Draft Corporate Plan 2011 – 2015 Consultation

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The Corporate Plan (formerly known as the Council Plan) is the Council`s key strategic planning document. The Corporate Plan sets out service priorities over a four-year period, and translates the vision for the district set out by the Community Strategy recently published by the Local Strategic Partnership, One Epping Forest, into the Council’s strategic direction, priorities and the most important outcomes that it wants to achieve.

The Corporate Plan helps prioritise resources to provide quality services and value for money, but does not cover everything that the authority does, focusing instead on those issues that matter most to local people, national priorities set by the government and local challenges arising from the social, economic and environmental context of the district.

The Corporate Plan complements the Community Strategy and reflects those issues and priorities where the Council can have maximum impact. The Corporate Plan includes specific actions to address priorities that are financed, resourced and have a timescale for completion. The Corporate Plan is closely linked to the Council`s medium-term financial strategy, and sets out how the Council will deliver its vision and priorities over the next four years, to ensure improved outcomes for local people. The Corporate Plan includes a section reflecting the Council`s key objectives for 2011/12, which will be updated each year.

The Council is interested to know what you think of the Corporate Plan. Comments on the content and the aims and objectives for 2011/12 and the four-year period, can be made using either the online feedback form, or by submitting written comments to performance@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or Performance Improvement Unit, Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ.

Responses received will be used to inform the content of the final version of the Corporate Plan, which will be published in April 2011.

Copies of the Draft Corporate Plan can be obtained from the Performance Improvement Unit by emailing performance@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Council Launches Residents ePetition System

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Epping Forest District Council has followed in the footsteps of 10 Downing Street in creating a new ePetitions facility on its website.

This will enable residents to create their own ePetition requesting the Council to take action on a matter affecting them locally. Residents can also sign current ePetitions, adding their voice to the concerns of their community.

To set up a petition or submit a paper petition to the Council,
log on to the petitions page at www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/petitions

Councillor Diana Collins, Leader of the District Council, said: Our new ePetitions facility gives another way for our residents to communicate their concerns about their local area to the District Council. All petitions will be responded to, although we can`t guarantee we will take the action all petitioners want. If your petition gets the support of 2% of the community (2,400 people), our Full Council will debate the issue.

Petitions with over 20 supporters will be referred to the appropriate Portfolio Holder, one of nine nominated Councillors making up the Cabinet with specific powers and duties, while petitions with fewer than 20 signatures will be managed by officers. Petitions receiving over 1,200 sponsors can request a senior officer to speak about the Council`s actions to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, and petitions which generate over 2,400 supporters (2% of the District population) will trigger a debate by Full Council.

Anyone that lives, works, or studies in the District (of whatever age) can sign a petition or an ePetition.

If you have any queries, email democraticservices@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Residents Voice Safety Concerns at Debate

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Community Safety tree image

Gangs and knives, cutbacks, cross border crime, domestic violence, alcohol related anti-social behaviour, young drivers accident rates and community payback.

An audience of local people came along to the Community Safety Question Time Debate to pose challenging questions on these topics to a panel of local experts in an evening of lively debate.

The debate, filmed at Epping Forest college in Loughton, was presented by BBC Radio Essex’s Dave Monk and saw representatives from the Police, NHS, Fire, District and County Councils, and the probation service quizzed by members of the local community on issues that mattered to them.


Introduction by Dave Monk
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Watch the debate with direct links to all the questions below:

Watch the Community Safety Question Time Debate

    The expert panellists were:
  • Stuart McMillan, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service Assistant Divisional Officer for Harlow and Epping Forest;
  • Neeve Bishop, Essex Probation Trust Offender Management Team;
  • Alan Ray, Essex Police District Commander for Epping Forest District;
  • Councillor Penny Smith, Epping Forest District Council Safer and Greener Portfolio Holder;
  • Caroline Skinner, NHS West Essex Senior Health Improvement Specialist;
  • Yvette Wetton, Essex County Council West Area Co-ordinator;
  • John Gilbert, Epping Forest District Council Director of Environment and Street Scene.

Displays showcasing the work of the Epping Forest Safer Communities Partnership were on display outside the auditorium. Audience members and college students were asked what the top 3 priorities for the partnership should be.

    The results were:

  1. Anti-social behaviour;
  2. Domestic violence;
  3. Drugs.

The debate was the finale to a two week programme of events called “Safe ‘n’ Sound in Epping Forest” providing help and advice on keeping you safe.

Deadline Extended For Residents’ Planning Consultation

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Residents, business people and community groups have an extra three weeks to respond to the latest phase of Epping Forest District Council`s consultation on future planning policies. Anyone wishing to comment now has until 9 July 2010 to get their replies back to the council online, by e-mail or post to the Civic Offices in Epping.

The Core Strategy is the key new planning policy document which will look ahead to 2031. It eventually replaces the Local Plan and will set the local planning policies of the district. The Core Strategy is important because it will guide the council`s decisions on planning applications for development including housing, businesses and high streets. With other documents it will form the Local Development Framework, helping to balance development with the protection of the green belt, conservation areas, listed buildings and other features that make the district unique.

Part of the preparation involves the assessment of economic, environmental and social issues facing the district. This is called a Sustainability Appraisal. However, before the Sustainability Appraisal can be carried out, the council needs local residents to consider what issues they think should be included in the assessment. This is set out in the `Scoping Report` that residents are being asked to comment on at the moment.

We hit some teething problems when the consultation was launched last month so we have decided to give residents more time to respond, said Councillor Di Collins, Leader of Epping Forest District Council. This is a very complicated process. We produced a Plain English guide but our accompanying letters were confusing to residents. I hope we have now learned from our mistake and the information is being presented in a much more understandable way.

The Council is writing to and e-mailing several thousand residents who participated in earlier consultation exercises and indicated they would like to be kept involved. However, anyone can take part.

Councillor Collins said: I would encourage everyone to look at the information on the website or ask for a copy from the Council. Recent remarks by Eric Pickles MP, the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government seem to suggest that councils will have much more control over local development than previously. It is therefore all the more important that local people have their say.

Residents can complete a survey form by contacting the Forward Planning team by telephone on 01992 564517 or by email.

Election 2010 in Photos

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The election writ is received

Acting Returning Officer Ian Willett received a Writ from the Queen instructing him to carry out an election.

Voters arrive at the polling stations

On election day voters arrived at the polling stations, filled in their ballot papers…

Votes are placed in ballot boxes at polling stations

…and posted them into the ballot boxes.

Ballot boxes are taken to the count location

The ballot boxes from each polling station were then taken to the “count location”…

Votes are counted

…where they were first verified and then counted.

A different colour box for each candidate

Votes were counted in batches of fifty which were then placed inside coloured boxes – one colour for each candidate.

Politicians look on as votes are counted

Politicians looked on as the votes were counted.

Candidates were interviewed throughout the night

Candidates were interviewed throughout the night by local press and the BBC.

Eleanor Laing make her victory speech

Having been duly elected MP for Epping Forest, Eleanor Laing made her victory speech.

The Writ is filled in and returned via a government courier

Finally, the Writ was filled in with the result of the election and sent back via a government courier.

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 licensing@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Epping Conservation Area Character Appraisal

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The final version of the Epping Conservation Area Character Appraisal has been published by Epping Forest District Council. This follows public consultation when local residents were invited to comment on the draft document.

Epping Conservation Area was first designated in 1969 and encompasses most of Epping Town Centre. When the appraisal was compiled, the area was surveyed and photographed in detail. A range of historic maps was consulted and documentary research carried out.

The purpose of a character appraisal is to define the character of the conservation area, review its boundaries and highlight any parts of it that may be in need of improvement. The character appraisal for the Epping Conservation Area covers topics such as public spaces, shop fronts, and highway signs as well as sites with potential for improvement or development.

A limited number of hard copies will also be available. These can be obtained by telephoning 01992 564582 or emailing contactLB@eppingforestdc.gov.uk. Alternatively, the appraisal will be available to view at the District Council`s Planning Reception in the Civic Offices in Epping from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

The Council is soon to be printing a character appraisal on Bell Common after public consultation earlier in the year.

Epping Parking Review

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Epping Parking Review

A three week consultation period ending on 3 July 2009 has been undertaken as part of a review into the Epping Parking Scheme which was implemented in August 2007.

Essex County Council issued a consultation letter to residents and businesses in the Epping Forest District on behalf on Epping Forest District Council to review the Scheme.

    Full details can be found on the Essex County Council website.

Gambling Act Consultation on Statement of Principles

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Under the Gambling Act 2005 Epping Forest District Council has a duty to undertake a review of its existing Gambling Policy every three years. The current Statement of Principles was adopted in 2006 and we are now undertaking a consultation prior to the review of its policy.

We welcome your views on the above Statement of Principles. Please click on the below ‘Consultation on the Gambling Statement of Principles’ link to complete a short questionnaire.