Crime and disorder public perception survey

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Help us reduce crime and anti-social behaviour by identifying local issues that cause you concern – have your say and help make the district a safer place.

Complete the crime and disorder public perception survey

Crime and disorder public perception survey

Epping Forest District Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is a group of organisations which work together to reduce crime and disorder in the district. The organisations consist of the council, police, fire service, probation, county council and health service. We recognise that dealing with crime and disorder is a responsibility for everyone, not just the police.

The Partnership wants your help to identify local issues that cause you concern. Every year we look at ways of working together to reduce crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour in the district. We want to take into account your concerns so please take time to think about the questions in this short survey and respond with the answers you think are most appropriate. By doing so you will have your say in the way Epping Forest District Community Safety Partnership works to make the district safer.

A safer place to live and work

Councillor Gary Waller, Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder said: “I would urge anyone who lives or works in the district to complete this survey. The results will be used to direct the efforts of all our partners in making the district a safer place to live and work.”

Find out more

Information on the Epping Forest District Community Safety Partnership (CSP).

 

First steps towards a Neighbourhood Plan for Epping Town Council

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Epping Town 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

Epping Town Council

Epping Town 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 11 August 2014 until 5pm on 19 September 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 the 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. If agreed, the town 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 the Epping Forest district, Moreton, Bobbingworth and the Lavers Parish Council are already working on a Neighbourhood Plan for their area.

 

St John’s Road, Epping Update

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As discussion continues on social media regarding the future of St John’s Road, Epping Forest District Council has published a summary of the current position.

The St John’s Road site in Epping is owned by three separate organisations. Essex County Council is the major land owner with property including the library and the former school. Epping Forest District Council is the next largest owner with the Housing depot. Finally Epping Town Council has its parish office in St John’s Road. St John’s Church is the other major land owner in the area. It has been consulted on the ideas for the surrounding area but is not a direct part of the main proposals.

St John’s is a major site in the heart of Epping. It is important to try to avoid piecemeal development and ensure as far as we are able, that any redevelopment maximises the benefits to the town, its businesses and its residents. Over the last couple of years, the three organisations as land owners have therefore been trying to produce a joint development brief which would enabled the co-ordinated redevelopment of this area.

The development brief is not a planning application or planning permission.

The development brief has been progressing at a steady pace. It is a vision of what might be achieved and was produced following extensive consultation with local residents and businesses. Each of the three land owners is now moving forward to a point where we might be able to make an agreement with a developer on what we would like to see at St John’s Road.

However, only once that process is completed would the entirely separate process of drawing up planning applications take place and there is of course no guarantee of success at that stage. Any planning applications would have to be looked at entirely independently of the land owning interests of the councils. There would be public consultation and opportunities for anyone to make comments on the plans. There is therefore a considerably long way to go before anyone can say that the future of St John’s is agreed.

St John’s is due to be discussed by members of the Epping Forest District Council Cabinet on Monday 21 July. Due to the commercially sensitive nature of the reports (the Council needs to ensure it achieves the best value for money on behalf of its residents) the debate is likely to be held in private.

 

Exhibition display available for comment

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A public exhibition was held on Saturday 28 June 2014 at North Weald Bassett Village Hall for people interested in the future of North Weald Bassett village and airfield.

Presentation boards were on display which showcased the possible scenarios for the growth of North Weald Bassett, arising from the master-planning study commissioned by Epping Forest District Council.

Exhibition display

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Download pdf of each display board to view in detail.

  1. North Weald Bassett exhibition 28 June 2014 – display board 1 (pdf 1.4MB)
  2. North Weald Bassett exhibition 28 June 2014 – display board 1 (pdf 1.3MB)
  3. North Weald Bassett exhibition 28 June 2014 – display board 1 (pdf 770KB)
  4. North Weald Bassett exhibition 28 June 2014 – display board 1 (pdf 5.9MB)
  5. North Weald Bassett exhibition 28 June 2014 – display board 1 (pdf 400KB)
  6. North Weald Bassett exhibition 28 June 2014 – display board 1 (pdf 1.1MB)

Comment

If you would like to comment on the presentation boards, please do so by Monday 14 July 2014

  • by email LDFConsult@eppingforestdc.gov.uk
  • by post to Planning Policy – Neighbourhoods Directorate, Epping Forest District Council, Freepost CL3360, EPPING CM16 4YA

 

North Weald Bassett community exhibition

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Local residents and everyone else interested in the future of North Weald Bassett village and airfield are invited to an exhibition showcasing the possible scenarios for the growth of North Weald Bassett, arising from the master-planning study commissioned by Epping Forest District Council.

North Weald Bassett Community Exhibition 28 June 2014

Development options

The exhibition in the North Weald Village Hall, North Weald High Road on Saturday 28 June 2014 from 11am to 3pm, is another opportunity for members of the local community to be updated on the master-plan progress. Visitors will be able to review a range of development options influenced by the feedback of residents and stakeholders received so far. These options flow from what local people identified as key issues and priorities for them in establishing a vision for the future of the village.

Please come along

Councillor Richard Bassett, Planning Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council wants to encourage as many people to attend as possible. He said: “The initial consultation was incredibly successful. Local residents, business people and airfield users all sat down with our planning experts to talk through the options. We listened hard but we are not rushing it and want to talk to everyone one more time. So if you are interested in the future of North Weald Bassett and the airfield, whether or not you participated in the last consultation, please come along to the Village Hall and see what you think.”

Final council meeting before elections

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The final meeting of Epping Forest District Council before the May local and European elections took place at the civic offices on Tuesday 22 April 2014.

Items on the agenda included

  • The Council’s pay policy statement 2014/15
  • The Council’s Key Objectives for 2014/15
  • The report of the Council Housebuilding Cabinet Committee
  • Joint arrangements and external organisations

Key objectives agreed for 2014/15 by councillors included

  • Communications priorities for the Local Plan, Waste Management Contract and Welfare reforms
  • Community Engagement to place local people at the heart of council policies and services
  • The Local Plan including the preferred options document by 30 October 2014
  • Operating Models to promote better working within the council and with its partners
  • Performance including the continuation of low Council Tax levels, innovation and transparency in council activities, and community leadership and protection of the character of the district
  • Public Health challenges arising from the transfer of public health responsibilities
  • Strategic Sites to maximise the use of council assets for the benefit of the whole district
  • Welfare Reforms, ensuring the safeguarding of services for those people who need them most

Councillors also agreed a revised public petitions scheme to be updated on the council website.

 

Spring Watch launch rural crime campaign

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A time of new life, new opportunities, and the continued fight against crime – Spring Watch 2014 has been launched to help make Essex a safer place to live, work and enjoy.

Spring Watch

Spring Watch is an initiative by Essex Neighbourhood & Home Watch, a voluntary network of schemes where neighbours, police and local partners come together to build safe and friendly communities. 

This year Spring Watch marks the launch of a new combined Forest Watch / Park Watch. It aims to get Forest Keepers, Rangers and Park Keepers in touch with each other and to keep them informed of all issues and crime related matters which can affect them. With a large rural community, it is important to ensure we keep a close eye on rural issues that affect us. 

The campaign was opened at Epping Market by Councillor Mary Sartin, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, and Essex Watch Liaison Officer Colin Freeman.

Chairman Mary Sartin launches Spring Watch 2014

Crime cannot flourish in a community that cares

Chairman Mary Sartin said: “I believe crime cannot flourish in a community that cares and my thanks go out to all the district’s Home Watch groups who help make our community a safe place to live.”

“The new Forest Watch / Park Watch initiative will not only increase security in our many rural areas, but also reduce the incentive to commit crime. It will help make the Epping Forest district a great and safe place to live, work and visit.”

Find and join a scheme in your area

Visit the Neighbouthood Watch website or email Colin Freeman, Essex Watch Liaison Officer.

#ruralcrime

Crimestoppers have launched a campaign #ruralcrime focussing on the issues relating to crime in the countryside.

 

Traders decline market offer

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Epping MarketTraders have declined an offer to hold Epping Market in Cottis Lane Car Park when the Tour de France comes to the District on 7 July.

See Epping Town Council website here.

Epping Town Council consulted traders on the temporary relocation of the market for one day after receiving the offer from Epping Forest District Council to make the Pay and Display car park behind Marks and Spencer available on a one-off basis. Councillor Will Breare-Hall, Mayor of Epping Town Council and a member of the District Council Cabinet said: “The Town Council sought permission to move the market to Cottis Lane because we considered it important to support the traders, on what will be one of the busiest days in Epping for many years. However, our consultation with them revealed that they don’t wish us to pursue this option further and we respect their decision.”

Thousands of spectators are expected to throng Epping High Street where the rolling sprint section of  Stage 3 of this Year’s Tour de France takes place. Estimates of up to 20,000 people lining the streets of Epping meant the holding of the market in its usual High Street location would be impossible.

Epping Forest District Council made the offer of Cottis Lane Car Park after establishing that temporary parking facilities will be made available by St John’s School. The District Council will now consider whether Cottis Lane should revert to its normal use or could provide a base for other activities such as a themed continental market.

 

Review of polling districts and polling places

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Polling Station signWith local and European elections a few weeks away and the General Election next year, Epping Forest District Council is holding its regular consultation on polling stations and polling districts with residents.

The review runs from 24 March until 30 May within the district. A spokesman for the council said: “This is your opportunity to look at the arrangements currently in place and suggest any alternative for the future in your area.”

A polling district is a geographical area created by the sub-division of a UK Parliamentary constituency for the purposes of a UK Parliamentary election. Each parish is a separate polling district unless there are special circumstances such as a small number of electors.

A polling place is an area or building in which polling stations will be selected by the (Acting) Returning Officer. Polling stations should be within easy reach of all electors from across the polling district.

Representations

Representations may be made by email to glunnun@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or by post to Polling District/Place Review, Epping Forest District Council, Office of the Chief Executive, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ.

Details of the review notice, existing polling districts and polling places

View details at the following venues

  • Main Reception Desk, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping

  • The Library, Sun Street, Waltham Abbey

  • The Library, High Street, Ongar

  • The Library, Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill

  • The Library, Traps Hill, Loughton

The council will make a final decision on future polling districts and places at its meeting on 30 September 2014.

Pictures

Make your vote count – polling stations come in many different shapes and sizes – view photos in a slideshow by clicking on a picture below and then click start slideshow.

 

Tour de France market day offer declined

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Tour de France Essex LogoUpdate – Traders have declined an offer to hold Epping Market in Cottis Lane Car Park when the Tour de France comes to the District on 7 July 2014.

 

Tour de France market day offer

Epping Market looks set to go ahead when the Tour de France comes to Epping on 7 July. There were fears that the thousands of spectators in Epping High Street would make it impossible for the market to go ahead. Epping Town Council had been left with no choice but to cancel the regular High Street event. Now, an offer has been made by Epping Forest District Council to provide an alternative venue at Cottis Lane Car Park.

The announcement came at the meeting of Epping Town Council on Tuesday 25 March where Epping Forest District Council’s Emergency Planning Officer, Peter Charman was giving an update on the latest Tour related developments. The District Council has been working with many partners behind the scenes to ensure market traders don’t lose out. Following news that St John’s School would be able to provide additional parking facilities, senior district councillors agreed that Epping Forest District Council can put the Cottis Lane car park at the disposal of Epping Town Council for the market.

The Tour de FranceEpping Market has a charter going back to medieval times. The deal to use Cottis Lane as a one-off is still subject to detailed discussions but Councillor Chris Whitbread, Leader of Epping Forest District Council is confident the market can now go ahead.

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He said: “Overall, the arrival of the Tour de France in Epping Forest is one of the biggest boosts to the economy we could wish for. It will be a bonanza for High Street shops as thousands of extra visitors arrive early for the Epping Show on Sunday and take up their positions for the sprint on Monday. The problem has always been what to do with the market. It was clear that for health and safety reasons there wasn’t enough room for the anticipated 20,000 spectators and the market in the High Street. Cottis Lane Car Park behind Marks and Spencer’s is only a few seconds walk from the High Street and should make an excellent temporary location for the day.”

Epping MarketCouncillor Whitbread continued: “I agreed the principle with Cabinet Portfolio Holder Councillor Gary Waller and we will now be talking through the details with Epping Town Council.”

The next edition of the District Council magazine, The Forester due out in April, will provide local residents and businesses with more information about the arrival of the Tour. The message to all residents and businesses from the Council is to plan ahead. The Tour enters the District from Chelmsford and will follow country lanes past Willingale, Fyfield and Moreton before crossing the A414 at the Talbot roundabout. The route north of the Talbot will be closed to all other traffic from 8am.

After crossing the A414, the racers will continue through North Weald. The District Council is developing plans to handle many of the expected spectators by opening up North Weald Airfield as a ‘Park and Walk’ facility after persuading the organisers to keep access between the M11 and the airfield open. Limited caravan and campervan facilities will also be available to allow people to stay overnight at the airfield. Additional temporary campsites and car parks are being planned by a number of farmers to cater for visitors along the route.

The route south of the A414 will be closed to all traffic from 9am in another concession by the organisers to Epping Forest District Council. From North Weald, the racers will sprint down Epping High Street, race to the Wake Arms roundabout and then follow the A104 Epping New Road all the way past Loughton and Buckhurst Hill before leaving the District. The Stage finishes on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace.

Councillor Whitbread said: “It is going to be an incredible day. The Tour is one of the World’s greatest sporting events and it is entirely free to watch. There will be a carnival atmosphere unlike anything we have seen since the Olympics. It certainly won’t be business as usual, but by getting into the spirit of the occasion and making plans now, I am confident it will be a terrific boost to the District.”

Photos

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