Nu Bar opening hours cut following review

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Councillors are cracking down on anti-social behaviour and criminal activity associated with Nu Bar in Loughton. Following a review of evidence from local residents and Essex Police, councillors have cut the opening hours by moving the closing time from 02:30am to 00:30am, with no alcohol to be served after midnight. The only exceptions to the new closing times are special occasions such as Christmas and New Year.

Chance to appeal

The Licence Holder, Greene King, has 21 days from the date of the decision to appeal. If Greene King accept the new conditions, Nu Bar remains closed until the time permitted for an appeal has ended or any appeal is completed.

Conditions re-emphasized and reinforced

In addition to the reduction in opening hours, Epping Forest District Council has re-emphasized and reinforced a raft of other conditions designed to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. These include high quality CCTV and facial recognition technology, door staff, dress codes to prevent people hiding their identity, training for staff in matters as diverse as sales to underage children and drug abuse, maintenance of an incident register, the banning of glass drink ware, digital ID scanning and restrictions on the number of people that can be in the smoking area at any one time.

Protecting residents

A spokesperson for Epping Forest District Council said: “We would like to thank local residents and Essex Police for their hard work in pulling the evidence together. We have a legal duty as the licensing authority to take an impartial independent view based on law. Licensing Committee councillors listened very carefully to all sides of the argument but felt a clear need to impose these restrictions and protect our residents from the nuisance and harm caused by late-night rowdy behaviour at Nu Bar.”

He continued: “We expect Nu Bar’s owners to take heed of this tough stance and understand that the kind of behaviour associated with their premises over the last few months is intolerable and unacceptable. Essex Police catalogued eight separate incidents in the last few months, including one involving 40 people. Local residents have the right to a reasonable degree of peace, quiet and security.”

Loughton bar licence suspended

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After an assault during the early hours on 10 April 2016, Nu Bar in Loughton High Road has had its licence temporarily suspended by councillors.

Temporary suspension of licence

A council spokesperson said: Following the incident, Essex Police submitted an application for a review of Nu Bar’s alcohol licence to the District Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee. Their application called for either the temporary suspension of the licence or the enforcement of stringent conditions in the interim period between now and a full hearing.

Councillors rejected the appeal by Greene King to lift the temporary suspension. They said that the suspension is appropriate and proportionate given the evidence submitted. The suspension will continue until the full hearing on 3 May 2016.

Robust steps taken 

Essex Police Superintendent Trevor Roe said: We are happy to support the night time economy in the Epping Forest district but when public safety, crime and disorder become an issue, robust steps will be taken to enforce the law around licensing by the licensing officers and the new community policing team based at Loughton.

 

Safe at home with Careline

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Epping Forest Careline is for anyone who wants to feel more secure in their home – knowing they can get help at the press of a button.

In addition to pendant alarms, we offer a wide range of telecare sensors, such as smoke detectors, bogus caller buttons and fall detectors.

Careline poster

Safe at home with Careline

For more information please contact us and we’ll be happy to explain the costs and arrange a demonstration.

Find out more

 

Unchosen – modern slavery in Epping Forest

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The blight of modern slavery came under the spotlight at a conference held at Epping Forest District Council on 10 March 2016.

The conference were shown films by Unchosen – a hard-hitting website. Through films it tells the story of slaves and the people who exploit them.

Unchosen poster

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Speakers

  • Councillor Gary Waller Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community Safety
  • Tony Byrne of the Gangmaster Licensing Authority (GLA)
  • Diane Payner of the Salvation Army
  • Anna Di Mascio from Barnados

A modern blight

Gary Waller is also chairman of the Community Safety Partnership a group of local organisations including the Council, Essex Police and Social Services. He reminded delegates that slavery was officially banned in the UK hundreds of years ago and yet it still blights modern lives.

He passed over to Diane Payner of the Salvation Army. She presented the first of the morning’s videos, a heart-rending insight on people trafficking from Eastern Europe into the western sex trade.

Preying on women and children

Anna Di Mascio of  Barnardo’s moved the focus from the exploitation of women to the trafficking of children, brought to the UK and forced into a life of crime, forced marriage and forced labour. Control, intimidation and threats are used not just against the young children but also their families.

The criminals range across Eastern Europe, Africa and South-East Asia, preying on desperate families searching for a better life for their children. The criminals try to stay one step ahead of the authorities, changing routes and counties of origin as law enforcement agencies track them.

Anna Di Mascio says the most prevalent counties of origin are Vietnam, Albania, the UK itself, Nigeria, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Romania, Bangladesh, China and the Czech Republic.

Isolated and afraid

Many people caught up in slavery are too afraid to seek help. Others don’t understand that they are being exploited, having been brainwashed by their captors into thinking the abuse is normal. Others pretend to their families that all is well to protect them from worry. The emotional and psychological damage can be as bad as the physical harm they experience.

Men are victims too

Modern slavery is hidden within plain view but there are signs anyone can see. Tony Byrne of the Gangmaster Licensing Authority focuses of forced labour.

He reminded delegates of the Morcambe Bay tragedy in which 21 people died and presented a video depicting forced labour on a chicken farm with the intervention of an ordinary member of the public reporting concerns to the police. He said that within local agriculture and horticulture forced labour will be taking place somewhere.

The GLA also covers food processing and packaging and shellfish processing. Eastern European men are at particular risk of this, predominately exploited by criminals of the same nationalities. The Police cover other areas such as the catering and hospitality industries.

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Bogus caller warning to residents

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Residents are being warned to check the credentials of unsolicited callers after Epping Forest District Council received reports of bogus officials presenting themselves as council representatives in Loughton.

Be Sure at the Door

Poster from the 2015 Be Sure at the Door campaign.

Not a council contractor or staff

We have received reports from members of the public that unsolicited callers are in the Willingale Road area of Loughton today purporting to be Epping Forest District Council officials. They are stating that they need to drill holes in residents cavity walls to allow moisture to escape and are asking for a financial deposit to do this.

Epping Forest District Council has not requested or contracted any such work and this would appear to be an attempt to defraud money from residents. Anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of fraud or has been approached by bogus callers should contact the police.

One resident received an unplanned visit from a contractor who said that they were doing insulation work and wanted to drill into the pointing and suck the moisture. The callers said they needed a deposit from the resident to go towards hiring the equipment. The resident, who has never reported any damp related issues was suspicious and contacted the council.

All council representatives and contractors carry ID

All council representatives and contractors carry ID and will never ask for money.

We have circulated information to Essex Watch, Essex Police Crime Prevention and the Neighbourhood Policing Team based at Loughton.

Find out more

 

Know a cheat in your street?

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Year after year, thousands of pounds of your money is stolen by cheaters, money that should be used to improve your local community.

Spot the cheater – don’t let them get away.

Know a cheat?

Fraudsters are cheating us all

Housing tenancy fraud – misusing council properties

Council tax fraud – Falsely claiming Council Tax discounts (including Council Tax Support)

Business rates fraud – Falsely claiming reliefs or exemptions

Do you suspect someone of fraud?

Then tell us about:

Someone who has committed social housing fraud by:

  • illegally sub-letting,
  • not living in the property and leaving it empty,
  • making a fraudulent Right to Buy application, •
  • taking (or making) a payment for a mutual exchange,
  • living in a property after the tenant has died, where they had no right to succeed, or
  • giving false or misleading information to get the tenancy

Someone who has committed Council Tax fraud clamming discount by falsely:

  • stating the property is empty,
  • claiming they live alone,
  • claiming they are a student, or
  • claiming Council Tax Support falsely by doing undeclared work or having capital / property in excess of the limit

A person or business liable for Business Rates who falsely claims an exemption or relief they are not entitled to.

Spotted a cheater?

 

 

Epping’s first ever group of Volunteer Police Cadets pass out

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The first ever group of Volunteer Police Cadets ‘passed out’ on 9 February 2016 at an official ceremony celebrating their dedication to the service.

Volunteer Police Cadets passing out parade

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The 11 cadets proudly passed out in front of their friends and family, along with Chief Inspector Denise Morrissey and Chief Superintendent Sean O’Callaghan and other members of the Essex Police force. All were there to congratulate the young volunteers on passing their 12 week training programme, allowing them to go forward in the community and help make a difference.

Chief Inspector Denise Morrissey highlighted the hard work and time both the cadets and their leaders had dedicated to making the youth organisation a success.

Chief Superintendent Sean O’Callaghan presented the cadets with certificates thanking both cadets and family for time spent helping their communities.

Caroline Wiggins Safer community’s manger said: ‘The VPC are a great asset to our community, setting a good example from an early age to all around them. The cadets is a wonderful opportunity for our young people to develop valuable skills and gain life experiences that will go on and serve them. I look forward to our cadets going into the community and working together to help make a difference.’

Want to become a police cadet?

Download Recruitment Brochure here (pdf 674KB)

If you want to help improve your local community, have an interest in finding out more about how the Police work, or the law, the VPC is for you.

How to apply

For further information please contact  VPC Inspector Emma Matthews

volunteer.police.cadets@essex.pnn.police.uk

More information

For more information please visit Essex Police website 

or National Volunteer Police Cadets 

Parking enforcement scam

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Fake parking notices are being distributed in Loughton High Road. Epping Forest District Council and the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) say that motorists parking between 261 and 309 High Road should check the validity of any notice they find on their car headed ‘PARKING RESTRICTION’.

Fake parking enforcment notice

Although the notice has a rough copy of the District Council brand logo, Epping Forest District Council has nothing to do with on-street parking enforcement. On-street parking is the responsibility of Essex County Council, which is run through the NEPP.

Misrepresenting the council

A spokesperson, on behalf of Epping Forest District Council said: “We don’t know who has produced these notices, but they should be aware that by misrepresenting the council they are putting themselves at risk of civil action, which is something that the district council takes very seriously.”

No waiting restrictions

A spokesperson for the North Essex Parking Partnership said: “There are currently no waiting restrictions as described by the fake notice in this part of the High Road. A scheme to introduce Pay and Display parking in this area has recently been agreed and this will shortly be advertised through on-street notices and in a local paper.”

“Genuine parking notices must be described as a Penalty Charge Notices and those issued by the NEPP will always include its logo, details of legislation, and of the penalty it has been issued for, and the reverse will include contact, payment and process details.”

“Anyone issued with a genuine enforcement notice can always check with the NEPP to ensure its authenticity. Records taken by NEPP Civil Enforcement Officers and the fact that NEPP Penalty Charge Notices include unique references mean it is possible to ascertain the authenticity of these notices.”

Any information?

The council spokesperson added: “Anyone who has information about the source of these bogus notices should contact Epping Forest District Council on 01992 564082.”

 

Prosecution for fly-tipping in Waltham Abbey

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Mr Terence Sullivan of Morris Court Waltham Abbey was fined £120 and ordered to pay a contribution towards the prosecution costs of £200 after pleading guilty to an offence of depositing fly-tipped waste on 16 March 2015 in a bin store at Springfields, Waltham Abbey.

The fly tipping of waste in the bin store serving properties in Springfields Waltham Abbey was witnessed by a member of the public on 16th March 2015 and reported to the Council the following day.

Environment and Neighbourhood officers were able to trace the vehicle used in the fly tipping back to Terence Sullivan of Morris Court Waltham Abbey, who when subsequently interviewed under caution admitted being responsible for its deposit which included some waste from his business as a roofing company.

Evidence gathered by the Council’s Environment & Neighbourhood team led to a prosecution in Chelmsford Magistrates Court on 10th December 2015.

We aim to maintain a safe and clean environment

Councillor Will Breare-Hall, the Environment Portfolio Holder, said:

‘We aim to maintain a safe and clean environment for our residents and take all instances of fly tipping extremely seriously. We will pursue a prosecution when we have the necessary evidence, so I encourage members of the public who witness fly tipping to make a note of the details, including the date and time and the registration number of any vehicle involved, and to report it to us as soon as possible, either online or by calling 01992 564608 during office hours or 01992 564000 at all other times.”

Report fly tipping

 

Unsung hero gets award

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Congratulations to Christopher Bullock from Epping Green on receiving a highly commended award in the unsung hero category in the Pride of Essex Awards 2015.

Pride of Essex 2015 "Unsung Hero" Highly Commended and award winners - Chris Bullock centre

Chris is the Handyman Project Coordinator for Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF), a service funded by Epping Forest District Council (EFDC).

He is a handyman who does jobs for tenants of EFDC properties who are over 60 and or disabled who often have no one else who can help them. Chris does basic jobs like replacing tap washers, flat pack assembly, fitting curtain rails and putting up shelving, plus a lot more!

Extremely courteous and invaluable

Chris was nominated for the award by Mr and Mrs Burton. They moved to the Epping Forest district in 2013 and asked EFDC if anyone could help with basic jobs as both are registered disabled. They were referred to the Handyman Service and introduced to Chris.

The couple now regard Chris as a personal friend  and describe Chris as “Extremely courteous and invaluable.” Mrs Burton added: “We cannot thank him enough for all he does, we wanted him and his work recognised, which is why we’re nominating him for an award.”

Humbled by the nomination

At the Pride of Essex Awards Chris said: “I am genuinely humbled by the nomination. I was really taken back by the incredible efforts nominees had gone to in order to help others, many in the face of their own adversities.”

“The Burtons are just one example of many whose situation compels me to go even further, often working into the evenings in my own time, just to improve their lives. I was the only person nominated who provided a hands on practical support service which highlights how rare the work we do really is.”

“This Award should be shared by all who support the Handyman Service at EFDC and VAEF, as really I’m just the front man. Without this team I wouldn’t have known of their struggles and been able to help them, so thank you from me.”

Volunteer with VAEF

If you would like to find out more about volunteering please contact Voluntary Action Epping Forest