Have your say on the Local Plan (Community Choices)

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The consultation process on the Community Choices document is now well under way, having been launched on 30 July 2012. However, the consultation period will run until 15 October 2012, so there is still plenty of time to get involved.

7 more dates have been added to provide more opportunities for anyone to drop in for more information or to provide their feedback.

Within the Community Choices consultation document we have identified what we believe to be the main issues facing the district over the next 20 years. We also list a range of options to deal with the issues. However, we need the public to provide their opinions on these issues and options.

The consultation documents and additional information are available on our website www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/planningourfuture. Hard copies of documents are also available at libraries and council offices.

In addition to making copies of the documents widely available we are holding several drop-in sessions across the district. The sessions are intended to be informal but will be attended by the Forward Planning Team and will give the public the opportunity to ask any questions and give us their views in person.

We have added 7 extra dates to our original list, the full, up-to-date schedule is as follows:

  1. 4  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Sheering Village Hall, Sheering
  2. 5  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Jack Silley Pavilion, Epping
  3. 6  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Roding Valley Hall, Buckhurst Hill
  4. 10  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Fyfield Village Hall, Fyfield
  5. 11  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Waltham Abbey Town Hall, Waltham Abbey
  6. 12  September 2012 – 5.45pm to 9pm – Abridge Village Hall, Abridge
  7. 13  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Roydon Marina Village, Roydon
  8. 17  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Epping Hall, Epping
  9. 18  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Loughton Council Chamber, Loughton
  10. 19  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Nazeing Leisure Centre, Bumble’s Green
  11. 20  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Chigwell Parish Council Offices, Chigwell
  12. 25  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Ongar Town Council, Chipping Ongar
  13. 26  September 2012 – 6.30pm to 9pm – Theydon Bois Village Hall, Theydon Bois
  14. 27  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – North Weald Village Hall Lounge, North Weald

Fun in the fields conservation day

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Come along and join Epping Forest Countrycare and the Essex Wildlife Trust for a day of nature conservation activities.

Fun in the Fields 8 September 2012 posterFun in the Fields takes place at the Roding Valley Meadows on Saturday 8 September from 1pm to 4pm.

Children aged between 5 and 12 will be able to learn more about wildlife and have some fun, too.

There will be a range of activities available, including bug hunting and nature scavenging. Visitors will also be able to have a go at building a bird box or making a bumblebee.

Entrance is free but there will be a nominal charge for some of the activities. Refreshments will also be available to buy.

The closest access will be from the reserve car park, next to the David Lloyd Leisure Centre (directions to David Lloyd Chigwell) from where it is signposted.

Download the poster Fun in the Fields 8 September 2012 poster.

Residents urged to take part in consultation – Local Plan video

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The issues and options consultation phase of the new Local Plan, ‘Community Choices’ runs from 30 July to 15 October. Here, Councillor Richard Bassett, the Council’s Planning Portfolio Holder talks about some of the key elements and encourages residents to become involved.

 

Click ‘Community Choices’ to view all the information and take part in the Local Plan consultation. 

 

Awards for Countrycare

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Two Living Landscape awards were presented to Countrycare officers Nicola Rogers, Kevin Mason and Councillor Gary Waller Safer, Greener and Highways Portfolio Holder at the meeting of Epping Forest District Council on 31 July. The awards from the Essex Wildlife Trust were presented by Councillor Brian Rolfe, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council.

Afterwards, Councillor Waller said: “I’m delighted that Countrycare has received two Living Landscape awards from the Essex Wildlife Trust. These awards are part of a national initiative to create landscapes which provide enhanced conditions for wildlife to thrive. Ten awards were made for 2011-12 in Essex, and Epping Forest Countrycare received two of them. Epping Forest District Council is in fact the only council in Essex to receive an award and the only organisation of any kind to receive two.”

He continued: “Nicola Rogers’s project was for green hay strewning to enhance the floral diversity of a grassland site at Linders Field Local Nature Reserve, Buckhurst Hill, and Kevin Mason’s project involved the planting and traditional management of hedgerows at Weald Common Local Nature Reserve. Congratulations are due to both of them.”

 

Horse chestnut tree surveying started

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Horse Chestnut tree leaf under attack by Leaf Minor
In order to assess what is happening to the Horse Chestnut trees in the district, the Epping Forest District Council’s tree wardens have registered with the Conker Tree Science project to undertake a survey of the trees in their area.

The Conker Tree Science project is run jointly by the Universities of Hull and Bristol together with the National Environment Research council, and is looking into the effects of an alien leaf mining moth (Cameraria ohridella), which turns the leaves brown by the middle of summer and causes significant damage to the appearance of the trees.

Alien species are thought to be those not normally found in a particular area or habitat. The moth’s caterpillars eat the leaves from the inside and infected trees are weakened, producing smaller conkers.

Many of the invading moths are killed by natural pest controllers in the form of other tiny insects. These insects lay their eggs inside the caterpillars of the leaf-mining moths and when the eggs hatch, the larvae slowly eat the caterpillars, eventually killing them.

The research is looking into the effects of the moths on Horse Chestnut trees and if there is any long-term damage to the trees.

For more information:

Conker tree science website

On Wednesday 23 May, Epping Forest Countrycare Countryside Assistant Kevin Mason and Melinda Barham the Council’s Trees and Landscape Officer showed the Tree Wardens what to look for by surveying and recording 20 trees along Buckhurst Hill High Road and the adjacent churchyard. The findings were that the moths are active particularly in the churchyard and that most of the trees have other problems as well.

The science project proper starts on 15 June, by which time the affected leaves may have started to turn brown and the recordings note the extent of the damage to the leaves.

There is a follow-up during the week commencing 3 July collecting a leaflet from each tree to see if any of the pest controllers are active in the leaves.

Join our woodland walk and mothing events

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A guided walk through ancient woodland and a ‘mothing’ night are just 2 events in the coming weeks run by Countrycare.

Ancient woodland walk
On Sunday 29 April 2012 Countrycare are holding an ancient woodland walk in Lambourne. Join the team on a guided walk to discover the ancient green lanes, hedgerows and woodlands of Lambourne. You will be shown how Countrycare manages the woodlands and the results of their hedgelaying toils, taking in superb views and looking at the wildflowers found the woodland.

The walk starts at 10 am and finishes at 3 pm. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a packed lunch. Meet at the Camelot car park in Hainault Forest (opposite the Miller and Carter pub). Grid reference TQ 47805 94364.

Mad about moths
Mad about moths is a nocturnal wildlife event on Friday 11 May 2012 at the Linder’s Field local nature reserve in Buckhurst Hill. The night goes from 9 pm until late and will include mothing, bat detecting and newt identification.

The Countrycare team will provide hot drinks to keep warm but you must bring warm clothes, suitable footwear and a torch. Meet at the Linder’s Field LNR, Roebuck Lane, Buckhurst Hill. Grid reference TQ 41440 94434.

If you need any more information email contactcountrycare@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or telephone 01992 788203 or our mobile number 07789 372222.

Buckhurst Hill West declaration of result

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The result of the By-election for 2 Parish Councillors for Buckhurst Hill West on Thursday 22 December 2011.

Haluk Ulkun
The conservative party candidate
578 votes (elected)

Marshall Vance
The conservative party candidate
567 votes (elected)

Steven Neville
The Green Party
243 votes

Full details:
Results for Buckhurst Hill West Parish Council By-election

Election of a Parish Councillor for Buckhurst Hill West

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Statement of Persons Nominated

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as a Parish Councillor for Buckhurst Hill West.

Name of Candidate: HEENAN Tom – Nomination withdrawn*
Home Address: 19 Brook Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5TL
Description: The Green Party
Name of Proposer: KIEVE Daniel J

Name of Candidate: NEVILLE Steven John Sayfritz
Home Address: 97 Rous Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 6BU
Descripition: The Green Party
Name of Proposer: KIEVE Daniel J

Name of Candidate: ULKUN Haluk
Home Address: 113 Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5NG
Description: The Conservative Party Candidate
Name of Proposer: WATSON Sylvia I

Name of Candidate: VANCE Marshall
Home Address: 21 Rous Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 6BN
Description: The Conservative Party Candidate
Name of Proposer: WATSON Sylvia I

* Decision of the Returning Officer that the nomination is invalid or other reason why a person nominated no longer stands nominated.

The persons above against whose name no entry is made stand validly nominated.

Published by Ian Willett, Returning Officer.

 

Buckhurst Hill West notice of election

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Election of a Parish Councillor for Buckhurst Hill West.

1.An election is to be held of 2 Parish Councillors for Buckhurst Hill West.
2.Forms of nomination for the Parish Election may be obtained from the Clerk to Parish Council or Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ from the Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for the electoral area prepare a nomination paper for signature.
3.Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ on any day after the date of this notice but no later than noon on Friday 25 November 2011.
4.If any election in contested the poll will take place on Thursday 22 December 2011.
5.Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Wednesday 7 December 2011.
6.Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Wednesday 14 December 2011.
7.Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 14 December 2011 must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Thursday 22 December 2011.

Ian Willett
Returning Office

Buckhurst Hill Litter Cleaning Day

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Buckhurst Hill Parish Council is holding a litter cleaning day to keep Buckhurst Hill clean and beautiful.

All residents are invited to take part in the morning of litter picking on Saturday 2 April 2011. The team will be meeting at the Parish Offices in Queens Road at 10am.

Protective clothing and equipment will be provided and refreshments will be available upon return.

Please join and help make a difference!

For further information, please contact Buckhurst Hill Parish Council on 020 8498 9933 or by emailing office@buckhursthillpc.gov.uk.