Civic Awards 2009 Leisure Bursary

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Paralympic hopeful, Lauren Smith is the winner of the Sports Leisure Bursary for 2009. Lauren lives in Waltham Abbey where she attends King Harold School. She trains and competes at the elite level within the British Disability Swimming Programme and has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Danish Open Championships later this month.

Lauren was unable to attend the awards but a cheque for fifteen hundred pounds will help toward achieving her ambition to qualify for London Paralympics 2012.

Civic Awards 2009 Community Service Medals

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Community Service medals are awarded to members of the Emergency Services who have made a special contribution or shown care and dedication well above and beyond the call of duty.

Police Community Support Officer Hayley Toye

Chairman John Knapman with PCSO Hayley ToyeEpping Forest District Council supports its local PCSOs, and works in partnership with them and Essex Police, and provides funding. As a result there has been real benefits from the introduction of PCSOs. No-one illustrates that better than the winner of the Epping Forest Police Community Service Medal for 2009.

Hayley Toye is a dedicated Officer serving the neighbourhood of Debden. Well known by local Councillors, residents and young people, she has made a particularly strong impact on anti-social behaviour. Her strength lies in talking with people and listening to them.

Building relationships and trust, Hayley has tackled problems as diverse as graffiti, racial abuse, shoplifting and inconsiderate parking. She uses her initiative to find new ways of communicating with local young people, one particular notable example being her Halloween disco.

Essex Ambulance Service Paramedic Brian Clark

Chairman John Knapman with Louise SamouelleBased at Ongar Ambulance Station, Brian Clark has been saving lives since 1980.

He is described as a `lovely, caring gentleman ` and he can be unaware of his impact on the people around him. Attending a minor emergency, Brian was surprised when the patient recognised him as the man who had saved his life years earlier. He has a reputation for remaining calm and level headed in pressurised and extreme situations.

Brian plays a big part in the social calendar of his station and the same friendly approach has endeared him to many of the new recruits he has mentored and trained over the years.

Brian is unable to receive his Community Service Medal in person but representing him at the awards presentation is Brian’s manager from the Essex Ambulance Service, Louise Samouelle.

Makedoandmend

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Makedo&mend image

Makedoandmend, an artistic collaboration between young and older people and adults with disabilities from Loughton, Chigwell and Waltham Abbey will be officially launched on Tuesday 7 April 2009 at 3pm at Loughton Youth Centre, 106 Borders Lane, Loughton 1G10 3SB. Vice Chairman of Council Councillor Penny Smith will be attending.

As we end a decade where recycling has become a global imperative, makedo&mend, a multi-disciplinary arts project run by Epping Forest District Council, takes its artistic inspiration from a decade in the previous Century when rationing was the norm, new clothing items rare and a harsh post-war era required people to make do with what they had or mend and repair items normally thrown away. The project sees groups `recycling` the fashion, music and film of the 1940s with contemporary styles to `make do` or `mend`, to create new and original work.

Makedo&mend has distinct strands that feed into each other throughout the year. Young and older people and adults with disabilities from Waltham Abbey, Chigwell and Loughton will collaborate to create a body of work consisting of an original fashion collection, a dance video, a music track and a style magazine featuring all the work produced. The initiative culminates in an exhibition running for two months in partnership with Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey from 10 October to 1 December incorporating rare pieces from the Museum`s costume collection and a programme of public workshops on the themes of makedo&mend.

The fashion aspect of the project grew out of the need to develop cross-generational relationships in Loughton. Makedo&mend will encourage older residents to pass on their memories and experience of 1940s fashion to young people on a project that is relevant to present day issues.

The London College of Fashion is also involved as a partner in the project to reach out to young people in environments such as youth centres to make them feel confident about their ability to achieve at higher education. As well as bringing generations together and creating pathways to careers, makedo&mend also reaches out to groups in care. Alder House is a residential home for people with disabilities aged 23 to 65 years and they will work with artist Emily Jost to design clothing with a 1940s slant but use their disability as an opportunity for design innovation.

Another aspect of makedo&mend is the music. The music becomes a pathway to mend relationships between groups of young people. A group from Waltham Abbey will create a tune using a 1940s track as inspiration and a group from Limes Farm will work with sound artist Arjunan Manuelpillai to write lyrics and record the vocals. In doing so, this part of the project facilitates two groups of young people who would normally be rivals to share and inspire each other.

Image details – John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library. Make do and mend, pamphlet, ca 1943. JCPML00715/7 Original held by National Archives of Australia B5641/1, K4.

Crime Reduction at Limes Farm

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Residents at Limes Farm in Chigwell have been invited to express their views on the dramatic reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour on the estate over the past year.

Organised by the Safer Communities Partnership a Special Action Group has been working with local residents at Limes Farm for the past 16 months and has seen a 31% reduction in crime and a 39% reduction in anti-social behaviour.

From 16 to 20 February 2009 questionnaires were distributed. Residents were invited to the community police office on the estate for a cup of tea to have a chat and fill in a questionnaire about their experiences of actions taken so far.

Some of their comments included:

I am pleased to see more Officers patrolling

There has been less crime

People feel safer on the estate and there is a good community atmosphere

Loughton Inspector Simon Werrett from Essex Police said: “All the hard work has paid off, not only by The Safer Communities Partnership and Police but by local residents working together to really make a difference in improving the quality of life on the estate. They truly believed in making the change and they have succeeded.”

Councillor Syd Stavrou Epping Forest District Council Community Wellbeing Portfolio Holder said: I think these results speak for themselves. There has been a lot of hard work put into this group by many different organisations and individuals. This has shown the value of a co-ordinated problem solving response. Lessons have been learned and the Special Action Group process will become `best practice` for other areas requiring attention in Epping Forest district.

Epping Forest College Recycling

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Councillors and student ambassadors for recycling

The Leader of Epping Forest District Council is delighted at the opportunity of working together with Epping College to introduce recycling in the new £38m College campus.

During a recent visit to the college the Leader of the Council Councillor Diana Collins and the Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services Councillor Mary Sartin were introduced to the recycling scheme within the college by the students of the Green Group, formed to champion environmental action starting with recycling.

Epping Forest District Council was able to assist the college in their recycling initiatives by extending the recycling services to the College.

Councillor Diana Collins said: I am pleased that we have been able to assist the college in introducing the new recycling scheme. This will enable those already recycling at home to continue their good habits in the College whilst also encouraging those who discover recycling at College to spread the word.

The Green Group has plans for recycling expansion and is already talking about collecting unwanted clothes from fellow students and staff.

Councillors, staff and students with the new recycling bins

The new scheme was launched as part of Positive Contribution Week at the College. Students from the Green Group have acted as ambassadors for recycling – wearing distinctive t-shirts they have been setting a good example and actively encouraging others to recycle their cans, paper, card and plastic bottles.

They have also manned stands in the College explaining the benefits of recycling, demonstrating the items that can be recycled, and giving away recycled pencils, pens, bags, mugs and other goodies as well as booklets with tips for further ways to recycle “ all provided by the Council.

The Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services Councillor Mary Sartin said: I am very impressed by the enthusiasm and hard work of the students. This is very encouraging and shows that our younger generation is keen to tackle the issues that affect our future.

Councillors Visit The Broadway

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Councillors Diana Collins and Anne Grigg lend a hand

The Leader of Epping Forest District Council Councillor Diana Collins and the Planning and Economic Development Portfolio Holder Councillor Anne Grigg visited The Broadway in Loughton on Wednesday 28 January 2009. They met with representatives of local traders and reassured them that every effort is being made to reduce the impact on local businesses whilst work to regenerate the area is being carried out.

This is following concerns expressed earlier by local traders and residents at a Town Centre Partnership meeting that steps should be taken to minimise disruption to businesses and residents. A number of steps have been taken to keep the Broadway accessible for traders and shoppers.

Access is being maintained to all the shops on The Broadway, only the eastbound carriageway has been shut for now. Crossing over points have been provided so shoppers can get from one side of The Broadway to the other, Vere Road Car Park has been re-designated for short-stay and permit holders only and free parking has been retained for The Broadway.

Councillors and local traders view work at the Broadway

Councillor Diana Collins said: I understand the concerns of local traders but every effort is being made to minimise the impact of this scheme to local traders and shoppers. Unfortunately large engineering projects can cause disruption but at the end we will have a much improved and enhanced town centre.

Further Update on Fire at Birchwood Industrial Estate

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Since the last information provided to residents of Nazeing by Epping Forest District Council, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has issued further updates.

The fire at Nazeing

  • two fire appliances remain on site at the Birchwood Industrial Estate
  • water is no longer being drawn from a local lake via a high volume pump
  • Hoe Lane is now open to traffic

The fire continues to burn under control and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service expects to be at the scene for at least the next 24 hours.

The Epping Forest District Council Emergency Planning Team distributed a letter to residents in Nazeing earlier today prior to the updates listed above.

Text of the letter can be seen below.

“Information Update “ Birchwood Industrial Estate, Nazeing – Fire

You may be aware that Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has been tackling a fire at the Birchwood Industrial Estate off Hoe Lane since the early hours of Monday morning. You may have seen the flames, a glow in the night sky, or the column of smoke. However, residents should not be unduly alarmed. The fire is under control and while inconvenient to local residents, it hopefully should not cause you undue stress or concern.

The seat of the fire is a very large wood pile originally intended for recycling into chipboard and other products.

Three fire appliances remain on site at the estate as Firefighters continue to manage the fire. The wood pile has burned steadily but under the control of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.  The material is thought to be clean wood burning at a very high temperature producing relatively little smoke. Residents living nearby and in Nazeing are being advised there is no need to keep their windows and doors closed although in the current cold weather most people will be doing so anyway.

Environmental Health Officers from Epping Forest District Council are supporting the Fire Service. They are also monitoring air quality at various points around Nazeing which has so far raised no signs for concern. The Environment Agency is monitoring water run-off from the site but the situation is being helped by the Fire Service recycling water, collecting it as it runs off the wood pile and spraying it on again. Further water supplies are being brought to the site from hydrants in Hoe Lane and from a local lake via a high volume pump.

It is thought the fire is likely to burn for several days. Wind and weather may affect the timescales. Fire Breaks have also been created to separate the burning sections of the wood pile from the rest.

We cannot be certain when the fire will be fully extinguished or what the weather will do over the next few days, however, the outlook is promising.  Hoe Lane is closed but residents and businesses have access to their properties.

If you would like further updates please listen to broadcasts on local radio stations. You can also log on to the Council Website, www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk which we will keep up to date with the latest news from our colleagues at the Fire Service.

Please accept my assurances of our support.

Yours faithfully

Derek Macnab
Deputy Chief Executive
(Epping Forest District Council Emergency Planning Team)”

Fire at Birchwood Industrial Estate Update

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Four fire appliances remain on site at Birchwood Industrial Estate in Nazeing as Firefighters continue to manage the fire that broke out in the early hours of Monday morning. The large wood pile has burned steadily but under the control of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. By keeping the surrounding wood dampened down, the centre of the pile is being allowed to burn down. The material is thought to be `clean wood` burning at a very high temperature producing relatively little smoke. Residents living nearby and in Nazeing are being advised there is no need to keep their windows and doors closed although in the current cold weather most people will be doing so anyway.

Environmental Health Officers from Epping Forest District Council continue to support the Fire Service. They are also monitoring air quality at various points around Nazeing which has so far raised no signs of concern. The Environment Agency is monitoring water run-off from the site but the situation is being helped by the Fire Service recycling water, collecting it as it runs off the wood pile and spraying it on again.

Firefighters continue to manage the fire

Further water supplies are being brought to the site from hydrants in Hoe Lane and from a local lake via a high volume pump.

It is thought the fire is likely to burn for several days. Wind and weather may affect the timescales. Fire Breaks have also been created to separate the burning sections of the wood pile from the rest.

Councillor Di Collins, Leader of Epping Forest District Council said: I would like to thank the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service for the marvellous job they are doing. Thankfully, despite the scale of the fire no-one has been hurt or injured and it is now a question of containing and managing it. We believe the wood pile is essentially clean wood that was intended for recycling, so the smoke coming off it is very similar to a very large bonfire. Residents should therefore not be unduly alarmed.

Councillor Collins continued: District Council Environmental Health Officers will continue to monitor air quality around the site but so far all the signs have been good. They have also been in contact to reassure the local primary school which is largely unaffected.

While we can`t be certain when the fire will finally be extinguished or what the weather will do over the next few days, the outlook is promising. Hoe Lane remains closed but residents and businesses have access to their properties and I hope everything will return to normal as soon as possible.

Fire at Birchwood Industrial Estate, Nazeing

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Firefighters have brought a large fire at Birchwood Industrial Estate, Nazeing under control. The fire is thought to have begun in the early hours of Monday morning (5 January 2009). The scene has been described as an enormous bonfire as a large wood pile intended for recycling has gone up in flames. It is thought the material is clean wood but residents of nearby Nazeing are being advised as a precaution to keep indoors as much as possible with their windows and doors closed.

Hoe Lane, which provides access to the site, is temporarily closed while Firefighters of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service continue to monitor and control the blaze.

Firefighters continue to monitor and control the blaze at Nazeing

Epping Forest District Council has been assisting the emergency services. Environmental Health and Building Control Officers are on the scene to assist and advise Fire Service colleagues. The Council has also made preliminary arrangements for a rest centre although it is thought unlikely it will be needed.

Information can be found on the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service website.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service website (opens in a new window)

Provisional Site Allocation Reduced

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Go East, the regional office of the Government says the provisional allocation of additional gypsy and traveller site pitches for Epping Forest district has been reduced by ten from 49 to 39. The announcement is contained in the Examination in Public (EiP) Report into the Review of Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation in the East of England published on 18 December 2008. The EiP report now forms the basis of recommendations to the Government which will hold further consultation before issuing its final allocations next year.

Councillors and Planning Officers have consistently argued for a reduction in the number of pitches allocated to Epping Forest district. While Councillors feel the allocation remains unfairly high for Epping Forest in comparison to other districts, the reduction is a vindication of their stance. The Council will continue to press for further reductions.

The reduction for Epping Forest district is in marked contrast to most other parts of the region. Overall, the EiP has increased the regional allocation of extra traveller and gypsy pitches by a further 50 from 1,187 to 1,237.

The Government announcement comes as residents continue to respond to local consultation on the future provision of traveller and gypsy sites in the district.

Councillor Mrs Anne Grigg, Planning and Economic Development Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council said: The announcement is a move in the right direction but I don`t think it goes far enough. Local residents are very concerned about the high number of extra traveller and gypsy pitches the district is being asked to accommodate. Epping Forest district already has more gypsy and traveller accommodation than most other areas. Even with the potential reduction from 49 to 39 extra pitches, we are still being asked to take substantially more than many other areas. We will continue to argue for further reductions.

The Secretary of State will consider the Review of Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation in the East of England and the recommendations of the EiP before issuing any proposed changes in the Spring. There will then be a further period of consultation. Go East says that the Secretary of State will publish the finalised policy in the Summer of 2009.