The new NPAS airbase will replace an existing facility at Lippitts Hill in High Beach and form part of their national network of 15 bases providing air support to the 46 police forces of England and Wales.
2 police helicopters and a police aeroplane will regularly fly out of the new airbase, operating 24/7 primarily serving London and the South East, with support from additional airbases at Boreham Airfield near Chelmsford, Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey and RAF Benson in Oxfordshire.
Crews in these aircraft regularly support police colleagues on the ground to find missing people and search for suspects. They provide an aerial view supporting local police at major events and help other police forces bring ‘crimes in action’ to an end, keeping local communities safe.
A long standing history of protecting our community
Assets and Economic Development Portfolio Holder Councillor Anne Grigg said: “North Weald Airfield has a long standing history of protecting our community since opening as an airfield in the 1st World War. It became a vital Battle of Britain airfield in the 2nd World War, providing a home to RAF spitfires and hurricanes.”
“In later years the airfield expanded in to the jet age of the 1950’s, and in recent times providing a base to vital services and welcoming aircraft from all over the world.”
Important and valuable services
Councillor Grigg continued: “The addition of the National Police Air Service is an exciting opportunity which will allow the vital service to carry out their much needed work, ensuring residents safety, which is our top priority.”
“They will be joining a range of aviation tenants at the airfield including The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance who have been operating successfully for several years.”
“I am proud of the contribution our airfield has made over the years and as it continues to grow, we welcome these important and valuable services.”
Paul Marrion, South East Assistant Operations Director for the National Police Air, said: “We are delighted to be able to build our new bespoke airbase at North Weald Airfield. This decision will ensure that we can continue to support police forces across London and the South East in their efforts to protect people and property and to keep communities safe.”
“Police air support is a vital tool available to police forces. Flying at average speeds of 138mph, searching for missing people or suspects by air is 20 times faster than other options and saves local police valuable time when it matters.”
Chairman of Council Councillor Dave Stallan celebrated the district’s tourist attractions at North Weald Airfield and on the Epping Ongar railway recently.
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.”
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
Epping & Ongar Air Cadets
Epping Ongar Railway
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Keep fireworks in a closed box and always follow the instructions carefully when using them
Light them at arm’s length using a taper and stand well back
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Know the laws on fireworks and don’t set any off after 11pm. On 5 November, displays can continue until 12am and on certain occasions, such as New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, fireworks can be set off until 1am.
If you are planning to have a bonfire make sure to:
Build your bonfire clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges
Never use flammable liquids to start a bonfire
Never burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans, paint tins, foam furniture or batteries
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An adult should supervise it until it has burnt out
If it has to be left, damp it down with plenty of water
Always keep a bucket of water or a hosepipe nearby in case of fire
Stay safe and look out for other
“Bonfire night is always a busy time for our emergency services so wherever you are, remember to stay safe and look out for others” said Safer, greener and transport portfolio holder Councillor Sam Kane.
“Organised events are always the safest way to enjoy fireworks and North Weald Airfield is holding another fantastic event on Friday 3 November. There are many other organised events across the district, but if you do choose to have your celebrations at home, please follow the safety tips so that you and your family remember the night for all the right reasons.”
A new Police helicopter base, anti- social behaviour in Waltham abbey and the Oakwood hill depot were among items discussed at Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet meeting Thursday 7 September 2017.
North Weald set to become new Police helicopter base
North Weald Airfield is set to become a new base for the National Police Air Service. Three helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft will be based at the council-owned airfield.
Asset Management Portfolio Holder Anne Grigg put forward recommendations for a 25 year lease with the helicopter service. The proposals would include a new hanger and buildings to support a range of police helicopter activities.
The Police will be joining a range of other aviation tenants including the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance which has operated very successfully from North Weald for several years. Receiving reassurances about flight lines and noise levels from members of the National Police Air Service at the meeting, councillors welcomed the report and the aspiration for continued development of aviation at North Weald.
Councillor Sam Kane was welcomed to his first Cabinet meeting as Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder by Council Leader Chris Whitbread. Councillor Kane has stepped into the role previous held by Councillor Gary Waller who recently passed away.
Councillor Kane’s first act was to deliver a strong statement regarding anti-social behaviour in Waltham Abbey.
Councillor Sam Kane’s Statement:
“Fellow Councillors will know that Epping Forest District Council is working in partnership with local residents and other organisations to improve the quality of life for everyone in and around Hillhouse on the Ninefields housing estate in Waltham Abbey.
Work has started in just the last few weeks on a brand new leisure centre. Health, housing and social facilities are coming together in a major multi-million pound investment.
The vast majority of residents in this area are the most decent and law-abiding citizens you could ever wish to meet. We also know there is an element of anti-social behaviour, a group of people who seem intent on making the lives of everyone else miserable. We are working with all our partners including Essex Police to tackle this behaviour but events in the last day or so have taken a new and very ugly twist.
Fishing line has been tied at knee height between posts and fences with the deliberate intention of tripping and hurting people. This mindless and stupid act has resulted in injury to a small child. Pictures of the serious cuts to his face have been circulated on social media.
I know this will come as a shock to you and I know every councillor would wish to send our sympathy to this innocent young child and his family.
Local residents and all right-minded people will be incensed by this latest incident. Through this meeting I want to let our residents know that we stand with them. The anti-social behaviour of the last few weeks must now stop.
A temporary dispersal order has been put in place from tonight. You will appreciate that many other things are going on behind the scenes that I cannot discuss in public.
Council staff have been working incredibly hard. Plans of action drawn up with Essex Police even before this latest event are being put into effect now. We believe we know who the perpetrators are. It saddens me to say that they are very young. We have been working with our local schools and have passed the identities of the perpetrators to Essex Police.
Enough is enough. Anti-social behaviour is a blight on our communities which must end. As the action plan goes into effect, I expect to see the situation improve significantly. I also know that you can never eliminate all crime, but with the support of my council colleagues I want to send out a clear message. We stand with all the decent and law-abiding residents of Waltham Abbey.
We will not let the few ruin the lives of the many.”
New council office and depot facilities accommodating Grounds Maintenance, Fleet Maintenance and the MoT centre opened recently at Oakwood Hill in Loughton. Latest proposals for the transfer of the Council’s Housing Repairs service to Oakwood Hill were scrutinised at Cabinet.
Proposals for additional staff car parking received particular attention. A petition opposing the use of green space opposite the new facility was delivered by Councillor Chris Roberts.
Councillors agreed the recommendations in the Cabinet report with the proviso that alternatives to the proposals of additional parking would also be investigated. Full public consultation would also take place as part of any planning application process if the proposals for parking set out in the report went forward.
Council Leader Chris Whitbread updated fellow councillors on a range of projects geared towards improving customer service including a new public customer service reception, plans for which are due to come before Cabinet by the end of the year.
The local community came together for an exciting day full of fun and smiles at the Best of British Community Day at North Weald Airfield on Sunday 16 July 2017.
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Visitors were entertained in the central arena with music, dance, gymnastic displays, bike stunt shows and Morris dancers. A big swing carousel was the centrepiece for the event at the council owned airfield.
Planes on display included Jet Provosts, Hawker Hunter, Sea Fury, Westland Scout and Wasp helicopters lined the arena. People were also able to see classic cars, military vehicles and a mini zoo. Children were entertained all day by an exciting adventure land.
Real community spirit
Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor David Stallan said: ”The weather may have been dull, but the atmosphere certainly wasn’t! What can I say, I’ve had such an amazing day at the Best of British North Weald Airfield Community Day! I met so many different people; community groups, charities and services that work hard for the district and most importantly I’ve really enjoyed meeting the residents that came, they gave the event real community spirit!
He continued: ”Everyone I spoke to said what a wonderful time they were having, from the children in adventure land, the stall holders, the performers and those watching, those up above taking an aerial tour in helicopters, to those on the ground speaking to the re-enactors! A magnificent day out. Thank you to everyone that came and well done to everyone involved who made the event a success.”
700 women of all ages came together and raised over £35,000 for Cancer Research UK at this year’s Race for Life.
They ran, jogged or walked around the 5k and 10k tracks at North Weald Airfield on Wednesday 12 July 2017 to help raise money to beat cancer!
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The Epping Forest District Council Chairman Councillor David Stallan started the race with a heart-felt speech. The theme was pink, with many participants wearing placards with the names of friends and relatives on, remembering those who have suffered from cancer.
Smiles at the start line
Epping Forest District Council Chairman Councillor David Stallan: “It was fantastic to see so many local women of all ages turn up to support Race for Life. The weather was perfect and the atmosphere was even better. They walked, ran or jogged around North Weald Airfield raising £35,000 for Cancer Research UK. Judging by all the smiles at the start line, it looked like everyone taking part had a great time.”
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