Ongar leisure centre refurbishment unveiled

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Ongar Leisure Centre unveiled its newly refurbished fitness suite on Saturday 9 September 2017.

Cllr Kane cutting the ribbon

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State of the art equipment

The new suite now includes a state of the art cardio and strength kit, rowers, multifunctional training equipment and Watt bikes. It also features a new training rig which is ideal for rehabilitating an injury and high intensity training, as well as a Technogym Skillmill, which is a powerless treadmill that allows users of all abilities to perform at their own pace.

Official launch

An official launch event was held on Saturday 9 September 2017, which offered visitors free swimming, badminton and virtual cycling sessions, special deals on membership and the chance to see improvements made following the £450,000 worth of investment.

Track your swim technology

Investment into Ongar leisure centre has also included new energy saving technology, IT systems to enhance the customer experience as well as the introduction of state of the art equipment such as SWIMTAG, which is the latest wearable technology that helps customers track their swim activity.

Commitment to leisure

Epping Forest District Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Community Services Councillor Helen Kane said: ”It is such a pleasure to see the first major investment of the new leisure contract come to fruition at Ongar Leisure Centre. I know there has been some local concern about the future of the centre but this refurbishment and Places for People Leisure’s investment of £450,000 is a clear commitment to leisure services in Ongar.”

Major refurbishment across district

”Across the District major refurbishment works start in Epping and Loughton this Autumn while preliminary work has already started for the brand-new leisure centre at Waltham Abbey. I’m pleased to say that the outlook for leisure services is positive throughout the District.”

Opportunities for everyone

Geraint Hole, General Manager at Ongar Leisure Centre comments: ”We are delighted to be able to offer the local community a newly refurbished and equipped leisure centre that will provide opportunities for everyone to take part in physical activity and enjoy the wide range of facilities on offer. As a social enterprise, we aim to open up even more opportunities for people to adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle and are looking forward to offering customers free sessions as part of this event.”

Nominate your Citizen of the Year

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Epping Forest District Council’s Citizen of the Year Awards recognises people in the community who go above and beyond and make positive changes in our district.

Citizen of the year Civic Awards 2018 poster

If you know an individual or a team who make a real difference nominate them for

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Team of the Year

Highlighting positive work

Chairman David Stallan said: ‘The Citizen of the Year award is a great event, highlighting the positive work that goes on throughout the district. There are people among us who go above and beyond, making positive contributions to our society.’

‘If there’s and individual or group who springs to mind, now is your time to nominate them for a Civic Award.’

Make a nomination

Applications close Friday 24 November 2017.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme consultation

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We’re asking for your views on the future of our Local Council Tax Support scheme (LCTS) to see whether any changes should be made. It’s important we get the views of our residents as it could affect the amount of Council Tax you pay, or the services you receive.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme consultation

Government grant

“The Government gives us a grant to pay Local Council Tax Support which is reducing each year” explains Finance Portfolio Holder Councillor Gagan Mohindra, “if we spend more than the grant, we have to decide how we pay for the excess.”

Making changes

“This year, in addition to looking at how the scheme is funded, we are deciding whether changes should be made to reduce the number of different Council Tax bills that people get when they receive Universal Credit, and whether Bereavement Support Payments should be disregarded. There are also changes to the way that we treat decisions by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).”

Generate savings

Councillor Mohindra said: “We’ve looked carefully at the LCTS scheme and are aiming to providing a fair level of support to those residents on a low income as well as identifying potential changes which would generate savings for the council.

We will of course continue to fully fund support for those who suffer exceptional hardship, and none of the changes would make a drastic change to the amount of council tax individuals would pay.”

Let us know what you think

“Let us know what you think on this important issue” Councillor Mohindra asked residents. “ It takes just 10 minutes to complete the online questionnaire which runs until 12 October 2017.

Any recommendations from this consultation will be considered by Full Council later in the year, with a view to bringing in changes from April 2018.”

Make a detailed reply or comments

If you want to make a detailed reply or comments, email benefits@eppingforestdc.gov.uk and enter ‘consultation’ in the subject heading. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can get a paper copy from the Benefits Division at the Civic Offices.

We cannot respond individually to each response.

Learn about local mammals with Countrycare

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Join Countrycare on Saturday 16 September 2017 at 7:30am for a close encounter with some of the small mammals found in Roding Valley!

Small mammal event 2017

Help us identify which animals live in and around Roding Valley, followed by breakfast!

Details

  • Saturday 16 September 2017
  • 7:30am – 9:30am
  • The Grange Farm Centre, Grange Farm Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6DP (click here for a map)
  • £6
  • Call 01992 564224 to book

Further information

Your rubbish, your responsibility

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Fly-tipping in Essex is draining more than £1 million of taxpayers’ money each year.

#CrimeNotToCare

Partnership working

This week, Love Essex, a partnership of councils, businesses and environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, is launching its #CrimeNotToCare campaign to inform residents they could unwittingly end up with a criminal record and face an unlimited fine, if a rogue trader dumps their waste illegally.

”Your rubbish is your responsibility”

Epping Forest District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Will Breare-Hall said: “We need the public to understand their rubbish is their responsibility and they must do the right thing with it. Giving it to a man with a van who offers to get rid of it cheaply could prove costly for people and result in them getting a criminal record.”

Incidents on the rise

In the Epping Forest district there were 2,384  incidents in 2016 to 2017, a significant rise from the previous year’s figures of 1,944. The number of prosecutions of residents where fly-tipped waste has been traced back to them is also on the rise.

Successful prosecutions

A man was recently fined £461 and ordered to pay £758 prosecution costs after pleading guilty to failing his ‘duty of care’, at Chelmsford Magistrates Court. The Loughton resident had allowed a man who knocked at his door to take 40 black sacks away for £70 cash, without checking he was authorised to transport the waste – rules he was unaware of.

The rubbish was then fly-tipped in a garage area in Loughton and traced back to the resident.

”Important campaign for our country”

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton added: “#CrimeNotToCare is an important campaign for our country and we are delighted that Epping Forest District Council as part of Love Essex, is partnering with us.

“There are almost a million fly-tipping incidents in England every year and cleaning it all up costs us £50million a year. It blights communities and our countryside and is a menace.”

Seek advice

Ensure you don’t fall foul of the law, visit www.recycleforessex.com/crimenottocare for advice.

Top tips to dispose of waste correctly

  1. If you use a trader to remove your waste ask to see their waste carrier registration number issued by the Environment Agency. It is illegal for them to take your waste if they don’t have a permit. Check their credentials and vehicle details here
  2. Make sure you get a receipt or transfer notice before your waste is taken away
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask where your waste is going and request paperwork that shows where it will be disposed. A legitimate waste carrier will not object to this questioning
  4. Protect yourself by being careful with your waste. Never leave rubbish, such as old washing machines or scrap metal on your drive or in the street as it could end up in the wrong hands. You can donate working items to reuse organisations or charity shops

Report fly-tipping

Register to vote before 12 September

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Every household that is yet to confirm their voting details has been sent a reminder to complete their Household Enquiry Form (HEF) by 12 September 2017.

Household Enquiry Form - Annual Canvass 2017

What is a Household Enquiry Form?

All properties in the district have been sent a household enquiry form and if you are yet to respond, you will receive a reminder. This process 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.

Do it online now

“It’s the easiest and quickest option to confirm your details or make any changes online,” says Glen Chipp, Electoral Registration Officer, “it’s also the cheapest method for us as it helps keep our costs down.”

But nothing has changed?

Even if none of your details have changed, you will still need to confirm your details are correct.

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

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

If there are changes

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

Two stage process

If you have made changes to your household enquiry form, it is important to remember there will be a second stage to the process. Merely completing the form does not mean you are registered.

  • Stage 1 is responding to the Household Enquiry Form
  • Stage 2 is completion of the registration process for new electors at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

To complete the registration process 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

“People think that they are automatically added to the register of electors because they are paying Council Tax, but that’s not the case.” Glen Chipp added: ”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 12 September

“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 12 September 2017 at the very latest.”

Lower Sheering notice of vacancy

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Notice is given that a vacancy has occurred in the office of District Councillor for the Lower Sheering Ward, by reason of the death of Councillor Gary Waller, Councillor for the Ward.

An election to fill the vacancy will be held within 35 days (computed in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972), after notice in writing has been given to me by two local government electors, requesting that an election be held.

Notice of vacancy

Decisions from Plans South 23 August 2017

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Planning application decisions from Area Planning Sub-Committee South meeting on Wednesday 23 August 2017.

Watch the webcast

Decisions

  • EPF/2446/16 – Buckhurst Hill FC, Roding Lane, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 6BJ
    Permission granted
  • EPF/3386/16 – Land West of Froghall Lane, South of Chigwell Cemetery, Chigwell, Essex, IG7
    Refused then deferred to DDMC
  • EPF/0877/17 – 55 Hainault Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 5DH
    Decision deferred
  • EPF/1011/17 – 80 Bracken Drive, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 5RD
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1012/17 – 12A Alderton Close, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3HQ
    Decision deferred
  • EPF/1514/17 – 51 Parkmead, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3JW
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1531/17 – St Merryn, Grove Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6JD
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1618/17 – Shepperd’s Nursery, Chase Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6JW
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1620/17 – Mirravale Court, 137 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 5BH
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1667/17 – 7 Beech Close, Loughton, Essex, IG10 2PH
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1818/17 – 102 Southern Drive, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3BX
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1844/17 – 240 The Broadway, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3TF
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1852/17 – 12 High Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 5HP
    Permission granted

Planning application search

Join us for Mad About Moths

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Interested in learning more about wildlife on nature reserves at night? Join us for our annual Mad About Moths event on Friday 1 September 2017, 8pm until late.

Mad about moths 2017We will also be using bat detectors and looking out for any other signs of nocturnal wildlife!

Details

  • When: Friday 1 September 2017
  • Time: 8pm until late
  • Where: Epping Green Millennium Garden, CM16 6PR
  • Cost: Free entry, donations for refreshments appreciated
  • Book: Call 01992 564224

Hot drinks will be available, don’t forget to bring a torch!

Further information

Stay well this winter

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With the colder months closing in it’s time to prepare with our ‘stay well this winter’ events.

Stay Well This Winter 2017

Time to prepare is now

Our free stay well this winter events in partnership with West Essex Clinical Commissioning group provide the best health care information with talks from professionals and community groups highlighting the great services available to you this winter.

They day includes informative talks from

  • Pharmacists
  • Community Nurses
  • Specialist health advisors

Stands from health and community professionals including

  • Alzheimer’s society
  • EFDC Housing team
  • VAEF
  • Essex Road Safety
  • Essex Fire Service
  • And more

You will also receive a free lunch and goodie bag.

Where

  1. Tuesday 3 October
    10 am – 2pm
    Waltham Abbey Town Hall
    High bridge Street
    EN9 1DE
  2. Wednesday 25 October
    10am – 2pm
    Theydon Bois Village Hall
    Coppice Row
    CM16 7ER
  3. Friday 10 November
    10am – 2pm
    Roding Hall
    Buckhurst Hill
    26 Station Way
    IG9 6LN

Join us

Booking is required, call 01992 564226 to confirm your place.