Sports award for young ice hockey player

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Glenn Billing, a young and gifted ice hockey player from Ongar was presented with a £1,500 sports award by Chairman Brian Rolfe. The award is in recognition of his talent and to help further develop his ability in ice hockey.

Part of the England U16 ice hockey squad, Glenn will use the award to purchase senior professional grade ice hockey skates and to attend professional ice hockey coaching camps.

He plays ice hockey for Romford Ice Hockey Club and the England National Team. Glenn has also been identified as a GB Ice Hockey prospect by the head coach of the GB U18s programme and is participating in this development process.

Glenn scored the first goal when England U16 beat Hungary 4-3 at a tournament in Holland recently, finishing 5th out of eight teams.

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Prison scheme scrutinised

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A scheme designed to keep young people out of prison featured at the beginning of Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday 9 April 2013.

Councillors watched a council-produced video featuring the event at Roding Valley High School.

Enthusiastic Year 10 Roding Valley pupils are said to have found the event incredibly powerful. Serving prison officers, police officers, the Safer Places charity and prisoners all gave their time and energy voluntarily.

This was the first event of its type in Essex. Staff from schools around the district attended Roding Valley to see the potential benefits. Councillors were keen to see the project expand and continue. Safer Communities Co-ordinator Caroline Wiggins reported on the low cost of the event at approximately £2,500. She indicated there was a good chance of further funding for other schools via the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Nick Alston. Each school would be asked to make a contribution of about £500 to the costs.

Councillors speculated that should the project prevent one pupil falling into a life of crime and prison, the project would have paid for itself.

Watch the Overview and Scrutiny Committee webcast

Flags at half-mast

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Flags at the Civic Offices in Epping will fly at half-mast at the request of District Councillors as a mark of respect following the death of the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on Monday 8 April 2013.

Flags at half-mastThe flags will remain at half-mast until the funeral.

News story from GOV.UK – Death of former Prime Minister Lady Thatcher

Election candidates

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Election candidates for elections on Thursday 2 May 2013 in the Epping Forest district, electing 7 County Councillors and 1 District Councillor for the Waltham Abbey Honey Lane Ward.

Find out more on the voting at elections and voting.

Click on the relevant Ward listed below to view your election candidates.


County Council elections – for Essex County Council

  1. Buckhurst Hill and Loughton South
  2. Chigwell and Loughton Broadway
  3. Epping and Theydon Bois
  4. Loughton Central
  5. North Weald and Nazeing
  6. Ongar and Rural
  7. Waltham Abbey

Statement of the persons nominated for County Council elections on 2 May 2013 (pdf 28KB)

Notice of election agents’ names and offices for County Council elections on 2 May 2013 (pdf 24KB)


District Council elections – for Epping Forest District Council

  1. Waltham Abbey Honey Lane Ward

Statement of the persons nominated for District Council elections on 2 May 2013 (pdf 8KB)

Notice of election agents’ names and offices for District Council elections on 2 May 2013 (pdf 8KB) 


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To check to see whether your name is on the electoral register, to add or update your details, or to make other enquiries relating to the register or elections in general, contact the elections team on 01992 564411 or email

Epping Forest Local Council’s Joint Standards Committee issues decision

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The Epping Forest Local Council’s Joint Standards Committee has considered a complaint made against a member of Nazeing Parish Council. Their formal decision is reproduced below:


EFDC Case Reference No:  EFDC 5/2012 and EFDC 7/2012

JSC Case Reference No: JSC/2013/001

Subject Member:  Parish Councillor Mrs Antoinette Cooper, Nazeing Parish Council

Notice is hereby given that at a meeting on 12th March 2013, a Panel of the Joint Standards Committee considered a complaint that at a meeting of the EFDC Area Planning Sub Committee West on 21st March 2012, Councillor Mrs A Cooper of Nazeing Parish Council interrupted the meeting and that her conduct breached the Member’s Code of Conduct.

The complaint arose following correspondence received from both Councillor J Wyatt, Epping Forest District Council, and Mr J Godden, Principal Planning Officer Epping Forest District Council.

Notice is further given that the Panel of the Joint Standards Committee determined that, on the balance of probabilities based on the evidence submitted, Councillor Mrs Cooper had breached the Members code of conduct as follows:

Paragraph 3(1)  You must treat others with respect

Paragraph 5 You must not conduct yourself in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as bringing your office or authority into disrepute.

The findings from the Panel are as follows:

That Councillor Mrs Cooper conducted herself in a manner which fell below the standard expected of a person in public office.  It was clear that Mrs Cooper initially registered an interest to speak on behalf of Nazeing Parish Council and then withdrew her mandate to speak.  It should be recorded that Councillor Wyatt and Mr Godden acted professionally at all times, and maintained the standard expected of a person/persons in public office.  It was clear from the Investigating Officer’s report, and from the webcast recording of the meeting, that Councillor Mrs Cooper had breached the code of conduct in use at the time.  The Joint Standards Committee hereby censures Mrs Cooper on these grounds.  This censure in no way reflects on Nazeing Parish Council.

The Panel directs that its findings be:
1. Publicly and formally reported to Nazeing Parish Council to be considered at a full Parish Council meeting, and a copy of this notice be placed on Nazeing Parish Council’s website and parish notice boards;
2. Publicly and formally reported to Epping Forest District Council, and a copy of this notice placed on their website.
Mrs A Jones
Clerk, JSC

19th March 2013

Note: Mrs Cooper is no longer a member of the Nazeing Parish Council

Youth Council blog: shadowing Eleanor Laing MP

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Youth Councillor Evie Dolan reports on her day shadowing Eleanor Laing for International Women’s Day 2013.

Eleanor Laing MP with Youth Councillor Evie DolanOn Thursday 7 March I was invited to shadow MP Eleanor Laing, in Parliament as part of International Women’s Day. When I arrived I was met by her PA, Francesca Whiteoak, who then showed me around the offices in Portcullis House, where the MPs are based.

The next highlight of the day was an amazing experience and one that I will never forget: the tour of Number 10 Downing Street. Once I walked through that famous door, the air of importance was overwhelming. There were about 40 other girls on the tour with me, and the first room we were taken into was the Cabinet Room, where we sat down around the long cabinet table! It was very odd to be sitting in that room, that I have only ever seen in pictures.

We were told all about how it used to be Winston Churchill’s office during the war, how Labour Prime minister Harold Wilson, 1974, ordered a second clock to be placed in the room as the existing one was behind his head, and we were shown the gold sword that was given by the Saudi Royal family during a state visit. We were then taken upstairs where we were free to wander around the rooms ourselves. I sat in the White Drawing Room, where David Cameron often meets with other world leaders including Barack Obama. 

Eleanor Laing MP with Youth Councillor Evie DolanLunch time was spent with Eleanor Laing and I was able to find out more about her work in parliament and the busy nature of her job; in fact, lunch had to be cut short  as she was due to be in a debate concerning the Scottish Referendum  and I began to understand the pressures of her timetable. I sat in the public gallery to watch this debate.

After an hour in this particular debate I then went to the House of Lords where I heard a debate on International Women’s Day. The final debate of the day was on Justice and Security in the House of Commons. Most people know that laws are passed in parliament but after seeing it happen myself, my understanding of the political system has been enhanced and I would recommend this trip to any young person who is given the opportunity. 

The International Women’s Day afternoon tea hosted for the 40 other girls shadowing MPs, was a great chance to meet new young people my age from all over the country. We were all taken outside on the terrace to get a group photo, and the view from out there was inspiring. We were given a short speech from a few other MPs and were lucky enough to hear the Speaker John Bercow who encouraged us to take an active part in politics.

By far the most unusual and amusing event of the day was when all MPs were called to vote. Traditionally, a bell rings throughout Parliament and every MP has 8 minutes to get to the chamber to place their vote. And indeed as soon as the bell rang, MPs emerged from every corner of the Palace of Westminster hurrying to the division lobbies.

The day came to an end all too quickly and I met up with Eleanor Laing and her PA one last time for photos before I had to leave. We went outside to say goodbye and had our photo taken together in front of parliament. I know how lucky I was to be given that opportunity and I am very grateful.

Local plan, parking and new housing projects on Cabinet agenda

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The local plan, council car parks and new housing projects were all on the agenda as Cabinet met on Monday 11 March 2013.

Watch the webcast of Cabinet on 11 March 2013

Local plan

Councillor Richard Bassett, Planning Portfolio Holder thanked councillors and staff for their support in the recent local plan workshops were a great deal of positive progress has been achieved. Councillor Bassett has also been in discussion with Enfield and Broxbourne Councils. A letter of understanding is to be drawn up between the 3 councils to work together for mutual benefit and common interest in the Lea Valley horticultural arena.

Car parks

Councillor Gary Waller, Safer Greener and Highways Portfolio Holder provided a detailed spoken update on the impact of recent Transport for London car park price increases on the council’s own town centre car parks. A council survey has shown that although the pay and display car parking in Debden is functioning well, long stay parking in Epping is coming under much greater pressure as commuters move from station to cheaper town centre alternatives.

Epping Forest District Council has kept pay and display parking charges low for the last 4 years as a deliberate policy of support for local town centres.

Councillor Waller referred to a number of potential solutions designed to ensure commuters do not prevent access to parking by town centre shoppers. He will bring further reports to Cabinet in the next few months.

New housing projects

The previous meeting of Cabinet on 4 February supported proposals for the redevelopment of Marden Close and Faversham Hall in Chigwell Row. The latest meeting of Cabinet approved recommendations to fund the conversion of the bedsits in to 1 bedroom flats at Marden Close from a new major capital housing projects reserve. The report and recommendations by the Housing Scrutiny Panel to Cabinet was presented by Councillor Stephen Murray.

Marden Close will be the first project to benefit from the Reserve. Others are expected to follow.

Resources are to be allocated initially for 3 years to fund major housing schemes

  • 2013/14  £330,000
  • 2014/15 £850,000
  • 2015/16 £850,000

Housing portfolio Holder Councillor David Stallan supported the recommendations including further measures to fund an additional senior cleaner, the renewal of furniture in the communal areas of the council’s sheltered housing schemes and an additional £50,000 for smaller housing improvements and enhancements.

‘Big Cat’ flies out from North Weald Airfield

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The Catalina flying boat left North Weald Airfield after 3 years on its first leg to return to the USA.

The eye-catching Catalina amphibian has been based at North Weald Airfield since December 2009. It departed to Biggin Hill on Tuesday 5 March 2013 for further work to be carried out before returning to the USA later this year. It was a sunny day and there was a good crowd to witness its departure on Runway 20.

A team of engineers at Biggin Hill have been preparing the aircraft for its ferry flight over several months, performing engine runs, undercarriage retraction and taxying tests. Its transparent side blisters will also be refitted.

Built at San Diego in 1943, this Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina served with the US Navy for her first 13 years. Unlike many Catalinas, which were subsequently converted to fire bombers, this one was used for aerial survey work in Canada from 1965 with Survair and several other companies, including the famous Spartan Air Services. It was registered as C-FJJG.

The Catalina was returned to the US register as N423RS in the mid 1980s, and after several changes of ownership was operated by Greenpeace for 4 years until 2001. It was then ferried to the UK, and based first at Duxford, then Lee-on -Solent.

The aircraft is painted in the scheme of the Catalina JV928/Y flown by John Cruickshank of 210 Squadron, Coastal Command. He won his Victoria Cross on 17 July 1944 while sinking a German submarine U-347. His navigator was killed after the aircraft suffered a direct hit from flak on the nose. Cruikshank  suffered 72 separate wounds including 2 to the lungs. After a 5 and a half hour flight back to Sullum Voe in the Shetland Islands he managed to land safely, but needed a blood transfusion before he could be removed from the beached Catalina.

Extreme stunt show comes to North Weald

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Motocross and BMX jumping, Monster Trucks and car crashes – come and see one of the most thrilling, exciting and amazing stunt shows ever at North Weald Airfield on Thursday 4 April 2013!

The Extreme Stunt Show LiveNot for the faint hearted, this is a truly courageous sport. Come along and see the thrill of FMX athletes jumping 40ft in the air pulling acrobatic stunts over 100ft gaps.

Watch in awe as highly skilled professional stunt cyclists perform a unique display of tricks including backflips, tailwhips, supermans and 360s to name a few.

Watch the monster trucks, Extreme and Lil’ Devil, power down the arena and fly through the air and the Extreme Team risking life and limb to bring you live action  as the blazing human torch and firewall and the only Honda pilot in the UK jumping a six car gap.

The show starts at 7.30pm, doors open at 6.30pm and lasts for one and a half hours.

Tickets costs

  • Adults £12
  • Child / Concession £6 – children aged 3 to 15 years / disabled people / OAPs
  • Family £30 – 2 adults / 2 children

All tickets are standing only (no seats), there is a viewing area available for the disabled.

You can buy tickets from the ticket hotline on 08444 771000 or online at

Want to know more?

Visit or call the information line on 07729 444395 between 10am and 5pm.

Love Limes celebrations mark first anniversary

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Hundreds of local people joined the ‘Love Limes’ celebrations at the Limes Centre in Chigwell to mark the 1st Anniversary of its re-opening on Wednesday 27 February 2013.

Love LimesThey joined in with fitness classes, dance and drama workshops, martial arts classes, bingo and DJ workshops organised by staff from Epping Forest District Council in the Limes Activity Hall. Visitors were also treated to songs performanced by pupils from Limes Farm Junior School.

Information stands in the Limes Hall helped to keep people informed on a range of local services including recycling, crime prevention and health.

Youngsters ran off their energy in the football courts outside with the Tottenham Hotspur Football Foundation who ran a coaching session. 

Councillor Brian Rolfe, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: “I had a wonderful time. My thanks go to the people of Chigwell who attended this event and to the staff who organised it. I hope the local community continues to make use of this fantastic facility.”

Photos of the day

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Watch a video of the celebrations

Book your event at the Limes Centre

The Limes Centre is a facility for the whole community, whether it’s for wedding receptions or children’s parties, fitness classes or meetings, look at the facilities we have to offer.