Epping Forest Young Citizen of the Year award

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The search is now on for the Epping Forest Young Citizen of the Year 2017.

Now is your chance to help recognise young people’s exceptional contributions to the Epping Forest district and nominate them for the Young Citizen of the Year award.

Young Citizen of the Year 2017 poster

The award is presented annually to a young person who has shown outstanding courage, been of service to their community or shown extraordinary commitment, energy and effort in a particular field or towards achieving a goal.

The winner will be invited to attend our civic awards ceremony on 17 March 2017 to receive a certificate of achievement and award of £300.

Our community is full of incredible young people

Molly Gayler from Davenant Foundation School won the Epping Forest Young Citizen of the Year 2016 for her wonderful work supporting children with disabilities and her passion for sport. Molly referenced the American athlete Gail Devers who once said that ‘every accomplishment starts with the decision to try’.

Molly said: “If my form tutor had not made the decision to ‘Try’ with me, then I would not have been given the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful and humbling experience.”

“Our community is full of incredible young people who deserve to be recognised. Please nominate them for the Epping Forest Young Citizen of the Year award and open doors for a young person who really deserves it.”


Do you know a young person who lives in the district aged between 11 and 18 and deserve to be recognized?

Nominate them for the Young Citizen of the Year – applications close on Friday 25 November 2016.

More information

Contact Louis Walton, Youth Engagement Assistant



First look of our draft Local Plan

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Residents and councillors have their first chance to view an advance version of the draft Local Plan before Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet meeting on 6 October 2016.

Website launch infographic

The plan, available to view on the Cabinet agenda from 27 September, is subject to change at Cabinet and the meeting of Full Council on 18 October 2016. Only once agreed with any further amendments at Full Council will the draft be ready for public consultation from Monday 31 October 2016.

First chance to see

Planning Portfolio Holder John Philip said: “This is everyone’s first chance to see what the Plan for consultation will look like but it is important to remember that things could still change between now and the end of October. It won’t be finalised until all councillors have had their final say at Full Council.”

“However, by getting this early draft out a month before the official consultation starts, we are ensuring everyone has as much time as possible to consider the issues before the deadline for responses on 12 December 2016. We don’t want your views yet – not until the draft plan is finalised, but we are looking for as much feedback as we can possibly get once the consultation starts on 31 October 2016.”

Consultation website

A special consultation website has been created to support the Local Plan consultation process. It has been designed to make consultation feedback as simple and straightforward as possible.

Epping Forest District Council is also preparing a leaflet for district-wide delivery to households and businesses in the next few weeks to encourage feedback, as well as holding exhibitions, placing adverts in the local press, handing information cards out at railway stations and sending frequent reminders out on social media.

Local town and parish councils are helping the district council with articles in local magazines, posters on noticeboards and more social media.

Everyone’s Local Plan

John Philip said: “This is everyone’s Local Plan. It is the plan for our future, the future of our children and the future of our grandchildren. It will guide development across the district including where to build new homes and employment for a growing population right up to 2033.”

“It will also seek to protect all the most important things we love and cherish about our district including natural spaces and the Green Belt. Please get involved. Follow the process and give us your feedback.”

Local Plan infographics

View the infographics in a slideshow by clicking on a picture below and then click start slideshow


Stay well this winter

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With winter just around the corner it’s time to prepare for the colder weather with our ‘stay well this winter’ events.

Stay well this winter

Health and wellbeing event

These free events in partnership with West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group will include;

  • Informative talks from pharmacists, nurses and specialist health advisors
  • A range of informative stands
  • Free health checks and activities


  • Wednesday 12 October 10am-2pm/ Zinc arts centre/ Ongar, Great Stony, High St, Chipping Ongar, CM5 0AD
  • Tuesday 1 November 10am-2pm/ The Limes Centre/ Limes Avenue, Chigwell IG7 5LP
  • Wednesday 16 November 10am-2pm/ Loughton Hall / Rectory Lane, Loughton, 1G10 3RU

Come and join us

Please note that the events run all day and include a free lunch.

Booking is required, please call to confirm your place.

  • 01992 564226

Book a day trip to Oxford

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Spaces are available for our day trip to Oxford on Friday 24 June – book now and explore Oxford the City of Dreaming Spires for just £41.85 per person.

Oxford day trip


Our New Horizon’s Day Trip to Oxford includes a Blue Badge Guided tour of the town and an Oxford College, plus an afternoon cruise from Folly Bridge on the River Thames to Iffley Lock. Coach travel is also included with local pick up points.

The cost is £41.85 per person including coach travel.


  • We arrive at about 10.30am for morning coffee and biscuits (included in price) at the Kings Arms in the centre of Oxford, then leave for our guided walking tour of the town and an Oxford College
  • You then have free time in Oxford to look around and  stop for lunch
  • Our afternoon cruise takes us from Folly Bridge on the River Thames known as the Isis in Oxford, to Iffley Lock – this lock is one of the prettiest on the river, we stop here for refreshments and/or the chance to stretch your legs and see one of the most beautiful churches in England
  • We will leave Oxford at around 5pm

Morning coffee, biscuits, guided tour and cruise on this trip are included in the price. Lunch and other refreshments are not included.

Book now

  • Book online

  • Call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)


Conservatives retain district council control

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On Thursday 5 May 2016 people in the Epping Forest district had their say and voted for their DistrictParish and Town Councillors, and a new Essex Police and Crime Commissioner.

Green and LRA gains in elections

The Conservative Group retained an overall majority while the Green Party and the Loughton Residents Association (LRA) increased their representation on Epping Forest District Council. Buckhurst Hill East is now the seat of Green candidate Simon Heap. The LRA also won in Loughton Forest.

Former Conservative Sylvia Watson has moved to the Independent Group. Vice-Chairman Jeane Lea is back after winning a 4-candidate race in Waltham Abbey.


First results in Chigwell

Chigwell Conservative councillors John Knapman, Alan Lion and Brian Sandler were among the first councillors to be announced as re-elected when staff and volunteers reconvened for a second day of counting at Debden Park High School on Saturday 7 May 2016.

Conservative wins PCC

Friday’s count at Theydon Bois Village Hall concentrated on the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner elections. Conservative Roger Hirst is the new Commissioner after UKIP candidate Bob Spink took the contest to the second stage count.

New faces, familiar faces

Former councillor Rose Brookes is back on the council, succeeding Ken Angold-Stephens in Loughton Roding. Council Leader Chris Whitbread has been joined on the council by his daughter Holly, the new councillor for Epping Lindsey and Thornwood Common.

Cabinet members John Philip and Helen Kane were returned in Theydon Bois and Waltham Abbey respectively.

Councillors Leon Girling, David Wixley and Caroline Pond for the Loughton Residents Association, Tony Boyce, Gavin Chambers, Maggie McEwen, Glynis Shiell for the Conservatives, and Jon Whitehouse for the Liberal Democrats were all re-elected to their seats. Councillor Heather Brady was re-appointed after an unopposed election in Passingford.

Other new councillors for May 2016 are Judy Jennings, Debra Roberts and Amy Beales for the LRA in Loughton.

Parish and Town Council votes also took place in Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell, Loughton, Fyfield.


To view photos in a slideshow, click on a picture below and click start slideshow.

Referendum warm-up

With the Referendum just 6 weeks away, Returning Officer Glen Chipp thanked all the staff and volunteers for a smoothly run set of elections. He said: ‘Thanks to everyone including all those staff who worked right through Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Candidates, agents and residents appreciated the efficient and professional approach of our staff. See you all again on the 23 June!’


M11 roadworks information

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We have been informed by Highways England of roadworks on the M11 and possible disruption until end of February.

Subject to weather conditions, work will begin on Monday 7 December 2015 and is due to finish by the end of February 2016. Work will take place overnight between 10pm and 6am to minimise disruption for drivers.

There will be no working on weekends or over Christmas between 23 December 2015 and 2 January 2016.

M11 roadworks

Roadworks and diversions

Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey, particularly on the following days and routes

  • The M11 will be closed at junction 6 (with the M25) on Friday 11 and Monday 14 December for resurfacing
  • The M11 – A120 southbound link will be closed for 2 nights on 15 and 16 December
  • The M11 southbound will be closed between junctions 8 (Stansted) and 7 (Harlow) between Thursday 21 and Wednesday 27 January (not including the weekend)
  • The M11 -A120 northbound link road will be closed for 2 nights on Thursday 28 and Friday 28 January
  • The M11 northbound will be closed between junction 7 (Harlow) and 8 (Stansted) on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 February
  • The M11 northbound between junction 7 and 8 will be closed for 2 nights on 17 and 18 February

When roads are closed, there will be clearly signed diversions in place

  • For closures between junction 7-8 (southbound), you will be diverted along the A120 west towards along the A1184, onto the A414 at Harlow before re-joining the M11 at junction 7 (and vice versa for M11 junction 7 northbound)
  • Those travelling northbound on the M11 at junction 6 will be diverted onto the M25 anti-clockwise to junction 26 (Waltham Abbey) and return east to re-join the M11 at junction 27

The project involves resurfacing sections of the road, improving 14 miles of the M11 between junction 6 (M25) and junction 8 (Stansted). To keep road users safe during the works, it will be necessary to close lanes and put in place a temporary speed limit. The M11 will also need to be closed on some nights.

Highways England said: “We will do our utmost to complete the works as quickly as possible, avoiding disturbance and keeping noise to a minimum.”

If you have any enquiries

Contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre


Crimestoppers pocket card, helping fight crime

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A new pocket card informing people how to help keep communities safe, has been developed by the crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers and has just been launched in Essex.

The ‘Tell us what you know about crime, not who you are’, card has been produced with support from Epping Forest District Council and outlines the unique services offered by Crimestoppers through its 0800 555 111 phone number and online.

CrimeStoppers 0800 555 111

Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

The independent charity operates a 24/7 service for people to give information anonymously about crime or criminals. No names are taken, no one can be identified and calls or online information cannot be traced. It’s all anonymous when the information is passed to police.

The 8 page folded card is designed to be carried in a pocket or handbag as a reminder or to give to those who may need Crimestoppers’ services.

Police can’t solve crime on their own. They need to be pointed in the right direction by people who want to keep their communities safe.

Provide information without the fear of being identified

Councillor Gary Waller, Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council said: “These cards are really compact and full of useful Crimestoppers information. People will be able to access contact details quickly, easily and feel safe in the knowledge that they can provide information without the fear of being identified. This is an excellent resource that will benefit our community and Epping Forest District Council is proud to be involved in its production.”

You will remain anonymous

Crimestoppers Regional Manager Antonia Litten said: “Some people won’t go to the police, as they fear what will happen to them if the criminal finds out. Crimestoppers removes that concern and gives people peace of mind. No one has anything to fear by contacting Crimestoppers as you will remain anonymous. We never ask for your name and no personal details are taken, we just want to know about the crime.”

 More information

  • For more information on Crimestoppers visit their website
  • Call Crimestoppers anytime on 0800 555 111


Watch out for deer – the rutting season has begun

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Motorists, dog walkers and visitors are advised to be aware that the deer mating season, also known as the rutting season, has begun.


Male deer, or bucks, become less aware of the dangers around them, such as cars and bikes on the roads. They can be highly aggressive as they are full of testosterone as they attempt to fight off rivals to attract as many females as possible.


  • Accidents on the roads involving deer increase at this time of year and drivers should be extra vigilant where there are deer warning signs and slow down when driving through the forest.

Dog walkers

  • Dogs should be kept on a lead. It is important to keep disturbance of the deer to a minimum and dog owners should be aware that deer can feel threatened by dogs and may also disrupt the deer breeding pattern.


  • Walkers are advised to keep at least 50m away from deer, never get in between 2 deer and avoid feeding or photographing them at close range.

Deer don’t follow the green cross code

Councillor Gary Waller, Portfolio Holder for Safer, Greener and Transport said: “The Epping Forest district has a large deer population and I urge everyone travelling on roads through the forest to take extra care over the next few months.”

“Deer are wild animals. They can appear on the road without warning and don’t follow the green cross code! If you see Deer Warning signs take extra care and reduce your speed and remember that further deer may well appear as deer often move around in groups.”


Silver Sunday free Cycling For Health session

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Celebrate Silver Sunday and join us on a special Free Cycling For Health Session.

Silver Sunday is an annual day of fun and free activities for older people across the UK. Led by The Sir Simon Milton Foundation, it celebrates the value and knowledge they contribute to our communities while combating loneliness and isolation.

Silver Sunday Cycling Flyer


  • When – Sunday 4 October 2015 10am to 12pm
  • Where – starting point at Hooks Marsh car park, Fishers Green Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2ED
  • What – free Cycling For Health session
  • Who – the session is aimed mainly at older people 50+ but families are welcome too
  • Route – the route starts from Hooks Marsh car park and travels north along the tow path of the Lee Valley Canal to the outskirts of Broxbourne. The group will stop for a tea break before returning back to the meeting point via Seventy Acres lake

Bike and helmet hire available.

Want to know more?

To book a place and bike contact Fabrizio


Buckhurst Hill station improvement works

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As part of Transport for Londons plans to modernise London Underground, they will be carrying out improvement works at Buckhurst Hill Underground station.

The improvement work starts on 6 September, when the ticket windows will close at this station. Work will take place in the ticket hall and will last for up to 1 month. The ticket windows will not reopen when the work is complete.

Central line tube

Improving facilities

  • Better ticketing facilities – the existing ticket machines at the station will be improved before the work and will give better flexibility, for example by allowing staff to offer refunds. Our people will be on hand to help you with any ticketing enquiries.
  • Enhanced customer service – you will be given better travel information, leaflets, maps and signage within the station to help you find what you need. When the ticket windows close, staff will move out from the back office areas of the station to the ticket hall, where they will be more available to serve you.

If you normally use the ticket office at Buckhurst Hill station to pay for your travel, the below leaflet will explain the variety of improved ticketing options available to you, during and after completion of the works.

Working hours

TfL will do their best to minimise any disruption or noise during the work. Work times may vary during week days and at weekends. However, work will mostly take place at night to minimise disruption to customer journeys.


In the meantime, if you have any queries, please contact our 24-hour helpline on 0343 222 2424.

You can also write to London Underground Community Relations, 5th floor, Palestra, 197 Blackfriars Road London, SE1 8NJ; or email communityrelations@tfl.gov.uk.

For more information on our modernisation plans please visit tfl.gov.uk/futuretube.