Cabinet supports homes for local people

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Proposals for 15 affordable rented housing units on the site of hard to let garages in Vere Road, Loughton received the backing of councillors at the meeting of Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet on 3 November.

  • Due to technical issues there is no sound in the first few minutes of the webcast.

Affordable homes plan for brownfield site

The proposals to lease the land to Moat Housing Association were presented by Housing Portfolio Holder David Stallan. Subject to planning permission Moat Housing would develop 1 and 2 bedroom flats with associated parking on the site. Epping Forest District Council would receive £425,000 in exchange for a 999 year lease of the land to be used to fund the council’s own house building programme and other regeneration schemes.

Moat and the council would also aim to provide 14 additional car parking spaces for lease to residents of the new development being built next to the site on land formerly occupied by the Sir Winston Churchill public house.

Councillor Stallan assured councillors that full consultation on the proposed development would be carried out with local residents through the planning application process.

Leisure strategy and business loans

Other items debated at cabinet included the council’s leisure and cultural strategy, Council Tax and Local Council Tax Support Scheme, Non Domestic Rates and the Essex voluntary and community sector framework.

The Council is to support a scheme by start-up loans, a Government backed agency that offers loans of up to £10,000 to new businesses in the start up phase or first year of trading. Meetings are being held with the aim of taking the project forward in the next few months. Start-up is one of a series of initiatives to be publicised to local businesses at the Council’s Access to Funding Roadshow to be held at the Civic Offices on 17 November.

 

Campaign leads to drop in litter across Essex

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The ‘Love Essex’ campaign led to a reduction of over 40% in fast food litter across the county.

The campaign, running throughout the summer, saw Essex local authorities join forces with Essex County Council, RP2 media, The Highways Agency and fast food partners, McDonalds, KFC and Dominos, to raise awareness of the issue of litter and the risk of fines for those that offend.

Love Essex logo

It also gained national support from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, which undertook a review of the campaign, including monitoring of specific sites over several weeks. Its findings, announced this week, have shown a 21% overall decrease in the amount litter across the county, with a 41% decrease in branded fast food litter.

Encourage even more people to ‘Love Essex’

Councillor Will Breare-Hall, Portfolio Holder for the Environment said: “Keeping our towns and countryside clean costs Essex taxpayers over £17 million a year, money which could be better spent.”

“To achieve a 41% decrease in fast food litter is great news but it is important we don’t stop here. We’ll continue to tackle littering across the District and encourage even more people to ‘Love Essex‘.”

Noticeable drop in the amount of litter

Cherry Lewis-Taylor, McDonald’s Franchisee also added: “Since the ‘Love Essex’ campaign started, there has been a noticeable drop in the amount of litter that you see around the county which is great. I think the results of the campaign demonstrate the power of councils, businesses and communities working together across the whole of Essex.”

“I hope that we continue to see the amount of litter in the area decrease and would encourage people to carry on disposing of their litter responsibly.”

Successful campaign

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Phil Barton added: “The ‘Love Essex’ campaign is a model of how, by working together, businesses and local authorities can make a real difference.”

“The partnership is to be congratulated on its successful campaign. It provides a model that could be replicated up and down the country to help keep the places where we all live and work clean and litter-free.”

 

Question Time at the Youth Conference

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Stress, bullying and drugs were top of the agenda when young people met in Epping for the Epping Forest District Youth Council Conference.

The 11 to 17 year olds quizzed some of the most influential people in the district in a Question Time style debate.

Watch the Question Time debate

On the panel

  • Jacqui Foile – Chief Officer Voluntary Action Epping Forest
  • Gareth Clement – Chief Executive Alcohol and Drugs Advisory Service
  • Helen Roberts – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Michael O’Brien – Head of Commissioning Education and Lifelong Learning Essex County Council
  • Councillor Helen Kane – Cabinet Member for Leisure and Community Services Epping Forest District Council
  • Councillor Chris Whitbread – Leader of Epping Forest District Council
  • Council Chris Seward – Chair of the Secondary Schools Group and Head Teacher Davenant Foundation School
  • Lindsay Whitehouse – Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex
  • Donna Martin – Drugs and Alcohol Partnership Trainer EYPDAS The Children’s Society
  • Inspector Andy Fusher – Essex Police

Watch short videos of the youth conference panel

Stress, bullying and drugs at Youth Conference

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Stress, bullying and drugs were top of the agenda when young people met in Epping for the Epping Forest District Youth Council Conference.

Almost 90 delegates aged 11 to 17 packed the council chamber for a welcome by District Council Chairman Tony Boyce and a video message by constituency MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Eleanor Laing.

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Local Democracy Week

The Youth Conference aims to engage young people in local politics and provide an opportunity for them to voice their concerns and make councillors more accessible.  It was timed to coincide with Local Democracy Week. It is a great opportunity for councils to engage with people across the UK and encouraged more young people to take part in civic life.

Local Democracy Week runs from 13 to 19 October with a variety of initiatives aimed at encouraging people to take up the right to vote, get involved in local government and have a say in their council. The Epping Forest Youth Conference gives pupils representing the secondary schools in the district a voice and the opportunity to question those people holding the local reins of power including the Leader of Epping Forest District Council and the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.

Local schools participating

  1. Braeside School (Buckhurst Hill)
  2. Chigwell School (Chigwell)
  3. Davenant Foundation School (Loughton)
  4. Debden Park High School (Loughton)
  5. Epping Forest College (Loughton)
  6. Epping St John’s (Epping)
  7. King Harold Academy (Waltham Abbey)
  8. Roding Valley High School (Loughton)
  9. West Hatch High School (Chigwell)

Getting to grips with the issues

Delegates split into morning and afternoon workshop sessions. Epping Forest Youth Council brought skilled experts in their fields in to facilitate each group.

  • Alcohol – Terry Martin, AlcoHELP
  • Bullying – Royston John, RDJ Training
  • Stress – Alexia Doherty, Epping Forest District Council
  • Drugs – Trevor Griffiths, Alcohol and Drugs Advisory Service
  • Volunteering – Patrick Arnold, Epping Forest District Council
  • Skills and Jobs – Ruth Warner, Department for Work and Pensions

After a good lunch in the Members’ Room at Epping Forest District Council, the highlight of the afternoon was Question Time with a panel of some of the most influential people in the district.

Question Time panel

Gareth Clement – Chief Executive Alcohol and Drugs Advisory Service, Jacqui Foile – Chief Officer Voluntary Action Epping Forest, Inspector Andy Fusher – Essex Police, Councillor Helen Kane – Cabinet Member for Leisure and Community Services Epping Forest District Council, Donna Martin – Drugs and Alcohol Partnership Trainer EYPDAS The Children’s Society, Michael O’Brien – Head of Commissioning Education and Lifelong Learning Essex County, Council Chris Seward – (Chairman) Chair of the Secondary Schools Group and Head Teacher Davenant Foundation School, Councillor Chris Whitbread – Leader of Epping Forest District Council, Lindsay Whitehouse – Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex.

 

Come and talk to your local police officers

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Essex Police are holding Local Community Meetings in Loughton and Roydon during November.

Find out more about what’s going on in your local area and meet with your local policing team. Both are open meetings and all members of the public are welcome.

Loughton Local Community Meeting

  • Date – Thursday 6 November 2014
  • Time – 7pm to 8pm
  • Venue – St Mary Church, 201 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1BB

Local Community Meeting Poster Loughton 6 Nov 14

Roydon Local Community Meeting

  • Date – Wednesday 12 November 2014
  • Time – 7pm to 8pm
  • Venue – Roydon Village Hall, Harlow Road, Roydon CM19 5HH

Local Community Meeting Poster Roydon 12 Nov 14

 

Nick Alston PCC wants to talk with you

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Nick Alston, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Essex wants to talk with you.

  • Do you care about the way your community is policed?
  • Do you want to know the facts about crime in your area?
  • Come along to Nick Alston’s public meeting and have your say.

Epping Forest College PCC meeting 22-10-14

Details

  • Date Wednesday 22 October 2014
  • Time 6:30pm to 8:30pm – you are welcome to join or leave the meeting at any time
  • Venue Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton, Essex IG10 3SA
  • This is an open meeting and all members of the public are welcome

Contact

  • Call 01245 291600

Working with you to make Essex safer.

 

First steps towards a Neighbourhood Plan for Buckhurst Hill Parish Council

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Buckhurst Hill Parish Council has taken the first steps towards preparing a Neighbourhood Plan by informing Epping Forest District Council of their intentions and submitting an application for the designation of their parish as a Neighbourhood Area.

Any Parish or Town Council can prepare a Neighbourhood Plan if they wish. The Plans give communities an opportunity to shape the way in which their local area develops over the coming years. Neighbourhood Development Plans, which must be prepared in accordance with the District Councils Local Plan, can be used to

  • Develop a shared vision for the local area
  • Choose where new homes, community facilities and other forms of development should be built
  • Identify and protect important local green spaces
  • Influence what new buildings should look like

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council has identified the area to be covered by the plan as the whole parish. Epping Forest District Council, as the local planning authority, is required to publicise this proposed area for a period of at least 6 weeks so that people can comment on it.

A copy of the application, along with further information on neighbourhood planning, can be viewed at www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning

This is a consultation on the identification of the potential plan area, not a formal consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan itself, which will come later as the Plan progresses.

The consultation will run for 6 weeks from 22 September 5pm on 31 October 2014.

Comments

Please be aware that all comments received will be publicly available and may be included on our website. Personal details such as the respondents address, telephone number and signature will not be published.

About Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood Plans were introduced by Government through the Localism Act in 2011.

Once they have successfully completed the preparation process, Neighbourhood Plans will legally have policy status and will be used to help decide planning applications. Within the parameters set by the district-wide local plan, a neighbourhood plan must be used to positively encourage sustainable development.

Following the end of this 6 week period, the District Council must decide whether to designate the proposed neighbourhood area. It should be noted that once a designation is made no other organisation or body may be designated for that neighbourhood area until that designation expires or is withdrawn. One designated, the Parish Council may commence work on preparing the Neighbourhood Plan.

A draft Plan must be subject to a formal 6 week public consultation before being submitted to the District Council for examination by an independent Examiner. If the Plan is approved, a referendum is held within the Parish to decide whether the Plan should be used by the District Council to decide upon planning applications within the neighbourhood area.

Within Epping Forest District, Moreton, Bobbingworth and the Lavers Parish Council, Chigwell Parish Council, Theydon Bois Parish Council are already working on a Neighbourhood Plan for their area.

 

First steps towards a Neighbourhood Plan for North Weald Bassett Parish Council

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North Weald Bassett Parish Council has taken the first steps towards preparing a Neighbourhood Plan by informing Epping Forest District Council of their intentions and submitting an application for the designation of their parish as a Neighbourhood Area.

Any Parish or Town Council can prepare a Neighbourhood Plan if they wish. The Plans give communities an opportunity to shape the way in which their local area develops over the coming years. Neighbourhood Development Plans, which must be prepared in accordance with the District Councils Local Plan, can be used to

  • Develop a shared vision for the local area
  • Choose where new homes, community facilities and other forms of development should be built
  • Identify and protect important local green spaces
  • Influence what new buildings should look like

North Weald Bassett Parish Council

North Weald Bassett Parish Council has identified the area to be covered by the plan as the whole parish. Epping Forest District Council, as the local planning authority, is required to publicise this proposed area for a period of at least 6 weeks so that people can comment on it.

A copy of the application, along with further information on neighbourhood planning, can be viewed at www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning

This is a consultation on the identification of the potential plan area, not a formal consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan itself, which will come later as the Plan progresses.

The consultation will run for 6 weeks from 22 September 5pm on 31 October 2014.

Comments

Please be aware that all comments received will be publicly available and may be included on our website. Personal details such as the respondents address, telephone number and signature will not be published.

About Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood Plans were introduced by Government through the Localism Act in 2011.

Once they have successfully completed the preparation process, Neighbourhood Plans will legally have policy status and will be used to help decide planning applications. Within the parameters set by the district-wide local plan, a neighbourhood plan must be used to positively encourage sustainable development.

Following the end of this 6 week period, the District Council must decide whether to designate the proposed neighbourhood area. It should be noted that once a designation is made no other organisation or body may be designated for that neighbourhood area until that designation expires or is withdrawn. One designated, the Parish Council may commence work on preparing the Neighbourhood Plan.

A draft Plan must be subject to a formal 6 week public consultation before being submitted to the District Council for examination by an independent Examiner. If the Plan is approved, a referendum is held within the Parish to decide whether the Plan should be used by the District Council to decide upon planning applications within the neighbourhood area.

Within Epping Forest District, Moreton, Bobbingworth and the Lavers Parish Council, Chigwell Parish Council, Theydon Bois Parish Council are already working on a Neighbourhood Plan for their area.

 

Council commitment to low-tax at O&S

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Epping Forest District Youth councillors looked on as members of Epping Forest District Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee quizzed Cabinet portfolio holders on Tuesday (16 September).

Members of the Youth Council who were welcomed to the meeting by committee chairman Councillor Richard Morgan, represent young people across the district. They range in age from 13 to 17 and are drawn from local schools, colleges and the local community.

Items on the agenda included progress on Epping Forest District Council’s corporate plan objectives, the forward plan of the Cabinet, and reviews of the recent local election procedures and polling stations. Councillors were reminded of the Council’s responsibility for running the local General Election counts next May and the need to identify a count centre large enough. Councillors highlighted the extremely smooth conduct of recent elections and paid tribute to staff including the recently retired Returning Officer Ian Willett.

The electoral registration process has changed. Councillor Brian Surtees asked if the introduction of Individual Elector Registration might cause difficulties. Assistant Director Simon Hill noted that a great deal of advanced preparation by the elections team had eased the process. However, Mr Hill acknowledged that a significant level of ongoing work would be necessary to maintain the highest voter registration levels. An amendment to the polling station review to combine voting for all Waltham Abbey North East residents at the Community Centre in Saxon Way will go with the report for final determination by Full Council.

Councillors also responded to an invitation by the Mayor of London to comment on infrastructure growth. They supported the prioritisation of transport schemes on the West Anglia and Central Line as a means of encouraging job growth, delivering commuters and in support of the London-Cambridge-Stansted Corridor. Emphasis was placed on the need for greater infrastructure in the form of railway station car parks.

District Councillors raised issues around Central Line capacity, and bus services. They supported Mayor Boris Johnson’s approach to keeping London growth within current boundaries and hoped that Essex County Council might also support this objective.

Planning Portfolio Holder Councillor Richard Bassett assured members of Overview and Scrutiny following a request by Councillor Brian Surtees for continuing information to the public on Local Plan progress. Council Leader Chris Whitbread followed up by encouraging all Councillors to attend forthcoming Local Plan events and to share information with their residents.

Responding to comments by Councillor John Knapman, Councillor Chris Whitbread agreed that the Council’s drive to keep Council Tax down could be more prominently identified within the Council’s Key Objectives. Epping Forest District Council has not increased its Council Tax precept to residents for 4 years and strives to be one of the lowest in Essex.

Local Council Tax Support scheme consultation

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We need your views on our Local Council Tax Support scheme – a scheme designed to help people in financial need to pay their Council Tax.

People of pension age have been protected by the Government and they have their own scheme for Local Council Tax Support. For people of working age, the council has had to design a scheme for them that is less generous than the scheme for pensioners because of a reduced grant from the Government.

It is important that we get views from anyone connected with the district because there is a balance between how to fund any money paid out against implementing a scheme that leaves an amount of council tax that is affordable and can be collected.

The results of the consultation will be presented to councillors who will decide whether to make any changes to the scheme for 2015/2016.

Our consultation will close on the 19 October 2014.

Find out more

Find out more about the Local Council Tax Support scheme consultation.