Tune in to youth council election results

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Voting has finished in the Epping Forest Youth Council elections. Tune in to watch the results announced live on Wednesday evening at 6pm.

Youth Council elections

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Over 2,000 pupils from the district’s schools have been voting to elect the 25 places up for election on the Epping Forest Youth Council. Council staff set up elections in all the schools giving our young people their first taste of the democratic process.

Results

Find out the 25 young people who have been chosen to represent Epping Forest district’s young people for the next 2 years.

Tune in

Chairman Jeane Lea said: “Thank you to all the young people who took the time and trouble to cast their vote for their favourite candidate. Please tune in at 6pm on Wednesday to see who’s been successful.”

Congratulations

Councillor Helen Kane Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “Congratulations to our new youth councillors. The successful candidates will be announced live on the internet on Wednesday night.”

“I look forward to working closely with them, listening to what they have to say and seeing how they will use their new roles to speak for the youth in the Epping Forest district. I’m just thrilled that so many young people want to be part of Epping Forest Youth Council.”

“A big thank you to all the outgoing youth councillors for their passion and hard work. It has been a pleasure working with them and I wish them every success in the future.”

 

Remembrance Sunday events

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Remembrance Sunday is on Sunday 13 November 2016. Councillors from Epping Forest District Council will be attending events throughout the district.

We will be marking the #TwoMinuteSilence on Friday 11 November 2016 with a short ceremony led by Chairman Jeane Lea outside the civic offices in Epping. Members of the public are welcome at all events.

Poppies

Remembrance Sunday is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

Keep alive the memory

Chairman Jeane Lea said: “Remembrance Day is always a very important date in our calendar. It helps us keep alive the memory of those who have paid the price for our freedom.”

“This year it is particularly poignant as it marks a number of significant anniversaries including the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and of our very own North Weald Airfield. North Weald Airfield was established in August 1916 as a base for night fighters to combat German Zeppelin airships which were bombing London and other towns.”

Sunday 13 November 2016 events

Abridge

  • Councillor Brian Rolfe | 10am | Lambourne Church

Buckhurst Hill

  • Councillor Aniket Patel | 10.30am | St John’s Church

Chigwell

  • Councillor Brian Sandler | 10.40am | St Mary’s Church

Epping

  • Chairman Jeane Lea | 2pm | Epping War Memorial
  • Chairman Jeane Lea | 3pm | St John’s Church

High Ongar

  • Councillor Richard Morgan | 10am | St Mary’s Church

Loughton

  • Councillor Caroline Pond | 11.45am |Royal British Legion Club
  • Councillor Caroline Pond | 1pm | Church Hill

Nazeing

  • Councillor Richard Bassett | 10.45am | All Saints Church

North Weald

  • Councillor Ann Grigg | 10.45am | St Andrew’s Church
  • Vice-chairman Dave Stallan | 12.10pm | North Weald Airfield Memorial

Ongar

  • Vice-chairman Dave Stallan | 14.30pm | Ongar War Memorial Medical Centre

Roydon

  • Parish Councillor Nicola Wilkinson | 10.30am | St Peter’s Church

Theydon Bois

  • Councillor John Philip | 10.30am | St Mary’s Church

Upshire

  • Councillor Liz Webster | 9am | St Thomas’s Church

Waltham Abbey

  • Chairman Jeane Lea | 10am | Waltham Abbey War Memorial

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Cabinet 3 November 2016

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Energy consumption at the Council offices in Epping has been cut dramatically. That and other items including Council Tax discounts, on-street car parking, and the creation of three new small pay and display car parks were among the items discussed at the meeting of Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet on 3 November.

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Solar Energy

The installation of new windows and solar panels has led to significant reductions in energy consumption at the Council’s headquarters in Epping. The report by Technology and Support Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Alan Lion noted the generation of 35,760 KWh in the first seven months of panel operation. Electricity consumption was reduced by 13.4% in 2015 compared to 2014.

Incentive to reduce empty housing

Councillors agreed reductions in the Council Tax discount available for empty homes. Finance Portfolio Holder Gagan Mohindra presented the report. He said that the changes would make a relatively small difference to the amount of tax collected. However, the Council hopes that the reductions will incentivise local landlords to speed up the re-letting or sale of empty houses for occupation.

County Council Parking Enforcement

Councillor Gary Waller, Portfolio Holder responsible for working with Essex County Council and the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) assured fellow councillors that he would pass on their dissatisfaction with on-street parking enforcement across the district.

Essex County Council is set to extend the current NEPP contract for a further four years. Supported by fellow Councillors Chris Whitbread and Chris Pond, Councillor Waller said that his criticisms were aimed at the operation of NEPP rather individual members of staff working within the district.

New Pay and Display

Later on the agenda, Councillor Waller received Cabinet approval for three small new pay and display car parks in Debden. Two short stay car parks accommodating a total of 40 spaces are to be created at the northern and southern ends of Oakwood Hill Industrial Estate. Fifteen new long stay spaces are to be created behind Loughton Broadway in Burton Road.

Local Plan consultation opens

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The public consultation for Epping Forest’s draft Local Plan is live.

We will be taking your views on the draft Local Plan from 31 October through to 12 December 2016.

Planning Our Future

The Local Plan will guide the future growth of the Epping Forest district to 2033.

The Planning Our Future website is a one stop shop for you to find all the information about the draft Local Plan and what it means for Epping Forest district, as well as a quick and easy way for you to provide us with your feedback.

I want your views

Councillor John Philip Planning Policy Portfolio Holder said: “The draft Local Plan will be the blueprint for the development and conservation within this area. It will guide the location of new housing, employment and infrastructure all the way up to 2033.”

“I need to hear from you. Public consultation on this draft runs from 31 October through to 12 December. You can find all the information you need online.”

A great place to live

Councillor Philip ended: “Tell me what you think and more importantly tell me why you think it. I need good solid reasons that we can use when we go before the planning inspector for our approval.”

“Epping Forest is a great place to live. With your help we can keep it that way.”

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Young people go to the polls

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Voting in the district’s schools to elect new members to Epping Forest Youth Council is due to start in November.

45 candidates will compete for 25 places on the Youth Council which represents the voices and views of young people across the district. Each of the district’s 10 schools will have 2 places on the Youth Council and 5 independents make 25 places.

Head Girl Lisa Nakimuli, Head Boy Adam Freeman and Youth Councillor Hazel Towns

Epping Forest Youth Council

Epping Forest Youth Council are also known as EFYC. They are non-party political and represent the voice of young people at a local level at public meetings and events.

The Youth Council is made up of 25 democratically-elected young people aged from 12 and 17 representing  all the different areas of the Epping Forest district. Youth Councillors are regularly consulted with by providers of key services for young people.

Our youth councillors are elected for a 2 year term, this term is from 2016 to 2018. They are required to attend 2 evening meetings a month. Successful candidates will be trained to develop their skills in public speaking, debating, presenting and teamwork.

Views, issues and opinions of young people

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “I’m thrilled so many of our young people have put themselves forward to be in Epping Forest’s new youth council. I’m looking forward to working with them, listening to what they have to say and helping them make a difference to the lives of young people their age.”

“They are elected to represent the views, issues and opinions of young people across the Epping Forest district.”

Watch the results live

Councillor Kane added: “We will be webcasting the results live on the internet at 6pm on Wednesday 16 November.”

Tune in here to see who has been successful. You can subscribe to watch the webcast and receive an email notification so you don’t miss out!”

Candidates

Braeside School, Buckhurst Hill

  • Election date is Tuesday 8 November 2016
  • Number of youth councillors to be elected is 2
  • 4 candidates are Jessica Adams, Aman Bansal, Suzannah Halcrow and Sukhmani Singh

Chigwell School, Chigwell

  • No election as places are uncontested
  • Number of youth councillors elected is 2
  • 2 elected youth councillors are Chris Collins and Abigail Whelan

Davenant Foundation School, Loughton

  • Election date is Thursday 10 November 2016
  • Number of youth councillors to be elected is 2
  • 5 candidates are John Darcy, Marta Gokmen, Abbie Harper, Finlay Jordan and Alex Theodorou

Debden Park High School, Loughton

  • Election date is Friday 4 November 2016
  • Number of youth councillors to be elected is 2
  • 6 candidates are Drew Buisson, Esha Gohil, Jade Hardy, Alex Hantig, Jacob McNulty and Aimee Sorce

Epping Forest College, Loughton

  • No election as no candidates
  • Number of youth councillors to be elected is 2
  • 2 candidates to be selected from unsuccessful candidates

Epping St John’s, Epping

  • Election date is Tuesday 1 November 2016
  • Number of youth councillors to be elected is 2
  • 6 candidates are Marley Dennis Chick, Sydney Hayden, Nina Honey, Memphis Jacobs, Gemma Rist and Annabelle Yaman

King Harold Business and Enterprise Academy, Waltham Abbey

  • Election date is Monday 7 November 2016
  • Number of youth councillors to be elected is 2
  • 3 candidates are Georgina Askew, Belle Dilek and Regan Hughes- Franklin

The Ongar Academy, Ongar

  • Election date is Wednesday 9 November 2016
  • Number of youth councillors to be elected is 2
  • 3 candidates are Abigail Collins, Jude Hammant and Oliver Upson

Roding Valley High School, Loughton

  • Election date is Friday 11 November 2016
  • Number of youth councillors to be elected is 2
  • 6 candidates are Riley Cann, Thomas Compton, Samuel Copeman, Harlea Cromwell, Raajveer Singh and Maitland Sonny-Warren

West Hatch High School, Chigwell

  • No election as places are uncontested
  • Number of youth councillors elected is 2
  • 2 elected youth councillors are Charley Brooks and Davin Bacheta

Independents, candidates attend school/college outside the district, excluded from school, home educated, or working

  • Election by selection using a set criteria
  • Number of youth councillors to be elected is 5
  • 8 candidates are Adam Freeman, Ashwin Gohil, Chloe Mckendrick, Lisa Nakimuli, Hazel Towns, Leonora Troshupa, Julie Turrel and Zachary Foster

Want more information

Contact Diane Butler, Youth Engagement Officer

 

Green light for draft Local Plan consultation

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Epping Forest District’s Full Council met on Tuesday 18 October 2016 and approved the draft Local Plan for public consultation.

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Consultation with residents

The Council will now run a consultation on the draft Local Plan for six weeks from 31 October to 12 December 2016 to gain feedback from the Epping Forest district community.

A dedicated website (www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/planningourfuture) has been available since 15 September, and acts as a one stop shop for information on the draft Local Plan and the consultation process. A questionnaire will also be available on the website for people to feedback to the Planning Policy team.

Visit an exhibition in your area

The Council is organising public exhibitions in Epping, Chigwell, Waltham Abbey, Loughton, Ongar and North Weald in early November, with a number of static information points available throughout the consultation period across the district so people can find out more. More information about these events will be published on the website and through a district wide newsletter.

The draft Local Plan sets out the proposed strategy to meet the economic and housing growth in the district up until 2033, identifying potential sites for development and regeneration and sets out proposed draft development management policies. It also outlines the necessary infrastructure to support the development.

Influence how the district grows

Councillor John Philip, Epping Forest District Council Planning Policy Portfolio Holder, explained: ”A Local Plan is your best opportunity to guide how the district grows and to protect ourselves from inappropriate development. Without a Local Plan we are vulnerable to developers taking the opportunity to submit applications for sites that we do not consider appropriate or sustainable.

“This Plan has been progressed with over 130 pieces of evidence and technical work, and has been shaped through thousands of pieces of feedback we received from residents through consultations in 2010/2011 and 2012.

“The draft Local Plan represents a balance between the requirement from Government to deliver the identified and evidenced need for economic and housing growth, and the need to protect the greenness of our district. We are trying to do this by ensuring it is delivered in as sensitive, sustainable and fair a way as possible across the whole district.

“With 92% of Epping Forest district designated as Metropolitan Green Belt, we have been clear all along we will do our best to follow what you told us and so it seeks to ensure that, as far as possible, the Green Belt is protected for future generations, whilst providing for our housing needs.”

Working with neighbouring councils

Epping Forest District Council has been working with neighbouring authorities in Harlow, East Hertfordshire and Uttlesford in order to achieve a cross border understanding of the level of growth needed up until 2033.

With a growing and ageing population, current evidence shows that Epping Forest district needs to deliver approximately 11,400 new homes over the draft Local Plan period. However, with around 2,500 new homes already built or in the pipeline with planning permission, the main aim of the Plan is focused on where the remaining 8,900 or so properties and infrastructure should go.

The draft Local Plan proposes the allocation of approximately 3,900 new homes on strategic sites within Epping Forest district on the edge of Harlow and the remaining number distributed across the district.

Get involved

Epping Forest District Council is urging as many people to get involved as possible in the next stage of the consultation for the draft Local Plan.

Councillor John Philip commented: ”This will be your Local Plan and the consultation is our opportunity as a community to ensure development in Epping Forest district takes place how and where we want it to.”

Find out more

You can find out more information at the consultation events across the district and by visiting the website www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/planningourfuture before providing your feedback. The council can only accept feedback on the draft Local Plan until 12 December 2016.”

Join Active Epping Forest

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Residents are being invited to join Active Epping Forest on 19 October 2016 to help shape the future of the districts sports and leisure facilities.

Former British 100m record holder, Commonwealth gold medal winner and Olympian Montell Douglas will be there for you meet.

Active Epping Forest

Active Epping Forest aims to be a group that represents local people, meeting to discuss the development of local sport, physical activity and leisure provision in the district.

The Active Epping Forests group’s main aims will be to help make ideas a reality by:

  • Delivering new projects locally
  • Applying for funding
  • Deciding how funding will be spent

Get involved

  • 19th October 2016
  • 6.30pm
  • Loughton Cricket Club, High Road, The Uplands, Loughton IG10 1NQ

The launch event will be a chance for people to sign up and have their say on the work the group should be doing.

The event will also be an opportunity for people to enquire about sports and leisure in the district, and what’s currently available.

Be inspired by an Olympian

Leisure and Community services portfolio holder Councillor Helen Kane said: ‘Active Epping Forests is a great opportunity for people to get involved in their community and have their say about leisure and sports in their area.

Montel Douglas is proof of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication, and we hope she will inspire residents to have their say on leisure in the district.’

More information

For more information please contact:

  • Fabrizio Ferrari 01992 564567
  • James Warwick 01992 564530

We will listen and there will be changes

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Councillors had their first chance to debate future development policy following the publication of the draft Local Plan at Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet on 6 October.

EFDC Local Plan logos

Cabinet supported recommendations asking Full Council on 18 October to endorse the plan for public consultation.

Councillor John Philip, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning assured fellow councillors that the document before them was for full consultation. The Council would listen and he was sure that there would be changes. However, to be persuasive, Councillor Philip said that arguments for change to the Plan had to be backed up with clear evidence. For example, evidence could include information about issues such as;

  • Flooding
  • Access arrangements
  • Contamination
  • Utilities
  • Other infrastructure
  • Availability of the site

The Leader of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Chris Whitbread thanked Councillor Philip, his predecessor Councillor Richard Bassett and council staff for all the hard work that had gone into the draft.

Subject to the approval of Full Council, public consultation on the draft Local Plan will take place between 31 October and 12 December.

Planning our future

To view all the latest Local Plan information go to the consultation website

Get involved

Join in the conversation

Youth Council seeks candidates

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Do you want to be part of a team that represents Epping Forest’s young people?

We’re looking for 25 young people aged 12 to 17 to nominate themselves to be a Youth Councillor in the upcoming Epping Forest Youth Council elections.

Head Girl Lisa Nakimuli, Head Boy Adam Freeman and Youth Councillor Hazel Towns

Epping Forest Youth Council brings you many opportunities

  • it is a great experience
  • it’s great for your CV (employers and universities expect to see voluntary experience – according to a survey 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with voluntary experience over one without)
  • you will learn new skills
  • make new friends
  • get to know your community
  • and attend high-profile events

Photos at King Harold Academy

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Championing the views of young people

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “We’re very proud of our Youth Council. They do fantastic work championing the views of young people in the Epping Forest district.”

“Young people who want to apply don’t need any special skills or previous experience – they just need to be passionate about the issues that affect them.”

Get yourself a candidate application pack now

Youth Councillor Hazel Towns said: “I would definitely recommend to other young people to consider standing for election, you won’t regret it! If you believe you’re up to the challenge and want to make a real difference in your community, get yourself a candidate application pack now.”

Nomination form

To stand as a Youth Councillor either

  • complete the online nomination form

  • or complete the nomination form on page 8 of the Epping Forest Youth Council candidate information booklet (available from your school or local library)

Nominations close Friday 14 October 2016.

About the Youth Council elections

Elections will take place in the district’s secondary schools and Epping Forest College between Monday 31 October and Friday 11 November 2016. Each school will have 2 Youth Council seats and there’s 5 independent seats for candidates who either attend school or college outside the district, or are excluded from school, home educated or even working.

Our youth councillors are elected for a 2 year term and are required to attend 2 evening meetings a month at our civic offices in Epping. Successful candidates will be trained to develop their skills in public speaking, debating, presenting and teamwork.

Want more information

Contact Diane Butler, Youth Engagement Officer

 

Confirm your voting details by 19 September

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Every household that is yet to confirm their voting details has been sent a reminder to complete their Household Enquiry Form (HEF) by 19 September 16.

Complee your houshold enquiry form online

Your form will be in an envelope marked ‘Do not ignore this’, it is not junk mail.

If there have been no changes to your household, by law you still need to respond to confirm your details.

It is not necessary to return the form to us – in fact it’s far easier to confirm your details online, by freephone or text message. It only takes a couple of minutes and all you need is the 2 part security code on your form.

  • Confirm online

  • Confirm by phone 0800 197 9871

  • Text NOCHANGE – with your security number to 80212

Make changes online

If there are changes you can amend the information online easily and quickly. You will need the 2 part security code on the form.

You can also amend the form and return it to us in the prepaid envelope.

Individuals will then be contacted to verify the changes.

Just because you are eligible to vote, it doesn’t mean that you are registered to vote. You will need to register individually at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote this is separate from the Household Enquiry Form.

Help keep costs down

Returning Officer Glen Chipp said: ”Reminder forms have been sent because we had not received confirmation by the deadline, which was 22 August 2016. The next deadline is 19 September, so please respond as soon as you can to help keep costs down.  If we do not receive confirmation either online, by phone, text or completed form then a second Reminder will be sent. If you have a query please contact the Electoral Office on 01992 564411.”

”Elections can be called with as little as 6 weeks’ notice. Registering to vote makes sure you can have your say. It also helps your credit rating as credit agencies can see you live where you claim to live. Electoral law means we have to do this every year, it’s known as the annual canvass.”