Bright future for Epping sports and leisure

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The Epping Forest District Council in partnership with Places for People (PfP), has just completed a £1.1 million update to the Current Sports Centre in the heart of the town, with improvements to the gym and brand-new fitness spaces.

Epping Sports Center Opening

Future redevelopment plans

However, further improvements to local sports and leisure including the provision of a new swimming pool will follow any future redevelopment plans of the current council – owned sports centre in Epping.

Users of the centre know it was built many years ago. It is physically limited by the size, age and design of the building (poor accessibility, problems with floor in Sports Hall, ageing Mechanical and Electrical Systems etc.) and it is in a constrained location with minimal car parking.

What is the best solution for a Sports centre of the future to serve better the residents’ needs?

The current site of Epping Sports Centre has been identified by Epping Forest District Council as being more suitable for residential development and has been included in the Local Plan.

Epping Forest District Council has confirmed that Epping Sports Centre isn’t going anywhere in the short term, although it’s future will be under review at some stage.

Investing in Health and Wellbeing

Fitness and good mental health are key components of the Council’s Residents’ Health and Wellbeing Strategy. And although Leisure is a discretionary service, and many councils have been forced to cut back on leisure centre provision, the strong finances of Epping Forest District Council are enabling it to invest strategically in new sports and leisure facilities.

The Council entered a new contract with PfP to manage its sports and leisure centres last year. The £1.1 million improvement to Epping being completed now is part of a 20-year deal including £14.5million improvements to Council’s leisure facilities.  A brand new £10m Leisure Centre is under construction in Waltham Abbey. A £2m extension is currently being built at Loughton Leisure Centre and almost £0.5 has been invested at Ongar Leisure Centre.

No plans to close the facility

No decision has been taken to close Epping Sports Centre but the Council is looking at the options to provide better facilities including a swimming pool locally. The Council is looking to increase participation for people of all ages and abilities. Residents want to protect the Green Belt and a number of potential options including brownfield sites in North Weald are being assessed to ensure that any new facilities are accessible to the maximum number of residents.  The Epping Forest District Council is actively seeking a suitable site in the Epping area.

However, decisions are a long way off and other locations may also emerge.

Consultation will be a key part of the Council’s plans. The Council will be sure to listen to residents very carefully to ensure the best possible outcomes before any decisions are made.

Epping Forest District Council has no plans to close the facility.

Creative workshops for adults

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Want to learn something new, improve your creative skills and make new friends in the community? We’re running lots of great creative workshops for adults in 2018. All our workshops cost £10 per person and are for ages 16+.

Creative workshops for adults

Take a moment out of your busy life to enjoy doing something creative.

Creative workshops for adults

Cupcake making

  • Tuesday 24 April 2018 7-9pm
  • Cupcake decorating with a creative difference. Come along and learn how to make interesting cupcakes with a creative difference.
  • Book the cupcake making workshop online

Springtime floral art arrangements

Fruit & veg art

  • Tuesday 26 June 2018 7-9pm
  • Get creative with your fruit & veg. Turn it into art for summer picnics & BBQ garnishes and serving baskets.

Learn to crochet

  • Monday 17 September 2018 7-9pm
  • Learn the crochet basics of how to crochet, starting at the very beginning. If you’re brand new to crochet this workshop will be perfect for you.

Pumpkin art

  • Tuesday 30 October 2018 7-9pm
  • Adult Pumpkin art making workshop. Learn how to carve a pumpkin with a creative different.

Bath bomb making

  • Tuesday 20 November 2018 7-9pm
  • Bath bomb making workshop. Learn to make bath bombs using natural ingredients. These will make great gifts for Christmas.

Book your place now

All the workshops take place at Epping Forest District Council Community Services, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4LU. The cost of each workshop is £10 per person and are for ages 16+ only.

Booking is essential for all workshops. Book a workshop online or call 01992 564226 to book a place.

New exhibition opening Easter weekend

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From itsy, bitsy bikinis to one-piece bathing suits.

The new exhibition at Epping Forest District Museum highlights the changes in style, design and inspirations of swimwear from the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

Beauty and the Beach exhibition at Epping Forest District Museum

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 31 March to Saturday 30 June 2018
  • Time: Monday to Wednesday and Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm
  • Free entry

Events

Look out for the exciting events and activities we have to accompany this exhibition, including our very own beach at the museum.

Countrycare Easter scavenger hunt 2018

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Come to the Epping Forest District Council Countrycare Easter Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday 4 April 2018 11:00am to 13:00pm at Roughtalleys Wood, North Weald.

Booking is essential and costs just £3 per child.

Easter - countrycare

Come and try your hand at our wildlife riddles and quiz questions hidden in the wood and be in with a chance of winning some Easter treats!

Event details

Local heroes celebrated at awards evening

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The district’s most celebrated residents were recognised at the annual Epping Forest District Council Civic Awards Ceremony held at the Marriott Hotel in Waltham Abbey on Friday 16 March 2018.

Winners at the Civic Awards 2018

You make the world a better place

The glittering awards evening was hosted by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor David Stallan.

Chairman David Stallan said: “Every year we dedicate an evening to celebrate Epping Forest’s residents achievements, successes and their unwavering dedication to the area and their communities. This year was no different.”

“To the winners and runners up, congratulations. It is people like you that make the world a better place. Thank you for your selflessness, generosity and compassion.”

In honour and celebration of the Youth Council’s 10th anniversary this year, serving and former Youth Councillors were asked to present each award to the winners.

Click on the award below for details

 

Landlord fined £21,575 for illegal HMO

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Epping Forest District Council successfully prosecuted and fined Mr Veli Bunul £21,575, when found operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO) and breaching legislation designed to protect tenants.

HMO Licence

The Council was called to inspect a three storey family town house in Tillingham Court Waltham Abbey, found to be occupied by three separate families, each with young children, all sharing one kitchen and two bathrooms.

Potential tragedy

Housing 11 occupants, the property was overcrowded, had inadequate fire precautions or a safe means of escape in event of an emergency.

Basildon Magistrates court was particularly concerned about these failings which could have potentially led to lives being at risk and tragic circumstances.

The Court heard that Mr Bunul of Chase Side, London E14 had ignored all of Epping Forest District Council’s warnings about his responsibilities to licence the property and his obligation to make it safe.

He alleged he was unaware that the property was being occupied by several families, claiming someone else collected the rent on his behalf. The court did not find this a reasonable excuse and so carried his conviction alongside a hefty fine.

Zero tolerance

Housing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Syd Stavrou said, “We will not tolerate landlords who rent properties which fail to meet standards.  The Council has a commitment to ensure that private landlords in the Epping Forest district do not take financial advantage of vulnerable tenants and put their lives at risk.  We will not hesitate to prosecute landlords who show a disregard for the law and their responsibilities towards occupants”.

New licensing rules

The Government are bringing in an extension to the  current licensing regime. From 1 April 2018, any property with five or more people from two or more households will require a licence regardless of how many floors there are in the property.

Landlords must comply with licence conditions to ensure properties are safe for the amount of people occupying them. In addition, minimum space requirements are to be imposed to prevent exploitation by overcrowding.

Advice to Landlords

Landlords that currently operate a licensable HMO in Epping Forest District (3 or more storeys, occupied by 5 or more people living as 2 or more households) but do not currently hold a licence should contact the Council’s Private Sector Housing Team immediately to avoid prosecution.

Anyone operating such an HMO without the appropriate licence is committing an offence, risks a criminal record and an unlimited fine on summary conviction.

Other landlords operating or thinking of operating an HMO that will fall under the new licensing regime from 1 April 2018 are encouraged to contact the Private Sector Housing Team for further information and advice.

Advice to tenants

If you think you may be living in a property that requires a licence and one is not displayed in the property, or you are concerned about the property conditions, please contact the Private Sector Housing team on the details below.

Contact

Decisions from Plans East 7 March 2018

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee East meeting Wednesday 7 March 2018.

Decisions

  • EPF/2522/17 – Walnut Barn Bushes, Wind Hill, Magdalen Laver, Ongar, CM5 0DS
    Deferred
  • EPF/2582/17 – Walnut Barn Bushes Wind Hill Magdalen Laver, Ongar, CM5 0DS
    Deferred
  • EPF/2654/17 – The Chequers, Matching Green, Matching, CM17 0PZ
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2933/17 – Maes Mawr, Stapleford Road, Stapleford Abbotts, RM4 1EJ
    Permission granted
  • EPF/3153/17 – 73 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4ND
    Permission granted
  • EPF/3364/17 – Granville, 119 Theydon Park Road, Theydon Bois. CM16 7LS
    Permission refused
  • EPF/3503/17 – 38 High Road, North Weald, Epping, CM16 6BU
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0026/18 – Oak Lodge, Weald Hall Lane, Thornwood Common, Epping, CM16 6ND
    Permission refused

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Help save the Willingale Treasure

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Epping Forest District Museum is launching an appeal to save the Willingale Treasure and help us keep it in the district.

The Willingale Treasure

Sapphire Gold Medieval Ring

A medieval gold ring has been found in the parish of Willingale and we need you to help us keep it in the district, before the item goes on sale on the open market.

It is the first medieval gem set ring to be found in the district, and the first known finger-ring to be discovered in Willingale. The decoration is of an extremely high standard and, to the best of our knowledge, unique.

Please donate

Donate online at www.spacehive.com/willingaletreasure

or make a donation at Epping Forest District Museum, 39–41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL

Save the Willingale treasure

In total £11,500 is needed to save the ring ensuring it is on free public display for generations to come. The campaign has already received support from the ACE/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and SHARE Museums East and Epping Forest District Museum has committed funding from its reserves leaving £3,000 to be raised.

If the target is reached, the ring will go on public display in the museum’s newly renovated core gallery. If the funding is not raised, the ring may be sold and possibly leave the UK permanently.

Other treasures at the museum

Currently on display is a selection of items acquired by the museum through the national Portable Antiquities Scheme, which recently celebrated 20 years of recording treasure finds. On display are items found from all across the Epping Forest district.

The oldest are a bronze axe and small gold bead, which are some 3,500 years old, also displayed are medieval Noble coins of Edward III found near Abridge and a fine silver gilt medieval crucifix discovered near North Weald.

Help to Buy Home Show coming to Chelmsford

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If you’re looking to get onto the property ladder, come along to the ‘Help to Buy Home Show’ on Saturday 24 March 2018 at Chelmsford City Racecourse, to explore your home buying options. This FREE event is an excellent opportunity to discover existing and upcoming developments and speak to friendly housing professionals, financial advisors and solicitors.

Essex Home Show 24 March

Event details

  • Saturday 24 March 2018
  • 10:30am – 3pm
  • Chelmsford City Racecourse, Moulsham Lane, Entrance (gate 11), Great Leighs, CM3 1PZ (View location on map)
  • FREE to attend

Help to Buy Schemes

Come and see housing associations and developers showcasing their shared ownership and equity loan homes they have available with Help to Buy.

  • Shared Ownership – buy a percentage of a property and pay rent on the rest
  • Equity Loan – buy a new property with as little as a 5% deposit

Even if you aren’t ready to buy yet, don’t miss this great opportunity to see what is available and review your options. Independent financial advisors and solicitors will be on hand to give you advice, guidance and help.

Further information

Eggcellent Easter activities for the kids

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Epping Forest District Council have another 2 weeks of exciting activities planned for the kids this Easter 2018.

Firm favourites are back, including our multi-sports days, play in the park and play in the forest, alongside new activities in the form of creative workshops.

Book your child’s space online now!

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Multi Sports Days

Come and join our experienced coaches for a day of exciting activities

We believe there is an activity and a sport for everyone. At our multi sports days, young people can expect to get to try a mixture of traditional and non-traditional sports from tennis to American football – with some wacky games and competitions thrown in for good measure.

  • Monday 9 April to Friday 13 April 2018 – every day!
  • Leverton Junior School, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3BE
  • 8.45am – 3.30pm
  • Suitable for ages 5 – 14
  • £16.50 per day
  • Book online

Play in the park

Play in the park is all about playing and having fun outside.

The Play in the Park team bring along a range of sports equipment and arts and crafts resources for young people to enjoy. The team also help organise activities and games, this activity is FREE to all those that show up!

The activities are being held at different times and locations around the district.

Tuesday 3 April 2018

  • Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Roding Road, IG9 6BJ – 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Wednesday 4 April 2018

  • Stonards Hill Recreation Ground, Stonards Hill, Epping, CM16 4QF – 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Thursday 5 April 2018

  • Town Mead Leisure Park, Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JH – 10am to 12pm
  • Shelly Park, St Peters Avenue, Ongar, CM5 0BT – 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Friday 6 April 2018

  • Roding Valley Recreation Ground (near the tennis courts) Roding Road, IG10 3BS – 10am to 12pm

Monday 9 April 2018

  • Larsons Recreation Ground, Rochford Avenue, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1SE – 10am to 12pm

Tuesday 10 April 2018

  • Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Roding Road, IG9 6BJ – 10am to 12pm

 Wednesday 11 April 2018

  • Roydon playing fields, Occupation Lane, CM19 5HL – 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Thursday 12 April 2018

  • Larsons Recreation Ground, Rochford Avenue, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1SE – 10am to 12pm
  • Jubilee Park, Love Lane, Ongar, CM5 9BL – 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Friday 13 April 2018

  • Roding Valley Recreation Ground (near the tennis courts) Roding Road, IG10 3BS- 10am to 12pm

Play in the forest

Play in the forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest!

Join us for this Easter and Spring themed activity for bug hunting, den building and live storytelling session as well as a host of other Easter activities.

  • Wednesday 4 and 11 April 2018
  • High Beach, opposite the Visitor’s Centre, Loughton, IG10 4AE
  • No need to book, drop by at any time between 10am – 12pm
  • Suitable for all ages
  • £3 per session
  • No need to book, just turn up

Make a stepping stone workshop

Come along to learn this new artistic skill!

Leave a lasting art impression in the Epping Community Garden that will be admired for many years to come.

  • Tuesday 3 April 2018
  • Communities training room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Suitable for ages 6 – 15
  • Cost £5.50
  • Book online

Learn to make wind chimes workshop

Learn the art of wind chime making using lots of different recyclable items.

Tin cans, bottles, bamboo canes all make amazing sounds when put together. Add a little sparkle to your garden to help you chill.

  • Tuesday 10 April 2018
  • Communities training room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Suitable for ages 6 – 15
  • Cost £5.50
  • Book online

Customise your own t-shirt workshop

Be bang on trend this Easter and learn how to create your very own fashion masterpiece.

Learn how to cut and embellish your t-shirt to make unique and individual designs. We will provide you with your own t-shirt and everything else you need to help you stand out from the crowd!

  • Tuesday 10 April 2018
  • Communities training room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU
  • 6pm – 8pm
  • Suitable for ages 11 – 16
  • Cost £10
  • Book online