The Big Youth Debate

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Over the next month, some three thousand young people aged 11 to 19 from across the Epping Forest District are expected to make their views known about a number of the important local issues and services which affect their day-to-day lives.

Members of the Epping Forest Youth Council (EFYC) have devised a questionnaire to gauge the opinions of young peoples from across the district about their five main priority issues.

These issues are leisure resources, crime and safety, transport, the environment and stereotypes of young people.

The questionnaire has been welcomed by local schools who will be lending their support towards completing this exercise. For local young people who are unable to access the questionnaire through their local school an online version will be hosted on the District Council website from Wednesday 18 June 2008.

The findings from this consultation will culminate in a `The Big Youth Debate ` event on Wednesday 19 November 2008 at Woolston Manor Golf Club, Chigwell.

Youth Councillor Duncan Haslam of Roding Valley High School said: The Big Youth Debate ` will give young people in Epping Forest the forum to air their views to a panel of very senior practitioners and service providers from the District and County Councils, Essex Police, the West Essex Primary Care Trust and House of Commons. It will be a great opportunity to kick-start making improvements to local services for young people in Epping Forest.

The event is being sponsored by the local Children and Young Peoples` Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) and will be facilitated by BBC Essex Radio Presenter, David Monk.

For further information about `The Big Youth Debate ` please contact EFDC Young Persons` Officer, Nick Robinson on 01992 564365.

Election of District Councillors

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Epping Forest District

Election of District Councillors

for the Electoral Wards listed below
Electoral Divisions Number of District Councillors
to be elected
Buckhurst Hill East One
Buckhurst Hill West One
Chigwell Row One
Chigwell Village One
Epping Hemnall One
Epping Lindsey and Thornwood Common One
Grange Hill One
High Ongar, Willingale and The Rodings One
Loughton Alderton One
Loughton Broadway One
Loughton Fairmead One
Loughton Forest Two
Loughton Roding One
Loughton St Johns One
Loughton St Marys One
Moreton and Fyfield One
Passingford One
Theydon Bois One
Waltham Abbey Honey Lane One
Waltham Abbey North East One
Waltham Abbey South West One
  1. Forms of nomination for District Elections may be obtained at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ from the Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for any electoral area prepare a nomination paper for signature.
  2. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ on any day after the date of this notice but no later than NOON on Friday 4 April 2008.
  3. If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday 1 May 2008.
  4. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Wednesday 16 April 2008.
  5. Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Wednesday 23 April 2008.
  6. Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 23 April 2008, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Thursday 1 May 2008.

Dated Wednesday 26 March 2008

Ian Willett
Returning Officer

New Refuse and Recycling Contract Starts

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Residents will see changes to the way Epping Forest District Council`s new refuse contractor SITA UK collects domestic recycling. SITA UK takes over the five-year £22 million contract with effect from 5 November and will use compartmentalised lorries to collect dry and garden recycling at the same time. The different lorries will mean fewer `vehicle passes` – the number of times the contractor needs to send lorries down each road. The system will be more efficient and help improve the carbon footprint by reducing the total number of miles travelled by recycling collection lorries each year.

The new contract starts as Epping Forest District Council releases the latest impressive recycling figures. During the three months April to June, residents recycled 43 per cent of domestic household waste. Unaudited figures for July to September suggest that figure has increased to 45 per cent. Prior to the introduction of wheelie bins and seasonal alternate weekly collections, recycling levels were around 20 per cent.

SITA will take direct responsibility for collection of domestic waste from wheelie bins and street cleansing as well as recycling except for glass collection which will be sub-contracted via SITA to Lucy and Martin.

The refuse and recycling contract was put out to tender earlier this year. It followed extensive consultation with residents that confirmed the Council decision to make alternate weekly collection seasonal with weekly residual waste collections during the summer months.  SITA was assessed against a range of other bidders. It is a well-established company that provides refuse and recycling collection services for many other councils.

Councillor Mary Sartin, Environmental Protection Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council is keen to reassure residents who might think their recycling was being mixed up in the new lorries. She said: Residents should continue to separate their dry and garden recycling into the different types of sack, safe in the knowledge that the tremendous levels of recycling being achieved in Epping Forest will continue. It may look as though all the sacks are going into one lorry but they are kept separate within it. Having to send fewer lorries to each address will also be good for the environment.

Councillor Sartin continued: Excellent progress has been made by the refuse service over the last year. We can all be very proud of the terrific levels of recycling now being achieved. Part of the challenge SITA faces is to make further improvements such as the extension of recycling facilities to people living in flats. Our residents have been fantastic in adapting to the new recycling systems. People clearly want to recycle more and I would like to thank everyone for all the extra effort they have made. Epping Forest is a green and beautiful district. By reducing our reliance on landfill rubbish disposal we aim to keep it that way.

Elections Schedule For New District Youth Council

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Young people with something to say are being asked to nominate themselves as co-opted members of a new Youth Council for the area. Elections are to be held in secondary schools across the District during December but five places are to be reserved on the new Youth Council for young people who go to work or education outside the District.

Staff from Epping Forest District Council and Essex County Council are visiting schools as part of the publicity to raise awareness about the forthcoming Youth Council elections. However, with large numbers of young people travelling outside the District to school or college, Council staff will also be available to speak to any individuals interested in standing for the five additional places, to offer advice and support with the self nomination process.

Each local school is holding elections to send two students between the ages of 13 and 17 to the Youth Council of 25 members. Epping Forest District Council has produced nomination form packs in which each candidate is asked to list three main reasons why they should be elected. Elections will take place during the week commencing 10 December 2007 with the first meeting in January when the further five independent Youth Councillors will be co-opted to the Youth Council.

Youth Councillors will be asked to serve for a two year period and full details of the amount of time commitment required is highlighted in the nomination packs.

Epping Forest District Council is working closely with local schools and youth organisations to develop the Youth Council but stresses that the Youth Councillors will set their agenda for themselves.

Councillor Mrs Diana Collins, Leader of Epping Forest District Council said: Young people have a right to be heard. The new District-wide Youth Council will be the place where they can come together. We will listen and learn from the Youth Council. It will provide the District`s young people with access to the most senior Councillors, giving them the opportunity to tell us what they want as well as allowing us to consult on our own policies.

Councillor Mitch Cohen, Leisure and Young People Portfolio Holder added: To remain healthy and vibrant, local democracy needs the involvement of young people. The Youth Council will operate in the real world. We will give it all the support we can but that will mean understanding the restrictions of budgets and the competing demands of other people, young and older alike. However, Epping Forest District Council is committed to making this process work. As well as access to Councillors, we will provide staff, facilities and training. Meetings of the Youth Council will be webcast like our own Council meetings so that other young people can see how their representatives are doing. It will also be a great learning experience and hopefully lots of fun too.

Chairman Opens New Homes for Disabled People

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Published on 19 October 2007

Epping Forest District Council Chairman Councillor Caroline Pond opened a new housing development for young disabled people on 16 October 2007 at Mason Close in Waltham Abbey. The new development is a partnership between Epping Forest District Council, who donated the land, Ability Housing Association, who specialise in providing accessible homes for disabled people and promoting independent living, and the Housing Corporation, who helped to fund the development.

Click on the Ability Housing Association logo above to visit their website.

Cllr Caroline Pond cuts the ribbon watched by guests and residents

The development consists of five new high quality bungalows specifically designed to meet the needs of wheelchair users. The high specification bungalows have level access throughout with turning space for a wheelchair in every room. The kitchens and bathrooms have been designed to ensure that the new tenants can live independently with a minimum of care and support enabling the five disabled people to enjoy their independence. The land provided free by the council was a former unsightly wooded area.

Cllr Caroline Pond plants a tree watched by Cllr David Stallan and resident Francis McGrathAbility Housing Association Chief Executive David Williams said: We`ve experienced a few difficulties along the way and it`s not been an easy site to develop, but the goodwill and determination of our staff and officers at the Council has seen us through. The end result justifies all the effort.

Epping Forest District Council Housing Portfolio Holder Councillor David Stallan said: Not only does this attractive housing development provide much-needed homes for local disabled people, but it has also improved the local environment by turning an unsightly wooded area, that was frequently used for fly-tipping, into a pleasant little community. The Council has been pleased to support the scheme in a practical way by providing the land to Ability free of charge, which increased the likelihood of the scheme receiving the much-needed financial support from the Housing Corporation.

Waltham Abbey Honey Lane Notice of Poll

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Epping Forest District
Election of Town Councillor for

Waltham Abbey Honey Lane

Notice is hereby given that:

  1. A poll for the election of a Councillor for Waltham Abbey Honey Lane will be held on Thursday 25 October 2007, between the hours of 7:00am and 10:00pm.
  2. The number of Councillors to be elected is one.
  3. The names, descriptions and home addresses of the Candidates remaining validly nominated for election and the names of all persons signing the Candidates nomination paper are as follows:

     

    Name of
    Candidate
    Home Address Description
    (if any)
    Names of
    Signatories
    AKERS
    Christine
    Elizabeth
    Hayes
    2 Honey Lane
    Waltham Abbey
    EN9 3AH
    Liberal Democrat Lewis Lesley
    Spring Valerie A
    COLLIER
    Jonathon
    Fredrick
    88 Crooked Mile
    Waltham Abbey
    EN9 1QN
    The Conservative
    Party Candidate
    Watts Anthony P
    Brett Peter T
    COOPER
    Peter
    20 Redwood Gardens
    North Chingford
    E4 7NZ
    British National Party Harvey Paul
    Harvey Gail
    SUMNER
    Tricia
    Milton House
    Milton Street
    Waltham Abbey
    EN9 1EZ
    The Labour
    Party Candidate
    Turner Harry W
    Gibson Margaret P
  4. The situation of Polling Stations and the description of person entitles to vote thereat are as follows:
  5. Situation of Polling Stations Station
    Number
    Register Numbers
    Entitled to Vote
    Birch Room at Marriott Hotel
    Old Shire Lane
    Waltham Abbey
    1 BR-1 to BR-1971
    Brookways
    Roundhills
    Waltham Abbey
    2 BS-1 to BS-1464
    Old Peoples Day Centre
    Adjacent To Community Centre
    Hillhouse
    Ninefields
    3 BT-1 to BT-1170

     

Dated Wednesday 17 October 2007

Ian Willett
Returning Officer

Waltham Abbey Honey Lane Persons Nominated

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Epping Forest District

Election of a Town Councillor

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as a Town Councillor for

Waltham Abbey Honey Lane

Name of Candidate Home Address Description (if any) Name of
Proposer
Reason why
no longer
nominated *
AKERS
Christine
Elizabeth Hayes
2 Honey Lane
Waltham Abbey
EN9 3AH
Liberal Democrat Lewis
Lesley
 
COLLIER
Jonathon Fredrick
88 Crooked Mile
Waltham Abbey
EN9 1QN
The Conservative
Party Candidate
Watts
Anthony P
 
COOPER
Peter
20 Redwood Gardens
North Chingford
E4 7NZ
British National Party Harvey
Paul
 
SUMNER
Tricia
Milton House
Milton Street
Waltham Abbey
EN9 1EZ
The Labour
Party Candidate
Turner
Harry W
 
* Decision of the Returning Officer that the nomination is invalid or other reason why a person nominated no longer stands nominated.
 

The persons above against whose name no entry is made in the last column have been and stand validly nominated.

Dated Tuesday 2 October 2007

Ian Willett
Returning Officer


Business Golf Day Boost for Local Charity

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The Higgins Group Plc of Loughton sponsored the event

Theydon Bois Golf Club played host to the Epping Forest District Council`s Charity Business Golf Day on Monday 24 September 2007. Teams from local businesses competed in the annual fund raising event sponsored by Higgins Group PLC in Loughton. The event, held by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Caroline Pond, raised over £4,400 for the Chairman`s charity.

The teams prepare for the match

For her year in office, Councillor Pond is raising money for The League of Friends of St Margaret’s Hospital. The League of Friends is a voluntary organisation which supports the work of the hospital. It is able to provide much needed equipment and comforts for the benefit of patients and staff through the income raised by the work of volunteers.

Gerry Smith from Whiskers putting on the 18th holeThe event raised over £4,400 for the Chairman`s charity

Cllr Pond with the winner of the individual competition, Mike Hutchins of Stace

Councillor Pond said: It says much for the enterprise and social responsibility of our local businesses that we continue to get such an excellent response to this event. To date, over £40,000 has been raised over the 11 years that the event has been running for local good causes, and I am especially appreciative of the efforts today for my charity, the Friends of St Margaret’s Hospital. Everyone has been most generous.”

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The overall winner of the individual competition was Mike Hutchins of Epping based surveyors and consultants Stace, who also won the team event.

The winning team Stace with Cllr Pond

Mrs Pond continued: The Business Golf Day continues to provide a valuable contribution to the Chairman`s Charity each year, and I am delighted that so many local businesses have been able to support the Chairman`s Charity again this year

Councillor Pond added her congratulations and thanks to all the teams, she said: Mike Hutchins and the team from Stace are worthy winners. Some of the play was excellent. It was a great day all round and I would like to thank all the golfers of every standard who made it so enjoyable.

Waltham Abbey Honey Lane Notice of Election

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Epping Forest District

Election of a Town Councillor for the Waltham Abbey Honey Lane

Notice is hereby given that:

  • An election is to be held for one Town Councillor for Waltham Abbey Honey Lane.
  • Forms of nomination may be obtained at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ from the Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for the electoral area, prepare a nomination paper for signature.
  • Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ on any day after the date of this notice but no later than NOON on Friday, 28 September 2007.
  • If the election is contested, the poll will take place on Thursday, 25 October 2007.
  • Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ by 5 pm on Wednesday, 10 October 2007.
  • Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ by 5 pm on Wednesday, 17 October 2007.
  • Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5 pm on Wednesday, 17 October 2007 must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ by 5 pm on Thursday, 25 October 2007.

Dated Thursday 20 September 2007

Ian Willett
Returning Officer


Council Partnership Aided Beacon Status Bid

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The Beacon SchemeStrong partnership working between Essex County Council and Epping Forest District Council played a significant part in the County Council`s `Beacon Status` award for Emergency Planning earlier this year. The close links were tested briefly last week as Loughton High Road was closed due to a gas leak. The Beacon Scheme was established by the Government in 1999 to identify local government excellence and best practice.

All Councils are now required to play an enhanced emergency planning role since the introduction of the Civil Contingencies Act in 2004. Essex County Council and Epping Forest District Councils have complimentary arrangements for responding to emergencies. They share emergency planning staff and expertise, and run test exercises together aimed at ensuring the best possible combined response.

Loughton Gas LeakCouncillor Mrs Syd Stavrou, Community Wellbeing Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council said: It is often the Police or Fire Service that leads in emergency response but Councils can be called upon in very important supporting roles. We never know exactly what the next emergency is going to be so we plan in terms of the services we can provide such as rest centres, building control advice or public health expertise. We also have vehicles and machinery that can be put at the disposal of the emergency services as well as small stores of items such as sandbags.

In the last few years we have been called upon in situations as diverse as an unexploded war-time bomb, floods and fire. We were on standby during the fuel blockade to help ensure essential services continued to be delivered and formed part of the nation-wide response to the outbreak of Foot and Mouth in 2001.

A great deal of our recent planning and training has centred on the role we would play during a Flu Pandemic, during which Epping Forest District Council and Essex County Council would support the Health agencies. Separately, every agency continues to take terrorist threats extremely seriously and we also plan for man-made emergencies too.

Councillor Mrs Stavrou added: We were very pleased to be recognised by Essex County Council as a Beacon Partner for Emergency Planning. It reinforces the strong partnership working that has existed in Epping Forest for many years. Mercifully, the emergencies to hit the District in recent years have been relatively small scale but people will remember the scenes of the fuel storage fire in Buncefield, Hertfordshire and the Korean cargo jet airliner that came down a few miles north of us in Uttlesford just a few years ago. Whatever, the future holds we must be prepared.