RAF Freedom of District motion to be put to Council

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On the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF in April 1918, a motion to confer the Freedom of Epping Forest District on 56 Squadron is to be put to a special meeting of Epping Forest District Council at 7pm on Tuesday 24 April.

56 Squadron Standard at North Weald Gate Guardian

56 Squadron

56 Squadron operated from North Weald Airfield between 1927 and the Battle of Britain in 1941. They are the longest of any squadron to be based at the airfield which is now owned by Epping Forest District Council (EFDC). The motion to confer the Freedom of the whole district is a reflection of the wider local role played by the RAF.

This includes other airfields and facilities at

  • Ongar
  • Willingale
  • Stapleford Abbots
  • Chigwell
  • Nazeing

Representatives from the RAF will attend the meeting where a council majority of at least two thirds will be required to confer the honour.

100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force

National celebrations are being held during 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Air Force. North Weald Airfield opened 2 years before the founding of the Royal Air Force. The first operational flight of the Royal Flying Corps at North Weald took place in June 1916.

56 Squadron is one of the most distinguished units of the RAF. By the outbreak of war in 1939, it was equipped with the new Hawker Hurricane fighters with which North Weald was to become most closely associated. The Hurricanes of 56 Squadron covered the retreat from Dunkirk and were among the first committed to what became known as the Battle of Britain. When 56 Squadron finally transferred to RAF Duxford via Martlesham Heath in June 1941 it had been based in North Weald for 14 years.

Parade and community music event

Should the motion to grant the Freedom of the District to 56 Squadron be passed by Full Council, a local commemorative celebration at North Weald is being planned for Sunday 10 June. A parade and community music event are being organised with 56 Squadron and local organisations.

The special meeting on 24 April, starts at 7pm and is open to the public. You can watch the webcast live here.

More information about this event will be available nearer the time.

EFDC Coat of Arms and RAF Squadron 56 logo EFDC Coat of Arms and RAF Squadron 56 logo

Local heroes celebrated at awards evening

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The district’s most celebrated residents were recognised at the annual Epping Forest District Council Civic Awards Ceremony held at the Marriott Hotel in Waltham Abbey on Friday 16 March 2018.

Winners at the Civic Awards 2018

You make the world a better place

The glittering awards evening was hosted by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor David Stallan.

Chairman David Stallan said: “Every year we dedicate an evening to celebrate Epping Forest’s residents achievements, successes and their unwavering dedication to the area and their communities. This year was no different.”

“To the winners and runners up, congratulations. It is people like you that make the world a better place. Thank you for your selflessness, generosity and compassion.”

In honour and celebration of the Youth Council’s 10th anniversary this year, serving and former Youth Councillors were asked to present each award to the winners.

Click on the award below for details

 

Council Tax is set for 2018/19

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At a meeting of Council on 22 February 2018, Epping Forest District Councillors made the decision to increase Council Tax for the first time since 2010, following the inclusion of law and order initiatives to improve anti-social issues in the district.

Tax levels may be set higher still as Essex County Council, Essex Police, Essex Fire and Rescue and some Town and Parish Council’s have confirmed increases their Council Tax share too.

An average Band D property will pay an extra £3.69 a year for their District Council Tax contribution.

 

Council Tax

Epping Forest District Councillors agreed the 2.48% increase in the District Council’s portion of Council Tax to absorb the cost of 3 extra police officers employed to work closely with the Community Safety Team. The decision was taken as residents call for more visible policing to deter and deal with cases of anti-social behaviour in local towns and villages.

Finance Portfolio Holder, Councillor Gagan Mohindra said: “This budget is a significant departure from our policy in recent years as it proposes the first increase in Council Tax since 2010/11. This change is necessary to provide additional funds to combat the scourge of anti-social behaviour. Earlier we discussed the problems being faced by our residents on a daily basis and it is vital that we act to address these. We hope that over the 3 year trial period we are providing funding for, the police will be in a better place than they are now and that it will be possible to withdraw our support.”

“This is the first time for eight years that we are increasing the Council Tax but it is for a specific reason and for a limited time period, to provide the public with additional services they have said they want.”

Derek Macnab – Chief Executive

Following the announcement that Epping Forest District Council’s Chief Executive Glen Chipp, is leaving to become Chief Executive of Horsham District Council, Council agreed the recommendation to appointment Derek Macnab as acting Chief Executive and Head of Paid Services with immediate effect.

Council Leader, Councillor Chris Whitbread, thanked Glen Chipp for his service to Epping Forest District Council and its residents before welcoming the appointment of Derek Macnab.

He said: “Derek Macnab’s brief is to maintain the momentum of our modernisation and organisational development of the Council. No doubt he will bring his own personal style and approach to the process, but the drivers for change remain. We are a strong, well-managed Council moving towards a position of financial independence as central government funding ends.”

A minute for reflection

A minute’s silence was observed by Council in memory of Councillor Brian Surtees and former Council Leader Di Collins, who both passed away earlier this month.

A heartfelt speech was first given by Council Leader Chris Whitbread, offering sincere condolences to the friends and family of both former Councillors. An abundance of tributes from Councillors from all parties followed, praising and sharing kind words in memory of both Councillor Brian Surtees and Di Collins.

Elections 2018

Simon Hill has been appointed as Electoral Registration Officer and Returning Officer for Epping Forest District Council in advance of this year’s elections, on 3 May 2018.

Mr Hill was also appointed Monitoring Officer for the Council, a role which is responsible for the governance of Council officers and elected Councillors.

Nominate a young person for a Sports Award

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Do you know a young person, aged between 13 and 25, that lives in the district that is a County or National standard athlete in their sport?

If so, why not nominate them for the Epping Forest District Council Young Sports award 2018!

Sports award poster

The winner of this award could get up to £1,000 towards

  • Help to buy specialist equipment or materials
  • Help towards competition/event entry fees or associated travel and accommodation costs
  • Help to fund extra or specialist coaching

Nomination details

To be eligible for the award your nominee must:

  • Be aged 13-25 on or before the closing date for applications on 24 November 17
  • Compete at county, regional or national level in a nationally governed sport
  • Live in the Epping Forest District
  • If at College or University, return ‘home’ to Epping Forest District during the holidays

Make a nomination

The deadline for applications is Friday 24 November 2017

Further information

Contact Fabrizio Ferrari

Chairman celebrates district’s attractions

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Chairman of Council Councillor Dave Stallan celebrated the district’s tourist attractions at North Weald Airfield and on the Epping Ongar railway recently.

Chairman's Civic lunch on the Epping Ongar railway 2017

A host of distinguished guests from authorities across Essex and the newly appoint Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst enjoyed a trip on a vintage bus to North Weald Station.

From there, guests were taken on a Diesel Multi Unit (DMU) train to Coopersale. On return to North Weald they changed trains and enjoyed a trip on a magnificent steam engine the Metropolitan E Class No. 1, which was built around 1901.

Rodger Green a long-serving volunteer at the railway gave a fascinating tour and talk on the history of Ongar Station and the Epping Ongar Railway. Everyone then returned to North Weald Station and onwards again on the bus to North Weald Airfield.

Showcasing what the district has to offer

The Chairman of Council, Councillor Stallan who was given the opportunity to ride the steam engine said: “As a North Weald resident, I often hear the trains pass along the track, whilst on the train I was amazed at the heat and the amount of work it takes to keep the coal fire fed to keep the steam at the correct pressure.”

“From the train I was able to enjoy a glorious view of the surrounding countryside and the beautiful Autumnal colours of the forest along the line.”

Councillor Stallan also added “This was a fantastic opportunity to showcase all that the district has to offer to residents and visitors alike.”

I am most grateful to the Epping Ongar Railway for hosting us on the day. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves but more importantly, many more people are now aware of this attraction and will spread the word about our marvellous district and all it has to offer.”

Everyone welcome

Managing Director of the Epping Ongar Railway, who was also the bus driver for the day, Roger Wright said: “We are all very proud of the Epping Ongar Railway and hope that we will be welcoming many more visitors soon.”

£500 raised for Chairman’s charities

On the day the Chairman raised a total of £500 for his charities and local causes

  • The Norway House Garden Project
  • Safer Places
  • Epping & Ongar Air Cadets
  • Diabetes UK

Epping Ongar Railway

Enjoy the Epping Ongar railway for yourself. More information can be found at:

Nominate your Young Citizen of the Year 2018

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The search is on for the Epping Forest District Young Citizen of the Year 2018.

Young Citizen of the Year

Highlighting positive contributions

The annual award presented to a young person in the district highlights extraordinary commitments, efforts and achievements made by young people in the district.

The finalists will be invited to attend the District Council`s Civic Awards ceremony in March 2018 where the winner will receive an award of £300 and a certificate of achievement.

Tomorrow’s future

Chairman David Stallan said: ‘The Young Citizen of the Year is part of the yearly Citizen of the Year awards, which is a great event showcasing the fantastic work that goes on throughout the district.”

“It’s important that we recognise all the good young people do in our community. The younger generation are our future and it always great to see the steps they are making to make the district a better place. If you know anyone between the ages 11 and 18 and feel they deserve recognition as well as £300 towards their work nominate them for an award today.”

Make a nomination

To nominate a young person aged between 11 and 18 for the Young Citizen of the Year award either

The closing date for nominations is Friday 24th November 2017.

Further information

For further information please contact Diane Gilson-Butler, Youth Engagement Officer

Chairman’s golfers raise money for local charity

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Generous golfers raised an amazing £704 at our Chairman’s charity golf day to help Safer Places, a local refuge that supports people through abusive relationships.

Chairman Dave Stallan with the charity golfers

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Epping Forest District Council Chairman Dave Stallan opened the golf day at Chigwell Golf Club on 11 July 2017. He teed off and decided to retire gracefully (watch Chairman Dave Stallan tee off below) to let 24 keen golfers battle it out on the fairways.

All the golfers were local councillors, former and current council employees, and guests of the Chairman.

Winners of the golf day were

  • Theydon Bois Parish Councillor Mike Hannibal won the Don Spinks Shield scoring 39 stableford points
  • Elections Officer Wendy MacLeod won the Robert O’Malley Cup for Lady Golfers (for the 5th time!) scoring 29 points
  • Waste Support Officer Paul Coletti got a prize for being nearest the pin on the 10th hole
  • Housing Repairs Officer Daniel Wimpress won a prize for the longest drive on the 18th hole

I won’t win The Open

Chairman Dave Stallan said: “I had a wonderful day and I would like to thank everyone that took part. Unfortunately my golfing abilities leave a lot to be desired and I think it’s fair to say I have no chance of ever winning The Open! My golfing skills can be seen by everyone as my opening tee off was caught on camera!”

Raising money for charity

The Chairman continued: “We raised £704 for local charity Safer places. Safer Places helps adults and children affected by domestic and sexual abuse. The money will go to helping survivors of domestic abuse to recover and rebuild their lives, building a brighter and safe future which they might once have thought of as impossible. I’m delighted to support this great local charity.”

eNgage dance show returns for 2017

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Youth and community dance show, eNgage 2017 returned on Thursday 22 June 2017 after a year’s break, to a new venue for the show, The Spotlight in Hoddesdon.

eNgage programme p1

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Spectacular dance

With an audience of over 350 and a cast of 170, eNgage brought several communities together for an evening of spectacular dance. The blend of dance styles included Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap and Commercial.

The Dancers

Performers were of all ages and abilities; from 7 years old to 71 years young!

New groups

The evening welcomed a few new groups to eNgage; CoCoCare (an adult group with disabilities from Colchester) used Creative Movement and props to create a beautiful sea scene, questioning our environmental awareness; Straight Up Dance UK, Loughton and Brentwood, showed us that you are never too old to learn some Hip Hop moves, with two pieces to ‘She’s Got That Vibe’ and ‘Whoomp (There it is)!’ Mark Hall Academy, Harlow, treated the audience to a sneaky peek of their latest school production, ‘School of Rock’.

Exciting and colourful routines

Jason Theatre School gave a brilliant performance and closed the show with their version of Riverdance, which got the audience tapping along. DYD from Debden Park High School had everyone swinging in their seats with a fun energetic version of Benny Goodman’s ‘Sing, Sing, Sing.’

Flashdancers, Moves & Grooves, All Saints, Stadium Theatre School, Big Funksters, DNA Studios, West Hatch High School and Scene II Theatre School all returned to perform with exciting, colourful and powerful routines.

RE:Generation installation

As part of eNgage, Lowewood Museum, which is managed by Epping Forest District Council in partnership with The Borough of Broxbourne, played host to a VIP guest reception with temporary exhibition ‘Moving Photography’ RE:Generation, an older people’s dance group from Chelmsford.

Importance of dance & movement

The installation is part of the end product of a project by The Dance Network Association and CHP, working with older people to learn the importance of dance and movement and what effect it has on the mind and body.

Visit the exhibition

The exhibition is at Lowewood Museum until Friday 7 July 2017.

‘Well done’

Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor David Stallan was among the guests for the evening and he said: ”What an amazing showcase for all of our talented local dance groups. It was great to see so many creative people of all ages, from different areas, all coming together and producing such an exciting evening of performances. Well done to everyone involved and thank you to everyone that helped make the evening possible. Most of all, thanks for having me!”

‘Wonderful spectacle’

Councillor Steve Wortley, Deputy Mayor of Borough of Broxbourne said: ”What a wonderful spectacle it was, with a wide range of dance and performances from a bunch of very talented artists. I truly had a lovely time and thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening. Please pass on my sincere thanks to everyone involved, including those unsung heroes backstage too! Epping Forest certainly does have talent!”

Flags fly for Armed Forces Day

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Council remembers Grenfell Tower and terror attack victims at Armed Forces ceremony

The normal order of service was changed as Epping Forest District Council held a minute’s silence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster after raising the Union and Armed Forces Day Flags at the Civic Offices in Epping. Flags flew initially at half-mast as the Council showed its support for the victims of the latest terrorist attack earlier in North London.
Remembering victims of the latest terrorist attack in North London
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Staff were led in prayer by Reverend Bryony Morrison of St John’s Church, Epping.

Difficult and traumatic times

Councillor David Stallan, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: “The last few weeks have been some of the most difficult and traumatic we have faced as a country for many years.”

“As we gather for the traditional celebration of our armed forces, events have overtaken us. After the raising of our flags at 11 o’clock, I also want you to stand with me in a minute’s silence as we remember the tragic events at Grenfell Tower.”

“And even while we struggle to come to terms with that disaster, yet another senseless and cowardly attack was carried out on our community in North London. “

“The armed forces of Great Britain are made up of brave men and women of every colour and faith. They are drawn from all parts of our community, just as the councillors and staff of Epping Forest District Council are drawn from many faiths and cultures. As our armed forces show, as Manchester has shown, and as London has shown now again and again, an attack on one of us is an attack upon us all. At these times we stand together as a council, a community, and as a country.”

Council welcomes new Chairman

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Annual Council began with a minute silence in honour of all those affected by the Manchester bombing, this was followed by a heartfelt final speech from outgoing Chairman of Council, Councillor Jeane Lea.

Councillor David Stallan has been appointed Chairman of Council and Councillor Richard Bassett was named the new Vice-Chairman.

Annual Council 2017

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Manchester Tribute at Council

The meeting of Epping Forest District Council began on a sombre note as outgoing Chairman, Councillor Jeane Lea asked fellow councillors to join in a minute silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing.

Best wishes to Councillor Lea

Councillors paid tribute to Councillor Lea as she stepped down from the role of Council Chairman.

£13,000 raised for charity

Councillor Lea raised £13,000 for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance during her year and thanks fellow councillors for their support throughout.

”Genuine, caring and a first class ambassador”

Council Leader Chris Whitbread spoke of Councillor Lea’s dignity. A genuine, caring and first class ambassador for the district. Councillor Caroline Pond echoed the tributes, reminding Councillor Lea of some of the more difficult meetings over which she presided. Councillor Surtees spoke of her generosity.

Council Chief Executive Glen Chipp spoke of the outgoing Chairman’s sense of humour and her unexpected talent for bricklaying!

Councillor David Stallan, our new Chairman

The new Chairman of Epping Forest District Council is North Weald councillor, David Stallan.

In an affectionate nomination speech, fellow ward councillor Anne Grigg spoke of almost twenty years service to the District. Councillor Chris Whitbread seconded the nomination. Describing councillor Stallan as a great Housing portfolio holder and ward councillor, he also reminded fellow councillors of Dave Stallan’s formidable knowledge of the Council Constitution.

Councillor Stallan thanked councillors for placing their trust in him, councillors Grigg and Whitbread for his nomination, and especially Councillor Lea for all her support during the previous year.

Four local charities

Councillor Stallan will be supporting four charities, Diabetes UK, the Epping and North Weald Air Cadets, Safer Places Epping Forest and Norway House, the Council’s homeless persons hostel.

Councillor Richard Bassett, our new Vice-Chairman

Another of the Council’s most senior and well respected councillors, Richard Bassett is the new Vice-Chairman. Councillor Bassett steps down from his previous role on the Cabinet.

Cabinet and Committee Chairmen

The new Cabinet announced by Council Leader Chris Whitbread is

  • Leader Councillor Chris Whitbread
  • Asset Management & Economic Development Councillor Anne Grigg
  • Environment Councillor Will Breare-Hall
  • Finance Councillor Gagan Mohindra
  • Planning & Governance Councillor John Philip
  • Housing (and Deputy Leader) Councillor Syd Stavrou
  • Leisure & Community Services Councillor Helen Kane
  • Safer, Greener & Transport Councillor Gary Waller
  • Technology & Support Services –  Councillor Alan Lion

Councillor Brian Sandler has been reappointed Chairman of District Development Management Committee. Councillor Mary Sartin returns to the role of Overview and Scrutiny Committee Chairman.

Councillors also agreed the co-option of a non-voting member of Epping Forest District Youth Council to the Communities Select Committee.