Epping Forest Civic Awards nominations open

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The search is on for Citizen of the Year 2019!

If you know someone that deserves recognition for the positive impact they’ve had within their community or a team that work hard to make a difference – nominate them before Friday 23 November 2018.

Prestigious award

Epping Forest District Council’s Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett is hoping for a number of excellent candidates to choose from this year, he said: “The Citizen of the Year Award is such a prestigious award and I’m looking forward to seeing all of the nominations flood in!

“The Citizen of the Year awards highlights all of the positive work that happens throughout the district. There are people amongst us that go above and beyond to make others’ lives better and this is our opportunity to recognise their important contribution to our local communities.

“If you know an individual or a group of people that are worthy of either the Citizen of the Year or Team of the Year Award 2019, we want to hear from you! Please make your nominations before Friday 23 November 2018, stating your case for your nominee!”

Candidates need to be over 18 years old.

Further information

Contact Pat Seager for further information

£14.5m leisure investment for EFDC residents

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Loughton Leisure Centre’s £3m refurbishment was formally unveiled on Saturday 8 September 2018 by Cllr Richard Bassett, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council. The centre is one of three in Epping Forest that is undergoing refurbishment, alongside a complete new build at Waltham Abbey.

Over £14m investment

Investment in the district’s leisure centres tops £14m and has been completed in partnership with Places Leisure, Epping Forest District Council’s leisure activity and wellness partner.

Before cutting the ribbon and leading a tour of Loughton’s new facilities, Cllr Bassett paid tribute to the centre management and staff for keeping as much of the centre operational during the building works, and thanked users for their patience during the disruption.

New state-of-the-art facilities

The refurb brings new split-level gym facilities and multi-function movement studio spaces, a virtual spinning room, upgraded changing villages with new lockers, flooring and vanity units as well as better air conditioning.

The bulk of the project has been completed in 20 weeks with further work planned to the reception areas and heating and power units.

Councillor Helen Kane, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Community Services, EFDC Acting Chief Executive Derek McNab and Mayor of Loughton, Stephen Murray also attended the opening.

Health and wellbeing hub

“All of our leisure centres needed a makeover to keep them up to date and offering a welcoming environment for users. But in Waltham Abbey we had a wonderful opportunity to create a health and wellbeing hub in a new setting and I am really looking forward to seeing the finished project,” said Councillor Helen Kane.

Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre is being completely rebuilt on the old community centre site in Ninefields, as part of a major health and wellbeing initiative between Epping Forest District Council and Places Leisure, It is scheduled for completion in November.

Mathew Nicholson, Contract Manager for Places Leisure said “It’s an exciting time for leisure within our community, following the recent investment at Loughton and across our facilities. With the brand-new Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre due to be completed in November we are excited to be able to offer an enhanced leisure provision within the area and more opportunities for our community to get active.”

Special opening offers

Check out the website for special opening offers at Loughton Leisure Centre www.placesleisure.org/centres/loughton-leisure-centre/centre-activities/gym/

Roding Valley mammal morning

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Join Epping Forest Countrycare for a close encounter with some of the small mammals found in Roding Valley on Saturday 29 September 2018 at 7:30am – 9:30am.


Join Countrycare for an exciting morning learning about the mammals that live around us and their natural habitat.

Event details

  • Date: Saturday 29 September 2018

  • Location: The Grange Farm Centre, Grange Farm Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6DP

  • Time: 7.30am – 9:30am

  • Donation: £6 per person

Further information

Booking is essential. Please contact Countrycare to book your place

Fun and activity at ‘Women Like Us’ Festival

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Active Essex and Epping Forest District Council are getting together to support Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can ’campaign with a festival next month.

Aimed at encouraging women of all ages and abilities to have fun, be active and improve their wellbeing the ‘Women Like Us’ Essex Festival takes place on Sunday 7 October at Zinc Arts, Ongar between 10am and 2pm.

Throw it back at 90’s Music Aero Classes, let your feet fly at Kickboxing, or take great strides at Walking Netball – whatever gets you up and moving there’s an activity for you at the Epping Women Like Us Festival!

Register now

If you can’t wait to work up a sweat and want to bag your place in the session of your choice, make sure you register your  interest in advance to seal your spot. It’s first come first served and spaces will disappear fast, so don’t be­ disappointed!

There are lots of sporting activities to choose from, including kick boxing, yoga, pilates and dance.

Flower arranging and tapestry

There are also flower arranging and tapestry workshops, life skills and wellbeing sessions along with tea, coffee and refreshments available all day from the onsite café.

Sport England

“The ‘This Girl Can’ programme was started by Sport England to encourage more women into sport. Our festival widens that programme by encompassing wellbeing and craft activities too,” said Cllr Helen Kane, portfolio holder for Leisure and Community Services.

“It promises to be a fun packed day for the women of Epping Forest, so please come along.”

Registration and workshops

Some workshops need to be booked in advance, when you register, while others can be signed up for on the day.

Sign-up starts at 9:30am and activities begin at 10am. Everyone will be encouraged to stay to join a stretch and cool session at the end of the day.

Parking is not available on site but there is plenty available close by in the town.

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

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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

Applications open for Creativity Award 2019

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Applications are open for the Creativity Award 2019. The award is open to every young person in the district, aged between 13 and 25 years.

Creativity Award 2019

Support developing your skills

If you or your group have a real talent or interest in the arts, culture and heritage, we would like to support you in developing your skills.

A single award, of up to £1000, is available to individuals and groups (with a minimum of 3 people) who are looking for support for their creative activity. A group can already be established (i.e. art clubs, theatre groups, choirs or orchestras) or be newly formed. The award is also open to heritage projects and all young people’s programmes through our museum service.

Apply 

Applicants are required to show their commitment to their area of interest and explain how the award will help them develop their talent. They must be able to demonstrate that they are actively pursuing their interest through volunteering, education, exhibition or performance.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 16 December 2018.

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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