Respond to the Annual Canvass by 21 August

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There are still 27,000 properties in the Epping Forest District yet to respond to the annual canvass. If you are one of those properties, respond online, by text or by phone before 21 August 2018.

Annual Canvass 2018

A couple of weeks ago, all homes in the Epping Forest District were sent a Household Enquiry Form through the post. Households are legally required to respond even if none of the details have changed.

You could be fined

Don’t ignore the form – if you do you may face a fine of up to £1,000. Please respond immediately if you have not already done so.

Complete your form by 21 August 2018 at the very latest.

Reminders are costly

Simon Hill, Electoral Registration Officer said: “Last year 60% of households used one of the automated response options but many more could have done, particularly if there are no changes to the details. Using them saves time and money.

“There are still 27,000 properties yet to respond. Please respond now to save us having to send out a reminder form which is costly.”

How to respond

Using the 2 part security code on your household enquiry form you can choose one of the following options:

If there are changes

  • Amend the information online easily and quickly online
  • Amend the form and return it in the prepaid envelope – please make sure you give a contact phone number or email address in case of queries.

Additions to your household?

  • Stage 1 is responding to the Household Enquiry Form
  • Stage 2 is completing the registration process for new electors at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Epping Forest crime and policing issues discussed

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Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) for Essex discussed local policing issues with residents at a public meeting on 2 August 2018 in Epping.

Roger Horst spoke about the latest crime trends and what Essex Police are doing to proactively police the Epping Forest district. A panel of senior representatives from Essex Police and Essex Fire Service explained to residents the demand on budgets, current successes and where improvement is needed.

Work together

Representing the Epping Forest District Community Safety Partnership Councillor Sam Kane said: “We always appreciate feedback from local residents on how our district is policed. There’s a strong sense of community in Epping Forest but we must all still work together to make our district a safer place to live.

Councillor Kane added: “I’m pleased to report that 3 new Police Officers dedicated to the Epping Forest district have started. They have been directly funded by Epping Forest District Council to look at 3 of our local policing priorities which are dealing with anti-social behaviour, burglaries and hate crime. They have been with us just a month and have been very successful already in solving crimes.”

Questions and answers

Questions put to the panel included

Find out more about the PFCC

Council gives 19k to local community groups

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Community and voluntary groups involved in delivering community, cultural and sports activities have been awarded £19,060 in grants by Epping Forest District Council.

Grants awarded to:

  1. 3rd North Weald Scout Group
    £2250 towards the cost of purchasing a trailer for use on adventure programmes for beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers.
  2. 414 (Epping & North Weald) Squadron Royal Air force Cadets
    £350 towards the cost of a banner to parade at community events.
  3. Buckhurst Hill Bowls & Lawn Tennis Club
    £5000 towards the cost of building a mini tennis court and practice wall.
  4. Epping Bowls Club
    £600 towards the cost of purchasing a defibrillator for use by the group and the wider community.
  5. Epping Youth FC
    £2660 towards the cost of football equipment.
  6. Grant A Smile
    £2500 towards the cost of purchasing an industrial cleaning machine and materials.
  7. Hertfordshire Boat Rescue
    £700 towards the cost of a rescue sled to take on missions.
  8. WAY 2000
    £5000 towards the cost of delivering a counselling service for young people.

Could you use a grant?

Could your community group use funding to help the social and physical wellbeing of the district’s residents?

If the answer is yes, apply now for a grant towards projects to improve facilities, equipment purchases, capital projects and new initiatives.

Funds available

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “The Council greatly appreciates the work of the voluntary sector and encourages all local groups to get in contact to see if they are eligible to apply. The need for groups to receive funding is vital and our Council has funds available to support local groups. Our grants are a great opportunity to help others in our community.’’

For more information or to make an application

Overview and Scrutiny – 24 July 2018

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The public-voluntary sector partnership between Epping Forest District council and the Citizens Advice Bureau came under the spotlight at the Overview and Scrutiny meeting on Tuesday 24 July 2018.

Council CAB Partnership

The Council is one of the most important sources of local CAB funding, contributing £150,000 in the current Financial Year.

Chief Executive Nnenna Anyanwu summarised the work the Epping Forest District CAB. It provides specialist and generalist advice from three main offices in Loughton Library, Waltham Abbey Town Hall and Hemnall Street, Epping as well as two outreach services from Limes Farm and Ongar library.

Free service

CAB advice is free, confidential, impartial and independent. Core areas of expertise include benefits, debt, housing, employment, relationships, legal matters financial services, tax, discrimination and consumer issues.

Most people come to the CAB with more than one problem. In 2017/18 the 44 volunteers working from the five local offices helped 1,961 clients directly with 7,409 issues. Between April and June 2018, 833 CAB clients benefited through a mix of additional income, benefits and debt written off by almost £275,000.

Building relationships

Nnenna Anyanwu is hoping to build a closer strategic partnership with Epping Forest District Council as the CAB faces various challenges including funding, EFDC geographical environment, volunteer recruitment and training, staff shortages and building partnership relationships.

Further information

Council launches online grant aid application

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Grant applications to Epping Forest District Council by local organisations can now be made online.

grant-aid

Community-based organisations operating for the benefit of Epping Forest residents, can apply for up to £5,000 online.

Funding boost

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “I am proud to see our Council moving forward and making our processes as simple as possible for groups to apply for funding.

“Council grants are actively helping groups in our district to provide much needed and valued services for our residents in order to keep our communities thriving.

“So if you know of a community group or voluntary service that could use a funding boost, don’t delay, encourage them to apply online today.”

Grants up to £5,000 are available to:

  • Local voluntary and community groups
  • Sports clubs
  • Arts and culture groups
  • Trusts
  • Social enterprises
  • Community interest groups

Groups that apply must:

  • Operate on a charitable or non-profit making basis
  • Be based, or are active, in the Epping Forest district
  • Offer services and facilities to all eligible local residents
  • Not have unfair restrictions on membership or participation
  • Be able to show a clear need for financial support
  • Have a bank or building society account in the name of the applicant organisation

For further information

The PFCC want your questions on 2 August

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Do you want to know the latest on crime trends and proactive policing operations in the Epping Forest District? Do you have a question for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s senior team?

If so make a date in your diary to come along to a public meeting being held in Epping, organised by Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex.

PFCC


Details

  • Date: Thursday, August 2  2018

  • Time: 6.30pm -8pm

  • Location: Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ


Great opportunity

Epping Forest District Council Portfolio Holder for Safer, Greener, Transport, Councillor Sam Kane said: “These meetings are a great opportunity for residents across the district to find out more about the current situation in policing and fire services in our area and to ask any questions they may have about the two services.”

Joint approach

Mr Hirst said: “I hold regular public meetings across the length and breadth of the county. They are a great way to hear from local communities directly and we can help them resolve community safety issues. Very often a joint approach is the answer to a problem. With a panel of experts on hand, our public meetings are a great way to find the solutions together.”

The panel

Sitting alongside Roger Hirst will be Jane Gardner, the Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, and Chief Inspector Lewis Basford, Essex Police’s District Commander in Epping Forest. They will also be joined by representatives from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and the local Community Safety Partnership.

A briefing document will be published a few days before the meeting on www.essex.pfcc.police.uk

The meeting will be webcast live and will be available for subsequent viewing following the event.

Epping Forest Community Safety Hub opening

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A new joint District Community Safety Hub bringing Epping Forest District Council and Essex Police closer together in the fight against local crime was officially launched on 20 July 2018.

Community Hub opening

(L-R) Council Leader Chris Whitbread, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community Safety Sam Kane, Epping Forest District Council Chairman Richard Bassett, Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet, Essex Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst, and Dame Eleanor Laing MP, at the official launch of the new Epping Forest Community Safety Hub.

The Council and Essex Police joined forces, together with other agencies, to create the Hub, at the Civic Offices in Epping.

Guests, including Rt. Hon. Dame Eleanor Laing MP, Roger Hirst (Essex Police Fire and Crime Commissioner), Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet, Council Chairman Richard Bassett, and local councillors, joined Council and Police officers to open the Hub which has been in operation since the end of June 2018.

Stronger partnerships

The launch marks an even stronger partnership between Epping Forest District Council and Essex Police. The Hub comprises the Council’s Community Safety Team, a Police Sergeant and two experienced Police Constables all funded and tasked by the Council. The team is already working together with other partners involved with crime prevention and community safety.

Coordinated approach

The Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Councillor Sam Kane, hosted the Launch and said: “Over recent years there has been a sustained demand for councils to increase the use of their powers to deal with anti-social behaviour, disorder and environmental crime. At the same time, the Government has introduced significant new legislation giving police and councils effective new powers to deal with these issues. Epping Forest District Council is already making use of the new powers but enforcement is often the main responsibility of the Police, which can lead to a disjointed approach. Better coordination through the creation of this unique Community Safety Hub will prove to be revolutionary for the District.”

Brilliant initiative

Rt. Hon. Dame Eleanor Laing unveiled the plaque for the Launch and said: “This is a brilliant initiative. I am genuinely delighted to unveil the plaque to mark the launch of the Epping Forest Community Safety Hub. There is in our area increasing fear of a rise in crime and I am pleased to be able to tell people that Epping Forest District Council in conjunction with Essex Police and our local community are doing something about it.

“I would like thank the district council, Essex Police and everyone who has been involved in making this ground-breaking initiative come together.”

First initiative of its kind

Councillor Sam Kane said: “I believe this is the first initiative of a district council both funding and tasking police officers anywhere in the country. I am confident it will become a flagship for others to follow. The Council and Essex Police are proud of the close links that we already have. The new Community Safety Hub is a powerful demonstration of our continuing and innovative partnership working.”

Chief Inspector Lewis Basford, District Commander for Epping Forest and Brentwood added: “This commitment is a fantastic demonstration of what local partnerships can do. It means more police, more problems solved, better engagement and ultimately safer communities.”

Epping Forest District Council will review its commitment to fund the three police officers after three years.

Further information

What’s on? Summer activities – Week 6

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Looking for summer holiday activity inspiration? Take a look at what we have in store for Monday 27 to Friday 31 August 2018 of the summer holidays.


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Make a fairy garden

  • Tuesday 28 August
  • 10am- 12pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £5.50
  • Ages 5-14

Book


Street tennis

  • Tuesday 28 August
  • 10am- 12pm
  • Roding Valley recreation ground, Roding Road, Tennis courts, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • £3.50
  • Ages 5-11

No need to book


Street basketball

  • Wednesday 29 August
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Roding Valley recreation ground, Roding Road, Tennis courts, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • £5
  • Ages 10- 14

No need to book


How to draw, a portrait

  • Wednesday 29 August
  • 30am -12pm
  • Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD
  • £8
  • Ages 8-14

Book


How to draw, a landscape

  • Wednesday 29 August
  • 20pm – 3pm
  • Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD
  • £8
  • Ages 8- 14

Book


Multi-sports, forest adventures and more…

We have also planned a wide range of sport, play and adventure days regularly, at multiple locations, throughout the 8 week holiday

  • Multi-sports days – book
  • Forest adventures – book
  • Play in the forest – no need to book
  • Play in the park – no need to book

Check the full brochure for locations, dates and times.


Further details


Summer holidays by week

£783 raised at Chairman’s charity golf day

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The Chairman of Council, Councillor Richard Bassett, hit the opening tee shot at the Epping Forest District Council Chairman’s charity golf day at Chigwell Golf Club on Tuesday 3 July 2018.


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After apologising for the divot from his first shot, 24 golfers took to the fairways alongside the Chairman. The group was comprised of Councillors, officers and former employees.

£783 raised for Chairmans charities

The golfers raised a magnificent £783 for the Chairman’s chosen charities, including; Epping Forest Community Transport, a local charity which meets the needs of local people who are unable to use conventional public transport and towards grants for children’s charities and clubs across the district.

Thank you

Chairman of the Council, Councillor Richard Bassett said: “It was a fabulously sunny day and the standard of the golf was very high. Congratulations to Trevor Johnson, David Clifton, Wendy MacLeod and Steve Smith on their respective victories! A fun day was had by all and even better still –  a sizeable amount was raised! Thank you to everyone that took part and helped raise funds for such worthy causes.”

Man fined for failing to clear nature reserve site

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A man from Waltham Abbey has been prosecuted by Epping Forest District Council for failing to clear waste that was adversely affecting the character and visual attractiveness of land within Roding Valley Meadow Local Nature Reserve.

Prosecution

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Former underground bunker site

Mr Raymond Sturgess of Stanford Court in Waltham Abbey was successfully prosecuted in June 2018. He failed to respond to a notice served on him requiring him to remove waste, plastic, card, building materials and household items from the former Royal Observer Corps underground bunker site, which he originally intended to renovate when it was bought in 2015.

Fined

Sturgess pleaded guilty and received a reduced fine of £200, was ordered to pay £200 towards the Council’s prosecution costs together with a statutory victim surcharge of £30.

Ample time to comply

During mitigation Mr Sturgess told the Magistrates that was unable to comply with the notice because he had injured his knee, he claimed that vandals and fly-tippers had gained access to the site and were responsible for the mess.

The Magistrate concluded that Sturgess had ample time to comply with the notice and they did not accept everything he had told them.

Largest remaining water meadow

The bunker site sits within the Roding Valley Meadow Local Nature Reserve. The Wildlife Trust manage the site and describe it as ‘the largest remaining water meadow in Essex’.

It is reputedly famous for it’s beautiful wild flowers, butterflies, invertebrates and birds. It is important that this site is preserved for its resident wildlife and for future generations to enjoy.