Pupils learn life lessons at Crucial Crew 2017

Written on . Posted in Buckhurst Hill, Chairman, Chigwell, Community, Councillors, Crime and safety, Epping, Loughton, Media, Ongar, Our activities, Our attractions, Our performance, Out and about, Residents, Uncategorized, Waltham Abbey, Working with the council, Young people, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your environment, Your home, Your money

Over 1,338 Year 6 pupils from Epping Forest took part in Crucial Crew, a week of interactive days to educate young people about staying safe, fit and healthy.

Crucial crew 2017

Click a picture below to start slideshow

Crucial Crew experience

Crucial crew teaches children how to tackle the dangers they may encounter in everyday life and encourages them make sensible decisions about personal safety and lifestyle choices.

This year the annual event was hosted at Debden House Centre in Loughton for a week from 12 June 2017 to 16 June 2017.

Over the week the children took part in 10 scenarios including

  • Road safety (Essex County Council)
  • Vehicle blind spots (Sainsbury’s)
  • Building sites – dangers and hazards (Mears)
  • Healthy relationships (Safer Places and Epping Forest District Council)
  • Drugs and alcohol (Adas)
  • Bullying (Red Balloon Learner Centres)
  • Internet safety (Essex Police)
  • Healthy lifestyles (ACE – Anglian Community Enterprise)
  • Ambulance (East of England Ambulance Service)
  • Fire safety escape plans & smoke alarms (Essex County Fire & Rescue Service)


(Left to right – council Community Health and Wellbeing Manager, Gill Wallis, Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder Councillor Gary Waller, council Chairman Councillor David Stallan, The High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Hall, Community Engagement Officer at Essex County Fire & Rescue Paul Fenwick, council Vice Chairman Councillor Richard Bassett, council Safer Communities Manager, Caroline Wiggins)

VIP visit

Epping Forest District Council’s Chairman, Councillor David Stallan was welcomed to the event by council organisers, alongside other VIP’s including the High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Hall, Vice-Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett, Councillor Gary Waller and Councillor Helen Kane for an informative and enjoyable visit.

Fun way to learn

Councillor David Stallan, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: “Crucial Crew is a fun way to prepare children to remain safe in a variety of emergency situations and to be aware of dangers they are likely to encounter as they advance through life. This fantastic and well-supported event allows us to offer awareness and safety advice to our young people just as they’re ready to take a big step in their lives and go to secondary school.”

”It leaves our children with the right skills and knowledge to keep themselves safe, both now and in the future. I enjoyed my short visit and was pleased to see how the different agencies work together to provide this to the kids”

Life lessons

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “All children who attended Crucial Crew will take home a wristband with a link to the Crucial Crew pages which includes advice on dealing with challenging or potentially harmful situations. They can also find out more information about the scenarios they have seen and how to make positive choices regarding their own behaviour. I hope the children remember and use the lessons from Crucial Crew, which one day might save their lives.”

“Crucial Crew is organised and facilitated by the council’s Community Health and Wellbeing team but could not take place without the hard work and continued support of partner agencies – a big thank you to all involved.”

Further information

Cabinet 15 June 2017

Written on . Posted in Business, Commercial properties, Community, Councillors, Democracy, Grants, Leader, Local business, Media, Meetings, Our attractions, Our performance, Out and about, Residents, Supporting business, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your environment, Your home, Your money

Cabinet meeting on 15 June 2017 discussed local plan, homelessness and shopping park.

View the webcast

Shopping Park 

Next (including a Costa Coffee), TK Max, Aldi, Hobbycraft, Pets at Home and Smyths Toys have been confirmed among the tenants of the new Epping Forest Shopping Park. Councillor Anne Grigg made the announcement at the meeting of Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet on 15 June. Construction of the retail units is nearing completion with the supporting highway improvements due to finish in August. The Council expects handover on 19 June with the start of shop fitting starting a week later. The park will also set high green transport standards in Essex with 10 electric charging points.

Local Plan Implementation

Proposed masterplans covering areas in Epping, Waltham Abbey, Loughton, North Weald, Ongar, Chigwell and sites around Harlow will be produced as Epping Forest District Council works towards the implementation of the new Local Plan. The need for strategic masterplans to ensure development and infrastructure requirements across groups of sites in the same area was outlined in a report presented by Planning Portfolio Holder John Philip.


Councillor Philip explained that it was necessary to show the government-appointed inspector that the Council is taking steps to ensure that growth can be delivered in a coordinated way with necessary infrastructure provided. He emphasised that this does not mean any sites will definitely be in or out of the final Local Plan or that planning approvals have been decided or approved. No definitive decisions have as yet been taken on which sites will be included in the final draft of the Local Plan.

Councillors should be involved early without being predisposed to deciding planning applications. None of the work proposed in the report committed councillors to approving individual sites or applications.


Cabinet approved proposals to allocate the Homelessness Support Grant. Councillors supported the recommendations by Housing Portfolio Holder Syd Stavrou to allocate £60,000 to Genesis Housing Association to provide private sector accommodation, and £29,000 to the young parents scheme at Railway Meadow in Ongar. Further allocations will be made as additional reports come to Cabinet. 

Superfast Broadband 

Reports on the extension of superfast broadband and free wifi in town centres put forward by Technology Portfolio Holder Alan Lion were supported by Cabinet colleagues.

Best of British at North Weald Airfield

Written on . Posted in Community, Media, North Weald Airfield, Older people, Out and about, Residents, Young people, Your area, Your community, Your council

Save the date, Sunday 16 July 2017 is the North Weald Airfield community day and fly-in.

The theme is the Best of British.

Best of British community day 2017

Tickets are £6 per person, babies 12 months and under are free. Gates open 10am and parking is free.

Adventure Land

Activities and entertainment including bouncy castles, inflatables, petting farm and Gamez Bus are free all day in the children’s Adventure Land.

Arena events

Arena events from midday include stunt bikes, Epping Pipe Band, dance troupes and Epping Gymnastics Club. A fairground organ and Big Swing roundabout will also be there to entertain visitors.


The fly-in is being supported by the de Havilland Moth Club, International Auster Club and the Beagle Pup & Bulldog Club.

Enjoy a helicopter ride

Helicopter pleasure flights available from £35 per person.

Cars, motorbikes and re-enactors

Military vehicles and re-enactors, classic British cars and motorbikes will also be on show.

Find out more

Safer sleep for babies

Written on . Posted in Community, Crime and safety, Media, Older people, Out and about, Residents, Young people, Your area, Your community, Your home

The Safer Sleep Campaign is back to raise awareness of key risk factors and safer sleep habits that can significantly reduce the risk of sudden unexpected deaths of infants (SUDIs).

Safer Sleep Campaign_Social Media Icon

The 2017 campaign launched on 12 June to raise awareness among families with young children as well as the general public about the dangers of poor sleeping conditions and co-sleeping risks for young babies.

While there is a decreasing trend nationally, there was actually a marked rise in the number of SUDIs in recent years in Essex and Thurrock.

Risk factors

No evidence has been identified to suggest a particular cause for the recent increase but there are certain risk factors

  • Co-sleeping with a regular smoker
  • Co-sleeping on a sofa
  • Co-sleeping after consuming alcohol or drugs
  • Co-sleeping if baby was born prematurely or had low birth weight

What can parents do to ensure their baby is sleeping safely?

Safer sleep tips – this advice is for all sleep times, not just at night …


  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep, with their feet to the foot of the cot
  • Place your baby in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months
  • Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition
  • Breastfeed your baby if you can
  • Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth


  • Sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby
  • Sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink, take drugs, if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth weight
  • Let your baby get too hot
  • Cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding

Further information and advice

Get in, go far with our apprenticeship scheme

Written on . Posted in Business, Community, Jobs, Local business, Media, Residents, Working with the council, Young people, Your area, Your community, Your council

We’re looking for young people from the Epping Forest district to join our apprenticeship scheme.

Our scheme offers anyone between the ages of 16-18 a fantastic opportunity to earn while they learn and gain valuable qualification and skills.

Join our apprenticeship scheme

Click on an image below to start slideshow


Join our apprenticeship scheme

You must

  • Live in the Epping Forest District
  • Be aged 16-18
  • Have or be expecting grades A-C in Math’s, English and ICT

Last year’s apprentices

  • All passed their qualifications
  • 6 achieved permanent employment
  • 2 moved on after we helped them to find employment in other organisations
  • 1 of our apprentices won Epping Forest apprentice of the year in the Yes partnership awards

How to apply

To apply, send your CV (including expected GCSE grades and where you saw the opportunity advertised) to ESU.InterventionWest@essex.gov.uk

If you are interested and want further information contact Essex Employment & Skills Team on 03330 138962.

Young people are the future

Leader of Epping Forest District Council Councillor Chris Whitbread said:  “Apprenticeships can help develop the skills and knowledge needed in someone’s career. They can be especially beneficial for young people who have little or no experience of the workplace“

“I am very pleased that Epping Forest District Council is able to offer these apprenticeship posts. Young people are the future and I am delighted that this council is able to invest in them.  We are a small council but provide a wide range of services, so there are a number of varied and interesting opportunities here.  I would urge anyone who has finished school or college this summer and not sure of their next step to find out more about joining our apprenticeship scheme.”

Eleanor Laing holds Epping Forest

Written on . Posted in Community, Democracy, Elections, Media, Older people, Out and about, Residents, Young people, Your area, Your community, Your council

Conservative Eleanor Laing held the Epping Forest seat in the UK General Election on 8 June 2017.

Alex Burghart held the Brentwood & Ongar seat for the conservatives and Robert Halfon held the Harlow seat for the conservatives as the election ends in a Hung Parliament.

Elenor Laing MP

Click on an image below to start slideshow

Results on the BBC

Election news

General Election results

Written on . Posted in Community, Democracy, Elections, Media, Older people, Out and about, Residents, Young people, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your home

Results of the UK Parliamentary election on Thursday 8 June 2017 for the Epping Forest district.

General Election Thursday 8 June 2017

Epping Forest constituency results

Thomas Hall (Young People’s Party YPP) – 110
Simon Heap (Green Party) – 1,233
Eleanor Laing (Conservatives) – 31,462 elected
Patrick O’Flynn (UKIP) – 1,871
Liam Preston (Labour) – 13,219
Jon Whitehouse (Liberal Democrats) – 2,884

Rejected ballot papers – 130

Turnout 68.12%

Epping Forest constituency full results

Declaration of result of poll

Brentwood & Ongar constituency results

Gareth Barrett (Labour) – 10,809
Alex Burghart (Conservatives) – 34,811 elected
Karen Chilvers (Liberal Democrats) – 4,426
Paul Jeater (Green Party) – 915
Louca Kousoulou (Independent) – 104
Michael McGough ((UKIP) – 1,842

Rejected ballot papers

Turnout 70.6%

Brentwood & Ongar constituency full results

Harlow constituency results

Hannah Clare (Green Party) – 660
Mark Gough (UKIP) – 1,787
Robert Halfon (Conservatives) – 24,230 elected
Geoffrey Seeff (Liberal Democrats) – 970
Phil Waite (Labour) – 17,199

Rejected ballot papers – 75

Turnout 66.37%

Harlow constituency full results

Election news

Remember to vote on 8 June

Written on . Posted in Community, Democracy, Elections, Media, Out and about, Residents, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your home

Epping Forest district residents will be taking to polling stations on Thursday 8 June to vote in the 2017 General Election. Voters must aged 18 or over, a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen, however EU citizens cannot vote in a UK Parliamentary election.


General Election Thursday 8 June 2017

Where to vote

Your poll card was sent to the address where you are registered. It will say where the polling station you vote at is.

Polling stations open from 7am to 10pm. Plan what time you want to vote, leaving plenty of time before the 10pm deadline. If you are in a queue at your polling station at 10pm you will still be able to vote, but if you arrive after 10pm the poll will be closed and you will have missed your chance to vote.

Your polling station could be in a school, church, village hall or sports club – we’re very grateful to all the groups who let us use their premises as polling stations.

At the polling station

When you arrive at the polling station give your polling card to the polling station staff. It’s ok if you don’t have your poll card with you, it is for your information only. You just need to tell the polling station staff your name and address and they can check whether you’re on the electoral register.

You will be given a ballot paper listing the candidates you can vote for. Mark your ballot paper with an X next to your chosen candidate. A pencil will be provided, but you may use your own pen if you prefer.

If you make a mistake on your ballot paper, don’t worry. So long as you haven’t already put it in the ballot box just let the polling station staff know and they can issue you with a replacement ballot paper.

Fold your completed ballot paper in half and pop it in the ballot box – that’s it all done!

Voting constituencies

There are 650 parliamentary constituencies in the UK. Each is represented by 1 Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons. The Epping Forest district covers all of the Epping Forest constituency and part of the Brentwood & Ongar and Harlow constituencies.

Epping Forest residents will be voting for their local MP and not the leaders of the political parties. You can find your candidates here.

If you live in Ongar, North Weald, Fyfield, Stapleford Abbotts, Toot Hill, Lambourne End, Abridge and Matching Tye you will vote in the Brentwood & Ongar constituency, run by Brentwood Council. Residents living in Roydon, Sheering or Nazeing will vote in the Harlow constituency run by Harlow Council.

Use your voice

Glen Chipp, Acting Returning Officer for the Epping Forest constituency said: “Politics shapes everything we do. From the health and social care we all need, to the jobs and businesses and security of the country. Whatever your politics, make sure you vote and use your voice on 8 June.”

District shows support for London

Written on . Posted in Chairman, Community, Councillors, Crime and safety, Emergencies, Epping, Leader, Media, Out and about, Residents, Your area, Your community, Your council

“It is with a heavy heart that the flags have been lowered to half-mast once again as the Epping Forest district shows its support for the innocent victims and survivors of the latest attack to strike London.”

“Our hearts and best wishes go out to all those innocently caught up in the events of the weekend.”

Flags at half-mast in Epping

We stand together

Newly appointed District Council Chairman David Stallan continued: “So much has happened. This weekend we have seen the best and the worst of human nature. We witnessed another cowardly attack by a few deluded individuals but we also saw the best as people came to each other’s aid with immense bravery and compassion.”

“That was followed by the concert on Sunday where the whole nation came together for Manchester and London in the best possible way. We stand together and we reject the messages of hate.”

We will not be defeated

Council Leader Councillor Chris Whitbread has also been quick to add his voice to messages of support. He said: “Only a few short days ago, I spoke of our debt and gratitude to the emergency services in Manchester.”

“It has become clear that without the bravery and professionalism in particular of our police, the events of Saturday in London could have been so much worse. At times like this we put aside our small arguments and remember we are a great country. We will not be defeated.”

Minute silence

Epping Forest District Council will take part in the 1 minute silence at 11am on Tuesday 6 June 2017.

New ways to report hate crime

Written on . Posted in Community, Councillors, Crime and safety, Media, Older people, Out and about, Residents, Young people, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your home

Reporting hate crime as either a victim or as a witness can be very intimidating.

Working with Essex Police the civic offices in Epping High Street is an accredited Hate Incident Reporting Centre (HIRC) with 10 hate crime ambassadors trained to help residents to ‘Report It to Sort It’.

EFDC Group shot

What is a hate crime ambassador?

A hate crime can be a physical attack, threat of attack, verbal abuse or gestures based on race or nationality, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation.

Our hate crime ambassadors have been trained to support victims of hate related incidents.

They provide support and information during the reporting process as an alternative to going to a Police station. They are able to take an effective report and provide advice and support to concerned residents.

We offer support

Caroline Wiggins, Safer Communities Manager said: “Everyone has the right to live their life free from abuse and violence. We now have trained hate crime ambassadors at our offices in Epping, which is an accredited HIRC.”

“We offer support to victims of hate related incidents at a secure and comfortable location in a professional and sensitive manner, but if you or anyone else is in immediate danger please still call 999 or 112.”

Report hate crime