Water Flowing at Olympic 2012 Canoe Slalom Venue

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The Lee Valley White Water Centre is being built by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) near Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire and will host the canoe slalom events during the Olympic Games. Before and after 2012, the venue will be owned and managed by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA) as a sporting and leisure facility for canoeing and white-water rafting, as well as a major competition and training venue for elite events.

    New images and videos show water flowing at the new white water canoe centre for the London 2012 Games from the ODA:

  • Images of the Lee Valley White Water Centre

Water flowing at the Lee Valley White Water Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games

The ODA started construction work on the venue in July 2009 and over 150 people are now working on site. Works on the new lake and competition courses have now been completed allowing water to begin flowing at the venue and testing work to begin on the canoe courses. Internal fit-out is also now underway on the two-storey facility building and landscaping works have started, keeping the venue on track to be finished later this year.

Making Waves in Lee Valley White Water Centre

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Lee Valley Regional Park Authority has just released the June edition of its Onboard e-bulletin, keeping you up to date on the action packed Lee Valley White Water Centre. The Centre will host the canoe slalom events at the London 2012 Games and is the only brand new London 2012 venue available for public use before the Games.

Lee Valley Park Onboard logo

Read on for the latest news about the Centre which is being built near Waltham Abbey.

Ninefields Community Centre Receives a Facelift

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The new-look Ninefields Community Centre, on Ninefields Estate, Waltham Abbey, incorporating a new art sculpture and entrance refurbishment, was officially unveiled on Wednesday 16 June 2010 by Epping Forest District Council`s Chairman, Councillor Anne Grigg.

Just over a year ago, Epping Forest District Council`s Community Services Department set up an activity club following a consultation exercise that identified there was a clear need for youth provision on the estate. As a result, the `We Don`t Do Bored Club was established for young people. One of their first projects was to work with local artist Phillip Melling, who captured their ideas within the 2D art sculpture design.

Chairman Cllr Anne Grigg and children at the Ninefields Community Centre

Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Brian Rolfe said: “The project is a result of partnership working between Epping Forest District Council, Waltham Abbey Town Council, Essex Criminal Justice Board and Abbey Youth FC and without the support and enthusiasm from the local community this project would never have been possible.”

“It is great to see the improved appearance of the Ninefields Community Centre and to be able to witness the wide range of activities that take place there for both young and old,” commented Valerie Goodchild, Communications Manager for Essex Criminal Justice Board.

“We were very pleased to be able to support this refurbishment project with funds from the Community Cashback scheme, which uses the cash and assets seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act to benefit local communities. It was one of four projects in Essex to benefit from £130,000 of cash from crime.” she added.

The sculpture and entrance refurbishment projects were first commissioned in December 2009, after the Criminal Justice Board`s Community Cashback scheme awarded the project £16,500 to improve the look of the community centre. Phase 1 of the project saw a new entrance, shutter and sign installed and phase 2 saw the installation of the 2D art sculpture that has proved a hit with the local community.

Waltham Abbey Bible in Top 10

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The Waltham Abbey Bible, on display at Epping Forest District Museum, has been selected as one of the top ten most important museum objects to reflect Essex`s history.

BBC Essex has joined up with museums across the county to choose a number of objects the people involved feel best reflect its unique place and past in the world. This is part of the BBC`s Nationwide history of the world project. A series of television and radio programmes will be broadcast on the BBC throughout 2010 with a vision to tell the history of the world through man-made objects.

Epping Forest District Museum Officer Tony O`Connor was interviewed about the significance of the Waltham Abbey bible by BBC Essex radio on Thursday 28 January. He said: The bible is one of our star items on display at the Museum. It dates back to about 1200 AD and is all that survived from the library in the Abbey Church, the last in the country to be dissolved by King Henry VIII in 1540.

A BBC reporter interviews District Museum Officer Tony O'Connor about the Waltham Abbey Bible

Inscriptions inside the Bible tell us it was the property of the Prior (the second most important official in the Abbey). The lack of rich decoration suggests this book was used for private study and not for display within the church. Both the Old and New Testaments are written in tightly-packed Latin script on 238 pages of Vellum (Parchment), the standard writing material in medieval England, made from treated animal skins.

Tony O`Connor added: It is a real privilege for the Bible to be chosen as one of the most important objects in Essex`s history. The Bible does not just belong to the Museum but to all the residents of the Epping Forest district and represents an important part of local and national history.

The Waltham Abbey Bible, which was acquired with support form the Victoria & Albert Museum Purchase Fund can be viewed at Epping Forest District Museum. For opening times, please call 01992 716882 or visit the Epping Forest Museum Website. More information about A history of the world can be found at the BBC Essex Website.

Chairman Opens Nazeing Play Area

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Local children celebrated the launch of a second refurbished playground in Nazeing on Tuesday 3 November 2009.

Councillor Penny Smith opens the play area

Picture caption – Chairman of Council, Councillor Penny Smith cuts the ribbon and opens the play area in Nazeing with local councillors, local children and Council staff.

The new play facilities at Elizabeth Close were funded via the BIG Lottery Children`s Play Programme to the value of £49,000. Funding was secured by Epping Forest District Council`s Community Development Team, who subsequently worked closely with the landowners Nazeing Parish Council, to bring about the much- needed playground improvement scheme.

Councillors and local children on the new play equipment

Picture caption – Councillors, local children, parents and Council staff on the new play equipment.

The new facility was opened by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Penny Smith, who congratulated everyone involved in the project including local children, parents and Council staff from Community Development.

Councillors and local children by the new play equipment

Picture caption – Councillors, local children, parents and Council staff by the entrance to the new play area.

Cashback Success for Ninefields

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Ninefields Estate in Waltham Abbey has successfully been awarded funding from the Community Cashback Scheme. The Community Development Team at Epping Forest District Council submitted a bid back in August and asked local people to pledge their support.

Community Cashback is a new scheme launched by the National Criminal Justice Board to enable local people to have a say in how £4 million of recovered criminal assets, for example, confiscated cash or property, should be spent in their communities.

Members of the local community were encouraged to vote for the project online and various television and radio interviews were undertaken. Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Wellbeing Councillor Brian Rolfe said: It is a direct result of the fantastic amount of support registered by members of the local community that we were able to secure this funding. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to vote as the projects being planned will benefit the whole of the Ninefields community.

The funding secured will be used to improve the entrance to Ninefields Community Hall and facilitate a young people`s community art project, culminating in the production of a 3D sculpture for the front wall. Local young people will work with an artist to develop, design and consult publicly on the piece of artwork.

2012 Olympic Canoe Slalom Venue on Track

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Today the Olympic Delivery Authority released new images showing the good progress being made in the construction of a world-class White Water Canoe Centre in Broxbourne for the London 2012 Games.

Construction work started on the Broxbourne venue in July this year and land formation works to form the canoe course embankments and the landscaped features of the venue are over halfway complete. Piling work is now underway to form the foundations of the Olympic starting pool and the venue`s facility building.

After the Games, the venue will be owned, funded operated by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority as a sporting and leisure facility for canoeing and white-water rafting, as well as a major competition and training venue for elite events.

The venue is due for completion ahead of 2012, delivering an early legacy of community use and training facilities for people of all abilities before the Games begin.  ODA Chief Executive David Higgins said: We are making good progress at Broxbourne and seeing the site beginning to take shape gives us an exciting glimpse of what will be a world-class venue for 2012 and a major leisure attraction after the Games. The start of foundation works is an important milestone and keeps us on track to deliver an early legacy of first-class new sporting facilities for the East of England region well before the world`s best athletes arrive in 2012.

Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority said: We have witnessed strong progress at this site over the past three months. As the owners and operators of the venue before and after London 2012, we are working hard to create a programme which will enable beginners, sports clubs, schools and elite athletes to use the Centre. The Centre has been designed to cater for a very wide range of people, with a nerve-jangling 5m drop for more experienced canoeists and commercial white water rafting and a 160m long intermediate course, perfect for coaching a wider range of ages and abilities. We look forward to opening the doors to the public in Spring 2011.

Lord Edward Iveagh, East of England Development Agency (EEDA) board member said: “It is great news that the work on the site is on schedule. When complete the White Water Canoe Centre will provide top-of-the-range sporting facilities which will benefit local people and communities for years to come. It will also attract visitors to the region from the UK and abroad helping to boost local businesses and the economy.”

Charles Johnston, Sport England`s Property Director, said Broxbourne is on course to benefit community paddlers before and after the arrival of the world`s best athletes for the 2012 Games. We are pleased that our investment of National Lottery funding will help meet the long-standing need of the region`s paddlers for high-quality sporting opportunities from beginner to elite level.

The White Water Canoe Centre is being built in Broxbourne on part of the River Lee Country Park, close to Waltham Cross station and will be owned, funded and managed by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, who own the site.

    The venue is being built on a 10 hectare site, covering an area the equivalent of 25 full-size football pitches, and will include:

  • An Olympic standard 300m competition course – the water speed through the course will be in excess of 7mph in places
  • A boat conveyor to transport participants to the course start in their rafts or canoes
  • A 160m intermediate / training course – the intermediate course will help create an inclusive and comprehensive sports programme in legacy from novice paddler through to elite competitors
  • Finish Lake – finish lake area of 10,000m2 (1 hectare / 2.5 acres)
  • A facility building and pumping house containing a reception, cafe, changing rooms, admin offices, spectator viewing facilities, storage, and water pump / filtration plant
  • Landscaping works – with path and bridge networks throughout the venue to facilitate spectator viewing and access

Around 50 people are now working on the Broxbourne construction site and work to form the canoe course embankments and the landscaped features of the venue has so far seen over 150,000 cubic metres of material put in place – enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall. Foundation work is now underway on site and will see 300 concrete piles driven up to 16 metres into the ground to form the foundations of the venue facilities building and Olympic course start pool.

Work is also now underway on site to create the venue`s finish lake and will involve the excavation of 10,000 cubic metres of soil – enough to fill three Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The construction of the White Water Canoe Centre is due to be completed for Games training and testing in 2010-11 with some public use in 2011. During the Games, temporary seating will be installed around the venue for spectators. After the Games, the spectator seating will be removed, and the venue will be developed into the Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre, creating a major leisure attraction for canoeing and white water rafting as well as a venue for future international competition and sports development opportunities.

Anyone keen to find out more information on the development of the venue and how it will be used before, after, or during the Games can visit a dedicated Information Point, located a 20 minute walk away from the site, at YHA Lee Valley in Cheshunt, part of the Lee Valley Regional Park.

Waltham Abbey Celebrated in Essex Tourism Awards

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Waltham Abbey celebrated success at a presentation of the first ever Essex Tourism Awards.

The Royal Gunpowder Mills and Waltham Abbey Town Partnership proudly received Finalist Certificates in the Best Small Essex Attraction and the Best Tourism Experience categories in recognition of their contribution to tourism in the County.

Norma Green receives a Best Tourism Experience award on behalf of the Waltham Abbey Town PartnershipAlso, after five years as a dedicated volunteer at the Royal Gunpowder Mills, Len Stuart received a Highly Commended Certificate for Outstanding Customer Service. The awards sponsored by Essex County Council, highlight the very best of Essex Tourism and aim to raise the profile of the industry.

Supported by Epping Forest District Council, Waltham Abbey Town Partnership champions Waltham Abbey as a visitor destination with a wealth of opportunities for a great day out.

Working with local businesses, the community and tourism providers the Partnership helps to promote the town and its surroundings and to raise its profile within Essex and further afield.

These awards have provided another opportunity to showcase what Waltham Abbey has to offer – with Epping Forest District Museum, the Abbey Church, country parks managed by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, Copped Hall and Royal Gunpowder Mills to name a few.

Waltham Abbey Sports Centre Future Discussed

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Officers from Epping Forest District Council held a meeting with the Acting Head of King Harold School in Waltham Abbey, the Chair of Governors and a member of the Kemnall Trust on 17 September 2009, to discuss the future of sports facilities. Epping Forest District Council is withdrawing from the management of the sports centre in January 2010 when the present joint use agreement finishes.

The meeting proved to be positive and productive with the Council`s exit strategy and future proposals of the school being discussed. King Harold School is hoping to make the facility available to clubs and groups to continue community use. The council will assist by supplying contact details of all past and present bookings so that the school can make contact as soon as possible and arrange continued usage after 18 January 2010.

Epping Forest District Council has offered the assistance of its Community and Cultural Services team, as sports development and arts activities may be able to take place in the school holidays.

The ownership of operational equipment and future requirements was also discussed and principles agreed. The aim of both the school and the council is to enable continued future use of the facility by the school and community. Details will now be completed and recommendations made for Councillors to consider.

Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Brian Rolfe said: Both parties agree that the sports facility and the school should be at the heart of the community and therefore I am pleased that there is a way forward and a positive position has now been found from the situation. A decision by Council Members on whether to add a sports hall extension to Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool is due shortly and if agreed, more sports opportunities will be available in the area than at present.

Nazeingbury By-election Notice of Poll

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Notice of Poll

Election of a Parish Councillor for Nazeingbury.

    Notice is hereby given that:

  1. A poll for the election of a Parish Councillor for Nazeingbury will be held on Thursday 1 October 2009, between the hours of 7am and 10pm.
  2. The number of Parish Councillors to be elected is one.
  3. The names, home addresses and descriptions of the candidates remaining validly nominated for election and the names of all persons signing the candidates nomination paper are as follows:Name of Candidate BORTON Ed
    Home Address Greenleaves, Hoe Lane, Nazeing, EN9 2RG
    Description Independent
    Name of Proposer Rafferty Arthur H
    Name of SeconderJarman Dennis JName of Candidate FRYDRYCH Mark
    Home Address Spinney Nursery, Hoe Lane, Nazeing, EN9 2RJ
    Description Local business owner
    Name of Proposer Griffin Alan
    Name of Seconder Pring John L
  4. The situation of Polling Stations and the description of persons entitled to vote thereat are as follows:Situation of Polling Station St Giles Hall, Nazingbury, Nazeing Road, Nazeing
    Station Number 1
    Ranges of electoral register numbers of persons entitled to vote thereat CY-1 to CY-2425

Published by Ian Willett, Returning Officer.