Need help with your housing repairs?

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Need a housing repair, energy efficiency works or disabled adaptations? Got an empty home? Financial assistance for home-owners and private tenants is available.

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Am I eligible?

Under the Housing Assistance Policy there are several types of financial assistance available to home owner and private sector tenants.

What type of assistance is available?

  • Mandatory Disabled Facilities Grants are available to provide adaptations for disabled home owners and private tenants. Subject to qualifying criteria the mandatory grant will be for the full cost of the work up to a maximum of £30,000.

The Council also gives 3 main types of discretionary assistance; Decent Homes Repayable Assistance, Empty Homes Repayable Assistance and Small Works Repayable Assistance.

  • Decent Homes Repayable Assistance is financial assistance available to owner occupiers and long leaseholders to bring private homes up to the ‘Decent Homes Standard’. Subject to qualifying criteria the Assistance will be for the full cost of the work up to a maximum of £10,000.
  • Small Works Repayable Assistance is financial assistance available to owner occupiers and long leaseholders to remove hazards or repair defects that are likely to damage the fabric of a property. Subject to qualifying criteria the Assistance will be for the full cost of the work up to a maximum of £3,000.
  • Empty Homes Repayable Assistance is financial assistance available to persons intending to bring empty properties back into use and live in them as their home. Assistance is to a maximum of £10,000.

More financial options now available

Leader of the Council Councillor Chris Whitbread said: “Needing adaptations or repairs to your home can really put a strain on your finances, we want to give people a fair opportunity to carry out the works they need.”

“Under our new Housing Assistance Policy there are now more financial options available to home owners and private sector tenants.

So don’t put it off, get in touch today to see if you are eligible.”

More information

For more details on eligibility criteria and how to apply please contact

One month left to apply for the 2018 Creativity Award

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Applications are open for a single award of up to £1000, to every young person in the district, aged between 13 and 25 years.

Creativity Award 2017

We want to support you

If you have a talent or interest in the arts, culture and heritage, we want to support you and develop your skills.

The award is open to individuals and groups with a minimum of 3 people who are looking for support for their creative activity. A group can already be established (i.e. art clubs, theatre groups, choirs or orchestras) or have formed especially to apply for this funding.

The award is open to heritage projects and other young people’s programmes through our museum service.

Leisure and Community service portfolio holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “The Creativity Award is a great opportunity for young creatives to develop their craft”.

“Developing talent at a young age can be costly, so we are looking to help lighten the load. If this sounds like something a group or individual you know would benefit from, or even you, don’t delay make an application”.

Make an application

Applicants are required to show their commitment to their area of interest and explain how the award will help develop their talent. They must be able to demonstrate they are actively pursuing their interest through volunteering, education, exhibition or performance.

To apply, or for more information, visit

The deadline for applications is 12am on Friday 5 January 2018.

December fun thanks to the Lottery

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Epping Forest District Museum and Lowewood Museum will be offering a 10% discount in gift shops and Lowewood Museum’s refreshment area to National Lottery players.

EFD Museum

Come visit

Our museums are joining 350 National Lottery funded visitor attractions across the UK in saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Monday 11 – Saturday 16 December 2017
  • Opening times:
    Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday – 10am to 4pm
    Saturday – 10am to 5pm

Heritage Lottery Fund

Epping Forest District Museum has received £1,782,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money paid for the recent redevelopment as well as a range of projects, enabling community engagement and collections acquisition.

Lowewood Museum has received £156,000 for exhibition and engagement projects including the restoration of the Pulham kiln site in Broxbourne.

Providing opportunities for communities

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7bn National Lottery funding since 1994. This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder, Councillor Helen Kane said: “Thanks to National Lottery players we’ve been able to provide a fantastic new museum offer in the Epping Forest District and the opportunities for our community to explore the heritage has been massively enriched.”

Terms and Conditions

  • One National Lottery ticket provides 10% off in the museum gift shop and refreshment area at Lowewood Museum.
  • All National Lottery games qualify for the offer, including tickets from any National Lottery draw based game or National Lottery Scratch card. Proof of ticket can be paper or digital.
  • The offer is valid on the days the museum is open between Monday 11 and Saturday 16 December. Epping Forest District Museum is open 10am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays.
  • Only one ticket can be used per transaction.

For more information, visit:

‘Submission’ version of Local Plan published

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The Epping Forest District Local Plan – Submission Version 2017 is available to view ahead of a special Council meeting to be webcast on 14 December.

Local plan time line

Epping Forest District Local Plan Submission Version 2017

Councillors will be asked to approve formal publication of the ‘Epping Forest District Local Plan Submission Version 2017’. If agreed, residents will be invited to make representations on the legality and soundness of the Plan during a six week period between 18 December and 29 January. Representations will then be submitted with the Local Plan for examination by a government-appointed planning inspector.

Consideration of the Local Plan has been brought forward following Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid’s announcement that councils failing to submit a Local Plan for examination before 31 March 2018 could see housing allocations significantly increased. If Epping Forest District’s Plan is not submitted in time, the 11,400 new housing requirement allocated for the District could increase to 20,000 over the Local Plan period up to 2033.

Subject to Council approval, the Plan and all supporting documents will be published to its website from 18 December with a special form for residents, developers and any other interested stakeholders to complete.

The Council hopes people will use the online form specially created for the purpose.

The next stage in the process

Planning Portfolio Holder, Councillor John Philip said: “We held extensive consultation on the Local Plan last year. The next stage in the process restricts representations to legal compliance and soundness of the Plan. The online form is designed to help everyone follow the guidelines and submit comments in the right format for the planning inspector who will ultimately hold the public examination and approve or reject the Plan. Using the form will give you the best chance of ensuring the inspector takes your views into account.”

However, Councillor Philip added: “We know online forms are not for everyone. We will also provide a printable version if you prefer paper as well as accepting email submissions on behalf of the inspector.”

Watch the meeting online

The ‘Submission Version 2017’ of the Local Plan has been published online as part of the Council agenda.

Due to the nature and complexity of the Plan, the meeting is scheduled to start earlier than usual at 6pm. Limited public viewing is available in the Council chamber and the Council will also provide access via breakout TV screens in the atrium of the Civic offices.

The meeting will also be webcast and residents will be able to watch live and recorded online from the comfort of their own homes.

Councillor Philip added: “Publication over the Christmas period is not ideal but the government consultation leaves little choice if we are to hit the 31 March deadline. However, by sharing the Plan through the Council agenda as early as possible, we can effectively give people an extra two weeks to think about any comments and submissions before the formal representations period starts.”

The Council is also writing to everyone who previously expressed interest in the Local Plan.

Take part in No Borders

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The Epping Forest District Museum is looking for individuals from ethnic backgrounds to tell their stories and share experiences.

EFD Museum

No borders

If you live or work in the Epping Forest District or Borough of Broxbourne and are of ethnic minority; we want you to share stories from your childhood, home or work-life and become part of our oral history collection.

Funded by Arts Council England, No Borders is in partnership with Epping Forest District, Lowewood and Chelmsford Museums and is part of the Arts Council’s England Resilient Museums Project.

How will it work?

The project will take place from January to March 2018.

A suitable time will be arranged to interview you. There will be the opportunity to take part in film and audio interviews, all interviews will become a part of either museum’s collection and be used in future exhibitions and events, promoting diversity and the changing demographics of the district.

Exciting opportunity

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “This Project ‘No Borders’ is an exciting opportunity for our community, to learn from one another and be more inclusive.

If you would be interested in sharing your experiences past or present I encourage you to get in contact with the museum, and be part of the ‘No Borders’ project.”

Take part

If you are interested please get in touch before 15 December 2017.

Please contact Sabrina Ishfaq, if are you interested in being part of the ‘No Borders’ project

Santa Claus is coming to town

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Come visit Father Christmas in his grotto Saturday 9 December at the Epping Forest Museum and receive a gift.

Father Christmas 2017

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 9 December
  • Time: 11am to 4pm
  • Price: £5 per child

No need to book, just drop in to the museum between 11am and 4pm. You’ll be given a time slot on arrival and while you wait, there will be Christmas themed crafts to make.

Free festive foods

As well as Santa visiting, various cafes and restaurants in Sun Street, Waltham Abbey are offering you a taste of winter from different places and cultures.

Vendors will be giving free samples of their food in the museum garden from

  • 12pm to 2.30pm

Get in festive the spirit

Leisure and community portfolio holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “Now the lights have been switched on and the days are getting colder it can only mean one thing, the festive season is upon is. Come visit the museum and their special guest and get in the festive spirit.

This is a great community event for all the family, not only is Santa stopping by but you’ll get the chance to experience festive food from around the globe.

This is such a special time of year and we look forward to helping you celebrate, no need to book, just drop by”

Council rewarded for energy efficiency

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On Thursday 23 November Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) received the Silver Green Apple Environment Award acknowledging the steps that have been taken towards making the council more energy efficient.

EFDC receives the Green Apple Award

Steps taken towards saving energy and reducing carbon emissions

The Green Apple Award launched by The Green Organisation in 1994 recognises environmental best practice around the globe.

The Green Organisation acknowledged the council’s efforts, after an application was submitted by Environmental Co-ordinator Liz Ainslie with the support of EFDC’s Chief Executive Glen Chip.

The application highlighted since 2010 a number of steps have been taken encouraging energy saving including:

  • The Installation of double glazing throughout all offices
  • LED across the councils estate
  • Solar panels on the Civic Offices and at the Limes Centre
  • Roof insulation to the main Civic Building
  • Improvement to the heating systems
  • 400+ desktop printers replaced with 26 multi-function devices

Together these measures have saved EFDC nearly 1100 tonnes of CO2e since baseline year calculations in 2008/09.

The installation of solar panels has earned £6597 in ‘feed-in’ tariffs since 2016 and should pay for themselves in approximately 10 years.

The panels will then go on to generate income for the Council, in addition to what is being saved in electricity costs. This will not only help to reduce the carbon footprint but will also help keep council tax rates down.

Through these efforts the Green Apple Organisation awarded EFDC the Silver Green Apple Award.

Leading by example

Chairman of Council David Stallan who received the award on behalf of the Council said: “They say from tiny acorns great Oaks do grow, and they do! Some enormous changes have been introduced to save energy and reduce our carbon emissions.”

“But we can’t be complacent, there is always more to be done and we all need to be more environmentally aware. It is up to us as a council to set an example to our residents and I am very proud that we have been presented with the Silver award”.

Safer, greener and transport portfolio holder Councillor Sam Kane echoed Councillor Stallan’s words and added: “The work our officers have put in to making our working environment greener has not gone unnoticed and we will continue to strive to be an example to our residents. Being conscientious, looking after our planet and our surrounding environment is so important, and I look forward to seeing this good work continue and grow”

Find out more about The Green Organisation

Residents give their views to the PFCC

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The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex (PFCC) Roger Hirst hosted a public meeting at the civic offices on Monday 20 December hearing resident’s views on crime in the district.

Watch the webcast

Roger Hirst PFCC and Caroline Wiggins of Epping Forest District Council

Working with you to keep our community safe

The public meeting gave residents a chance to hear from the police first-hand about budgets, current successes and where improvement is needed.

Safer, Greener and Transport portfolio holder Councillor Sam Kane said “It was so encouraging to see residents engaging with the Commissioner. The Epping Forest District has a strong sense of community which is demonstrated by the way we tackle these issues together, working with the police not against them.

“Our safer community’s team work closely with the Police and other agencies helping find actions to address your concerns. I look forward to seeing our working relationship grow, working with the Police, the Commissioner and our residents to keep our community safe”

Find out more about the PFCC

 

Decisions from Plans South 22 November 2017

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Planning application decisions from Area Planning Sub-Committee South meeting on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

Decisions

  • EPF/2778/16 – Old Farm Green Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6DN
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2103/17 – 32 Ollards Grove, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4DW
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2338/17 – Loughton Leisure Centre, Traps Hill, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1SZ
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2398/17 – Stanmores and Little Stanmores, Clays Lane, Loughton, Essex, IG10 2RZ
    Decision deferred to a future meeting

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Visually impaired make rural soundscape for exhibition

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On Thursday 2 November, Epping Forest District Museum opened its doors exclusively to members of Support 4 Sight, for a music workshop.

Support 4 Sight group enjoying a Rural Life music workshop at Epping Forest District Museum

Support 4 Sight is an Essex based sight loss organisation, providing assistance to blind and partially sighted people. The group spent the morning exploring the museum’s temporary exhibition ‘A Sense of Rural Life’.

Using various household objects and replica items, the group recreated sounds that would have been heard in agricultural life many years ago.

Inspired by the exhibition participants then created their own soundscape of rural life and wrote lyrics to accompany the music, which they performed at the end of the workshop.

A film of the workshop and the performance is being added to the exhibition.

Bringing people together through art and history

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “Our museum does so much for the district, bringing people together through art and history. They constantly have activities and workshops for all the community to get involved with”.

She continued “The techniques used to create the soundscape are so creative and I am particularly excited to see the ‘Support 4 Sight’ performance added to the ‘A Sense of Rural Life’ exhibition.”

We welcome everyone to come and see the current exhibitions. It may even give you a new perspective to the place you call home”.

See the exhibition

A Sense of Rural Life is on display until Saturday 10 March 2018.

  • When: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • 10am to 4pm
  • Saturday 10am to 5pm.
  • Free entry

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