Essex Food Litter Campaign

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Epping Forest District Council, in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy (KBT), is tackling fast food litter on our streets. The official campaign was launched on Friday 26 February 2010. The campaign message includes posters showing how dropping litter can make people appear as `dirty pigs` to others, in an attempt to change attitudes. The posters will go up on billboards, bus shelters, phone boxes and an Advan displaying the poster has also been travelling around the district.

Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Mary Sartin with ENOs by the Advan in Waltham Abbey

Fast food and its packaging makes up a quarter of all litter on the streets. In addition to attracting pests and wild animals, neighbourhoods blighted by litter can often act as a magnet to more serious crimes.

The environmental charity `Keep Britain Tidy` has previously used the `Dirty Pig` campaign aims successfully to tackle the problem of wrappers, cartons and uneaten food dropped on the ground.

    Fast food filth facts:

  • Fast food litter is a major problem, it refers to food eaten on the go and its packaging which ends up strewn on our streets
  • Food litter can cause permanent grease stains to pavements
  • Not only does dropped food litter look a mess, it also attracts rats and other vermin
  • It adds considerably to the costs of street cleansing

Councillor Mary Sartin, the Environment Portfolio Holder said: Fast food litter is a problem for many communities and it can be a real eyesore that can adversely affect the community`s perceptions of their neighbourhood. This Essex-wide initiative is a great opportunity to work with fast food suppliers to increase awareness and tackle the problem.

New Guidelines for Shooters

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Trespassers firearms and the law posterEpping Forest District Council`s Safer Communities Officer Paul Gardener and Epping Forest Police District Crime Reduction Officer Tony Ellis have been working together to improve policing in rural areas. This is as a result of the National Farmers` Union County Chairperson expressing concerns to the Chief Constable regarding policing priorities towards rural crime.

One action as a result of those concerns was for an email family to be established to exchange information between members about current crime trends and suspicious persons. This now 90-strong group has gone on to form a Neighbourhood Action Panel (NAP) to discuss and resolve rural crime issues – the Prime Minister mentioned the initiative in a recent speech as good practice.

At one of the NAP meetings, a farmer drew attention to a current trend that has become a national debate in some of the shooting magazines. People who are legitimately shooting on land have been approached by trespassers on that land. When asked to leave, the trespasser has reported to the Police that they were threatened by a man with a gun, meaning, in some cases, that the shooter has been arrested and his weapons confiscated solely on the word of the trespasser.

The Police and the Safer Communities Team, in consultation with the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and Mick Fidgeon the Head of Essex Police Firearms Licensing Department produced guidelines for shooters which, if followed, would protect them from false allegations. The guidelines will be circulated to every Police Firearms Department in Britain recommending that they be adopted nationally. They will also be taken to the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) with the suggestion that ACPO and BASC work together to expand them. Epping Forest Safer Communities Partnership has supported the initiative by funding the production of leaflets and posters, which will be distributed to shooters through shooting schools, firearms dealers, retail farming outlets and shooting syndicates.

Tony Ellis Crime Reduction, Mike Aldiss Essex Shooting School, Paul Gardener Safer Communities

Epping Forest Police Inspector Craig Carrington said: We were asked by the members of the NAP to come up with a plan of action, which would help protect legitimate shooters from falling victim to mischievous allegations. Paul and Tony have worked hard on this initiative and the result is a document which contributes nationally to resolving the problem. This has been a Partnership project with a number of other agencies contributing towards the final product and shows the value of working together with the community to resolve problems.

Caroline Wiggins Epping Forest District Council Community Safety Manager said: “The Farmers` NAP has highlighted a very real concern with the potential to have serious consequences and I am pleased the Safer Communities Partnership has been able to support this worthwhile initiative.”

Cafe Pays Price for Out of Date Food

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Food products including ham, cheese and shrimps have been seized from an Epping Cafe by Environmental Health Officers from Epping Forest District Council following a routine inspection on 2 February 2010. The Officers seized the products from Belgique after discovering them to be past their use by date – in one case by more than a month.

The issue was referred to a Justice of the Peace at Harlow Magistrates` Court who agreed the food should be condemned and destroyed. Belgique were not represented in court but will have to pay for the cost of disposal of the out of date food products.

Two Hygiene and Improvement Notices have been issued to Belgique on `food management safety` and `staff training`. They have 14 days to comply with the notices and failure to do so could lead to prosecution.

Competition to Find Freestyle Footballer

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The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is running an exciting freestyle football competition that will see one lucky winner being offered an amazing 6 Month Casual Freestyling Contract. The competition, taking place in January and February 2010 will be judged by World Famous Football Freestyler Billy Wingrove. He will be on hand to offer advice and tips to the next generation of Rooneys and Ronaldos.

The Epping Forest Freestyle Football Competition Poster

The free to enter competition is being run in partnership with Epping Forest District Council’s Sports and Health Development team and is open exclusively to residents of Epping Forest. Youngsters will be split into 3 age categories and will be showcasing their skills in four heats and a grand final scheduled to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club Training Centre.

Each venue will host three age categories on the same day. The age categories are 11 and under, 12 to 15 and 16 plus.

     The heats will be held at:

  • Limes Farm Estate on Thursday 28 January 2010 from 6pm to 9pm
  • St Johns C of E Secondary School on Friday 29 January 2010 from 6pm to 9pm
  • Waltham Abbey Sports Centre on Saturday 30 January 2010 from 1pm to 4pm
  • Roding Valley High School on Friday 5 February 2010 from 6pm to 9pm

In addition to the top prize of a casual Freestyling Contract which will be awarded to the winner of the 16 plus age group, other prizes on offer include trophies and tickets to a Tottenham Hotspur First Team game. Heat winners will each receive a Puma Football and Kit, while all participants will receive an exclusive goodie bag.

Places are restricted and are reserved only on a first come, first served basis so people are encouraged to book sooner rather than later. For more information or to reserve a place, contact the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation on 020 8365 5138.

Snow Disruption to Recycling Services

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Recent snow and icy conditions have caused disruption to refuse and recycling collection services today. There have been delays in collection because some of the dustcarts have not been able to access some roads due to the severe weather.

The Council is aware of the roads that have been missed and will endeavour to resume collection as soon as it is safe to do so. Please leave all waste and recycling containers and sacks in the normal place of collection, they will be collected as soon as possible.

Due to the extraordinary circumstances side waste (additional waste placed next to your container) will be collected during this bad weather period. If you would like any further information please contact 01992 564608.

Snow caused major disruption on Epping roads last night

The heavy snow and ice caused major disruption to travellers on roads around the district with many only passable with care. Drivers are being urged to monitor conditions as more snow is predicted.

Schneider Trophy Returned to North Weald

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Seventy-eight years after a Supermarine designed by RJ Mitchell of Spitfire fame won the Schneider Trophy outright with a new air speed record of 379 miles per hour, Neil Cooper of the Sky Hawks Team brought the modern day trophy back to North Weald Airfield.

Neil Cooper won the trophy in his Bulldog G-JWCM with team mates Roger Hayes and Craig Beavers coming second and third. Eighteen aircraft took part in the 2009 race at Bembridge on the Isle of Wright. It was a particularly sweet victory for Neil who was leading with one lap to go last year when the race was called off due to low cloud.

The Sky Hawks Team with the Schneider trophy outside the Squadron at North Weald Airfield

The three winning aircraft flew a flypast formation over their home airfield at the Spirit of North Weald Community Day in September. A replica of the trophy was on display. The real trophy can be seen at the Science Museum in London.

North Weald hosted the first air race weekend of the 2009 season in April. With one of the most successful teams based at the airfield it has become a centre of excellence for air racing in the UK.

The Scottish Aviation Bulldog was designed as a basic training aircraft for the RAF and other air forces and was built at Prestwick in Scotland.

Chairman Opens Nazeing Play Area

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Local children celebrated the launch of a second refurbished playground in Nazeing on Tuesday 3 November 2009.

Councillor Penny Smith opens the play area

Picture caption – Chairman of Council, Councillor Penny Smith cuts the ribbon and opens the play area in Nazeing with local councillors, local children and Council staff.

The new play facilities at Elizabeth Close were funded via the BIG Lottery Children`s Play Programme to the value of £49,000. Funding was secured by Epping Forest District Council`s Community Development Team, who subsequently worked closely with the landowners Nazeing Parish Council, to bring about the much- needed playground improvement scheme.

Councillors and local children on the new play equipment

Picture caption – Councillors, local children, parents and Council staff on the new play equipment.

The new facility was opened by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Penny Smith, who congratulated everyone involved in the project including local children, parents and Council staff from Community Development.

Councillors and local children by the new play equipment

Picture caption – Councillors, local children, parents and Council staff by the entrance to the new play area.

Nominate Your Citizen of the Year

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Do you know someone who has shown outstanding courage, or has done something of great benefit to you or your community? Perhaps someone who has shown extraordinary commitment, energy and effort in their particular field or towards achieving a particular goal?

If that person is a resident of the district, why not show your appreciation and nominate them for Epping Forest District Council`s accolade, a Citizen of the Year Award?

The closing date for nominations for the Epping Forest District Council Citizen of the Year 2010 is fast approaching. Forms should reach the Council no later than Friday 27 November 2009. The Citizen of the Year 2010 will receive their award at the Annual Civic Reception in March 2010.

The Council is asking people to nominate a person they feel fits the criteria and deserves recognition. There is no lower or upper age limit but employees of Epping Forest District Council and current serving Councillors are not eligible.

If you know someone who fits the bill and deserves to be recognised, fill in a nomination form. The forms can be obtained at Council Information Desks at Epping, Loughton or Waltham Abbey and Buckhurst Hill Parish Council Information Centre.

Bakers Lane Car Park Improvements

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Bakers Lane Car Park in Epping is to be upgraded by Epping Forest District Council. The improvement works are due to start on Tuesday 9 November 2009 and will last for two weeks.

The upgrade works to be carried out consist of resurfacing the entire area of the car park, providing new improved surface drainage, improving the lighting and installing CCTV.

During the two weeks` work, 50 per cent of Bakers Lane Car Park will remain open. However, spaces will be limited to permit holders only. The work will begin on Tuesday so only one market day is affected, causing as little disruption to stallholders and their customers as possible.

A letter has been sent to all local residents and businesses close to this Car Park, providing details of the works due to be carried out and advising of the times they may be affected.