Essex Key Facts: Latest edition of district area data published

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Data is everywhere!

With moves to a more open approach to publishing statistical information and data being encouraged across the public sector, more and more datasets, covering more and more subjects, are becoming widely accessible to all.

Unfortunately, amongst the biggest constraints on accessing the data you need can be knowing where to look, finding the time to visit the many varied websites that publish data and identifying the information you require from amongst what can appear to be an overwhelming amount of statistics that you don’t need.

To make this task a little easier and to help our residents, businesses, students and visitors find relevant data in a more straightforward and direct way, we publish a regular compilation of many of the datasets that are available. ‘Essex Councils Key Facts’ pulls together information on a wide range of subjects and allows readers to see how Epping Forest District compares with its Essex neighbours. The figures give a context to the environment in which we live, work, study and do business, and help paint a picture of some of the issues that face us all on a day to day basis.

Our latest issue, ‘Essex Key Facts Volume 4’, has recently been published and covers Business Data, Jobs and Skills Mismatch Analysis, Access to Key Services and Rural Accessibility to Services. You can find this issue, alongside copies of our previous editions, on our website by following the link below:

We hope you find these publications useful and easy to use. If you have any comments on the documents, please drop us a line by email on
The following previous editions are also available:
Volume 1: Political control, council tax, population, ethnicity, health, welfare, education, business & employment, carbon emissions, land use mix
Volume 2: Planning, housing, deprivation, mortality, older people care needs, crime
Volume 3: Audit Commission Value For Money profiles

Safer Essex Prospectus

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Epping Forest District Safer Communities Partnership logoSafer Essex is the County partnership which addresses issues of crime, disorder and drugs and alcohol as identified by Essex residents. Safer Essex also fulfils the function of a County Group with a defined statutory membership deriving from key partner agencies. In addition, the membership includes Essex County Council’s elected member with strategic responsibility for crime and disorder and the Chairs of each Community Safety Partnership (CSP).

One of the key responsibilities for the county level group is to develop the Essex Crime and Disorder Reduction Strategy. The priorities of the Strategy are informed by a variety of key statistics and intelligence gathered from a range of different sources including individual CSPs Strategic Assessments and Partnership Plans.

Safer Essex Partnership retains overall strategic responsibility for ensuring that the priorities outlined in the strategy are delivered.

Safer Essex Prospectus

Mountain bike preparations

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Epping Forest District Safer Communities Partnership logoThe two-day Olympic Mountain Bike event takes place at Hadleigh Farm on 11 and 12 August. Around 19,000 spectators are expected to travel to the 550 acre site. Following the tremendous success of the Canoe Slalom at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, Essex Police is keen to ensure everyone with tickets for the Mountain Bikes is well prepared and has a great time.

Essex Police say:


There is no parking at the venue or in the surrounding areas so think about using the park and ride or travelling by train. The park and ride service will be running from New Holland tractor plant in Cranes Farm Road, Basildon and the recommended train station is Leigh on Sea. The park and ride is no longer running from Waterside Park on Canvey Island.

Clothing and footwear

There is a lot of walking to be done at Hadleigh Farm and there are lots of steep climbs, loose stones and gravel at the venue so sensible sturdy footwear is essential. Heeled shoes and flip-flops are not suitable. Be prepared for the possibility of wet or hot weather.


LOCOG has provided every ticket holder with advice around what items can and can’t be taken into the venue so take the time to read it in advance. There are restrictions around taking liquids in to Hadleigh Farm so think about taking an empty water bottle which you can fill up once you are inside and have passed through security. No alcohol is allowed inside the venue.


While we don’t anticipate theft, it can’t be ruled out so keep personal possessions like mobile phones and cameras safe. Keep an eye on your children too – don’t let them get lost in the crowd.

Assistant Chief Constable Sue Harrison said: “Hadleigh Farm is a great venue and we want everyone to enjoy their Olympic experience, but there is some advice we’d like people to follow.

“We’d like everyone to make sure they have plenty of time to reach the venue and to have planned their journey. Hadleigh Farm is quite a bumpy and hilly area. There are lots of steep climbs, loose stones and gravel so the important thing is to wear decent sturdy footwear.

“Make sure you are ready to deal with the weather too. It’s a very exposed location and there’s very little cover if it is a hot day.”

Top 5 tips for a great Olympic Games

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Going to the Olympic Games? Our safer communities team have 5 tips to ensure you have a great time.
A canoist on the rapids

  1. Be prepared for security checks when you arrive: this will be like taking an international flight at an airport. It will be busy and you will have to queue, so get there early – check your venue information for your recommended arrival time.
  2. Bring as little as possible with you: the more you bring, the longer it will take to go through security. One small soft-sided rucksack or handbag is allowed per person – this must fit under your seat. If you have a ticket for Football, we strongly suggest you do not bring a bag – if you do, your entry will be delayed and you may miss your event.
  3. Read the lists of prohibited and restricted items before you leave: you cannot bring in liquids over 100ml, including water – but at most venues you can bring an empty plastic water bottle and fill it up at water points inside venues. There is a wide range of food available to buy, but if you need to bring your own food, it must fit inside your bag.
  4. Leave plenty of time to travel to your venue: London and the UK will be extremely busy and very different to what you’re used to. Use the spectator journey planner to find the best route and, where necessary, book your travel to make sure you get to your event on time. Ticket holders for events in and around London can use their Games Travelcard for travel in London zones 1 to 9.
  5. Remember the only way to pay is by Visa (debit, credit or prepaid card) or cash: read about the services and facilities available in your venue.

Out and about

While London is safe for most people travelling at night, there are concerns over the dangers of travelling in unbooked minicabs (also known as illegal cabs and touts) picked up off the street. All minicabs must be licensed by Transport for London and must be booked in advance. Any minicab that isn’t booked by phone, email or in a licensed minicab office is illegal and unsafe. Find out more on the Transport for London website.

  • Don’t leave your bags unattended anywhere in London. As well as attracting pickpockets, you could also create security alert.
  • In restaurants, bars or theatres, keep your bags where you can see them, not on the floor or over the back of your chair. In crowded areas such as a bus or underground train, try wearing them in front of you, not over your shoulder.
  • Don’t keep all your valuables in one place and don’t carry large amounts of cash around with you. Try to use travellers’ cheques, or take a small amount of cash along with credit or debit cards. When withdrawing cash, don’t let others see your PIN number.
  • Be aware that it is a criminal offence to carry weapons such as knives and guns in the UK.
  • Unlike some other European countries it is also illegal to carry CS spray.


The Metropolitan Police’s Operation Podium team have been working closely with London 2012 to help ensure that you don’t get scammed or conned when you try to buy an Olympic or Paralympic ticket.

There will be a very high demand for London 2012 tickets. This gives criminals greater opportunity to scam, con or steal your personal details. With the recent rise in internet ticket sales it is easy for criminals to set up fake sites. You need to know who you are buying from and think if the site or seller is legitimate. There is specific legislation relating to tickets for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, so make sure you don’t get caught out.

Follow our advice and always think before you buy. You should always check the London 2012 website for all official information about the Games, this includes where and how to buy your ticket. If you think you have been a victim of crime whilst trying to buy a ticket to the Games report it to Action Fraud, London 2012 or your local police force.

Avoid unauthorised Olympic ticketing websites

Be aware of unauthorised websites that claim to sell tickets to London 2012.

Fire at Copperfield

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Following a fire, council officers from the housing and building control sections were called to Copperfield on the Limes Farm Estate early on Tuesday morning. Essex Fire and Rescue extinguished the blaze in a first floor flat. No one was injured. One resident was led to safety by firefighters.

The first-floor flat was very badly damaged. Another flat underneath suffered from severe water damage. Others in the block had less serious smoke damage. Tenants of the two worst affected flats are discussing rehousing options with the council. However, thanks to hard work by council staff repairing and cleaning the communal entrance affected by smoke, all the other tenants were able to reoccupy their homes by the end of the day.

Although part of the roof has gone, an initial inspection of the damage suggests the structure is sound and the building can be repaired. Costs of repair will be met through the council’s building insurance.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. Council officers hope investigation by Essex Fire and Rescue may establish the reason.

Councillor David Stallan, Housing Portfolio Holder was relieved that no one was injured. He said: “All of the tenants involved have my sympathy, particularly those who have also lost personal possessions, some of which cannot be replaced. It sounds like the tenant in the flat where the blaze started acted quickly to raise the alarm and helped to warn the other residents of the block. Essex Fire and Rescue did a great job. The damage looks bad but bricks and mortar can be repaired and replaced. The most important thing is that everyone is safe.”

Street pastors patrol Loughton

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The first patrol by Loughton Street Pastors along Loughton High Road was made on the evening of Friday 20 April 2012. After a commissioning service at Loughton Baptist Church, the street pastors made their first patrol to engage with young people on the streets to care, listen and chat.

Loughton Street Pastors is made up of 21 volunteers from 6 local churches. They will be paroling the Loughton High Road area each Friday night from 10pm to 2.30am. The group was set up to help visitors to the High Road area stay safe, and to deal with any issues that might arise.

Working alongside other agencies such as the Council and emergency services, the Loughton Street Pastors are funded by Epping Forest District Council, Essex Police, Loughton Town Council and Epping Forest Safer Communities Partnership.

You can find out more at the Street Pastors website and if you feel you can be of any help please email

J9 campaign launched to combat domestic violence

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J9 LogoThe J9 Domestic Violence Initiative is named in memory of Janine Mundy and was started by the family and the local Police in Cambourne.

Janine Mundy was killed while her husband was on Police bail, he strangled his wife in front of their two youngs sons and tried to fake her suicide by hanging her from a stairwell by a noose, again in the presence o their children.

Safer Communities at Epping Forest District Council are looking for local businesses and services that can assist in the J9 campaign to stop domestic abuse and help victims to seek the help they so desperately need. We have training courses, leaflets and pink A4 information packs to distribute to shops and businesses in the district to display for people to obtain contact details to get help.

Safer Communities Officer Caroline Wiggins promotes J9 

Caroline Wiggins, Safer Communities Manager said: “The campaign raises awareness of domestic violence and also gives victims the opportunity to ask for support.

“Many victims’ partners are very controlling and out shopping or accessing local services in the community may be the only opportunity they get to make this sort of call from a safe environment.”


What can you do?

  • Display information in your premises which is available to your customers.
  • Train one or more of your staff in the awareness of domestic abuse.
  • When trained display the logo in a prominent position, so those victims know where they can obtain the relevant information, to access the support they need.
  • Epping Forest District Council will arrange for your staff to be trained and will provide leaflets and information packs.


What can you do now?

  • Contact the community safety team at Epping Forest District Council.
  • We will send information to you to display so it is accessible for your customers.
  • We will contact you to advise you when training will be available for your staff.
  • When trained display the logo and start helping to save lives.
  • Email
  • Telephone the Safer Communities Team on 01992 564608


Did you know?

  • More than one in four women (28%) and around one in six men (16%) had experienced any domestic abuse (any emotional, financial or physical abuse, sexual assault or stalking by a partner or family member) since the age of 16. These figures are equivalent to an estimated 4.5 million female victims of domestic abuse and 2.6 million male victims. British Crime Survey 2008/09
  • Sixteen per cent of victims of partner abuse in the last year had reported the abuse to the police, a similar level of reporting to that found in 2004/05. British Crime Survey 2008/09
  • Over half (59%) of the victims had told their friends, relatives or neighbours, 16% told the police and 12% told someone at work.
  • In 90% of domestic abuse incidents children are in the same or the next room.
    (Hughes, 1992)
  • Even when it appears that children aren’t being directly abused themselves, research shows that they are likely to be aware of what is happening. One third of children will try and intervene during attacks, and children sometimes feel guilty if they don’t come to their parent’s aid.


What is domestic abuse?

“Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults, aged 18 and over, who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender.” Family members are defined as mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister and grandparents, whether directly related, in-laws or step-family.


Christmas gifts for refuge children

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“Christmas is especially hard for families in refuges, these gifts will hopefully bring them a little bit of happiness during the festive season” said Caroline Wiggins, manager of the Safer Communities partnership in Epping Forest.

Staff from the council and other local organisations have worked together and donated presents to the children in refuges this Christmas.

“Living in a refuge is never easy and Christmas can be particularly difficult. Rates of domestic violence rise around the festive period, often leading to more families seeking refuge” continued Caroline, “The gifts donated will hopefully make this difficult time easier for the children affected by domestic violence. The women usually leave their homes with few possessions. They don’t have extra clothes, toiletries or toys for their children. In order to stay hidden, women often can’t tell their families and friends where they are, missing out on knowing that people are thinking about them.”

“Christmas and New Year should be a time of joy but for many people living in fear of violence or abuse in their own homes it can be very difficult. If you are a victim, or if you suspect you know a victim, help is available. Domestic violence is not a private matter and everyone needs to be involved in helping victims. The work carried out in refuges and by all the support services is of vital importance.”

If you or someone you know needs help, call the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or Safer Places on 0845 0177 668. Anyone in immediate danger should call 999.

Local refuges provide a safe haven for around 80 women and 130 children in Ongar, Harlow, Broxbourne and Southend this Christmas. Thanks to the generosity of the following local organisations, every child in our refuges will receive a gift this Christmas.

Staff at Epping Forest District Council
St Winifred’s Church Chigwell
Homestart Epping Forest
Loughton Family Centre
Woodburn Shoot Syndicate
Caroline Wiggins, Safer Communities manager talked to Ray Clark on BBC Radio Essex about the women’s refuge in Harlow.

Listen the the interview on BBC iplayer (go to 2.06.30)

Essex ‘Shaken and Slurred’

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Alcohol Awareness week aims to raise public awareness of the long and short term issues that can arise from alcohol misuse, and how this can impact on the lives of families and friends as well as the individuals themselves. More information about Alcohol Awareness Week can be found at Alcohol Concern website.

Within the last decade we are seeing a marked increase in alcohol consumption, particularly among young people and women. Caroline Wiggins the Safer Communities Manager said: “I believe that it is more important than ever for people to be educated about the effects of alcohol”.

Essex Drug and Alcohol Action Partnership are running a campaign called Shaken and Slurred, which is aimed at binge drinkers. The campaign will be launched during alcohol awareness week and will run for six weeks, leading up to Christmas and the New Year.

The campaign is based around a thirty second video that shows in a humorous way how excessive drinking affects others and the importance of drinking responsibly.

Every hour more than 100 people go into hospital in England and Wales with an alcohol-related condition.
Every day more than 40 people die as a result of alcohol in England and Wales.
Every week more than 100 children call ChildLine upset about their parents’ drinking – some as young as five years old.
Alcohol consumption has nearly doubled since the 1950s.
It is estimated that 2.6 million children in the UK are living with parents who are drinking hazardously and 705,000 are living with dependent drinkers.
More than 100 children, including children as young as five, contact ChildLine every week with worries about their parent’s drinking or drug use.

Drivers warned over deer accident risk

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deerPlease pay particular attention when driving through the Forest at this time of the year, autumn is the deer ‘rutting season’ and can cause additional road safety hazards for deer and drivers alike.

As the temperature drops at this time of year, fallow deer enter into a breeding cycle called ‘the rut’. This can last for several weeks, depending on the weather, and is particularly late in starting this year due to the warm spell we experienced in October.

During the rut, the bucks seem to become less aware of the dangers around them, such as cars on the roads throughout the Forest.

At this time, sadly, there are more road vehicle collisions involving deer. Please be particularly mindful of the potential for deer to run into the roads when you are driving throughout Epping Forest.

It is also important to keep disturbance of the deer in Epping Forest to a minimum during the rut, and dogs in particular should be kept under very close control.

Deer advice

The Highways Agency advice to drivers is:

  • when you see deer warning signs, check your speed and stay alert
  • if your headlights are on, use full-beams when you can, but dip them if you see deer, as they may ‘freeze’
  • more deer may follow the first one you see
  • be prepared to stop, but try not to suddenly swerve to avoid a deer; hitting oncoming traffic or another obstacle could be even worse
  • if you have to stop, use your hazard warning lights
  • do not approach an injured deer, it could be dangerous

You should treat a collision with a deer as an emergency, especially if someone is injured or if vehicles or deer in the road are a safety risk. Ring 999 for the police or ambulance service immediately.

Information on the rut

The fallow bucks (males) develop enlarged necks and throats, the Adam’s apple becomes more prominent and they develop a deep grunt. The bucks will hold a stand where the ground is scraped using antlers and feet and they then urinate causing a strong smelling mud. This, along with the noise and size of the buck, will draw in the does (females).

Bucks will have to defend this area from others. If there is a great difference in size between the bucks the larger will deter the smaller animal, if, however, the difference is not that great the bucks will look at any weakness in the his opponent, this will involve parallel walking and could eventually lead to a fight where the bucks will clash with their antlers until the loser will run off leaving the victor to his territory and the does. Injuries, often quite serious, can occur at this time to the deer.

Muntjac (or barking deer) are much smaller than fallow deer and breed throughout the year. They are also non-herding. Muntjac bucks have very sharp canine teeth several inches long and should not be approached as a serious injury could be inflicted.