New ways to report hate crime

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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’.

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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

Loughton Luxe licence reviewed

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Following a number of violent incidents linked to Luxe in Loughton, Essex Police asked Epping Forest District Council for a full review of their licence after it was temporarily suspended on 5 May 2017.

Suspended for 3 months

Councillors on the licensing sub-committee met on 30 May 2017 and agreed that all licensable activities should be suspended for the next 3 months.

Reopening as a Gastro Pub

The licence holders of Luxe in Loughton informed the committee they would be reopening the venue as a Gastro Pub and renaming it the Royal Standard. Following the suspension, licencing hours would be reduced to close at 11pm on Sundays to Thursdays, and a midnight close on Fridays and Saturdays.

The licence holders agreed to hold regular community liaison committees with local residents should they need to report any concerns about the venue.

Council welcomes new Chairman

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Annual Council began with a minute silence in honour of all those affected by the Manchester bombing, this was followed by a heartfelt final speech from outgoing Chairman of Council, Councillor Jeane Lea.

Councillor David Stallan has been appointed Chairman of Council and Councillor Richard Bassett was named the new Vice-Chairman.

Annual Council 2017

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Manchester Tribute at Council

The meeting of Epping Forest District Council began on a sombre note as outgoing Chairman, Councillor Jeane Lea asked fellow councillors to join in a minute silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing.

Best wishes to Councillor Lea

Councillors paid tribute to Councillor Lea as she stepped down from the role of Council Chairman.

£13,000 raised for charity

Councillor Lea raised £13,000 for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance during her year and thanks fellow councillors for their support throughout.

”Genuine, caring and a first class ambassador”

Council Leader Chris Whitbread spoke of Councillor Lea’s dignity. A genuine, caring and first class ambassador for the district. Councillor Caroline Pond echoed the tributes, reminding Councillor Lea of some of the more difficult meetings over which she presided. Councillor Surtees spoke of her generosity.

Council Chief Executive Glen Chipp spoke of the outgoing Chairman’s sense of humour and her unexpected talent for bricklaying!

Councillor David Stallan, our new Chairman

The new Chairman of Epping Forest District Council is North Weald councillor, David Stallan.

In an affectionate nomination speech, fellow ward councillor Anne Grigg spoke of almost twenty years service to the District. Councillor Chris Whitbread seconded the nomination. Describing councillor Stallan as a great Housing portfolio holder and ward councillor, he also reminded fellow councillors of Dave Stallan’s formidable knowledge of the Council Constitution.

Councillor Stallan thanked councillors for placing their trust in him, councillors Grigg and Whitbread for his nomination, and especially Councillor Lea for all her support during the previous year.

Four local charities

Councillor Stallan will be supporting four charities, Diabetes UK, the Epping and North Weald Air Cadets, Safer Places Epping Forest and Norway House, the Council’s homeless persons hostel.

Councillor Richard Bassett, our new Vice-Chairman

Another of the Council’s most senior and well respected councillors, Richard Bassett is the new Vice-Chairman. Councillor Bassett steps down from his previous role on the Cabinet.

Cabinet and Committee Chairmen

The new Cabinet announced by Council Leader Chris Whitbread is

  • Leader Councillor Chris Whitbread
  • Asset Management & Economic Development Councillor Anne Grigg
  • Environment Councillor Will Breare-Hall
  • Finance Councillor Gagan Mohindra
  • Planning & Governance Councillor John Philip
  • Housing (and Deputy Leader) Councillor Syd Stavrou
  • Leisure & Community Services Councillor Helen Kane
  • Safer, Greener & Transport Councillor Gary Waller
  • Technology & Support Services –  Councillor Alan Lion

Councillor Brian Sandler has been reappointed Chairman of District Development Management Committee. Councillor Mary Sartin returns to the role of Overview and Scrutiny Committee Chairman.

Councillors also agreed the co-option of a non-voting member of Epping Forest District Youth Council to the Communities Select Committee.

Essex Police respond to critical UK threat level

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Message from Essex Police

Armed Essex Police officers will patrol major infrastructure sites across Essex and the county will see more local policing patrols as the force responds to the change in the national terrorist threat level.

The UK threat level from international terrorism is now ‘critical’ meaning an attack is expected imminently. This is a national threat level and is based on intelligence that is considered credible and specific.

There is no specific intelligence or evidence which relates to Essex.

Essex Police update

Increased police presence

Deputy Chief Constable BJ Harrington said: “From today and until further notice people in Essex will see an increased police presence in the county and that includes armed police officers. We are doing this to protect and reassure the public and we plan and train in great detail to respond to situations like this.”

“The national operation that has been put in place following the terrorist attack in Manchester will include military patrols supporting police operations in key national infrastructure locations. These plans are well-established and if you see any military personnel it does not mean that there is a specific threat near you.”

Communities defeat terrorism

“Communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong relationship between the public and police. We depend on information from the public, who can be our eyes and ears, in our efforts to keep us all safe.”

Please report anything suspicious to the confidential anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321 or in an emergency dial 999.

“In Essex today police officers will stay on duty for longer than usual to keep the county safe. We plan and prepare for such a response but I am extremely grateful to officers for the high quality and extremely swift response to the national security situation.”

Follow Essex Police

Essex Police are asking members of the public to follow the force’s Twitter account @essexpoliceUKcheck Facebook at www.facebook.com/essexpoliceUK and follow local media websites and news broadcasts for further information. Information will also be published on the Essex Police website.

Condolences following Manchester attack

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Residents of Epping Forest district are sending heartfelt condolences to the victims of the Manchester attack.

Council Chairman Jeane Lea has asked for flags to be flown at half-mast.

Flags at half-mast in Epping

Our hearts go out again to the innocent victims

Chairman Jeane Lea said: “Our hearts go out again to the innocent victims of yet another senseless and brutal attack. There can never be any justification for such terrible actions and I know that the heartfelt condolences and best wishes of every right thinking person will be with the victims, their families and the people of Manchester.”

Stand together in support of decency, freedom and democracy

A minute silence will be observed at the next meeting of Epping Forest District Council on Thursday 25 May 2017.

Chairman Jeane Lea said: “It is known as the Annual Council meeting. It will be the first meeting since the local elections in May and the last of my year as I hand over to a new Chairman. It is always a special meeting but I feel this year will hold greater significance as everyone stands in silence to remember the children of this crime in particular.”

“As a council and as a district, people of all the political groups across our council chamber stand together in support of decency, freedom and democracy.”

Shocked by this dreadful attack

Councillor Chris Whitbread Leader of Epping Forest District Council added: “Everyone is shocked by this dreadful attack in Manchester. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims. It is also important at this time to pay tribute to the men and women of our emergency services.”

Essex new homes show

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Do you need help to buy your perfect home?

Find out more about the different Help To Buy (HTB) schemes, existing and upcoming developments and get advice from independent financial advisors and solicitors at this free event in Chelmsford.

Chelmsford flyer June 2017

When

  • Sunday 11 June 2017

Time

  • 10:30am to 3:30pm

Location

Cost

  • Free

Find out more

For more information about Help to Buy in the East and South East

Disruption to phones affects council

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Updated information 11:30am

The telephone system issue has now been resolved and you will now be able to get through.

Thank you for your patience whilst we dealt with this issue.

Original message 10:30am

Cable damage affecting 36 exchanges across London and Essex has cut off most of Epping Forest District Council’s phones. Problems emerged yesterday but have increased this morning on 17 May 2017.

The problems are wide-spread but mainly affecting business customers. Private phones are largely unaffected.

Phone disruption

Virgin Media and Talk Talk

Virgin Media and Talk Talk are issuing frequent information updates.

More information can be found at https://managed.mytalktalkbusiness.co.uk/network-status-report.php?reportid=13518

Contact us

Customers calling Epping Forest District Council for non-emergency issues are being put through to voicemail and asked to leave a message.

Alternatively, customers can email ContactUs@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

We apologise for the inconvenience

A spokesperson for Epping Forest District Council apologised for the inconvenience. He said: “The problems started yesterday but seem to have become worse overnight. Many organisations right across North London and Essex are affected.”

We apologise for the inconvenience but hope our customers will understand and bear with us while these issues for Virgin Media and Talk Talk outside our control are resolved.”

The spokesperson added: “Emergency calls are being redirected to our partner Mears and still being answered.”

Help shape our museums future work

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If you passionate about making your local museum for everyone and would you like to help make the museum’s programme and collection more representative of all local residents, why not join our focus groups.

‘No Borders’ project

As part of the ground-breaking ‘No Borders’ project we are looking for local residents to take part in 2 new focus groups this summer. We want to involve the local community in ensuring the work of the museum is accessible and relevant to all local people.

Epping Forest District Museum is working with Lowewood Museum in Hertfordshire and Chelmsford Museum in Essex  for this project. It is supported by funding from Arts Council England.

This project aims to support the 3 museums to develop sustainable, inspiring services for the future. Attracting new and more diverse audiences and increasing accessibility for all is an important part of this work.

Museum access focus group

This focus group will look at issues surrounding access to the museum’s services, including physical, sensory and intellectual access. If you live in the Epping Forest district and have a disability or represent / work with residents with additional needs, and would like to help us improve access for all, please get in touch.

Museum access focus group

Museum focus group

The second focus group will look at bringing together Epping Forest district residents who define themselves as being of black, Asian or minority ethnic background. This focus group will help the museum ensure future exhibitions, events and the objects collected reflect the diversity of local residents.

Museum focus group

About the focus groups

There will be 2 focus groups. Each will last approximately 2 hours. Before meeting you will be sent the current museum events programme and pre-visit information to look through. All participants will receive a £15 ‘Love2Shop’ voucher to say thank you for your time.

  • Please register your interest by Friday 26 May 2017. The dates for the focus group to be confirmed
  • The groups will meet at Epping Forest District Museum, 39–41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL

Register your interest

When you contact the museum, please let us know which focus group you would like to attend, your preferred contact method and availability.

Follow @EppingYC to enter competition!

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You’ve got to be in it, to win it! Epping Forest Youth Council are giving away a £25 Amazon voucher to one lucky winner, if you follow them on social media.

The competition will run until Sunday 4 June 2017 and the winner will be announced on Monday 5 June 2017.

How to enter

Enter the competition in two easy steps

  1. Like or follow @EppingYC on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram
  2. Share the competition post

Already a follower?

Don’t dispair! If you are already one of our followers, all you need do is

  1. Like and share the competition post

The winner will be announced on Monday 5 June 2017 on social media.

Why follow @EppingYC?

The Youth Council are 25 democratically-elected young people aged between 12 and 19 years old, from all parts of the Epping Forest district.

They are non-party political and represent the voice of young people at a local level, and work together to bring change through campaigns, public meetings and events.

Community groups get 30k in grants

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15 local community and voluntary groups have been awarded £30,329 in grants to improve the social and physical wellbeing of Epping Forest district residents. Our grants are a great opportunity to help others in our community.

Grant Aid Scheme Flyer

Grants awarded to

  1. Chingford and Woodford Aikido Club
    £610 for the purchase of a defibrillator for community use
  2. Epping Forest District Citizens Advice Bureau
    £1,493 for the purchase of new computers and office equipment for ‘smarter’ working in order to save paper and help the local environment
  3. Epping Forest Centenary Trust
    £2,950 for materials and hand tools to provide opportunities for people with learning difficulties to help them discover and explore Epping Forest on ‘discovery days’
  4. Epping Forest Community Transport
    £2,000 for wide screen monitors and IT equipment for use with the Flexi Route Booking System
  5. Epping in Bloom
    £2,000 for irrigation equipment and to increase the number of raised beds
  6. Essex Arrows Baseball Club
    £2,500 for baseball equipment
  7. Grow Community Garden
    £1,700 for a compost toilet as part of a larger project to transform a derelict site into a community garden
  8. Loughton Cricket Club
    £2,500 for a mobile cage and bowling machine that will enable the group to coach young players on grass and provide state of the art facilities
  9. Nazeing Common Cricket Club
    £2,176 for repairs to the clubhouse which is hoped to encourage greater numbers of people to participate
  10. Northweald Airfield Museum Association
    £750 for publicity in order to increase the number of visitors to the museum
  11. Queens Hall Charity, North Weald
    £2,389 for a replacement boiler in the hall which provides leisure and community activities
  12. Reindeer Explorer Scouts
    £3,000 for storage containers and new replacement tents
  13. Restore Above and Beyond
    £2,018 for replacement equipment and publicity for the centre
  14. Roydon Playing Fields Management Committee
    £1,573 for exterior painting of their pavilion and new litter bins
  15. Waltham Abbey Historical Society
    £2,670 for storage containers to protect up to 100 year old historical documents

Could your community group use £5k?

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

To find out if your group is eligible visit our Grants for sports, arts, leisure and community groups page.