Chigwell Row Declaration of Result of Poll

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Epping Forest District

Election of a Parish Councillor for Chigwell Row

on Thursday 3 July 2008

I, Ian Willett, being the Returning Officer at the above election, do hereby give notice that the number of votes recorded for each Candidate at said election is as follows:

Name of Candidate Description (if any) Number of Votes Elected Votes
FARTHING
Roger Peter
The Conservative
Party Candidate
288 E
MARTIN
Gary Scott
Liberal Democrat 206  

The Persons above against whose name the elected column is marked is duly elected.

The number of ballot papers rejected was as follows: Number
(a) want of an official mark
(b) voting for more Candidates than voter was entitled to 1
(c) writing or mark by which voter could be identified
(d) being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty 1
(e) rejected in part
Total 2

Vacant Seats: 1

Electorate: 1,803

Turnout: 27.5%

I do hereby declare that Roger Peter Farthing

is duly elected as Parish Councillor for Chigwell Row

 

Dated 3 July 2008

Ian Willett
Returning Officer

Housing Proposals Discussed at Council Meeting

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Watch the webcastCouncil meeting dated 26 June 2008

At the latest Council meeting on Thursday 26 June 2008, Councillor Diana Collins, Leader of Epping Forest District Council reported back to Members on the latest discussions with associates in Harlow and East Herts regarding the East of England Plan. She confirmed that no housing would be allocated to North Weald under the Plan but then went on to say that no infrastructure was included for housing around the rest of Harlow either. Mrs Collins drew Members’ attention to the need to develop the Council’s Local Development Framework (LDF). She said that planning applications could be coming in, in a year for now and the Council needed the LDF in place to manage the local East of England Plan allocation of houses to the South, East and West of Harlow.

Councillor Collins described some of the experiences of Young Year 6 children attending ‘Crucial Crew 2008’ at Gilwell Park. She outlined how children were taught the importance of resisting peer pressure and refusing to do dangerous things.

Watch the webcastCouncillor Diana Collins report to Members

Councillor Mary Sartin, Environmental Protection Portfolio Holder gave a summary of recent actions. She noted that progress towards the completion of works on the pocket park at Bobbingworth was being delayed by the scarcity of sufficient quantities of good quality top soil.

Portfolio Holders new to their roles gave brief updates as they settled into the job. Councillor Richard Morgan, Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny gave a run down of recent work by his Committee.

Councillors received the latest Annual Statement of Accounts for Epping Forest District Council. The Council continues to benefit from a very sound financial position despite recent below inflation settlements from Central Government.

Changes to Councillor Complaints Procedure

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Members of the public concerned about the conduct of Councillors in the Epping Forest District can now make complaints directly to the Epping Forest District Council standards committee. On 8 May 2008, the responsibility for the initial assessment for considering complaints against Councillors was changed from the Standards Board for England to the local authority. This change applies to the whole of the Epping Forest District, including its Town and Parish Councils.

The Code of Conduct sets out the standards of conduct that Councillors are required to meet. Following an election, all Councillors sign a formal Declaration of Acceptance of Office in which they undertake to adhere to the requirements of the Code. The code sets out the expectations of the conduct of Councillors in these very public positions including their treatment of others, acting with integrity and not improperly using their position. There are also rules governing the disclosure of interests and withdrawal from meetings where Councillors may have relevant interests.

A sub committee of the standards committee will assess all complaints. If a breach of the code is suspected, the complaint may then be referred for investigation or other less formal action taken. Once investigated, a different sub committee will decide what action, if any, should be taken against the Councillor. If there is a conflict of interest or other unusual circumstances that prevent an investigation being managed locally, the complaint can be referred to the Standards Board for England.

Mary Marshall, the independent chairman of the Epping Forest standards committee said: Standards of behaviour among local Councillors are very high and we will continue to make every effort to ensure that such standards are maintained. The change in responsibility for the initial assessment of complaints to a local level should benefit both the complainant and the Councillor under investigation by streamlining the process. Most Councillors will never find themselves the subject of an investigation but for the few cases where there is concern, we aim to deal with the allegations quickly and efficiently.

Election of District Councillors

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Epping Forest District

Election of District Councillors

for the Electoral Wards listed below
Electoral Divisions Number of District Councillors
to be elected
Buckhurst Hill East One
Buckhurst Hill West One
Chigwell Row One
Chigwell Village One
Epping Hemnall One
Epping Lindsey and Thornwood Common One
Grange Hill One
High Ongar, Willingale and The Rodings One
Loughton Alderton One
Loughton Broadway One
Loughton Fairmead One
Loughton Forest Two
Loughton Roding One
Loughton St Johns One
Loughton St Marys One
Moreton and Fyfield One
Passingford One
Theydon Bois One
Waltham Abbey Honey Lane One
Waltham Abbey North East One
Waltham Abbey South West One
  1. Forms of nomination for District Elections may be obtained at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ from the Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for any electoral area prepare a nomination paper for signature.
  2. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ on any day after the date of this notice but no later than NOON on Friday 4 April 2008.
  3. If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday 1 May 2008.
  4. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Wednesday 16 April 2008.
  5. Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Wednesday 23 April 2008.
  6. Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 23 April 2008, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Thursday 1 May 2008.

Dated Wednesday 26 March 2008

Ian Willett
Returning Officer

Chairman Opens New Homes for Disabled People

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Published on 19 October 2007

Epping Forest District Council Chairman Councillor Caroline Pond opened a new housing development for young disabled people on 16 October 2007 at Mason Close in Waltham Abbey. The new development is a partnership between Epping Forest District Council, who donated the land, Ability Housing Association, who specialise in providing accessible homes for disabled people and promoting independent living, and the Housing Corporation, who helped to fund the development.

Click on the Ability Housing Association logo above to visit their website.

Cllr Caroline Pond cuts the ribbon watched by guests and residents

The development consists of five new high quality bungalows specifically designed to meet the needs of wheelchair users. The high specification bungalows have level access throughout with turning space for a wheelchair in every room. The kitchens and bathrooms have been designed to ensure that the new tenants can live independently with a minimum of care and support enabling the five disabled people to enjoy their independence. The land provided free by the council was a former unsightly wooded area.

Cllr Caroline Pond plants a tree watched by Cllr David Stallan and resident Francis McGrathAbility Housing Association Chief Executive David Williams said: We`ve experienced a few difficulties along the way and it`s not been an easy site to develop, but the goodwill and determination of our staff and officers at the Council has seen us through. The end result justifies all the effort.

Epping Forest District Council Housing Portfolio Holder Councillor David Stallan said: Not only does this attractive housing development provide much-needed homes for local disabled people, but it has also improved the local environment by turning an unsightly wooded area, that was frequently used for fly-tipping, into a pleasant little community. The Council has been pleased to support the scheme in a practical way by providing the land to Ability free of charge, which increased the likelihood of the scheme receiving the much-needed financial support from the Housing Corporation.

Waltham Abbey Honey Lane Notice of Poll

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Epping Forest District
Election of Town Councillor for

Waltham Abbey Honey Lane

Notice is hereby given that:

  1. A poll for the election of a Councillor for Waltham Abbey Honey Lane will be held on Thursday 25 October 2007, between the hours of 7:00am and 10:00pm.
  2. The number of Councillors to be elected is one.
  3. The names, descriptions and home addresses of the Candidates remaining validly nominated for election and the names of all persons signing the Candidates nomination paper are as follows:

     

    Name of
    Candidate
    Home Address Description
    (if any)
    Names of
    Signatories
    AKERS
    Christine
    Elizabeth
    Hayes
    2 Honey Lane
    Waltham Abbey
    EN9 3AH
    Liberal Democrat Lewis Lesley
    Spring Valerie A
    COLLIER
    Jonathon
    Fredrick
    88 Crooked Mile
    Waltham Abbey
    EN9 1QN
    The Conservative
    Party Candidate
    Watts Anthony P
    Brett Peter T
    COOPER
    Peter
    20 Redwood Gardens
    North Chingford
    E4 7NZ
    British National Party Harvey Paul
    Harvey Gail
    SUMNER
    Tricia
    Milton House
    Milton Street
    Waltham Abbey
    EN9 1EZ
    The Labour
    Party Candidate
    Turner Harry W
    Gibson Margaret P
  4. The situation of Polling Stations and the description of person entitles to vote thereat are as follows:
  5. Situation of Polling Stations Station
    Number
    Register Numbers
    Entitled to Vote
    Birch Room at Marriott Hotel
    Old Shire Lane
    Waltham Abbey
    1 BR-1 to BR-1971
    Brookways
    Roundhills
    Waltham Abbey
    2 BS-1 to BS-1464
    Old Peoples Day Centre
    Adjacent To Community Centre
    Hillhouse
    Ninefields
    3 BT-1 to BT-1170

     

Dated Wednesday 17 October 2007

Ian Willett
Returning Officer

Waltham Abbey Honey Lane Persons Nominated

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Epping Forest District

Election of a Town Councillor

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as a Town Councillor for

Waltham Abbey Honey Lane

Name of Candidate Home Address Description (if any) Name of
Proposer
Reason why
no longer
nominated *
AKERS
Christine
Elizabeth Hayes
2 Honey Lane
Waltham Abbey
EN9 3AH
Liberal Democrat Lewis
Lesley
 
COLLIER
Jonathon Fredrick
88 Crooked Mile
Waltham Abbey
EN9 1QN
The Conservative
Party Candidate
Watts
Anthony P
 
COOPER
Peter
20 Redwood Gardens
North Chingford
E4 7NZ
British National Party Harvey
Paul
 
SUMNER
Tricia
Milton House
Milton Street
Waltham Abbey
EN9 1EZ
The Labour
Party Candidate
Turner
Harry W
 
* Decision of the Returning Officer that the nomination is invalid or other reason why a person nominated no longer stands nominated.
 

The persons above against whose name no entry is made in the last column have been and stand validly nominated.

Dated Tuesday 2 October 2007

Ian Willett
Returning Officer


Business Golf Day Boost for Local Charity

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The Higgins Group Plc of Loughton sponsored the event

Theydon Bois Golf Club played host to the Epping Forest District Council`s Charity Business Golf Day on Monday 24 September 2007. Teams from local businesses competed in the annual fund raising event sponsored by Higgins Group PLC in Loughton. The event, held by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Caroline Pond, raised over £4,400 for the Chairman`s charity.

The teams prepare for the match

For her year in office, Councillor Pond is raising money for The League of Friends of St Margaret’s Hospital. The League of Friends is a voluntary organisation which supports the work of the hospital. It is able to provide much needed equipment and comforts for the benefit of patients and staff through the income raised by the work of volunteers.

Gerry Smith from Whiskers putting on the 18th holeThe event raised over £4,400 for the Chairman`s charity

Cllr Pond with the winner of the individual competition, Mike Hutchins of Stace

Councillor Pond said: It says much for the enterprise and social responsibility of our local businesses that we continue to get such an excellent response to this event. To date, over £40,000 has been raised over the 11 years that the event has been running for local good causes, and I am especially appreciative of the efforts today for my charity, the Friends of St Margaret’s Hospital. Everyone has been most generous.”

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The overall winner of the individual competition was Mike Hutchins of Epping based surveyors and consultants Stace, who also won the team event.

The winning team Stace with Cllr Pond

Mrs Pond continued: The Business Golf Day continues to provide a valuable contribution to the Chairman`s Charity each year, and I am delighted that so many local businesses have been able to support the Chairman`s Charity again this year

Councillor Pond added her congratulations and thanks to all the teams, she said: Mike Hutchins and the team from Stace are worthy winners. Some of the play was excellent. It was a great day all round and I would like to thank all the golfers of every standard who made it so enjoyable.

Waltham Abbey Honey Lane Notice of Election

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Epping Forest District

Election of a Town Councillor for the Waltham Abbey Honey Lane

Notice is hereby given that:

  • An election is to be held for one Town Councillor for Waltham Abbey Honey Lane.
  • Forms of nomination may be obtained at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ from the Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for the electoral area, prepare a nomination paper for signature.
  • Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ on any day after the date of this notice but no later than NOON on Friday, 28 September 2007.
  • If the election is contested, the poll will take place on Thursday, 25 October 2007.
  • Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ by 5 pm on Wednesday, 10 October 2007.
  • Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ by 5 pm on Wednesday, 17 October 2007.
  • Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5 pm on Wednesday, 17 October 2007 must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ by 5 pm on Thursday, 25 October 2007.

Dated Thursday 20 September 2007

Ian Willett
Returning Officer


Scrutiny Recommends Webcasting Continuation

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Overview and Scrutiny is recommending the continuation of webcasting at Epping Forest District Council. Members of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee received a detailed report from Democratic Services Manager Simon Hill on Thursday 2 August 2007 setting out the success of the pilot scheme which has seen viewing figures increase to around 2,000 a month since the introduction of webcasting a year ago.

Click here to watch the webcast

Councillors heard that although a relatively small Council in comparison with many others, Epping Forest District Council now achieved some of the best viewing figures of any local authority in the Country. The integration of webcasting with other forms of communication such as The Forester and local press, as well as embedded links throughout the Council website have helped to encourage residents to access a range of content. In addition to Council meetings, staff have made a number of other projects available online including video of the Celebration of Faith, Civic Awards, school projects produced in partnership with the Council`s Leisure Service and an energy efficiency DVD provided by Environmental Services.

Simon Hill giving a detailed report on how webcasting works

The Council has also made webcasting available to the West Essex PCT for consultation on their new district-wide strategy and is working on more projects with local schools and Epping Forest College.

Mr Hill reported that other councils were watching the development of innovative webcasting projects at Epping Forest District Council as examples of best practice to follow.

The webcasting cameras and broadcasting equipment are leased to the Council by a company called Public-i. Public-i also provides the streaming facilities that allow the Council to place webcasts on the Internet. Funding of £17,000 for the pilot stage had been provided by Central Government but following evaluation, the Council must now decide whether to continue funding the equipment itself.

Simon Hill giving a detailed report on webcasting viewing figures

Councillors of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee strongly supported the continuation of the project. There was general agreement that the pilot had been extremely successful and was likely to grow in the future. The Committee agreed to recommend to Cabinet that expressions of interest be sought to test the value of the Public-i service and that the Council should continue to build on the success of the pilot.

Councillor Richard Morgan Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny thanked Simon Hill for the hard work and enthusiasm both he and other Council staff had shown in bringing the pilot project forward.

After the meeting Councillor Morgan said: We can`t under-estimate the potential value of webcasting. Local Government needs to re-establish its links with local people. We need to make ourselves accessible and accountable. People lead busy lives and we can`t expect them to turn up in their hundreds to every Council meeting. Webcasting has already proved able to overcome that barrier. We now have virtual audiences of hundreds of people at some of our meetings which can only be excellent news for local democracy.