Ninefields Community Centre Receives a Facelift

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The new-look Ninefields Community Centre, on Ninefields Estate, Waltham Abbey, incorporating a new art sculpture and entrance refurbishment, was officially unveiled on Wednesday 16 June 2010 by Epping Forest District Council`s Chairman, Councillor Anne Grigg.

Just over a year ago, Epping Forest District Council`s Community Services Department set up an activity club following a consultation exercise that identified there was a clear need for youth provision on the estate. As a result, the `We Don`t Do Bored Club was established for young people. One of their first projects was to work with local artist Phillip Melling, who captured their ideas within the 2D art sculpture design.

Chairman Cllr Anne Grigg and children at the Ninefields Community Centre

Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Brian Rolfe said: “The project is a result of partnership working between Epping Forest District Council, Waltham Abbey Town Council, Essex Criminal Justice Board and Abbey Youth FC and without the support and enthusiasm from the local community this project would never have been possible.”

“It is great to see the improved appearance of the Ninefields Community Centre and to be able to witness the wide range of activities that take place there for both young and old,” commented Valerie Goodchild, Communications Manager for Essex Criminal Justice Board.

“We were very pleased to be able to support this refurbishment project with funds from the Community Cashback scheme, which uses the cash and assets seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act to benefit local communities. It was one of four projects in Essex to benefit from £130,000 of cash from crime.” she added.

The sculpture and entrance refurbishment projects were first commissioned in December 2009, after the Criminal Justice Board`s Community Cashback scheme awarded the project £16,500 to improve the look of the community centre. Phase 1 of the project saw a new entrance, shutter and sign installed and phase 2 saw the installation of the 2D art sculpture that has proved a hit with the local community.

Website Up for Environmental Award

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iPlan and pinpoint logos

Epping Forest District Council`s online interactive planning website has been nominated in the National eWell-Being Awards 2010.

The website applications iPlan and pinpoint were selected in the `Improving Public Services` category for improving public access to information, generating cost savings and reducing carbon emissions. The results of the nomination will be held at the reception at the offices of UNISON Yorkshire and Humbershire in Leeds on Wednesday 16 June 2010.

UK CEED National eWell-Being Awards 2010

The National eWell-Being Awards identify and promote the environmental and social benefits of Information and Communication Technology. Over 120 entries were received this year and the judges have narrowed down to the 41 finalists.

Using pinpoint and iPlan to view maps and access Planning information

Over many years, Epping Forest District Council`s Planning and Economic Development Directorate has steadily moved away from using paper based work. They have successfully integrated into the Council website the applications iPlan and pinpoint allowing residents to view planning permissions online all year round.

The website is easily accessible to the public and has made savings in the cost of printing documents, postage and file storage, and also decreasing carbon emissions by using less paper.

The Council is able to supply a well-organised web-based service to provide available information to anyone involved in the planning process – from home owners and businesses to planning professionals and Government officials.

iPlan enables residents to search planning application records including documents and plans, view Committee Agenda and webcasts showing how decisions are made and search Planning Appeals and Building Control Records online. Residents can view most records that are going back 50 years.

Councillor Di Collins, leader of Epping Forest District Council said: I would like to congratulate the Planning Team on reaching the finals. The Internet has its benefits because it is easier to use, costs less and saves on raw materials. Using the Internet gives us more of a chance to reduce the carbon emissions and upgrading our services to the Internet helps to save the environment by not cutting down trees to create piles of paper.

Iolanthe by Gilbert and Sullivan

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Chapel End Savoy Players will be presenting Iolanthe, one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best-loved operas from Wednesday 19 May to Saturday 22 May 2010.

The full costumed performances with orchestra, are being presented at the Deaton Theatre in Forest School, Oakhurst Gardens, Snaresbrook, London E17 3PY. The show will start each evening at 7:45pm, and the Saturday matinee at 2:30pm.

All tickets for Wednesday night, which is a Preview Performance, are £5. Tickets for all other nights are £10 and for the Saturday matinee are £8. 10% discount for 10 tickets or more. Tickets are also available at the door on the night. The venue has disabled facilities.

    To buy tickets you can:

  1. Telephone the Box Office on 020 8527 0215 or 020 8529 3143
  2. Email
  3. Or buy them at the door on the night

For further information visit the Chapel End Savoy Players (CESP) website.

Consultation on Licensing Act

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We want  to know your thoughts and comments on our licensing policies.

As a requirement of the Licensing Act 2003, licensing authorities such as Epping Forest District Council are required to consult on their licensing policies every three years.

The deadline for comments is 31 July 2010, this will allow Council Members time to consider your comments.

    Please read the policy and let us know your thoughts and comments:

  • Epping Forest District Council Statement of Licensing Policy (pdf 93 KB)

Find out more about the Licensing Act and how it may affect you at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport website.

    You can send your comments:

  • by post to The Licensing Section, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ
  • or by email to

Loughton School Wins Pantathlon

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Oak View school in Loughton represented West Essex School Sports Partnership (SSP) at the South Essex Panathlon Challenge for the first time and won.

Thanks to a partnership between Epping Forest District Council`s Sport and Health Development Team, The West Essex School Sports Partnership and The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the young people at Oak View School were able to enter the competition for the first time and also received a term of coaching in preparation for the event from a qualified Tottenham Hotspur Foundation coach.

Members of Oak View School Pantathlon Team

The aim was to enter a team to represent West Essex for the first time to give participants the experience of performing in a large-scale event. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the school`s staff, the coaches and the children themselves, the team surpassed all expectations winning the semi-final and qualifying for the final which will take place on 1 July.

Panathlon Challenge is a day of competition with various sports specifically designed to be more appropriate for young disabled people. Panathlon runs nationally and will have around 2,500 young disabled people in different sports with a range of abilities competing in various locations around the country in 2010. Approximately 200 young disabled Essex sportsmen and women took part with much enthusiasm and great skill.

Oakview School in Loughton, part of the West Essex SSP won their first ever Panathlon event on 26 April at the Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre in Chelmsford. Lakeside Thurrock team (Beacon Hill) qualified for the final also and will meet Harlow Fields and Southview School (NW Essex) in the final on 1 July.

Election of a Member of Parliament

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Statement of persons nominated and notice of poll

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as a Member of Parliament for the Epping Forest Constituency.

Name of Candidate – CURTIS Katie Elizabeth

Home Address – 2 Zelham Drive, Canvey Island, SS8 7QR

Description – The Labour Party Candidate

Name of Assentors – Proposer (+), Seconder (++)
Davis Joan (+), Owen Margaret D (++), Marshall Sheila A, Marshall Gerald L, Dare Edwin H, Owen Thomas G, Sheen Robert W, Jones Joan, Davis Angela B, Davis Sean R.

Bullough Simon D (+), Miller Sidney A (++), Monk Anne K, Monk Brian A, Finan Michael P, Finan Renee, Griffin Pamela, Hall Patricia M, Visvanathan Rosanna, Hall Martin G.

Ayre Angela (+), Taylor David P (++), Sheen Peter S, Sheen Alyson, Behan Sarah V, Reeves Jane F, Beck Jean E, Worby Michael B, Worby Harry R, Sheen Benjamin R.

Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate – HAIGH Ann Mary

Home Address – 51 Greenhill, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5SQ

Description – Liberal Democrat

Name of Assentors – Proposer (+), Seconder (++)
Spencer Peter J (+), Dodeja Dev P (++), Sutcliffe Jill M, Woollcott Neil J, Keane Brigid, Ashworth John R, Nunn Elisabeth J, Cain Vivian F, Cain Jacqueline C, Smith Cynthia.

Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate – LAING Eleanor Fulton

Home Address – The White Cottage, The Green, Theydon Bois, CM16 7JH

Description – The Conservative Party Candidate

Name of Assentors – Proposer (+), Seconder (++)
Warner Raymond A (+), Jackson Anthony J (++), Philip John M, Stavrou Sydney-Ann, Watson Sylvia I, Baker Norman H, Glozier Robert J, Metcalfe Valerie, Knapman John, Gadsby Ulrike M.

Woodhead Anthony J (+), Sandler Brian P (++), Risdon Richard E, Warner Hilary A, Vance Marshall, Ulkun Haluk, Taylor Roger H, Scrutton Charles B, Redfern John R, Chana Kewal S.

Pratt Raymond J (+), Buttling Edward J (++), Jones Robin L, Berry Jennifer M, Philip Rosalyn J, Knight Margaret G, Woodhead Kathleen M, Padfield John D, Littlewood Kenneth A, Graham Edgar B.

Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate – PEPPER Simon Benjamin

Home Address – 21 Gravel Lane, Chigwell, IG7 6DA

Description – The Green Party

Name of Assentors – Proposer (+), Seconder (++)
Neville Steven J (+), Garnham Alison M (++), Neville Roger D, Lord Christopher J, Gradden Pauline L, Alcock Andrew J, Gravett Valerie D, Gravett Dale S, Kieve Daniel J, Wood John H.

Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate – RICHARDSON Pat

Home Address – 111 Forest Road, Loughton, IG10 1EF

Description – British National Party

Name of Assentors – Proposer (+), Seconder (++)
Anderson Alexandra R (+), Wignall Ronald F (++), Leworthy Patricia A, Marns Michael, Hoffman Irene, Rattee Kenneth G, Copland Alexander P, Morris Paul R, Morris Deborah G, Rattee John B.

Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate – SAWYER Kim

Home Address – address in Brentwood and Ongar

Description – English Democrats – “Putting England First!”

Name of Assentors – Proposer (+), Seconder (++)
Connor Desmond L (+), Dimoline Diane (++), Dimoline Simon, Higgins Lucy, Dimoline Rebecca, Grobbelaar Lindi, Barker Jennifer L, Little Kevin A, Finnimore Ramoya, Kuhns Phoebe J.

Reason why no longer nominated* – 

Name of Candidate – SMITH Andrew George

Home Address – 69 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LZ

Description – UK Independence Party (UK I P)

Name of Assentors – Proposer (+), Seconder (++)
McGough Michael J (+), Luton Alan D (++), Kennedy John M, Rigelsford Brenda A, Coggins Michael J, McGough Sally E, Kennedy Christine A, Taylor William D, Rigelsford Michael J, Wiltshire Patricia D.

Reason why no longer nominated*

*Decision of the Returning Officer that the nomination is invalid or other reason why a person nominated no longer stands nominated.

The persons above against whose name no entry is made by ‘Reason why no longer nominated’ have been and stand validly nominated.

A poll will be taken on Thursday 6 May 2010 between the hours of 7am and 10pm.

Where contested this poll is taken together with the election of District Councillors.

Ian Willett, Acting Returning Officer

Promoting Local Democracy Conference 2010

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Should the voting age be lowered from 18 to 16? That’s the question members of the Epping Forest Youth Council and young people from across the district will be debating at a conference promoting local democracy this week.

The promoting local democracy conference 2010 is being held in the council chambers at Epping Forest District Council on Friday 12 March 2010 with the debate being broadcast live over the internet between 11:15 am and 12:15 pm.

During the conference, young people will get the chance to quiz 2 of the districts 3 MPs, Eleanor Laing (MP for Epping Forest) and Bill Rammell (MP for Harlow, Nazeing, Roydon and Sheering), and the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council Councillor Penny Smith. The delegates will get to choose the 3 main priorities for the Epping Forest Youth Council to address, these issues will form the EFYC manifesto.

Ian Willett, Returning Officer for the Epping Forest District said: “It is widely perceived that young people are not involved in or even aware of democracy at a local level. These young people are our future voters and we know that they are keen to have their say on issues that affect their daily lives. All the major political parties have recognised and been discussing this issue to encourage our youth to engage with the political process.”

Mr Willett continued: “Working with the Epping Forest Youth Council I have found that most young people today are knowledgeable and informed about what is going on. This is our chance to discover their views, and maybe in the future 16 years olds will be able to vote.”

Essex Food Litter Campaign

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Epping Forest District Council, in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy (KBT), is tackling fast food litter on our streets. The official campaign was launched on Friday 26 February 2010. The campaign message includes posters showing how dropping litter can make people appear as `dirty pigs` to others, in an attempt to change attitudes. The posters will go up on billboards, bus shelters, phone boxes and an Advan displaying the poster has also been travelling around the district.

Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Mary Sartin with ENOs by the Advan in Waltham Abbey

Fast food and its packaging makes up a quarter of all litter on the streets. In addition to attracting pests and wild animals, neighbourhoods blighted by litter can often act as a magnet to more serious crimes.

The environmental charity `Keep Britain Tidy` has previously used the `Dirty Pig` campaign aims successfully to tackle the problem of wrappers, cartons and uneaten food dropped on the ground.

    Fast food filth facts:

  • Fast food litter is a major problem, it refers to food eaten on the go and its packaging which ends up strewn on our streets
  • Food litter can cause permanent grease stains to pavements
  • Not only does dropped food litter look a mess, it also attracts rats and other vermin
  • It adds considerably to the costs of street cleansing

Councillor Mary Sartin, the Environment Portfolio Holder said: Fast food litter is a problem for many communities and it can be a real eyesore that can adversely affect the community`s perceptions of their neighbourhood. This Essex-wide initiative is a great opportunity to work with fast food suppliers to increase awareness and tackle the problem.

New Guidelines for Shooters

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Trespassers firearms and the law posterEpping Forest District Council`s Safer Communities Officer Paul Gardener and Epping Forest Police District Crime Reduction Officer Tony Ellis have been working together to improve policing in rural areas. This is as a result of the National Farmers` Union County Chairperson expressing concerns to the Chief Constable regarding policing priorities towards rural crime.

One action as a result of those concerns was for an email family to be established to exchange information between members about current crime trends and suspicious persons. This now 90-strong group has gone on to form a Neighbourhood Action Panel (NAP) to discuss and resolve rural crime issues – the Prime Minister mentioned the initiative in a recent speech as good practice.

At one of the NAP meetings, a farmer drew attention to a current trend that has become a national debate in some of the shooting magazines. People who are legitimately shooting on land have been approached by trespassers on that land. When asked to leave, the trespasser has reported to the Police that they were threatened by a man with a gun, meaning, in some cases, that the shooter has been arrested and his weapons confiscated solely on the word of the trespasser.

The Police and the Safer Communities Team, in consultation with the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and Mick Fidgeon the Head of Essex Police Firearms Licensing Department produced guidelines for shooters which, if followed, would protect them from false allegations. The guidelines will be circulated to every Police Firearms Department in Britain recommending that they be adopted nationally. They will also be taken to the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) with the suggestion that ACPO and BASC work together to expand them. Epping Forest Safer Communities Partnership has supported the initiative by funding the production of leaflets and posters, which will be distributed to shooters through shooting schools, firearms dealers, retail farming outlets and shooting syndicates.

Tony Ellis Crime Reduction, Mike Aldiss Essex Shooting School, Paul Gardener Safer Communities

Epping Forest Police Inspector Craig Carrington said: We were asked by the members of the NAP to come up with a plan of action, which would help protect legitimate shooters from falling victim to mischievous allegations. Paul and Tony have worked hard on this initiative and the result is a document which contributes nationally to resolving the problem. This has been a Partnership project with a number of other agencies contributing towards the final product and shows the value of working together with the community to resolve problems.

Caroline Wiggins Epping Forest District Council Community Safety Manager said: “The Farmers` NAP has highlighted a very real concern with the potential to have serious consequences and I am pleased the Safer Communities Partnership has been able to support this worthwhile initiative.”

Retailers Encouraged to Challenge 25

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Essex County Council Trading Standards are encouraging retailers throughout Epping Forest to sign up for the Challenge 25 scheme, to help prevent underage sales of all age-restricted goods and crack down on antisocial behaviour.

Trading Standards will be working with Epping Forest District Council, Epping Forest Safer Communities Partnership and Essex Police to help retailers implement a Challenge 25 policy.

Anyone attempting to buy an age restricted product (including: alcohol, tobacco, knives, solvents, aerosol paints, fireworks and video recordings and games), who looks under 25 will be asked to confirm their age by producing a valid form of ID. This helps to reduce some of the uncertainty that staff face when selling age-restricted items.

The campaign is aimed at supporting local businesses and raising awareness about the consequences of under-age sales. Trading Standards will visit every relevant retailer in Epping Forest to promote the scheme and encourage them to voluntarily sign up for Challenge 25.

Premises that sign up for Challenge 25 are given posters and leaflets explaining how the scheme works, as well as verbal guidance to staff on how to spot a fake ID, how to avoid proxy sales and how to refuse a sale.

Councillor Syd Stavrou, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety & Transport Portfolio Holder said: We hope that all the retail outlets selling these products will sign up to Challenge 25.  This initiative focuses on those products that, when sold irresponsibly, cause the greatest anti-social impact on society.  The introduction of this scheme in Epping Forest District will help to reduce under age sales and identify those premises that might need closer supervision.  The Partnership fully supports its introduction.