Essex Police respond to critical UK threat level

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Message from Essex Police

Armed Essex Police officers will patrol major infrastructure sites across Essex and the county will see more local policing patrols as the force responds to the change in the national terrorist threat level.

The UK threat level from international terrorism is now ‘critical’ meaning an attack is expected imminently. This is a national threat level and is based on intelligence that is considered credible and specific.

There is no specific intelligence or evidence which relates to Essex.

Essex Police update

Increased police presence

Deputy Chief Constable BJ Harrington said: “From today and until further notice people in Essex will see an increased police presence in the county and that includes armed police officers. We are doing this to protect and reassure the public and we plan and train in great detail to respond to situations like this.”

“The national operation that has been put in place following the terrorist attack in Manchester will include military patrols supporting police operations in key national infrastructure locations. These plans are well-established and if you see any military personnel it does not mean that there is a specific threat near you.”

Communities defeat terrorism

“Communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong relationship between the public and police. We depend on information from the public, who can be our eyes and ears, in our efforts to keep us all safe.”

Please report anything suspicious to the confidential anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321 or in an emergency dial 999.

“In Essex today police officers will stay on duty for longer than usual to keep the county safe. We plan and prepare for such a response but I am extremely grateful to officers for the high quality and extremely swift response to the national security situation.”

Follow Essex Police

Essex Police are asking members of the public to follow the force’s Twitter account @essexpoliceUKcheck Facebook at www.facebook.com/essexpoliceUK and follow local media websites and news broadcasts for further information. Information will also be published on the Essex Police website.

Improved Nazeing Triangle nature reserve

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The Nazeing Triangle Nature Reserve has a brand new and accessible jetty, thanks to the hard work of Countrycare, their loyal volunteers and the Tesco, Bags of Help project.

New jetty at Nazeing Triangle LNR

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Habitat and access improvements

Countrycare received £8,000 in funding to help improve Nazeing triangle nature reserve’s habitat for local wildlife and provide better access for visitors.

The money was raised by the Tesco 5p carrier bag charge, which is to be used for grants to improve local parks, hold community events, support sports groups and more, in association with Groundwork – the community charity with a green heart.

Water boatmen, beetles and dragonflies

The project’s second stage was finished on Thursday 4 May 2017, following the installation of 23 pre-planted coir mats.

The mats were planted with purple loosestrife, yellow flag iris and lesser pond sedge, these will help improve the habitat around the pond edge, making it a more desirable habitat for invertebrates such as water boatmen, diving beetles and dragonflies.

Improved access

A short path leading to the jetty and a handrail alongside the boardwalk have both been installed to make the Nazeing Triangle nature reserve more accessible for everyone to enjoy.

New information panel

The final stage of the project will be the installation of a new information panel, it is hoped this will happen in the summer months.

Encouraging wildflowers

Countrycare have also given the meadow it’s yearly cut, this will help encourage wildflowers to grow and prevent coarser grasses taking over.

More information

Essex new homes show

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Do you need help to buy your perfect home?

Find out more about the different Help To Buy (HTB) schemes, existing and upcoming developments and get advice from independent financial advisors and solicitors at this free event in Chelmsford.

Chelmsford flyer June 2017

When

  • Sunday 11 June 2017

Time

  • 10:30am to 3:30pm

Location

Cost

  • Free

Find out more

For more information about Help to Buy in the East and South East

Doing the Lambourne Walk?

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Love walking? Why not join Countrycare for a 4.5 mile guided walk around the beautiful ancient woodlands of the Lambourne estate on 3 June 2017.

Lambourne Walk

  • Date: Saturday 3 June 2017
  • Time: 10am-1pm
  • Where: Meet in the car park of St Mary & All Saints Church, Church Lane, Lambourne, RM4 1AH
  • Cost: £3 per person
  • Book: 01992 564 224 or email contactcountrycare@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Further information

Payment kiosks down for essential updates

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From Monday 15 May at 5pm, Epping Forest District Council payment kiosks in the civic offices Epping, Waltham Abbey Library and card payments at the Debden Broadway office, will be down for essential maintenance.

Please use the online payment portal and our telephone payment line until service resumes.

Self serve online

How do I make a payment?

  • Online

  • Call our payment line 01992 564600

How long will works last?

Maintenance work may continue throughout Tuesday 16 May 2017 and possibly until Thursday 18 May 2017, but the systems will be restored as soon as possible and updates will be made available when works are finished.

Thank you

Thank you for your patience at this time, we apologise for any inconvenience this has caused you.

General Election candidates announced

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We can announce the 6 candidates competing to be the Member of Parliament for the Epping Forest constituency in the General Election on Thursday 8 June 2017.

General Election Thursday 8 June 2017

If you want to vote in the General Election on 8 June 2017 you must be registered to vote. The deadline to register is midnight on Monday 22 May 2017. Register to vote online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.


Epping Forest constituency candidates

  • Thomas Hall (Young People’s Party YPP)
  • Simon Heap (Green Party)
  • Eleanor Laing (Conservatives)
  • Patrick O’Flynn (UKIP)
  • Liam Preston (Labour)
  • Jon Whitehouse (Liberal Democrats)

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Brentwood & Ongar constituency candidates

  • Gareth Barrett (Labour)
  • Michael Burghart (Conservatives)
  • Karen Chilvers (Liberal Democrats)
  • Paul Jeater (Green Party)
  • Louca Kousoulou (Independent)
  • Michael McGough ((UKIP)

Find out more on the Brentwood Borough Council website.


Harlow constituency candidates

  • Hannah Clare (Green Party)
  • Mark Gough (UKIP)
  • Robert Halfon (Conservatives)
  • Geoffrey Seeff (Liberal Democrats)
  • Phil Waite (Labour)

Find out more on the Harlow Council website.


Elections and voting

Find out more on our elections and voting pages.

Are you dementia friendly?

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To help raise awareness for Dementia Awareness Week (14 – 20 May 2017), we are launching the first of our 8 dementia friends sessions on Tuesday 16 May at Waltham Abbey Library and we would like you to join us!

United against Dementia

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Become a dementia friend

We are calling on local businesses, community groups and individuals to attend one of our events and become a dementia friend.

Small ways to help

Each session is focuses on learning more about what it is like to live with dementia, helping you understand the small ways you can help and make life easier for those living with dementia in your community.

Upcoming sessions

Each session lasts for an hour and will be provided at the following Essex County Council Libraries

  • 16 May 2017 Waltham Abbey library, 37 Sun St, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • 29 June 2017 Loughton library, Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD 10am – 11am
  • 4 July 2017 Epping library, St John’s Road, Epping, CM16 5DN 10am – 11am
  • 12 September 2017 Chigwell library, Hainault Rd, Chigwell, IG7 6QX 2pm – 3pm
  • 21 September 2017 Debden library, Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton, IG10 3SA 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • 10 October 2017 Ongar library, The Pleasance, High St, Ongar, CM5 9AB 10am – 11am
  • 2 November 2017 Buckhurst Hill library, 165 Queen’s Rd, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5AZ 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • 7 December 2017 North Weald library, 138 High Rd, North Weald Bassett, Epping, CM16 6BZ 11am – 12pm

Get involved

Places are limited so please book to avoid disappointment.

Further information

Make sure you can vote in the General Election

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A snap General Election has been called by the UK Government for Thursday 8 June 2017.

If you want to vote in the 8 June General Election you must be registered to vote. The deadline to register is midnight on Monday 22 May 2017.

General Election Thursday 8 June 2017

Don’t lose your vote

Glen Chipp, Returning Officer for the Epping Forest constituency said: “All Epping Forest district residents not yet registered to vote should take action now. You can’t vote unless you’re registered. Don’t lose your vote.”

Register online – it’s quick and easy

It’s now easier than ever to register to vote online. Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

All you need to verify your identity is your

  • Date of birth
  • National Insurance number
  • Nationality
  • Previous address (if you have recently moved)

It’s quick and easy and takes just a few minutes to fill in.

Ways to vote

Glen added: “Most people vote in person at a polling station. If you’re not able to make it to a polling station you can apply for a postal vote, the deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on 23 May 2017.”

“Alternatively if you want someone else to vote on your behalf you can apply for a proxy vote, the deadline for proxy vote applications is 5pm on 31 May 2017.”

Contact our elections team

Glen ended with: “If you’ve received a polling card you don’t need to register again. If you’re unsure contact our elections team by emailing elections@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or calling 01992 564411.”

Find out more on our elections and voting pages.

Recycling art winner wows friends

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Mollie Dunn wowed classmates when she showed them her competition winning dustcart artwork …. on the side of a real dustcart!

The artwork says “when you put your litter in the bin it makes a prettier town to live in.”

Mollie Dunn

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The 6 year old from Coopersale Hall School was the winner of the infant school category in a competition to design posters on littering and flytipping.

Her artwork is being displayed on the side of council dustcarts which can be seen collecting residents recycling and waste all across the Epping Forest district.

Join Lifewalks this #NationalWalkingMonth

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Looking to get fit, get out in the fresh air or make new friends? Perhaps walking is the answer!

Find out by joining our Lifewalks group this #NationalWalkingMonth and even better, get your first walk for free!

Life walks 2017 to 2018

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May is #NationalWalkingMonth

May 2017 is national walking month, so there has never been a better time to get into your walking boots and join us!

Everyone can do it

Walking is fun, cheap and a form of exercise everyone can do.

Every week we offer a choice of five group walks, led by specially trained staff and volunteers.

Reduce the risk

Walking 3 times a week can reduce your risk of

  • Having a stroke by up to 60%
  • Developing heart disease by up to 50%
  • Developing diabetes by up to 50%
  • Developing arthritis by up to 20%

All of the walks are around the local countryside and mostly on firm paths. Walks range from 0.8 miles – 3 miles and are graded A to E – A being easier terrain than those graded E.

Pay per walk

  • Just turn up!
  • £2 per walk (please bring exact money)
  • The walk leader will collect your fee when you arrive

Privilege Card

  • £30 for 6 months
  • £58 for a year
  • Go on all of the walks
  • Pay online
  • Pay over the phone 01992 564226
  • Allow 5 days for your privilege card to arrive

Walk and get social

We have three exciting new routes this year and several new social events for your diaries, including

  • Dawn chorus walk Sunday 7 may 2017
  • Lifewalks and Countrycare in Chipping Ongar Friday 23 June 2017
  • Moth and bat night Friday 11 August 2017
  • Fungi walk Saturday 21 October 2017
  • Walk, talk, guided tour and lunch in Waltham Abbey Monday 2 October 2017
  • Take your pic walks various dates
  • Lifewalks Christmas lunch Monday 11 December 2017

Please see the brochure (PDF 3.68MB) for further details about these events

Further information

  • 01992 564222
  • kmurray@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Testimonials

  • ”I enjoy Lifewalks and believe they are keeping me alive and healthy” Sue
  • ”I do it to keep my type 2 diabetes at bay!” Joan
  • ”I find that walking improves my physical and mental wellbeing” Erica
  • ”Lifewalks are important to me for my health and fitness, but they’re also good fun! Nice places and nice people!” Helen
  • ”In the 40’s, 50’s we all walked to school, shops and stations…These days everything is against us getting very necessary exercise, Lifewalks are a very easy way of correcting this problem” David