Voting Age Reduction Called For By Young People

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Young residents have called for a reduction in the minimum voting age.

Packed into the debating Chamber of Epping Forest District Council, 54 per cent of the students representing the District Council area secondary schools and Epping Forest District Youth Councillors supported a motion to lower the voting age to 16.

Anti-social behaviour, stereotyping of young people, gangs and a lack of activities were also highlighted as the top areas of concern.

The day was organised by Epping Forest District Youth Council. Delegates were welcomed by Epping Forest District Council Chairman Councillor Penny Smith.

Local MPs Eleanor Laing and Bill Rammell then got down to business with a question and answer session. Youth Councillors Haris Duherich, Yasmin Levy-Miller, Connor Latimer and Trini Philip gave BBC Reporter Ben Bland a taste of the debate to come in an exclusive interview.

Connor Lattimer proposed lowering the voting age to 16

Yasmin Levy-Miller opposed lowering the voting age to 16

The motion that this House calls for the minimum voting age to be lowered to 16 was proposed by Connor and opposed by Yasmin.

Youth Councillor Holly Whitbread chaired the debate and kept order during a lively and robust discussion with many views expressed both for and against the motion.

Electronic voting equipment was used to display the debates resultThe debate was webcast live from the Council offices. It was also a chance for Epping Forest District Council to try out its new electronic voting equipment.

The Council`s Electoral Returning Officer Ian Willett gave a talk on his role in the forthcoming General Election.

The Vote

    Should the voting age be lowered from 18 to 16?

  • Yes – 54% – 41 votes
  • No – 46% – 35 votes

After the debate and lunch in the Council Members` Room, the young people broke up into smaller discussion groups to identify their top three priorities.

Youth Councillor Yasmin Levy-Miller said: For me it is really important to get young people`s voices heard. We are young people ourselves and we know about the issues we want to change.

Youth Councillor Connor Lattimer added: I was pleased we won the debate although in the back of my mind I thought we might get a bigger majority, maybe 60 or 70 per cent. I think Yasmin argued well against us. We should do something similar next year “ a progress check.

A lively and robust discussion with many views expressed both for and against the motion

Councillor Di Collins District Council Leader and Chairman of `One`, the Epping Forest Local Strategic Partnership, drew proceedings to a close with thanks to everyone for a fantastic day of debate.

Election of a Parish Councillor for Matching

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Notice of by-election for a Parish Councillor for Matching. Poll will take place on Thursday 18 March 2010.

Election of a District Councillor for Matching

  1. An election is to be held of One Parish Councillor for Matching.
  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 19 February 2010.
  4. If the election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday 8 October 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 3 March 2010.
  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 10 March 2010.

Cabinet Meeting 1 February 2010

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Monday night’s Cabinet meeting included an update on the Council’s letter to the Rt Hon John Healey, MP concerning the Gypsy and Traveller Direction, a briefing from the representatives of the Youth Council and discussion on compensation for residents in the vicinity of the O2 mast erected in Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey.

Letters to the Minister
Councillor Diana Collins confirmed to members of Epping Forest District Council`s Cabinet that the letter to the Rt Hon John Healey, MP demanding the lifting of the Gypsy and Traveller Direction had been sent, before hearing that the Council was also calling on Mr Healey to look again at the financial rules governing Council house building.

Housing Boost
Families struggling to get a first foot on the housing ladder received a boost at Cabinet on 1 February after £168,000 was re-allocated to provide six £28,000 Home Ownership Grants. A further £182,000 has been allocated to help a Housing Association to purchase homes for affordable rent from the open market. However, the Council`s aspiration to re-start its own building programme has run into problems due to the Government`s rules on public spending. Epping Forest District Council is to appeal to Mr Healey, Minister for Local Government for more flexibility.

Youth Council
Youth Councillors Connor Latimer and Harrison Jardine invited members of the Cabinet to attend the next Youth Council. The Youth Councillors briefed the Cabinet on the forthcoming Youth Council conference in March. Harrison Jardine also provided feedback on recent training days. Further training is aimed at catching the interest of the local media, building local democracy, raising the profile of the Youth Council and consulting local young people on measures for change.

The forthcoming Youth Conference will focus on key areas, publicity, a debate on lowering the voting age and five discussion groups. Issues will range from the environment to cyber-bullying.

Under Budget Broadway CCTV Upgrade
Councillors received notification of the final completion of the Broadway Town Centre Enhancement at a cost of £3,631,000 including a saving of £595,000 thanks to a smooth and rapid conclusion to the project. Councillors will now be asked to consider potential uses for the savings, including enhancements to CCTV.

Fixed Penalty Notices between £50 and £500
Fixed Penalty Notices with discounts for early payment were agreed by Councillors. Where Government guidance exists, the Council adopted the lowest penalty levels possible on a range of environmental misdemeanours ranging from abandoned cars, nuisance parking and litter through to keeping dogs under control and noise complaints. The new Fixed Penalty Notices will be widely publicised prior to implementation across the district.

O2 Mast Waltham Abbey
Planning Officers are to investigate the possibility of an alternative site for the O2 mobile telephone mast in Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey. Councillors were set to consider compensation to local residents but the report was deferred after O2 indicated alternative sites in Waltham Abbey might allow them to remove the mast in Honey Lane.

The mast was originally erected after the Council failed to consider the planning notification within the statutory deadline. Councillors and staff took the opportunity to apologise to residents again. Residents who complained have previously received £250 `goodwill` payments from the Council in recognition of the mistake.

Voluntary support through the recession
Epping Forest District Council is to encourage local residents and its own employees to volunteer. The District Council supports the CAB to the tune of £120,000 per year and has recently helped its expansion to meet the additional demands placed on the CAB by people asking for help during the recession. Members of the Cabinet also endorsed the recent work of the Council to support the voluntary work of Essex Credit Unions through The Forester and other publicity.

Recovery of Icelandic Bank Money
Councillors received some good news concerning the potential loss of investments following the collapse of Icelandic banks. The Council`s Finance Director, Bob Palmer was able to report the latest predictions from Ernst and Young, administrator for Heritable Bank now predicts the recovery of between 79 pence and 85 pence in the pound. Mr Palmer was also able to report a VAT refund likely to cover any remaining loss from Heritable Bank.

Council Tax
Cabinet endorsed the 1.5 per cent Council Tax increase recommendation to Council on 16 February. Councillor Chris Whitbread described the budget as affordable and manageable. The proposed budget would see the District Council precept on a Band D property increase by just four pence per week.

Loughton Broadway Result of Poll

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Declaration of result of poll for the election of a Town Councillor for Loughton Broadway held on Thursday 10 December 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: Bostock, Jill Elizabeth
Description: Labour
Number of Votes: 204

Name of Candidate: Kalkat, Iqbal Singh
Description: Conservatives
Number of Votes: 75

Name of Candidate: Long, Edward John
Description: British National Party
Number of Votes: 234

Name of Candidate: Nicholson, Katie
Description: Loughton Residents Association
Number of Votes: 257 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: 0
  • E rejected in part: 0
  • Total: 1

Vacant seats: 1

Electorate: 3,478

Turnout: 22.2%

And I do hereby declare that Katie Nicholson is duly elected.

Ian Willett
Returning Officer

Loughton Broadway Election Notice of Poll

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Election of a Town Councillor for Loughton Broadway.

    Notice is hereby given that:

  1. A poll for the election of a Town Councillor for Loughton Broadway will be held on Thursday 10 December 2009, between the hours of 7am and 10pm.
  2. The number of Town 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 BOSTOCK Jill Elizabeth
    Home Address 91 Queens Road, Loughton, IG10 1RR
    Description Labour
    Name of Proposer Davis Joan
    Name of Seconder Dare Edwin H

    Name of Candidate KALKAT Iqbal Singh
    Home Address 5 Richmond Park, Loughton, IG10 4PQ
    Description Conservative
    Name of Proposer Fenn Patrick S
    Name of Seconder Hylton Owen

    Name of Candidate LONG Edward John
    Home Address 81 Grosvenor Drive, Loughton, IG10 2LA
    Description British National Party
    Name of Proposer Harding Nicola
    Name of Seconder Dextor Alex

    Name of Candidate NICHOLSON Katie
    Home Address 13A The Broadway, Loughton, IG10 3SX
    Description Loughton Residents Assiociation
    Name of Proposer Walker Claire
    Name of Seconder Bartels Rachel M

  4. The situation of Polling Stations and the description of persons entitled to vote thereat are as follows:Situation of Polling Station Thomas Willingale School, The Broadway, Loughton
    Station Number 1
    Ranges of electoral register numbers of persons entitled to vote thereat AV-1 to AV-1792

    Situation of Polling Station St Thomas More RC Church Hall, Willingale Road, Loughton
    Station Number 2
    Ranges of electoral register numbers of persons entitled to vote thereat AW-1 to AW-1439/1

Published by Ian Willett, Returning Officer.

Loughton Broadway Election of a Town Councillor

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Statement of Persons Nominated

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as a Town Councillor for Loughton Broadway to be held on Thursday 10 December 2009.

Name of Candidate BOSTOCK Jill Elizabeth
Home Address 91 Queens Road, Loughton, IG10 1RR
Description Labour
Name of Proposer Davis Joan
Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate KALKAT Iqbal Singh
Home Address 5 Richmond Park, Loughton, IG10 4PQ
Description Conservative
Name of Proposer Fenn Patrick S
Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate LONG Edward John
Home Address 81 Grosvenor Drive, Loughton, IG10 2LA
Description British National Party
Name of Proposer Harding Nicola J
Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate NICHOLSON Katie
Home Address 13A The Broadway, Loughton, IG10 3SX
Description Loughton Residents Association
Name of Proposer Walker Claire
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.

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

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.

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