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.

Planning application validation list consultation

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Tell us what you think about our revised planning application local validation list.

We are consulting on revisions to the validation list of local information requirements. This now includes the addition of a guidance note on the submission of viability and financial appraisals for affordable housing.

Planning application local validation list consultation

What is the local validation list?

The local validation list identifies information required to register, assess and validate a planning application. We are asking any person or organization with an interest in or involvement with planning applications submitted to Epping Forest District Council to respond.

The previous validation list was produced in 2015 and we are required to review it every 2 years.

Consultation documents

How to respond

The consultation is open for 6 weeks from 21 April until 30 June 2017 – send us your comments by

Cabinet 6 April 2017

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Cabinet meeting on 6 April 2017 discussed new council house build, highway funding, tourism, shopping and Waltham Abbey Police Station.

New council house building reaffirmed at Cabinet

Councillors reaffirmed their commitment to build more new council houses at the meeting of Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet on 6 April. Approving the recommendations of the Finance and Performance Management Cabinet Committee, Councillors agreed to proceed with Phases 3 to 6 of the house building programme.

Highway match-funding

Epping Forest District Council will match-fund local Essex County Council highway schemes. Cabinet approved capital funding of £50,000 to secure additional funding for highways schemes approved through the Epping Forest Local Highway Panel.

Investing in tourism

Cabinet also approved a number of recommendations of the Asset Management and Economic Development Cabinet Committee. These included the provision of way-markers from Waltham Abbey town centre for the Royal Gunpowder Mills and the Lea Valley White Water Centre as the Council encourages tourism within the local economy.

Shopping park and retail units

Councillors received updates on the construction before discussing commercial contracts for the new Epping Forest Shopping Park in private. The new park is due to open next summer. Commercial details remain confidential as the Council finalises the anchor tenants. However, negotiations are proceeding well. Income from the shopping park of between £2.2m and £2.7m is expected to make a considerable contribution to the funding of Epping Forest District Council services in coming years.

Councillors also noted progress on new ground-floor shop units at the former Winston Churchill site in Loughton and the purchase of the former school site in St John’s Road Epping from Essex County Council.

Sun Street police station

In private session Councillors also discussed the former Sun Street police station in Waltham Abbey. Essex Police Estates has indicated bids for the vacant building situated next to the District Council-owned museum should be lodged with their agent by 12 April.

 

New leisure centre contract goes live

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A new, 20 year leisure contract between Epping Forest District Council and Places for People Leisure Management Ltd was signed and agreed on Wednesday 29 March 2017.

The new contract will see exciting improvements to the delivery of leisure services within the district, with plans to invest £9.5m in a state of the art leisure centre in Waltham Abbey and extensive refurbishment of other council owned leisure centres.

Leisure contract sealing day 29-03-17

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Existing contracts switched

Responsibility for existing staff and memberships were transferred to the new provider on Saturday 1 April 2017, when the contract officially began.

Award winning service

Chief Executive of Epping Forest District Council, Glen Chipp said: ”Places for People are an award winning management service with an impressive leisure portfolio and plenty of experience. They are currently working with 36 other councils across England and manage a total of 121 leisure centres. We are confident that this partnership will be of great benefit to our local residents, allowing them to enjoy an exciting, enhanced and improved leisure service in local areas, for many years to come.”

Centre plans

Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool

Plans to relocate a brand new, purpose built leisure centre to Hill House Road, Waltham Abbey.

The new facility will offer;

  • A 25m, 6 lane swimming pool and 15m learner pool
  • An 80 station fitness suite
  • Multifunctional training equipment, octane trainers and watt bikes
  • Dance, fitness and group cycling studios
  • Les Mills virtual cycling
  • A community space
  • A café
  • A green roof to compliment the surrounding area

Epping Sports Centre

Plans to internally remodel the centre, including;

  • Improvements and an extension to the gym area
  • Bar/kitchen re-configuration, to incorporate a crèche and spin studio

Ongar Leisure Centre

Plans to refurbish the facilities, including;

  • Gym equipment upgrade
  • Swimming pool plant upgrade

Loughton Leisure Centre

Plans to renovate the leisure centre and build a two storey extension, which will include;

  • New gym
  • Extra fitness studio space

Completion in 2018

Works at Epping, Ongar and Loughton Leisure Centres will begin in Summer 2017, with plans for completion by Summer 2018.

The existing Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool will remain open until the new project’s planned finish in November 2018. Further details about refurbishments will be displayed online and in our leisure centre reception areas, to keep customers informed as work progresses.

Working in Partnership

Sandra Dodd, Chief Executive at Places for People Leisure said: ”We are excited to work in partnership with Epping Forest District Council to enhance the leisure provision across the district and ensure that we offer an inclusive and innovative leisure provision that encourages participation by all members of the community in line with our mission to create active places and healthy people.”

”We hope that local residents will be as excited as we are in the improvements that are planned to their existing centres as well as the plans for a brand-new state of the art leisure facility.”

New contact details

Working better and working smarter

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Future proof – Epping Forest District Council is investing in people, processes and policies to produce the most efficient council we can – a council fit for the future.

Spring edition business newsletter

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The Spring edition 2017 of the One Business Briefing is now available to download.

One Business Briefing

Download the Spring edition (pdf 5.92MB)

Included in this edition;

  • Proof that Epping Forest is a great place to start a business

  • Celebrate the Investors in Young People Awards

  • Find out how your business could reduce energy consumption & save money

  • Best growth Hub launches workshop

  • Next phase for ‘Visit Epping Forest’ website

  • Launch of Young Traders Initiative

  • Get the latest learning resource tips

Interesting and helpful articles

Councillor Anne Grigg, Economic Development Portfolio Holder said: “The Spring edition of the One Business Briefing is another issue packed with interesting and helpful articles. It’s wonderful to start with two success stories. Firstly, it is great to see the entrepreneurial nature of Epping Forest district recognised in official statistics that reflect the area’s appeal to start-up businesses. Secondly, the annual recognition of young workforce talent and the organisations that support them is particularly encouraging and something to be applauded.”

Funding and support

She continued: ” You will also find details of a variety of funding and support programmes, each with their own particular focus, that are available to businesses. There are also details of initiatives such as the new tourism website, the ongoing delivery of ultrafast rural broadband and a new young traders market project that will bring new opportunities for the local economy.”

Council takes back management of car parks

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From 1 April 2017 Epping Forest District Council will take over the management of their 18 car parks, saving at least £58,600 each year for local taxpayers.

Car park

The District Council will now be responsible for processing season tickets, penalty charge notices (PCNs) and other associated functions run until now by the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP).

New company to enforce

The Council has engaged a specialist company, NSL, to carry out day-to-day enforcement activities, as well as cash collection from the pay-and-display machines in the car parks.
Since 2011 Epping Forest District Council has partnered Essex County Council in NEPP, together with Harlow, Uttlesford, Braintree, Colchester and Tendring councils.

NEPP manage on-street parking

Until now NEPP has managed both on-street and off-street parking services in Epping Forest district for a number of years, and will continue to operate on-street parking enforcement and services in the district.

Efficiency improvements

The transfer of off-street management follows an analysis by the District Council which found that a number of efficiency improvements could be made, benefiting local taxpayers.

Councillor Gary Waller, Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder, commented: ”I am delighted that these new arrangements for our car parks are now being put in place. By taking functions back in-house and engaging the services of NSL, we can make very worthwhile savings, and I believe we shall provide a better service to the public as well.”

”Not only will the parking charges remain at the current level but we shall continue to operate car parks that have received the prestigious ParkMark award, demonstrating that they continue to attain the very highest standards in terms of safety and security.”

Celebration of grant aid success

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Saying thank you to our local community and voluntary groups for their hard work was the focus of our first grant aid celebration event on Friday 3 March 2017 in Epping.

Grant aid celebration

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Grant aid celebration

The groups all received grant aid to spend on equipment for community projects that benefited residents. The money was used for a wide range of items ranging from tents to specialist beds and from uniforms to bee keeping equipment.

Presentations by the Chigwell Disabled Group, Ongar & Villages Voluntary Care and Lambourne End Centre showed how the money they received in grant aid helped their groups to operate or buy specialised equipment.

Keep up the great work

Chairman Jeane Lea said: “On behalf of the people of the Epping Forest district I’d like to say a big thank you to all the groups for their hard work and dedication. Without their wonderful contributions our district would be a much poorer place to live. keep up the great work!”

Help you to help your community

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “This year we have £83,450 grant aid to spend. You can apply for grant aid up to £5,000 if your group needs help to buy a new, or replace an old item of equipment. Get in touch and let us help you to help your community.”

“We want to support, enhance and develop the contribution that local community and voluntary groups make to improve the wellbeing of people in the Epping Forest district.”

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Give your unwanted items a new home

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Getting rid of an appliance like a washing machine or a piece of furniture can be daunting due to their size and weight, not to mention the effort involved in taking large items to a recycling centre.

A local charity is working to make donating items a lot easier and will be launching a new campaign to spread the word on how to donate and buy pre-loved furniture and white goods.

Matt Beckett Epping Forest ReUSE manager

Epping Forest ReUSE

Epping Forest ReUSE are working in partnership with Epping Forest District Council and Recycle for Essex to help make life easier for local people looking to donate bulky items like furniture or electrical appliances.

Epping Forest ReUSE will be launching a campaign for donations at

  • Waltham Abbey Market on Tuesday 14 March 2017
  • Epping High Street on Thursday 23 March 2017

The organisation works with volunteers to collect and refurbish pre-loved household items to sell to the public and to support people on lower incomes. But the organisation is in need of more good quality items to help more people in the area.

Helped over 1,200 people

Through 2016 Epping Forest ReUSE helped over 1,200 people buy affordable furniture and appliances.

The 204 tonnes of furniture donated and sold on to local people is the equivalent to 4,121 2-seater sofas, or roughly 2 Boeing 757 aeroplanes!

Helping local people in need

Michael Kushin from Epping Forest ReUSE said: “As a charity and social enterprise, 100% of money raised through Epping Forest ReUSE goes to helping local people in need and we’re always on the lookout for more furniture, and electrical goods like fridges and washing machines.”

“We work with everyone from the general public to social workers and housing associations to make sure that people who need us are able to access the support that they need. We are always very grateful for any donations of items as it helps us help more people.”

Donate your unwanted items

To find out more about how to donate your unwanted items contact Epping Forest ReUSE

Domestic abuse support reaches across Essex

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Domestic abuse victims do not need to suffer in silence as the J9 domestic abuse support network expands further into Essex.

Shops and businesses displaying a pink J9 heart sticker shows the public they are at a safe contact point should they need information, support and use of a telephone.

Trula Hall, Emergency Department receptionist, presented with her J9 lanyard and badge

All the job centres in Essex, together with local councils including Tendring, Harlow, Uttlesford and Castle Point, and many local businesses and organisations have already joined the scheme. Colchester Borough Council and Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals NHS Trust are looking to join and train staff.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow recently joined the list of J9 contact places. 40 staff members had J9 training and are now able to signpost and support victims of domestic abuse using the directory provided.

About J9

J9 is named after Janine Mundy. Janine was killed by her estranged husband while on police bail.

The J9 support network provides safe and discreet contact points for victims of domestic abuse to access support and advice. Staff at J9 contact points have been trained to signpost advice and spot the signs of domestic abuse. Each contact point has a safe place where victims can access information and use a phone.

Contact points display pink J9 heart stickers in their windows.

Supporting our local community

The Burnt Mill Academy Trust in Harlow reported 4 occasions when women have asked for further information on J9.

Tracy Taylor from the Burnt Mill Academy Trust said: “I’m in no doubt these women would not have come forward had it not been for the J9 project. No records or conversations took place and we merely signposted them using the directory provided.”

“Supporting our local community is reward enough in itself and we will continue supporting this invaluable project.”

Help hidden victims of domestic abuse

Councillor Gary Waller, Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder said: “We’ve built up a fantastic J9 support network locally and we want to expand this support into all of Essex. J9 is an ongoing project and we want to train as many people as possible to help those hidden victims of domestic abuse.”

Councillor Waller urged: “Any business and organisation who wants to sign up please call 01992 564608 or email j9@eppingforestdc.gov.uk – let’s make sure the victims of domestic abuse get the help and support they need.”

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