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

Planning application search

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

Annual elections canvass forms arriving soon

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Household Enquiry Forms will be dropping through letterboxes over the next few weeks and it is essential that every home within the Epping Forest District responds by 21 August 2018.

Annual canvass

Legal requirement

If you live at an address in the district, you are legally required to respond and we are urging local residents to do it as soon as the form arrives, to help cut down the £20,000 cost of reminders last year.

The form also ensures that Epping Forest can keep the electoral register up to date and that you are able to vote should there be an unexpected election.

Online – saves time and money

Simon Hill, Electoral Registration Officer said: “It’s important that residents respond immediately to the form online, by phone or by text, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Epping Forest.”

“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.”

Register and respond to canvass form

If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or call the Electoral Services office on 01992 564411.

At the same time as registering you must also respond to the canvass form.

People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details. Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time.

Do it online, by phone or by text now

It’s easiest and quickest to confirm your details online, by phone or by text. You can also let us know of any changes online. By using one of the automated response options you are helping to keep our costs down.

Make sure you can vote

“People think that they are automatically added to the register of electors because they are paying Council Tax, but that’s not the case,” said Simon Hill. “The annual canvass happens every year and even if nothing in your household has changed, you still need to confirm your details.”

It can affect your credit rating

It is important to remember that not being on the register can affect your ability to open a bank account, get a loan, credit, a mortgage or even a mobile phone, because it can affect your credit rating.

Respond by 21 August

Don’t ignore the form. By law you must confirm your details, or you may face a fine of up to £1,000. Please respond immediately if you have not already done so, please complete your form by 21 August 2018 at the very latest.

What’s 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 27 to Friday 31 August 2018 of the summer holidays.


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Make a fairy garden

  • Tuesday 28 August
  • 10am- 12pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £5.50
  • Ages 5-14

Book


Street tennis

  • Tuesday 28 August
  • 10am- 12pm
  • Roding Valley recreation ground, Roding Road, Tennis courts, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • £3.50
  • Ages 5-11

No need to book


Street basketball

  • Wednesday 29 August
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Roding Valley recreation ground, Roding Road, Tennis courts, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • £5
  • Ages 10- 14

No need to book


How to draw, a portrait

  • Wednesday 29 August
  • 30am -12pm
  • Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD
  • £8
  • Ages 8-14

Book


How to draw, a landscape

  • Wednesday 29 August
  • 20pm – 3pm
  • Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD
  • £8
  • Ages 8- 14

Book


Multi-sports, forest adventures and more…

We have also planned a wide range of sport, play 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


Summer holidays by week

£783 raised at Chairman’s charity golf day

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The Chairman of Council, Councillor Richard Bassett, hit the opening tee shot at the Epping Forest District Council Chairman’s charity golf day at Chigwell Golf Club on Tuesday 3 July 2018.


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After apologising for the divot from his first shot, 24 golfers took to the fairways alongside the Chairman. The group was comprised of Councillors, officers and former employees.

£783 raised for Chairmans charities

The golfers raised a magnificent £783 for the Chairman’s chosen charities, including; Epping Forest Community Transport, a local charity which meets the needs of local people who are unable to use conventional public transport and towards grants for children’s charities and clubs across the district.

Thank you

Chairman of the Council, Councillor Richard Bassett said: “It was a fabulously sunny day and the standard of the golf was very high. Congratulations to Trevor Johnson, David Clifton, Wendy MacLeod and Steve Smith on their respective victories! A fun day was had by all and even better still –  a sizeable amount was raised! Thank you to everyone that took part and helped raise funds for such worthy causes.”

Man fined for failing to clear nature reserve site

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A man from Waltham Abbey has been prosecuted by Epping Forest District Council for failing to clear waste that was adversely affecting the character and visual attractiveness of land within Roding Valley Meadow Local Nature Reserve.

Prosecution

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Former underground bunker site

Mr Raymond Sturgess of Stanford Court in Waltham Abbey was successfully prosecuted in June 2018. He failed to respond to a notice served on him requiring him to remove waste, plastic, card, building materials and household items from the former Royal Observer Corps underground bunker site, which he originally intended to renovate when it was bought in 2015.

Fined

Sturgess pleaded guilty and received a reduced fine of £200, was ordered to pay £200 towards the Council’s prosecution costs together with a statutory victim surcharge of £30.

Ample time to comply

During mitigation Mr Sturgess told the Magistrates that was unable to comply with the notice because he had injured his knee, he claimed that vandals and fly-tippers had gained access to the site and were responsible for the mess.

The Magistrate concluded that Sturgess had ample time to comply with the notice and they did not accept everything he had told them.

Largest remaining water meadow

The bunker site sits within the Roding Valley Meadow Local Nature Reserve. The Wildlife Trust manage the site and describe it as ‘the largest remaining water meadow in Essex’.

It is reputedly famous for it’s beautiful wild flowers, butterflies, invertebrates and birds. It is important that this site is preserved for its resident wildlife and for future generations to enjoy.

eNgage dance show returns for 2018

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Dance groups from Essex and Hertfordshire gave a wonderful performance at this year’s eNgage at the Spotlight Theatre, Hoddesdon on Friday 29 June.

eNgage 2018

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With an audience of over 300 and a cast of 130, eNgage brought several communities together for an evening of spectacular dance. The mix of dance styles included Street Dance, Tap, Musical Theatre and Commercial.

The dancers

Performers were of all ages and abilities, from 8 years old to 72 years young!

The evening welcomed a new group to perform, Mayhem Theatre Arts. They closed the show with a great number representing all dances through the decades. Big Funksters Tappers performed for the first time ever after only having formed in 2017.

A journey through time

CoCoCare, an adult group with disabilities from Colchester, wowed the audience with their use of props and quick costume changes, that also take us on a journey through time with different dance styles and moves including Disco and Break Dancing.

Jason Theatre School celebrated girl power with a feisty but feel-good female medley, the piece was created in the Daniela’s Dance classes; a special class started in memory of pupil Daniela Ruggiero. Straight Up Dance, closed the first act with a phenomenal piece inspired by The Greatest Showman, that had both adults and junior classes performing together.

DNA Studios and Flux Dance Collective choreographed pieces especially for the show to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I.

The show

The show is organised by the Epping Forest District Museums Heritage and Culture team and is part of the U.Dance network of events that aim to provide every child and young person with the opportunity to take part in a dance performance.

The flyer and programme for the show are designed by Art and Design student, Annabel Christian from Epping Forest College who beat fellow classmates to be the winning design.

“Not to be missed”

Epping Forest District Council’s Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett attended, and said: “ What an amazing evening, I consider it a privilege to have been invited. It’s wonderful to be a part of an event that showcases so much local artistic flair and talent. I was exhausted by the sheer energy of all the groups! Congratulations to the performers and well done to all of the event organisers for putting on such a wonderful show. Please make sure you get a ticket for next year it’s not to be missed.”

What’s on? Week 5 of the summer holidays

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Looking for summer holiday activity inspiration? Take a look at what we have in store for Monday 20 to Friday 24 August 2018 of the summer holidays.

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How to draw…a portrait

This practical artist led workshop will teach you tips and techniques for drawing the human face.

  • Monday 20 August 2018
  • 10:30am – 12 noon
  • Epping Library, St John’s Road, Epping, CM16 5DN
  • £8 per child
  • Suitable for children 8 to 14 years old
  • Booking essential

How to draw…a landscape

This practical artist led workshop will teach you tips and techniques for drawing landscapes.

  • Monday 20 August 2018
  • 1.30pm – 3pm
  • Epping Library, St John’s Road, Epping, CM16 5DN
  • £8 per child
  • Suitable for children aged 8 to 14 years old
  • Booking essential

Funky seed head sculpture

Create a funky seed head sculpture that will grow into something amazing!

  • Tuesday 21 August 2018
  • 10am – 12 noon
  • Epping Forest District Council Community Services, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU
  • £5.50 per child
  • Suitable for children aged 5 to 14 years old
  • Booking essential

Family fun with clay

Be inspired by objects in the Museum displays and make your own clay creation

  • Tuesday 21 August 2018
  • 12 noon – 3pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum 39 -41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50 per child
  • Suitable for children aged 5 to 13 years old
  • Drop in event

Art in the garden

Spend a fun morning in the Epping Forest District Museum garden

  • Wednesday 22 August 2018
  • 10:30am – 12 noon
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL
  • £8 per child
  • Suitable for children aged 8 to 14 years old
  • Booking is essential

Teddy bears picnic

Join Countrycare and our teddy bears for some fun outdoor activities!

  • Wednesday 22 August 2018
  • 12noon – 2pm
  • Linder’s Field, Roebuck Lane, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5QN
  • £3 per child
  • Suitable for children aged 3 to 6 years old
  • Booking is essential

Graffiti spray painting workshop

Create your very own graffiti style picture to take pride of place at home!

  • Wednesday 22 August 2018
  • 1pm – 3pm
  • Oakwood Hall Community Hall, Longcroft Rise, Loughton, IG10 3NB
  • £5.50 per child
  • Suitable for children aged 8 to 16 years old
  • Booking essential

How to paint…like an artist

Learning from great artists of the past, you will work in a variety of different styles, with a variety of different materials to produce your own artwork

  • Wednesday 22 August 2018
  • 2pm – 4pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL
  • £10 per child
  • Suitable for children aged 8 to 14 years old
  • Booking essential

Family fun – arts and crafts drop in

Join us for a morning of fun family arts and crafts for you to make together and take home

  • Friday 24 August 2018
  • 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • The Limes Centre, Limes Avenue, Chigwell, IG7 5LP
  • £2 per child
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Drop in event

Multi-sports, forest adventures and more…

We have also planned a wide range of sport, play 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


Summer holiday by week