Cabinet 7 September 2017

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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.

Police Helicopter

Police Helicopter

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.

Hillhouse Statement

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.”

Oakwood Hill

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.

Customer Services

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.

Best of British community spirit

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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!

Thank you

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.”

North Weald shows off the Best of British

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The gates are open – thousands of people will enjoy the Best of British Community Day and Fly-in at North Weald Airfield today.

Don’t just look at the pictures come along! You can find details at


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Best of British community day 2017


Thousands raised to save lives

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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!

Cancer Research UK flowers

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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.”

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK are world leaders in finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

Find out more about Race for Life.

Moscow State Circus comes to North Weald

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Don’t miss one of the most spectacular circus displays in the world!

The Moscow State Circus comes to North Weald Airfield from Wednesday 19 July to Sunday 23 July 2017.

The Moscow State Circus poster

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GOSTINITSA – Hotel of Curiosities combines the best of the Circus art forms, adds the glitz and glamour of the art deco period and the sparkle of 1930s Hollywood to create a real landmark production for The Moscow State Circus.

The show also features unicycling, foot juggling, trapeze, high wire and of course the unforgettable GOSTINITSA bellboys performing an incredible skipping act with a twist not to be missed!


  • Wednesday 19 July 2017 – 5pm / 7.45pm
  • Thursday 20 July 2017 – 5pm / 7.45pm
  • Friday 21 July 2017 – 5pm / 7.45pm
  • Saturday 22 July 2017 – 3pm / 6pm
  • Sunday 23 July 2017 – 2pm / 5pm

Special offer

Buy 2 full price adult tickets for the price of 1.

Book online or call the box office on 020 3375 3970 and quote the promotional code JUGGLER. Offer not valid in conjunction with any other discount or against tickets already purchased.

Best of British community day

Don’t forget the North Weald Airfield Best of British community day and fly-in is on Sunday 16 July 2017.

Best of British at North Weald Airfield

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Save the date, Sunday 16 July 2017 is the North Weald Airfield community day and fly-in.

The theme is the Best of British.

Best of British community day 2017

Tickets are £6 per person, babies 12 months and under are free. Gates open 10am and parking is free.

Adventure Land

Activities and entertainment including bouncy castles, inflatables, petting farm and Gamez Bus are free all day in the children’s Adventure Land.

Arena events

Arena events from midday include stunt bikes, Epping Pipe Band, dance troupes and Epping Gymnastics Club. A fairground organ and Big Swing roundabout will also be there to entertain visitors.


The fly-in is being supported by the de Havilland Moth Club, International Auster Club and the Beagle Pup & Bulldog Club.

Enjoy a helicopter ride

Helicopter pleasure flights available from £35 per person.

Cars, motorbikes and re-enactors

Military vehicles and re-enactors, classic British cars and motorbikes will also be on show.

Find out more

Disruption to phones affects council

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Updated information 11:30am

The telephone system issue has now been resolved and you will now be able to get through.

Thank you for your patience whilst we dealt with this issue.

Original message 10:30am

Cable damage affecting 36 exchanges across London and Essex has cut off most of Epping Forest District Council’s phones. Problems emerged yesterday but have increased this morning on 17 May 2017.

The problems are wide-spread but mainly affecting business customers. Private phones are largely unaffected.

Phone disruption

Virgin Media and Talk Talk

Virgin Media and Talk Talk are issuing frequent information updates.

More information can be found at

Contact us

Customers calling Epping Forest District Council for non-emergency issues are being put through to voicemail and asked to leave a message.

Alternatively, customers can email

We apologise for the inconvenience

A spokesperson for Epping Forest District Council apologised for the inconvenience. He said: “The problems started yesterday but seem to have become worse overnight. Many organisations right across North London and Essex are affected.”

We apologise for the inconvenience but hope our customers will understand and bear with us while these issues for Virgin Media and Talk Talk outside our control are resolved.”

The spokesperson added: “Emergency calls are being redirected to our partner Mears and still being answered.”

Fire engine visits school in Waltham Abbey

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Three classes of excited children and Sid, the school dog from Waltham Holy Cross Infant School, spent the morning of Thursday 23 March 2017 learning about fire safety and exploring North Weald Airfield’s new fire engine and ambulance, with some of the airfield’s operations team.

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Day in pictures

Fire safety is important

Darren Goodey, North Weald Airfield Operations Manager said: ”We had a great time at Waltham Holy Cross School and felt really welcomed by the staff and children. It was a really great to engage with so many young people about fire safety, which is so important. The children really relished the opportunity to hear about what the fire engine and the ambulance are used for. The children gave us two lovely paintings, which are now pride of place in our office at North Weald Airfield.”

Former pupils

He continued: ”Myself and a colleague were students at this school many years ago and it was amazing to have the chance to go back and see how much it has changed.”

Christmas contact information

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We are closed from 5pm on 23 December 2016 until 9am on 3 January 2017. There are still ways you can get in touch with us when you need to over the Christmas holiday period.

Christmas message from Chairman Jeane Lea

Report it

Report it online (non-emergency) – report missed bin, noise, flytipping, fraud, abandoned vehicle, etc.

Report by email (non-emergency) – emails sent here will not be looked at until 3 January 2017.

Phone (emergency) 01992 564000

Housing repairs (emergency) 01992 564199

Social media

We monitor our main Twitter and Facebook accounts every day.

Pay it

Pay online 24/7 – pay Council Tax, rent, business rates, leasehold charges, etc.

Pay by phone 24/7 01992 564600

Our Debden cash office & Epping kiosk will close at 4:30pm on 23 December 2016 and reopen 9am on 3 January 2017.

Our Waltham Abbey library kiosk is subject to Waltham Abbey library opening hours.

Waste and recycling

Christmas 2016 revised collection dates

  • Collection date Tuesday 27 December 2016 revised to Wednesday 28 December 2016
  • Collection date Wednesday 28 December 2016 revised to Thursday 29 December 2016
  • Collection date Thursday 29 December 2016 revised to Friday 30 December 2016
  • Collection date Friday 30 December 2016 revised to Saturday 31 December 2016

Recycling real Christmas trees

Leave your real Christmas trees with your food and garden waste in January 2017. Remove the pot, all decorations and if over 6ft, cut in half to ensure safe collection.

Special collections

Our special collections service closes at 5pm on 23 December 2016 and resume at 9am on 3 January 2017.

Lost or found dogs

Call 07815 512833 weekdays from 7am to 9pm, weekends and bank holidays from 10am to 7pm.

Car parks

Free weekend parking in December – all of our car parks are free on weekends throughout December and bank holidays.

Epping Forest District Museum

Epping Forest District Museum is closed from 4pm on 22 December 2016 and reopens 10am on 3 January 2017.

Housing benefit payments revised dates

  • Payments due 26 December 2016 will be now be available in bank accounts around 23 December 2016
  • Payments due 02 January 2017 will now be available in bank accounts around 29 December 2016

Normal payment cycle will resume from 9 January 2017.


Centenary fireworks light up the skies

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The night skies above North Weald lit up on Friday 5 November as The Squadron hosted their 1st firework party with North Weald Airfield.

The Squadron fireworks and bonfire party 2016

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Fantastic firework display

A crowd of 4,000 gathered outside The Squadron to commemorate the Airfield’s Centenary year. They were treated to a fantastic firework display with 3 hot air balloons illuminating the display. People enjoyed hog roast and mulled wine whilst youngsters were treated to a kids disco.

Harlow Air Cadets helped with the parking whilst the airfield operations team together with The Squadron had extra staff on duty ensuring everyone’s safety.

Great night

Billy Manning from the Squadron said ‘It was a great night that was well supported by the local community. We look forward to staging a bigger and better event in 2017.’

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