Dedicated Schools Police Liaison Officer not the answer

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Crime and the relationship between young people and the police focused the attention of youth councillors and delegates at the Epping Forest Youth Council Conference on Friday 3 November 2017.

Youth conference 2017

Hosted by Epping Forest District Council, the conference listened to presentations from Alex Burghart MP, Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Jane Gardner, Darren Horsman and Tom Mitchell, deputising for District Police Commander Lewis Basford.

The conference then debated the question:

“This house believes Essex Police should have a dedicated Police Liaison Officer serving the Epping Forest District.”

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Police Liaison Officer not the answer

Knife crime, gangs and how to tackle these issues featured heavily. Does a single dedicated liaison officer have the scope and resources to make a meaningful impact? Could they develop better understanding and give young people a clearer voice in offering solutions?

Following a full and wide-ranging debate conference rejected the motion by 62 percent to 38 percent. A dedicated Police School Liaison Officer does not seem to be the answer for the young people of Epping Forest.

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Say No to N2O

Conference also discussed the growing problem of Nitros Oxide use among young people. Earlier this year, members of the youth council collected hundreds of discarded N2O canisters across the district. Legally available for uses ranging from medicine to party balloons, in the wrong hands N2O is being seen increasingly as a dangerous recreational gateway drug.

Council Leader – Importance of young people

Winding up the youth conference, the Leader of Epping Forest District Council Councillor Chris Whitbread thanked and congratulated each of the delegates and their schools for supporting the event. He emphasised the importance of giving young people a voice. In a world dominated by older generations he approved the fresh ideas and knowledge brought to bear by involving young people in the decisions that affect the community.

Skills for work and mental health were voted top topics for future work.

Remembrance Sunday 2017 events

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Every year on 11 November we remember those who gave their lives in the 2 world wars and have died in combat since. This day is known as Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day and more recently also known as Poppy Day.

Remembrance Sunday falls on the second Sunday in November, is a day for us to remember and honour all those who sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

This year Remembrance Sunday is on 12 November 2017. Our councillors from will be attending events all over the Epping Forest district and laying wreaths on behalf of Epping Forest District Council.

Sunday 12 November 2017 events

Abridge

  • Councillor Brian Rolfe | 10am | Lambourne Church

Buckhurst Hill

  • Councillor Gavin Chambers | 10.30am | St John’s Church

Chigwell

  • Councillor Gagan Mohindra | 10.40am | St Mary’s Church

Epping

  • Chairman David Stallan | 2pm | Epping War Memorial
  • Chairman David Stallan | 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 | 12pm | Kings Green
  • Councillor Caroline Pond | 1pm | Brooklyn Parade

Nazeing

  • Councillor Richard Bassett | 10.45am | All Saints Church

North Weald

  • Chairman David Stallan | 10.45am | St Andrew’s Church
  • Chairman Dave Stallan | 12.10pm | North Weald Airfield Memorial

Ongar

  • Vice-chairman Richard Bassett | 2.30pm | Ongar War Memorial Medical Centre

Roydon

  • Councillor Mary Sartin | 10.30am | St Peter’s Church

Theydon Bois

  • Councillor Sue Jones | 10.30am | St Mary’s Church

Upshire

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

Waltham Abbey

  • Councillor Jeane Lea | 10am | Waltham Abbey War Memorial
  • Councillor Jeane Lea | 10.45am | Waltham Abbey Church

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The PFCC wants your views

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Concerned about crime in our community? Want to know more facts about the way the district is policed? Come and talk to Roger Hirst the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex (PFCC).

PCC meeting 20 November 2017

Talk to your PFCC

This is an open meeting and all members of the public are welcome.

  • Do you care about the way your community is policed?
  • Do you want to know the facts about crime in your area?

Come along to Roger Hirst’s public meeting and have your say

When

  • 20 November 2017

Time

  • 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Where

  • Council Chamber
    Civic Offices
    High Street
    Epping
    CM16 4BZ

Ask a question

You can ask PFCC Roger Hirst a question at the meeting.

Can’t come to the meeting?

Email your question to pfcc@essex.pnn.police.uk

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Working together for a safer future

Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder Councillor Sam Kane said: “If you have a concern or wish to know more about the way our district is policed these meetings are a great opportunity to ask your questions.”

“The district has such a strong sense of community, and events like these are vital in ensuring we all feel safe and protected.”

“So come along and help the police understand the issues you’re facing, let’s work together to make our district a safer place to live.”

Overview and Scrutiny 31 October 2017

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There are signs of improvement in services provided by Whipps Cross Hospital. Part of the Barts Health NHS Trust, the hospital has been in special measures following poor Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections. A presentation to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee of Epping Forest District Council following the latest CQC inspections in May suggest the hospital has improved from ‘inadequate’ to ‘overall requires improvement’. However, as one first-hand account of patient care at the end of the presentation demonstrated, there is still some way to go.

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  • Dr Heather Noble – Medical Director, Whipps Cross Hospital
  • Alan Gurney – Managing Director, Whipps Cross Hospital

Signs of improvement at hospital trust

Alan Gurney, Managing Director said that any further CQC inspections today would see more improvements. However, he added that the condition of operating theatres was still a cause for concern. Investment in theatre refurbishments is scheduled for next year.

The CQC has seen an increase in the quality of the working environment and culture of the hospital. Bullying was previously identified as a major issue with high turnover of staff and heavy reliance on agency support. Significant improvements have been made in these areas. The hospital is also old. Many of its buildings pre-date the creation of the NHS. Investment is needed in new buildings.

Dr Heather Noble assured Councillor Steven Neville that issues around radiation exposure to staff had been resolved. Councillor David Stallan received assurances that Alan Gurney had no plans to relocate Whipps Cross, although the hospital is on a large site and could potentially operate from a smaller footprint.

Councillor Roger Baldwin asked about bed-blocking and capacity. Alan Gurney used the phrase ‘delayed discharge’ for which he had 11 cases at that moment. He assured councillors that he was working with partners to reduce discharge delays. No bed spaces had been closed this year and Mr Gurney considered it to be a lesser challenge than some other issues facing the hospital.

Councillors Mitchell and Sartin received further information in response to questions about bullying. Councillor Chambers explored the depth of hospital planning for the winter. Alan Gurney confirmed additional investment in building work and weekend cover arrangements to enhance winter cover. There is also additional ‘step-down’ coverage and coordination with partners in the ambulance service and care homes. The staff flu vaccination campaign is part of steps to prepare staff for the winter season.

Councillor David Wixley followed up on the issues of bullying and culture. Councillor Nigel Bedford focused on staff retention and reusing the defunct nursing home for other purposes. Alan Gurney provided assurance that recruitment and retention improvements are ongoing. He also felt that the site had plenty of capacity for development including accommodation for staff.

Responding to Councillor Gagan Mohindra, Dr Noble said that the Council could provide support by communicating the message about the need for redevelopment of outdated buildings.

Developing staffs careers

Dr Noble emphasised that managers as such ‘were not bad’ after Alan Gurney described how Whipps Cross was focusing on continual recruitment of nurses and a requirement for more doctors.

Dr Noble said that further work was needed in developing career and employment links with local schools and colleges. Responding to Councillor Holly Whitbread, she described good examples of work in Newham which could be adopted for Whipps Cross.

Mortuary facilities are old and in need of replacement but Dr Noble assured Councillor Bedford that the dignity of the deceased and care for the bereaved was a high priority.

Responding to Councillor Baldwin, Alan Gurney said that it would be wrong to say the use of Private Finance Initiative funding (PFI) was not an option but he added that there was no appetite for it.

Dementia care is also a priority. Responding to Councillor Aniket Patel, Dr Noble outlined some of the programmes including Dementia Friends and creating clinical areas more dementia ‘friendly’. Alan Gurney added that with the focus on older patients, dementia care was critical.

Councillor Mary Sartin, chairman of Overview and Scrutiny thanked Mr Gurney and Dr Noble, concluding questions with reference to the caring and compassionate approach of staff recognised in the latest CQC report.

Learning from the past

Mr Gurney and Dr Noble were invited to stay at the end of their presentation questions for a statement by a local resident. Janis Crowder gave an emotional account of her mother’s poor experience as a patient of Whipps Cross last year. Accepting improvements have since been made, Ms Crowder felt it was important to explain to hospital managers the difficulties and inadequacies of her mother’s care.

A copy of the CQC report summary is available within the Overview and Scrutiny agenda.

Transport for London 9 January 2018

Transport for London managers have agreed to attend the meeting of Overview and Scrutiny Committee to discuss various public transport issues in January. Essex County Council is also to be invited to attend the Neighbourhoods Select Committee to discuss County bus services.

Epping Forest College 27 February 2018

Committee councillors also noted the scheduled attendance of the Principal of Epping Forest College at the meeting of Overview and Scrutiny on 27 February 2018.

Remember, remember, stay safe on 5 November

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We want you to stay safe during this year’s bonfire night celebrations on 5 November. Bonfire night is also known as Guy Fawkes Night and firework night.

The Squadron fireworks and bonfire party 2016

Stay safe this bonfire night

The safest way to enjoy bonfire night is always at an organised event. The fireworks are bigger, better and always safer.

Come and join us at North Weald Airfield on 3 November 2017, for a spectacular evening of fireworks and fun! Tickets are available on the night.

Firework safety

If you do wish to enjoy the festivities at home or at friends make sure you understand firework safety.

Follow these top tips from the Essex Fire and Rescue service.

  • Only buy fireworks marked with the British Standard Kitemark BS7114
  • Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and always follow the instructions carefully when using them
  • Light them at arm’s length using a taper and stand well back
  • Never go back to them once they are lit. Even if a firework hasn’t gone off, it could still explode
  • Never throw fireworks and never put them in your pocket
  • Respect your neighbours, don’t let off fireworks late at night and remember there are laws to follow
  • Take care with sparklers ,never give them to children under five. Even when they have gone out they are still hot so put sparklers in a bucket of water after use
  • Keep your pets indoors throughout the evening

Know the laws on fireworks and don’t set any off after 11pm. On 5 November, displays can continue until 12am and on certain occasions, such as New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, fireworks can be set off until 1am.

Bonfire safety

If you are planning to have a bonfire make sure to:

  • Build your bonfire clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges
  • Never use flammable liquids to start a bonfire
  • Never burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans, paint tins, foam furniture or batteries
  • Don’t leave bonfires unattended
  • An adult should supervise it until it has burnt out
  • If it has to be left, damp it down with plenty of water
  • Always keep a bucket of water or a hosepipe nearby in case of fire

Stay safe and look out for other

“Bonfire night is always a busy time for our emergency services so wherever you are, remember to stay safe and look out for others” said Safer, greener and transport portfolio holder Councillor Sam Kane.

“Organised events are always the safest way to enjoy fireworks and North Weald Airfield is holding another fantastic event on Friday 3 November. There are many other organised events across the district, but if you do choose to have your celebrations at home, please follow the safety tips so that you and your family remember the night for all the right reasons.”

12k in grants given to community groups

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6 local community and voluntary groups have been awarded £12,840 in grants helping the district’s social and physical wellbeing.

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Grants awarded

  • Hertfordshire Boat Rescue
    £830 for radio equipment for use by volunteers on rescue missions and events
  • Playground at Theydon Association (PAT)
    £5,000 contribution towards the refurbishment of the Theydon Bois playground
  • Fyfield Bridge Club
    £1,200 contribution towards the cost of new scoring equipment for the club
  • Ongar & Villages Voluntary Care
    £1,770 to support their transporting service which supports older people
  • Loughton Voluntary Care
    £1,540 to support their transporting service which supports older people
  • Fyfield Village Hall
    £5,000 contribution towards the refurbishment of the gentleman’s toilets and cloakroom

Keeping our communities thriving

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “Our grants go on to help such a wide variety of people throughout our community, giving our parents and children a social place to be active in new playgrounds, to giving our older resident’s opportunities to get out of the house and gain more independence with Loughton’s voluntary care community transport service.”

“I am proud that these grants are actively helping people in our district, giving much needed and valued services the boost they need to go on and keep our communities thriving. Can you think of a community group or voluntary service that could use a cash boost? Don’t delay, apply now.”

Apply for a £5k grant

If your community group could use up to £5,000 to help with your one-off project, initiative or even the further development of an existing scheme, apply now.

Find out if your group is eligible

Take care not to scare!

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Halloween is a fun time of the year for many people but not everyone wants to take part. We ask trick or treaters if they see a poster similar to the posters below not to disturb that house.

  • To print a poster, download by clicking on a poster and right click save image as.

Not for everyone

“Trick or treating at Halloween has become increasingly popular and for most people it’s harmless fun. While many love to dress up as a ghost or zombie, it’s not for everyone” said Sam Kane, Safer, Greener and Transport portfolio holder.

“Some people would rather not have trick or treaters call at their home. They may not want to open their door to strangers at night time. They may have pets who are afraid of strangers, or small children asleep inside. We know that some elderly or vulnerable people can get distressed by unexpected callers.”

Respect their wishes and do not disturb

Councillor Kane asked trick or treaters: “If you’re out trick or treating and see a poster like this, please respect their wishes and do not disturb them. I hope that everyone taking part has a fun and safe Halloween, but not at the expense of those who wish to ignore it.”

Halloween advice

Decisions from Plans South 25 October

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Planning application decisions from Area Planning Sub-Committee South meeting on Wednesday 25 October 2017.

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Decisions

  1. EPF/2114/17 – 62 Borders Lane, Loughton, Essex IG10 3QX
    Permission granted
  2. EPF/0877/17 – 55 Hainault Road, Chigwell, Essex IG7 5DH
    Permission granted
  3. EPF/1961/17 – 2 Connaught Avenue, Loughton, Essex IG10 4DP
    Permission granted
  4. EPF/2165/17 – 38 Chigwell Lane, Loughton, Essex IG10 3NY
    Permission granted
  5. EPF/2187/17 – 43 Smarts Lane, Loughton, Essex IG10 4BU
    Permission granted
  6. EPF/2226/17 – 46 Spareleaze Hill, Loughton, Essex IG10 1BT
    Permission granted
  7. EPF/2252/17 – Oak Field House, Debden Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 2NY
    Permission granted

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Darker nights, turn on your lights!

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During the winter months, burglary increases by 12.8%. Most burglars are opportunists and will look for ways to enter your home where they find an insecure point.

Burglary campaign 2017 poster

Actions

These are just a few actions you can take to make your home more secure.

  • Close and lock all windows and doors every time you leave your house or go to bed
  • Make sure your door is locked properly ie lift the handle, turn the key and then remove the key
  • Do not leave your keys by the front door or in view of windows but ensure they are easy to access should you need to get out in an emergency
  • If you have a burglar alarm, use it at all times, even when you’re just popping out or zone off areas before going to bed
  • Secure your boundaries and ensure access to your garden is not easily obtained
  • Secure your sheds and garages as they contain valuable items and tools that can be used to break into your home
  • Leave lights on, or on timers to give the impression your house is occupied
  • Don’t leave valuable items on display
  • Mark your property and register your items free on www.immobilise.com
  • Do not ‘check in’ on social media, as this identifies your house is empty

Secure and protect your home

Sam Kane, Safer, Greener and Transport portfolio holder said: “This is an extremely timely initiative from Essex Police, with the nights drawing in, our Community Safety Team would encourage every resident to secure and protect their homes by means of a few simple tips to help prevent household burglary.”

Let your friends and families know

“All the tips can be found on www.essex.police.uk/secure and we would like as many people as possible to take a few minutes to check out the advice. Small steps really can make a big difference to your home security” advised Councillor Kane.

“We are working with Essex Police to spread the word, so please do visit the website and let your friends and families know about these important home security checks.”

Keep your home safe

Councillor Kane ended with: “These are excellent tips for residents to employ, but if you’re concerned about security and want advice on how to keep your home safe, contact Ross Brazier, our Epping Forest and Harlow Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor. Call 101 or email crimepreventiontacticaladvisors@essex.pnn.police.uk.”

“If you see someone acting suspiciously call the police on 101 or if you see a crime in progress call 999.”

Lower Sheering election result

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Result of the election for a district councillor for the Lower Sheering Ward on Thursday 19 October 2017.

Result

  • Ingrid Black (Liberal Democrats) – 52 votes
  • Paul Stalker (Conservatives) – 220 votes Elected

Vacant seats – 1

Electorate – 1,747

Turnout – 15.6%

Rejected ballot papers – 1 being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty

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