Long Service and Examination Certificates

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Six members of staff from Epping Forest District Council who have completed 25 years` service received their certificates from Chairman of the Council, Councillor Brian Sandler at a special reception at the Civic Offices last week.Staff who have passed various examinations also received their certificates of success.

Councillor Sandler said: It is said that an organisation is only as good as the people who work for it, we must be a good Council as we have six people who have been with us for 25 years or more, as well as two members of staff who have completed 23 and 24 years respectively.

Councillor Sandler went on to say: As adults we spend most of our time at work, so it`s important that we are treated well and we have challenging and rewarding work.As a Council we have invested heavily in staff training and development and in February of this year we retained our Investor in People badge. It`s good to see so many staff taking advantage of the Training and Development opportunities available and I am impressed with the range of qualifications and the dedication everyone put into passing their exams.

Chairman`s Hole In One For Local Charities

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More than £5,400 was raised for local charities on Monday 19 September 2005 when Theydon Bois Golf Club played host to the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Brian Sandler and teams from local businesses at the Council`s Charity Business Golf Day.

Councillor Sandler is raising money for two charities, St Clare Hospice and Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs. Each will receive a cash boost thanks to this annual fund raising event sponsored by Higgins Group PLC in Loughton.

St Clare Hospice, is a registered charity which cares for people and their families who are affected by life-threatening incurable diseases such as cancer. It relies on the support of local people and organisations for three quarters of its funding. The Hospice needs at least £2,000 a day to enable it to provide its much-needed services. The success of their service means that they are attempting to raise money to extend their hospice in Hastingwood.

Chigwell Riding Trust was the first purpose built riding centre for people with special needs in the world and has been established for over forty years. Its continued existence is wholly dependant on the good will of the community. This year the Chairman is hoping to raise money toward a new seating area at the centre in Chigwell.

The overall winner of the individual competition was Simon George of PFE in Loughton (pictured). The winning team were from the District Council and are pictured receiving their prizes from Council Chairman Brian Sandler (from left to right Bill Brooks, Simon Hill, David Clifton and Trevor Johnson).

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 said Councillor Sandler. He continued: The success of any Chairman`s charitable effort is very much linked to the support and help received from local clubs, societies and businesses without whom this event, which has become a mainstay in the annual civic events calendar, would not be possible. 

Council pays tribute to ex-Councillor Paul Bostock

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Paul Bostock, who sadly died on 16 July, represented the residents of Loughton as a Labour Councillor for the wards of Loughton Broadway and Loughton Alderton from 1998 to 2004.

Planning and the environment were areas he took a particular interest in as a member of the Policy Working Group on the Environment and the Portfolio Advisory Group on the Local Plan. He was also a member of Overview and Scrutiny and Area Plans Sub A.

Councillor Brian Sandler, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council paid tribute to Mr Bostock. He said: “As a councillor, Paul Bostock was always a free-thinker and would put his opinions forcefully in the Council Chamber. He represented his ward with energy and diligence. I am sure he will be missed and offer my sincere condolences on behalf of the Council to his family and friends.”

Council Appoints New Chairman and Cabinet

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Councillor Brian Sandler became the new Chairman of Epping Forest District Council at its annual meeting on Thursday 19 May. Councillor Sandler is a local businessman who became the District Councillor for Chigwell Row in 2002. He is a former chairman of Chigwell Parish Council. Councillor Mrs Ann Haigh from Buckhurst Hill was elected Vice-Chairman.

Councillor John Knapman was re-elected as Leader of Epping Forest District Council and chairs the nine-member executive Cabinet. He is also the Finance and Performance Portfolio Holder. Councillor Mrs Diana Collins was appointed the first Chairman of the newly created Overview and Scrutiny Committee that replaces the three-committee structure previously used by the Council. Mrs Collins ` Committee will be responsible for standing and special Task and Finish panels to examine Council actions and decisions. Councillor Stephen Barnes was reappointed as Deputy Leader of Council and Councillor Mrs Anne Grigg was reappointed as Chairman of the District Development Control Committee.

The members of the Cabinet are:

Councillor John Knapman – Leader and Finance and Performance Management

Councillor Stephen Barnes – Deputy Leader and People First

Councillor Chris Whitbread – Leisure

Councillor Robert Glozier – Planning and Economic Development

Councillor Derek Jacobs -Environmental Protection

Councillor Stephen Metcalfe – Information Communication Technology and Corporate Support Services

Councillor Don Spinks – Civil Engineering and Maintenance

Councillor Mrs Caroline Pond – Community Well-being

Councillor Michael Heavens – Housing

Chairmanship and Vice-Chairmanship of committees and sub-committees are as follows:

Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Councillor Mrs Diana Collins – Chairman
Councillor Mrs Janet Whitehouse – Vice-Chairman

District Development Control Committee
Councillor Mrs Anne Grigg – Chairman
Councillor Mrs Maureen Boatman – Vice-Chairman

Area Plans Sub-Committee A
Councillor Fergus Maclaine – Chairman
Councillor Anthony Lee – Vice-Chairman

Area Plans Sub-Committee B
Councillor Matthew Colling – Chairman
Councillor Andrew Green – Vice-Chairman

Area Plans Sub-Committee C
Councillor Keith Wright – Chairman
Councillor Richard Morgan – Vice-Chairman

Area Plans Sub-Committee D
Councillor Ms Syd Stavrou – Chairman
Councillor Mrs Penny Smith – Vice-Chairman

Licensing Panel
Councillor Mitchell Cohen – Chairman
Councillor Mrs Mary Sartin – Vice-Chairman

Housing Appeals Panel
Councillor Mrs Joan Davis – Chairman
Councillor David Stallan – Vice-Chairman

Staff Appeals Panel
Councillor Reg Chidley – Chairman

Complaints Panel
Councillor Terrance Farr – Chairman
Councillor Len Martin – Vice-Chairman

Tribute to Ex-Councillor Tony Sutherland

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Ex district councillor Tony Sutherland passed away on 24 April 2005 aged 74.

He served as a member of Epping Forest District Council from its establishment in 1974 until 1984 and represented the Ward of Marden Ash in Ongar.

Tony Sutherland was a senior member of the District Council, serving as a member and chairman of the Finance Sub Committee and as member of the Policy & Resources Committee.   He put his financial skills as a bank official to good use in chairing the sub committee.

He was also a long-standing parish councillor and had the distinction of serving for five years as Parish Clerk in Ongar after he retired from professional life.

Remembered for his common sense approach to financial matters Tony Sutherland worked closely with Douglas James who was the Leader of his political group and Chairman of the Policy & Resources Committee.

Tribute to Former Cllr Douglas James

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Former district councillor Douglas James, one of the formative influences in the life of Epping Forest District Council, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday 8 May. He was 79 and his service in local government spanned more than half a century.

Already a senior figure at the former Chigwell Urban District Council prior to the 1974 local government re-organisation “ he was Chairman in 1971-2 – Douglas James became Leader of the controlling Conservative Group on the new Epping Forest District Council. He held that role, and the chairmanship of the Policy and Resources Committee, from 1974 to 1984 when he lost his seat in Loughton.   In those days the District Council did not recognise the position of Leader of the Council although, as Leader of the controlling group with a very commanding overall majority, he fulfilled much of that role.

Cllr James` role in District Council affairs and his Leadership of the Conservative Group were characterised by detailed control of policy, an unerring memory, a complete mastery of procedure and a robust approach to party political discipline.   He shared with his political colleagues a concern to limit increases in Rates and a desire to focus Council spending only on those programmes that were considered necessary.

After losing his Loughton seat, he moved out of the district and subsequently became the first mayor of the Town of Dunmow,(right) at his installation in 2000 by the then HM Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Braybrooke.

Douglas James worked as an industrial chemist with Tate and Lyle in East London. He held five degrees and had studied at Imperial College.

A colourful character, Cllr James was a kind person and brilliant academic with a passion for Bridge and a dry sense of humour.

His funeral takes place at Chelmsford Crematorium on Monday 16 May at 10.15am. No flowers are requested, but donations may be made to the Friends of Great Dunmow Clinic.