Bakers Lane Car Park Improvements

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Bakers Lane Car Park in Epping is to be upgraded by Epping Forest District Council. The improvement works are due to start on Tuesday 9 November 2009 and will last for two weeks.

The upgrade works to be carried out consist of resurfacing the entire area of the car park, providing new improved surface drainage, improving the lighting and installing CCTV.

During the two weeks` work, 50 per cent of Bakers Lane Car Park will remain open. However, spaces will be limited to permit holders only. The work will begin on Tuesday so only one market day is affected, causing as little disruption to stallholders and their customers as possible.

A letter has been sent to all local residents and businesses close to this Car Park, providing details of the works due to be carried out and advising of the times they may be affected.

Cashback Success for Ninefields

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Ninefields Estate in Waltham Abbey has successfully been awarded funding from the Community Cashback Scheme. The Community Development Team at Epping Forest District Council submitted a bid back in August and asked local people to pledge their support.

Community Cashback is a new scheme launched by the National Criminal Justice Board to enable local people to have a say in how £4 million of recovered criminal assets, for example, confiscated cash or property, should be spent in their communities.

Members of the local community were encouraged to vote for the project online and various television and radio interviews were undertaken. Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Wellbeing Councillor Brian Rolfe said: It is a direct result of the fantastic amount of support registered by members of the local community that we were able to secure this funding. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to vote as the projects being planned will benefit the whole of the Ninefields community.

The funding secured will be used to improve the entrance to Ninefields Community Hall and facilitate a young people`s community art project, culminating in the production of a 3D sculpture for the front wall. Local young people will work with an artist to develop, design and consult publicly on the piece of artwork.

Councillors Hit Streets with New Clean-up Teams

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Senior Councillors joined Epping Forest District Council`s Environment and Neighbourhood Officers (ENOs) on patrol in Ongar, Theydon Bois and Waltham Abbey last week. From small-scale littering to fly-tipping and graffiti, they saw some of the problems the new service has been set up to tackle.

Councillor Di Collins with ENOs at the Borough Car Park in Chipping Ongar

Picture caption – Councillor Di Collins, Leader of Epping Forest District Council with Richard Gardiner, Kevin Bagshaw and Richard Thomason (ENOs) at the Borough Car Park in Chipping Ongar

We have a beautiful district and the vast majority of our residents want us to keep it that way, said Councillor Di Collins, Leader of Epping Forest District Council. Unfortunately, there is a small minority that feels differently and it is a constant struggle to clean up after the fly-tippers, vandals and graffiti vandals. The introduction of our new Environment and Neighbourhood Officers along with the Environmental Response Unit will make a major contribution to tackling such problems.

Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Mary Sartin accompanies ENOs on patrol in Waltham Abbey

Picture caption – Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Mary Sartin accompanies Environment and Neighbourhood Officers John Heppell and Steve Anstiss on patrol in Waltham Abbey.

Plans for the new service were drawn up by Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Mary Sartin last year. With savings identified from efficiencies across other parts of the Council, £250,000 has been invested in the team and equipment. The new Environment and Neighbourhood Officers received their uniforms last month. With the highly-recognisable response vehicle and uniformed staff, Councillor Sartin hopes people will talk to the Officers on patrol to report problems.

She said: We want to be high profile and accessible so people will tell us where the problems are. The Environment and Neighbourhood Officers have a range of resources to call on and we aim to deal with them as quickly as possible.

Councillor Penny Smith with ENOs in Theydon Bois looking for evidence

Picture caption – Councillor Penny Smith in Theydon Bois with members of the Environment and Neighbourhood Team (Chris Smith, Richard Gardiner and Kevin Bagshaw) looking for evidence that could link dumped rubbish back to the fly-tippers.

Contractors such as Sita UK, the Council`s domestic waste collector can handle many jobs such as fly-tipping on highway land. The Environment and Neighbourhood Officers can also call upon contractors to remove graffiti. Many of the jobs are relatively small and can be completed quickly by the Council`s own Neighbourhood Response Officers, who can be seen around the District in their distinctive response vehicle. Councillor Penny Smith, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, met some members of the Team at the site of some fly-tipping near Theydon Bois. She said: Fly-tipping is a big problem for private landowners, too. They are often innocent victims who bear the cost of this anti-social behaviour. If the rubbish is dumped on their land, they have to pay for the cost of removal which seems unfair but is the law. I can`t understand the mentality of people who cause this kind of damage and cost to their fellow citizens. It is such a shame.

Councillor Smith said: Sometimes it is not immediately obvious who the landowner is and it can therefore take much longer to clear.

The Neighbourhood Response Officers and Environmental Response Vehicle are additional resources to help deal quickly with small, normally visible problems that are often difficult and time consuming to follow up, whilst the ENOs investigate, raise the issue with the landowner to try and prevent the problem recurring and pursue or educate offenders. ENOs have Community Safety Scheme Accreditation which means they can also require people to give them their names, issue fixed penalty notices and carry out investigations.

Councillor Smith added: Our Officers have a range of powers. Householders also need to make sure they employ reputable contractors. If our Environment and Neighbourhood Officers find evidence linking a fly-tip to you, expect them to ask you for evidence that you have acted reasonably. Remember, fly-tipping carries a fine of up to £50,000.

Councillor Smith concluded: We all want to keep our district clean and green. Please help us to succeed.

ENOs have Community Safety Scheme Accreditation

Picture caption – ENOs have Community Safety Scheme Accreditation which means they can also require people to give them their names, issue fixed penalty notices and carry out investigations.

    To contact the Environment and Neighbourhood Team:

  • call our dedicated reporting number on 01992 564500
  • email ess@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Loughton Broadway Area Parking Review

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Epping Forest District Council has asked Essex County Council to undertake a review of the parking in the Loughton Broadway Area.

This is your chance to comment on the Council’s review and we want to hear your views on the proposed measures.

Consultation maps of the proposed measures can be viewed online at the Essex County Council website.

Your comments can be submitted online or in writing but no later than Friday 23 October 2009.

The results of this review will be considered firstly by the Epping Forest District Council`s Local Highways Panel and then by the Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, where the final decision will be made. It is proposed that any changes will be implemented from February 2009 onwards.

Lower Sheering Election Statement of Persons Nominated

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Statement of Persons Nominated

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as a District Councillor for Lower Sheering to be held on Thursday 5 November 2009.

Name of Candidate BLACK Ingrid Lesley
Home Address 19 Stewards Green Road, Epping, CM16 7DA
Description Liberal Democrat
Name of Proposer Ball Steven E
Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate EDWARDS Charlotte
Home Address 30 Priors Court, The Maltings, Sawbridgeworth, CM21 9RB
Description Conservative
Name of Proposer Harding Heather
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.

Ian Willett, Returning Officer.

Grange Hill Election Result of Poll

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Result of Poll for election of a District Councillor for Grange Hill on Thursday 8 October 2009.

I, Ian Willett being the Returning Officer at the above election, do hereby give notice that the number of votes recorded for each candidate at the said election is as follows:

Name of Candidate: Chambers, Gavin
Description: Liberal Democrats
Number of Votes: 411

Name of Candidate: Lion, Alan Barry
Description: Conservatives
Number of Votes: 453 Elected

    The number of ballot papers rejected was as follows:

  • A want of an official mark: 0
  • B voting for more candidates than voter was entitled to: 0
  • C writing or mark by which voter could be identified: 0
  • D being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty: 1
  • E rejected in part: 0
  • Total: 1

Vacant seats: 1

Electorate: 5,043

Ballot papers issued: 866

Turnout: 17.17%

And I do hereby declare that Alan Barry Lion is duly elected.

Ian Willett
Returning Officer

Nazeingbury Election Result of Poll

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Result of Poll for election of a Parish Councillor for Nazeingbury on Thursday 1 October 2009.

I, Ian Willett being the Returning Officer at the above election, do hereby give notice that the number of votes recorded for each candidate at the said election is as follows:

Name of Candidate: Borton, Edgar Bruce
Description: Independent
Number of Votes: 194

Name of Candidate: FRYDRYCH, Mark
Description: Local business owner
Number of Votes: 347 Elected

    The number of ballot papers rejected was as follows:

  • A want of an official mark: 0
  • B voting for more candidates than voter was entitled to: 0
  • C writing or mark by which voter could be identified: 0
  • D being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty: 3
  • E rejected in part: 0
  • Total: 3

Vacant seats: 1

Electorate: 2,471

Ballot papers issued: 543

Turnout: 21.97%

And I do hereby declare that Mark Frydrych is duly elected.

Ian Willett
Returning Officer

Loughton Broadway Ward Notice of Vacancy

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Notice is hereby given that a vacancy has occurred in the office of Town Councillor arising from the resignation of Councillor Garry Martin.

An election to fill the vacancy will be held if notice in writing of a request for such an election is made by ten Local Government electors for the electoral area and received by the Returning Officer of Epping Forest District Council at the Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by not later than 20 October 2009.

If an election is not requested by ten Local Government electors as detailed above, the vacancy will be filled by the Town Council as soon as practicable after the expiry of the date given above.

Lower Sheering Ward Notice of Election

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Election of a District Councillor for Lower Sheering.

  1. An election is to be held of one District Councillor for Lower Sheering.
  2. Forms of nomination for the District Election may be obtained at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ from the Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for the electoral area prepare a nomination paper for signature.
  3. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ on any day after the date of this notice but no later than noon on Friday 9 October 2009.
  4. If any election in contested the poll will take place on Thursday 5 November 2009.
  5. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Wednesday 21 October 2009.
  6. Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Wednesday 28 October 2009.
  7. Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 28 October 2009 must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Thursday 5 November 2009.

Ian Willett
Returning Officer


North Weald Fly-in: Aircraft 2

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Photographs of aircraft over the weekend of the Spirit of North Weald Fly-in and Community Day on Sunday 13 September 2009.

Sunday 13 September 2009

The Royal Norwegian Air Force Fan Jet Falcon Executive Jet

Pictured above: The Royal Norwegian Air Force Fan Jet Falcon Executive Jet

F16 warming up before take off

Pictured above: F16 warming up before take off

F16s on the runway before take off

Pictured above: F16s on the runway before take off

Hurricane and Spitfire from the RAF Memorial Flight

Pictured above: Hurricane and Spitfire from the RAF Memorial Flight

The first F16 taking off

Pictured above: The first F16 taking off

The second F16 taking off

Pictured above: The second F16 taking off

The Fan Jet Falcon Executive Jet escorted by F16 Jet Fighters and a Vampire Jet

Pictured above: The Fan Jet Falcon Executive Jet escorted by F16 Jet Fighters and a Vampire Jet