Candidates for the election of 1 district councillor for the Lower Sheering Ward on Thursday 19 October 2017.
- Ingrid Black (Liberal Democrats)
- Paul Stalker (Conservatives)
Candidates for the election of 1 district councillor for the Lower Sheering Ward on Thursday 19 October 2017.
Come and join us at North Weald Airfield on 3 November 2017, for a spectacular evening of fireworks and fun! Tickets are now on sale, so book now to avoid disappointment!
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Every ride on the Ferris wheel you take will see 50% of the price donated to The Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust, helping to fund their life saving missions!
Tickets are available to buy now, so don’t delay and avoid disappointment!
A limited number of tickets will be available on the night and will cost
Epping Forest Youth Councillors took to districts car parks to clean up laughing gas canisters, empty bottles of alcohol and general waste.
Along with members of the Waste Management Team and City of London Volunteer Wardens, Youth Councillors dressed in protective clothing cleaned up over 550 laughing gas canisters in Epping Forest, Traps Hill, Loughton and Cornmill Lane, Waltham Abbey.
The Home Office has found Nitrous Oxide (N2O) more commonly known as laughing gas, to be the second most popular recreational drug among 16 to 24 year olds in England and Wales.
Nitrous oxide is not a controlled drug, and has legitimate uses in medicine and dentistry.
Under the Intoxicating Substances (Supply) Act 1985, it is illegal to sell to under 18s when the seller believes the substance may be inhaled for the purposes of intoxication.
While it is not illegal for an adult to inhale the gas, many authority’s across Britain are concerned about its use.
Youth Councillors are currently conducting an on line survey in schools, aiming to identify
The findings will be published as part of the Youth Council’s drug awareness project.
Youth Councillors are currently designing a poster campaign to take into their schools and raise awareness of the dangers of the laughing gas craze.
Are you aged between 11 and 24?
Youth Councillor Nina Honey said: “It is important young people understand the serious health risks the substance can pose.”
“Nitrous oxide can be very dangerous when misused. When inhaled the gas restricts oxygen getting to the brain and can cause someone to become faint or unconscious and can even cause heart attacks.”
“The amount of canisters we found whilst out and about is worrying and it shows laughing gas is a real issue for young people today. Through our drug awareness project we hope to highlight the risks and make young people aware of the damage they are doing.”
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Epping Forest District Museum was buzzing with visitors over the summer with all sorts of fantastic art and craft activities.
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Ocean masterpieces were made from the budding artists at How to Paint: Acrylic; who used a mixture of sponges, cardboard, sand and toothbrushes to get different textures.
How to Paint: Watercolour artists experimented with techniques such as dry paint on dry paper and wet paint on wet paper, making beautiful sunsets and their own interpretations of work by JMW Turner.
The new How to Draw Level 3 session taught our young artists to look for the negative space in their drawings, that there’s no such thing as cheating and how drawing creates illusions.
The rain wasn’t going to spoil the new Art & the Garden workshop; instead we brought the museum garden inside! The young artists and keen gardeners designed their own flowers, created their own Latin style names; took cuttings of leaves and flowers to draw, paint and press; and planted their own bulbs to watch grow.
Focus was then on the forest in ‘Be a Textile Artist’ and ‘Be an Animator’. Participants designed beautiful pictures, inspired by the forest, to print on to a bag. The budding animators created characters and stories for their own ‘crazy forest’ sets, making some fantastic 2D animation.
As part of the Paths Unseen project, funded by Arts Council England, participants explored ‘found poetry’ with performance poet Keely Mills and learnt valuable tips on performing their own work. Artist Jef Winter led an illustration workshop exploring different styles and techniques.
You can see Keely and Jefs’ work at the Paths Unseen exhibition until Saturday 30 September 2017 at Epping Forest District Museum.
Over 300 children and their families attended five drop-in events; taking part in a range of historical themed art and craft activities together, including clay modelling, printmaking, designing a Tudor shield and making a hobby horse.
At all the activities, families were given a wide selection of art and craft materials to encourage their creativity and imaginations.
In addition to this, a Family Fun Day was held at the museum on Saturday 5 August where over 200 people enjoyed puppet shows and willow weaving crafts.
The Museums, Heritage and Culture team was out and about across the district delivering activities too.
There was another great and wacky show from Booster Cushion Theatre Company; Alan in Wonderland and the 3 Goats Plus. The show was full of audience participation, funny jokes and amazing props including a book that turned into a table and a bridge!
At the Little Storytellers workshop in North Weald, Oliver Jeffer’s sweet story ‘Lost and Found’ was used as inspiration for participants to create their own sea scene, boats, boys and penguins as well as being birds, sea creatures and stormy waves.
There were two ‘Musical in 2 Days’ workshops this year: Charlie and the Chocolate and Annie. Both casts worked incredibly hard to learn the songs, a number of scenes and the choreography to perform in just two days!
Are you on a private water supply? DEFRA have launched a 6 week consultation on updates to the public and private drinking water regulations. This consultation will be of interest to those concerned with public and/or private supplies of drinking water.
The changes will bring the regulations in line with the Drinking Water Directive. The Drinking Water Directive was updated to reflect World Health Organisation principles for the risk based sampling and analysis of drinking water supply.
The consultation closes 24 October 2017.
Notice of election of 1 district councillor for the Lower Sheering Electoral Ward on Thursday 19 October 2017.
Ongar Leisure Centre unveiled its newly refurbished fitness suite on Saturday 9 September 2017.
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The new suite now includes a state of the art cardio and strength kit, rowers, multifunctional training equipment and Watt bikes. It also features a new training rig which is ideal for rehabilitating an injury and high intensity training, as well as a Technogym Skillmill, which is a powerless treadmill that allows users of all abilities to perform at their own pace.
An official launch event was held on Saturday 9 September 2017, which offered visitors free swimming, badminton and virtual cycling sessions, special deals on membership and the chance to see improvements made following the £450,000 worth of investment.
Investment into Ongar leisure centre has also included new energy saving technology, IT systems to enhance the customer experience as well as the introduction of state of the art equipment such as SWIMTAG, which is the latest wearable technology that helps customers track their swim activity.
Epping Forest District Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Community Services Councillor Helen Kane said: ”It is such a pleasure to see the first major investment of the new leisure contract come to fruition at Ongar Leisure Centre. I know there has been some local concern about the future of the centre but this refurbishment and Places for People Leisure’s investment of £450,000 is a clear commitment to leisure services in Ongar.”
”Across the District major refurbishment works start in Epping and Loughton this Autumn while preliminary work has already started for the brand-new leisure centre at Waltham Abbey. I’m pleased to say that the outlook for leisure services is positive throughout the District.”
Geraint Hole, General Manager at Ongar Leisure Centre comments: ”We are delighted to be able to offer the local community a newly refurbished and equipped leisure centre that will provide opportunities for everyone to take part in physical activity and enjoy the wide range of facilities on offer. As a social enterprise, we aim to open up even more opportunities for people to adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle and are looking forward to offering customers free sessions as part of this event.”
Epping Forest District Council’s Citizen of the Year Awards recognises people in the community who go above and beyond and make positive changes in our district.
If you know an individual or a team who make a real difference nominate them for
Chairman David Stallan said: ‘The Citizen of the Year award is a great event, highlighting the positive work that goes on throughout the district. There are people among us who go above and beyond, making positive contributions to our society.’
‘If there’s an individual or group who springs to mind, now is your time to nominate them for a Civic Award.’
Applications close Friday 24 November 2017.
Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF) is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco’s has teamed up with Groundwork to help fund community projects. The ‘bags of help’ initiative sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 being awarded, which is all raised through the sales of 5p bags.
3 groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
VAEF is part of a nationwide network of independent agencies that act as “matchmakers” for people seeking volunteering opportunities for non-profit and charity groups needing volunteers.
They match the interests and skills of local people with the needs of groups operating in the Epping Forest district. They also encourage and support organisations to operate good practice in volunteer management.
VAEF aims to use the funding to reach more potential volunteers and increase recruitment of volunteers for community groups in the area.
Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for September and October. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury said: “We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”
Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “We are thrilled to see VAEF shortlisted. The work they do for our community bringing people and services together through volunteering makes such a positive difference.”
“Along with Finance Portfolio Holder Gagan Mohindra, who through the grants service help fund the vital and much needed work, we urge you to cast your vote for VAEF. Allow them to continue to the vast and varied work throughout our district.”
Interested in becoming a volunteer? VAEF has a variety of opportunities for you to get involved with, take a look.
A new Police helicopter base, anti- social behaviour in Waltham abbey and the Oakwood hill depot were among items discussed at Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet meeting Thursday 7 September 2017.
North Weald Airfield is set to become a new base for the National Police Air Service. Three helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft will be based at the council-owned airfield.
Asset Management Portfolio Holder Anne Grigg put forward recommendations for a 25 year lease with the helicopter service. The proposals would include a new hanger and buildings to support a range of police helicopter activities.
The Police will be joining a range of other aviation tenants including the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance which has operated very successfully from North Weald for several years. Receiving reassurances about flight lines and noise levels from members of the National Police Air Service at the meeting, councillors welcomed the report and the aspiration for continued development of aviation at North Weald.
Councillor Sam Kane was welcomed to his first Cabinet meeting as Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder by Council Leader Chris Whitbread. Councillor Kane has stepped into the role previous held by Councillor Gary Waller who recently passed away.
Councillor Kane’s first act was to deliver a strong statement regarding anti-social behaviour in Waltham Abbey.
Councillor Sam Kane’s Statement:
“Fellow Councillors will know that Epping Forest District Council is working in partnership with local residents and other organisations to improve the quality of life for everyone in and around Hillhouse on the Ninefields housing estate in Waltham Abbey.
Work has started in just the last few weeks on a brand new leisure centre. Health, housing and social facilities are coming together in a major multi-million pound investment.
The vast majority of residents in this area are the most decent and law-abiding citizens you could ever wish to meet. We also know there is an element of anti-social behaviour, a group of people who seem intent on making the lives of everyone else miserable. We are working with all our partners including Essex Police to tackle this behaviour but events in the last day or so have taken a new and very ugly twist.
Fishing line has been tied at knee height between posts and fences with the deliberate intention of tripping and hurting people. This mindless and stupid act has resulted in injury to a small child. Pictures of the serious cuts to his face have been circulated on social media.
I know this will come as a shock to you and I know every councillor would wish to send our sympathy to this innocent young child and his family.
Local residents and all right-minded people will be incensed by this latest incident. Through this meeting I want to let our residents know that we stand with them. The anti-social behaviour of the last few weeks must now stop.
A temporary dispersal order has been put in place from tonight. You will appreciate that many other things are going on behind the scenes that I cannot discuss in public.
Council staff have been working incredibly hard. Plans of action drawn up with Essex Police even before this latest event are being put into effect now. We believe we know who the perpetrators are. It saddens me to say that they are very young. We have been working with our local schools and have passed the identities of the perpetrators to Essex Police.
Enough is enough. Anti-social behaviour is a blight on our communities which must end. As the action plan goes into effect, I expect to see the situation improve significantly. I also know that you can never eliminate all crime, but with the support of my council colleagues I want to send out a clear message. We stand with all the decent and law-abiding residents of Waltham Abbey.
We will not let the few ruin the lives of the many.”
New council office and depot facilities accommodating Grounds Maintenance, Fleet Maintenance and the MoT centre opened recently at Oakwood Hill in Loughton. Latest proposals for the transfer of the Council’s Housing Repairs service to Oakwood Hill were scrutinised at Cabinet.
Proposals for additional staff car parking received particular attention. A petition opposing the use of green space opposite the new facility was delivered by Councillor Chris Roberts.
Councillors agreed the recommendations in the Cabinet report with the proviso that alternatives to the proposals of additional parking would also be investigated. Full public consultation would also take place as part of any planning application process if the proposals for parking set out in the report went forward.
Council Leader Chris Whitbread updated fellow councillors on a range of projects geared towards improving customer service including a new public customer service reception, plans for which are due to come before Cabinet by the end of the year.