Council 1 November 2018

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Reports to Council on 1 November 2018 included updates on the newly completed Leisure Centre in Waltham Abbey, an Essex-wide fly-tipping campaign, additional Council homes built and an announcement about free weekend parking in Council run car parks in December.

Leisure Centre open ahead of schedule

It’s good news for Waltham Abbey, with the new Leisure Centre set to open ahead of schedule on Saturday 17 November 2018.

The new health and wellbeing hub boasts a six lane 25m pool along with a 15m learner pool with floor that is adjustable between 0m and 1.2m, virtual cycling classes and state of the art equipment.

Leisure partners Places for People are offering memberships with no joining fee until 14 November 2018.

Crime not to Care

The Council has been promoting the Essex-wide fly-tipping campaign, ‘Crime not to Care’.

Designed to educate residents about their duty of care when disposing of their waste, the campaign informs residents that they can be fined and prosecuted if their waste is fly-tipped by rogue traders.

In his report, Councillor Nigel Avey, Environment Portfolio Holder, informed members of the Councils most recent prosecution. The case of Loughton resident, Mr Tjoluskins, was heard by Magistrates on 13 September. He handed his waste to a scammer who fly-tipped in a bin store in Oakley Court in Loughton. The resident was fined £600 and ordered to pay the Councils prosecution costs of £900.

The campaigns message is simple – before handing over your waste to somebody else, always check, consider and record to protect yourself and reduce fly-tipping by rogue traders.

Universal Credit

In his report to members, Councillor Mohindra, Finance Portfolio Holder, presented an update about Universal Credit.

From 5 December, the Job Centre Plus in Loughton will roll out Universal Credit. Meaning that anyone of working age that needs help with their rent and is not already receiving Housing Benefit, will need to apply for Universal Credit instead of Housing Benefit.

Visit www.gov.uk/universal-credit for further information.

Council house-building programme

Councillor Syd Stavrou’s report informed members of the handover of four new Council homes in Coopersale, Epping on Wednesday 10 October. The two new 2 bedroom houses and two 1 bedroom flats will be let to applicants on the Councils housing register. A further seven new Council homes will be ready to handover in early November.

The Council has committed around £58 million for new housing since it restarted its council house building programme in 2014. So far, new homes have been built in Waltham Abbey, North Weald and Epping, with more in the pipeline.

Free parking in December

Councillor Sam Kane announced the Councils plan to relax parking fees in Council owned car parks on weekends throughout December 2018 ‘to help local traders’ and support our high streets this Christmas.

Parking will be free on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December in all of the Council owned car parks.

Countrycare say ‘Trees’ event for kids

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UPDATE – 23/10/2018 – 17:00pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled.

Apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.


Original release

Join Epping Forest District Council’s Counctrycare team for Say ‘Trees’ on Wednesday 24 October 2018 from 11am – 1pm at Roughtalley’s Wood in North Weald for tree inspired games, craft activities and best of all learn how to tell an Oak tree from a Hornbeam tree!

Event details

Date: Wednesday 24 October 2018

Time: 11am – 1pm

Location: Roughtalley’s Wood, Pike Way, North Weald, CM16 6BL

Cost: £3 per child

Suitable for children aged between 4 – 8 years old.

Booking is essential.

Book now

Call Countrycare on 01992 564224

October half term holiday activities for kids

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Come and join Epping Forest District Council for a range of fun activities this October half term, including our popular Multi-Sports Days, Street Tennis and Athletics sessions. Get ready for Halloween with our seasonal Spooky Painted Pumpkin and Spooky Gingerbread House workshops.

Multi-Sports Days

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

Dates: Tuesday 23 October & Thursday 25 October

Time: 9.15am – 3.30pm

(Registration 8.45am – 9.15am, Collect 3.30pm – 4.00pm)

Location: Epping Upper Clapton RFC, Upland Road, Thornwood, Epping CM16 6NL

Cost: £16.50

Suitable for ages 5 – 14


Street Athletics

Improve your athletics ability and have fun at the same time! You will get to play fun games with our coaches and take part in races and competitions.

Date: Monday 22 October

Time: 10am – 11am

Location: Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS (Short Athletics Track)

Cost: £3

Suitable for ages 5 – 12


Street Tennis

From skills and tricks to matches and competitions, you will get to cover all areas of tennis.

Date: Friday 26 October

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS, Tennis Courts

Cost: £4

Suitable for ages 5 – 10


Painted Pumpkin Workshop

Come along and enjoy a fun packed afternoon of pumpkin painting. You can be as creative as you like with your spooky designs taking it home with you at the end.

Date: Tuesday 23 October

Time: 2pm – 4pm

Location: Communities Training Room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU

Cost: £6

Suitable for ages 5 – 15

All materials provided


Play In The Forest

Come and enjoy some spooky fun in the forest! Navigate your way around the spooky trail to win a prize, build a spooky den out of twigs, or enjoy arts and crafts activities. The morning will be finished off with spooky story telling.

Date: Thursday 25 October

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: Forest Land at the Stubbles, Nursery Road, Loughton, IG10 4DZ

Cost: £3

Suitable for all ages

Parental supervision required.

Please note: ‘Play in the Forest’ sessions are provided as play opportunities for children and not as child care. All children may come and go as they please. Staff are not obligated to prevent any children from leaving the sessions. Parents/Carers are free to stay and join in.

No need to book, just turn up!


Spooky Gingerbread House Workshop

Come and join us to make some fun, mysterious and spooky gingerbread houses. Decorate gingerbread using sweets, icing and the best part – you get to take them home!

Date: Thursday 25 October

Time: 2pm – 4pm

Location: Communities Training Room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU

Cost: £6

Suitable for ages 5 – 15

All ingredients supplied.

 

Watch out for deer, the rutting season is here

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Motorists and dog walkers are being warned that the deer mating season, also known as the rutting or breeding season, has begun.

During the rutting season male deer can become highly aggressive as they attempt to fight off rivals to attract female deer. This makes them less aware of dangers around them, such as cars and bikes on the roads.

Watch out for deer the rutting season is here

Take extra care

“At this time of year its especially important for motorists to take extra care when driving through the forest and rural parts of the district” said Councillor Sam Kane, Portfolio Holder for Safer, Greener and Transport.

Accidents involving deer increase during rutting season, which lasts until late November. Deer are particularly active at dawn and dusk, which unfortunately coincides with commuting hours and the busiest times of day on our roads.

Deer are particularly active at dawn and dusk. Unfortunately this coincides with commuting hours which are often the busiest times of the day on our roads.

Wild animals can behave unpredictably

“Deer are pack animals and often move in groups, if you see one, others are likely to follow. They can appear without warning and present a greater risk than other wildlife because of their large size.”

Cllr Kane has advice for dog walkers: “Keep your dogs on a lead. Deers are wild animals and can behave unpredictably if they feel threatened, so don’t get too close.”

Be deer aware

“Please read the safety advice and be more ‘deer aware’ during this time of year” says Cllr Sam Kane, “Whether you’re driving in our district or walking in our beautiful forest, I want everyone to complete their journey safely and without incident.”

Roding Valley mammal morning

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Join Epping Forest Countrycare for a close encounter with some of the small mammals found in Roding Valley on Saturday 29 September 2018 at 7:30am – 9:30am.


Join Countrycare for an exciting morning learning about the mammals that live around us and their natural habitat.

Event details

  • Date: Saturday 29 September 2018

  • Location: The Grange Farm Centre, Grange Farm Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6DP

  • Time: 7.30am – 9:30am

  • Donation: £6 per person

Further information

Booking is essential. Please contact Countrycare to book your place

Statement – Fire at Burton Road, Loughton

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Updated Information – 13.15pm on 17 August 2018

Essex Fire and Rescue Service have announced that the fire is now out.

We cannot speculate on the cause of the fire at the moment, that will come out following an official investigation.

The photo below shows the building now that the fire is out and demonstrates how remarkably well the structure has stood up to the fire.

Council Leader, Chris Whitbread said: “You can always rebuild bricks and mortar, the important thing is that everyone appears to be safe and the fire is now out.”

Original statement made – 12:00pm 17 August 2018

A development of new flats in Burton Road, Loughton has caught fire and the fire service are in attendance.

This is a development of new council housing being built for Epping Forest District Council. A £10 million design and build mixed tenure residential development of 51 affordable rent units, comprising of 17 homes and 34 apartments.

Councillor Chris Whitbread Leader of Epping Forest District Council is at Burton Road.

He said: “Our first concern is for the safety and welfare of all concerned. It looks like everyone is safe. Essex Fire and Rescue is on the scene and it is under control. These flats are still being built. This is a construction site and there are no tenants living here. However we are obviously concerned about everyone working on the site at the time the fire started.

“The development is being built for us by Mulalley – a large construction company with a long and successful track record of building major projects. It is too early to say what caused the fire but it is clearly large. Essex Fire and Rescue has cordoned the site off.

“Our first priority is to ensure people are safe. Neighbouring residents are being asked to stay in their homes. This is bound to cause some travel disruption and people are being asked to avoid the area if they can.

“The council has several roles: we are the client and this is a serious setback for us and all those people we are building these new homes for. More importantly in the short term we have a supporting role to the emergency services and would be in a position to set up rest centres nearby if required for neighbouring residents. At this stage our staff are on standby if rest centres are needed. We also employ specialist building control officers who will be at the disposal of Essex Fire and Rescue to assess the damage and ensure the buildings are made safe once the fire is out.

“In the longer term we will recover. Bricks and mortar can always be replaced and we will rebuild these much needed homes for local people. For now, our thoughts are focused on the safety of everyone living and working in the area.

Please visit the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service website for reliable advice and up to date information about the incident http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7458/

 

Find out all about hedgehogs with Countrycare

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Come and learn about all things hedgehog at Epping Forest Countrycare’s annual Hedgehog Day on 30 May 2018, 11.00am – 13.00pm, at Green Acres Epping Forest, Kiln Road, North Weald.

Hedgehog day

Lots to enjoy

Learn about our spikey friends – where they live, what they eat and whether they like to party or stay in!

Make some hedgehog food for our hungry friends and create some arts and crafts inspired by the hedgehogs’ prickly looks.

Event details

  • Date: Wednesday 30 May 2018
  • Time: 11:00am – 13:00pm
  • Location: Green Acres Epping Forest, Kiln Road, North Weald, Essex, CM16 6AD
  • Cost: £3

Contact Epping Forest Countrycare for more details, on 01992 564224.

Countrycare Easter scavenger hunt 2018

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Come to the Epping Forest District Council Countrycare Easter Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday 4 April 2018 11:00am to 13:00pm at Roughtalleys Wood, North Weald.

Booking is essential and costs just £3 per child.

Easter - countrycare

Come and try your hand at our wildlife riddles and quiz questions hidden in the wood and be in with a chance of winning some Easter treats!

Event details

Claypit Hill fly tip led to arrest and prosecution

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Mr Loredan Ilias of Gascoyne House, London, was ordered to pay a fine and costs amounting to £1686.81 after pleading guilty to flytipping on forest land in Claypit Hill, Waltham Abbey.

Waltham Abbey Fly tipping

Evidence gathered by the Council’s Environment & Neighbourhood team led to a prosecution in Chelmsford Magistrates Court on 14 December 2017.

Found guilty

Mr IIias pleaded guilty to the offence of fly tipping paving stones, rubble and roofing material. He had failed to attend a number of hearings in 2016, leading to a warrant being issued for his arrest. Mr Ilias admitted to fly tipping from a Mercedes Sprinter van on 10 January 2016.

The Magistrates stated that it was a serious offence and a reckless act in a place of Special Scientific Interest.

Fined and prosecuted

He was ordered to pay a fine of £739 together with the Council’s prosecution costs of £724.81 and a Victim Surcharge of £73. The Magistrates also ordered Mr Ilias to pay compensation for clearance of the waste of £150 to the Corporation of London.

‘Blight on environment’

Environment Portfolio holder, Councillor Will Breare-Hall said: “Fly tipping is a selfish and criminal act and a blight on the environment. We recognise it is a growing problem across Essex but it will never be tolerated in Epping Forest and we will continue to pursue the offenders. Those convicted of breaking the law in this way can expect to receive heavy fines.”

Further information

Nazeing Triangle improvements complete

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Thanks to the Tesco and Groundwork’s ‘Bags of Help’ grant, the Epping Forest District Council Countrycare team and their volunteers, the Nazeing Triangle project is now complete. The site now boasts a new interpretation board, new aquatic plants and the installation of a hardened path which has significantly improved accessibility.

Interpretation board

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Showcase of wildlife and plants

With the help of volunteers and the Bags of Help grant, this area has been transformed. The final piece to the puzzle was the installation of a brand new interpretation board in September, showcasing the wildlife and plants people are likely to see at this local Wetland Nature Reserve.

Peaceful pond

The Nazeing Triangle is a peaceful pond and wetland Nature Reserve which lies in the centre of ‘Old’ or Upper Nazeing. The Nazeing Triangle is our smallest Local Nature Reserve at 0.6 hectares, but that doesn’t make it any less important.

Preparing for winter

Countrycare and their volunteers have been busy preparing the site for winter, clearing the area along one of the boundary hedgerows and building a new reptile hibernaculum using rubble from the local area.

Thrilled with the transformation

Councillor Sam Kane Safer Greener  Portfolio Holder said: “We are thrilled with the transformation of the Nazeing Triangle Nature Reserve and we wouldn’t have been able to make all of these improvements without the help of Tesco and Groundwork’s ‘Bags of Help grant’, our wonderful volunteers and Countrycare team.

Thank you to everyone that has supported the work, you have ensured the Nazeing Triangle Nature Reserve is a beautiful little spot that can be enjoyed by everyone and most importantly, you have improved the environment for our local wildlife too! If you haven’t visited yet, make it a priority.”

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