Kennel Club good citizen tests

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MaisieDog owners are invited to bring their dogs along to Thornwood Village Hall in Weald Hall Lane, CM16 6FY on Sunday 29 April to enter them for a Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme award.

The animal welfare service has organised the day to encourage responsible dog ownership. Tests will be taking place from 10.00am.

The Good Citizen Scheme is a national scheme for all dogs (pedigree or crossbreed) of any age and their owners, designed to train dogs and their handlers to become ‘Good Citizens’. Its aim is to make owners fully aware of their dog owning responsibilities and the need to own a socially-acceptable dog plus provide them with an understanding of their canine companion. For example, a ‘Good Citizen Dog’ should be able to walk in a controlled manner on the lead, lie and sit on command, allow its owner to groom and inspect it and come when called.

There will be bronze, silver and gold awards but the silver and gold must be booked in advance by no later than 25 April. Further information and entry forms can be obtained from the Council’s animal warden Lyn Cook at the Civic Offices by calling 01992 564077 or via email at

Kennel Club, Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme

St John’s Consultation – make sure you have your say

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St Johns RoadThe deadline for comments on the St John’s Road area redevelopment is approaching, Epping Forest District Council is reminding residents.

A council spokesperson said: I would encourage everyone to have their say on how they would like to see this area developed. It is vitally important that we are told what residents want, rather than what they don’t want.

This is particularly important as Epping Forest District Council owns one-sixth of the site, two-thirds belong to Essex County Council and another sixth is in the ownership of Epping Town Council. Epping Forest District Council will not be developing the site itself, so the consultation process really is the way to influence any outcome.’

The spokesperson continued: The consultation closes on Monday 23 April at 5pm. Please take this opportunity to make your comments count.

St John’s consultation extended

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St John's Road Artists ImpressionResidents have until 23 April to express views on the St John’s Road, Epping Development Brief.

The deadline has been extended in response to appeals by ward councillors and residents to Epping Forest District Council’s Finance and Economic Development Portfolio Holder, Gagan Mohindra.

Councillor Mohindra said: “I have personally been approached by Councillor Whitbread and Councillor Breare-Hall about concerns raised to them by local residents. Indeed, I am aware that all the ward councillors have been in touch with officers with similar comments. All of them said that the original schedule was too tight and we needed to give local people more time especially as St John’s Road is located in the heart of Epping. The final decision will shape the character of the town for generations to come. I believe we have to be flexible. It is therefore entirely right that we take more time over this process if that is what local people want.”

The exhibition in the Civic Offices at Epping will remain throughout the extended period. The other display, currently at St John’s Church will transfer to St John’s Road Library for the remainder of the consultation from 24 March. Further publicity is also planned including a leaflet delivery to Epping residents, notifying them of the extension and location of the exhibitions.

The bulk of the site is owned by the tax payer, approximately one-third Essex County Council, one-sixth Epping Forest District Council and one-sixth Epping Town Council. St John’s Church also sits entirely within the development area.

There are 4 distinct options:

  1. Retail-led
  2. Leisure-led
  3. Retail and leisure
  4. Residential

View details of the 4 options in the leaflet below and submit your views online (Consultation now closed):

St Johns Road Epping leaflet (pdf 7.6 MB) St Johns Epping information

Key objectives for Epping Forest District Council are to ensure the development integrates well with the High Street, provides a sustainable mix of uses with high-quality public spaces and respects and complements the historic character of the town. Any development also needs to be practical, deliverable and affordable.

Councillor Mohindra added: “This brief has been a long time in the formulation. Extending the consultation by a few weeks will not harm the process and I want to be sure we have given local residents and businesses as much opportunity to respond as we can. I also want the fullest range of views. I believe some of the options are less affordable and practical than others but I still want to know what people think of all the possibilities. We are looking at each in the current financial climate but what may not be possible today might be possible tomorrow.”

Give us your views on St Johns

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t Johns Road logoFirst Published on 29 February 2012

Do you live, work, shop, or spend your leisure time in Epping? If so, Epping Forest District Council wants your views on proposed options for a development and design brief in the St John’s Road Area in the town.

Consultation begins on Monday 5 March and runs until Monday 26 March on 4 possible options for redeveloping this area. These options are either retail-led, leisure-led, retail and leisure or residential.

Updated 16 March 2012 – the St John’s consultation has been extended to Monday 23 April 2012.

The proposals include a wide range of suggestions for the area, including cafes / restaurants, new shops, new housing, new high quality public space, new facilities for the Parish Church to name a few. As many people as possible are encouraged to have their say.

View details of the 4 options in the leaflet below and submit your views online:

 St Johns Epping information leaflet (pdf 7.6 MB)

During the consultation period the exhibition will be at the District Council offices on the High Street, Epping from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm as well as at the Parish Church of St John on the corner of the High Street and St John’s Road. This will be open every day from 9 am to 3.30 pm but may also be open at other times.

Questionnaires will be available at these exhibitions for anyone to provide their feedback to the council. These can be handed in at any of the exhibitions (detailed below) or they can be posted.

Members of the Project Board will also be present to answer any queries at the venues and times below:

  • Monday 5 March from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm at St John’s Church market-day coffee morning in the church
  • Thursday 8 March from 3 pm to 6 pm at the Box youth venue, the High Street (for people of school age)
  • Monday 12 March from 6 pm to 9 pm at St John’s Church
  • Saturday 24 March from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm at the Library, St John’s Road

Butchers is the 100th business to sign up

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A traditional Butcher’s Shop in Epping High Street is the 100th business to sign up for the One Shops Local Scheme and says used properly it will help bring him more customers.

Essex FSB representative for Epping Forest, Tina Dulieu, said: “One Shops Local is a free scheme which is the result of a partnership between Epping Forest District Council, Essex Federation of Small Businesses and the Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce. “Its aim is to help support and promote local independent traders in our district, help shoppers access the full range of services available from our high streets and elsewhere and help local shops or services offer discounts/incentives, if they wish, to those using the One Shops Local website. “Essex FSB is pleased that a traditional independent butcher – Church’s Butchers of 224 High Street, Epping – is the 100th local business to sign up to the scheme as it is exactly this type of shop that can benefit from the scheme.”

Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce Chairman, John Price, said:“Since its launch at the end of November OneShopsLocal has attracted a lot of interest from local businesses and we have achieved a faster rate of involvement than similar schemes elsewhere in the county such as in Maldon or Rochford. “The key to success is for the business to make sure it develops its own page in a way that promotes its goods and services effectively, regularly change the promotional offers they promote through the site and encourages customers and staff to register for the free updates on the offers available from OneShopsLocal. “We were pleased to present Church’s Butchers with a prize of £25 to spend with fellow OneShopsLocal businesses for being the 100th business to join the scheme.”

Councillor Gagan Mohindra, Business Champion for Epping Forest District Council offered his congratulations to Church’s Butchers, Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Business. He said: “Church’s Butchers has stood as a landmark business in Epping High Street for over 100 years. It trades and prospers on a reputation for the finest local produce and highest levels of service. However, Churches does not rest on its laurels while others move ahead. It continues to look forward, adapting and innovating to meet modern challenges while continuing to embody the best traditions of our local high streets. It is therefore fitting that such an old and well-established business should be the 100th enterprise to register with the OneShopsLocal website.”

Paul Parker of Church’s Butchers, said: “OneShopsLocal is a scheme which we welcome as it helps promote the benefits of shopping locally. “It is now up to local retailers and other businesses to make the scheme work by telling our customers about OneShopsLocal and encourage them to register for the offers available. “It is only if the retailers work in partnership with the council, the FSB and the Chamber of Commerce that we can compete against the big out of town shopping centres and that is why we are pleased to be part of this scheme.”

More information is available at or from @OneShopsLocal on Twitter.

Epping parking review

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Epping Forest District Council has asked Essex County Council to complete the implementation of works following the review of the Epping parking scheme; which was initially implemented in August 2007 after consultation with the local community.

View the plans online:

Essex County Council parking review

The changes below have therefore been made in light of comments received from residents and businesses since the original scheme was implemented in 2007, including the informal consultation of May 2010 and the formal consultation of December 2010 / January 2011.

These plans show what will be implemented on the specific roads within the area of the Epping Parking Review; these plans have been commented on by District and County Councillors and have the approval of Epping Forest District Council Portfolio Holder (Safer and Greener) and The Essex County Council Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transportation.

The following roads have been removed from the Epping parking review following objections from residents.

  • Ambleside / Greentrees
  • Amesbury Road
  • Bodley Close
  • Hartland Road
  • Ravensmere
  • Western Avenue

Epping Conservation Area Character Appraisal

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The final version of the Epping Conservation Area Character Appraisal has been published by Epping Forest District Council. This follows public consultation when local residents were invited to comment on the draft document.

Epping Conservation Area was first designated in 1969 and encompasses most of Epping Town Centre. When the appraisal was compiled, the area was surveyed and photographed in detail. A range of historic maps was consulted and documentary research carried out.

The purpose of a character appraisal is to define the character of the conservation area, review its boundaries and highlight any parts of it that may be in need of improvement. The character appraisal for the Epping Conservation Area covers topics such as public spaces, shop fronts, and highway signs as well as sites with potential for improvement or development.

A limited number of hard copies will also be available. These can be obtained by telephoning 01992 564582 or emailing Alternatively, the appraisal will be available to view at the District Council`s Planning Reception in the Civic Offices in Epping from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

The Council is soon to be printing a character appraisal on Bell Common after public consultation earlier in the year.

Bowls Gala Day at Sports Centre

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Epping Forest District Council`s New Horizons 50+ Scheme hosted the 20th Annual Bowls Gala Day on Thursday 29 October 2009. Over 50 short mat bowlers and their supporters from the district and surrounding areas attended the event, which was held at Epping Sports Centre. The competition attracted 12 teams from short mat bowls clubs as far as Sheering in the north to Woodford in the south. Chairman of Council Councillor Penny Smith and Portfolio Holder for Leisure Councillor Brian Rolfe watched the semi-final and final game.

Councillor Penny Smith with the victorious Woodford Wells C Team

Picture caption – Chairman of Council, Councillor Penny Smith with the victorious Woodford Wells `C` Team.

A fun and competitive day was had by all but the players from Woodford Wells Short Mat Bowls Club were certainly on top form on the day. Their `C` team successfully won their half, resulting in them facing the Sheering team in the final.

Councillor Penny Smith said: I was delighted to attend part of the day to watch the very closely-fought matches between all of the teams taking part. Everyone seemed to enjoy the competition, including the spectators. It was clear to see why short mat bowls is a very popular sport.

Councillor Smith added: I would like to thank the Council`s Sports Development Team for organising the event, which was a tremendous success. I would also like to thank the many helpers, all of whom were of retirement age themselves, who provided teas, raffles, scoring and umpiring on the day.

The Chairman then took pleasure in presenting Woodford Wells `C` Team with the Bowls Gala Championship Trophy and the Sheering team with their `Runners-Up` awards.

Chairman Impressed by Fire Fighters

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The Chairman with an Epping fire fighter on the 24 hour static cyle ride

The Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Penny Smith stopped by Epping Fire Station on Saturday 12 September 2009 to support fire fighters in their 24 hour static cycle ride.

The cycle ride was part of the fire stations open day and raised funds for the Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The fire fighters said they really appreciated the support of the public who stopped to chat. A fire fighters told the Chairman that people had asked mostly about home fire alarms and he was pleased that fire prevention in the home was being taken seriously. He added that advice is available from them at any time, all you have to do is ask.

Chairman Penny Smith said: “All the cyclists were brilliant and were obviously rewarded by generous public support over the 24 hour period.”

Chairman Penny Smith with Epping fire fighters

Nominations Sought for Citizen of the Year

Written on . Posted in Buckhurst Hill, Civic events, Community, Epping, Loughton, Residents, Waltham Abbey, Your area, Your community, Your council

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.