Designated Public Place Order Starts

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Image of bottles used on DPPO signs

A Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) covering the Stonards Hill and Lower Swaines recreation grounds in Epping started on Thursday 20 August 2009 to help deal with problems of alcohol related anti-social behaviour.

The DPPO does not make it an offence to consume alcohol within a designated area but it does make it an offence for anyone to drink alcohol after being asked by a Police Officer not to do so. It also provides powers for the Police to confiscate and dispose of alcohol in any person’s possession and arrest them if they fail, without reasonable excuse, to comply with the Officer’s request.

Pictured from left - Councillor Syd Stavrou, Bill Towers, Caroline Wiggins and PC Gary Harrington

A DPPO may be enforced by a police officer, a police community support officer (PCSO) or an accredited person. If they suspect a person has recently drunk alcohol or intends to drink alcohol in a DPPO, in order to prevent public nuisance and disorder, police can require a person to stop drinking alcohol (or anything believed to be alcohol), hand over the containers they are drinking from (sealed or unsealed) or hand over any other containers believed to contain alcohol.

Pictured from left to right are Epping Forest District Council Councillor Syd Stavrou, Epping Town Council Town Superintendant Bill Towers, Epping Forest District Council Safer Communities Manager Caroline Wiggins and Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC Gary Harrington

    The 2 areas covered by the DPPO are:

  1. Epping, Stonards Hill Recreation Ground, Stonards Hill, includes car park, scout hut, Jack Silley Pavillion car park, tennis courts, football stand and ground.
  2. Epping, Lower Swaines playing fields, incorporating the public footpath running along the boundary of St Johns School from Lower Swaines to Bury Lane. Garages behind 2 Lower Swaines, Epping and public land and highway extending from St Johns School outside numbers 2 to 18 and 1 to 43 Lower Swaines.Pictured from left - Bill Towers, PC Gary Harrington, Councillor Syd Stavrou and Caroline Wiggins

The Community Safety and Transport Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council Councillor Mrs Syd Stavrou said: “August 20th marks the start of a very welcome initiative to give police more powers to stop this minority of anti-social drinkers from causing a nuisance in these areas. The Order is not designed to ban people from drinking and enjoying alcohol in a responsible way, it is designed to help maintain a peaceful atmosphere in our open spaces and reinforce the message that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.”

Signs have been erected at both locations showing the areas subject to the DPPO. Penalties for non-compliance include a penalty notice for disorder of £50, arrest and prosecution for a level 2 fine (maximum of £500) or bail conditions that can stop the individual from drinking in public.

Epping Forest District Council with support from Essex Police and Epping Town Council agreed to adopt a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) under Sections 12 to 16 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 as amended by Section 26 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 and the The Local Authorities (Alcohol Consumption in Designated Public Places) Regulations 2007.

Council Gains Accreditation Status

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Epping Forest District Council has successfully attained Accreditation Status under Essex Police`s Community Safety Accreditation Scheme. This Scheme is a national initiative launched in 2002 allowing organisations and their employees to be given targeted police powers to deal with incidents such as anti-social behaviour, disorder and nuisance. Officers in Epping Forest District Council`s Environment and Neighbourhoods Section will be now be able to call upon Police support in using their existing powers to deal with incidents such as littering, dogs fouling on land, fly posting and graffiti.

Presentation of the Certificate of Accreditation

Pictured above are:
Presentation of Certificate of Accreditation to the Epping Forest District Council Chairman, Councillor Penny Smith, by Chief Superintendent Tim Stokes on the left and Inspector Craig Carrington of Essex Police

`Accredited Persons` can also act as the `eyes and ears` of the police helping to improve quality of life issues that may occur in the local community. They can request names and addresses of any persons acting in an anti-social manner. It is an offence to fail or refuse to comply. It is also an offence to assault or obstruct an Accredited Person or person assisting them.

Organisations granted Accreditation Status must meet standards set by Essex Police and individuals must satisfy strict criteria including positive extensive police vetting and training. Accredited people display a nationally-agreed standard approved badge on the uniform of their employer and carry an identification card stating their name and confirming what powers that individual has been granted by Essex Police.

Council representatives being awarded with the Certificate of Accreditation

Pictured above from left to right are:
Jim Nolan, EFDC Assistant Director of Environment and Street Scene (Neighbourhoods)
Richard Gardiner, EFDC Environment and Neighbourhoods Manager
Essex Police Chief Superintendent Tim Stokes
Essex Police Inspector Craig Carrington
Councillor Penny Smith, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council
John Gilbert, EFDC Director of Environment and Street Scene
Jenny Ayres, Essex Police Community Safety Accreditation Scheme Officer

    Information on the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme:

  • Essex Police Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) website

Football Badge Competition Winner

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The winning design by Arrabella Moore, a diamond placed on a pink background with the team name

The lucky winner of the `Design a Football Badge` competition has been announced as Arrabella Moore. She attends Ivy Chimney`s Primary School, Epping and has won her school a new football kit and football supplies.

School children across Epping Forest District were invited to design a badge for the new women`s football club – the Davenant Diamonds – that Epping Forest District Council and the Essex FA set up last year. They have gone from strength to strength and have recently started to develop their own identity with a pink and black striped kit.

Over 500 entries for the competition were submitted. The standard of the badge designs were extremely high but Arrabella`s simple design of a diamond placed on a pink background, featuring the team`s name, was chosen as the winner. Her school will be presented with their new kit and supplies at the start of the new football season.

Buckhurst Hill East Parish Council By-election

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Statement of Persons Nominated

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as a Parish Councillor for Buckhurst Hill East to be held on Thursday 27 August 2009.

Name of Candidate CHAMBERS Gavin
Home Address 23 Alfred Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 6DW
Description Liberal Democrat
Name of Proposer Spencer Peter J
Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate RICHARDSON Thomas Leonard
Home Address 111 Forest Road, Loughton, IG10 1EF
Description British National Party
Name of Proposer Hernon Sean K
Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate VANCE Marshall
Home Address 21 Rous Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 6BN
Description Conservative
Name of Proposer Vance Valerie
Reason why no longer nominated*

* Decision of the Returning Officer that the nomination is invalid or other reason why a person nominated no longer stands nominated.

The persons above against whose name no entry is made by ‘Reason why no longer nominated’ have been and stand validly nominated.

Published by Ian Willett, Returning Officer.

Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Meeting

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Councillor Chris Whitbread, Deputy Leader of Epping Forest District Council and newly appointed ` Business Champion ` addressed a packed business breakfast meeting hosted by Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday 21 July 2009 at the Bell Hotel in Epping.

The portfolio holder for Economic Development said I want to build a strong relationship with the Chamber of Commerce. We want to hear what you have to say and how we can help. Partnership may be a buzzword but we are keen to encourage you to partner us and work together.

Mr Whitbread knows all about being a local businessman, particularly in this poor economic climate, as he heads up Millers estate agents in Epping based in the High Road since 1974. Reference was made to the Council`s ambitious vision for the future of Debden Broadway and the consultation underway in partnership with Essex County Council in Epping.

He also set out some of what the Council is already doing to help in these difficult times. We have taken on board concerns about parking from local traders and we believe our decision to provide free Saturday parking in some of our car parks has been beneficial. This year we froze parking charges. We want to encourage residents to support their local shops. The Council has also acted by reducing payment terms on invoices and wants to use local suppliers wherever possible.`

We see the Epping Forest Chamber as an important partner and we look forward to working positively together in the future. On my part I will do all I can to make it easier to contact us and get information.

Sam Gooday, of chartered accountants Blitz Gooday, also gave a talk packed with topical tax tips providing details about recent tax developments and planning opportunities particularly relevant for small businesses.

Iggy Quazi, Chair of the Epping Forest Chamber said It was good to see the interest in this meeting. Contrary to the present economic climate, there is a positive vibrancy in small businesses in the district and this Chamber aims to play a key role in helping to facilitate vital communication and engage with SMEs to achieve joint goals.

The next event is a 60th Anniversary dinner being held at the Piano Lounge on Wednesday 23 September 2009.

Gypsy and Traveller Reduction

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The Secretary of State published the final East of England Plan policy (H3) for Gypsy and Traveller pitch provision on 20 July 2009. Epping Forest District Council is required to provide an additional 34 pitches in the period 2006 to 2011. This would mean that the minimum number of authorised pitches in the district should total 128 by 2011. The policy expects pitch provision to be made through a combination of Development Plan Documents (DPD) and development control decisions and that opportunities should be taken to secure provision within major developments.

Councillor Di Collins Leader of Epping Forest District Council said: “We argued long and hard that the overall number of extra gypsy and traveller pitches allocated to our district was unfair in comparison to other Council areas. I am pleased we had some success. From an original draft allocation of 49, it was no mean feat to get the Government to reduce the figure to 34. However, I think the vast majority of Epping Forest residents will agree with me that the allocation is still too high and should have been much lower.

“Having confirmed our allocation, I think it is now up to the Government to listen very carefully to the views of local people about where the extra pitches should go in the district. Those decisions should be taken locally in conjunction with the needs of all our residents and not imposed by Government-appointed Inspectors.

The District Council is continuing to analyse responses made to the consultation for additional pitch locations within the district, which ran from November 2008 to February 2009. Discussions with GO-East about a revised timetable for submitting a draft DPD continue. Beyond 2011 the East of England Plan policy requires additional provision based on an annual 3% compound increase and advises that DPDs should consider the need for rural exception sites and the alteration of Green Belt boundaries.

The County of Essex and the Unitary Authorities of Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock are also required to make provision for 30 transit pitches by 2011.

Policy H4 deals with pitch provision for travelling show people and requires Essex, Southend and Thurrock to make provision for an additional 103 plots by 2011 with an annual 1.5% compound increase thereafter. Councils are again advised to consider rural exception sites and changes to Green Belt boundaries.

The implications of these two policies will be considered in the Autumn by the Council’s Local Development Framework Cabinet.

Recycling Initiatives at Epping Forest Schools

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Epping Forest District Council is helping to boost its already excellent recycling levels by offering schools across the district the opportunity to take advantage of free recycling facilities. Recycling will enable schools to reduce the waste they produce by more than 70% and cut the cost of their waste collection, making money available for other budgets.

Most schools typically recycle paper from their classrooms and offices. Some also recycle cans and glass. Every classroom/office taking part in the scheme has a blue box identical to those provided by the Council to all households across the district, enabling children to make the link between recycling in school and at home.

Portfolio Holder for the Environment Councillor Mary Sartin said: Learning about waste management can be a valuable source of education, linking directly to both Citizenship and Education for Sustainable Development. Recycling projects also provide an opportunity for the entire school to work together as a team.

Schools are able to develop their pupils` knowledge and understanding of such issues, preparing them to make informed choices in the future, which will no doubt influence how rubbish is tackled in the future.

If your school, or playschool/nursery is not yet using Epping Forest District Council`s recycling service, please phone 01992 564608.

Youth Councils Big Lunch

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As part of a national event, The Big Lunch,  Youth Councillors from Epping Forest and Harlow districts came together on Sunday 19 July 2009. At the youth cafe in Harlow they enjoyed a roast dinner and exchanged ideas and looked into ways of working closer together.

A total of 24 Youth Councillors attended and ideas raised included working on joint projects to benefit the local communities of Epping Forest and Harlow and organising a debate about current issues.

Events were organised up and down the country as part of The Big Lunch on 19 July. The aim was to aid community cohesion by getting neighbours to sit down and have lunch together to exchange their thoughts on local issues. Increasingly people are leading more independent lives and not taking into account the local community they live in.

Epping Forest Youth Councillor Sam Clarke said: The discussions were very productive and both groups of Youth Councillors came away feeling that the talks over lunch had been positive, showing that The Big Lunch really does begin to achieve its wider aim of bringing communities together.

In Latin, community means together, in gift and the goal of these events is to create a wider neighbourhood, realising how many good people there are.

Olympic Airfield Plans

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Local business could benefit from thousands of visitors to London 2012 travelling to the Olympic Games via North Weald Airfield according to its owner, Epping Forest District Council. The 380-acre site close to the M11 and public transport could provide camping facilities and a transport hub for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Among the options are Park and Ride to local rail services, temporary upgrade of the Airfield status to allow passenger flights and an approach from the Caravan Club of Great Britain for its members to stay at North Weald during the Games.

Councillor Chris Whitbread Deputy Council Leader, Chairman of North Weald Airfield Strategy Cabinet Committee and the Council`s new Business Champion is very excited by the possibilities. He said: London 2012 is a great business and cultural opportunity for Epping Forest district. The Airfield is a well-located site with a good track record of hosting and holding events.

One of the major selling points to the International Olympic Committee was to make London 2012 the Public Transport Games. Epping Forest district has eight Central Line Underground Stations. However, people will need to get to the stations and the Council is concerned about parking congestion if no extra local parking facilities are available. A well-planned Park and Ride scheme would benefit everyone by smoothing the journey for visitors and reducing parking at the stations.

Councillor Whitbread continued: North Weald also offers a potentially fast air route to the Games. Aviation tenants are asking the Council to look at temporarily licensing the Airfield for passenger flights to take some of the pressure off other Airfields.

Businesses in London have not been slow to see the opportunities. Epping Forest district is also ideally placed for the main events in Stratford and the White Water Canoeing on the River Lee at Waltham Abbey. Most London hotels are already fully booked for the duration of the Games. The Caravan Club of Great Britain holds a national rally each year and would like to hold their 2012 event close to the Olympic venues and North Weald Airfield could be the perfect place.

Councillor David Stallan voiced some concerns about the temporary nature of any Park and Ride. Councillor Whitbread assured him should a Park and Ride scheme go ahead, it would be temporary and not permanent. Councillor Di Collins Leader of the Council said she could see the benefit of Park and Ride with camping and caravanning. Councillor Jon Whitehouse was concerned to ensure very careful traffic planning would be necessary but supported the ideas in principle.

Councillor Anne Grigg Vice-Chairman of the Council felt that temporary licensing of the Airfield for passenger flights would give residents and the Council a good idea of the impact of more sustained aviation expansion. Like Councillor Stallan, her fellow North Weald Member, she had some concerns about the local impact of Park and Ride.

Councillor Chris Whitbread emphasised that agreement in principle was subject to much further investigation and consultation with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). He added: There is much detail to be discussed. Any plans would have to dovetail with the wider Olympic transport plans. We would need the go-ahead of the ODA. However, this is a potentially fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of North Weald and the district. It would earn income for Council services and create great opportunities for local business.

Youth Council Energy Saving Initiatives

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Members of the Epping Forest Youth Council are encouraging schools across the district to save energy. All the secondary schools that completed a recent survey about their environmental practices, conducted by the Youth Council`s Environmental Group, will be awarded with an Owl Wireless Energy Monitor System.

St John`s School in Epping became the first in the district to be presented with one of these devices at the beginning of July. The systems monitor how much energy is used in a particular area and, in turn, how much money may be being wasted needlessly.

Youth Councillor Kaylee Orchard said: The survey we carried out revealed that most schools in the district carry out recycling, along with a number of other positive green practices. By providing these energy monitoring devices, pupils will become more aware of the amount of energy used in their schools and, I hope, to consider the effect this may be having on the environment.

The Youth Council secured the funding for a number of Owl Wireless Energy Monitor Systems from the West Essex Area Forum. They will be awarding them to the other secondary schools across the district over the next few months.