Free Seminar to Help Beat the Recession

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Epping Forest District Council is joining forces with Essex FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) and the District`s Town Centre Partnerships to run a free seminar to help local firms beat the recession.

South West Essex FSB Chairman, David Miles, said: As the latest initiative from Epping Forest District Council to help businesses in the District during the recession this special seminar is being held on Thursday 22 October 2009 at Theydon Bois Village Hall.”

He continued: “Essex FSB is pleased to be working with Epping Forest District Council to organise one of our very popular Beat the Recession and Boost Your Sales seminars with marketing expert Steve Clarke of Eureka Sales Solutions. These events regularly attract between 80 and 120 guests for a fast moving, hard hitting seminar which gives practical steps that firms of any size and any sector can take to improve their sales despite the recession.”


Booking is essential for catering purposes.

Epping Forest District Business Champion and Deputy Leader of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Chris Whitbread, said: Businesses are facing tough times at the moment and Epping Forest District Council is keen to work with partners to provide as much help and support as possible. We are pleased to be working with Essex FSB, as the largest business membership organisation in the country, and other partners and local business networks to run this seminar which will also include speakers from Business Link explaining the free advice and support services they are offering businesses as well as the latest news from Epping Forest District Council, Epping Forest Local Strategic Partnership and our local Town Centre Partnerships.”

Councillor Whitbread continued: “This promises to be an exciting event and we hope as many Epping Forest businesses as possible will book in and come along and then take advantage of the tips they will hear to help them boost their sales!

Steve Clarke of Eureka Sales Solutions said: Having built and then sold my previous Harlow based company allowing me to retire at the age of 45 I suddenly found that I needed a challenge that used my expertise which is why I am working with Essex FSB to help small businesses in the county beat the recession even if their customers are spending less. Teaming up with Epping Forest District Council and its business partners is an exciting opportunity for me to reach a new audience with this practical marketing message.”

    In 90 minutes flat, people coming on the seminar will learn:

  • How to attract new enquiries like a magnet
  • How simple changes to your website could triple your sales
  • Six ways to grow your business whatever market you’re in
  • How to benefit from automated systems
  • The seven major marketing blunders business owners make … and how to avoid them!
    Previous attendees at these events have said:

  • “The presentation was informative, interesting and easy to understand 9/10
    Lee Martin, Lee Martin Print and Promotion
  • Your experience shone through, very professional 10/10
    Paul Brown, Margaret`s Frozen Luxuries Ltd
  • “Interesting and exciting, opened my mind to many direct marketing possibilities 10/10
    J Ripsher, Harpers

This is a partnership event involving Business Link East, Epping Forest District Council, Epping Forest Local Strategic Partnership, Epping Town Centre Partnership, Essex FSB (Federation of Small Businesses), Eureka Sales Solutions Limited and Waltham Abbey Town Partnership.

The FSB represents more than 215,000 business people across the United Kingdom and is the largest single organisation representing business interests in the country.

The South West Essex Branch of the FSB represents the interest of small businesses in the following postcode areas – CM13 to CM16, SS17, RM1 to RM20, and IG1 to IG11 – which includes Brentwood, Epping Forest, Havering, Redbridge and Thurrock Councils.

Museum Wins Visitor Attraction Award

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Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey has won a coveted visitor attraction award. The National Tourism body `Visit Britain` gave the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS) award after one of their inspectors conducted an assessment.

The Assessor from Visit Britain looked at the whole experience of visiting the Museum from telephone and Internet enquiries through to on site staff and the visit itself, judging it against nationally set standards. They described various features of the Museum`s exhibitions as `Excellent`.

This prestigious quality assurance award means that the Museum can now display the `Enjoy England` Quality logo outside the building and on all the Museum`s promotional literature.

The Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS) was established in 2001 by the then English Tourist Board to provide a quality standard for visitor attractions, similar to that for hotels and other forms of accommodation. Under the VAQAS scheme, attractions are assessed on their merits using objective quality benchmarks provided by the industry. All areas that impact on the quality of the visitor experience are included in the assessment, ranging from the initial enquiry through to departure.

Tony O`Connor, the District Museum Officer for Epping Forest District Council said: “We’re delighted to have received this prestigious award recognising the quality experience that we offer to Museum visitors. We aim to ensure that visitors of all ages enjoy a fascinating, informative and fun experience when they come to see us.”

Nominations Sought for Citizen of the Year

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Citizen of the Year Awards 2010

The search is on to find the Epping Forest District Council Citizen of the Year 2010.

Do you know someone who has shown outstanding courage, or has done something of great benefit to you or your community? Perhaps someone who has shown extraordinary commitment, energy and effort in their particular field or towards achieving a particular goal?

If that person is a resident of the district, why not show your appreciation and nominate them for Epping Forest District Council`s accolade, a Citizen of the Year Award? The Citizen of the Year 2010 will receive their award at the Annual Civic Reception in March 2010.

If you know someone who fits the bill and deserves to be recognised, fill in a nomination form and make sure it reaches the Civic Offices by Friday 27 November 2009. The forms can be obtained at Council Information Desks at Epping, Loughton or Waltham Abbey and Buckhurst Hill Parish Council Information Centre, or by telephoning 01992 564427.

Nazeingbury Parish Council By-election

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Statement of Persons Nominated

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as a Parish Councillor for Nazeingbury to be held on Thursday 1 October 2009.

Name of Candidate BORTON Ed
Home Address Greenleaves, Hoe Lane, Nazeing, EN9 2RG
Description Independent
Name of Proposer Rafferty Arthur H
Reason why no longer nominated*

Name of Candidate FRYDRYCH Mark
Home Address Spinney Nursery, Hoe Lane, Nazeing, EN9 2RJ
Description Local business owner
Name of Proposer Griffin Alan J
Reason why no longer nominated*

* 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 by ‘Reason why no longer nominated’ have been and stand validly nominated.

Published by Ian Willett, Returning Officer.

Museum Awarded Quality Badge

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Quality Badge awarded by Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey has shown itself to be at the top of the class for educational visits by being awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.

The Quality Badge scheme combines for the first time learning and safety into one easily-recognisable badge for all organisations providing learning outside the classroom experiences.

Museum spokesperson Catherine Hammond said: Being awarded the Quality Badge is a real coup for all the staff here as it shows that we offer young people the type of high quality learning experiences they really benefit from. We’re thrilled to get official recognition for our efforts and we look forward to welcoming even more children and young people from the local area to our Museum.

The Quality Badge was developed as part of the Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto, a national initiative to ensure young people are given more opportunities to have these experiences as part of the curriculum. The Quality Badge scheme is part of the Government`s £4.5m Out and About package which, along with the badges, provides guidance and information for teachers on how to plan and organise high quality activities. The badge is designed to make it easier for teachers to identify providers of quality educational visits. Organisations will display the badge as a signal to schools that their venue has met required standards, so teachers do not need to carry out their own risk or quality assessments.

Ed Balls Secretary of State Children, Schools and Families said: Educational visits are among the most memorable experiences in a child`s school life. Quality Badges offer teachers a guarantee that not only is a venue providing the sort of educational value that they can build on in class long after the visit but they also have the appropriate risk management structures in place.”

It is a significant victory in our battle to move away from the misguided perception that learning outside the classroom is a potential minefield for teachers. I want to see teachers using Quality Badges as practical decision-making tools. It should ensure that many more young people have memorable, exciting and valuable learning outside the classroom experiences. I congratulate Epping Forest District Museum on being awarded the badge.

The Quality Badge is available to large and small organisations providing quality learning outside the classroom experiences and managing risk effectively. Organisations already awarded the badge include museums, adventurous activity and field study centres, places of worship, art galleries, visitor attractions and farms, with many more starting to apply.

The Quality Badge was developed by the Department for Children, Schools and Families in conjunction with a wide range of partners. Badges are awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.

Theydon Bois Local History Report

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Tony OConnor, Penny Smith, Trevor Roberts and Susan Jones view the reports

Every year Trevor Roberts the Local History Recorder for Theydon Bois produces a Chronicle of events and stories which have taken place in the village in the preceding year. These form a valuable local history record and Theydon Bois Parish Council has presented a set to the Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey for inclusion in the Museum`s Local History Archive.

The Local History Reports were presented to Councillor Penny Smith, the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council by Theydon Bois Parish Chairman, Councillor Susan Jones.

Trevor Roberts has lived in Theydon Bois since 1995 and is a long standing member of many of the Community and Heritage organisations in the District.

Tony OConnor, Penny Smith, Trevor Roberts and Susan Jones with the latest report

Pictured from left to right in both pictures are Epping Forest District Museum Officer Tony O’Connor, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council Councillor Penny Smith, Local History Recorder Trevor Roberts, Theydon Bois Parish Chairman Councillor Susan Jones

The volumes cover the period from 1996 to the present and further volumes will be presented to the Museum on an annual basis. The Essex Local History Recording scheme has been in existence since 1981, the aim being to capture contemporary historical data at a local level and so create a record for future generations.

The Museum`s local history records can be viewed by appointment, you can contact the Museum by telephone on 01992 716882 or by email to

Birchwood Industrial Estate Fire

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Local agencies should monitor Birchwood Industrial Estate `as closely as the law permits` according to District Councillors. Residents can help by keeping diaries and reporting problems to the Council and Environment Agency. Checks by the West Essex PCT have found no associated respiratory problems linked to the recent fires.

Asked about reduction in the amount of material kept on the site, better management in terms of security, fire breaks, water supply and other ways of reducing the impact of the site on local residents, Alex Chown of the Environment Agency replied that he was working with the operator to deliver these aims.

Councillors endorsed a joint letter from the agencies involved to residents of Nazeing setting out the issues with a list of frequently asked questions and answers.

Representatives of the Environment Agency and Council met at the Civic Offices of Epping Forest District Council in Epping on Thursday 23 July 2009 following the two Birchwood fires in Nazeing earlier in the year. Fire broke out at the wood recycling centre off Hoe Lane Nazeing in January. A second blaze occurred in May, leading to calls for the operation to close.

John Gilbert, Environment and Street Scene Director for Epping Forest District Council set the context at the Safer Cleaner Greener Scrutiny Panel. He outlined the history of the site including a wood-chipping operation for waste timber recycling. As a relatively small scale operation in comparison with other recycling facilities, he said that it did not fall within tougher regulatory powers.

Planning consent for the site had been granted by a Government Planning inspector against the wishes of the Council at appeal. The Council had had concerns about the operation including dust and the very large quantities of wood stored on site. Council Environmental Health Officers had visited the site on a number of occasions. Since the two fires, the Council has received a petition from local residents asking for the operation to be closed.

Alex Chown of the Environment Agency elaborated on how the chipping of wood on the site was exempt from the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007. The Environment Agency began detailed investigations following the first fire which appeared to show the operation was running in line with the regulations. Following the second fire, the Agency considered removing the exemption and de-registering the operation.

The exemption has not been removed but the operation has been halted temporarily while the owner seeks to satisfy the requirements of the Environment Agency. De-registering remains an option.

When chipping and recycling wood, the company operated within the regulations. It could not be held legally responsible for the fires. However, it is responding to pressure by the Health and Safety Executive and Environment Agency. An Improvement notice has been served by the Health and Safety Executive to make the site more secure against unauthorised access.

The current national regulations are under review and central government may strengthen them next year. If that was to happen it is possible that the current operation at Birchwood would become subject to tighter regulations.

Nazeing Playground

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The sun came out to shine on Thursday 16 July 2009 as children from Nazeing celebrated the opening of their new £50,000 playground with Councillor Penny Smith, the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council. The new facilities at Hoe Lane are a collaborative venture between Epping Forest District Council and Nazeing Parish Council, using money from the Big Lottery Children`s Play Programme Fund.

After the official ribbon cutting with Madison Lang, Tyree Zengini, Josh and Freya Lock, Councillor Smith helped to test the new roundabout and climbing frames. She could then not resist joining the older children for some shots with the new basketball hoop.

Councillor Smith congratulated everyone involved in the project including local children and parents involved in the design consultation and Council staff from Community Development and Housing. Asking the children if they liked their new playground, she was rewarded with cheers of agreement.

Nazeing is one of three areas to benefit from improvement to playgrounds by Epping Forest District Council using £243,000 of Big Lottery funding. After spending more time with 12 year-old Keiran Poonwassie and his friends at the basketball hoop, Councillor Smith headed to St Giles` Church Hall where local people were meeting to discuss plans for another playground at Elizabeth Close in Nazeing.

Election Results

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Results for the Essex County Council elections, Epping Forest District Council by-election and Buckhurst Hill Parish Council by-election held on 4 June 2009 can be seen from the link ‘elections results’ below.

A quick summary of the successful candidates are:

Essex County Council election

  • Buckhurst Hill and Loughton South
    Valerie Metcalfe – Conservatives
  • Chigwell and Loughton Broadway
    John Knapman – Conservatives
  • Epping and Theydon Bois
    Janet Whitehouse – Liberal Democrat
  • Loughton Central
    Chris Pond – Loughton Residents Association
  • North Weald and Nazeing
    Anthony Jackson – Conservatives
  • Ongar and Rural
    Gerard McEwen – Conservatives
  • Waltham Abbey
    Liz Webster – Conservatives

Epping Forest District Council by-election

  • Waltham Abbey Honey Lane
    Adam Clark – Conservatives

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council by-election

  • Buckhurst Hill East
    Janice Curd – Liberal Democrat

Full details of all the above election results (including number of votes for each candidate, turnout and voting summary) can be found from the link below.

Elections Results

The results for the European Parliamentary election also held on 4 June 2009 will be announced on Sunday 7 June 2009 by the Regional Returning Officer for the Eastern Region David Monks.

Election Information

Pupils Catch Speeders Outside School

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On Wednesday 6 May 2009 pupils dressed in fluorescent jackets from the Leverton Junior School were given speed guns to pinpoint speeding motorists outside their school in Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey. Members of the Essex Casualty Reduction Board were on hand to help the Year 5 pupils operate the equipment paid for by the Epping Forest District Safer Communities Partnership.

Leverton Junior School pupils with speed guns

Road Policing Officer PC Duncan Stapleford stopped the speeders who were sat down and quizzed by the children asking questions such as `how would you feel if you had killed me?` and `why were you going so fast?`. Local road safety officers were there to offer advice and education. Although the results are not legally enforceable, the initiative is seen as a good way to teach both children and speeding motorists about road safety, encouraging those driving too fast to think about their actions and get them to slow down. The team will be visiting more schools around the District in the future.

PC Duncan Stapleford, Year 5 pupils Rebecca Kirk, Hayley Square and Luke Crisci and Caroline Wiggins

John Gilbert, Chairman of the Epping Forest District Safer Communities Partnership said: “The aim of the initiative is to educate road users and children of the dangers of speeding and to see speeds reduced outside the school. The children detected speeds from between 36mph and 44mph in a 30mph zone, with two people that who lived in the road clocked at 39mph and 41mph! This initiative has been a fun but effective way of helping the children to understand some of the real dangers on the roads and hopefully make drivers think twice before putting their foot down breaking speed limits near to and outside schools.”