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.

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

Take to your bikes this winter

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As the leaves turn brown and the dark days and nights creep in, Lee Valley Regional Park – in cooperation with Epping Forest District Council – will be running a series of enjoyable, weekly Cycling For Health bike rides this wintertime, encouraging visitors to get outdoors, get fit and stay healthy on just two wheels whilst enjoying the park.

The first two-hour, guided bike ride of the series begins this week on Wednesday 2 November, departing from Fishers Green Car Park in Waltham Abbey at 10.00. Meeting points for subsequent rides include Chingford Plain, Nazeing’s Clayton Hill Country Park and the London in Bloom 2016 award winning site Gunpowder Park, recently honoured with gold level scores and named ‘Country Park of the Year’.

Cycling Back of group

Cyclists lucky enough to own a bike will need to pay just £3.50 to join one of the 20 group rides scheduled until the end of March. Riders eager to join but without wheels are welcome to hire a helmet and bike for just £7.00 per person which includes the ride fee.

Matt Ewings, Cycling Development Officer at Lee Valley Regional Park Authority said:

“The Cycling for Health programme provides lots of opportunities to not only get outdoors and get fit, but to meet new people and discover new cycle routes throughout the park. Even if the weather is a little grey and wet, cyclists will enjoy the park’s varied landscape and ever active wildlife. We hope the programme encourages our new and regular visitors to cycle in the beautiful park.”

The park will also host a special Bike Maintenance Workshop at Gunpowder Park from 9.30 until 15.00 on Wednesday 23 November, offering cyclists expert advice and tuition on how to look after themselves and their bikes. The two-hour indoor workshop will include bike safety checks, guidance on how to change a wheel’s inner tube, demonstrations on brake and gear adjustment and tutoring on the upkeep of a bike’s drive chain.

Participants at the workshop will then set off for a rewarding two-hour ride to explore the surrounding area and stop off for lunch at a local café on the route. Places for this special event are limited and booking is essential – cyclists are advised to secure their place in advance for

the price of £13.50 per person. Riders attending the workshop will also receive a complimentary bike puncture repair kit.

Covering distances between 10-15km, every group ride has been categorised into either an easy, medium or hard difficulty level taking into account the route’s gradient and will also venture across a variety of ground terrains such as tarmac, solid earth and redgrow. In addition to discovering new cycle routes, participants can also take advantage of the session’s rest break to refuel and meet their fellow riders.

Cycling offers numerous health benefits for riders, young and old, regardless of experience or difficulty. Hopping onto a bike for just one hour a day can burn up to approximately 650 calories – the equivalent of two large slices of pizzas or a bowl of luxury ice cream.

In addition to keeping riders fit, cycling can also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease – one of the UK’s biggest killers taking over 160,000 lives a year – by up to 50%, whilst improving mental health and wellbeing.

To book your place, visit www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/cyclingforhealth or call 01992 564226 for more information.