Working together in suicide prevention

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Suicides are more prevalent among men than women in Essex and the most vulnerable age group is men between the ages of 35 and 64.

10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day – an annual event to raise awareness of the 800,000 suicides worldwide every year.

Epping Forest District Council is part of the West Essex Stay Safe team which is today launching a ‘call to action’ of partner organisations in the area to not only raise awareness of suicides, but also to encourage people to talk about suicide and feel confident in doing so.

  • Suicide is among the top 20 causes of death globally
  • 135 relatives, friends, colleagues, are profoundly affected by each suicide
  • Everyone can make a contribution to preventing suicide

Everyone can help

“Don’t be afraid to approach someone you think isn’t coping. Just showing that you care will be a positive step towards supporting them,” said Cllr Sam Kane, Portfolio Holder for Safer, Greener and Transport.

“You don’t have to be able to solve their problems but if you feel you can, offer support and encourage them to talk about how they’re feeling. Ask direct questions and don’t be afraid of frank discussions. Many people do want a chance to talk but don’t want to burden anyone around them.”

Organisations providing support

Further links

Decisions from Plans East 5 September 2018

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee East meeting Wednesday 5 September 2018.

Decisions

  • EPF/0282/18 – 12 Station Road, Epping
    Deferred for a site visit
  • EPF/0712/18 – Cornerways, The Green, Theydon Bois
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0763/18 – Stationbridge House, Blake Hall Road, Ongar
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0904/18 – Barn Adjacent Great Notts, Moreton Road, Bobbingworth, Ongar
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1062/18 – Land Adj no 24 Vicarage Road, Coopersale, Epping
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1339/18 – Land Adj Hoppit The Street Sheering
    Permission refused
  • EPF/1406/18 – 1 Mount End Mount End Road Theydon Mount
    Withdrawn
  • EPF/1556/18 – Site at Bansons Lane, Ongar
    Deferred for a site visit
  • EPF/1583/18 – 1 Buttercross Lane Epping
    Deferred for a site visit
  • EPF/1834/18 – 171 High Road North Weald
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1847/18 – 55 High Street Epping
    Deferred for a site visit

Planning application search

Cabinet 6 September 2018

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New tariffs for long stay parking, funding for the Citizens Advice Bureau, Corporate Enforcement Policy, Local Council Tax Support Scheme and Amenity Standards for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) were discussed at a meeting of Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet on 6 September.


New parking charges to encourage high street shoppers

New Pay and Display parking charges to encourage more shoppers into local town centres were approved by Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet meeting on 6 September.

Councillor Sam Kane, Cabinet Portfolio Holder responsible for parking responded to a public question from Loughton Town Councillor Tom Owen, speaking on behalf of Loughton Town Centre Partnership.

Anticipating a full report later in the agenda, Councillor Kane drew attention to the pressure on town centre carparks from all day commuter parking. Increasing the cost of all day commuter parking, Councillor Kane outlined the aim to encourage more shoppers into the District’s local high streets by freeing up spaces and keeping short stay charges low.

Existing tariffs of just 20p for 30 minutes, 80p or 90p for up to one hour and £1.60 or £1.80 for two hours are to be retained while long stay and season ticket tariffs will be brought more into line with local London Underground carparks.

Other Items

Council Leader, Councillor Chris Whitbread also asked fellow councillors to note the substantial funding provided by Epping Forest District Council to the Citizens Advice Bureau. This followed attendance by members of the Bureau at a meeting of the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Other items covered by Cabinet included the Council’s Corporate Enforcement Policy, Local Council Tax Support Scheme, Amenity Standards for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), Christmas and New Year staff working arrangements, the Council’s Staff Appeals Process and the latest report from the Council Housebuilding Cabinet Committee.

Responding to reports from Housing Portfolio Holder, Syd Stavrou, Councillor Chris Whitbread also paid tribute to council staff for their quick and co-ordinated response to the fire in Burton Road.

New legislation around animal welfare

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New legislation for animal businesses is being introduced by the Government, taking effect from 1 October 2018.

The new rules cover animal boarding businesses (including home boarders and day carers), dog breeders, pet shops and riding establishments.

They will all be covered under a single type of license known as an ‘animal activity licence‘, with new nationally-set license conditions for businesses providing animal-related services.

More businesses will need a licence

“We cannot change these conditions as they are already set in the legislation,” said Councillor Nigel Avey, Portfolio Holder for Environment.

“Businesses operating with these activities will need to comply with the new conditions, and will be assessed before the license is granted to make sure they can meet them. It means more businesses will require a license and I would advise anyone who is unsure, to check now with our licensing team.”

Licences in place by 1 October 2018

Those businesses operating under current licences will be able to continue to do so until the expiry date of their licence. All applications to renew licences will be under the new legislation.

New applicants will need to have their licences in place by 1 October 2018.

Contact our licensing team

Top Tips for BBQ’s this bank holiday

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Lots of people will be planning a barbecue over the bank holiday weekend, so Epping Forest District Council’s Environmental Health team has put together some top tips to help prevent food poisoning.

BBQ infographic

Be aware of the dangers

With an estimated 1 million cases of food poisoning in the UK each year as a consequence of unsafe barbecue food, it is important to be aware of the dangers of foodborne diseases, such as Campylobacter, listeria and salmonella.

Environment Portfolio Holder Cllr Nigel Avey said :“A summer of sports, weddings and scorching weather means many of us have been experiencing full barbecue fever. The hot weather this summer means anyone planning a barbecue needs to be even more careful.

“Most of us know the danger of not cooking chicken all the way through, but we need to have the same vigilance when it comes to burgers and sausages. A common misconception is that burgers are like steak and can be eaten rare, but when they are still pink in the middle, they are three times more likely to contain harmful bacteria.”

Top tips for staying food safe

Here are our ten easy tips for staying food safe when cooking on the barbie:

  • COME CLEAN
    Wash your hands thoroughly before cooking and eating. Wash your utensils and serving dishes in between use, taking special care not to mix up dishes used for holding raw food with dishes for cooked food.
  • KEEP YOUR COOL
    Defrost  food in the fridge, NOT at room temperature, and ensure it is fully defrosted before cooking. When storing cooked food, cool it at room temperature before putting it in the fridge, and make sure you get it in the fridge within 2 hours.
  • FRIDGE CHECK
    Generally, the colder the temperature, the slower the germs grow, so regularly check your fridge is cold enough – it should be below 5°C.
  • Avoid cross contamination by storing raw meat separately from ready-to-eat foods. Use different utensils, plates and chopping boards for raw and cooked food. Do not prepare food for others if you suffering from an illness e.g. vomiting and/or diarrhoea.
  • STAYING COOL ON THE GO
    Continue to keep food cool by using a cool box when heading out for a picnic or barbecue. Keep the lid on as much as possible and don’t leave food out for longer than two hours – or one hour if it’s very hot.
  • FEEL THE HEAT
    Cook food at the right temperature and for the correct length of time to ensure that any harmful bacteria are killed. If using a probe thermometer, the thickest part of the meat should reach 70°c for 2 minutes. Turn meat regularly and move it around the barbecue to cook it evenly.
  • MARINADE MINDFULLY
    When applying a marinade to meat, be careful.  Don’t baste partially and cooked meat with a marinade that has been used on raw meat, as this can lead to cross-contamination.  If you would like to apply the marinade again as a baste – boil it in a pan, and it will be safe to use.
  • DON’T BEEF UP THE BARBIE
    Never overload your barbecue and remember that disposable barbecues take longer to heat up and cook food, so be patient!
  • CHECK IT’S DONE
    Always check that meat juices run clear and that no pink meat is visible when cutting through the thickest part. Remember, charred on the outside doesn’t always mean cooked on the inside!
  • FINAL FINISH
    Consider cooking all chicken and pork in the oven and then giving them a final ‘finish’ on the barbecue where possible. This ensures that meat is safely cooked through, whilst retaining that great smoky barbecue flavour.

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Decisions from Plans South 22 August 2018

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee South meeting Wednesday 22 August 2018.

Decisions

  • EPF/2758/17 – 12 High Elms, Chigwell, IG7 6NF
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0612/18 – 14 Ely Place, Chigwell, IG8 8AG
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0999/18 – Flat The Firs, 191 High Road, Chigwell, IG7 5AS
    Permission refused
  • EPF/1242/18  – 143-149 High Road and 2 Old Station Road, Loughton, IG10 4LY
    Deferred for site visit
  • EPF/1293/18 – Pay and Display Car park, Vere Road, Loughton IG10
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1325/18 – 37 Hanson Drive, Loughton, IG10 2EF
    Referred to DDMC
  • EPF/1450/18 – Haylands, 48 High Road, Chigwell, IG7 6DL
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1590/18 – 4 Coolgardie Avenue, Chigwell, IG7 5AU
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1610/18 – Forest Place, Roebuck Lane, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5QL
    Deferred for site visit
  • EPF/1902/18 – 104 Southern Drive, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3BX
    Permission granted

Planning application search

Annual Canvass of Electors – have you filled in your form?

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Updated information

If you have received a phone call, email or message from Epping forest District Council Elections Team asking for some further information, please respond before Friday 21 September 2018.


Around 38.000 households in Epping Forest District responded to their Household Enquiry Forms almost as soon as they received them in August– but there are still 18,500 outstanding.

Annual Canvass 2018

Use an automated service

More than half of those who responded did so by using an automated service – online/phone/text

And to keep costs down we need most of the remaining households to use a similar method because last year we spent £20,000 on sending out reminders.

Get your responses back to us

The HEF forms are a crucial part of our annual canvass of electors which begins in August every year. The first deadline has passed so we would urge everyone who hasn’t already done so, to get their responses back to us immediately.

There is a second stage to the registration process for new people added to the Household Enquiry Form. Unless this is done they won’t be able to vote in any elections or referendums.

It’s a simple process and can be done

Before 29 August.

Here’s what to do…

No changes?

Using the 2 part security code on your household enquiry form:

Changes to make?

  • Amend the information online easily and quickly online or
  • Amend the form and return it in the prepaid envelope – making sure to give a contact phone number or email address in case of queries.

Seeking views on our new enforcement policy

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We are responsible for enforcement in a wide range of areas from planning to licensing.

In order to ensure consistency across our operations, and to continue to meet the standards of the statutory regulatory code, we are looking to update our enforcement policy and now seeking the views of the public.

Consulting

Enforcement can take many forms including inspections, investigating complaints, providing advice, licensing of activities, persons or premises, issuing statutory or fixed penalty notices and taking prosecutions.

A consistent approach

“The decision of when and what enforcement action to take – or not take – can have serious implications and it is important that there is an effective policy in place to ensure a consistent approach,” said Leader of the Council, Cllr Chris Whitbread,

“The updated Enforcement Policy encompasses the 5 principles of good regulation by being transparent, accountable, proportionate, consistent and targeted.”

Cllr Whitbread continued, “In short, the Council aims to treat compliant individuals and businesses with lighter, alternative interventions and other incentives, but for those who commit serious breaches or flout the law it will not hesitate to take all necessary enforcement action.”

Consultation information

We want to get this right, so the views of individuals, businesses and organisations on the proposed new enforcement policy would be greatly appreciated. Please send any comments on the 2018 version of the policy by 29 August 2018.

Comment

Read the policy Corporate enforcement policy 2018

Comments to Robin Ray at rray@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or call 01992 564146.

Post any correspondence to Robin Ray, Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ.

Next step – all submitted comments will be considered and where appropriate the policy amended prior to submission to Cabinet for approval and publication on our website.

Updating our licensing policy

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A new licensing policy has been produced in consultation with Essex Police, Essex Fire and Rescue Service and other local organisations. Now it’s the turn of local businesses, residents and local organisations to have their say on the new policy.

Consulting

Ensure prevention of crime, disorder and nuisance

“We are required by law to review our policy at least every 3 years, or when there are changes to legislation or circumstances,” said Cllr Sam Kane, Portfolio Holder for Safer, Greener and Transport.

“The purpose of a licensing policy is to ensure prevention of crime, disorder and nuisance, as well as public safety and the protection of children from harm.”

How it is delivered

We deliver a wide range of enforcement services aimed at safeguarding the environment and the community, and the licensing policy falls within this remit. We are committed to the principles of good inspection and enforcement practice and to carrying out its regulatory functions in a fair, open and consistent manner.

We care responsible for the licensing of events, premises and individuals for alcohol and entertainment, along with those offering late night refreshments.

Comment now

Read the policy Licensing policy 2018

Comments on all aspects of the policy are invited with a closing date of 21 September. All comments received will be considered and the results of the consultation published on our website.

Statement – Fire at Burton Road, Loughton

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Updated Information – 13.15pm on 17 August 2018

Essex Fire and Rescue Service have announced that the fire is now out.

We cannot speculate on the cause of the fire at the moment, that will come out following an official investigation.

The photo below shows the building now that the fire is out and demonstrates how remarkably well the structure has stood up to the fire.

Council Leader, Chris Whitbread said: “You can always rebuild bricks and mortar, the important thing is that everyone appears to be safe and the fire is now out.”

Original statement made – 12:00pm 17 August 2018

A development of new flats in Burton Road, Loughton has caught fire and the fire service are in attendance.

This is a development of new council housing being built for Epping Forest District Council. A £10 million design and build mixed tenure residential development of 51 affordable rent units, comprising of 17 homes and 34 apartments.

Councillor Chris Whitbread Leader of Epping Forest District Council is at Burton Road.

He said: “Our first concern is for the safety and welfare of all concerned. It looks like everyone is safe. Essex Fire and Rescue is on the scene and it is under control. These flats are still being built. This is a construction site and there are no tenants living here. However we are obviously concerned about everyone working on the site at the time the fire started.

“The development is being built for us by Mulalley – a large construction company with a long and successful track record of building major projects. It is too early to say what caused the fire but it is clearly large. Essex Fire and Rescue has cordoned the site off.

“Our first priority is to ensure people are safe. Neighbouring residents are being asked to stay in their homes. This is bound to cause some travel disruption and people are being asked to avoid the area if they can.

“The council has several roles: we are the client and this is a serious setback for us and all those people we are building these new homes for. More importantly in the short term we have a supporting role to the emergency services and would be in a position to set up rest centres nearby if required for neighbouring residents. At this stage our staff are on standby if rest centres are needed. We also employ specialist building control officers who will be at the disposal of Essex Fire and Rescue to assess the damage and ensure the buildings are made safe once the fire is out.

“In the longer term we will recover. Bricks and mortar can always be replaced and we will rebuild these much needed homes for local people. For now, our thoughts are focused on the safety of everyone living and working in the area.

Please visit the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service website for reliable advice and up to date information about the incident http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7458/