Joining forces in the battle against litter

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Essex Local Authorities and more than 300 businesses across Essex, Kent and Suffolk join forces in the battle against litter for #LoveEssex and #binit campaigns.

#LoveEssex launchEssex local authorities and fast food businesses will continue the battle against litter with a new follow-up to last year’s highly successful Love Essex campaign.

Eradicate the littering bad habit

With local authority budgets depleting every year, the demand and pressure on services such as street cleaning rises. The ultimate victory would be to eradicate the littering bad habit, however as the trend in ‘eating-on-the-go’ continues to grow, so does the battle against litter. Local authority partnership the Cleaner Essex Group is determined to tackle the problem and knows that the joined-up approach has been tried, tested, and most crucially has brought results.

This year’s campaign reminds people to bin their litter responsibly, or risk a fine for littering from £75. Following the success of the Essex-wide 2014 ‘Littering … it’s not pretty’ campaign, the partnership is growing in size and strength, with partners campaigning together under the banners of Love Essex, Love Suffolk and Love Kent.

From 24 August until the end of September posters and fast food packaging will carry messages to different target audiences, to show that binning your litter is smart, classy, cool, and above all a pretty easy thing to do too. Love Essex Kent Suffolk

Litter is a shameful blight

Councillor Will Breare-Hall, Environment Portfolio Holder at Epping Forest District Council said: “Litter is a shameful blight on our towns and countryside. It damages the environment and costs Essex tax payers millions of pounds each year to clean up. By working with other local authorities and businesses I hope we can encourage more people to put their litter in the bin and prevent bad habits developing.”

“Not only is it harmful to the environment and expensive to clear up, it is also anti-social. If you are caught littering you could find yourself having to pay a costly fine.”

Passionate about protecting the environment

As more retail giants take a stance against littering, Cherry Lewis-Taylor, McDonald’s franchisee said: “As a local businesswoman I’m really proud to be supporting the second Love Essex litter campaign and am confident that it will build on the success that we achieved last year.”

“I’m passionate about protecting the environment and employ several full time members of staff who carry out at least 3 litter patrols every day of the year. I see the negative effect litter has on the local area, first-hand, so I am delighted that the Love Essex, Kent and Suffolk campaign is bringing together every single McDonald’s across the 3 counties, individuals, and even more local businesses to raise awareness of the issue.”

Going from strength to strength

Allison Ogden-Newton, Chief Executive of environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy said: “It is fantastic to see the Love Essex campaign going from strength to strength and the model being adopted by other counties. Campaigns like this, which see local authorities, charities, businesses and communities working together, are the best way to tackle the problem of litter that blights our streets, parks and beaches.”

Look out for our posters

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This year, more than 300 local businesses across Essex, Suffolk and Kent are all joining forces with the same objective – to combat litter and put pressure on offenders to change their anti-social behaviour.

The businesses include

  • Britvic
  • Chelmsford Star Co-operative
  • Coca-Cola
  • Costa
  • Domino’s
  • Helping Hands
  • Highways England
  • Keep Britain Tidy
  • KFC
  • McDonald’s
  • RP2 Global
  • Smith Anderson
  • Tesco
  • Wrigley


Epping Forest Youth Council receive awards

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Youth Councillors receive awards from the Jack Petchey Foundation for their community and volunteering work at Lowewood Museum and Swaines Green.

Jack Petchey Awards

Joseph Pascoe, Matthew Tinker, Leonora Troshupa, Julie Turrell, along with King Harold Academy pupil Aaron Rogan and Charlie Luxford from Epping St John’s School, each received a Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Medallion and £200 to spend on their chosen project.

Staff from Epping Forest District Council’s Communities Services Team’,  Gill Wallis, Alexia Doherty and Louis Walton, were awarded Outstanding Leader certificates and each received a Jack Petchey Medallion at the presentation evening held at Sir James Hawkey Hall in Woodford Green on 7 July.

Youth councillors, pupils and staff accomplishments recognised

Youth Councillors and pupils were all delighted with the recognition for their Social Action and Volunteering work.

Louis Walton said: “It was an honour to have received the Jack Petchey Achievement award last night. The evening was an amazing opportunity to see so many inspiring young people be recognised, valued and rewarded for their achievements.”

Youth Councillor Matthew Tinker added: “Receiving a Jack Petchey Award is a real honour and it does give you a confidence boost.”

Jack Petchey Foundation

Established in 1999, the Jack Petchey Foundation makes grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11 to 25. The Foundation exists to raise the aspirations of young people, to help them take advantage of opportunities and to play a full part in society.

Since being established the Foundation has awarded grants totalling more than  £100 million.

Find out more at the Jack Petchey Foundation website.


Protecting our past with Heritage Watch

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A new police initiative to protect the district’s heritage was launched at Epping Ongar Railway on 14 July.

Heritage Watch is a new scheme to encourage local people to help protect their local heritage from theft, vandalism, graffiti, criminal damage and arson.

Heritage Watch Launch

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Members of the public are urged to join Heritage Watch to preserve community assets and protect them from heritage crime, which can range from stolen artefacts to unauthorised building work on historical buildings.

Ensuring the protection of our heritage

Councillor Anne Grigg said: “I’m thrilled to be launching the Epping Forest district Heritage Watch. Its aim is to preserve and maintain the districts diverse history and keep it alive for future generations, this scheme is vital in ensuring the protection of our heritage.”

Essex Watch Liaison Officer Colin Freeman said: “Crimes against Heritage are crimes against the whole community and we will do our upmost to combat the issue and keep our history safe. I ask any resident who has a love of history and enjoy exploring our heritage to join us and keep our community assets safe.”

Join Heritage Watch

If you are interested in joining Heritage Watch, please contact Essex Police on 101 and ask to speak to your local Essex Watch Liaison Officer or become a member of Heritage Watch online.


Search for apprentices begins

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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 to 18 a fantastic opportunity to earn while they learn and gain valuable qualifications and skills.


This group of apprentices is just the second group to be taken on in the new scheme. 9 apprentices were taken on in October 2013

  • all passed their qualifications
  • 3 achieved permanent employment and 3 will be taken on this summer
  • 2 moved on after we helped them find employment in other organisations
  • 1 of our apprentices (Louis Walton) won an award in the Epping Apprentice of the Year

How to apply

If you are interested and would like further information, please contact Sharon Chater or Wendy Grant at Essex ESU

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.”

The apprentices

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Alfie Claxton recently secured a full time position in Council Tax said: “I am very pleased to be working in Council Tax as it is an environment that suits my style of working, when I joined this department in March I instantly felt like a member of the team. I am very proud to have achieved a job role with the council, I look forward to the challenges and workload ahead and will continue to work hard and develop my working career further.”

Louis Walton secured permanent in employment in Community Development in September 2014 said: “I am extremely pleased to have secured a permanent role within Community Services. The amount of experience and skills I have developed during my time on the Apprenticeship programme has and will continue to help me in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed my 6 month placement within Communities and I am looking forward to getting involved with the Epping Forest Youth Council as well as continuing my development with a Customer Service NVQ.”

Cheznee Marquis was appointed as Business Support Clerical Assistant at the end of 2014 said: “I knew that this was the department I wanted to work in after my placement there came to an end, I  really enjoyed my time there and the varied style of work, also the people are all so friendly.”

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New minibus for VAEF

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Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF) was delighted to be able to help support vulnerable and older people in the district when they took possession of a brand new minibus.

Gerry Smith, a VAEF Trustee, Chairman Tony Boyce and Jacqui Foile

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Chairman of Epping Forest District Council Councillor Tony Boyce handed over the keys to Jacqui Foile of VAEF outside the civic offices in Epping on 22 May 2015. The chairman raised £9,000 towards the minibus cost of £23,500.

The Volkswagen minibus has 16 seats, is fully accessible with a passenger lift and is wheelchair adapted. It will be used to take older residents who find it hard to get around to befriending clubs, on day trips and outings.

A lifeline for older residents

Jacqui Foile, Chief Officer at VAEF said: “Excursions are a lifeline for our district’s older and vulnerable residents. Investing in this much-needed minibus gives them the freedom to visit places and meet friends, something we all take for granted.”

“I’d like to thank Tony Boyce for his generous donation from fundraising during his year as Chairman and all the drivers and volunteers who donate their time for free.”

Want to know more?

VAEF hosts a number of direct services for older people which include gardening, carers support, home safety, befriending and handyman.

Additional volunteer drivers would be very welcome, if you are interested please contact

Maggie Gilchrist, Volunteer Co-ordinator


Museum volunteers nominated for award

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The collections team at Epping Forest District Museum has been nominated for the 2015 SHARE Volunteer Awards in the Behind the Scenes Award category. The volunteer collections team has been nominated for their contributions and fantastic work during 2014.

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The first annual SHARE Volunteer Awards for Museums in the East received an impressive 87 nominations from 46 different museums around the Eastern region. Nominations were received from museums all sizes as the awards scheme seeks to recognise the valuable contribution that volunteers make to museums and their communities.

The judging panel is sitting in the middle of May and the winners will be announced at a celebration and awards evening with drinks and canapés on 4 June at the Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds.

Expertise and enthusiasm

The museum’s Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Weston said: “We’re thrilled that our collections volunteer team have been recognised for the SHARE volunteer awards. They’re a brilliant team who add so much expertise and enthusiasm to the Epping Forest District Museum service. As a small museum team, we really appreciate the support of local volunteers, who are helping us shape our new museum through our heritage lottery funded re-display.”

The importance of volunteers

Of the regional scheme, Simon Floyd of SHARE Museums East said: “These Awards are an ideal chance to celebrate the importance of volunteers to museums, showcase the range of roles that volunteers undertake, and demonstrate the diversity of the people who offer their time as volunteers. In addition, through these awards, SHARE can highlight best practice in both volunteering and volunteer management.”

SHARE Museums East

Further information and a full list of those nominated can be found at


Afternoon tea and bingo go down a treat

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Sheltered housing residents enjoyed an intergenerational event including afternoon tea, Easter egg hunt, bingo, a raffle and games from ‘days gone by’ such as shove ’alf penny.

The event was organised and run by young people from the Epping Forest Youth Council for residents of Buckhurst Court in Buckhurst Hill on Tuesday 31 March 2015.

Buckhurst Court intergenerational day

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One “100 year young” resident said she didn’t usually stay out late but she had enjoyed herself so much that she didn’t want to go home! Another resident said that she had lived at Buckhurst Court for over 20 years and this was the first time the youngsters had come into to organise an afternoon tea. She thought that the Youth Councillors were smashing and were doing a fantastic job in the community.

Residents were asked if there was a generation gap, the majority said yes. They said that older people did not have enough contact with young people and that older people talk down to young people. They said a lot of older people do not associate their own grand children with the wider young generation that older people have a different way at looking at things and that times have changed, older people think differently and older people communicate differently to young people.

Positive perceptions

Overall the majority of the older people said their perceptions of young people were positive; this was based on their own experience and what they read in the press. When asked how much contact they had with young people, the majority said they had regular contact, mostly with their relatives and neighbours. They thought young people could learn from the older generation such as respect for others, manners and history. When asked what the older generation could learn from young people, they thought older people should be more open minded towards young people and technology such as the internet.

Several residents admired the work of the Youth Councillors and said that they hadn’t done anything like this when they were their age.

Louis Walton, the Council’s Youth Engagement Assistant and former Apprentice from Epping Forest District Council said he was so inspired by the day that he would like to volunteer at a sheltered housing project.

Generous donations

The Youth Councillors would like to thank all the shops and local business’s for their generous donations for the raffle and afternoon tea, they include

  • Epping Flower Shop
  • Loughton Book Shop
  • Morrisons’ Loughton
  • Sainsbury’s Loughton
  • Shiv News Epping
  • Tesco Epping
  • Tesco Theydon Bois
  • Tesco Waltham Abbey
  • WH Smiths Epping


Apprentices wanted

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Finished school or college this summer and wondering what to do next? We’re offering 6 young people the opportunity to join our new Apprenticeship Scheme.


We’ve teamed up with Epping Forest College and Essex Employability and Skills Unit to offer these paid apprenticeship schemes.

Apprentices will have the opportunity to gain NVQ level qualification whilst working with a mentor to achieve their own personal development plan.

Apprenticeship scheme

The apprenticeship vacancies will be advertised

  • 5 business administration apprenticeships lasting 2 years covering a wide range of council services
  • 1 construction multi-trade apprenticeship lasting 2 years including 1 day a week at college


You will need to

  • live in the Epping Forest district
  • be aged 16 to 18 years and not continuing education or in work
  • have or be expected to gain GCSE grades A to C in Maths and English

How to apply

Please register your contact details with



Audit and Governance Committee member wanted

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Do you want to have a say on holding us to account? If yes, you could join our Audit and Governance Committee, as we currently have a vacancy for a co-opted member.

Audit and governance

We are after a new co-opted member to provide an independent perspective, working to help the committee monitor and review the governance of Epping Forest District Council. This is an opportunity to become involved in many interesting challenges, and a real chance to become more engaged with your local community.

If you answer yes to the following 4 questions, this vacancy may be for you.

  1. Do you live or work in the Epping Forest district?
  2. Are you looking for a new challenge and to help the local community?
  3. Do you have skills relating to finance or auditing?
  4. Do you have free time to help the council?



Complete the application form now.

An appointment will be made following interviews to be conducted by a panel of councillors. The selected candidate will be given appropriate training and will receive an annual allowance of £500.

Find out more

Contact Stephen Tautz, Democratic Services Manager, for general enquiries about the position.

Contact Brian Bassington, Chief Internal Auditor, for specific information about the committee.



Apprentices shine at careers fest

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6 of our young apprentices shared their experiences of work and the benefits of apprenticeships at Epping Forest College’s Careers Fest on Thursday 29 January 2015.

The 6 apprentices started their apprenticeships at Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) in October 2013. Together with Julie Dixon, EFDC Learning and Development Manager, they discussed what it’s really like to be an apprentice in the council and the future apprenticeship opportunities there.

Apprentice Cheznee Marquis (centre) recently featured in the council's staff magazine

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The apprentices

  1. Jake Davidson – multi-trade construction
  2. Jake Evans – multi-trade construction
  3. Sam Bevans – business administration
  4. Alfie Claxton – business administration
  5. Cheznee Marquis – business administration
  6. Louis Walton – business administration

Epping Forest District Council was 1 of 60 employers to attend the event at Epping Forest College and give advice and information to more than 950 students and their parents who attended. The students from schools local to the Epping Forest district attended the careers event to find out what fields in work, education and training they could progress to.

Apprenticeship programme 2015

Apprenticeships banner

The apprenticeship programme was initiated by Leader of the Council Chris Whitbread in 2013. It gave young people an opportunity to be employed in 2 year apprenticeships in the council, in either business administration or multi-trade construction.

This year we will be offering 6 apprenticeships to young people aged 16 to 18, who live in the district, and will achieve C grade or above in both Maths and English.

Details will be announced in National Apprenticeship Week 2015 in March. If you are interested in applying for the 2015 programme and want to register your details please email