Notice of a by-election for 1 parish councillor for the Fyfield Electoral Area.
Notice of by-election
Forms of nomination for the Parish Election may be obtained from the Returning Officer, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ who will, at the request of an elector for any electoral area prepare a nomination paper for signature.
Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ on any day after the date of this notice but no later than 4 pm on Thursday 11 May 2017.
If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday 8 June 2017.
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 5 pm on Tuesday 23 May 2017.
New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by 5 pm on Wednesday 31 May 2017.
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 5 pm on Thursday 8 June 2017. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5 pm 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 5 pm on Wednesday 31 May 2017.
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.
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.
Notice of Election of County Councillors for County Divisions within the Epping Forest District.
1 County Councillor to be elected per the following divisions:
Buckhurst Hill & Loughton South
Chigwell & Loughton Broadway
Epping & Theydon Bois
North Weald & Nazeing
Ongar & Rural
Notice of Election
Forms of nomination for County Elections may be obtained at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ from the Deputy County Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for any electoral area, can prepare a nomination paper for signature.
Nomination papers must be personally delivered to the Deputy County Returning Officer, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ on any day after the date of this notice but no later than 4 pm on Tuesday, 4th April 2017.
If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday, 4th May 2017.
Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by 5 pm on Tuesday, 18th April 2017.
Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by 5 pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2017.
Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5 pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2017, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by 5 pm on Thursday, 4th May 2017.
Flags outside the offices of Epping Forest District Council are flying at half-mast as a mark of respect for the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack in London.
Letter to the Police Commissioner
It is with great sadness that I write to offer the condolences of Epping Forest District Council to family, friends and colleagues following the loss of PC Keith Palmer who fell in the line of duty yesterday.
Only a few days ago, we reaffirmed the support of our district to the men and women of our emergency services at our annual Civic Awards. Each year we make a special point of recognising the contributions of our local police, fire and ambulance services with the presentation of medals to individual officers who place themselves in harm’s way with dedication and service above and beyond the call of duty.
This year as chairman, it was my privilege to present an Epping Forest Community Service Medal to Sergeant Simon Dear of Essex Police. It is a token of our esteem for an individual but also a recognition of the debt of gratitude we owe to all the men and women of our emergency services as protectors and defenders of our community.
Please accept my best wishes on behalf of the community of the Epping Forest district at this difficult time.
Councillor Jeane Lea Chairman of Epping Forest District Council
Terrorist incident in London
Essex Police Acting Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet said: “On behalf of Essex Police I want to offer the thoughts and prayers of the entire force to members of the public killed, injured or affected by the incident in London today. We of course also join our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police Service in grief for the loss of a serving officer.”
“This has been declared a terrorist incident in London and is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command.”
“In Essex tonight, and until further notice, there will be increased visible police patrol including additional armed officers and other specialist resources.”
“I urge the public to be alert but not alarmed. Police forces and our partners are doing everything we can to help protect the security of our citizens, public institutions, critical national infrastructure, and businesses and places.”
Remain resilient, compassionate and supportive
“This is a time for communities in Essex to remain resilient, compassionate and supportive of each other. Should anyone have any concerns or see anything suspicious I would urge them to report it immediately by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.”
The Local Plan, better use of council assets, housing for homeless people, pay and display car parks and the investment of additional fees in the planning service dominated debate at Cabinet on 9 March.
Preliminary findings from the draft Local Plan consultation were presented by Planning Portfolio Holder Councillor John Philip to the meeting of Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet on 9 March.
Councillor Philip outlined some clear themes coming through for more work on infrastructure and employment sites including the wider area of East Herts and Harlow. New potential sites and changes to previously identified sites are also being reviewed and will be fed into the revisions of the draft plan. A new transport assessment is also being done in conjunction with Essex County Council.
Councillor Philip emphasised that publication of the next draft depended on full analysis and assessment of the additional work programmed in over the next year or so. Councillors noted the initial findings of the consultation, agreed progression of the Local Plan to the next stage and approved the publication of the Council’s updated Local Development Scheme online.
Better use of council buildings
The interests of residents and customers must remain at the heart of council services. Council Leader Chris Whitbread received Cabinet support for proposals to reduce the need for office space at the Civic Offices in Epping.
Reports show flexible working by staff including home and remote working, and use of other council buildings could allow the Council to move out of the older part of the Civic Offices known as the Conder Building. Councillor Whitbread described the proposals as part of the wider transformation programme to improve services.
Pay and Display set to save £58,000
Final preparations have been agreed for the transfer of the council’s off-street parking management from the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) to NSL.
Portfolio Holder Gary Waller reminded fellow councillors of the improvements the change of contract will bring to residents and the Council. The Council will save £58,600 under the new arrangements even though Councillor Waller said that NSL did not submit the cheapest bid. They did submit the best quality bid. Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) rates remain the same.
Housing for Homeless People
Housing Portfolio Holder Councillor Syd Stavrou received approval to progress plans for a small pilot scheme of three ‘Pods’ to accommodate people at Norway House in North Weald. The pods containing individual living accommodation and shared kitchens are manufactured by a North Weald based company. Subject to planning approval, the Council plans to help homeless people who would otherwise find themselves in Bed and Breakfast.
Increased planning application fees
Cabinet accepted an offer by the Department of Communities and Local Government to increase planning fees. Governance Portfolio Holder Richard Bassett confirmed that any extra income would be reinvested in planning services.
As part of a crackdown on crime and disorder in Loughton, Essex Police asked Epping Forest District Council for a summary licence review after a serious assault at Nu Bar in February 2017.
The review hearing took place on 7 March 2017. The police evidence referred to CCTV footage, which showed that Nu Bar had not only failed to manage the incident effectively, but that management had been operating outside the permitted hours of their licence.
Patrons were seen leaving more than 3 hours later than the licence allowed, via the back exit, in an attempt to conceal the illegal activity.
At the hearing the premises licence owners, Greene King, informed the licensing sub-committee that it had taken steps to change management.
Last orders 11pm
District councillors reduced the licencing hours, with last orders at 11pm Monday to Sunday and applied the stringent conditions agreed between Essex Police and Greene King.