Industrial Action 16 and 17 July 2008

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There will be a limited availability of some services provided by Epping Forest District Council while members of the local government unions take industrial action on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 July 2008. Residents wishing to make payments are advised that the cashiers in Loughton Broadway and Waltham Abbey will be closed. There will be a reduced cashiers service at Epping.

Essential services such as Epping Forest Careline are unaffected thanks to mutual agreement between the unions and employers.

Other Council services may be operating on reduced staffing.

Check here for further updates.

Cabinet Meeting Webcast

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The Epping Forest District Council Cabinet met on Monday 14 July 2008 to discuss a wide range of issues ranging from the East of England Plan to private sector grants. This meeting was webcast in the continuation of the Council’s commitment to informing the public of the democratic process.

Watch the webcast

View the Cabinet meeting 14 July 2008 webcast
Adoption of East of England Plan

Councils must co-operate with each other in the delivery of the East of England Plan. The Cabinet received a report by Councillor Mrs Anne Grigg (Planning and Economic Development Portfolio Holder) setting out proposals to work with Harlow, East Herts and other Councils in the delivery of new homes.

The region-wide East of England Plan requires the construction of major residential development on the northern side of Harlow in East Herts. Smaller expansion of Harlow along its western, southern and eastern boundaries with Epping Forest is also required. By co-ordinating and working constructively together, it is hoped to reduce the impact of the new homes on the local environment. Some impact on the Green Belt is inevitable and the report refers to a strategic review.

Councillor Mrs Grigg reminded members of the Cabinet that despite the additional housing, North Weald had been excluded from the East of England Plan. Harlow would grow by 16,000 homes. She remained concerned by the need to address infrastructure in support of new homes, a point emphasised by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Di Collins.

Members heard from Principal Planning Officer Ian White that further research on potential infrastructure requirements had been commissioned by Epping Forest District Council. He also assured members that transport, especially for young people, would be included in the research.

Watch the webcastView the Adoption of East of England Plan webcast
The Loughton Broadway Town Centre Enhancement Scheme

Phase Two of the £3.175 million Loughton Town Centre Enhancement Scheme has been given the go-ahead.

Apart from a break during the Christmas trading period to help local businesses, Members of Epping Forest District Council`s Cabinet want to see as much work as possible completed in the current year.

Having completed work in Burton Road, Vere Road and CCTV installations, Phase Two consists of the main enhancement work to the Broadway itself. Members also accepted an offer of £100,000 towards the scheme by Essex County Council and welcomed the re-inclusion of a landmark feature – to be designed through a competition for local schools. Councillor Mrs Grigg (Planning and Economic Development Portfolio Holder) explained how consultation with local traders had encouraged the Council to avoid construction work over Christmas. She also drew attention to the amendment of the scheme to provide free parking along The Broadway in support of local business.

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View The Loughton Broadway Town Centre Enhancement Scheme webcast
Investments in Car Parks

Subject to hearing the views of the Housing Scrutiny Panel, the Cabinet welcomed proposals to divert an underspend of £300,000 for off-street car parking on congested housing estates.

Weekend Voting – Have Your Say

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Epping Forest District Council would like to know your thoughts on the Government’s consultation document proposing changing the normal day of election from Thursday to the weekend (a whole weekend would be needed to accommodate people with religious objections to voting on either Saturday or Sunday).

In a bid to get more people to vote, the Government have launched a consultation exercise to find out the practical considerations and the potential cost of holding elections at the weekend. A response to the Government’s questions will be considered by the Epping Forest District Council Constitutional Affairs Standing Scrutiny Panel at a meeting on 8 September 2008. In considering our response to the Government we would like to know what you think on this proposal.

 

Ian Willett, the Returning Officer at Epping Forest District Council said: “The Government are committed to making voting easier to enable residents to engage in the political process and vote at a time that suits them. There are a number of considerations to moving elections to the weekend such as whether the public would be more or less likely to vote and what the problems or advantages might be. They would like to know if there should be advanced voting at polling stations before the Election Day. Advanced voting could take place whether or not voting is held on weekends. The Government is also keen to find out what effect weekend polling would have on the costs, security and administration of polling stations.”

Mr Willett continued: “Please complete either the online questionnaire or a hard copy of the questionnaire by 15 August 2008. I would like your comments on any aspect of the consultation document to help Members of the Constitutional Affairs Standing Scrutiny Panel come to an informed response. I will of course forward all of your comments to the Ministry of Justice.”

Chairman Presents Awards to Stay and Play

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Chairman Cllr John Knapman presents awards to the Stay and Play play workers at Norway House

Chairman of Council, Councillor John Knapman presented Good Practice Certificates to the play workers of The Stay & Play Parent and Toddler Group at Norway House Homeless Hostel on on 2 July 2008.

The Stay and Play Group achieved a Good Practice Certificate from the Pre-school Learning Alliance in recognition of the quality of childcare it provides. In order to achieve the award, play workers had to meet excellent standards in elements such as Health & Safety, the quality of activities provided, management, administration and teamwork. The Good Practice Certificate is recognition of the team`s professional, committed and enthusiastic approach.

The Norway House Homeless Hostel provides a warm and welcoming environment for all the families that attend. Fun, creative and challenging activities are available for the little children in a stimulating setting. Parents and carers are able to chat informally together whilst joining in the fun with their children. The play workers Gemma, Mary and Val work tirelessly to provide a wonderful group that fully promotes the outcomes of the Every Child Matters agenda.

The Stay and Play Parent and Toddler Group is run in partnership with Community Development at Epping Forest District Council and a local charity SEFFTA (Supporting Epping Forest Families in Temporary Accommodation).

SEFFTA have volunteer and trustee opportunities, for more information please call Gemma on 01992 564556.

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