Pair fined for damaging tree

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Mrs Helen Kelly–Howe of Chingford was fined £1,850 after pleading guilty to causing or permitting unauthorised work to a tree in a conservation area.

Sycamore 10 High St

Tree within a conservation area

In June, officers were notified that branches of a sycamore tree situated within the grounds of 10 High Street Roydon had been cut back, where they overhung on to the neighbouring property at number 2 High Street.

Standing within the Roydon conservation area a 6 week notice of any intended work to the tree should have been provided. Such a notice would have revealed that consent for the extent of the works would have not been granted in any event.

No checks for consent

Further investigation revealed Mrs Helen Kelly–Howe, a director of the company owning 10 High Street instructed tree surgeon Mr John McAllister to cut the branches back to the boundary.

No checks had been made to find out if the tree was protected and neither sought consent to carry out the works undertaken.

£2,430 worth of fines

Tree surgeon Mr McAllister was fined £300 and ordered to pay a contribution of £250 towards the Council’s prosecution costs plus a victim surcharge of £30.

The Magistrates stated that Mrs Kelly-Howe had a greater role in the matter and was fined £1,000 ordered to pay a contribution of £750 towards the Council’s prosecution costs plus a victim surcharge of £100.

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February 2018 half term holiday activities

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Keep your children entertained with our great range of activities over the February 2018 half term school holidays.

February 2018 half term activities

Book your tickets now so they don’t miss out

“Our holiday activities are a fun and affordable way to keep your children busy and healthy during the school holidays.” said Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder.

“All our activities are run by friendly, fully qualified staff. Make sure you book your tickets now so they don’t miss out.”


How to paint … A Sense of Rural Life

  • Children’s workshop
  • Saturday 10 February 2018
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey EN9 1EL
  • Time 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Ages 7+
  • Cost £10
  • Booking essential – Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)
  • Adult’s workshop
  • Saturday 10 February 2018
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey EN9 1EL
  • Time 2pm to 4pm
  • Ages 16+
  • Cost £10
  • Booking essential – Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Fields, trees, hay bales and horse; the Rural Naturalists painted them all … now it’s your turn!

In this artist led workshop, you will be painting in the style of the Naturalists. You will study the work of the great naturalist painters such as John Constable and the Newlyn School, and be inspired by Epping Forest District Museum’s ‘Rural Life’ exhibition.

These workshops keep creative learning light-hearted and fun and are very hands on!

Adults are welcome to attend with their children in the morning session or attend without children in the afternoon.


Long Nose Puppets presents … Penguin

  • Monday 12 February 2018
  • North Weald Village Hall, 40 High Road, North Weald Bassett CM16 6BU
  • Time 11.30am and 2.30pm
  • Ages 2 to 8
  • Cost £8
  • Booking required – Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Penguin is a spectacular theatre experience for all ages, especially 2 to 8 year olds!

Long Nose Puppets return to the district with their fantastic show; full of colour, surprises and lively songs that will have everyone singing along! Penguin is based on the award-winning book by Polly Dunbar, which this year, celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Duration is 45 minutes plus 15 minutes ‘meet the puppets’.


Epping Forest Multi Sports Days

  • Tuesday 13 February 2018
  • Leverton Junior School, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 3BE
  • Time 9.15am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am to 9.15am, Collect 3.30pm to 4pm)
  • Ages 5 to 14
  • Cost £16
  • Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)
  • Thursday 15 February 2018
  • Epping Upper Clapton RFC, Thornwood, Epping CM16 6NL
  • Time 9.15am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am to 9.15am, Collect 3.30pm to 4pm)
  • Ages 5 to 14
  • Cost £16
  • Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Come and join our experienced coaches for a day of exciting activities.

We believe that there is a sport and activity for everyone. At our Multi Sports days, young people can expect to get to try a mixture of traditional and non traditional sports from Tennis to American Football with some wacky games and competitions thrown in for good measure.

Young people will need to dress appropriately for both indoor and outdoor sports, we would also advise a change of clothing in case of bad weather. Young people will also need a packed lunch, and plenty to drink (fruit juice or water please, no sports drinks). A healthy morning snack will be provided.


Go Wild Cake Decorating and Sugar Craft Workshop

  • Tuesday 13 February 2018
  • Communities Training Room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping CM16 4LU
  • Time 10am to 12pm
  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Cost £5.50
  • Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Valentine’s Day inspired cake decorating and sugar craft workshop for children under 16.

Come along to this workshop learn how to decorate cakes using piping techniques. You can take home all the cakes you decorate for yourself or to share with your family and friends this Valentines Day.

You will learn icing techniques and develop new skills when making the Valentine edible decorations from sugar paste. All materials, food and drinks will be provided.


Make a lucky horseshoe

  • Tuesday 13 February 2018
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey EN9 1EL
  • Time 12 noon to 3pm
  • All ages
  • Cost £1.50
  • Drop in, no need to book drop in

Fun family art and craft activities for you to make together and take home. No need to book, just drop in and allow approximately 20 minutes for the activity.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We regret we cannot accommodate large groups or holiday clubs during these sessions. Please contact us to arrange a group session.


Play in the Forest

  • Wednesday 14 February 2018
  • High Beach opposite the Visitors’ Centre, Loughton IG10 4AE
  • Time 10am to 12pm
  • All ages
  • Cost £3
  • Drop by at any time, there is no need to book

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest.

Join us for this Valentines themed activity where we will be making tissue paper flowers and bead necklaces. We will also have bug hunting, den building and a live story telling session. Why not bring along your favourite cuddly toy and dress it for the occasion! The best dressed toy will win a prize!

Please note: ‘Play in the Forest’ sessions are provided as play opportunities for children and not as child care. All children may come and go as they please. Staff are not obligated to prevent any children from leaving the sessions. Parents/Carers are free to stay and join in. Toilet facilities are located in the King’s Oak Car Park.


Tennis

  • Friday 16 February 2018
  • Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Tennis Courts, Roding Road, Loughton IG10 3BS
  • Time 10am to 11am
  • Ages 5 to 10
  • Cost £3
  • Booking essential – Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Epping Forest’s Tennis Activators sessions will give young people aged 5 to 10 years the chance to take part in fun engaging tennis activities & competitions.

New Police airbase to be built at North Weald

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Planning permission for the National Police Air Service (NPAS) purpose built airbase at North Weald Airfield was granted by district councillors at Plans East meeting on Wednesday 6 December.

Police Helicopter

Keeping local communities safe

The new NPAS airbase will replace an existing facility at Lippitts Hill in High Beach and form part of their national network of 15 bases providing air support to the 46 police forces of England and Wales.

2 police helicopters and a police aeroplane will regularly fly out of the new airbase, operating 24/7 primarily serving London and the South East, with support from additional airbases at Boreham Airfield near Chelmsford, Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey and RAF Benson in Oxfordshire.

Crews in these aircraft regularly support police colleagues on the ground to find missing people and search for suspects. They provide an aerial view supporting local police at major events and help other police forces bring ‘crimes in action’ to an end, keeping local communities safe.

A long standing history of protecting our community

Assets and Economic Development Portfolio Holder Councillor Anne Grigg said: “North Weald Airfield has a long standing history of protecting our community since opening as an airfield in the 1st World War. It became a vital Battle of Britain airfield in the 2nd World War, providing a home to RAF spitfires and hurricanes.”

“In later years the airfield expanded in to the jet age of the 1950’s, and in recent times providing a base to vital services and welcoming aircraft from all over the world.”

Important and valuable services

Councillor Grigg continued: “The addition of the National Police Air Service is an exciting opportunity which will allow the vital service to carry out their much needed work, ensuring residents safety, which is our top priority.”

“They will be joining a range of aviation tenants at the airfield including The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance who have been operating successfully for several years.”

“I am proud of the contribution our airfield has made over the years and as it continues to grow, we welcome these important and valuable services.”

Paul Marrion, South East Assistant Operations Director for the National Police Air, said: “We are delighted to be able to build our new bespoke airbase at North Weald Airfield. This decision will ensure that we can continue to support police forces across London and the South East in their efforts to protect people and property and to keep communities safe.”

“Police air support is a vital tool available to police forces. Flying at average speeds of 138mph, searching for missing people or suspects by air is 20 times faster than other options and saves local police valuable time when it matters.”

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Have a say in how your community is policed?

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Essex Police is looking for members to join a new Epping Forest and Brentwood Independent Advisory Group (IAG). It is an opportunity for somebody to act as a ‘critical friend’ to play an important part in ensuring Essex Police consults with, and understand the views of, the Epping Forest community.

Essex Police IAG leaflet

Share your expertise and experience

“If you know your community well and can think strategically, why not share your expertise and experience to help Essex Police make policing decisions in the Epping Forest district,” asks Councillor Sam Kane, Epping Forest District Council’s safer, greener and transport portfolio holder.

“The IAG will play an important part in ensuring Essex Police consults with our community, reviewing police work practices to help Essex Police better understand how its processes and policies affect our different communities.” said Councillor Sam Kane.

“The first meeting of the Epping Forest and Brentwood IAG is at Zinc Arts in Ongar on Tuesday 16 January 2018, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. If you’re motivated, enthusiastic, able to communicate in a calm, constructive manner, and want to ensure the views of your community are heard, come along and tell Essex Police how their services are being perceived by our communities.”

Are you interested?

If you’re interested in shaping the way policing is delivered in Essex and ensuring your community has a voice, download an application form from www.essex.police.uk/iag or email iag@essex.pnn.police.uk for more information.

Full details can be found on the Essex Police website.

Decisions from Plans East 6 December 2017

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee East meeting Wednesday 6 December 2017.

Decisions

  • EPF/1401/17 – Hartlands, 4A Kendal Avenue, Epping, Essex, CM16 4PN
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2162/17 – Plot 3, Ashlings Farm, Ashlings Farm Lane, High Ongar, Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 0JU
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2173/17 – 16 Kendal Avenue, Epping Essex, CM16 4PW
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2185/17 – NHS Radio Mast Site, New Road, Lambourne End, Essex, RM4 1AR
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2441/17 – 54 Rayfield, Epping, Essex, CM16 5AH
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2448/17 – 38 High Road, North Weald Bassett, Epping, Essex, CM16 6BU
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2500/17 – Oakbank, Theydon Park Road, Theydon Bois, Essex, CM16 7LS
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2504/17 – Land to rear of 1-7 Rodney Road, 2-22 Fairfield Road and 2- 6 Glebe Road Ongar, Essex, CM5 9HJ
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2735/17 – Merlin Way, North Weald, Epping, Essex, CM16 6HR
    Permission granted

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5K in grants given to voluntary and community groups

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5 local community and voluntary groups have been awarded £4,860 in grants to improve the social and physical wellbeing of the districts residents and are a great opportunity to help others in our community

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Grants awarded to

  • Loughton Broadway Town Partnership
    £1500 for defibrillator to be installed on Loughton Broadway for community use
  • Loughton High Road Town Centre Partnership
    £1000 for defibrillator to be installed on Loughton High Road for community use.
  • Ongar Town Football Club
    £235 for football equipment to support the members of the club and visitors.
  • Larsens Bowling Club
    £625 for bowling equipment to encourage young people to participate in the sport.
  • Roydon Playing Fields Management Association
    £1,540 to support their transporting service which supports older people.

Grants up to £5,000 available

Could your community group use funding to help the social and physical wellbeing of the districts residents?

If yes, apply now for a grant towards projects to improve facilities, equipment purchases, capital projects and new initiatives.

Grants up to £5,000 are available to

  • Local voluntary and community groups
  • Sports clubs
  • Arts and culture groups
  • Trusts
  • Friendly societies
  • Social enterprises
  • Community interest groups

Who can apply?

Groups that apply must

  • Operate on a charitable or non-profit making basis
  • Be based, or are active, in the Epping Forest district
  • Demonstrate true local independence
  • Offer services and facilities to all eligible local residents
  • Have no unfair restrictions on membership or participation
  • Be able to show a clear need for financial support
  • Have a bank or building account under the name of the applicant organisation

Make your application today

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: ”We really appreciate the hard work the voluntary and community sector does within the district.”

“In tough economic times the need for groups to receive funding and support is vital and it’s great to see how our grants can make a real difference to the residents of our community. If your group is eligible, don’t delay and make your application today.”

Make an application

  • Download an application form
  • Fill in an application
  • Attach your most recent bank statement, set of accounts, safeguarding policy and constitution
  • Submit the application to grantaid@eppingforestdc.gov.uk
  • Or by hard copy to Grant Aid Scheme, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU

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Epping Forest Shopping Park open for Christmas

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The new Epping Forest Shopping Park in Loughton is up and running and open for Christmas.

Epping Forest Shopping Park

Stores open

Stores open in time for Christmas are

The new shopping park at Langston Road in Loughton is owned by Epping Forest District Council. It’s a short walk from Debden tube station with over 300 parking bays including 10 charging points for electric vehicles. There’s cycle racks for 34 bikes as well.

A fantastic range of well-known and popular retailers

“I’m delighted to see our new shopping park open,” said Councillor Anne Grigg, Economic Development portfolio holder at Epping Forest District Council. “We’ve got a fantastic range of well-known and popular retailers, and for many it’s their first store to open in the Epping Forest district.”

“Analysis showed us 75% of local residents travelled out of the district to shop. Now the Epping Forest Shopping Park can plug that gap and residents can now shop locally at the stores they want.”

Epping Forest Shopping Park logo

New jobs for the local area

Councillor Grigg ended with: “The retail park not only provides new jobs for the local area, it’s rental income will be put back into local services, contributing to keeping Epping Forest District Council a low Council Tax council.”

Local Plan Council 14 December 2017

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District councillors approved publication of the submission version of the Local Plan at a special meeting of Epping Forest District Council on 14 December. The decision paves the way for the start of Regulation 19, a six week period during which residents and other interested parties can comment on the legal soundness of the plan before submission to the government at the end of March.

Development within Epping Forest District up to 2033

The Local Plan contains policies for development within Epping Forest District up to 2033. It includes the designation of areas for housing, employment and the Metropolitan Green Belt.

Publication of the submission version of the Local Plan was accelerated after the Secretary of State Sajid Javid warned councils to expect government intervention and significant additional housing allocations where Local Plans are not in place. Epping Forest District could see the number of new homes almost doubled if it did not submit its plan for inspection by a government-appointed inspector by the end of March 2018.

Invitation of submissions

Councillors agreed the Plan and the invitation of submissions on legality, soundness and the duty to co-operate with neighbouring councils for a six week period commencing 18 December.

The Plan and a special form designed to assist residents make submissions will be available to complete from 12pm Monday on the Epping Forest District Council website. A printable pdf version of the form will also be available to download. Reference copies of the Local Plan and associated documents will also be available to view at the following locations:

  • Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping
  • Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping
  • Epping Forest District Council Loughton Broadway Housing Office
  • Epping Forest District Council Limes Centre Chigwell
  • Epping Sports Centre
  • Loughton Leisure Centre
  • Ongar Leisure Centre
  • Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool
  • Buckhurst Hill Library
  • Chigwell Library
  • Chipping Ongar Library
  • Epping Library
  • Loughton Library
  • North Weald Library
  • Waltham Abbey Library

Final representations must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 29 January 2018.

District Council Chief Executive moving to Sussex

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Glen Chipp has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Horsham District Council. The West Sussex authority is due to confirm the decision at its Full Council meeting on Tuesday 19 December. He has commuted to Epping Forest District Council via the M25 since joining as Chief Executive in October 2012. He lives only 19 miles from Horsham.

Glen Chipp

What we have worked to achieve

Speaking following his appointment Mr Chipp said: “I want to thank everyone for all the support and friendship I have been offered in my five years with Epping Forest District Council including staff, councillors and an excellent Board of Directors. I think the Council has made great progress during my time. I look back with pride on the work we have achieved together, including the first new council housing built in the district for almost 30 years, Epping Forest Shopping Park, new leisure centre and domestic waste and recycling contracts, the extension of Epping Forest Museum and a host of other major projects. At the same time we have managed to freeze the Council Tax throughout with prospects for another zero percent increase likely next year.”

“Behind the scenes, Epping Forest District Council is also transforming the way we work, modernising and streamlining to protect and continue the delivery of those vital services our residents rely on so much.”

Preparing the way for the future

The Council is already progressing with a transformation process. Council Leader Chris Whitbread said: “We have already started planning for a new era. I hope to have an appointment in place by the time Glen leaves in March.”

Chris Whitbread continued: I would like to thank Glen for all his hard work over the last five years. He came to a solid and well run organisation. He has taken us forward and prepared the way for the future. As government funding falls we are aspiring to become financially independent, guaranteeing services through our own means. Glen has played a massive part in our progress. I know the long commute took its toll on him and his family. Horsham DC is to be congratulated on acquiring an excellent new Chief Executive. On behalf of the whole Council I want to wish Glen every success in his new role.”

Decisions from Plans West 13 December 2017

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee West meeting Wednesday 22 November 2017.

Decisions

  • EPF/2170/17 – Land and Garages, Woollard Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1HE
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2278/17 – Threeways Nursery, Sedge Green, Roydon, CM19 5JS
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2400/17 – Upland Lodge, Epping Road, Epping Upland, CM16 6PX
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2413/17 – 1 Bentons Cottages, Middle Street, Nazeing, EN9 2LN
    Decision deferred
  • EPF/2569/17 – Netherkidders Laundry, Lane Nazeing, EN9 2DY
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2585/17 – Rye Hill House, Rye Hill Road, Epping Upland, CM18 7JG
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2600/17 – 10 The Magpies Epping Upland Epping, CM16 6QG
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2914/17 – Netherhouse Farm, Sewardstone Road, Waltham Abbey, E4 7RJ
    Permission granted

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