Develop Your Business Ideas in Essex

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`Develop your Business Ideas in Essex` is a free event being held on Monday 29 October 2007 from 6pm to 9pm at Harlow Playhouse. The event is hosted by the Essex Innovation Network (EIN) and is for Epping Forests entrepreneurs and businesses who are looking to develop their innovative ideas and grow their business.

If you have thought about starting up your own business, or have your own business and wish to learn about the support available to you, this event is for you.

The evening will include presentations from Essex entrepreneurs and companies who have started from small beginnings, persevered against the odds and successfully developed their business. There will also be the opportunity to find out what support is available to businesses in Essex to support growth and development.

Guests will also be able to find out how the Essex Innovation Network can help them to develop their innovative ideas and turn them into a profitable business. There will be a light buffet and refreshments and the opportunity to network following the main event.


Weather Update: Flash Flooding Hits District

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Severe weather warnings are still in force and more rain is expected. Over the last few days (the 14 June 2007 in particular) the District has been vulnerable to flash flooding like many other parts of the Country.

The rain has been so heavy for short periods that it has overwhelmed some drainage systems. Flash flooding tends to be very localised and rapidly dissipates in most cases. Within the District, Ongar has been worst hit over the last few days.

All of Epping Forest District Council`s Flood Alleviation Schemes have worked well and areas such as North Weald that are normally prone to flooding have been largely unaffected.

However, despite the efforts of all the various agencies including Epping Forest District Council, Essex County Council Highways, Thames Water and the Emergency Services, a small number of homes have been flooded. Water came up so rapidly in these instances that there was little anyone could do to help.

More flooding is possible over the next few days. In partnership with other organisations, Epping Forest District Council will continue to do all we can. People who think they may be at risk of flooding should protect themselves.

Link to Environment Agency Flood Advice
    Sandbags are available from a number of different suppliers including:

  • SG Baker
    Grantham, Lincs – Telephone 01476 565501
  • Jewson Ltd
    Greensted Road, Ongar – Telephone 01277 362231
    Bridge House Wharfe, Lea Road, Waltham Abbey – Telephone 01992 714000
  • Travis Perkins Ltd
    140 High Street, Epping – Telephone 01992 572231
  • Rolathene Ltd (Bags only)
    Unit 41, Hillgrove Business Park, Nazeing – Telephone 01992 892525

A spokesperson for Epping Forest District Council said: “We are part of the emergency response and do have limited supplies of sandbags but flash flooding is one of the most difficult challenges. Water can rise so quickly that by the time a Council lorry arrives it can be too late. Anyone living in an area vulnerable to flash flooding would be well advised to make sure they have their own supplies or have taken other precautions to protect their property.”

Car Parking Tickets Promoting a Message

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Over the next 3 months 400,000 car park tickets will be purchased in the Epping Forest District. Environmental Services have used the advertising on the reverse of the ticket to promote the change in smoking legislation for enclosed or substantially enclosed public places and workplaces, which includes work vehicles.

The change takes place on 1July 2007. The new law is intended to substantially reduce the exposure to second hand smoke. It is estimated that the new law will save thousands of lives over the next decade. A smoke free England will ensure a healthier environment, so everyone can socialise, relax, travel, shop and work free from secondhand smoke.

Over the next month businesses across the district will be receiving direct from Smoke Free England their free guidance and free notices that must be displayed.

    Leaflets are available, however, businesses and members of the public are encouraged to access information on line at:

  • Click here to go to the website
  • Copies of leaflets can be picked at Council offices

For individuals wishing to make this their opportunity to quit smoking, help is on hand. The local NHS runs a variety of smoking cessation services including support groups and individual support. Smokers who have support when quitting are four times more likely to stay quitters and advice is available through the NHS Stop Smoking Team on 01279 827866.

Bobbingworth Tip – the Problem and the Solution

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Work begins on Monday 19 March 2007 on the long awaited improvements to Bobbingworth Tip.

For more than ten years in the 1960`s and 70`s the former gravel pit near Ongar was being used as a landfill for domestic rubbish. Although landfill seemed like a cheap and easy solution to rubbish disposal at that time, tips like Bobbingworth have left a legacy of pollution. Now the Council is investing £1.35 million into turning the site into a public asset.

The works now getting under way to clean up the site will create huge underground barriers and drains to help control the flow of water leeching through the refuse. By the end of the project only clean, healthy treated water will flow from the site. The aims of the project is to control the volume of leachate leaving the tip and going into the Thames Water Utilities Ltd sewage works as Epping Forest District Council can be in breach of licence and incur penalties. Native trees and hedgerows will be preserved and enhanced with new planting and landscaping to provide a park for people to walk in and enjoy.

Tips like Bobbingworth pollute the local environment by giving off gases and contributing significantly to global warming. After so many years the gas emissions at Bobbingworth are now falling, but problems remain of pollution escaping as water seeps through the tip and affects land and watercourses around it. The smell of  gas may have faded but the water pollution is clear to see.

Over the course of the building works, a large number of lorries will bring materials to the site for the construction of the various structures and topsoil to cap the site properly. Care is being taken to keep the disturbance to residents caused by these lorries to a minimum.

    To reduce disturbance:

  • Opening times will be restricted:          Monday to Friday 8:00 – 18:00
              Saturday 8:00 – 13:00Note: there will be no operations on Sundays and Public Holidays
  • Low noise plant and equipment with effective silencers that are properly maintained
  • Work on Saturdays (when possible will be conducted away from the site boundaries)
  • On Friday afternoons soil deliveries will stop at 16:00 rather than 16:30
  • A maximum of 90 lorries on any one-day
  • No soil deliveries on Saturdays

The lorries entering and leaving the site will be restricted to a 30mph speed limit. Random checks will be carried out by Veolia (an environmental service) to make sure that the lorries delivering materials to the site are driving properly, and are driving at the right delivery times. Local residents are encouraged to report to Veolia any problems caused by the lorries. On site wheel-cleaning facilities will prevent lorries transferring mud onto clean roads.

    Contact details for Veolia are:

  • Telephone number for Veolia 01277 723 552
  • Or email the Veolia environmental manager

Neighbourhood First Responders

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At the beginning of the Full Council meeting of Epping Forest District Council on 25 July the Chairman, Mrs Ann Haigh presented certificates to members of the Epping Forest Neighbourhood First Responders. This volunteer group is one of the charities Mrs Haigh is supporting during her chairmanship of the Council.

The emergency medical unit provides care `for the people by the people` of the local district. The emergency calls dealt with include such things as diabetic emergencies, unconsciousness, chest pains and heart attacks. Volunteers who are trained in this area by St John Ambulance deal with Category A emergency calls and should be able to be with the patient within 8 minutes of being called.

Each set of equipment required costs in the region of £3,000 although the ambulance service replaces the oxygen cylinders and the defibrillator pads without charge as they are used. The more equipment they have in a unit the more volunteers can be on shift at any one time.

First responders with Councillor Mrs Ann Haigh after presentation of their service certificates. Left to Right:  David Read, Peter Marchant, Chairman of Council Mrs Ann Haigh, John Newman, Roger Salmon, Sandra Newman.

Councillor Mrs Haigh said: First Responders is a little known but marvellous charity made up of unpaid volunteers working for the good of the district whose life saving actions support the Ambulance Service. I hope that making First Responders one of my charities for the year will raise their profile and bring more resources to this excellent group of volunteers.

Planning Services Online

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Planning Services at Epping Forest District Council has gone online! A new interactive Planning website `iPlan` – has been launched.

Cllr Robert Glozier, Portfolio holder for Planning and Economic Development, said, iPlan is a major step forward in making Planning services available online outside of normal working hours and making the information they hold much more accessible to the residents of the district.

Cllr Glozier continued, Through the Planning website residents can now find out about planning applications in their local area and submit comments electronically. Applicants can now make planning applications online, and then use the website to check on its progress. The Planning register since the formation of Epping Forest District Council in 1974 is available online, and over the next year the register going back to 1948 will be made available.

Over the next year more information will be made available online, including the plans and all supporting documents for applications.

Key features already available on iPlan include:

  • Up to the minute information on Planning applications and appeals received;
  • Information on Planning Application decisions is made available as soon as the Decision Notice is produced – including any conditions or reasons;
  • The ability to make planning applications (and related payments) electronically via the Planning Portal (;
  • The ability to submit representations online;
  • A searchable version of the Planning Register with details of all applications received since 1974;
  • All Decision notices for applications decided since 1 December 2005 can be viewed;
  • An interactive version of the Local Plan which allows the user to choose the information which is displayed, and easily access related policies;
  • Access to agendas and reports for Planning Sub-Committee meetings.

Key features that will be introduced over the next twelve months include:

  • Plans and supporting documents for all new planning applications received;
  • Copies of plans and supporting documents for many older planning applications.






Waltham Abbey Heritage Economic Regeneration Scheme

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The Conservation Section of Epping Forest District Council`s Planning Services has produced a final summary booklet of the Waltham Abbey Heritage Economic Regeneration Scheme (HERS). Heritage Economic Regeneration Schemes are conservation-led initiatives launched by English Heritage in 1998 to provide financial assistance with building repairs and enhancement within Conservation Areas.

The Waltham Abbey HERS, which was jointly funded by English Heritage, Epping Forest District Council, Tesco and Sainsbury`s was initiated in 2001 and successfully completed earlier this year having provided grant aid totalling £375,000 to 18 properties within the Waltham Abbey Conservation Area. This scheme allowed for considerable progress towards enhancing the character and appearance of Waltham Abbey Town Centre.

The final summary booklet, which has been produced by the Conservation Section of the District Council’s Planning Services, provides details on each of the grant aided projects, with before and after photographs, as well as background information on the aims of the HERS and related initiatives of the scheme.

The booklet is available by calling the Conservation Section on 01992 564119, via email to or by writing to the Conservation Section, Planning Services, Civic Offices, Epping Forest District Council, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ.






Council adopts ICE emergency measures for staff

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In response to the latest reports on child obesity Shapes Gym at Waltham Abbey has launched a new exercise class for youngsters.

TEENSPIN is the latest exercise craze sweeping the UK so Shapes has started 30-minute instructor led static cycling classes to classic, modern and upfront beats for Teens aged 13 – 15 years, of all abilities

It`s a brilliant way to get fit and have fun, said Health and Fitness Manager, Sarah Linger. We launched the sessions five weeks ago and they`ve been sold out every week since.

Sessions cost £1-50 for Teen gym members and £2-00 for non-members and take place every Tuesday evening at 5pm “ and Mondays and Fridays during school holidays at 2.30pm.

TEENZONE sessions are also held in the gym on Sunday evenings and daytimes throughout the school holidays.

For more information on the sessions or to book (as spaces are limited) please call 01992 716733.

London Explosions

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Following the closure of the London Underground and London Bus networks, Epping Forest District Council has put members of its emergency planning team on standby and alerted senior councillors.

Councillor John Knapman, Leader of Epping Forest District Council said: Many of us will have seen the distressing images from London on our TVs this morning. So far we understand that the London authorities are dealing with the situation and we have not been asked to assist. However, as a district with Central Line services and many residents who commute to work in London each day, we are obviously concerned and keeping the situation under review.

Councillor Knapman added: This is not a time for speculation or needlessly increasing the concern of family and friends who will already be trying to contact loved ones. The District Council is one small cog in a large machine of London-based organisations and neighbouring authorities which sadly have to plan and prepare against the day when such events as this may happen.

Councillor Brian Sandler, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council added to Councillor Knapman’s comments. He said: My heart goes out to everyone who has been touched by the terrible events in London. Yesterday, London received the best possible news when the world community placed its faith in us to deliver the 2012 Olympic Games. As a nation we are renowned for rising to challenges and overcoming adversity. Those people who seek to terrorise us do not understand the spirit and determination of the British people. London has received a grievous blow but I know we will recover from these acts. Now is the moment for us to pull together as a nation and as a community.

Councillor Sandler added: “It will be my privilege in the next few weeks to attend ceremonies to commemorate the end of the last World War and remember those who gave their lives in the defence of our peace, security and freedom. I know these events, like the events of 60 years ago, will unite us and make us more determined than ever never to give in to such atrocities. The terrorists must not win.”


London 2012 Olympics – Fantastic News!

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Councillor John Knapman, Leader of Epping Forest District Council said: This is fantastic news. I am absolutely delighted. London is one of the greatest cities in the world. As a nation we are renowned for rising to challenges and I am sure we will make this one of the most successful Olympic games ever.

He continued: The potential benefits for the people of London and the surrounding area are enormous. This is the chance not just to regenerate East London. It is the best opportunity we will ever have to tackle the under-investment in our roads, public transport and housing as well as business and sports facilities. For Epping Forest District, so well placed right on the edge of London, this is a great opportunity for us too. After the spectacle of the games themselves, the spin-off benefits to the district should last for generations to come.

Councillor Knapman concluded: The next seven years will be crucial. There is a tremendous amount of hard work to do but I for one can’t wait. In town halls across London and the South East of England people will be meeting to digest the news and make plans. We are no different in Epping Forest and I will be calling meetings of councillors and staff to map out the challenges the district faces. I have already asked senior officers to be in my office at 9.30 this Friday to get the ball rolling. We owe it to future generations as well as ourselves  to make the absolute best of 2012.