 27,600 households to go, so we will be doing really well if we can keep up this good rate of automated responses before our deadline of 23 August 2017.”

What is a HEF?

Every year we have to send out a household enquiry form (HEF) to update the register of electors and find out if there have been any changes. Don’t ignore it, please respond immediately.

This is known as the annual canvass. It tells us details of people who have moved out and adds details of new occupants. You must respond, even if your details haven’t changed and even you voted in May and/or June this year.

Complete your household enquiry form online

No changes, all details are the same

You will need the 2 part security code on your household enquiry form and can do 1 of 3 options

  1. Confirm online at www.householdresponse.com/eppingforest
  2. Text NOCHANGE – with your security number to 80212
  3. Call 0800 197 9871 to confirm

If there are changes

You will need the 2 part security code on your household enquiry form and can do 1 of 2 options.

  1. Amend the information online easily and quickly at www.householdresponse.com/eppingforest
  2. Amend the form and return it to us in the prepaid envelope – please make sure you give a contact phone number or email address in case of queries

And finally…

Remember – the HEF is only an enquiry form.

If you are adding new names in your response to the HEF, you need to complete the registration process at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to add those people to the register.

For this, you will need your date of birth, national insurance number, nationality and any previous address.

Please also make sure you include a contact phone number and/or email address in case of queries.

Make sure you can vote

Glen Chipp added: “People think that they are automatically added to the register of electors because they are paying Council Tax or receiving Housing Benefit but that’s not the case. Not being on the register of electors can affect your credit rating and therefore you might have difficulty opening a bank account, getting credit, a loan, a mortgage or even a mobile phone!”

“Don’t ignore your HEF, by law you must confirm your details, or you may face a fine of up to £1,000. Please respond immediately, by 23 August 2017 at the very latest.”

Decisions from Plans East 9 August 2017

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Planning application decisions from Area Planning Sub-Committee East meeting on Wednesday 9 August 2017.

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  1. EPF/0947/17 – 1-5 Stonards Hill, Epping, Essex, CM16 4QE
    Permission refused
  2. EPF/0567/17 – 9 Orchard Drive, Theydon Bois, Epping, Essex, CM16 7DH
    Permission granted
  3. EPF/1170/17 – 27 Barnfield, Epping, Essex, CM16 6RL
    Permission granted
  4. EPF/1397/17 – Willow House, The Street, Sheering, Essex, CM22 7LR
    Permission refused
  5. EPF/1400/17 – 41 Bowes Drive, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9AX
    Decision deferred
  6. EPF/1414/17 – 7 Harrison Drive, North Weald Bassett, Essex, CM16 6JD
    Decision deferred
  7. EPF/1454/17 – 91 Tower Road, Epping, Essex, CM16 5EW
    Permission granted
  8. EPF/1471/17 – The Retreat, Market Place, Abridge, Essex, RM4 1AU
    Permission granted

Planning application search

Whats on? Summer activities – Week 6

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Looking for summer holiday activity inspiration? Take a look at what we have in store for Monday 28 August to Friday 1 September 2017 of the summer holidays…

Summer Activities P1

Basketball drop in!

  • Wednesday 30 August 2017
  • 2pm – 4pm
  • Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Basketball Court, Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • £3

Suitable for ages 10-15

No need to book just drop in! 

Futsal Drop in!

  • Thursday 31 August 2017
  • 2pm – 4pm
  • Epping Sports Centre, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU
  • £3

Suitable for ages 11-15

No need to book just drop in! 

Go wild: Funky Pot Towers 

  • Thursday 31 August 2017
  • 2pm – 4pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £4.50

Suitable for ages 6-12


Tennis Activators 

  • Thursday 31 August 2017
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Tennis Courts, Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • £3

Suitable for ages 5-10


Further details

Do you know a cheat in your street?

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“If you know or suspect someone is committing fraud you should report them straight away” urges Finance Portfolio Holder Councillor Gagan Mohindra.

Fraud affects everyone. Money stolen by housing tenancy fraud, council tax fraud or business rates fraud is depriving our public services of the vital resources they need.”

Know a cheat in your street?

Report someone you think is committing fraud

Don’t let them get away with it. You can report it anonymously. You don’t have to give your name or contact details unless you want to.

Fraudsters are cheating us all

Housing tenancy fraud – someone who has committed a social housing fraud by

  • illegally sub-letting
  • not living in the property and leaving it empty
  • making a fraudulent Right to Buy application
  • taking (or making) a payment for a mutual exchange
  • living in a property after the tenant has died, where they had no right to succeed
  • giving false or misleading information to get the tenancy

Council Tax fraud – someone who gets a Council Tax discount by falsely

  • stating the property is empty
  • claiming they live alone
  • claiming they are a student
  • claiming Council Tax Support falsely by doing undeclared work or having capital/property in excess of the limit

Business rates fraud – a person or business liable for Business Rates who falsely

  • claims an exemption or relief they are not entitled to

Not a victimless crime

Cllr Mohindra said: “Fraud is not a victimless crime. Don’t think that reporting benefit fraud is wrong or underhand. If a fraudster commits fraud in the Epping Forest district we will use the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to seize and confiscate their assets.”

We need your help

“We constantly look for fraud but no matter how hard we try, we cannot do it alone – we need your help” said Councillor Mohindra.

“Please tell us if you suspect someone is committing fraud by filling in our online form or by calling our fraud investigation team on 01992 564444.”