#CrimeNotToCare campaign – it’s your responsibility!

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We spend £190,000 on clearing up fly tipping across our district…money that could be spent on other services. But did you realise that it’s not just the fly tippers that are liable to prosecution? We are all personally responsible for our waste and how it is disposed of.

Black sacks left outside the designated areas for refuse collection can constitute fly tipping as much as sofas, fridges, builders’ rubble etc, which we trust to a third party to dispose of.

Duty of care

As residents we have a duty of care to ensure our waste is disposed of responsibly and doesn’t find its way into the hands of rogue traders.

Just last month a Loughton man had to pay £1,500 in fines and costs because the person he asked to dispose of some cardboard fly tipped it. Our enforcement team traced it back to the man and he was prosecuted.

Check list

Here are a few simple checks to make before you enter into an agreement with someone to dispose of your waste:

  • Ask for their waste carrier number and vehicle details and contact the Environment Agency for a free instant waste carrier check
  • Ask for a transfer notice or receipt before your waste is taken away
  • Check where your waste is going. A legitimate waste carrier should not object to you asking these questions.
  • Make a note of who you have given your waste to, their waste carrier details and vehicle details.

You should never leave any waste such as an old washing machine or scrap metal on your drive or in the street for someone to remove. They may not be a registered waste carrier, and could take the bits they need and dump the rest.

You can donate good quality items to your local reuse organisation or charity shop , or give items to someone who could make use of them.

Further information

To find out more watch our Crime Not to Care film and please share the message to ensure your friends and family know how to protect themselves, and help us reduce fly-tipping.

The Clothmaker’s Wings – a female empowerment textiles project

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Working in partnership with Epping Forest District Museum and Lowewood Museum, local charity The Gifted will be delivering a female empowerment textiles project, called The Clothmaker’s Wings, exploring the textile industry from 1790 – 1890.



Workshops

A series of textiles and craft workshops will explore identity, adversity and up-skilling the female voice, by celebrating who they are and what they can do.

Many of the workers and contributors to the textiles industry were women (and children); this project aims to give a voice to those forgotten women and bring their stories alive, whilst connecting their skills and narration to young women of today.

It will end with an exhibition at Lowewood Museum in summer 2019.

For further information about The Gifted and The Clothmaker’s Wings contact Tori Jacovides at Tori@thegifted.org.uk

This project has been made possible by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Gifted

The Gifted is a Hertfordshire wide charity, based in Broxbourne, that aims to give children and young people who are experiencing disadvantage or seeking additional support and creative access, to work with them on bespoke programmes.

They can receive training, volunteering opportunities, skills based learning (both creative and life) to help overcome struggles.

The Gifted use interactive workshops and bespoke educational training programmes and run two core programmes; ‘The Butterfly’ for vulnerable young women seeking personal and learning support, and ‘Reality Check’ aimed at enabling boys at risk of exclusion or hardship, to gain new skills and mentorship.

500 turn out for Singing in the Wilderness

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Epping Forest District Council and St John’s C of E Primary School, Buckhurst Hill hosted a special event, ‘Singing in the Wilderness’ to celebrate the life and work of local artist Walter Spradbery.

A A4 Spradfest flyer

The event, on Saturday 29 September, was a recreation of the ‘Open Air Social’ event that Spradbery and his wife Dorothy held at their home in 1938, marking its 80th anniversary.

500 people

An estimated 500 people came along to see the stalls, sideshows, donkey rides, traditional dances and art displays and raised over £600 for St John’s C of E Primary School. The event brought together the local community with Buckhurst Hill Residents Society working in partnership with the council, school and St John’s Church, Buckhurst Hill.

Flux Dance Collective

There was a specially choreographed dance performance by Flux Dance Collective who worked with pupils from the school to create a piece inspired by Spradbery. A historical interpreter played the role of Walter Spradbery, leading tours into the Wilderness to visit the site where the house once stood, next to the school. Buckhurst Hill Community Association and Bedford House both had art exhibitions on display, and there was a small exhibition about Walter Spradbery. The day ended with a fun performance by Impropera, the world’s only improvised Opera Company.

Exhibition at Epping Forest District Museum

This event is part of a programme of activities for the ‘Walter Spradbery, Artist in War and Peace’ exhibition, at Epping Forest District Museum, Waltham Abbey; on display until Saturday 22 December 2018.

For more information visit www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum

Walter Spradbery

Spradbery is best known for his poster designs for London Transport, one of which was recently used on the new signboards marking the boundaries of Epping Forest. He and his wife, opera singer Dorothy D’Orsay, also held many musical and opera performances in the gardens of ‘The Wilderness’ for the local community.

Spradbery was also a committed pacifist. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War, receiving the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his bravery in rescuing injured comrades under intense enemy fire.

Annual Canvass of Electors – Don’t ignore forms you have received

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Around 5,000 households in Epping Forest District have failed to respond to this year’s annual canvass of electors – a process that checks who is on the Electoral Register. A second reminder form has now been sent to these properties – the deadline to respond is 31 October. Remember you still need to respond even if there are no changes to your details.

More than half of those who HAVE responded did so by using an automated service – online/phone/text. To keep costs down we need most of the remaining households to use a similar method because last year we spent £20,000 on sending out reminders.

Failure to respond could ultimately result in deletion from the Electoral Register, which could seriously affect the person’s credit rating and ability to get a mortgage, bank loan or even a mobile phone contract!

Here’s what to do…

No changes?

Using the 2 part security code on your household enquiry form:

Changes to make?

  • Amend the information online easily and quickly or
  • Call the Electoral Services helpline on 01992 564411 or
  • Amend the form and return it in the prepaid envelope – making sure to give a contact phone number or email address in case of queries.

Has your name been added to the Household Enquiry Form?

If so, you are not registered to vote just yet. There is a second stage to the registration process. The Council has been sending out registration forms by post and emails/phone messages giving information about how to register to vote to all new people added to the Household Enquiry Forms. Please don’t ignore them. Registration is not complete until this second part has been done.

It’s a simple process and can be done online at www.gov.uk/registertovote or by calling the elections helpline (01992 564411). The deadline to complete the registration process is 17 October (otherwise more reminders will need to be sent out).

Small changes help make a dementia friendly community

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Epping Forest Youth Councillors have signed up as Dementia Friends after attending an awareness session with Engagement Officer, Karen Murray.

Dementia Friends learn about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turn that understanding into action, helping people in all kinds of everyday situations.

“Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend by attending a face-to-face Dementia Friends Information Session or watching an online video,” said Cllr Helen Kane, portfolio holder for Leisure and Community Services. “It’s all about learning more about dementia and spreading the word, such as telling friends about Dementia Friends or visiting someone who is living with dementia”.

Awareness sessions

Epping Forest District Council has been holding dementia awareness sessions in libraries throughout the summer. The next one is Thursday 18 October, 2pm at Epping Library.

Each session lasts around one hour and attendees will learn about dementia and how they can help to create dementia friendly communities.

For more information visit: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/

Counting the cost of irresponsible waste disposal

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A Loughton resident incurred fines of more than £1,500 for not checking he was giving his waste to a reputable company.

Mr Vadims Tjoluskins of Hillyfields pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Magistrates Court last month to failing in his household waste duty of care, by giving his waste to somebody else to dispose of without carrying out the necessary checks to ensure that they were authorised by the Environment Agency to carry such waste.

Mr Tjoluskins admitted he handed over some large cardboard boxes which were later found fly tipped amongst a larger pile of waste in Oakley Court, Loughton at a bin store provided for local residents.

Magistrates fined Mr Tjoluskins £600 and ordered him to pay the Council’s prosecution costs of £900, together with a victim surcharge £60 and said that had he not pleaded guilty the fine would have been £900.

Fly tipping prosecution

“We take fly tipping, and residents’ responsibility to ensure they are disposing of their waste legitimately and responsibly very seriously,” said Cllr Nigel Avey, Portfolio Holder for Environment.

“Our message is simple: Before handing your waste to somebody else, always check, consider and record in order to protect yourself, and reduce fly-tipping by rogue traders. It is a crime not to care.”

Further information

Advice on how residents can protect themselves from rogue traders who fly-tip for profit is available on the Council’s Website. Click here for more information Crime Not to Care.

Watch a series of short films produced by the Cleaner Essex Group (a campaign group made up from representatives from local authorities across Essex), are also available to view on this web page.

Watch out for deer, the rutting season is here

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Motorists and dog walkers are being warned that the deer mating season, also known as the rutting or breeding season, has begun.

During the rutting season male deer can become highly aggressive as they attempt to fight off rivals to attract female deer. This makes them less aware of dangers around them, such as cars and bikes on the roads.

Watch out for deer the rutting season is here

Take extra care

“At this time of year its especially important for motorists to take extra care when driving through the forest and rural parts of the district” said Councillor Sam Kane, Portfolio Holder for Safer, Greener and Transport.

Accidents involving deer increase during rutting season, which lasts until late November. Deer are particularly active at dawn and dusk, which unfortunately coincides with commuting hours and the busiest times of day on our roads.

Deer are particularly active at dawn and dusk. Unfortunately this coincides with commuting hours which are often the busiest times of the day on our roads.

Wild animals can behave unpredictably

“Deer are pack animals and often move in groups, if you see one, others are likely to follow. They can appear without warning and present a greater risk than other wildlife because of their large size.”

Cllr Kane has advice for dog walkers: “Keep your dogs on a lead. Deers are wild animals and can behave unpredictably if they feel threatened, so don’t get too close.”

Be deer aware

“Please read the safety advice and be more ‘deer aware’ during this time of year” says Cllr Sam Kane, “Whether you’re driving in our district or walking in our beautiful forest, I want everyone to complete their journey safely and without incident.”

Savings scheme to benefit low income families

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Thousands of families on low incomes will be able to benefit from a new Government savings account launching this month. The Help to Save scheme rewards savers with an extra 50p for every £1 saved, so that over four years maximum savings of £2,400 would earn an overall bonus of £1,200.

More than 285,000 people on low incomes living in the East of England can potentially benefit from this scheme.

Save up to £50 a month

Help to Save is available to working people on Tax Credits and Universal Credit. Account holders can save between £1 and £50 a month over a four year period.  After two years, savers get a 50% tax-free bonus on savings and another 50% tax-free bonus after four years if they continue to save.

The bonus does not count as income for tax credits, Universal Credit or any other income related benefit, e.g. Housing Benefit.

Easy, flexible and secure

“Help to Save is easy to use, flexible and secure,” said Cllr Gagan Mohindra, Portfolio Holder for Finance. “It will help those on low incomes build up a ‘rainy day’ fund, and encourage savings behaviours and habits. How much is saved and when is up to the account holder, and they don’t need to pay in every month to get a bonus.

“On maximum savings of £2,400 over 4 years, the overall bonus would be £1,200.”

Who can apply?

To be eligible for Help to Save, customers must be a UK resident and:

  • be receiving Working Tax Credit
  • have a nil award of Working Tax Credit but receiving Child Tax Credit
  • be in receipt of Universal Credit with minimum individual or household earnings equivalent to 16 hours, times the National Living Wage in their last income assessment period (that’s £542.88 during the financial year 2018-19).

If customers have a joint Universal Credit or tax credits award, both partners can open an account.

To apply, savers can visit www.gov.uk/helptosavelocal or use the HMRC app.

Stay well this winter events in November

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As the colder months close in, Epping Forest District Council is working with West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and Livewell Essex, to help residents prepare for winter by providing a series of free health and wellbeing events across the district in November 2018.

Healthy throughout winter

Come and speak to local pharmacists, community nurses and specialist healthcare advisors and learn more about how to keep yourself healthy throughout the winter months.

FREE goodie bags and more

There is so much more on offer too, including FREE goodie bags, entertainment and lunch – you are guaranteed to have an informative and enjoyable day!

Booking is essential, so please call 01992 564225 to confirm your place.

Join us in…

Nazeing

  • St Giles C of E, St Giles Church Hall, Nazeing, Essex, EN9 2JL
  • Thursday 8 November 2018
  • 10am – 2.30pm

Ongar

  • Jubilee Park Pavillion, Love Lane, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BL
  • Thursday 15 November 2018
  • 10am – 2.30pm

Epping

  • Epping Hall, St Johns Road, Epping, Essex, CM16 5JU
  • Thursday 22 November 2018
  • 10am – 2.30pm

Fyfield

  • Fyfield Village Hall, Houchin Drive, Fyfield, Essex, CM5 0RG
  • Wednesday 28 November 2018
  • 10am – 2.30pm

Further information

Council 25 September 2018

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The Burton Road fire, proposals for the St Johns Road development, the Epping Forest Shopping Park and the Epping Forest District Local Plan submission were amongst the topics of discussion at Full Council on 25 September 2018.


Burton Road fire

Council Leader, Councillor Chris Whitbread set the record straight in response to questions asked by Councillor Steven Neville relating to the fire at Burton Road on 17 August 2018.

Councillor Whitbread said: “Having read the comparisons with the Grenfell disaster on the front page of the local paper recently, we are concerned that sensational headlines will cause a great deal of unnecessary anxiety for potential tenants. Links with the Grenfell Tower do a disservice to the people involved in that disaster as well as families currently waiting for a new home on our waiting list.

He urged: “Burton Road is a completely different building and it is not yet finished. The fire was caused by a construction related accident, not the materials used. Unlike Grenfell, Burton Road only has four floors. The interior was practically untouched by the fire. Even if it had been possible for such a fire to start once the building was finished and occupied, all the evidence suggests people would have been able to escape unharmed. The building stood up remarkably well to the blaze.”


St Johns Road proposals

Options for a new leisure centre at the St Johns Road development site in Epping are being explored. Proposals are being discussed with the District Council’s current leisure provider Places for People and Epping Town Council.

The new leisure centre could form part of the larger St Johns development and could potentially include the first cinema in the town for decades, new shops, public open space and housing.


Local Plan progress

Planning Portfolio Holder, Councillor John Philip announced that Epping Forest District Council’s Local Plan, a set of policies to manage development within the district up to 2033, has been submitted for approval to the Planning Inspectorate.

The Local Plan’s submission was delayed following a Judicial Review brought by CK Properties in March 2018.


New leisure hub for Waltham Abbey

Council was given an update on the new leisure centre in Waltham Abbey by Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Communities, Councillor Helen Kane. She informed Council that the new health and wellbeing hub is now in the final stages of construction and is on target to achieve its scheduled opening on 17 November 2018.


It’s a ‘Crime Not To Care’

In a bid to combat fly-tipping and increase awareness throughout the district, the Cleaner Essex Group will be ‘recycling’ the Crime not to Care campaign this year to highlight issues caused by fly tipping and how residents can help.

The campaign, due to launch in October, will ask residents and businesses to ‘Check, Challenge and Record’ when handing their waste over for disposal – ensuring waste is kept out of the hands of the rogue traders that fly-tip for profit.


New brands at Shopping Park

Home Bargains and Boots Plc are the last two brands to join the group retailers at the Epping Forest Shopping Park in Loughton.

Home Bargains opened its doors on 1 September 2018 and the lease on the final retail unit has now been agreed with Boots Plc, with completion imminent pending approval of the shop fit out.


Funding granted for inclusion project

Councillors noted a report which referred to the grant of extra funding from Action for Children, for the Epping Forest Inclusion Project. The project provides an important resource, offering a wide range of sport and leisure activities for children and young people with disabilities and their families.