Pupils artwork to be displayed on dustcarts

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Congratulations to Mollie Dunn and Ava Griffith whose artwork will soon be displayed on the side of council dustcarts after winning a competition to design posters on littering and flytipping.

Winner of the infant school category

Mollie Dunn age 6 from Coopersale Hall School

Mollie Dunn - winner of the infants school category

Winner of the junior school category

Ava Griffith age 9 Epping Primary School

Ava Griffith - winner of the junior school category

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Designs about litter and flytipping

The 2 winners were invited to the council offices by Chairman Jeane Lea to receive a cheque of £500 for their schools. They were shown how their artwork would look on the side of the district’s dustcarts.

Over 800 pupils from local primary schools got creative and entered the competition. The only requirement was that the designs dealt with the topic of litter and flytipping.

It’s aim was to understand how children perceive litter and the cleanliness of our streets and public places using the theme‚ ‘Clean For The Queen‘.


Chairman Jeane Lea said: “Congratulations to both our winners. I was delighted to meet the girls and I cannot wait to see their designs on our dustcarts. They clearly have put a lot of care and thought into their entries.”

Think about the environment

Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Will Breare-Hall said: “The competition entries were inspiring. The winning designs will be seen by thousands of people around the district and will remind residents not to drop litter on our streets.”

“It’s important people are aware of the negative impact that dropping rubbish has on the environment and to the area. I hope the message these young people have captured in their designs encourages people to think about the environment and get into the habit of putting their rubbish in a bin or taking it home with them.”

Want to see more

Have a look at all the entries – we’ve posted them on Flickr for people to enjoy.


Chairman opens new crossing

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Waltham Abbey residents can now cross the road safely following the installation of a pedestrian crossing in the Crooked Mile opposite Waltham Abbey Gardens.

The first crossing!

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New signal-controlled crossing

The new signal-controlled crossing was switched on by Chairman Jeane Lea following a 12-year campaign and a 1,000 signature petition. The new traffic management system crossing was funded and supported by Epping Forest Local Highways Panel and installed by Essex County Council Highways.

Epping Forest Local Highways Panel members Councillors Ricki Gadsby and John Knapman joined local councillors and children from Waltham Holy Cross Infants School to open the new crossing on Tuesday 4 October 2016.

Really pleased with our new crossing

Local Ward Councillor and Chairman Jeane Lea said: “I’m really pleased with our new crossing. The Highways team at Essex County Council have done a great job.”

“It will be a great benefit to the pupils and parents from Waltham Holy Cross Infants School who will use this crossing to get to school. The crossing will also help residents in St Clements Court retirement homes and visitors to Waltham Abbeys Community Centre who use it to get to the Town Centre.”

Real safety improvements

Chairman Jeane Lea ends: “Local schemes like these make real safety improvements to Epping Forest roads and make Waltham Abbey a more attractive and safer place to live.”


Epping Forest Young Citizen of the Year award

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The search is now on for the Epping Forest Young Citizen of the Year 2017.

Now is your chance to help recognise young people’s exceptional contributions to the Epping Forest district and nominate them for the Young Citizen of the Year award.

Young Citizen of the Year 2017 poster

The award is presented annually to a young person who has shown outstanding courage, been of service to their community or shown extraordinary commitment, energy and effort in a particular field or towards achieving a goal.

The winner will be invited to attend our civic awards ceremony on 17 March 2017 to receive a certificate of achievement and award of £300.

Our community is full of incredible young people

Molly Gayler from Davenant Foundation School won the Epping Forest Young Citizen of the Year 2016 for her wonderful work supporting children with disabilities and her passion for sport. Molly referenced the American athlete Gail Devers who once said that ‘every accomplishment starts with the decision to try’.

Molly said: “If my form tutor had not made the decision to ‘Try’ with me, then I would not have been given the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful and humbling experience.”

“Our community is full of incredible young people who deserve to be recognised. Please nominate them for the Epping Forest Young Citizen of the Year award and open doors for a young person who really deserves it.”


Do you know a young person who lives in the district aged between 11 and 18 and deserve to be recognized?

Nominate them for the Young Citizen of the Year – applications close on Friday 25 November 2016.

More information

Contact Louis Walton, Youth Engagement Assistant



Shopping Park in Loughton underway

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Work has started on the construction of the Epping Forest Shopping Park at Langston Road,  Loughton.

Howard Parkes with (L-R) Councillor Jeane Lea, M and H Project Manager Alex McCalley, Councillor Anne Grigg and Derek Macnab

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Site tour

Councillor Jeane Lea, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council and Councillor Anne Grigg, Cabinet Portfolio Holder responsible for the council-owned scheme met McLaughlin and Harvey construction project manager Alex McCalley and members of the workforce during a tour of the site on Monday 26 September 2016.

Accompanied by the Council’s Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Neighbourhoods Derek Macnab, Councillors Lea and Grigg inspected well-advanced demolition work as the former council depot buildings come down. The adjoining site bought by the council previously is already clear with excavations already evident where surface water storage tanks are to be installed.

Assisted by Alex McCalley of McLaughlin and Harvey, Councillor Lea posed for traditional ground-breaking photographs.

Biggest names in retail

Once completed, Loughton Shopping Park will potentially host some of the biggest names in retail including Next, Aldi, TK Maxx, Pets at Home and Hobbycraft.

New jobs

Around 200 permanent new jobs will be created while rental income from the park will help Epping Forest District Council provide public services to local residents and maintain one of the lowest Council Taxes in Essex. Associated highway improvements on Chigwell Lane will also ease congestion on one of Essex’s busiest roads. There will be on-site shopper car parking for up to 350 cars as well as excellent public transport links a short walk away at Debden Underground Station. With a footprint of 94,000 square feet (or almost 150,000 square feet taking account of mezzanine floors) there will be plenty of retail space with something for everyone including children with Smyths Toys expecting to be a big draw for families.

Boost to the local economy

Councillor Grigg said: ”I was delighted to see the progress. McLaughlin and Harvey has made a cracking start. The site is clean and the demolition work is being carried out with meticulous attention to safety. Now the barriers between the old council depot and the adjoining site have been removed you start to get a real perspective on the size and scale of the shopping park. It will be a fantastic asset and a tremendous boost to the local economy.”

Minimal disruption

During the tour, Alex McCalley explained some of the ways in which McLaughlin and Harvey will minimise disturbance to neighbours. He said: “Years ago we would have had hundreds of lorries coming on and off site as we transported the thousands of tonnes of hardcore rubble. These days we are much more environmentally friendly. Nearly all the rubble will be recycled into the foundations of the new retail park. We are using better methods of pile driving, drilling our way down to the London Clay rather than the old method of banging away with the pile-driver. We are also making contact with our neighbours, keeping people informed and setting up those vital lines of communication that let everyone work together.”

First shoppers next summer

Councillor Jeane Lea was also very impressed: she said: ”McLaughlin and Harvey are one of the most experienced retail park developers. They have worked with some of the biggest companies to deliver large schemes. I would like to thank Alex and his team for such an informative tour and  look forward to being invited back to review progress.”

Construction is expected to take around 40 weeks meaning the first shoppers through the doors next summer.

Chairman ‘shows off’ new museum

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Our freshly redeveloped museum in Waltham Abbey was ‘shown off’ by Chairman Jeane Lea at the annual civic lunch on Thursday 1 September 2016.

Civic lunch - EFDMuseum

Epping Forest District Museum

Chairman Jeane Lea, a Waltham Abbey councillor, invited chairman and mayors from nearby councils in London and Essex to a guided tour by museum staff around the redeveloped Epping Forest District Museum. The museum was reopened in March 2016 after a 2 year long Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment.

The museum tells the story of the people and events that have shaped the Epping Forest district. You can see the remains of woolly mammoths as well as a wooden turkey, a favourite toy of a Victorian child, plus loads more.

Treated to a tour

Guests were treated to a guided tour of the new community rooms and exhibits and given a chance to see behind the scenes. They were shown the 6 new galleries, allowing for a much greater number of objects to be displayed than ever before.

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Proud to live in Waltham Abbey

Chairman Jeane Lea said: ‘I love the new look and feel of the museum! Our museum is a wonderful asset for the whole district to enjoy. It makes me proud to say I live in Waltham Abbey.’

‘I was honoured to be given the chance to show my guests the fantastic improvements and changes that have taken place. I will definitely be visiting again in the near future.’

‘Thank you to all the museum staff, whose knowledge and hard work has made this such a lovely local museum. I would also like to thank all my guests who raised £265 for my charity, the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust based at North Weald Airfield.’

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