May 2018 half term activities

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Keep the kids entertained this May half term with our wide variety of fun filled activities.

May Half term 2018


Epping Forest multi sports day

  • Tuesday 29 May
  • Leverton Junior School, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 3BE
  • 9.15am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am – 9.15am, collect 3.30pm – 4.00pm)
  • Ages 5 – 14
  • Cost £16.50
  • Book online or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)
  • Thursday 31 May
  • Loughton Cricket Club, the Uplands, Loughton IG10 1NQ
  • 9.15am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am – 9.15am, collect 3.30pm – 4.00pm)
  • Ages 5 – 14
  • Cost £16.50
  • Book online or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)

Come and join our experienced coaches for a day of exciting activities. We believe that there is a sport and activity for everyone. At our Multi Sports days, young people can expect to get to try a mixture of traditional and non-traditional sports from Tennis to American Football with some wacky games and competitions thrown in for good measure.

Young people will need to dress appropriately for both indoor and outdoor sports, we would also advise a change of clothing in case of bad weather. Young people will also need a packed lunch, and plenty to drink (fruit juice or water please, no sports drinks). A healthy morning snack will be provided.


Customise your own denim

  • Tuesday 29 May
  • Communities training room, EFDC, 25 Hemnall Street, CM16 4LU
  • 6pm – 8pm
  • Ages 11 – 16
  • Cost £5.50
  • Book online or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)

Following on from our popular ‘Customise Your Own T-shirt Workshop’ is our ‘Customise Your Own Denim Workshop’. In a world of mass production and fast fashion why not take some time out and learn how to distress, embellish or bleach your denim to make a one off fashion special. Bring along your own denim jeans or shirt you would like to customise and we will provide the rest.


Salt dough art

  • Tuesday 29 May
  • Communities training room, EFDC, 25 Hemnall Street, CM16 4LU
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Ages 5-15
  • Cost £5.50
  • Booking essentialBook online or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)

Learn to make jewellery and art pieces using salt dough. All materials and paints will be provided.

Any items you make can be taken home.


Play in the forest

  • Wednesday 30 May
  • The Stubbles, Nursery Road, Loughton, IG10 4DZ
  • 10am – 12pm
  • All ages
  • Cost £3
  • Drop in at any time – No need to book

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. Join us for this Spring themed activity. We’ll have bug hunting, den building and a live story telling session as well as a host of Spring related activities. Drop in at any time. No need to book. Parental supervision required.

Please note: ‘Play in the Forest’ sessions are provided as play opportunities for children and not as child care. All children may come and go as they please. Staff are not obligated to prevent any children from leaving the sessions. Parents/Carers are free to stay and join in.


Come and join us

Don’t delay, getting booking for a fun filled May half term

  • Book online

  • or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)

Panel appointed to advise on Harlow and Gilston Garden Town

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Eighteen planning and design experts have been appointed to advise on the development of Harlow and Gilston Garden Town.

Harlow and Gilston Garden Town

Harlow and Gilston Garden Town is an ambitious and exciting project being planned and delivered in partnership between Harlow Council, East Hertfordshire District Council and Epping Forest District Council, with support from Essex County Council and Hertfordshire County Council.

The Garden Town provides the opportunity to create fantastic new communities, delivering 16,000 new homes by 2033, with a further 7,000 new homes planned to be built beyond that.

To help to deliver the Garden Town, the councils have established a Quality Review Panel to help ensure that the Garden City principles are embedded in the development and guarantee the delivery of a high quality development.

Independent expert advice

Eighteen experts have been appointed, with a wide range of backgrounds and experience, to provide independent expert advice on the planning and design of Harlow and Gilston Garden Town. The Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Quality Review Panel will provide ‘critical friend’ advice to the planning authorities to support the delivery of high quality new places to live and work, in order to meet the needs of existing and future communities.

The panel will be chaired by Peter Maxwell, the Director of Design, London Legacy Development Corporation. Peter is an architect, town planner and urban designer with over 15 years’ senior level experience. He has led implementation of major projects in the UK, Middle East and New Zealand. He currently leads on masterplanning, architecture and public realm for redevelopment of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. He will be joined by 17 other planning and design experts from around the country

A great opportunity to deliver the highest quality of development

Claire Hamilton Garden Town Director said: “We are delighted to have such an exceptionally high calibre of panel members who are all excited to be part of the process of planning and designing Harlow and Gilston Garden Town. This provides us with a great opportunity to deliver the highest quality of development that will provide fantastic places for people to live, work and socialize now and in the future.”

She continued “The first Quality Review Panel session will take place in May this year and I would like to wish each member of the panel a very warm welcome to the project. The panel’s wide ranging knowledge and experience will be instrumental in embedding the Garden City principles into the Garden Town and achieving the ambitious vision that the authorities have for it. This is a very exciting stage in the project and I look forward to working with the panel over the coming months and years.”

Quality Review Panel

The Quality Review Panel will begin its work in the spring of 2018 by reviewing the Spatial Vision and Design Charter for the Garden Town – and will then continue to advise the councils as they take forward their vision for Garden Town.

Review meetings, drawing on the expertise of the Quality Review Panel members, will also be available to advise the councils on strategy, masterplan and major schemes within their areas. As part of its commitment to high quality design, Epping Forest District Council has invited the Quality Review Panel to review schemes within its district and the first review will take place this month. While East Herts Council will be working with the Quality Review Panel for the Gilston Area, other schemes across its district will be reviewed by the Hertfordshire Design Review Panel.

Bright future for Epping sports and leisure

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The Epping Forest District Council in partnership with Places for People (PfP), has just completed a £1.1 million update to the Current Sports Centre in the heart of the town, with improvements to the gym and brand-new fitness spaces.

Epping Sports Center Opening

Future redevelopment plans

However, further improvements to local sports and leisure including the provision of a new swimming pool will follow any future redevelopment plans of the current council – owned sports centre in Epping.

Users of the centre know it was built many years ago. It is physically limited by the size, age and design of the building (poor accessibility, problems with floor in Sports Hall, ageing Mechanical and Electrical Systems etc.) and it is in a constrained location with minimal car parking.

What is the best solution for a Sports centre of the future to serve better the residents’ needs?

The current site of Epping Sports Centre has been identified by Epping Forest District Council as being more suitable for residential development and has been included in the Local Plan.

Epping Forest District Council has confirmed that Epping Sports Centre isn’t going anywhere in the short term, although it’s future will be under review at some stage.

Investing in Health and Wellbeing

Fitness and good mental health are key components of the Council’s Residents’ Health and Wellbeing Strategy. And although Leisure is a discretionary service, and many councils have been forced to cut back on leisure centre provision, the strong finances of Epping Forest District Council are enabling it to invest strategically in new sports and leisure facilities.

The Council entered a new contract with PfP to manage its sports and leisure centres last year. The £1.1 million improvement to Epping being completed now is part of a 20-year deal including £14.5million improvements to Council’s leisure facilities.  A brand new £10m Leisure Centre is under construction in Waltham Abbey. A £2m extension is currently being built at Loughton Leisure Centre and almost £0.5 has been invested at Ongar Leisure Centre.

No plans to close the facility

No decision has been taken to close Epping Sports Centre but the Council is looking at the options to provide better facilities including a swimming pool locally. The Council is looking to increase participation for people of all ages and abilities. Residents want to protect the Green Belt and a number of potential options including brownfield sites in North Weald are being assessed to ensure that any new facilities are accessible to the maximum number of residents.  The Epping Forest District Council is actively seeking a suitable site in the Epping area.

However, decisions are a long way off and other locations may also emerge.

Consultation will be a key part of the Council’s plans. The Council will be sure to listen to residents very carefully to ensure the best possible outcomes before any decisions are made.

Epping Forest District Council has no plans to close the facility.

Free compost giveaway

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We’re giving away free compost to residents to say thank you for recycling your food and garden waste.

This blooming good giveaway is on Tuesday 8 May at North Weald Airfield from 10am to 2pm. Residents must bring their own bags and a spade before helping themselves to up to 3 bags of compost while stocks last.

Compost giveaway 8 May North Weald Airfield

  • When – Tuesday 8 May 2018 10am to 2pm
  • Where – North Weald Airfield, Merlin Way, North Weald CM16 6AA (the entrance is via the A414 on Merlin Way, follow the brown tourist signs for North Weald Market)
  • Why – Free compost! Grab up to 3 bags of compost while stocks last, remember to bring your own bags and a spade

The compost was made from last years green-lidded food & garden waste wheelie bin collections. It is part of a series of events across Essex celebrating International Compost Awareness Week (6-12 May 2018).

Composting advice

Whether you’re a keen gardener or just getting started, come along and get free compost & composting advice. Expert composters will offer advice on how to make an excellent natural soil improver which can be used to dress lawns, pot up plants, revitalise flowerbeds, or mulched as a plant feed for vegetable patches.

Composting is an excellent way to help your garden grow. It is also one of the most environmentally friendly ways to dispose of waste.

Recycle for Essex

Decisions from Plans South 18 April 2018

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee South meeting Wednesday 18 April 2018.

Decisions

  • EPF/0307/18 – 18 Russell Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 5QJ
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2499/17 – 13 -15A Alderton Hill, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3JD
    Permission refused
  • EPF/3475/17 – 89 High Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4JD
    Permission granted
  • EPF/3512/17  – Land to the rear of 33-37, Hillyfields, Loughton Essex IG10 2PT
    Deferred
  • EPF/0226/18 – 17 Luctons Avenue, Buckhurst Hill, Essex IG9 5SG
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0295/17 – 49 Manor Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 5PL
    Refused, not lawful
  • EPF/0535/17 – 49 Manor Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 5PL
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0536/17 – 49 Manor Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 5PL
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2315/17 – 49 Manor Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 5PL
    Deferred to next meeting
  • EPF/2877/17 – 49 Manor Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 5PL
    Permission refused

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RAF Freedom of District motion to be put to Council

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On the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF in April 1918, a motion to confer the Freedom of Epping Forest District on 56 Squadron is to be put to a special meeting of Epping Forest District Council at 7pm on Tuesday 24 April.

56 Squadron Standard at North Weald Gate Guardian

56 Squadron

56 Squadron operated from North Weald Airfield between 1927 and the Battle of Britain in 1941. They are the longest of any squadron to be based at the airfield which is now owned by Epping Forest District Council (EFDC). The motion to confer the Freedom of the whole district is a reflection of the wider local role played by the RAF.

This includes other airfields and facilities at

  • Ongar
  • Willingale
  • Stapleford Abbots
  • Chigwell
  • Nazeing

Representatives from the RAF will attend the meeting where a council majority of at least two thirds will be required to confer the honour.

100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force

National celebrations are being held during 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Air Force. North Weald Airfield opened 2 years before the founding of the Royal Air Force. The first operational flight of the Royal Flying Corps at North Weald took place in June 1916.

56 Squadron is one of the most distinguished units of the RAF. By the outbreak of war in 1939, it was equipped with the new Hawker Hurricane fighters with which North Weald was to become most closely associated. The Hurricanes of 56 Squadron covered the retreat from Dunkirk and were among the first committed to what became known as the Battle of Britain. When 56 Squadron finally transferred to RAF Duxford via Martlesham Heath in June 1941 it had been based in North Weald for 14 years.

Parade and community music event

Should the motion to grant the Freedom of the District to 56 Squadron be passed by Full Council, a local commemorative celebration at North Weald is being planned for Sunday 10 June. A parade and community music event are being organised with 56 Squadron and local organisations.

The special meeting on 24 April, starts at 7pm and is open to the public. You can watch the webcast live here.

More information about this event will be available nearer the time.

EFDC Coat of Arms and RAF Squadron 56 logo EFDC Coat of Arms and RAF Squadron 56 logo

Local elections on 3 May

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An election for 21 district councillors will be held on Thursday 3 May 2018 between 7am and 10pm.

In this election, voters are choosing district councillors to represent them on Epping Forest District Council.

The next election is on Thursday 3 May 2018

Candidates and polling station details

Click on the ward to find candidate and polling station details in your area

* Voting is for 1 district councillor on all wards except 2 for Loughton Broadway and Waltham Abbey Honey Lane. There is no election for Moreton and Fyfield as this ward was uncontested.

Can I vote?

Go to the Your Vote Matters website and enter your postcode to find out whether elections are taking place in your area on Thursday 3 May 2018.

The results will show you your electoral registration office and if any local elections are taking place in your area.

Grants for community groups available

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Could your community group use £5,000 to help improve the health and wellbeing of the districts residents? If yes, apply now for a grant for projects to improve facilities, such as equipment purchase, capital projects and new initiatives.

grant-aid

Grants up to £5,000

Grants are available to

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

Who can apply?

Groups that apply must be

  • Charitable and/or non-profit making
  • Based, or active, in Epping Forest district
  • Provide services to meet key needs within the district
  • Non political
  • Can show clear aims and objectives and effective strategies for achieving these
  • Have considered alternative funding sources or put forward schemes as part of ‘match’ funding proposals
  • Are able to show a clear need for financial support
  • Have a bank or building account in the name of the applicant organisation

Make your application now

Councillor David Stallan, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: ”We really appreciate the work the voluntary and community sector does in the district. In tough economic times the need for groups to receive funding and support from the council goes up and I look forward to seeing how our grants are spent to help the lives of those in our community.”

“If your group is eligible and the grant will help the health and wellbeing of our residents, don’t delay and make your application now.”

Great opportunity

He continued “Our grants are a great opportunity to help others in our community”.

“The difference they have already made in the district is astounding and I look forward to seeing how the grants go on to help others in our community”.

“In tough economic times, the Council’s contribution can make all the difference. So if you or your organisation is eligible don’t delay and make an application today”.

Make an application

More information

For further information on Grant Aid

Chigwell man guilty of damaging protected tree

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At Chelmsford Magistrates Court on 5 April 2018 Mr Vinod Kumar Pandhi of Chigwell Essex pleaded guilty to causing or permitting the cutting down a hornbeam tree protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).

Damaged hornbeam Chigwell

Causing damage to a protected tree

September 2017 tree and landscape officers were notified that a hornbeam tree had been cut down in the garden of 12 Tomswood Road Chigwell.

The tree was protected by a Tree Preservation Order made in 2009 and no consent had been given for the work carried out.

Failure to provide details

Interviewed under caution Mr Pandhi  stated that he was unaware that the tree was protected and believed it to be causing damage to his house, although no usual investigations had been carried out to verify this.

Mr Pandhi claimed had asked workmen carrying out work in a neighbour’s garden to cut down the tree in his property, but failed to provide details of the contactors to Epping Forest District Council to enable them to carry out further investigation, with a view to also prosecuting those directly responsible for carrying out the work.

Over £1,800 in fines

Having pleaded guilty Mr Pandhi was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay the Council’s prosecution costs of £813.73 and a victim surcharge of £100. The fine had been reduced by one third as a result of Mr Pandhi having pleaded guilty at the first hearing and took account of his current finances.

More information

For any inquiries regarding tree protection orders (TPOs) and conservation areas please contact

Creative workshops for adults

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Want to learn something new, improve your creative skills and make new friends in the community? We’re running lots of great creative workshops for adults in 2018. All our workshops cost £10 per person and are for ages 16+.

Creative workshops for adults

Take a moment out of your busy life to enjoy doing something creative.

Creative workshops for adults

Cupcake making

  • Tuesday 24 April 2018 7-9pm
  • Cupcake decorating with a creative difference. Come along and learn how to make interesting cupcakes with a creative difference.
  • Book the cupcake making workshop online

Springtime floral art arrangements

Fruit & veg art

  • Tuesday 26 June 2018 7-9pm
  • Get creative with your fruit & veg. Turn it into art for summer picnics & BBQ garnishes and serving baskets.

Learn to crochet

  • Monday 17 September 2018 7-9pm
  • Learn the crochet basics of how to crochet, starting at the very beginning. If you’re brand new to crochet this workshop will be perfect for you.

Pumpkin art

  • Tuesday 30 October 2018 7-9pm
  • Adult Pumpkin art making workshop. Learn how to carve a pumpkin with a creative different.

Bath bomb making

  • Tuesday 20 November 2018 7-9pm
  • Bath bomb making workshop. Learn to make bath bombs using natural ingredients. These will make great gifts for Christmas.

Book your place now

All the workshops take place at Epping Forest District Council Community Services, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4LU. The cost of each workshop is £10 per person and are for ages 16+ only.

Booking is essential for all workshops. Book a workshop online or call 01992 564226 to book a place.