Nominate Your Citizen of the Year

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Do you know someone who has shown outstanding courage, or has done something of great benefit to you or your community? Perhaps someone who has shown extraordinary commitment, energy and effort in their particular field or towards achieving a particular goal?

If that person is a resident of the district, why not show your appreciation and nominate them for Epping Forest District Council`s accolade, a Citizen of the Year Award?

The closing date for nominations for the Epping Forest District Council Citizen of the Year 2010 is fast approaching. Forms should reach the Council no later than Friday 27 November 2009. The Citizen of the Year 2010 will receive their award at the Annual Civic Reception in March 2010.

The Council is asking people to nominate a person they feel fits the criteria and deserves recognition. There is no lower or upper age limit but employees of Epping Forest District Council and current serving Councillors are not eligible.

If you know someone who fits the bill and deserves to be recognised, fill in a nomination form. The forms can be obtained at Council Information Desks at Epping, Loughton or Waltham Abbey and Buckhurst Hill Parish Council Information Centre.

Lower Sheering Election Result of Poll

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Result of Poll for election of a District Councillor for Lower Sheering on Thursday 5 November 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: Black, Ingrid Lesley
Description: Liberal Democrats
Number of Votes: 93

Name of Candidate: Edwards, Charlotte
Description: Conservatives
Number of Votes: 302 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: 1
  • C writing or mark by which voter could be identified: 0
  • D being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty: 4
  • E rejected in part: 0
  • Total: 5

Vacant seats: 1

Electorate: 1,874

Turnout: 21.35%

And I do hereby declare that Charlotte Edwards is duly elected.

Ian Willett
Returning Officer

New Youth Councillors Welcomed

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The newly-elected Epping Forest Youth Council has been formally welcomed. On Monday 19 October 2009, a special event was held at the Civic offices, Epping to introduce the elected Youth Councillors to each other and to the current District Councillors.

The new Councillors were asked to say why they wanted to join the Youth Council and here’s what they had to say …

23 new youth councillors with Council representatives

Chairman of Epping Forest District Council Councillor Penny Smith made a speech to welcome and congratulate the new Youth Councillors on their successful election campaigns. She said: I recommend joining in as much as you can. I hope very much you will take great interest learning about how local democracy actually happens.

Councillor Smith went on to say: Enjoy taking part – your experiences over the next two years will certainly improve the quality of your own personal development as you convene in this Chamber.

Councillor Penny Smith talks with Harrison Jardine and Haris DuherichCouncillor Penny Smith with new youth councillor Abigail Endean

Councillor Penny Smith shows Duncan Haslam and Connor Lattimer The Forester

In the last few months The Community Development Team and the Democratic Services Team from the District Council have supported five schools across the district to organise elections. The number of seats on the Youth Council has been increased from 17 to 23.

The 23 Epping Forest Youth Councillors

Many of the Council`s Portfolio Holders and Senior Officers were also in attendance at the welcome evening. Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Wellbeing Councillor Brian Rolfe said: The Youth Council has developed a number of successful projects over the last two years and has become a platform in which young people across the district can voice their opinions on issues important to them. I and the other Councillors look forward to working alongside the new Youth Council and seeing what can be achieved in the next two years.

Chairman Welcomes Guests to Copped Hall

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Mayors and Chairman from Councils across Essex were able to see the latest renovation works to Copped Hall Mansion at a reception hosted by Epping Forest District Council Chairman, Councillor Penny Smith. The dignitaries were treated to a tour of the mansion which was gutted by fire in 1917, before viewing the gardens on a bright early autumn day in October.

Councillor Penny Smith and guests in front of Copped Hall

Picture caption – Councillor Penny Smith, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council and guests in front of Copped Hall.

Councillor Penny Smith with the Chairmans Escort Ian Hull in the Copped Hall gardenFrom being an empty shell open to the elements, members of the Copped Hall Trust have now made the mansion weather-proof. New floors and staircases are gradually being constructed as the Trustees open up the building for visitors. The gardens and many of the associated buildings have now been restored to something approaching their former glory. Historical artefacts and photographs form part of an exhibition in some of the newly-restored rooms.

Copped Hall is being opened up to cultural and community events ranging from music recitals to the now annual Rotary fun-run through the Estate.

Picture caption – Councillor Penny Smith, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council with the Chairmans Escort Ian Hull in the Copped Hall garden.

Councillor Penny Smith said: “Copped Hall is part of our district’s heritage. The current mansion was built in the grounds of a previous Tudor house where the first performance of ‘A Mid-summer Night’s Dream’ is reputed to have taken place. With the help of many volunteers, the Trustees have done a tremendous amount of work. Copped Hall is now open for advertised guided tours and the reception provided the perfect opportunity for us to spread the news about Copped Hall across Essex.”

Guests shown around the Copped Hall walled garden

Picture caption – guests shown around the Copped Hall walled garden.

“There is still much work to be done but the mansion retains a special atmosphere. As floors are laid, fireplaces are restored and the Trustees add furniture to some of the rooms, you begin to get a sense of how the house must have felt in its heyday. From the cellars and kitchens up to the main rooms and bedrooms, Copped Hall and its estate accommodated a rich and diverse community of people. It was a focal point for the people of Epping and Upshire. As the restoration continues, it is once again becoming a major asset to our district.”

Alan Cox of the Copped Hall Trust shows guests the renovation works

Picture caption – Alan Cox of the Copped Hall Trust shows guests the renovation works.

Councillor Smith’s guests enjoyed a light lunch in one of the newly-restored rooms, resplendent with a blazing logfire in a magnificently restored fireplace.

Tributes to Chigwell Councillor

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Tributes were paid to Councillor David Bateman at the first meeting of Epping Forest District Council since he passed away in August. Councillor Penny Smith, Chairman of Council welcomed Councillor Bateman`s widow, Sandra, and son David to the Chamber.

Presentation by Councillor Penny Smith to Councillor Batemans son David and widow Sandra

Councillor Di Collins, Leader of Council led the tributes. Councillor Jon Whitehouse echoed her praise for the work carried out by Councillor Bateman over many years on the Council.

Councillor Stephen Murray spoke for many with affection for Councillor Bateman. He remembered his knowledge of Chigwell and Limes Farm in particular where Councillor Bateman worked so hard for his residents.

Fellow Chigwell Councillor John Knapman spoke of his shock. He remembered David Bateman`s passion for golf and support for the Chairman`s Charity. His legacy would include tireless campaigning to improve the safety of local roads and his care for the people of Limes Farm.

Councillor Pat Richardson spoke of David Bateman`s gentleness while Councillor Caroline Pond was among many to remember his political independence.

Councillor Penny Smith, invited Sandra and David to receive the Long Service Medal that would have been presented to Councillor Bateman. Mrs Bateman thanked all councillors for the many kind words spoken in memory of her husband.

Outstanding Response In Youth Elections

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The Epping Forest Youth Council Elections has received an outstanding response from young people across the district. There are 37 candidates standing for just 25 available seats on the soon to be newly elected Youth Council.

All this week elections are being held in five separate secondary schools throughout the district. Pupils have the opportunity to select the candidates they feel would be the best to represent them and their school on The Youth Council and to provide a voice for them on current local issues affecting young people.

The schools holding elections include Chigwell School on 29 September, Braeside independent and Debden Park High on 30 September, Roding Valley School, Loughton and St John`s School, Epping on 2 October 2009.

Votes will be counted by Officers from Epping Forest District Council. Results of the successful elected 25 candidates are due to be announced at the meeting of the Council`s Cabinet on 12 October 2009 and will be made available on the Council website. This will be followed by a formal welcome reception at the Civic Offices, Epping, on 19 October 2009. Youth Councillors will have the opportunity to be introduced to each other as well as all the current District Councillors.

A two-day induction period has been organised for the new Youth Council on 28 and 29 October 2009 to support them whilst settling into their new role.

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

Lower Sheering Ward Notice of Casual Vacancy

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Notice is given that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of District Councillor for the Lower Sheering ward, by reason of the resignation of Councillor Heather Harding, Councillor for the Ward.

An election to fill the vacancy will be held within 35 days (computed in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972), after notice in writing has been given to me by two local government electors, requesting that an election be held.

Ian Willett
Returning Officer

Nazeingbury By-election Notice of Poll

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Notice of Poll

Election of a Parish Councillor for Nazeingbury.

    Notice is hereby given that:

  1. A poll for the election of a Parish Councillor for Nazeingbury will be held on Thursday 1 October 2009, between the hours of 7am and 10pm.
  2. The number of Parish Councillors to be elected is one.
  3. The names, home addresses and descriptions of the candidates remaining validly nominated for election and the names of all persons signing the candidates nomination paper are as follows:Name of Candidate BORTON Ed
    Home Address Greenleaves, Hoe Lane, Nazeing, EN9 2RG
    Description Independent
    Name of Proposer Rafferty Arthur H
    Name of SeconderJarman Dennis JName of Candidate FRYDRYCH Mark
    Home Address Spinney Nursery, Hoe Lane, Nazeing, EN9 2RJ
    Description Local business owner
    Name of Proposer Griffin Alan
    Name of Seconder Pring John L
  4. The situation of Polling Stations and the description of persons entitled to vote thereat are as follows:Situation of Polling Station St Giles Hall, Nazingbury, Nazeing Road, Nazeing
    Station Number 1
    Ranges of electoral register numbers of persons entitled to vote thereat CY-1 to CY-2425

Published by Ian Willett, Returning Officer.

Election of a District Councillor for Grange Hill

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Statement of Persons Nominated

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as a District Councillor for Grange Hill to be held on Thursday 8 October 2009.

Name of Candidate CHAMBERS Gavin
Home Address 23 Alfred Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 6DW
Description Liberal Democrat
Name of Proposer Anderson Arthur C
Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate LION Alan Barry
Home Address 1 Canterbury Close, Chigwell, IG7 6HG
Description Conservative
Name of Proposer Hart Norma R
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.

Published by Ian Willett, Returning Officer.