Local Democracy Week Speed Meeting Evening

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As part of Local Democracy week members of Epping Forest Youth Council recently met with adult councillors to take part in a special speed meeting event. The event was held at the Civic Offices in Epping and allowed the youth councillors and adult councillors to get acquainted with each other and further understand some of the shared issues they face.

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Youth Councillor, Haris Duherich said The speed meeting idea is similar to speed dating where you get a time limit to ask questions and find out as much as you can about the other person. It provides an opportunity for councillors and youth councillors to talk about themselves, about their work or school life and their interests. The evening allows adult councillors to work with young people and to learn about our issues.

A jar of sweets was awarded to the youth councillor and adult councillor who it was felt had communicated most effectively on the night. For the adults, the youth council voted Councillor David Johnson and for the youth council the winner was Youth Councillor Annie Armitage.

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The aim of Local Democracy Week is to bring politicians and young people closer. Hundreds of councils and thousands of schools up and down the country take part each year.

Awards for Human Resources Partnership

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Thousands of local authority employees across Essex, including those working for Epping Forest District Council, will benefit from ViNE (Virtual Network Essex), the innovative partnership between the Human Resources departments of the 15 Councils that serve the county.

Designed by the Essex Strategic Human Resource Partnership, ViNE enables local authorities to deliver their staff training and development programmes more effectively and at a much lower cost. Savings of £100,000 can be achieved by making much greater use of e-learning rather than by employing costly external trainers, by sharing resources and by developing training programmes that each authority can then easily and quickly adapt to its own needs. Employees can also access the training programmes on line 24 hours a day so they can further their knowledge outside of working hours and at times that suit them.

Paula Maginnis and Julie Dixon receiving the award from Councillor Mrs Anne Grigg

The Essex Strategic HR Partnership recently won an award for its collaborative work from the national training organisation Learning Pool. This was presented by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Mrs Anne Grigg, to Paula Maginnis, Assistant Director (HR) and Julie Dixon, Learning and Development Manager. The Partnership is also to receive a £500,000 award from Improvement East to enable ViNE to be extended across the East of England.

Quality Reaccreditation for Ongar

Ongar Town Council`s Vice Chairman, Councillor Diana Roberts accepted the congratulations of her district-level counterparts on Tuesday 28 September 2010. Councillor Anne Grigg, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council joined Canon John Brown, Chairman of the Essex County Accreditation Panel in presenting Councillor Roberts and Mr Mark Squires with the reaccreditation of Quality Status for the services provided by Ongar Town Council.

Mark Squires, Councillor Diana Roberts, Councillor Anne Grigg and Canon John Brown

Drawing out many of the achievements including the surgeries held by parish councillors, Canon John Brown also singled out the Town Clerk Mark Squires for his distinction in the Certificate in Local Council Administration.

Get Behind Essex – Pick Up Litter and Bin It!

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Epping Forest District Council is getting behind Keep Britain Tidy`s campaign to clean up England`s streets and save the country three/four billion pounds a year.

Nationally, every year it costs in the region of £858 million to pick up litter that doesn`t make it into a bin. That`s £2.3 million a day, 365 days a year and some of that money could be used for services for the people of Epping Forest. Instead it is being used for discarded cigarette butts and fast food wrappers! Keep Britain Tidy`s latest campaign is calling on people to get behind its rallying cry to clean up England`s streets.

The charity`s message is that, in these days of tough spending choices, the fact that we have to spend £858 million on cleaning up litter is a national disgrace – and the solution lies in our own hands.

Get Behind Essex! Pick up litter and bin it

Keep Britain Tidy`s chief executive Phil Barton said: At a time when government is having to make very difficult choices about spending, it is ridiculous that councils have to devote a significant amount of their budgets to cleaning up their residents` litter. If everyone would just put their litter in a bin, instead of mindlessly dropping it on the floor, we could save millions of pounds a year – and that money could be used to fund vital services for the whole community.

It is time for the silent majority to stand up and say enough is enough, get behind Keep Britain Tidy and Epping Forest District Council and show those who think it is okay to throw their rubbish on the ground – at a cost to the country of £858 million a year – that there is a better way.

Backing Keep Britain Tidy`s rallying call, Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Mary Sartin said: Litter can refer to anything from a small crisp packet or sweet wrapper to large bags of rubbish or even an area where several items of rubbish have collected. Often people do not consider small items such as gum or even cigarette butts to be litter but these small pieces of rubbish make up much of the litter on our streets. All litter is unsightly and can make our local areas look untidy and uncared for. Food litter attracts rats and litter as a whole denigrates our local areas. With your help we can tackle the litter problem and make our streets and District cleaner I am backing the campaign to ask our residents and visitors to the area to stop littering. Together we can tackle litter.

The Council`s Environment & Neighbourhoods Officers will also be on the look out for any offenders who drop litter. It is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, with fines up to £2,500 to drop litter. The Officers will also deal with litter problems that can clearly be traced to certain types of businesses, such as food on the go establishments, mobile vendors or market stalls.

Hole in One for Chairman’s Charities

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In a keenly fought competition golfers raised over £800 for charity at this years Chairman`s Charity Golf Day held at Chigwell Golf Club. The Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Anne Grigg invited 30 contestants including Councillors, Officers and Guests of the Chairman, on 15 June 2010 to raise money for the Chairman`s chosen charities: St Clare`s Hospice, Cancer Research UK, Chigwell Riding Trust and the Air Ambulance based at North Weald Airfield.Chairman Anne Grigg presenting the Don Spinks Shield to Annette Duncan

The winner of the competition and recipient of the Don Spinks Shield, and champion golfer for 2010 was Annette Duncan. The Chairman provided welcome refreshment at the halfway stage, proving popular with all the contestants, and presented the prizes in the Clubhouse after.

Chairman of Council, Councillor Anne Grigg said: “I would like to thank all who helped to make my Charity Golf Day such a success. It was a glorious summer afternoon and I had a fun and memorable day. We raised £818.68, a significant amount of money that will be shared between the 4 worthy charities that I have chosen to support during my year as Chairman.”

Scores and Competition Winners

Don Spinks Shield
39 points Annette Duncan from Sports and Leisure Management Ltd (SLM)
36 points James Carstairs, Epping Forest District Council Sports Development Officer
35 points Colin Stone, Epping Forest District Council Housing Officer

Robert O`Malley Cup for Ladies Golfers
33 points Kim Bames, General Manager at Epping Sports Centre
25 points Julie Chandler, Epping Forest District Council Assistant director for the Office of the Deputy Chief Executive

Robert O`Malley Cup winner Kim Bames and champion golfer 2010 Annette DuncanNearest the Pin Prize
James Warwick Epping Forest District Council Sports Development Manager

Longest Drive Competition
Nick Fanning Epping Forest District Council Auditor

Highest placed Guest of the Chairman
34 points Dave Wilson
29 points Chairman`s husband Ian Grigg

Other notable scores were ex-employees Trevor Johnson with 33 points and Bill Brooks with 32 points, whilst the defending Champion Dave Clifton scored 31 points.

Website Up for Environmental Award

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iPlan and pinpoint logos

Epping Forest District Council`s online interactive planning website has been nominated in the National eWell-Being Awards 2010.

The website applications iPlan and pinpoint were selected in the `Improving Public Services` category for improving public access to information, generating cost savings and reducing carbon emissions. The results of the nomination will be held at the reception at the offices of UNISON Yorkshire and Humbershire in Leeds on Wednesday 16 June 2010.

UK CEED National eWell-Being Awards 2010

The National eWell-Being Awards identify and promote the environmental and social benefits of Information and Communication Technology. Over 120 entries were received this year and the judges have narrowed down to the 41 finalists.

Using pinpoint and iPlan to view maps and access Planning information

Over many years, Epping Forest District Council`s Planning and Economic Development Directorate has steadily moved away from using paper based work. They have successfully integrated into the Council website the applications iPlan and pinpoint allowing residents to view planning permissions online all year round.

The website is easily accessible to the public and has made savings in the cost of printing documents, postage and file storage, and also decreasing carbon emissions by using less paper.

The Council is able to supply a well-organised web-based service to provide available information to anyone involved in the planning process – from home owners and businesses to planning professionals and Government officials.

iPlan enables residents to search planning application records including documents and plans, view Committee Agenda and webcasts showing how decisions are made and search Planning Appeals and Building Control Records online. Residents can view most records that are going back 50 years.

Councillor Di Collins, leader of Epping Forest District Council said: I would like to congratulate the Planning Team on reaching the finals. The Internet has its benefits because it is easier to use, costs less and saves on raw materials. Using the Internet gives us more of a chance to reduce the carbon emissions and upgrading our services to the Internet helps to save the environment by not cutting down trees to create piles of paper.

Iolanthe by Gilbert and Sullivan

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Chapel End Savoy Players will be presenting Iolanthe, one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best-loved operas from Wednesday 19 May to Saturday 22 May 2010.

The full costumed performances with orchestra, are being presented at the Deaton Theatre in Forest School, Oakhurst Gardens, Snaresbrook, London E17 3PY. The show will start each evening at 7:45pm, and the Saturday matinee at 2:30pm.

All tickets for Wednesday night, which is a Preview Performance, are £5. Tickets for all other nights are £10 and for the Saturday matinee are £8. 10% discount for 10 tickets or more. Tickets are also available at the door on the night. The venue has disabled facilities.

    To buy tickets you can:

  1. Telephone the Box Office on 020 8527 0215 or 020 8529 3143
  2. Email boxoffice@cesp.org.uk
  3. Or buy them at the door on the night

For further information visit the Chapel End Savoy Players (CESP) website.

Consultation on Licensing Act

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We want  to know your thoughts and comments on our licensing policies.

As a requirement of the Licensing Act 2003, licensing authorities such as Epping Forest District Council are required to consult on their licensing policies every three years.

The deadline for comments is 31 July 2010, this will allow Council Members time to consider your comments.

    Please read the policy and let us know your thoughts and comments:

  • Epping Forest District Council Statement of Licensing Policy (pdf 93 KB)

Find out more about the Licensing Act and how it may affect you at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport website.

    You can send your comments:

  • by post to The Licensing Section, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ
  • or by email to licensing@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Loughton School Wins Pantathlon

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Oak View school in Loughton represented West Essex School Sports Partnership (SSP) at the South Essex Panathlon Challenge for the first time and won.

Thanks to a partnership between Epping Forest District Council`s Sport and Health Development Team, The West Essex School Sports Partnership and The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the young people at Oak View School were able to enter the competition for the first time and also received a term of coaching in preparation for the event from a qualified Tottenham Hotspur Foundation coach.

Members of Oak View School Pantathlon Team

The aim was to enter a team to represent West Essex for the first time to give participants the experience of performing in a large-scale event. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the school`s staff, the coaches and the children themselves, the team surpassed all expectations winning the semi-final and qualifying for the final which will take place on 1 July.

Panathlon Challenge is a day of competition with various sports specifically designed to be more appropriate for young disabled people. Panathlon runs nationally and will have around 2,500 young disabled people in different sports with a range of abilities competing in various locations around the country in 2010. Approximately 200 young disabled Essex sportsmen and women took part with much enthusiasm and great skill.

Oakview School in Loughton, part of the West Essex SSP won their first ever Panathlon event on 26 April at the Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre in Chelmsford. Lakeside Thurrock team (Beacon Hill) qualified for the final also and will meet Harlow Fields and Southview School (NW Essex) in the final on 1 July.

Election of a Member of Parliament

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Statement of persons nominated and notice of poll

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as a Member of Parliament for the Epping Forest Constituency.

Name of Candidate – CURTIS Katie Elizabeth

Home Address – 2 Zelham Drive, Canvey Island, SS8 7QR

Description – The Labour Party Candidate

Name of Assentors – Proposer (+), Seconder (++)
Davis Joan (+), Owen Margaret D (++), Marshall Sheila A, Marshall Gerald L, Dare Edwin H, Owen Thomas G, Sheen Robert W, Jones Joan, Davis Angela B, Davis Sean R.

Bullough Simon D (+), Miller Sidney A (++), Monk Anne K, Monk Brian A, Finan Michael P, Finan Renee, Griffin Pamela, Hall Patricia M, Visvanathan Rosanna, Hall Martin G.

Ayre Angela (+), Taylor David P (++), Sheen Peter S, Sheen Alyson, Behan Sarah V, Reeves Jane F, Beck Jean E, Worby Michael B, Worby Harry R, Sheen Benjamin R.

Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate – HAIGH Ann Mary

Home Address – 51 Greenhill, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5SQ

Description – Liberal Democrat

Name of Assentors – Proposer (+), Seconder (++)
Spencer Peter J (+), Dodeja Dev P (++), Sutcliffe Jill M, Woollcott Neil J, Keane Brigid, Ashworth John R, Nunn Elisabeth J, Cain Vivian F, Cain Jacqueline C, Smith Cynthia.

Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate – LAING Eleanor Fulton

Home Address – The White Cottage, The Green, Theydon Bois, CM16 7JH

Description – The Conservative Party Candidate

Name of Assentors – Proposer (+), Seconder (++)
Warner Raymond A (+), Jackson Anthony J (++), Philip John M, Stavrou Sydney-Ann, Watson Sylvia I, Baker Norman H, Glozier Robert J, Metcalfe Valerie, Knapman John, Gadsby Ulrike M.

Woodhead Anthony J (+), Sandler Brian P (++), Risdon Richard E, Warner Hilary A, Vance Marshall, Ulkun Haluk, Taylor Roger H, Scrutton Charles B, Redfern John R, Chana Kewal S.

Pratt Raymond J (+), Buttling Edward J (++), Jones Robin L, Berry Jennifer M, Philip Rosalyn J, Knight Margaret G, Woodhead Kathleen M, Padfield John D, Littlewood Kenneth A, Graham Edgar B.

Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate – PEPPER Simon Benjamin

Home Address – 21 Gravel Lane, Chigwell, IG7 6DA

Description – The Green Party

Name of Assentors – Proposer (+), Seconder (++)
Neville Steven J (+), Garnham Alison M (++), Neville Roger D, Lord Christopher J, Gradden Pauline L, Alcock Andrew J, Gravett Valerie D, Gravett Dale S, Kieve Daniel J, Wood John H.

Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate – RICHARDSON Pat

Home Address – 111 Forest Road, Loughton, IG10 1EF

Description – British National Party

Name of Assentors – Proposer (+), Seconder (++)
Anderson Alexandra R (+), Wignall Ronald F (++), Leworthy Patricia A, Marns Michael, Hoffman Irene, Rattee Kenneth G, Copland Alexander P, Morris Paul R, Morris Deborah G, Rattee John B.

Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate – SAWYER Kim

Home Address – address in Brentwood and Ongar

Description – English Democrats – “Putting England First!”

Name of Assentors – Proposer (+), Seconder (++)
Connor Desmond L (+), Dimoline Diane (++), Dimoline Simon, Higgins Lucy, Dimoline Rebecca, Grobbelaar Lindi, Barker Jennifer L, Little Kevin A, Finnimore Ramoya, Kuhns Phoebe J.

Reason why no longer nominated* – 

Name of Candidate – SMITH Andrew George

Home Address – 69 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LZ

Description – UK Independence Party (UK I P)

Name of Assentors – Proposer (+), Seconder (++)
McGough Michael J (+), Luton Alan D (++), Kennedy John M, Rigelsford Brenda A, Coggins Michael J, McGough Sally E, Kennedy Christine A, Taylor William D, Rigelsford Michael J, Wiltshire Patricia D.

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.

A poll will be taken on Thursday 6 May 2010 between the hours of 7am and 10pm.

Where contested this poll is taken together with the election of District Councillors.

Ian Willett, Acting Returning Officer

Essex Food Litter Campaign

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Epping Forest District Council, in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy (KBT), is tackling fast food litter on our streets. The official campaign was launched on Friday 26 February 2010. The campaign message includes posters showing how dropping litter can make people appear as `dirty pigs` to others, in an attempt to change attitudes. The posters will go up on billboards, bus shelters, phone boxes and an Advan displaying the poster has also been travelling around the district.

Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Mary Sartin with ENOs by the Advan in Waltham Abbey

Fast food and its packaging makes up a quarter of all litter on the streets. In addition to attracting pests and wild animals, neighbourhoods blighted by litter can often act as a magnet to more serious crimes.

The environmental charity `Keep Britain Tidy` has previously used the `Dirty Pig` campaign aims successfully to tackle the problem of wrappers, cartons and uneaten food dropped on the ground.

    Fast food filth facts:

  • Fast food litter is a major problem, it refers to food eaten on the go and its packaging which ends up strewn on our streets
  • Food litter can cause permanent grease stains to pavements
  • Not only does dropped food litter look a mess, it also attracts rats and other vermin
  • It adds considerably to the costs of street cleansing

Councillor Mary Sartin, the Environment Portfolio Holder said: Fast food litter is a problem for many communities and it can be a real eyesore that can adversely affect the community`s perceptions of their neighbourhood. This Essex-wide initiative is a great opportunity to work with fast food suppliers to increase awareness and tackle the problem.