Annual Council 24 May 2018

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Councillor Richard Bassett is the new Chairman of Epping Forest District Council.

His appointment follows the retirement of David Stallan. Councillor Ricki Gadsby is the Council’s new Vice-Chairman. Following the retirement of Will Breare-Hall at the local elections, Council Leader Chris Whitbread has added Councillor Nigel Avey to his Cabinet.

Chairman Cllr Richard Bassett

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Cabinet appointments

  • Leader – Councillor Chris Whitbread
  • Assets & Economic Development – Councillor Anne Grigg
  • Environment – Councillor Nigel Avey
  • Finance – Councillor Gagan Mohindra
  • Planning & Governance – Councillor John Philip
  • Housing and Deputy Leader of Council – Councillor Syd Stavrou
  • Leisure & Community Services – Councillor Helen Kane
  • Safer, Greener & Transport – Councillor Sam Kane
  • Technology & Support Services – Councillor Alan Lion

‘What a year and what an experience’

In his closing speech to councillors, David Stallan said that he would not have missed his year as chairman for the world! Among the ‘standout’ moments of his year, Dave listed teeing off at Chairman’s Charity Golf Day, his ‘visit’ to the gym, a steam train footplate, aircraft simulator, sports events the Petanque trophy wrestled back – all in fun – two Chinese delegations, the Ongar Festival, many arts events and working with the Youth Council. As Chairman, Dave learned that a few hundred pounds can make a massive difference. Through generosity of others he raised £5,500 for local charities and Diabetes UK.

It was Dave’s sad duty to announce the passing of 11 current and former councillors during his year. Concluding with thanks to his family he noted not only ‘two great women behind me – daughter Amy and wife Sue, but also a third Pat Seager, the Chairman’s Secretary.

Praise for David Stallan

Chris Whitbread led thanks to David Stallan. During a tough year including meetings on the Local Plan, Councillor Whitbread described Dave Stallan as first class, handling himself so well as he travelled across the district by being himself and being such a ‘nice guy’.

Councillor Whitbread said: “A good chairman brings the whole council together – you had a brilliant year – thank you”.

Councillors Stephen Murray, Caroline Pond, Anne Grigg, Jon Whitehouse and Stephen Neville echoed Chris Whitbread’s words – thanking David Stallan for a brilliant year.

Communities Director Alan Hall thanked Dave Stallan on behalf of the staff recalling their years working closely together on council housing and Dave’s support for council staff.

In one of his first presentations as Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett also had great please in presenting Dave Stallan with a long service medal for 19 years representing the residents of North Weald.

New Chairman

Richard Bassett’s nomination for Chairman was proposed by Councillor Mary Sartin. Councillor Bassett took on his first cabinet role in 2010 before accepting the role of vice-chairman last year. As a former Chairman, councillor Sartin assured Councillor Bassett that he would meet many wonderful people over the coming year.

Thanking fellow councillors for bestowing the honour of Chairman on him, Councillor Bassett particularly singled out Dave Stallan for his support over the year. Councillor Bassett is making small business his theme for the year. He will undertake to get out and meet as many businesses as possible.

As a trustee of Epping Forest Community Transport, Councillor Bassett also wants to raise its profile along with young people’s sports groups during his year as Chairman.

Key appointments

Other key appointments at Annual Council included:

  • Chairman Plans Sub Committee East– Councillor Paul Keska
  • Chairman Plans Sub Committee West– Councillor Liz Webster
  • Chairman Plans Sub Committee South – Councillor Darshan Sunger
  • Chairman District Development Management Committee – Councillor Brian Sandler
  • Chairman Overview and Scrutiny Committee – Councillor Mary Sartin

Council remembers Elizabeth Downes

Tributes were paid to former Nazeing ward councillor Elizabeth Downes who passed away on 7 May. As a fellow councillor from Nazeing, Richard Bassett shared some thoughts on his predecessor, remembered by local residents as a lovely lady.

Shared accommodation standards survey

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If you live in, manage or own shared accommodation, let us know what you think of our proposed Essex-wide amenity standards. This covers bedroom sizes and living space, kitchen and bathroom facilities, number of toilets and other amenities like heating and washing and drying facilities.

Essex HMO consultation

Take the survey

The survey should only take 10 minutes and will close on 19 June 2018.

Landlords and tenants – tell us your views

“It’s really important that both landlords and tenants tell us their views” said Councillor Syd Stavrou, Deputy Leader and Housing Portfolio Holder. “If landlords don’t respond they risk having standards imposed on them that they don’t like and which may be costly. Equally for tenants this is their opportunity to let us know what they would reasonably expect when living in shared accommodation.”

Councillor Syd Stavrou ended by asking landlords and tenants to complete the survey: “It only takes 10 minutes to complete and closes on 19 June 2018, this is your chance to help us better understand your views.”

Clear space and amenity standards

Essex Councils want to ensure that clear space and amenity standards for HMOs are in place across Essex so that landlords and tenants know what is expected.

Please have your say as we seek to ensure that HMOs are safe, suitable and well-managed.

Come to the Seaside

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For 1 week Epping Forest District Museum will have its own beach, as part of the latest exhibition, Beauty and the Beach.

Drop in and build sandcastles, explore the rock pools and colour your own deckchair.

Come to the Seaside

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 26 May to Saturday 2 June 2018 (please note this activity will be closed on Friday 1 June)
  • Open times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Price: Free

Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Beauty and the Beach

Exhibition – Beauty and the Beach

From itsy, bitsy bikinis to one-piece bathing suits, this exhibition highlights the changing shape and coverage of women’s swimwear; exploring the style, design and inspirations of the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s.

The exhibition is closed Saturday 30 June.

Comments wanted for Chigwell Neighbourhood Plan

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The Council is publicising the submission version of the Chigwell Neighbourhood Plan and are are seeking comments from residents, business and other interest stakeholders on the Plan and supporting documents.

The publication period is from 12 noon on Tuesday 15 May to 4pm on Tuesday 26 June 2018.


All representations received regarding the plan proposal will be forwarded to an appointed examiner, who will assess the plan proposal and supporting documents against the basic conditions set out in national policy.

The 7 basic conditions that a neighbourhood plan / neighbourhood development order must meet are

  1. having regard to national policies and advice contained in guidance issued by the Secretary of State it is appropriate to make the order (or neighbourhood plan)
  2. having special regard to the desirability of preserving any listed building or its setting or any features of special architectural or historic interest that it possesses, it is appropriate to make the order. This applies only to Orders
  3. having special regard to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of any conservation area, it is appropriate to make the order. This applies only to Orders
  4. the making of the order (or neighbourhood plan) contributes to the achievement of sustainable development.
  5. the making of the order (or neighbourhood plan) is in general conformity with the strategic policies contained in the development plan for the area of the authority (or any part of that area)
  6. the making of the order (or neighbourhood plan) does not breach, and is otherwise compatible with EU obligations
  7. prescribed conditions are met in relation to the Order (or plan) and prescribed matters have been complied with in connection with the proposal for the order (or neighbourhood plan)

How to make a representation

For more details and how to make a representation please visit the Chigwell Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 16 publication and examination page on the Council’s website at

Youth Council win national awards for mental health work

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Congratulations to Epping Forest Youth Council (EFYC) on coming first in the 2018 National Crimebeat Awards for their work on the MiLife mental health project.

A mix of past and present youth councillors collected the £1,000 prize from HRH Duchess of Gloucester on 18 April 2018. Current Youth Councillor Adam Freeman was joined by former Youth Councillors Matthew Tinker, Joseph Pascoe and Leonora Troshupa to give a short presentation and receive the award at the Royal National Hotel in London.

MiLife group with HRH Duchess of Gloucester


MiLife is for 11–16 year olds to better understand and manage their own emotional wellbeing and mental health. It advises where they could go for more help and support when problems arise.

Luke Lowrie of project partners the Red Balloon Foundation also attended with Epping Forest District Council officers Gill Wallis, Gaby Gold and Di Gilson-Butler.

Find out more at the MiLife website.

Thrilled to win first prize

“We’re thrilled to win first prize!” said former Youth Councillor Matthew Tinker. “This award goes to all the youth councillors, past and present, who helped create the wonderful MiLife project. MiLife shows that you are not alone and there are people waiting to help you if you get in touch with them.”

Former Youth Councillor Joseph Pascoe explained more about the MiLife project: “MiLife was born following the 2015 Epping Forest Youth Conference where the young people who attended listed mental health as one of the top issues concerning them.”

“MiLife aims to give young people a greater understanding of what to do if they feel mentally ill but also how to help themselves keep a healthy and happy mind. I recommend all young people should have a look at our website at”

“The MiLife Roadshow visited secondary schools in the Epping Forest district and pupils watch a theatre piece acted out by the Red Balloon Foundation group. It shows pupils about positive mental health and helps them build resilience to give them the tools to support themselves in life.”

National Crimebeat awards

“The National Crimebeat awards are held on behalf of High Sheriffs to recognise innovative and successful crime prevention projects carried out by young people” said former Youth Councillor Leonora Troshupa. “MiLife was initially endorsed by previous Essex High Sheriff Simon Hall and it was the current Essex High Sheriff Brian Burrough who came with us to the ceremony.”

Youth Councillor Adam Freeman ended with: “We each received a Crimebeat Medal and Epping Forest Youth Council was given a certificate and £1,000 cheque. After the ceremony we were given a tour of London on an open top bus and a trip on the London Eye which proved to be a great end to a fantastic day.”

Claim £30 refund on cloth nappies

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Did you know from just £80 you can buy your baby all the nappies they need! Cloth nappies make a great alternative to disposable nappies and can offer great cost, health and environmental benefits.

Essex County Council is offering a £30 refund per child on the purchase of any cloth nappies or laundering service. Even when you take into account laundering costs, you can save up to £1,000 compared to disposable nappies.

Washing line full of cloth nappies

Save money

You will need to keep hold of your receipts and provide either a photo of your maternity exemption or child’s birth certificate, Essex County Council will then process your refund – it’s that easy!

Better for the environment

Each child will use an average of 5,000 disposable nappies … or 24 cloth nappies! Disposable nappies cannot be recycled and can take hundreds of years to break down.

Even when you consider laundering, cloth nappies can be up to 40% better for the environment than disposables. You can reduce your water and electricity usage by not soaking or pre-washing nappies and by washing in a full load at 40 or 60 degrees.

Easy to use

Modern cloth nappies do not require complicated folding and fiddly safety pins. There are many varieties to choose from, many are shaped and fasten with poppers, grips or use Velcro. Modern washing machines can make quick work of cleaning them.

Get in touch

Please email if you have any questions regarding the £30 cloth nappy incentive. If you have any questions about using cloth nappies, find out who you can contact for support with cloth nappies.

Weekly activities for adults with SEND

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Boccia, trampolining and multisports are everyone included! weekly sessions for adults with a disability.

All the activities for adults with special educational needs and disability (SEND) are run by qualified coaches. Each session costs £2.20 and must be paid for at the sports centres. The activities are

  • Boccia – Monday 1:30pm to 2:30pm
  • Trampolining – Tuesday 1pm to 2pm
  • Multisport – Wednesday 1:15pm to 2:15pm

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Every Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm at Ongar Leisure Centre.

This session is a great way for you to take part in a Paralympic recognised sport that you may not normally get involved with. Get involved in this session and enjoy yourself and meet some new people in the process.


Every Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm at Epping Sports Centre.

This session is a great way to have fun and keep fit at the same time. The session is run by qualified rebound therapy coaches who will assist in reaching your Winstrada grades. This means you’ll get a certificate and badge for each grade you complete.

Once you have completed one grade you simply move up to the next one. We guarantee you’ll enjoy yourself as Trampolining is a very fun, enjoyable way to keep fit.


Every Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm at Epping Sports Centre.

Each week we will play a different sport and we allow participants to help our qualified coaches choose which sport they would like to play the following week. Previously we have played sports such as football, basketball, Olympic sports such as javelin, sitting volleyball and many more.

Find out more

For more information email

or call 01992 562563 or 01992 564220.

Late opening at the museum

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Epping Forest District Museum will be opening late for a special event on Thursday 17 May, celebrating the current exhibition ‘Beauty and the Beach’, a fabulous collection of swimwear from the 1940s to the 1960s, as part of Museums at Night.

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We are inviting you to explore the museum in a new light. Take a look at the touring exhibition and our permanent displays.

  • Where – Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When – Thursday 17 May 2018
  • Time – 6pm to 9pm
  • Free entry – donations are gratefully received

There will be a DJ at the museum, so people can tap their feet to the music of the ‘40s and ‘50s or even try jive dancing. Refreshments will be available.

You are encouraged to come dressed in clothes from that era or in something that’s comfortable to jive in, but it is not essential.

For further details, contact the museum by email or telephone 01992 716882.

Museums at Night

As part of Museums at Night, museums, galleries, libraries and heritage sites across the UK are encouraged to open their doors after hours and to showcase their treasures in unexpected ways.

Find out more at Museums at Night website.

Results in 3 May local elections

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The full results for the Thursday 3 May #LocalElections2018 can be found below.

All results were declared by 1.31am Friday morning.

Results of the local elections on 3 May 2018

Buckhurst Hill East

Buckhurst Hill West

Chigwell Village

Chipping Ongar, Greensted and Marden Ash

Epping Hemnall

Epping Lindsey and Thornwood Common

Grange Hill

Loughton Alderton

Loughton Broadway

Loughton Fairmead

Loughton Forest

Loughton Roding

Loughton St John’s

Loughton St Mary’s

Lower Nazeing

North Weald Bassett

Moreton and Fyfield

Theydon Bois

Waltham Abbey Honey Lane

Waltham Abbey Paternoster

May 2018 half term activities

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Keep the kids entertained this May half term with our wide variety of fun filled activities.

May Half term 2018

Epping Forest multi sports day

  • Tuesday 29 May
  • Leverton Junior School, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 3BE
  • 9.15am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am – 9.15am, collect 3.30pm – 4.00pm)
  • Ages 5 – 14
  • Cost £16.50
  • Book online or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)
  • Thursday 31 May
  • Loughton Cricket Club, the Uplands, Loughton IG10 1NQ
  • 9.15am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am – 9.15am, collect 3.30pm – 4.00pm)
  • Ages 5 – 14
  • Cost £16.50
  • Book online or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 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.

Customise your own denim

  • Tuesday 29 May
  • Communities training room, EFDC, 25 Hemnall Street, CM16 4LU
  • 6pm – 8pm
  • Ages 11 – 16
  • Cost £5.50
  • Book online or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)

Following on from our popular ‘Customise Your Own T-shirt Workshop’ is our ‘Customise Your Own Denim Workshop’. In a world of mass production and fast fashion why not take some time out and learn how to distress, embellish or bleach your denim to make a one off fashion special. Bring along your own denim jeans or shirt you would like to customise and we will provide the rest.

Salt dough art

  • Tuesday 29 May
  • Communities training room, EFDC, 25 Hemnall Street, CM16 4LU
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Ages 5-15
  • Cost £5.50
  • Booking essentialBook online or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)

Learn to make jewellery and art pieces using salt dough. All materials and paints will be provided.

Any items you make can be taken home.

Play in the forest

  • Wednesday 30 May
  • The Stubbles, Nursery Road, Loughton, IG10 4DZ
  • 10am – 12pm
  • All ages
  • Cost £3
  • Drop in at any time – No need to book

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. Join us for this Spring themed activity. We’ll have bug hunting, den building and a live story telling session as well as a host of Spring related activities. Drop in at any time. No need to book. Parental supervision required.

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.

Come and join us

Don’t delay, getting booking for a fun filled May half term

  • Book online

  • or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)