Man fined for failing to clear nature reserve site

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A man from Waltham Abbey has been prosecuted by Epping Forest District Council for failing to clear waste that was adversely affecting the character and visual attractiveness of land within Roding Valley Meadow Local Nature Reserve.

Prosecution

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Former underground bunker site

Mr Raymond Sturgess of Stanford Court in Waltham Abbey was successfully prosecuted in June 2018. He failed to respond to a notice served on him requiring him to remove waste, plastic, card, building materials and household items from the former Royal Observer Corps underground bunker site, which he originally intended to renovate when it was bought in 2015.

Fined

Sturgess pleaded guilty and received a reduced fine of £200, was ordered to pay £200 towards the Council’s prosecution costs together with a statutory victim surcharge of £30.

Ample time to comply

During mitigation Mr Sturgess told the Magistrates that was unable to comply with the notice because he had injured his knee, he claimed that vandals and fly-tippers had gained access to the site and were responsible for the mess.

The Magistrate concluded that Sturgess had ample time to comply with the notice and they did not accept everything he had told them.

Largest remaining water meadow

The bunker site sits within the Roding Valley Meadow Local Nature Reserve. The Wildlife Trust manage the site and describe it as ‘the largest remaining water meadow in Essex’.

It is reputedly famous for it’s beautiful wild flowers, butterflies, invertebrates and birds. It is important that this site is preserved for its resident wildlife and for future generations to enjoy.

Youth Council celebrate ten year anniversary

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Epping Forest Youth Council marked its 10 year anniversary with an evening reception at the Houses of Parliament, hosted by the Right Honourable Dame Eleanor Laing, MP on Wednesday 5 July 2018.

Youth Council 10 year anniversary

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The evening celebrated ten years of local youth democracy in Epping Forest and over 80 Youth Councillors past and present were there to share their experiences.

The Youth Council presented a film highlighting their work, photographs spanning the 10 years were displayed for guests enjoyment alongside examples of their youth-lead project work.

Democratic voice for young people

Through Epping Forest Youth Council, local young people are given a democratic voice and are able to influence the decisions that directly affect their lives.

Youth Councillors have developed and delivered a range of project work covering themes such as; promotion of activities for young people, personal safety awareness, drugs education, youth volunteering and positive mental health campaigns in consultation with their peers.

Inspired speeches

The recently honoured host, Dame Eleanor Laing MP, delivered a key note speech praising the work of the Youth Council over the ten years.

Encouraging and inspiring speeches were given from the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Richard Bassett, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder, Councillor Helen Kane, Councillor Holly Whitbread, High Sheriff of Essex Bryan Burrough, Roger Hirst, Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and 5 current and past Youth Councillors; Ellis Spicer, Jaymey McIvor, Matthew Tinker, Adam Freeman and Florence New.

Further information

If you would like more information about the work of the Youth Council or would like to get in touch with a Youth Councillor about an issue please contact Diane Gilson-Butler

What’s on? Summer activities – Week 4

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Looking for summer holiday activity inspiration? Take a look at what we have in store for Monday 13 to Friday 17 August 2018 of the summer holidays.


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Create a terrarium garden

  • Tuesday 14 August
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Epping Forest district council community services, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping Cm16 4LU
  • £5.50
  • Suitable for ages 5-14

Book


Family fun medal making

  • Tuesday 14 August
  • 12pm – 3pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50
  • Suitable for ages 5-13

No need to book


Drop in and draw

  • Wednesday 15 August
  • 12pm – 3pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50
  • Suitable for all ages

No need to book


Customize your shoes workshop

  • Wednesday 15 August
  • 1pm – 3pm
  • Oakwood Hall Community Hall, Longcroft Rise, Loughton, IG10 3NB
  • £5.50
  • Suitable for ages 8- 16

Book


How to draw, a portrait

  • Thursday 16 August
  • 30am- 12pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £8
  • Suitable for ages 8-14

Book


How to draw, a landscape

  • Thursday 16 August
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £8
  • Suitable for ages 8-14

Book


Multi-sports, forest adventures and more…

We have also planned a wide range of sport, play and adventure days regularly, at multiple locations, throughout the 8 week holiday

  • Multi-sports days – book
  • Forest adventures – book
  • Play in the forest – no need to book
  • Play in the park – no need to book

Check the full brochure for locations, dates and times


Further details

Epping Forest District Council wins Local Plan challenge

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The High Court has dismissed the legal challenge to the Epping Forest District Council’s Local Plan Submission Version 2017 paving the way for the Council to submit the Local Plan to the Secretary of State for Independent Examination. The Court rejected all four grounds of challenge brought by property development company CK Properties (Theydon Bois) Ltd, endorsing the lawfulness of the Council decision to approve the Local Plan for 11,400 new homes over the Plan period up to 2033.

EFDC local plan logos

The Council’s Planning Portfolio Holder, Councillor John Philip described the Court’s decision as “good news” and the positive outcome is also seen as vindication of the Council’s approach by its Leader, Councillor Chris Whitbread.

John Philip expressed his gratitude to the Court saying: “The production of the Local Plan is possibly the most difficult thing the Council has ever had to do. The issues involved in planning for growth in the District are very sensitive and, inevitably, emotions often run high, but the Court has endorsed the Council’s approach having scrutinised the decision-making process.”

Chris Whitbread was also pleased. He said: “As Councillors we take a balanced view between the protection of the character of the District we love and the need to provide decent homes for local people. We burnt a great deal of ‘midnight oil’ to understand and balance complex issues while collectively studying and guiding the evolution of the Plan through workshops, meetings and engagement before making some really difficult decisions.”

Councillor Philip continued: “I hope CK Properties will see the sense of the Court’s judgment, and pursue their arguments through the Local Plan Examination process, which has always been the proper place to air their concerns, and spare Council Tax payers any additional expense by resorting to the legal appeal process.”

What’s on? Summer activities – Week 3

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Looking for summer holiday activity inspiration? Take a look at what we have in store for Monday 6 to Friday 10 August 2018 of the summer holidays.


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Celebration cake decoration workshop

  • Tuesday 7 August
  • 10am-12pm
  • Epping Forest district council community services, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping CM16 4LU
  • £5.50
  • Ages 5-14

Book


Family fun with printmaking

  • Tuesday 7 August
  • 12pm- 3pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50
  • Ages 5-13

No need to book


Drop in and draw

  • Wednesday 8 August
  • 30am-12.30pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50
  • All ages

No need to book


Bird day

  • Wednesday 8 August
  • 11am- 1pm
  • Epping Green Millennium Garden, Epping Green, Cm16 6PR
  • £3
  • Ages 4-11

Please call Countrycare on 01992564224 to book


Old MacDonald & the 3 pigs plus

  • Thursday 6 August
  • 30pm-3.30pm
  • Jazz Archive Room, 1 Floor, Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton 1G10 1HD
  • £8
  • Ages 4+

Book


Multi-sports, forest adventures and more…

We have also planned a wide range of sport, play and adventure days regularly, at multiple locations, throughout the 8 week holiday

  • Multi-sports days – book
  • Forest adventures – book
  • Play in the forest – no need to book
  • Play in the park – no need to book

Check the full brochure for locations, dates and times


Further details

Decisions from Plans South 27 June 2018

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee South meeting Wednesday 27 June 2018.

Decisions

  • EPF/0637/18 – The Lodge, Woolston Hall, Abridge Road, Chigwell, IG7 6BX
    Referred to DDMC
  • EPF/0610/18 – 113 Church Hill, Loughton, IG10 1QR
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0687/18 –18 Dickens Rise, Chigwell, IG7 6PA
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0826/18 – 48 Russell Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5QE
    Referred to DDMC
  • EPF/1110/18 – 20 Tomswood Road, Chigwell, IG7 5QS
    Permission refused
  • EPF/1159/18 – 100 Rous Road, Bukhurst Hill, IG9 6BT
    Permission granted

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Be part of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Vision

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Harlow Council, Epping Forest District Council and East Herts Council will be hosting events throughout July to unveil the first look of the vision for the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town.

Harlow and gilston web banner

The Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Vision sets out the commitment from all involved councils, including Hertfordshire and Essex County Councils, to deliver a high quality Garden Town with a strong sense of community, a mix of housing in villages and neighbourhoods to suit all budgets and a wide range of facilities and jobs for new and existing residents.

To give everyone an opportunity to provide their input and feedback before it is finalised, events are being held in Harlow, Epping and Gilston to welcome as many people as possible.

Come to our First Look events

Harlow

Epping

Gilston

We want your feedback

Or download and save the Spatial Vision feedback form to your computer or tablet

Once completed you can either post your response

  • Garden Town Team
    Epping Forest District Council
    Civic Offices
    323 High Street
    Epping
    Essex
    CM16 4BZ

Or email

All feedback must be completed and returned by 5pm Friday 27 July.

Community at its heart

Claire Hamilton, Director, Harlow and Gilston Garden Town said:“We are really excited to share our Vision for the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town with you. This Vision demonstrates our commitment to deliver a successful Garden Town with existing and new communities at its heart.

“We do hope you can join us at one of these events to share with us your thoughts on this Vision. This is your opportunity to start shaping the future of the Garden Town.”

What’s on? Summer activities – Week 2

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Looking for summer holiday activity inspiration? Take a look at what we have in store for Monday 30 July to Saturday 4 August 2018 of the summer holidays.


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Little storytellers

  • Monday 30 July
  • 30am – 12pm
  • St James Hall, St James Avenue, Ongar CM5 9EL
  • £8
  • Suitable for ages 4+

 

  • Friday 3 August
  • 30am- 12pm
  • Forest Room, Jack Silley Pavilion, Stonards Hill, Recreation Ground, Epping, CM16 6SP
  • £8
  • Suitable for ages 4+

Book


Learn how to make funky scarecrows

  • Tuesday 31 July
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Marketing Garden Terrace, Epping Community Garden (near the back of M&S)
  • £5.50
  • Suitable for ages 5-14

Book


Family fun flower art

  • Tuesday 31 July
  • 12pm- 3pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50
  • Suitable for ages 5-13

Book


Drop in and draw

  • Wednesday 1 August
  • 30am – 12.30pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50
  • Suitable for all ages

Book


Make your own paper and wool pom pom

  • Wednesday 1 August
  • 1pm-3pm
  • Oakwood Hall Community Hall, Longcroft Rise, Loughton, IG10 3NB
  • £5.50
  • Suitable for ages 8-16

Book


Family fun day

  • Saturday 4 August
  • 11am – 4pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • Free (donations welcome)
  • Suitable for ages 3-13

Booking not required


Multi-sports, forest adventures and more…

We have also planned a wide range of sport, play and adventure days regularly, at multiple locations, throughout the 8 week holiday

  • Multi-sports days – book
  • Forest adventures – book
  • Play in the forest – no need to book
  • Play in the park – no need to book

Check the full brochure for locations, dates and times


Further details

Decisions from Plans West 20 June 2018

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee West meeting Wednesday 20 June 2018.

Decisions

  • EPF/3500/17 – Stoneshot Farm, Hoe Lane, Nazeing, Essex, EN9 2RW
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0804/18 – Upland Lodge, Epping Road, Epping Upland, Epping, Essex, CM16 6PX
    Permission granted

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Decisions from Plans South 11 June 2018

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee South meeting Wednesday 11 June 2018.

Decisions

  • EPF/0021/18 – 14 Shelley Grove, Loughton IG10 1BY
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0398/18 – 9 Tomswood Road, Chigwell, IG7 5QP
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0440/18 – 2 Connaught Avenue, Loughton, IG10 4DP
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0454/18 – 38 Chigwell Lane, Loughton, IG10 3NY
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0457/18 – 38 Chigwell Lane, Loughton, IG10 3NY
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0559/18 – 8 New Forest Lane, Chigwell, IG7 5QN
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0583/18 – Oakland House, Oaklands, Warren Hill, Loughton, IG10 4RL
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0616/18 – 60 Tycehurst Hill, Loughton, IG10 1DA
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0621/18 – Warehouse at Tutein Farm, Grove Lane, Chigwell
    Deferred to DDMC
  • EPF/0629/18 – 77 Stradbroke Grove, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5PE
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0634/18 – 26 Stanmore Way, Loughton, IG10 2SA
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0725/18 – 26 Lee Grove, Chigwell, IG7 6AF
    Permission refused

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