Roydon man fined for illegal tree felling

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Mr Paul Hayden of Old house land, Roydon was fined a total of £3,199 after illegally cutting down trees protected by tree preservation orders (TPO’s).

Reckless actions

On 6 July at Chelmsford Magistrates Court Mr Hayden pleaded guilty to cutting down 2 oak trees, 2 Hawthorn trees and willfully damaging another Hawthorn, all were protected by Woodland Tree Preservation Orders in a conservation area.

Mr Hayden told the magistrates he had occupied the property for 26 years before buying in it 2016 but did not instruct his solicitor to carry out usual conveyancing searches.

He cut down the trees to clear a riding path for his daughter to avoid the horses eating acorns, which he said are found to be poisonous to them.

£3,199 worth of fines

The Magistrates considered his actions to have been reckless but not for monetary gain and implemented fines of £400 for each tree cut down and £250 for the damaged Hawthorn. He will have to plant replacement trees.

Mr Hayden has also been ordered to pay the council’s prosecution costs of £1,309 and a victim surcharge of £40 making a total of £3,199.

More information

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

51% of households responded, have you?

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51% of Epping Forest district households have responded to the annual canvass so far, that’s 28,600 household Enquiry Forms (HEF) in total, 20,000 were received online, by text and by phone!

Household Enquiry Form - Annual Canvass 2017

Do it online, it’s easier & cheaper

”Responding online, by text or by phone is by far the quickest and simplest way for you to respond and it’s also the cheapest, which helps us keep our costs down” explained Glen Chipp, Electoral Registration Officer for Epping Forest District Council.

”We still have 27,600 households to go, so we will be doing really well if we can keep up this good rate of automated responses before our deadline of 23 August 2017.”

What is a HEF?

Every year we have to send out a household enquiry form (HEF) to update the register of electors and find out if there have been any changes. Don’t ignore it, please respond immediately.

This is known as the annual canvass. It tells us details of people who have moved out and adds details of new occupants. You must respond, even if your details haven’t changed and even you voted in May and/or June this year.

Complete your household enquiry form online

No changes, all details are the same

You will need the 2 part security code on your household enquiry form and can do 1 of 3 options

  1. Confirm online at www.householdresponse.com/eppingforest
  2. Text NOCHANGE – with your security number to 80212
  3. Call 0800 197 9871 to confirm

If there are changes

You will need the 2 part security code on your household enquiry form and can do 1 of 2 options.

  1. Amend the information online easily and quickly at www.householdresponse.com/eppingforest
  2. Amend the form and return it to us in the prepaid envelope – please make sure you give a contact phone number or email address in case of queries

And finally…

Remember – the HEF is only an enquiry form.

If you are adding new names in your response to the HEF, you need to complete the registration process at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to add those people to the register.

For this, you will need your date of birth, national insurance number, nationality and any previous address.

Please also make sure you include a contact phone number and/or email address in case of queries.

Make sure you can vote

Glen Chipp added: “People think that they are automatically added to the register of electors because they are paying Council Tax or receiving Housing Benefit but that’s not the case. Not being on the register of electors can affect your credit rating and therefore you might have difficulty opening a bank account, getting credit, a loan, a mortgage or even a mobile phone!”

“Don’t ignore your HEF, by law you must confirm your details, or you may face a fine of up to £1,000. Please respond immediately, by 23 August 2017 at the very latest.”

Decisions from Plans East 9 August 2017

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Planning application decisions from Area Planning Sub-Committee East meeting on Wednesday 9 August 2017.

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Decisions

  1. EPF/0947/17 – 1-5 Stonards Hill, Epping, Essex, CM16 4QE
    Permission refused
  2. EPF/0567/17 – 9 Orchard Drive, Theydon Bois, Epping, Essex, CM16 7DH
    Permission granted
  3. EPF/1170/17 – 27 Barnfield, Epping, Essex, CM16 6RL
    Permission granted
  4. EPF/1397/17 – Willow House, The Street, Sheering, Essex, CM22 7LR
    Permission refused
  5. EPF/1400/17 – 41 Bowes Drive, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9AX
    Decision deferred
  6. EPF/1414/17 – 7 Harrison Drive, North Weald Bassett, Essex, CM16 6JD
    Decision deferred
  7. EPF/1454/17 – 91 Tower Road, Epping, Essex, CM16 5EW
    Permission granted
  8. EPF/1471/17 – The Retreat, Market Place, Abridge, Essex, RM4 1AU
    Permission granted

Planning application search

Whats on? Summer activities – Week 6

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Looking for summer holiday activity inspiration? Take a look at what we have in store for Monday 28 August to Friday 1 September 2017 of the summer holidays…

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Basketball drop in!

  • Wednesday 30 August 2017
  • 2pm – 4pm
  • Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Basketball Court, Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • £3

Suitable for ages 10-15

No need to book just drop in! 

Futsal Drop in!

  • Thursday 31 August 2017
  • 2pm – 4pm
  • Epping Sports Centre, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU
  • £3

Suitable for ages 11-15

No need to book just drop in! 

Go wild: Funky Pot Towers 

  • Thursday 31 August 2017
  • 2pm – 4pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £4.50

Suitable for ages 6-12

Book

Tennis Activators 

  • Thursday 31 August 2017
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Tennis Courts, Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • £3

Suitable for ages 5-10

Book

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Do you know a cheat in your street?

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“If you know or suspect someone is committing fraud you should report them straight away” urges Finance Portfolio Holder Councillor Gagan Mohindra.

Fraud affects everyone. Money stolen by housing tenancy fraud, council tax fraud or business rates fraud is depriving our public services of the vital resources they need.”

Know a cheat in your street?

Report someone you think is committing fraud

Don’t let them get away with it. You can report it anonymously. You don’t have to give your name or contact details unless you want to.

Fraudsters are cheating us all

Housing tenancy fraud – someone who has committed a social housing fraud by

  • illegally sub-letting
  • not living in the property and leaving it empty
  • making a fraudulent Right to Buy application
  • taking (or making) a payment for a mutual exchange
  • living in a property after the tenant has died, where they had no right to succeed
  • giving false or misleading information to get the tenancy

Council Tax fraud – someone who gets a Council Tax discount by falsely

  • stating the property is empty
  • claiming they live alone
  • claiming they are a student
  • claiming Council Tax Support falsely by doing undeclared work or having capital/property in excess of the limit

Business rates fraud – a person or business liable for Business Rates who falsely

  • claims an exemption or relief they are not entitled to

Not a victimless crime

Cllr Mohindra said: “Fraud is not a victimless crime. Don’t think that reporting benefit fraud is wrong or underhand. If a fraudster commits fraud in the Epping Forest district we will use the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to seize and confiscate their assets.”

We need your help

“We constantly look for fraud but no matter how hard we try, we cannot do it alone – we need your help” said Councillor Mohindra.

“Please tell us if you suspect someone is committing fraud by filling in our online form or by calling our fraud investigation team on 01992 564444.”

Council 27 July 2017

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In a sombre council meeting on 27 July 2017 tributes were paid to current Councillor Gary Waller and 3 former councillors who passed away recently.

Gary Waller 1945-2017

Council remembers Gary Waller

Council Chairman David Stallan and Council Leader Chris Whitbread led emotional tributes to Councillor Gary Waller who passed away just a few days earlier.

Gary Waller was one of the most active and senior members of Epping Forest District Council, holding one of the most responsible cabinet roles as Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder. So sudden was his passing that his reports still featured on the council agenda.

A former MP with a wealth of experience, good humour, and friends across the council, councillors offered their heartfelt condolences to all he knew and loved.

Ian Abbey, Stan Goodwin and Keith Wright

In a sombre council meeting, councillors also fondly remembered former councillors Ian Abbey, Stan Goodwin and Keith Wright who all passed away in recent weeks. Councillor Stallan thanked all those who spoke so movingly in memory of ‘4 great councillors’.

Good progress reported to councillors

Council Leader Chris Whitbread and fellow members of the cabinet reported on a range of recent successes.

Reports included

  • Epping Forest Shopping Park
  • Tourism website and conference
  • Fly tipping prosecutions
  • Progress on a new leisure centre for Waltham Abbey following the letting of a new leisure centre management contract with Places for People
  • MiLife mental health and awareness programme for school children
  • Grant aid to 11 local organisations totalling £29,667
  • Updating information on the draft Local Plan
  • Council CCTV cameras helping the police

Council housing safety

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, Housing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Syd Stavrou also provided councillors with extensive information and reassurance on the safety of local council housing.

There are no high-rise council properties in Epping Forest and very few with any form of cladding (checks suggest this cladding is safe). All council properties are low enough to be reached by Essex Fire and Rescue vehicle platforms. Councillors were invited to attend future meetings to satisfy themselves of the fire safety measures and procedures in place.

Annual reports

Annual reports of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Audit and Governance Committee were also noted along with the council’s anti-fraud and corruption policy.

Whats on? Summer activities – Week 5

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Looking for summer holiday activity inspiration? Take a look at what we have in store for Monday 21 August to Friday 25 August 2017 of the summer holidays…

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Be an Animator!

  • Monday 21 August 2017
  • 10:30am – 3:30pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £20 including materials

Suitable for ages 8+

Book

Musical in 2 days! – Annie

  • Tuesday 22 & Wednesday 23 August 2017
  • 10:30am – 3:30pm
  • St James Hall, St James Avenue, Ongar, CM5 9EL
  • £40 including materials

Suitable for ages 5+

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Tudor Family Fun with clay

  • Tuesday 22 August 2017
  • 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 just drop in!

Go wild: Let’s get painting 

  • Thursday 24 August 2017
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Epping Forest District Council Community Services, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU
  • £4.50

Suitable for ages 6-12

Book

Multi-sports, forest adventures and more…

We have also planned a wide range of sportplay 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

Discover the wildlife of Bobbingworth

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Updated 8 August 2017 – we’re sorry but this event is cancelled due to the forecast bad weather.

Join us to discover what wildlife lives at Bobbingworth.

We will be playing games, doing some crafts and looking for wildlife on Wednesday 9 August 2017 from 11am to 1pm.

Wildlife at Bobbingworth

Details

  • When – Wednesday 9 August 2017
  • Where – Bobbingworth Nature Reserve, Moreton Bridge Road, CM5 0LL (see map)
  • Time – 11am to 1pm
  • Cost – £3 per child, this session is aimed at 4 to 11 year olds
  • Booking – booking is essential, please call 01992 564224 to book a place

Decisions from Plans South 26 July 2017

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Planning application decisions from Area Planning Sub-Committee South meeting on Wednesday 26 July 2017.

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Decisions

  • EPF/1325/17 to modify the S106 agreement linked to planning permission reference EPF/1097/09 re Oaklands School, 8 Albion Hill, Loughton, Essex IG10 4RA
    Agreed
  1. EPF/3386/16 – Land West of Froghall Lane, South of Chigwell Cemetery, Chigwell, Essex IG7
    Decision deferred
  2. EPF/2446/16 – Buckhurst Hill FC, Roding Lane, Buckhurst Hill, Essex IG9 6BJ
    Decision deferred
  3. EPF/0329/17 – Land adjacent to The Paddock Grove Lane, Chigwell, Essex IG7 6JF
    Permission granted
  4. EPF/0897/17 – 1 Ollards Grove, Loughton, Essex IG10 4DJ
    Permission refused
  5. EPF/1054/17 – 246-250 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB
    Permission granted
  6. EPF/1152/17 – 2A Goldings Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 2QN
    Permission granted
  7. EPF/1229/17 – 32 Woodland Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1HJ
    Permission granted
  8. EPF/1344/17 – 5 Greenfield Close, Loughton, Essex IG10 3HG
    Permission granted
  9. EPF/1426/17 – 33 Amberley Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex IG9 5QW
    Permission granted
  10. EPF/1430/17 – 4 The Crescent, Loughton, Essex IG10 4PY
    Permission granted
  11. EPF/1479/17 – 27 Fallow Fields, Loughton, Essex IG10 4QP
    Permission granted
  12. EPF/1540/17 – 18 Albion Park, Loughton, Essex IG10 4RB
    Permission granted

Planning application search

Whats 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 14 August to Friday 18 August 2017 of the summer holidays…

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Be a Textile Artist 

  • Monday 14 August 2017
  • 10:30am – 3:30pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £20 including materials

Suitable for ages 8+

Book

Tudor Family Fun: Jousting Horse

  • Tuesday 15 August 2017
  • 12pm – 3pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50 including materials

Suitable for ages 5 – 13

No need to book, just drop in!

Little Storytellers

  • Wednesday 16 August 2017
  • 10am – 11:30am
  • North Weald Village Hall, North Weald, CM16 6BU
  • £6

Suitable for ages 4+

Book

Little Storytellers

  • Wednesday 16 August 2017
  • 2pm – 3:30am
  • The Limes Centre, Main Hall, Limes Avenue, Chigwell, IG7 5LP
  • £6

Suitable for ages 4+

Book

Be a Performance Poet!

  • Thursday 17 August 2017
  • 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £8 including materials

Suitable for ages 8+

Book

Go wild: Tray Garden

  • Thursday 17 August 2017
  • 2pm – 4pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £4.50

Suitable for ages 6-12

Book

Multi-sports, forest adventures and more…

We have also planned a wide range of sportplay 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