State of the art centre for Waltham Abbey

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On Thursday 12 October 2017 local school children, councillors and business members gathered to mark the start of construction for Waltham Abbey’s brand new state of the art leisure centre, which is due to open in Winter 2018.

Preparing to place the Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre time capsule

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Exciting times for Waltham Abbey

Councillor Helen Kane, Portfolio Holder for Leisure said: “These are exciting times for Waltham Abbey. The first new council housing in 30 years has just been completed in Harveyfields, Roundhills and surrounding roads as we start the construction of this fantastic new leisure centre. Sixty independent living accommodation units providing a positive alternative to residential care and new health facilities replacing the old surgery accommodation in Maynard Court are set to follow in partnership with Essex County Council and NHS England.”

”The leisure centre will be for everyone. Working with Places for People and their construction partners Pellikaan, we are set to deliver a top class leisure facility that will promote health and wellbeing, and provide a place for people to enjoy physical activity and socialise within the community.”

Investing in our community

Councillor Kane continued: “We are investing in our community and our future. Coming hard on the heels of the recently refurbished and extended museum in Sun Street and the development of the brand new Epping Forest Shopping Park in Loughton, Epping Forest District Council is signalling its intent in the best possible way.”

Councillor Sue Lissimore, Cabinet member for housing at Essex County Council added: “These plans breathe new life into taxpayer-owned land. We’ve pledged £42m over the next five years to bring sites like this forward for much needed homes with multi-use developments that also help to drive economic growth. The leisure centre ground-breaking is a fantastic milestone and a great example of public and private sector partners working together across Essex.”

Design, build, operate and maintain

Places for People Leisure were awarded the 20-year Design, Build, Operate and Maintain contract for the new Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre by Epping Forest District Council, along with their construction partners Pellikaan Construction and architects Pozzoni.

£9.5m investment in centre

The new £9.5m leisure centre has been designed with a green roof to complement the surrounding recreational ground and will feature an 80-station fitness suite, 25m six lane pool with 15m learner pool, exercise and group cycling studio, a community room, and café.

Virtual cycling & Les Mills

The Centre will also feature a dedicated Virtual Cycling studio with classes led by Les Mills virtual master trainers, enabling customers to participate at their own convenience when it suits them.

Fantastic community leisure facility

John Bates, Business Development Director at Places for People Leisure said: “We are extremely excited to begin work on what will be a fantastic community leisure facility. Through our partnership with Epping Forest District Council we are looking forward to providing a leisure operation that will capture the local community’s imagination and encourage even more people to adopt a love of physical activity.”

Time capsule

Those in attendance yesterday included pupils from Hillhouse Church of England Primary School as well as representatives from the Epping Forest District Swimming Club who buried a time capsule as part of the ceremony which included the old set of keys to the previous community centre.

The current Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool recently received investment to improve the customer experience and will remain open and fully operational until the new centre opens.

Ongar leisure centre refurbishment unveiled

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Ongar Leisure Centre unveiled its newly refurbished fitness suite on Saturday 9 September 2017.

Cllr Kane cutting the ribbon

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State of the art equipment

The new suite now includes a state of the art cardio and strength kit, rowers, multifunctional training equipment and Watt bikes. It also features a new training rig which is ideal for rehabilitating an injury and high intensity training, as well as a Technogym Skillmill, which is a powerless treadmill that allows users of all abilities to perform at their own pace.

Official launch

An official launch event was held on Saturday 9 September 2017, which offered visitors free swimming, badminton and virtual cycling sessions, special deals on membership and the chance to see improvements made following the £450,000 worth of investment.

Track your swim technology

Investment into Ongar leisure centre has also included new energy saving technology, IT systems to enhance the customer experience as well as the introduction of state of the art equipment such as SWIMTAG, which is the latest wearable technology that helps customers track their swim activity.

Commitment to leisure

Epping Forest District Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Community Services Councillor Helen Kane said: ”It is such a pleasure to see the first major investment of the new leisure contract come to fruition at Ongar Leisure Centre. I know there has been some local concern about the future of the centre but this refurbishment and Places for People Leisure’s investment of £450,000 is a clear commitment to leisure services in Ongar.”

Major refurbishment across district

”Across the District major refurbishment works start in Epping and Loughton this Autumn while preliminary work has already started for the brand-new leisure centre at Waltham Abbey. I’m pleased to say that the outlook for leisure services is positive throughout the District.”

Opportunities for everyone

Geraint Hole, General Manager at Ongar Leisure Centre comments: ”We are delighted to be able to offer the local community a newly refurbished and equipped leisure centre that will provide opportunities for everyone to take part in physical activity and enjoy the wide range of facilities on offer. As a social enterprise, we aim to open up even more opportunities for people to adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle and are looking forward to offering customers free sessions as part of this event.”

Entertain the kids this October half term

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Theres no excuse for boredom over the October half term holidays! We have plenty of activities for your children to enjoy, from sports, games, play, to a spooky party!

October Half term

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Multi sports days

Come and join our experienced coaches for a day of exciting sporting activities!

  • Tuesday 24 October 2017 and Thursday 26 October 2017
  • Epping Upper Clapton RFC, Thornwood, Epping, CM16 6NL
  • 9:15am – 3:30pm
  • £16
  • Suitable for ages 5 – 14

BOOK

Play in the forest

Play in the forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. Enjoy bug hunting, shelter building, woodland arts and crafts!

  • Wednesday 25 October 2017
  • High Beach opposite the Visitor Centre, Loughton, IG10 4AE
  • 10am – 12pm
  • £3
  • Suitable for all ages

No need to book!

Go wild team, spooky party!

Make your very own spooky costume before taking part in our spook-tacular lunch party!

  • Thursday 26 October 2017
  • Communities training room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU
  • 11am – 1pm
  • £5.50
  • Suitable for ages 6 – 11

BOOK

All materials and food provided.

Book now!

  • Book online
  • Phone 01992 564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)

Council 27 July 2017

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In a sombre council meeting on 27 July 2017 tributes were paid to current Councillor Gary Waller and 3 former councillors who passed away recently.

Gary Waller 1945-2017

Council remembers Gary Waller

Council Chairman David Stallan and Council Leader Chris Whitbread led emotional tributes to Councillor Gary Waller who passed away just a few days earlier.

Gary Waller was one of the most active and senior members of Epping Forest District Council, holding one of the most responsible cabinet roles as Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder. So sudden was his passing that his reports still featured on the council agenda.

A former MP with a wealth of experience, good humour, and friends across the council, councillors offered their heartfelt condolences to all he knew and loved.

Ian Abbey, Stan Goodwin and Keith Wright

In a sombre council meeting, councillors also fondly remembered former councillors Ian Abbey, Stan Goodwin and Keith Wright who all passed away in recent weeks. Councillor Stallan thanked all those who spoke so movingly in memory of ‘4 great councillors’.

Good progress reported to councillors

Council Leader Chris Whitbread and fellow members of the cabinet reported on a range of recent successes.

Reports included

  • Epping Forest Shopping Park
  • Tourism website and conference
  • Fly tipping prosecutions
  • Progress on a new leisure centre for Waltham Abbey following the letting of a new leisure centre management contract with Places for People
  • MiLife mental health and awareness programme for school children
  • Grant aid to 11 local organisations totalling £29,667
  • Updating information on the draft Local Plan
  • Council CCTV cameras helping the police

Council housing safety

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, Housing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Syd Stavrou also provided councillors with extensive information and reassurance on the safety of local council housing.

There are no high-rise council properties in Epping Forest and very few with any form of cladding (checks suggest this cladding is safe). All council properties are low enough to be reached by Essex Fire and Rescue vehicle platforms. Councillors were invited to attend future meetings to satisfy themselves of the fire safety measures and procedures in place.

Annual reports

Annual reports of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Audit and Governance Committee were also noted along with the council’s anti-fraud and corruption policy.

Keep your kids entertained this summer

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Need ideas for kids activities this summer? Look no further and see what we have planned for the summer holidays.

Sport, art, adventure, play, music, gardening, textiles and more – whatever your children’s interests, we have something for everyone.

Summer activities 2017

Book now

Our activities run from Monday 24 July to Thursday 31 August 2017 for children of all ages, abilities and interests.

Don’t wait for our activities to sell out – book now and keep your kids entertained this summer.

or call our telephone booking line 01992 564226 during office hours.

What’s on?

 

Whats on? Summer holiday activities – week 2

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We have so many sporting and creative activities planned for the kids summer holidays this year. Join for week 2 of the summer holidays from Monday 31 July 2017 to Saturday 5 August 2017. Book online now!

Summer Activities P1

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How to…Draw level 1

  • Tuesday 1 August 2017
  • 10:30am – 12pm
  • Epping library, St Johns Road, Epping, CM16 5DN
  • £8 including materials

Suitable for ages 7+

Book

Tudor Family Fun – make your own Tudor shield

  • Tuesday 1 August 2017
  • 12pm – 3pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50 per child

Suitable for ages 5 – 13

No need to book!

How to…Draw level 2

  • Tuesday 1 August 2017
  • 1:30pm – 3pm
  • Epping Library, St Johns Road, Epping, CM16 5DN
  • £8 including materials

Suitable for ages 7+

Book

  • Wednesday 2 August 2017
  • 10:30am – 12pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £8 including materials

Suitable for ages 7+

Book

How to…Paint: Watercolour

  • Wednesday 2 August 2017
  • 1:30 – 3:30pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £10 including materials

Suitable for ages 7+

Book

Go Wild: Make a nature mask

  • Thursday 3 August 2017
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Market community garden, High Street, Epping, CM16 5DQ
  • £4.50

Suitable for ages 6 – 12

Book

Museum family fun day

  • Saturday 5 August 2017
  • 11am – 4pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • Free – donations gratefully received

Suitable for ages 3 – 13

No need to book!

Multi-sports, forest adventures and more…

We have also planned a wide range of sport, play and adventure days regularly, at multiple locations, throughout the 8 week holiday

  • Multi-sports days (book)
  • Forest adventures (book)
  • Play in the forest (no need to book)
  • Play in the park (no need to book)

Check the full brochure for locations, dates and times.

Further details

Stay forever active

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If you want to get active, socialise and make new friends, join our Forever Active programme and discover a new you!

Forever Active 2017-18

The Forever Active programme welcomes everyone, with no restrictions on age, ability level or fitness.

The programme combines a variety of organised sport, day trips and other events to get you active and meeting new people.

Download a Forever Active brochure (PDF 4.99MB)

Forever fit

The NHS recommend taking part in aerobic and muscle strengthening activities to maintain and improve your health.

You can reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls by improving your balance and co-ordination through exercise, whilst improving the health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

Activities we have on offer are

  • Cycling
  • Badminton
  • Walking football & netball
  • Keep fit
  • Bowls
  • Dance
  • Circuits
  • Walking with Lifewalks
  • Yoga
  • Running – couch to 5k
  • Table tennis
  • Pilates

Forever sociable

Social interaction is really important for your mental wellbeing too, so we have planned some exciting day trips to popular attractions giving you the perfect opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.

  • Bletchley Park, 24 May 2017, £28 per person
  • Chiltern Curios and a Royal Regatta Cruise along the river Thames, 30 June 2017, £41 per person
  • Margate and the Turner Contemporary gallery, 15 September 2017, £13 per person
  • Rockingham Castle, a Victorian Christmas with guided tour, 29 November 2017, £46.50 per person – includes a 2 course lunch & refreshments

Forever cultured

The Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey offers a wide range of activities throughout the year, as well as offering the opportunity to explore a rich local history through each of the museum’s collections.

  • Community space used by local groups
  • Six exhibition galleries
  • Talks, tours and behind the scenes visits
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Gift shop

Sports and day trips contact

Museum Contact

Need help getting active?

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If you want to increase your activity and fitness, meet new friends and stay motivated, our new Active Living programme is for you! Sign up to receive one to one motivational support for a whole year and up to 6 months of free activities.

Active living cyclingHelp at every step

We know that getting active can be difficult, so we are here to help you every step of the way!

Personal action plan

Our team of professional and friendly staff will help you set a personal plan of action, which will make it simple for you to find ways to fit physical activity into your daily life.

Support and advice

We will support you with free advice and assistance whenever you need it, to help you stick to your plan and achieve your goals with activities such as walking, cycling and Pilates.

Get active

  • Contact the Active Living team on 01992 564567 or speak to your GP about a referral
  • Book an appointment to discuss support, a personal action plan & find a local Active Living group
  • Visit your local Active Living group, meet new friends, get lifestyle & nutrition advice
  • Meet your champion who will support you with your new activities & introduce you to others
  • Get support from your specialist who will look at your progress & plan for the coming months
  • Free activities for 3 months after 12 weeks of attending group

Contact

If you are interested in becoming more active and you

  • Do less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week
  • Are aged over 16
  • Live in the Epping Forest district

Contact our friendly team to book an appointment.

Call 01992 564561

Email csreception@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

New leisure centre contract goes live

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A new, 20 year leisure contract between Epping Forest District Council and Places for People Leisure Management Ltd was signed and agreed on Wednesday 29 March 2017.

The new contract will see exciting improvements to the delivery of leisure services within the district, with plans to invest £9.5m in a state of the art leisure centre in Waltham Abbey and extensive refurbishment of other council owned leisure centres.

Leisure contract sealing day 29-03-17

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Existing contracts switched

Responsibility for existing staff and memberships were transferred to the new provider on Saturday 1 April 2017, when the contract officially began.

Award winning service

Chief Executive of Epping Forest District Council, Glen Chipp said: ”Places for People are an award winning management service with an impressive leisure portfolio and plenty of experience. They are currently working with 36 other councils across England and manage a total of 121 leisure centres. We are confident that this partnership will be of great benefit to our local residents, allowing them to enjoy an exciting, enhanced and improved leisure service in local areas, for many years to come.”

Centre plans

Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool

Plans to relocate a brand new, purpose built leisure centre to Hill House Road, Waltham Abbey.

The new facility will offer;

  • A 25m, 6 lane swimming pool and 15m learner pool
  • An 80 station fitness suite
  • Multifunctional training equipment, octane trainers and watt bikes
  • Dance, fitness and group cycling studios
  • Les Mills virtual cycling
  • A community space
  • A café
  • A green roof to compliment the surrounding area

Epping Sports Centre

Plans to internally remodel the centre, including;

  • Improvements and an extension to the gym area
  • Bar/kitchen re-configuration, to incorporate a crèche and spin studio

Ongar Leisure Centre

Plans to refurbish the facilities, including;

  • Gym equipment upgrade
  • Swimming pool plant upgrade

Loughton Leisure Centre

Plans to renovate the leisure centre and build a two storey extension, which will include;

  • New gym
  • Extra fitness studio space

Completion in 2018

Works at Epping, Ongar and Loughton Leisure Centres will begin in Summer 2017, with plans for completion by Summer 2018.

The existing Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool will remain open until the new project’s planned finish in November 2018. Further details about refurbishments will be displayed online and in our leisure centre reception areas, to keep customers informed as work progresses.

Working in Partnership

Sandra Dodd, Chief Executive at Places for People Leisure said: ”We are excited to work in partnership with Epping Forest District Council to enhance the leisure provision across the district and ensure that we offer an inclusive and innovative leisure provision that encourages participation by all members of the community in line with our mission to create active places and healthy people.”

”We hope that local residents will be as excited as we are in the improvements that are planned to their existing centres as well as the plans for a brand-new state of the art leisure facility.”

New contact details

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.