Updating our licensing policy

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A new licensing policy has been produced in consultation with Essex Police, Essex Fire and Rescue Service and other local organisations. Now it’s the turn of local businesses, residents and local organisations to have their say on the new policy.

Consulting

Ensure prevention of crime, disorder and nuisance

“We are required by law to review our policy at least every 3 years, or when there are changes to legislation or circumstances,” said Cllr Sam Kane, Portfolio Holder for Safer, Greener and Transport.

“The purpose of a licensing policy is to ensure prevention of crime, disorder and nuisance, as well as public safety and the protection of children from harm.”

How it is delivered

We deliver a wide range of enforcement services aimed at safeguarding the environment and the community, and the licensing policy falls within this remit. We are committed to the principles of good inspection and enforcement practice and to carrying out its regulatory functions in a fair, open and consistent manner.

We care responsible for the licensing of events, premises and individuals for alcohol and entertainment, along with those offering late night refreshments.

Comment now

Read the policy Licensing policy 2018

Comments on all aspects of the policy are invited with a closing date of 21 September. All comments received will be considered and the results of the consultation published on our website.

Statement – Fire at Burton Road, Loughton

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Updated Information – 13.15pm on 17 August 2018

Essex Fire and Rescue Service have announced that the fire is now out.

We cannot speculate on the cause of the fire at the moment, that will come out following an official investigation.

The photo below shows the building now that the fire is out and demonstrates how remarkably well the structure has stood up to the fire.

Council Leader, Chris Whitbread said: “You can always rebuild bricks and mortar, the important thing is that everyone appears to be safe and the fire is now out.”

Original statement made – 12:00pm 17 August 2018

A development of new flats in Burton Road, Loughton has caught fire and the fire service are in attendance.

This is a development of new council housing being built for Epping Forest District Council. A £10 million design and build mixed tenure residential development of 51 affordable rent units, comprising of 17 homes and 34 apartments.

Councillor Chris Whitbread Leader of Epping Forest District Council is at Burton Road.

He said: “Our first concern is for the safety and welfare of all concerned. It looks like everyone is safe. Essex Fire and Rescue is on the scene and it is under control. These flats are still being built. This is a construction site and there are no tenants living here. However we are obviously concerned about everyone working on the site at the time the fire started.

“The development is being built for us by Mulalley – a large construction company with a long and successful track record of building major projects. It is too early to say what caused the fire but it is clearly large. Essex Fire and Rescue has cordoned the site off.

“Our first priority is to ensure people are safe. Neighbouring residents are being asked to stay in their homes. This is bound to cause some travel disruption and people are being asked to avoid the area if they can.

“The council has several roles: we are the client and this is a serious setback for us and all those people we are building these new homes for. More importantly in the short term we have a supporting role to the emergency services and would be in a position to set up rest centres nearby if required for neighbouring residents. At this stage our staff are on standby if rest centres are needed. We also employ specialist building control officers who will be at the disposal of Essex Fire and Rescue to assess the damage and ensure the buildings are made safe once the fire is out.

“In the longer term we will recover. Bricks and mortar can always be replaced and we will rebuild these much needed homes for local people. For now, our thoughts are focused on the safety of everyone living and working in the area.

Please visit the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service website for reliable advice and up to date information about the incident http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7458/

 

Decisions from Plans West 15 August 2018

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee West meeting Wednesday 15 August 2018.

Decisions

  • EPF/3266/17 – Lakeview Kennels, Claverhambury Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2BL
    Permission refused
  • EPF/3359/17 – Land to rear of 54 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EJ
    Deferred
  • EPF/0600/18 – Skilletts Hill Farm, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 3QU
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0601/18 – Land between 32a and 33, Downlands, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1UH
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0827/18 – Silverdale Nursery, Hoe Lane, Nazeing, Essex EN9 2RJ
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0854/18- Maycroft, Epping Road, Roydon, Essex, CM19 5HT
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1163/18 – Oakleigh Nursery, Paynes Lane, Nazeing, Essex, EN9 2EU
    Permission refused
  • EPF/1769/18 – Chimes Garden Centre, Old Nazeing Road, Nazeing, Essex, EN10 6RJ
    Permission granted

Planning application search

Respond to the Annual Canvass by 21 August

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There are still 27,000 properties in the Epping Forest District yet to respond to the annual canvass. If you are one of those properties, respond online, by text or by phone before 21 August 2018.

Annual Canvass 2018

A couple of weeks ago, all homes in the Epping Forest District were sent a Household Enquiry Form through the post. Households are legally required to respond even if none of the details have changed.

You could be fined

Don’t ignore the form – if you do you may face a fine of up to £1,000. Please respond immediately if you have not already done so.

Complete your form by 21 August 2018 at the very latest.

Reminders are costly

Simon Hill, Electoral Registration Officer said: “Last year 60% of households used one of the automated response options but many more could have done, particularly if there are no changes to the details. Using them saves time and money.

“There are still 27,000 properties yet to respond. Please respond now to save us having to send out a reminder form which is costly.”

How to respond

Using the 2 part security code on your household enquiry form you can choose one of the following options:

If there are changes

  • Amend the information online easily and quickly online
  • Amend the form and return it in the prepaid envelope – please make sure you give a contact phone number or email address in case of queries.

Additions to your household?

  • Stage 1 is responding to the Household Enquiry Form
  • Stage 2 is completing the registration process for new electors at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Epping Forest crime and policing issues discussed

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Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) for Essex discussed local policing issues with residents at a public meeting on 2 August 2018 in Epping.

Roger Horst spoke about the latest crime trends and what Essex Police are doing to proactively police the Epping Forest district. A panel of senior representatives from Essex Police and Essex Fire Service explained to residents the demand on budgets, current successes and where improvement is needed.

Work together

Representing the Epping Forest District Community Safety Partnership Councillor Sam Kane said: “We always appreciate feedback from local residents on how our district is policed. There’s a strong sense of community in Epping Forest but we must all still work together to make our district a safer place to live.

Councillor Kane added: “I’m pleased to report that 3 new Police Officers dedicated to the Epping Forest district have started. They have been directly funded by Epping Forest District Council to look at 3 of our local policing priorities which are dealing with anti-social behaviour, burglaries and hate crime. They have been with us just a month and have been very successful already in solving crimes.”

Questions and answers

Questions put to the panel included

Find out more about the PFCC

Council gives 19k to local community groups

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Community and voluntary groups involved in delivering community, cultural and sports activities have been awarded £19,060 in grants by Epping Forest District Council.

Grants awarded to:

  1. 3rd North Weald Scout Group
    £2250 towards the cost of purchasing a trailer for use on adventure programmes for beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers.
  2. 414 (Epping & North Weald) Squadron Royal Air force Cadets
    £350 towards the cost of a banner to parade at community events.
  3. Buckhurst Hill Bowls & Lawn Tennis Club
    £5000 towards the cost of building a mini tennis court and practice wall.
  4. Epping Bowls Club
    £600 towards the cost of purchasing a defibrillator for use by the group and the wider community.
  5. Epping Youth FC
    £2660 towards the cost of football equipment.
  6. Grant A Smile
    £2500 towards the cost of purchasing an industrial cleaning machine and materials.
  7. Hertfordshire Boat Rescue
    £700 towards the cost of a rescue sled to take on missions.
  8. WAY 2000
    £5000 towards the cost of delivering a counselling service for young people.

Could you use a grant?

Could your community group use funding to help the social and physical wellbeing of the district’s residents?

If the answer is yes, apply now for a grant towards projects to improve facilities, equipment purchases, capital projects and new initiatives.

Funds available

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “The Council greatly appreciates the work of the voluntary sector and encourages all local groups to get in contact to see if they are eligible to apply. The need for groups to receive funding is vital and our Council has funds available to support local groups. Our grants are a great opportunity to help others in our community.’’

For more information or to make an application

Overview and Scrutiny – 24 July 2018

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The public-voluntary sector partnership between Epping Forest District council and the Citizens Advice Bureau came under the spotlight at the Overview and Scrutiny meeting on Tuesday 24 July 2018.

Council CAB Partnership

The Council is one of the most important sources of local CAB funding, contributing £150,000 in the current Financial Year.

Chief Executive Nnenna Anyanwu summarised the work the Epping Forest District CAB. It provides specialist and generalist advice from three main offices in Loughton Library, Waltham Abbey Town Hall and Hemnall Street, Epping as well as two outreach services from Limes Farm and Ongar library.

Free service

CAB advice is free, confidential, impartial and independent. Core areas of expertise include benefits, debt, housing, employment, relationships, legal matters financial services, tax, discrimination and consumer issues.

Most people come to the CAB with more than one problem. In 2017/18 the 44 volunteers working from the five local offices helped 1,961 clients directly with 7,409 issues. Between April and June 2018, 833 CAB clients benefited through a mix of additional income, benefits and debt written off by almost £275,000.

Building relationships

Nnenna Anyanwu is hoping to build a closer strategic partnership with Epping Forest District Council as the CAB faces various challenges including funding, EFDC geographical environment, volunteer recruitment and training, staff shortages and building partnership relationships.

Further information

Council launches online grant aid application

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Grant applications to Epping Forest District Council by local organisations can now be made online.

grant-aid

Community-based organisations operating for the benefit of Epping Forest residents, can apply for up to £5,000 online.

Funding boost

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “I am proud to see our Council moving forward and making our processes as simple as possible for groups to apply for funding.

“Council grants are actively helping groups in our district to provide much needed and valued services for our residents in order to keep our communities thriving.

“So if you know of a community group or voluntary service that could use a funding boost, don’t delay, encourage them to apply online today.”

Grants up to £5,000 are available to:

  • Local voluntary and community groups
  • Sports clubs
  • Arts and culture groups
  • Trusts
  • Social enterprises
  • Community interest groups

Groups that apply must:

  • Operate on a charitable or non-profit making basis
  • Be based, or are active, in the Epping Forest district
  • Offer services and facilities to all eligible local residents
  • Not have unfair restrictions on membership or participation
  • Be able to show a clear need for financial support
  • Have a bank or building society account in the name of the applicant organisation

For further information

Decisions from Plans South 25 July 2018

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee South meeting Wednesday 25 July 2018.

Decisions

  • EPF/1965/17 – 19 Shaftesbury, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1HN
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0218/18 – 185 High Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6NU
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0902/18 – Land adj 15 Chigwell Rise, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6AQ
    Permission refused
  • EPF/1023/18 – 8 Ely Place, Chigwell, Essex, IG8 8AG
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1065/18 – 21 The Drive, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 5RB
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1285/18 – 6 Forest Side, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 5SL
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0846/18 – 2 Connaught Avenue, Loughton, Essex, Ig10 4DP
    Permission refused

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Epping Forest Community Safety Hub opening

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A new joint District Community Safety Hub bringing Epping Forest District Council and Essex Police closer together in the fight against local crime was officially launched on 20 July 2018.

Community Hub opening

(L-R) Council Leader Chris Whitbread, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community Safety Sam Kane, Epping Forest District Council Chairman Richard Bassett, Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet, Essex Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst, and Dame Eleanor Laing MP, at the official launch of the new Epping Forest Community Safety Hub.

The Council and Essex Police joined forces, together with other agencies, to create the Hub, at the Civic Offices in Epping.

Guests, including Rt. Hon. Dame Eleanor Laing MP, Roger Hirst (Essex Police Fire and Crime Commissioner), Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet, Council Chairman Richard Bassett, and local councillors, joined Council and Police officers to open the Hub which has been in operation since the end of June 2018.

Stronger partnerships

The launch marks an even stronger partnership between Epping Forest District Council and Essex Police. The Hub comprises the Council’s Community Safety Team, a Police Sergeant and two experienced Police Constables all funded and tasked by the Council. The team is already working together with other partners involved with crime prevention and community safety.

Coordinated approach

The Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Councillor Sam Kane, hosted the Launch and said: “Over recent years there has been a sustained demand for councils to increase the use of their powers to deal with anti-social behaviour, disorder and environmental crime. At the same time, the Government has introduced significant new legislation giving police and councils effective new powers to deal with these issues. Epping Forest District Council is already making use of the new powers but enforcement is often the main responsibility of the Police, which can lead to a disjointed approach. Better coordination through the creation of this unique Community Safety Hub will prove to be revolutionary for the District.”

Brilliant initiative

Rt. Hon. Dame Eleanor Laing unveiled the plaque for the Launch and said: “This is a brilliant initiative. I am genuinely delighted to unveil the plaque to mark the launch of the Epping Forest Community Safety Hub. There is in our area increasing fear of a rise in crime and I am pleased to be able to tell people that Epping Forest District Council in conjunction with Essex Police and our local community are doing something about it.

“I would like thank the district council, Essex Police and everyone who has been involved in making this ground-breaking initiative come together.”

First initiative of its kind

Councillor Sam Kane said: “I believe this is the first initiative of a district council both funding and tasking police officers anywhere in the country. I am confident it will become a flagship for others to follow. The Council and Essex Police are proud of the close links that we already have. The new Community Safety Hub is a powerful demonstration of our continuing and innovative partnership working.”

Chief Inspector Lewis Basford, District Commander for Epping Forest and Brentwood added: “This commitment is a fantastic demonstration of what local partnerships can do. It means more police, more problems solved, better engagement and ultimately safer communities.”

Epping Forest District Council will review its commitment to fund the three police officers after three years.

Further information