Pair fined for eyesore garden

Written on . Posted in Community, Environmental health, Loughton, Media, Our activities, Out and about, Planning, Private housing, Prosecutions, Recycling and waste, Residents, Uncategorized, Your area, Your council, Your environment, Your home, Your money

Mr Salinder Minhas and Mrs Parminder Minhas of 3 Alderton Close Loughton Essex were successfully prosecuted by Epping Forest District Council in April 2018 for failing to comply with Notices served on them under Section 215 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 requiring them to clear rubbish from the front and rear of their property.

3 Alderton Close Loughton Essex

Failure to remove building materials

At Chelmsford Magistrates Court on 5th April 2018 Mr. & Mrs Minhas each pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to comply with the Notice served on them on 23rd November 2017.

The notice required them to remove building materials, paint pots, plastic items and cardboard from their front and rear gardens and from the flat roof of the garage which were adversely affecting the visual amenity of the area. They should have complied by 21st December 2017.

Over £800 in fines

The Magistrates fined Mr Minhas £110 and ordered him to pay £308 towards the Council’s prosecution costs together with the statutory victim surcharge of £30.

Mrs Minhas was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £308 and a Victim Surcharge of £30. The fines had been reduced by one third due to Mr & Mrs Minhas pleading guilty at the first hearing and also taking into account their current financial situation.

Given every opportunity to clear the land

Having seen the photographs taken by the Council the Magistrate told Mr & Mrs Minhas that he was not surprised that neighbours had complained about the state of the property and the Council had quite rightly brought the prosecution having given them every opportunity to clear the land.

Mr & Mrs Minhas informed the court that they would now fully comply with the Notice.

Failure to do so renders them liable to a further prosecution with a possible fine of up to £100 for every day that they do not comply from 5th April 2018.

Report it

If you suspect any planning breaches get in contact with our team via email

Are you a good listener?

Written on . Posted in Community, Crime and safety, Media, Out and about, Residents, Volunteering opportunities, Your area, Your community, Your home

Victim Support are looking for reliable volunteers with great listening skills to join their local team, providing emotional and practical support to people affected by crime.

Victim Support volunteer poster June training

Help people in your local community and learn new skills. Full training provided.

The next 4 day training course is on 22, 23, 29 & 30 June 2018.

If you have 4 or more hours a week to spare, they would love to hear from you.

Contact Victim Support

Victim Support are an independent charity, who work for a world where people affected by crime and traumatic incident get the help they need and the respect they deserve.

Your rubbish, your responsibility

Written on . Posted in Business, Community, Crime and safety, Media, Our countryside, Prosecutions, Recycling and waste, Regulations, Residents, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your home

If you give your rubbish to a rogue trader who dumps your rubbish illegally, you could end up with a criminal record and face an unlimited fine. Fly-tipping drains more than £1 million of taxpayers’ money each year in Essex.

Your rubbish is your responsibility and it’s a #CrimeNotToCare.

Check to protect yourself

Don’t fall foul of the law, here’s some tips to help you dispose of your waste correctly

  1. Ask to see a waste carrier registration number
    If you use a trader to remove your waste ask to see their waste carrier registration number issued by the Environment Agency. It is illegal for them to take your waste if they don’t have a licence. Check their credentials here.
  2. Get a receipt
    Make sure you get a receipt or transfer notice before your waste is taken away. Businesses that produce commercial waste must keep records for 2 years.
  3. Ask where your waste is going
    Don’t be afraid to ask where your waste is going and request paperwork that shows where it will be disposed. A legitimate waste carrier will not object to this questioning.
  4. Be careful with your waste
    Protect yourself by being careful with your waste and always keep a record of who you give your waste to. Never leave rubbish, such as old washing machines or scrap metal on your drive or in the street as it could end up in the wrong hands. You can donate working items to reuse organisations or charity shops.

How to report fly-tipping

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste.

Basildon woman guilty of housing fraud

Written on . Posted in Community, Crime and safety, Housing, Media, Out and about, Performance, Private housing, Prosecutions, Regulations, Residents, Uncategorized, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your environment, Your home, Your money

Fadimana Altinsoy of Basildon Essex was successfully prosecuted by Epping Forest District Council in March 2018 of three offences under the Fraud act 2006 and Money Laundering under the Proceeds of Crime act 2002.

Landscape

Change of plea

Initially pleading not guilty at Chelmsford Magistrates Court in February 2017, the Magistrates declined jurisdiction and transferred the matter to Chelmsford Crown Court.

Ms Altinsoy maintained her not guilty pleas at a number of hearings in that court but on the first day of a trial listed for six days in January 2018 she changed her pleas to guilty.

Fraudulent applications

The basis of the prosecution was when applying for Council housing in 2003 Fadimana Altinsoy had failed to declare her ownership of two properties jointly owned by herself and other relatives in Forest Gate London E7 and Grays in Essex RM17.

She was granted tenancy of a property in Copperfield Chigwell 22 January 2007, the following day she completed a further Housing Application form seeking a move from a flat to a house and again failed to state that she jointly owned the properties.

Had the Council been aware of her ownerships, she would not have been given the tenancy of the property at Copperfield Chigwell.

Home ownership grant

June 2010 Ms Altinsoy applied for a home ownership grant to assist her in purchasing a private property and again failed to reveal that she had an interest in two other properties.

Epping Forest District Council awarded Ms Altinsoy one of six available grants of £28,000 which she used to purchase a property in Basildon, SS13 in June 2011.

However having not been entitled to the tenancy of the property in Chigwell, she was  therefore not entitled to have received the home ownership grant.

Over £40,000 worth of fines

After the hearing in January Ms Altinsoy agreed to pay the sum of home ownership grant £28,000 back to the Council together with the prosecution costs of £12,500 before 5 March 2018 and a sentence hearing was fixed for 9th March 2018.

On that date she was given a 2 year suspended sentence, together with 200 hours unpaid work with a probation supervision order for 12 months.

Do you think someone is committing fraud?

Don’t let them get away with it. You can report it anonymously. You don’t have to give your name or contact details unless you want to.

Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Housing and Infrastructure Fund approved

Written on . Posted in Building control, Business, Community, Consultation, Democracy, Housing, Local plan / planning our future, Media, Our countryside, Out and about, Planning, Private housing, Regulations, Trees and landscapes, Uncategorized, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your environment, Your home

East Herts Council, Harlow Council and Epping Forest Council are pleased that their Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Housing and Infrastructure Fund (HIF) bid has been approved by the Government to proceed to the next stage.

Landscape

The Councils have bid for funding to improve the existing River Stort crossing and provide a new river crossing in the Gilston area and also to deliver some of the sustainable transport corridor for the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Project.

The next stage will be for us, along with Hertfordshire County Council and Essex County Council, to develop a detailed business case for this funding. This is a competitive process but we hope to be successful in bidding for HIF funding to accelerate infrastructure delivery for the Garden Town Project.

Celebration of grant aid success

Written on . Posted in Arts, Business, Chairman, Community, Democracy, Equalities, Grants, Health, Local business, Media, Older people, Our activities, Our performance, Out and about, Performance, Playschemes, Residents, Sports, Supporting business, Uncategorized, Volunteering opportunities, Working with the council, Young people, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your environment, Your home, Your money

Recognising the valuable contribution the local community and voluntary sector does for the district was celebrated Friday 23 March at our grant aid celebration event.

Ongar In Bloom

Click to enlarge photo and then click to see more photos

Diverse mix of groups

A diverse mix of groups helping a wide spectrum of people across the District has received grants in the last year enabling them to continue their much needed and valuable work.

Vital and much needed services

Epping Forest District Council Chairman Councillor David Stallan said: “It’s so encouraging to see such a wide variety of groups receive these vital grants. This year we have given over £83,000 in grants and it’s great to see the improvements they are making within our communities.”

“The voluntary and community sectors do so much so for our District and its important their much needed hard work is recognised.”

“If you know of any local or community groups that could use our grant aid schemes help, get in contact today.”

Want to know more?

New exhibition opening Easter weekend

Written on . Posted in Arts, Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell, Epping, Loughton, Media, Museum, Older people, Ongar, Our activities, Our attractions, Out and about, Residents, Waltham Abbey, Young people, Your area, Your community

From itsy, bitsy bikinis to one-piece bathing suits.

The new exhibition at Epping Forest District Museum highlights the changes in style, design and inspirations of swimwear from the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

Beauty and the Beach exhibition at Epping Forest District Museum

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 31 March to Saturday 30 June 2018
  • Time: Monday to Wednesday and Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm
  • Free entry

Events

Look out for the exciting events and activities we have to accompany this exhibition, including our very own beach at the museum.

Decisions from Plans South 21 March 2018

Written on . Posted in Building control, Business, Community, Conservation and listed buildings, Councillors, Licensing, Local business, Media, Meetings, Our activities, Our countryside, Our performance, Out and about, Planning, Private housing, Regulations, Residents, Supporting business, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your environment, Your home

Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee South meeting Wednesday 21 March 2018.

Decisions

  • EPF/1012/17 – 12A Alderton Close, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3HQ
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2625/17 – 40 York Hill, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1HU
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2984/17 – 26 Murtwell Drive, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 5ED
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2989/17 – 35 Forest Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 5AF
    Permission granted
  • EPF/3058/17 – 67 Newmans Lane, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1TN
    Permission granted
  • EPF/3264/17 – Grange Court, 72 High Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6PT
    Permission granted
  • EPF/3275/17 – Grange Court, 72 High Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6PT
    Permission granted
  • EPF/3436/17 – Cornerways, Turpins Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG8 8BA
    Permission granted

Planning application search

Local heroes celebrated at awards evening

Written on . Posted in Arts, Buckhurst Hill, Business, Chairman, Chigwell, Civic events, Community, Councillors, Epping, Health, Loughton, Media, Older people, Ongar, Our activities, Our countryside, Out and about, Residents, Sports, Waltham Abbey, Young people, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your environment, Your home

The district’s most celebrated residents were recognised at the annual Epping Forest District Council Civic Awards Ceremony held at the Marriott Hotel in Waltham Abbey on Friday 16 March 2018.

Winners at the Civic Awards 2018

You make the world a better place

The glittering awards evening was hosted by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor David Stallan.

Chairman David Stallan said: “Every year we dedicate an evening to celebrate Epping Forest’s residents achievements, successes and their unwavering dedication to the area and their communities. This year was no different.”

“To the winners and runners up, congratulations. It is people like you that make the world a better place. Thank you for your selflessness, generosity and compassion.”

In honour and celebration of the Youth Council’s 10th anniversary this year, serving and former Youth Councillors were asked to present each award to the winners.

Click on the award below for details

[accordion autoclose=”true” openfirst=”false” openall=”false” scroll=”true” clicktoclose=”true”][accordion-item title=”Citizen of the Year 2018″]

Citizen of the Year 2018

Staff Sergeant Instructor Dan Bees was named the winner of the prestigious Citizen of the Year Award.

Citizen of the Year 2018 Matt Bees

He is the Essex Army Cadet Force Adult Volunteer for the Epping cadets.

Staff Instructor Bees has been selflessly dedicated to his group of young army cadets, teaching them life skills, increasing attendance and certification pass rates.

His supportive and kind nature inspires his cadets to realise the importance of community spirit and helping others.

Citizen of the Year 2018 runners-up

Citizen of the Year 2018 winner Dan Bees and runners-up Lee Tant and Ray Harris

Lee Tant was highly commended for her priceless contribution to the Epping Forest Reuse service since its opening in 2013 and her passion for fundraising.

Ray Harris was awarded for his outstanding charity work and for his involvement in community action for people with disabilities for over 2 decades.

[/accordion-item]

[accordion-item title=”Team of the Year 2018″]

Team of the Year 2018

The Chigwell Riding Trust volunteers were named Team of the Year 2018.

Team of the Year 2018 Chigwell Riding Trust volunteers

Not only have they been recognised for their commitment to keeping the centre running and physically helping 160 riders each week, but also for the wonderful social and reassuring atmosphere they create for riders and their families.

[/accordion-item]

[accordion-item title=”Young Citizen of the Year 2018″]

Young Citizen of the Year 2018

Mitchell Tassie, a young man from North Weald was named Young Citizen of the Year 2018.

Young Citizen of the Year 2018 Mitchell Tassie

Mitchell is head cadet for the Epping Forest Volunteer Police Cadets and gives back to his community through conservation work and supporting local projects.

Young Citizen of the Year 2018 runners-up

Young Citizen of the Year 2018 runners-up Sarah Horgan and Jack Rivers

Runner-up, Sarah Horgan from Sir Charles Kao University Technical College was acknowledged for the mentoring and support she provides her colleagues and her voluntary work.

Joint runner-up Jack Rivers from Waltham Abbey, was recognised for the help he gives young people with autism to engage in group activities.

[/accordion-item]

[accordion-item title=”Community Service Medals”]

Community Service Medals

Community service medals were received by Detective Inspector Rob Staples of Essex Police and Community Commander Mark Samuels of the Essex Fire and Rescue Service.

Community Service Medal winners Rob Staples and Mark Samuels

[/accordion-item]

[accordion-item title=”Youth Council Commendations”]

Youth Council Commendations

Epping Forest District Council Youth Council award winners Abigail Whelan, Jacob McNulty, Adam Freeman, Suzannah Halcrow and Annabelle Yaman were all commended for their outstanding achievements and dedication to their roles and Youth Councillors.

Youth Council Commendations

[/accordion-item]

[accordion-item title=”Sports award”]

Sports award

Christianna Vitanova, a promising young rhythmic gymnast from Chigwell was the winner of this year’s sports bursary of £1,000.

Sports award winner Christianna Vitanova

[/accordion-item]

[accordion-item title=”Creativity award”]

Creativity award

Sam Edmunds and William Patrick Harrison of Chalk Lane Theatre Company were the winners of the creativity award, receiving a £1,000 bursary towards taking their production to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2018.

Creativity award winners Chalk Lane Theatre Company

[/accordion-item]

[/accordion]

 

Citizens Advice sessions come to Ongar

Written on . Posted in Business, Community, Media, Ongar, Out and about, Residents, Your area, Your community, Your home

Citizens Advice Epping Forest District will now be running regular monthly outreach sessions from Chipping Ongar Library.

Following a successful pilot between October 2017 and February 2018, there has been a steady increase in the number of clients attending the sessions. The good feedback received highlighted the need for the service in the Ongar area.

Citizens Advice Epping Forest District Ongar sessions

Chipping Ongar Library is located at The Pleasance, High Street, Chipping Ongar, Ongar CM5 9AB (map).

An adviser will be available between 10am and 12 noon on every 3rd Tuesday of the month

  • 17 April
  • 15 May
  • 9 June
  • 17 July
  • 21 August
  • 18 September

Citizens advice provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to help people overcome a range of problems.

Most of the issues Citizens Advice Epping Forest District deal with fall broadly into money/debt, benefit, housing, family or employment problems. Whether you are facing a crisis, or just considering your options, come and see their friendly adviser for help to find a solution to your problem.

Contact Citizens Advice Epping Forest District

Visit the Citizens Advice Epping Forest District website

Call them on 03444 770 808