Tour de France market day offer declined

Written on . Posted in Buckhurst Hill, Business, Commercial properties, Community, Consultation, Epping, Leader, Local business, Loughton, North Weald Airfield, Our attractions, Parking, Residents, Supporting business, Tour de France, Your community, Your council

Tour de France Essex LogoUpdate – Traders have declined an offer to hold Epping Market in Cottis Lane Car Park when the Tour de France comes to the District on 7 July 2014.


Tour de France market day offer

Epping Market looks set to go ahead when the Tour de France comes to Epping on 7 July. There were fears that the thousands of spectators in Epping High Street would make it impossible for the market to go ahead. Epping Town Council had been left with no choice but to cancel the regular High Street event. Now, an offer has been made by Epping Forest District Council to provide an alternative venue at Cottis Lane Car Park.

The announcement came at the meeting of Epping Town Council on Tuesday 25 March where Epping Forest District Council’s Emergency Planning Officer, Peter Charman was giving an update on the latest Tour related developments. The District Council has been working with many partners behind the scenes to ensure market traders don’t lose out. Following news that St John’s School would be able to provide additional parking facilities, senior district councillors agreed that Epping Forest District Council can put the Cottis Lane car park at the disposal of Epping Town Council for the market.

The Tour de FranceEpping Market has a charter going back to medieval times. The deal to use Cottis Lane as a one-off is still subject to detailed discussions but Councillor Chris Whitbread, Leader of Epping Forest District Council is confident the market can now go ahead.


He said: “Overall, the arrival of the Tour de France in Epping Forest is one of the biggest boosts to the economy we could wish for. It will be a bonanza for High Street shops as thousands of extra visitors arrive early for the Epping Show on Sunday and take up their positions for the sprint on Monday. The problem has always been what to do with the market. It was clear that for health and safety reasons there wasn’t enough room for the anticipated 20,000 spectators and the market in the High Street. Cottis Lane Car Park behind Marks and Spencer’s is only a few seconds walk from the High Street and should make an excellent temporary location for the day.”

Epping MarketCouncillor Whitbread continued: “I agreed the principle with Cabinet Portfolio Holder Councillor Gary Waller and we will now be talking through the details with Epping Town Council.”

The next edition of the District Council magazine, The Forester due out in April, will provide local residents and businesses with more information about the arrival of the Tour. The message to all residents and businesses from the Council is to plan ahead. The Tour enters the District from Chelmsford and will follow country lanes past Willingale, Fyfield and Moreton before crossing the A414 at the Talbot roundabout. The route north of the Talbot will be closed to all other traffic from 8am.

After crossing the A414, the racers will continue through North Weald. The District Council is developing plans to handle many of the expected spectators by opening up North Weald Airfield as a ‘Park and Walk’ facility after persuading the organisers to keep access between the M11 and the airfield open. Limited caravan and campervan facilities will also be available to allow people to stay overnight at the airfield. Additional temporary campsites and car parks are being planned by a number of farmers to cater for visitors along the route.

The route south of the A414 will be closed to all traffic from 9am in another concession by the organisers to Epping Forest District Council. From North Weald, the racers will sprint down Epping High Street, race to the Wake Arms roundabout and then follow the A104 Epping New Road all the way past Loughton and Buckhurst Hill before leaving the District. The Stage finishes on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace.

Councillor Whitbread said: “It is going to be an incredible day. The Tour is one of the World’s greatest sporting events and it is entirely free to watch. There will be a carnival atmosphere unlike anything we have seen since the Olympics. It certainly won’t be business as usual, but by getting into the spirit of the occasion and making plans now, I am confident it will be a terrific boost to the District.”


View photos in a slideshow by clicking on a picture below and then click start slideshow.

£5.1 million housing scheme discussed at Cabinet

Written on . Posted in Councillors, Democracy, Energy efficiency, Housing, Housing repairs, Leader, Local business, Local plan / planning our future, Media, Meetings, Parking, Planning, Private housing, Residents, Supporting business, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your home

Councillor David Stallan presented a list of potential sites for new council houses at the Cabinet meeting of Epping Forest District Council on 3 March 2014.

Council housebuilding

Reporting back from the Council Housebuilding Cabinet Committee, the Housing Portfolio Holder’s report identified a wealth of potential sites in towns and villages across the district.

12 sites, 6 of which could provide up to 185 dwellings were identified plus a potential £5 million scheme to provide 31 flats or more on the site of the council depot in Burton Road off the Broadway in Loughton. 6 small sites could accommodate another 26 homes for local people.

Cabinet approved recommendations of the committee to develop plans for various sites spread around the district’s towns and villages on a rotational basis so that all areas are able to benefit from new affordable housing.

Councillors also supported the development of sites in areas where most housing applicants live and that sites able to deliver greater numbers of new homes be prioritised over other areas where fewer homes can be developed.

Existing tenants and leaseholders can also look forward to a range of improvements to their homes after Cabinet agreed improvements and enhancements to the council’s housing stock.

Among the enhancements are

  • Front door fire safety replacement
  • Oakwood Hill Estate enhancements
  • Communal kitchen refurbishment – sheltered housing schemes
  • Mobility scooter stores – sheltered housing schemes
  • Garden maintenance for older and vulnerable tenants
  • WiFi at Norway House – homeless persons hostel
  • Feasibility study for replacement homeless persons accommodation at Norway House

Parking strategy

Local businesses and residents are to be consulted on Epping Forest District Council’s car parks strategy including tariffs for short and long-stay Pay and Display car parks.

Pay and Display tariffs have not been increased by the council for 5 years. However, Councillor Gary Waller reported with some regret ‘that all good things must come to an end’ and that some modest increase in Pay and Display was inevitable. Detailed long-term consideration of parking charges across short and long stay car parks would be incorporated into the consultation process of the new strategy.

Solar panels

Solar panels are to be installed at the main civic offices of Epping Forest District Council. The investment of £80,000 is expected to be recouped by the council through lower energy bills within 8 years. It will also reduce the council’s carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.


Council Tax frozen for 4th year

Written on . Posted in Business, Community, Councillors, Democracy, Leader, Local business, Media, Meetings, Residents, Supporting business, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your home, Your money

Councillors have frozen Epping Forest District Council’s portion of the Council Tax for the fourth year.

Leader of Council, Councillor Chris Whitbread praised the work of fellow councillors and staff in maintaining front-line services and reducing ‘real terms’ costs at a time when residents are still financially stretched. He said: “This is a brilliant budget. We are a low tax council authority and will remain so.”

Good budget

Councillor Whitbread emphasised the importance of taking as little money as possible in taxation to maximise the money left in residents’ pockets to spend in local goods, services and in the district’s high streets.

He continued: “We’ve put £35,000 aside to promote our High Streets because we want to see them vibrant and working. This is a good budget, a good budget for residents, a good budget for trade and a good budget for our services at the council which we’ve continued to deliver well for Epping Forest.”

Find out more


Cabinet agrees council tax freeze

Written on . Posted in Business, Business rates, Councillors, Democracy, Energy efficiency, Grants, Housing, Leader, Licensing, Local business, Local plan / planning our future, Media, Meetings, Parking, Residents, Supporting business, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your environment, Your home, Your money

Members of the cabinet agreed to freeze Epping Forest District Councils part of the council tax at a meeting of cabinet on Monday 3 February 2014.

Subject to approval at the meeting of full council in February, Leader of Council Councillor Chris Whitbread said: “We have achieved our aspirations again to be a low council tax authority, another 0% council tax increase from Epping Forest District Council.”

Click on the agenda items below to watch the debate


Become a youth councillor

Written on . Posted in Community, Democracy, Elections, Leader, Media, Meetings, Out and about, Young people, Your area, Your community, Your council

Are you aged between 13 and 17 and want to give young people a voice in the community?

If yes, the Epping Forest Youth Council (EFYC) is looking for candidates like you to stand for election to be a youth councillor to represent young people in the Epping Forest district.


View photos in a slideshow by clicking on a picture below and then click start slideshow.

What do youth councillors do?

Youth councillors are elected for 2 years. They are required to attend 2 evening meetings a month at the civic offices in Epping. They will also have to organise a community event at their school, encouraging pupils to volunteer and to give something to the community.

The youth councillors will be trained to develop skills in public speaking and giving presentations.

Council officers will be visiting schools to explain the role and encourage candidates to stand.

What is Epping Forest Youth Council?

Epping Forest Youth Council is an elected group of non-party political young people. Formed in 2007, it was set up to involve young people in the decisions made by Epping Forest District Council on services and issues that affect their age group.

Epping Forest district secondary schools will each have 2 Youth Council seats and there are 4 independent seats for candidates who either attend school or college outside the district, or are excluded from school, home educated or even working.


If you are interested in becoming a youth councillor, go to for the nomination pack. If you decide to stand as a youth councillor, complete the EFYC candidate information booklet and return it by Friday 14 February.

Elections will take place in schools between Monday 10 March to Friday 21 March 2014.

Want to know more?

Contact Diane Butler the Young Persons’ Officer on 01992 564365 or email


Financial update at Council meeting

Written on . Posted in Business, Chairman, Community, Councillors, Democracy, Housing, Leader, Licensing, Local business, Media, Meetings, Out and about, Planning, Residents, Supporting business, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your home

Announcements and decisions led to optimism for the long term financial forecast at the meeting of Epping Forest District Council on 17 December 2013.



Watch the webcast and read the agenda

Chancellors Autumn Statement

Finance Portfolio Holder, Councillor Syd Stavrou outlined the latest financial and economic issues facing the district following the Chancellors Autumn Statement to Parliament.

Councillor Stavrou reported that signs of improvement in the economy were also true for the public finances as a whole. However, the strategy to eliminate the deficit meant additional spending reductions of £1.1 billion in 2014/15 and £1 billion in 2015/16.

As local authorities have already achieved greater savings than other areas of government they are excluded from these reductions. The Chancellor also stated that in future local government will receive long term settlements. Councillor Stavrou said this would improve the council’s ability to make robust plans for the medium term.

Councillor Stavrou reported that the Chancellors confirmation of the rules on the New Homes Bonus meant income from it could be included in the Council’s Continuing Service Budget next year. This had closed the budget gap for 2014/15 but the council still needed to find savings and cost reductions to help ease the pressure on later years when significant savings are still required.

The Chancellor’s statement also included a £1.1 billion package of measures to assist growth through reducing the burden of business rates including

  • The inflationary increase for 2014/15 that would normally have been 3.2% has been capped at 2%
  • A £1,000 discount for retail, pubs and cafes with rateable values below £50,000 for 2 years
  • The doubling of Small Business Rate Relief for a further year
  • The business rates appeal process will be reviewed and action taken to clear the backlog

Councillor Stavrou welcomed the initiatives to help businesses and the Chancellor’s promise that councils would be fully refunded for any loss resulting from the changes.

Purchase of leasehold interest – properties in Torrington Drive, Loughton

Councillors later agreed to buy the head lease of the Debden Broadway Sainsbury’s store in Torrington Drive subject to the agreement of Sainsbury’s to refurbishment including the demolition of existing shop units and a new 49 space car park.

Should the deal go through, the council would receive yearly return on its investment of £224,424, representing a 6.44% net yield on the purchase price of £3,484,000. Full Council also heard that the arrangement would significantly simplify the arrangements between Sainsbury’s and the council as well as aiding long term regeneration aims for the Broadway.

Directorate restructuring

Annual savings of £354,000 will also be achieved following a review of the council’s top-management structure. Chief Executive Glen Chipp presented a report to Full Council which reduces the number of directorates from 7 to 4. Mr Chipp reported that after voluntary redundancy and early retirement costs involving 3 directors and 2 assistant directors, the restructure would pay for itself in just over 1 year.

Council Leader Chris Whitbread complimented Glen Chipp on the restructure and in particular the work with staff to deliver the proposals.

Christmas gift donations

In other items, the importance of sign language formed the introduction to Chairman’s Announcements at Council after Councillor Sartin described her attendance at the Deaf and Deaf Blind service at Chelmsford Cathedral.

As Christmas approached she also thanked residents who donated toys to children spending the holiday period in refuges from domestic abuse. Having collected many gifts donated by residents through a collection organised by Tesco in Waltham Abbey, she reported further donations form the Theydon Oak Public House and St Winifred’s Church in Chigwell.

Songs by The Clash and the Arctic Monkeys featured in a musical evening attended by the Chairman at Davenant Foundation School. Councillor Sartin also attended a very festive Christmas event at Waltham Abbey Town Hall and held her own Christmas Carol Service.


Transport issues dominated the report to Full Council by Councillor Chris Whitbread. He began with an outline of discussions surrounding Stansted Airport, its rail links and the economic impact of the airport on the Epping Forest district. He then went on to outline discussions held with the Leader of Redbridge Council as plans for Cross Rail 2 progress.

Responding to a question from Councillor Penny Smith, Councillor Whitbread described his meeting with the Chief Executive of Stansted as the most positive he could have had. He saw the outlook for jobs and recruitment within Epping Forest district as being very encouraging.

Residents and traders are to be consulted on the introduction of taxi meters and fares to Hackney Carriages licensed in Epping Forest district.


Broadway ‘gateway’ building approved

Written on . Posted in Business, Commercial properties, Community, Councillors, Democracy, Housing, Leader, Local business, Loughton, Media, Meetings, Out and about, Planning, Private housing, Regulations, Residents, Supporting business, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your home

Planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of the Sir Winston Churchill public house site in Debden Broadway.

Foul language and interruptions from the public gallery forced a temporary suspension of the District Development Control Committee at Epping Forest District Council on Wednesday 11 December 2013. Committee Chairman, Councillor Brian Sandler repeatedly appealed for members of the public to respect the process of the debate before other councillors voted to suspend the meeting and clear the public gallery. The meeting continued after a short delay with members of the press present. The debate was also webcast for live and subsequent viewing. Those members of the public choosing to stay were able to watch the debate from the council’s ground floor reception area.
Artists impression of the new development

View photos in a slideshow by clicking on a picture below and then click start slideshow.

The controversy surrounded a planning application at the Broadway in Debden. It comprised redevelopment of the site of the Sir Winston Churchill pub, and a number of lock-up garages owned by the council. The applicant planned to build a new 7 storey building with parking. 64 new flats were proposed for the upper floors with retail, food and drink units on the ground floor. 62 parking spaces, a service yard, access and car parking completed the plan of development.

Watch the webcast

Read the agenda

A section 106 legal agreement would require a contribution of £192,000 towards local primary and secondary school facilities as well as £14,400 towards health services.

Former councillor Joan Davis spoke on behalf of objectors to the proposal. She argued that it was an overdevelopment and out of keeping with other parts of the Broadway. She felt that parking and traffic congestion would be detrimental to existing residents and objected to the lack of an affordable housing element to the proposed scheme.

Local resident Christopher Holt argued that the height of the development was out of proportion and the shadow cast by the building could be dangerous to road safety. He called for further traffic assessments.

Town Councillor Jill Angold-Stephens spoke for Loughton Town Council. She referred back to earlier proposals for housing at a lower density and the inclusion of affordable housing. She described the current public house as an iconic gateway to the Broadway and asked the developer to think again.

Mr Simmons for the applicant referred to the council’s own development brief calling for more retail and business. He asserted that it would not mean the loss of a pub. He argued that the development would bring jobs and regeneration as well as new housing. He asserted that ‘affordable’ housing would make the scheme unviable but that the section 106 contribution of over £200,000 would bring much needed community investment. He felt that the development was in line with council policy and would stimulate future ‘affordable’ housing opportunities.

Mr Simmons said that the changes in traffic would be small and the development would bring many benefits to the area.

Councillor Jennie Hart, a local ward member spoke of the concerns around the loss of the Sir Winston Churchill. She also expressed concerns about the size and scale of the proposed development which she felt was out of keeping with the wider area. She was concerned about the potential disturbance to existing local residents and felt the lack of affordable housing in a deprived area was unacceptable. She asked the committee to consider a redesign on a much smaller scale with screening and landscaping.

Councillor James Hart felt that the Broadway would benefit from some redevelopment but he had concerns about the height and scale of this particular proposal. He noted that while it might be ‘much-loved’ the pub was not profitable. He proposed refusal based on the height and bulk of the proposed building.

Councillor Gary Waller felt that the proposal had merit. He said that it would make a very interesting addition to the Broadway scene and would also bring a considerable number of new residents with ‘purchasing power’ to the benefit of the wider area. Over time he felt it would benefit the area.

Councillor David Stallan supported the proposal and the comments of Councillor Waller while acknowledging some of the points made by Councillor Jennie Hart. Councillors debated the scope for landscape planting.

Councillor John Markham felt that the proposed building was a ‘decent piece of work’ but felt the architects should think again about where it should go. He also expressed concern about the omission of affordable housing from the proposal.

Councillor John Knapman described the decision as a ‘much closer call’ than people might think. He asked if the pub could be nominated as an asset of community value. It was reported that Loughton Town Council had discussed the idea but had not as yet reached a decision.

Councillor Knapman discussed the potential income from the redevelopment of the site towards future provision of affordable housing. However, he was more concerned about the commercial viability of the current pub. He balanced the merits of housing development on a brown-field site with the potential demand for future development sites elsewhere. He felt the economic advantages of redevelopment were clear. He asked if this was the ‘right’ building design.

Councillor Yolanda Knight felt that such a development could be a catalyst for regeneration. She drew comparisons with examples in Harlow and Chelmsford which she felt lifted the businesses around them.

Councillor John Philip explored some of the Highways issues. He felt that the shadow would not cause problems. He liked the design but raised issues about the size and particularly the height. Like Councillor Knapman, he felt the arguments were finely balanced.

Councillor Jon Whitehouse recalled the Broadway Development Brief which had supported the replacement of the existing pub but he was not certain that a development on the scale of the proposal had been foreseen.

Councillor Caroline Pond said that she felt the building was too big for the site. The college on the opposite side of Rectory Lane was set back from the road and landscaped whereas the proposed building would be more prominent.

Councillor John Markham also felt the section 106 contribution of £14,000 towards health services was insufficient.  

Councillor Leon Girling was not a member of the committee but spoke as a ward councillor. He argued that the residents of Debden wished to keep the essential character of the area. He agreed that some form of development on the site was necessary but not a building of this bulk and height.

Other non-committee members also spoke. Councillor David Wixley and Councillor Ken Angold-Stephens both felt the building was too large. Councillor Lance Leonard appealed to members of the committee to consider the principles of ‘localism’ in reaching their decision.

A motion to refuse the application on the basis of excessive height, bulk and lack of soft landscaping was lost by 5 votes to 8 with 2 abstentions. Committee Chairman, Councillor Brian Sandler then called a second vote in which councillors were reminded to set aside personal feelings and vote purely according to planning considerations. The committee voted 9 to 6 in favour of the planning application.


Minister sets out support for town centres

Written on . Posted in Business, Commercial properties, Doing business with the council, Leader, Local business, Local plan / planning our future, Out and about, Parking, Planning, Recycling and waste, Supporting business, Your council

The future form and function of high streets will be debated when the Leader of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Chris Whitbread shares a platform with Government Minister Brandon Lewis MP and other key opinion formers. The debate is set to focus on the strategic thinking that will be needed to help high streets and town centres thrive.

The conference on December 2, at Sadlers Wells in London, gives the opportunity to hear from veteran retailer Bill Grimsey, author of the controversial Grimsey Report; Matthew Hopkinson, of the Local Data Company; and Dr Julie Grail of British BIDs.

Councillor Chris Whitbread outside Argus Lighting, a mainstay of Epping High Street for decades

Councillor Chris Whitbread outside Argus Lighting which has illuminated Epping High Street for decades

Along with case studies from successful town centres, and a selection of political representatives, delegates will have an opportunity to hear cutting edge thinking on managing town centres, and to hear the very latest in the debate around their future – how restoring community uses and reducing retail footprint could help, what trends can be seen in the data, and how businesses of all types can be encouraged to take the lead in managing the future.

Councillor Chris Whitbread knows all about local high streets, having run his own business in Epping for many years. He said: “The way we use our high streets is changing and businesses need to change with us. Out-of-town retail and online shopping have revolutionised the way we use our high streets. For some businesses, that means our online presence is now just as important as our shop fronts. For others we may have to look even more fundamentally at what we are doing and why.”

He continued: “High streets and town centres need to reinvent themselves. Today’s customer is looking as much for a social and leisure experience as for bargains and deals. Many people believe bars, restaurants and coffee shops are becoming some of the new ‘High Street Kings’. They draw people in and encourage them to spend their money. It is then up to the rest of us to make the best offer we can to deliver the full modern High Street experience.”

The conference is being organised by The London Stansted Cambridge Corridor Consortium, a partnership of public and private organisations covering the area north of Tech City, the City Fringe, Kings Cross, and the Olympic Park, up through the Lee Valley and M11/A10, and West Anglia Rail corridors to Harlow and Stansted, and through to Cambridge. The partnership was formed to organise and promote what is the economic area, with strong inter-connections; commuting to work and learn patterns, clusters of industries and supply chains. 

Councillor Whitbread believes councils have a very important part to play. He said: “Thriving town centres are an essential element in the lives of our local communities. They provide investment and employment that can lift whole communities out of deprivation into prosperity. At Epping Forest we always try to be on the side of our High Streets.  We can do practical things such as keeping our parking charges low and offering incentives such as free parking on Saturdays in the run up to Christmas. We can use our powers as the Planning Authority to encourage a mix of uses that compliment each other and stimulate trade. We can draw people in from outside our area by promoting ourselves as a visitor and tourist destination. We can contribute to the infrastructure and care of our town centres whether that means decent pavements, good lighting or frequent street cleansing.”

He concluded: “It is a full partnership between the public and private sector. We understand the changing face of our High Streets and will do our best to encourage residents to shop local wherever possible.”

Local economy and praise for young people at council meeting

Written on . Posted in Business, Chairman, Community, Councillors, Leader, Licensing, Local business, Meetings, Planning, Residents, Supporting business, Young people, Your area, Your community, Your council

The Celebration of Youth event organised by Epping Forest Youth Council drew praise from senior councillors at the meeting of the Full Council on 4 November. Councillor Chairman, Councillor Mary Sartin led the tributes to young people who transformed the council chamber the previous week from its usual sober atmosphere with the application of lights and music. Council Leader, Councillor Chris Whitbread agreed, saying that the event was absolutely outstanding.


Councillor Whitbread also congratulated nine new apprentice members of staff on their appointment to the Council and reported on further discussions with council colleagues across Essex on additional support for young people and the development of workplace skills.

The local economy is increasingly turning towards tourism as a means of generating jobs and inward investment. Councillor Whitbread reported on a recent tour of local tourist attractions with the Deputy Leader of Essex County Council, Councillor Kevin Bentley, and the launch of the Phoenix facility on the site of the former North Weald Little Chef, which is being used as a base for developing closer business and investment ties with China.

Support for the local economy featured in a number of questions at the Council meeting. Portfolio Holder Councillor Anne Grigg responded to Councillor Jon Whitehouse by outlining a number of ways the Council was working towards the creation of new jobs and investment.

The purchase of the second floor of Bridgeman House in Sun Street, Waltham Abbey to preserve the office accommodation above the museum for local jobs and businesses was warmly welcomed by members of the Council.

Portfolio Holder Councillor Gary Waller fielded questions ranging from energy consumption to car parking. He was able to report that the Buckhurst Hill parking review was proceeding well, leaving the prospects looking good for the Debden review to go forward next year.

Council officers are authorised to make certain decisions regarding planning applications under delegated powers within the Council’s constitution. Detailed debate took place concerning recommendations by members of the District Development Control Committee on the merits of proposed changes. While Councillors approved the report, they also raised issues for further consideration by District Development Control.

Taxis and drivers are licensed by the Council. Councillors approved a new Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy to ensure residents are transported in a safe and secure manner.

View the full agenda and reports here.

Celebration of youth groups

Written on . Posted in Chairman, Civic events, Community, Councillors, Democracy, Leader, Media, Residents, Young people, Your area, Your community, Your council

Epping Forest Youth Council hosted a special evening in the Council Chamber at Epping Forest District Council to recognise and celebrate the work that youth groups carry out in the district.

Before the event started, groups were able to visit the ‘Market Place’, which provided information for young people on all sorts of organisations, including the Scouts, the NHS, Samaritans and various youth groups.


View photos in a slideshow by clicking on a picture and then click start slideshow.

A packed Council Chamber then heard about 23 various youth groups, who were then presented with a certificate of thanks by the Chairman of Council Councillor Mary Sartin, Leader of the Council Councillor Chris Whitbread and Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Wellbeing Councillor Liz Webster.

Various speakers from Voluntary Action Epping Forest, Essex County Council Youth Services, Youth Futures and the Essex Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs provided information on opportunities for funding, volunteering and training. The Young Citizen of the Year and Youth Councillor Jaymey McIvor encouraged everyone to nominate a Young Citizen and Youth Councillor Imogen Padwick encouraged as many people as possible to stand for election to the Youth Council early in 2014.

In between presentations young talent was showcased when local performers entertained guests.  Also during the evening ‘A young person’s guide to volunteering’ was launched.  This handy wallet contains useful information for young people on volunteering and doubles up as a travelcard wallet.

Councillor Mary Sartin said: “The Epping Forest Youth Council has done a fantastic job in organising this event and I congratulate them all. These groups work very hard, often voluntarily, to provide activities for our young people and they are all to be applauded.”

Councillor Chris Whitbread said: “I am absolutely delighted that so many groups came along to the evening. It was a pleasure to recognise them all officially.”

Councillor Liz Webster said: “This was a wonderful way to celebrate our young people and all those who provide such diverse activities for them throughout the district.”

The groups represented were:

  1. 4th Loughton Guides
  2. Accuro – Loughton Youth Group
  3. The Box
  4. DNA Studios
  5. ELHAP
  6. Epping Forest Community Theatre
  7. Epping Green Youth
  8. Essex Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs
  9. Ignite
  10. Lambourne End
  11. Limes Farm Youth Centre
  12. Loughton Centre for Young People
  13. Loughton Youth Project
  14. National Citizenship Scheme
  15. Red Squirrels Explorer Scouts Unit, Waltham Abbey
  16. The Space
  17. Theydon Youth
  18. WASUP
  19. Way 2000
  20. Youth Bus
  21. Youth Plus
  22. Zinc Youth Theatre

Unable to attend were:

  1. 414 Squadron ACT
  2. Epping Forest South District Scouts
  3. Friday Light – Restore Church
  4. Shotokan Karate
  5. XL Youth

All groups that attended will be able to apply for a small grant of £100 from the council towards their work.

The local performers were:

Amber Maclean and Georgia Edmondson, Stacey and Georgina Cockram and Max Albert.