Cabinet 15 June 2017

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Cabinet meeting on 15 June 2017 discussed local plan, homelessness and shopping park.

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Shopping Park 

Next (including a Costa Coffee), TK Max, Aldi, Hobbycraft, Pets at Home and Smyths Toys have been confirmed among the tenants of the new Epping Forest Shopping Park. Councillor Anne Grigg made the announcement at the meeting of Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet on 15 June. Construction of the retail units is nearing completion with the supporting highway improvements due to finish in August. The Council expects handover on 19 June with the start of shop fitting starting a week later. The park will also set high green transport standards in Essex with 10 electric charging points.

Local Plan Implementation

Proposed masterplans covering areas in Epping, Waltham Abbey, Loughton, North Weald, Ongar, Chigwell and sites around Harlow will be produced as Epping Forest District Council works towards the implementation of the new Local Plan. The need for strategic masterplans to ensure development and infrastructure requirements across groups of sites in the same area was outlined in a report presented by Planning Portfolio Holder John Philip.

Infrastructure 

Councillor Philip explained that it was necessary to show the government-appointed inspector that the Council is taking steps to ensure that growth can be delivered in a coordinated way with necessary infrastructure provided. He emphasised that this does not mean any sites will definitely be in or out of the final Local Plan or that planning approvals have been decided or approved. No definitive decisions have as yet been taken on which sites will be included in the final draft of the Local Plan.

Councillors should be involved early without being predisposed to deciding planning applications. None of the work proposed in the report committed councillors to approving individual sites or applications.

Homelessness

Cabinet approved proposals to allocate the Homelessness Support Grant. Councillors supported the recommendations by Housing Portfolio Holder Syd Stavrou to allocate £60,000 to Genesis Housing Association to provide private sector accommodation, and £29,000 to the young parents scheme at Railway Meadow in Ongar. Further allocations will be made as additional reports come to Cabinet. 

Superfast Broadband 

Reports on the extension of superfast broadband and free wifi in town centres put forward by Technology Portfolio Holder Alan Lion were supported by Cabinet colleagues.

Overview and Scrutiny 6 June 2017

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Princess Alexandra Hospital is in special measures after its services were rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission. Senior staff from Princess Alexandra met with Epping Forest District councillors at the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday 6 June for an improvement plan update.

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  • Lance McCarthy – Chief Executive
  • Stephanie Lawton – Chief Operations Manager
  • Nancy Fontaine – Chief Nurse

Waiting times

A&E waiting times and delays in bed allocation were raised by Councillor Stephen Murray.  Stephanie Lawton apologised for the long waiting times but confirmed that patients remain safe. She said that some improvements had been made to flow and discharge of patients with support from community teams. Building works have been commissioned to extend admission facilities. Together with other plans these improvements should improve admission times. Nancy Fontaine added that where elderly patients are being admitted there is some discretion in allowing family members extra access to provide support.

Recruitment and retention

Responding to a question by councillor Aniket Patel, Nancy Fontaine outlined a number of new ward management and leadership training programmes. Councillor Yolanda Knight praised hospital staff following a ‘faultless’ recent visit. However, she also knew from experience that the quality of service varies greatly across different areas of the hospital. She raised the issue of staff morale, staff retention and the training provided to staff in dealing with difficult members of the public.

Nancy Fontaine was pleased to report that some members of staff have been with the Trust for many years. In some instances, three generations from a family are working in different areas of the hospital while many staff trained at Harlow coming back as more senior staff in later years. However, Lance McCarthy did acknowledge that recruitment was affected by the special measures issue.

Safeguarding for children

Councillor Steven Neville sought reassurance on safeguarding for children. Nancy Fontaine responded with a discussion around a culture of failing to follow policy and training. Safeguarding is now more embedded into hospital standards. She said that policies were now tough but it is probably never possible to ’do enough’.

Responding to a question by Councillor Holly Whitbread, Nancy Lawton described methods of recruitment including links with local colleges and interviews by Skype. Councillor Roger Baldwin asked about the financial deficit and plans to reduce reliance on agency workers.  Nancy Fontaine responded that there is a very clear direction to reduce reliance on temporary staff. Lance McCarthy was able to provide figures illustrating the drop in agency expenditure from more than £20m a few years ago to somewhere nearer £13m more recently.

Emergency Planning

Responding to Councillor Nigel Bedford, Lance McCarthy said that the hospital managed the recent cyber attack on the NHS thanks to internal IT protecting services and installing the relevant patches very quickly. Stephanie Lawton outlined the processes and partner agencies working together to coordinate patient discharge in a timely way. She said this was not ‘cracked yet’ but improvements were being made.

Nancy Fontaine and Lance McCarthy outlined in more depth the health and social care solutions used to address issues of patient isolation raised by Councillor Aniket Patel. Stephanie Lawton also confirmed the regular update, review and training for emergency planning situations such as the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

Lance McCarthy acknowledged the Trust has a long way to go in moving out of special measures but felt the hospital was in a much more positive position. He is also looking at the long term redevelopment or relocation of Princess Alexandra to a better site.

Caring Hospital

Committee Chairman Councillor Mary Sartin thanked Lance McCarthy, Stephanie Lawton and Nancy Fontaine for answering so many questions and offered best wishes for the future. She said that whatever the issues, the CQC report made clear that Princess Alexandra Hospital was a ‘caring’ hospital.

Corporate Plan

In other business Council Leader Chris Whitbread reminded committee members of some of the key achievements of previous years including the freeze on Council Tax for a seventh year and the development of new assets such as the Epping Forest Shopping Park. He said that the delivery of keys to residents for the first newly built council houses had taken place.  Focusing on community services he also applauded the work of the Council in attracting external funding. Local Plan development continues. The Council has listened and consulted with residents.

Councillor Whitbread continued with a description of the transformational changes being implemented across the Council leading to modern working, better use of technology and the facilitation of future service improvements. He also reminded fellow councillors of the benefits of the new leisure contract with a projected income of £20m over the next 20 years.

Other items covered by Overview and Scrutiny included:

  • Select Committees Terms of Reference
  • Select Committee membership
  • Task and Finish Panels
  • Annual Report of Overview and Scrutiny

Eleanor Laing holds Epping Forest

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Conservative Eleanor Laing held the Epping Forest seat in the UK General Election on 8 June 2017.

Alex Burghart held the Brentwood & Ongar seat for the conservatives and Robert Halfon held the Harlow seat for the conservatives as the election ends in a Hung Parliament.

Elenor Laing MP

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General Election results

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Results of the UK Parliamentary election on Thursday 8 June 2017 for the Epping Forest district.

General Election Thursday 8 June 2017

Epping Forest constituency results

Thomas Hall (Young People’s Party YPP) – 110
Simon Heap (Green Party) – 1,233
Eleanor Laing (Conservatives) – 31,462 elected
Patrick O’Flynn (UKIP) – 1,871
Liam Preston (Labour) – 13,219
Jon Whitehouse (Liberal Democrats) – 2,884

Rejected ballot papers – 130

Turnout 68.12%

Epping Forest constituency full results

Declaration of result of poll


Brentwood & Ongar constituency results

Gareth Barrett (Labour) – 10,809
Alex Burghart (Conservatives) – 34,811 elected
Karen Chilvers (Liberal Democrats) – 4,426
Paul Jeater (Green Party) – 915
Louca Kousoulou (Independent) – 104
Michael McGough ((UKIP) – 1,842

Rejected ballot papers

Turnout 70.6%

Brentwood & Ongar constituency full results


Harlow constituency results

Hannah Clare (Green Party) – 660
Mark Gough (UKIP) – 1,787
Robert Halfon (Conservatives) – 24,230 elected
Geoffrey Seeff (Liberal Democrats) – 970
Phil Waite (Labour) – 17,199

Rejected ballot papers – 75

Turnout 66.37%

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Remember to vote on 8 June

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Epping Forest district residents will be taking to polling stations on Thursday 8 June to vote in the 2017 General Election. Voters must aged 18 or over, a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen, however EU citizens cannot vote in a UK Parliamentary election.

Candidates

General Election Thursday 8 June 2017

Where to vote

Your poll card was sent to the address where you are registered. It will say where the polling station you vote at is.

Polling stations open from 7am to 10pm. Plan what time you want to vote, leaving plenty of time before the 10pm deadline. If you are in a queue at your polling station at 10pm you will still be able to vote, but if you arrive after 10pm the poll will be closed and you will have missed your chance to vote.

Your polling station could be in a school, church, village hall or sports club – we’re very grateful to all the groups who let us use their premises as polling stations.

At the polling station

When you arrive at the polling station give your polling card to the polling station staff. It’s ok if you don’t have your poll card with you, it is for your information only. You just need to tell the polling station staff your name and address and they can check whether you’re on the electoral register.

You will be given a ballot paper listing the candidates you can vote for. Mark your ballot paper with an X next to your chosen candidate. A pencil will be provided, but you may use your own pen if you prefer.

If you make a mistake on your ballot paper, don’t worry. So long as you haven’t already put it in the ballot box just let the polling station staff know and they can issue you with a replacement ballot paper.

Fold your completed ballot paper in half and pop it in the ballot box – that’s it all done!

Voting constituencies

There are 650 parliamentary constituencies in the UK. Each is represented by 1 Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons. The Epping Forest district covers all of the Epping Forest constituency and part of the Brentwood & Ongar and Harlow constituencies.

Epping Forest residents will be voting for their local MP and not the leaders of the political parties. You can find your candidates here.

If you live in Ongar, North Weald, Fyfield, Stapleford Abbotts, Toot Hill, Lambourne End, Abridge and Matching Tye you will vote in the Brentwood & Ongar constituency, run by Brentwood Council. Residents living in Roydon, Sheering or Nazeing will vote in the Harlow constituency run by Harlow Council.

Use your voice

Glen Chipp, Acting Returning Officer for the Epping Forest constituency said: “Politics shapes everything we do. From the health and social care we all need, to the jobs and businesses and security of the country. Whatever your politics, make sure you vote and use your voice on 8 June.”

Council welcomes new Chairman

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Annual Council began with a minute silence in honour of all those affected by the Manchester bombing, this was followed by a heartfelt final speech from outgoing Chairman of Council, Councillor Jeane Lea.

Councillor David Stallan has been appointed Chairman of Council and Councillor Richard Bassett was named the new Vice-Chairman.

Annual Council 2017

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Manchester Tribute at Council

The meeting of Epping Forest District Council began on a sombre note as outgoing Chairman, Councillor Jeane Lea asked fellow councillors to join in a minute silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing.

Best wishes to Councillor Lea

Councillors paid tribute to Councillor Lea as she stepped down from the role of Council Chairman.

£13,000 raised for charity

Councillor Lea raised £13,000 for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance during her year and thanks fellow councillors for their support throughout.

”Genuine, caring and a first class ambassador”

Council Leader Chris Whitbread spoke of Councillor Lea’s dignity. A genuine, caring and first class ambassador for the district. Councillor Caroline Pond echoed the tributes, reminding Councillor Lea of some of the more difficult meetings over which she presided. Councillor Surtees spoke of her generosity.

Council Chief Executive Glen Chipp spoke of the outgoing Chairman’s sense of humour and her unexpected talent for bricklaying!

Councillor David Stallan, our new Chairman

The new Chairman of Epping Forest District Council is North Weald councillor, David Stallan.

In an affectionate nomination speech, fellow ward councillor Anne Grigg spoke of almost twenty years service to the District. Councillor Chris Whitbread seconded the nomination. Describing councillor Stallan as a great Housing portfolio holder and ward councillor, he also reminded fellow councillors of Dave Stallan’s formidable knowledge of the Council Constitution.

Councillor Stallan thanked councillors for placing their trust in him, councillors Grigg and Whitbread for his nomination, and especially Councillor Lea for all her support during the previous year.

Four local charities

Councillor Stallan will be supporting four charities, Diabetes UK, the Epping and North Weald Air Cadets, Safer Places Epping Forest and Norway House, the Council’s homeless persons hostel.

Councillor Richard Bassett, our new Vice-Chairman

Another of the Council’s most senior and well respected councillors, Richard Bassett is the new Vice-Chairman. Councillor Bassett steps down from his previous role on the Cabinet.

Cabinet and Committee Chairmen

The new Cabinet announced by Council Leader Chris Whitbread is

  • Leader Councillor Chris Whitbread
  • Asset Management & Economic Development Councillor Anne Grigg
  • Environment Councillor Will Breare-Hall
  • Finance Councillor Gagan Mohindra
  • Planning & Governance Councillor John Philip
  • Housing (and Deputy Leader) Councillor Syd Stavrou
  • Leisure & Community Services Councillor Helen Kane
  • Safer, Greener & Transport Councillor Gary Waller
  • Technology & Support Services –  Councillor Alan Lion

Councillor Brian Sandler has been reappointed Chairman of District Development Management Committee. Councillor Mary Sartin returns to the role of Overview and Scrutiny Committee Chairman.

Councillors also agreed the co-option of a non-voting member of Epping Forest District Youth Council to the Communities Select Committee.

General Election candidates announced

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We can announce the 6 candidates competing to be the Member of Parliament for the Epping Forest constituency in the General Election on Thursday 8 June 2017.

General Election Thursday 8 June 2017

If you want to vote in the General Election on 8 June 2017 you must be registered to vote. The deadline to register is midnight on Monday 22 May 2017. Register to vote online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.


Epping Forest constituency candidates

  • Thomas Hall (Young People’s Party YPP)
  • Simon Heap (Green Party)
  • Eleanor Laing (Conservatives)
  • Patrick O’Flynn (UKIP)
  • Liam Preston (Labour)
  • Jon Whitehouse (Liberal Democrats)

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Brentwood & Ongar constituency candidates

  • Gareth Barrett (Labour)
  • Michael Burghart (Conservatives)
  • Karen Chilvers (Liberal Democrats)
  • Paul Jeater (Green Party)
  • Louca Kousoulou (Independent)
  • Michael McGough ((UKIP)

Find out more on the Brentwood Borough Council website.


Harlow constituency candidates

  • Hannah Clare (Green Party)
  • Mark Gough (UKIP)
  • Robert Halfon (Conservatives)
  • Geoffrey Seeff (Liberal Democrats)
  • Phil Waite (Labour)

Find out more on the Harlow Council website.


Elections and voting

Find out more on our elections and voting pages.

Make sure you can vote in the General Election

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A snap General Election has been called by the UK Government for Thursday 8 June 2017.

If you want to vote in the 8 June General Election you must be registered to vote. The deadline to register is midnight on Monday 22 May 2017.

General Election Thursday 8 June 2017

Don’t lose your vote

Glen Chipp, Returning Officer for the Epping Forest constituency said: “All Epping Forest district residents not yet registered to vote should take action now. You can’t vote unless you’re registered. Don’t lose your vote.”

Register online – it’s quick and easy

It’s now easier than ever to register to vote online. Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

All you need to verify your identity is your

  • Date of birth
  • National Insurance number
  • Nationality
  • Previous address (if you have recently moved)

It’s quick and easy and takes just a few minutes to fill in.

Ways to vote

Glen added: “Most people vote in person at a polling station. If you’re not able to make it to a polling station you can apply for a postal vote, the deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on 23 May 2017.”

“Alternatively if you want someone else to vote on your behalf you can apply for a proxy vote, the deadline for proxy vote applications is 5pm on 31 May 2017.”

Contact our elections team

Glen ended with: “If you’ve received a polling card you don’t need to register again. If you’re unsure contact our elections team by emailing elections@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or calling 01992 564411.”

Find out more on our elections and voting pages.

Notice of UK Parliamentary Election

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A General Election has been called for Thursday 8 June 2017 to appoint an MP to cover the Epping Forest Constituency in the UK Parliament.

Notice of election

  1. An Election is to be held of 1 Member of Parliament for Epping Forest.
  2. Forms of nomination for the Parliamentary Election may be obtained at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ from the Acting Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for any electoral area prepare a nomination paper for signature.
  3. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Acting Returning Officer, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ on any day after the date of this notice between the hours of 10am and 4pm but no later than 4pm on Thursday 11 May 2017.
  4. The required deposit may be made either by (1) the deposit of any legal tender (preferred method) or (2) by means of a banker’s draft.
  5. If the election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday 8 June 2017.
  6. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes and amendments or cancellations of proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Tuesday 23 May 2017.
  7. New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Wednesday 31 May 2017.
  8. Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election on grounds of physical incapacity or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Thursday 8 June 2017. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 31 May 2017. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5pm on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

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