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.

Cashback Success for Ninefields

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Ninefields Estate in Waltham Abbey has successfully been awarded funding from the Community Cashback Scheme. The Community Development Team at Epping Forest District Council submitted a bid back in August and asked local people to pledge their support.

Community Cashback is a new scheme launched by the National Criminal Justice Board to enable local people to have a say in how £4 million of recovered criminal assets, for example, confiscated cash or property, should be spent in their communities.

Members of the local community were encouraged to vote for the project online and various television and radio interviews were undertaken. Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Wellbeing Councillor Brian Rolfe said: It is a direct result of the fantastic amount of support registered by members of the local community that we were able to secure this funding. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to vote as the projects being planned will benefit the whole of the Ninefields community.

The funding secured will be used to improve the entrance to Ninefields Community Hall and facilitate a young people`s community art project, culminating in the production of a 3D sculpture for the front wall. Local young people will work with an artist to develop, design and consult publicly on the piece of artwork.

2012 Olympic Canoe Slalom Venue on Track

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Today the Olympic Delivery Authority released new images showing the good progress being made in the construction of a world-class White Water Canoe Centre in Broxbourne for the London 2012 Games.

Construction work started on the Broxbourne venue in July this year and land formation works to form the canoe course embankments and the landscaped features of the venue are over halfway complete. Piling work is now underway to form the foundations of the Olympic starting pool and the venue`s facility building.

After the Games, the venue will be owned, funded operated by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority as a sporting and leisure facility for canoeing and white-water rafting, as well as a major competition and training venue for elite events.

The venue is due for completion ahead of 2012, delivering an early legacy of community use and training facilities for people of all abilities before the Games begin.  ODA Chief Executive David Higgins said: We are making good progress at Broxbourne and seeing the site beginning to take shape gives us an exciting glimpse of what will be a world-class venue for 2012 and a major leisure attraction after the Games. The start of foundation works is an important milestone and keeps us on track to deliver an early legacy of first-class new sporting facilities for the East of England region well before the world`s best athletes arrive in 2012.

Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority said: We have witnessed strong progress at this site over the past three months. As the owners and operators of the venue before and after London 2012, we are working hard to create a programme which will enable beginners, sports clubs, schools and elite athletes to use the Centre. The Centre has been designed to cater for a very wide range of people, with a nerve-jangling 5m drop for more experienced canoeists and commercial white water rafting and a 160m long intermediate course, perfect for coaching a wider range of ages and abilities. We look forward to opening the doors to the public in Spring 2011.

Lord Edward Iveagh, East of England Development Agency (EEDA) board member said: “It is great news that the work on the site is on schedule. When complete the White Water Canoe Centre will provide top-of-the-range sporting facilities which will benefit local people and communities for years to come. It will also attract visitors to the region from the UK and abroad helping to boost local businesses and the economy.”

Charles Johnston, Sport England`s Property Director, said Broxbourne is on course to benefit community paddlers before and after the arrival of the world`s best athletes for the 2012 Games. We are pleased that our investment of National Lottery funding will help meet the long-standing need of the region`s paddlers for high-quality sporting opportunities from beginner to elite level.

The White Water Canoe Centre is being built in Broxbourne on part of the River Lee Country Park, close to Waltham Cross station and will be owned, funded and managed by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, who own the site.

    The venue is being built on a 10 hectare site, covering an area the equivalent of 25 full-size football pitches, and will include:

  • An Olympic standard 300m competition course – the water speed through the course will be in excess of 7mph in places
  • A boat conveyor to transport participants to the course start in their rafts or canoes
  • A 160m intermediate / training course – the intermediate course will help create an inclusive and comprehensive sports programme in legacy from novice paddler through to elite competitors
  • Finish Lake – finish lake area of 10,000m2 (1 hectare / 2.5 acres)
  • A facility building and pumping house containing a reception, cafe, changing rooms, admin offices, spectator viewing facilities, storage, and water pump / filtration plant
  • Landscaping works – with path and bridge networks throughout the venue to facilitate spectator viewing and access

Around 50 people are now working on the Broxbourne construction site and work to form the canoe course embankments and the landscaped features of the venue has so far seen over 150,000 cubic metres of material put in place – enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall. Foundation work is now underway on site and will see 300 concrete piles driven up to 16 metres into the ground to form the foundations of the venue facilities building and Olympic course start pool.

Work is also now underway on site to create the venue`s finish lake and will involve the excavation of 10,000 cubic metres of soil – enough to fill three Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The construction of the White Water Canoe Centre is due to be completed for Games training and testing in 2010-11 with some public use in 2011. During the Games, temporary seating will be installed around the venue for spectators. After the Games, the spectator seating will be removed, and the venue will be developed into the Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre, creating a major leisure attraction for canoeing and white water rafting as well as a venue for future international competition and sports development opportunities.

Anyone keen to find out more information on the development of the venue and how it will be used before, after, or during the Games can visit a dedicated Information Point, located a 20 minute walk away from the site, at YHA Lee Valley in Cheshunt, part of the Lee Valley Regional Park.

Animal Welfare Award

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Epping Forest District Council Animal Welfare Officer Kevin Cope has been one of eight successful runners-up in the RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprints 2009 Award. Kevin is part of an innovative, effective animal welfare group. The judges felt that his Forum entry offered an innovative model of how effective, well-organised and positive working can be. Their entry fell short of being the winning one, but the judges wanted the Essex Animal Welfare Forum to be recognised as a fine model of good practice with a finalist certificate.

The Forum is made up of representatives from all 14 Essex Authorities and aims to promote animal welfare in the county. By bringing together Environmental Health Officers, Dog and Animal Wardens, Licensing Officers and Technical staff the Forum supports officers, offering advice and is the major contributor to consultations involving animal welfare issues. It runs low-cost training for officers and produces reports on stray dogs and animal licensing establishments.

Epping Forest District Council and the Essex Animal Welfare Group, along with the three Innovator Award Winners, the remaining finalists and the footprint achievers will feature on the RSPCA website.

Furthermore the RSPCA has extended an invitation to two representatives from the Forum, including Kevin, to a reception at the House of Lords on Wednesday 28 October 2009.

Animal Welfare Officer Kevin Cope said: It was a great honour to be one of the eight finalists. We are really pleased with winning an award, which just confirms the importance of partnership working with the RSPCA.