Need help getting active?

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If you want to increase your activity and fitness, meet new friends and stay motivated, our new Active Living programme is for you! Sign up to receive one to one motivational support for a whole year and up to 6 months of free activities.

Active living cyclingHelp at every step

We know that getting active can be difficult, so we are here to help you every step of the way!

Personal action plan

Our team of professional and friendly staff will help you set a personal plan of action, which will make it simple for you to find ways to fit physical activity into your daily life.

Support and advice

We will support you with free advice and assistance whenever you need it, to help you stick to your plan and achieve your goals with activities such as walking, cycling and Pilates.

Get active

  • Contact the Active Living team on 01992 564567 or speak to your GP about a referral
  • Book an appointment to discuss support, a personal action plan & find a local Active Living group
  • Visit your local Active Living group, meet new friends, get lifestyle & nutrition advice
  • Meet your champion who will support you with your new activities & introduce you to others
  • Get support from your specialist who will look at your progress & plan for the coming months
  • Free activities for 3 months after 12 weeks of attending group

Contact

If you are interested in becoming more active and you

  • Do less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week
  • Are aged over 16
  • Live in the Epping Forest district

Contact our friendly team to book an appointment.

Call 01992 564561

Email csreception@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Want to move to a smaller council home?

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If you want to move to a smaller council home, our downsizing scheme is designed to help tenants move to a home with fewer bedrooms.

Do you want to move to a smaller council home?

Downsizing scheme

If you are an under-occupier living in a council home that has more bedrooms than you need, or you want help moving to a home that’s easier to maintain, our downsizing scheme can help.

This scheme has all sorts of incentives to help you

  • Removal costs and practical help to move
  • Cash incentives for each bedroom you give up
  • Help with decoration costs

Who is eligible

  • Council tenants
  • Housing association tenants (downsizing incentive payment does not apply)
  • You must be living in a property with 1 or more bedrooms and want to move into either general needs or sheltered accommodation
  • Tenants with rent arrears will be considered but the arrears will be deducted from your incentive payment

What are the benefits

  • Downsizers will be prioritised for a move to an area of your choice
  • You will get £1,000 for each bedroom you give up (up to £4,000)
  • You will get help with removal costs (£500)
  • Your heating and gas charges may be greatly reduced if you move into a smaller home
  • Your rent could be lower
  • Practical help with changing your doctor, contacting utility companies, and more

How to apply

Contact our Rehousing Support Officer. Terms and conditions will apply.

Find out more

New leisure centre contract goes live

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A new, 20 year leisure contract between Epping Forest District Council and Places for People Leisure Management Ltd was signed and agreed on Wednesday 29 March 2017.

The new contract will see exciting improvements to the delivery of leisure services within the district, with plans to invest £9.5m in a state of the art leisure centre in Waltham Abbey and extensive refurbishment of other council owned leisure centres.

Leisure contract sealing day 29-03-17

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Existing contracts switched

Responsibility for existing staff and memberships were transferred to the new provider on Saturday 1 April 2017, when the contract officially began.

Award winning service

Chief Executive of Epping Forest District Council, Glen Chipp said: ”Places for People are an award winning management service with an impressive leisure portfolio and plenty of experience. They are currently working with 36 other councils across England and manage a total of 121 leisure centres. We are confident that this partnership will be of great benefit to our local residents, allowing them to enjoy an exciting, enhanced and improved leisure service in local areas, for many years to come.”

Centre plans

Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool

Plans to relocate a brand new, purpose built leisure centre to Hill House Road, Waltham Abbey.

The new facility will offer;

  • A 25m, 6 lane swimming pool and 15m learner pool
  • An 80 station fitness suite
  • Multifunctional training equipment, octane trainers and watt bikes
  • Dance, fitness and group cycling studios
  • Les Mills virtual cycling
  • A community space
  • A café
  • A green roof to compliment the surrounding area

Epping Sports Centre

Plans to internally remodel the centre, including;

  • Improvements and an extension to the gym area
  • Bar/kitchen re-configuration, to incorporate a crèche and spin studio

Ongar Leisure Centre

Plans to refurbish the facilities, including;

  • Gym equipment upgrade
  • Swimming pool plant upgrade

Loughton Leisure Centre

Plans to renovate the leisure centre and build a two storey extension, which will include;

  • New gym
  • Extra fitness studio space

Completion in 2018

Works at Epping, Ongar and Loughton Leisure Centres will begin in Summer 2017, with plans for completion by Summer 2018.

The existing Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool will remain open until the new project’s planned finish in November 2018. Further details about refurbishments will be displayed online and in our leisure centre reception areas, to keep customers informed as work progresses.

Working in Partnership

Sandra Dodd, Chief Executive at Places for People Leisure said: ”We are excited to work in partnership with Epping Forest District Council to enhance the leisure provision across the district and ensure that we offer an inclusive and innovative leisure provision that encourages participation by all members of the community in line with our mission to create active places and healthy people.”

”We hope that local residents will be as excited as we are in the improvements that are planned to their existing centres as well as the plans for a brand-new state of the art leisure facility.”

New contact details

Start cycling for health this year

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As the nicer weather is already upon us, there has never been a better time to get on your bike and get active in the fresh air! The cycling for health 2017 diary of weekly led rides around the district is now available to view and book online.

Cycling for Health Diary 2017 P1

Suitable for all

There are different routes which have been graded into 3 different intensity levels, which means there is something for everyone.

Why cycle?

  • Burn approx 650 calories
  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%
  • Increase cardiovascular fitness
  • Improve overall wellbeing
  • Increase muscle strength and tone

Contact

Cycling for Health Diary 2017 P2

Further information

Pay on day (ride fee)

If you have your own bike and helmet, just turn up at the meeting point!

Cost £4.00 (£8.00 for all day rides)

No booking required

Pre-paid (bike hire and ride fee)

Cost £8.00 (£16.00 for all day rides)

Booking is required at least 48hrs in advance

A day in pictures

Click on an image below for slideshow

Reviews

Hilary Fullilove

”For me the cycling has been fantastic and has contributed greatly to my rehabilitation, following my two knee replacement surgeries”

Dave Raley

”Good companionship, good fun, good routes and it’s doing me good! Come and join us having fun with new friends and at the same time keeping healthy.”

Jennie Lawley

”I would like to say that every ride I do is therapeutic to my mind. The people are lovely and the exercise and the routes we take definitely lift my spirits.”

Spring into activities this Easter

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If you are looking for fun activities to keep the children busy this Easter holiday, then look no further, we have it covered! We have a range of activities available for all ages and abilities.

Easter Activities page 1

Multi Sports Days 

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

  • Football
  • Dodgeball
  • Tennis
  • Mini Olympics
  • Dance
  • Games and Competitions

Suitable for ages 5 – 14

Dates: Tuesday 4, 11 April 2017 and Thursday 6, 13 April 2017

Time: 09:15am – 15:30pm

Where: Epping Upper Clapton RFC, Upper road, Thornwood, Epping, CM16 6NL

Cost: £16.00

Book online (select the correct heading in brackets for Activity Type on booking form)

Funky Bird Feeder Workshop

Make a bird feeder with a unique difference, using recyclable materials.

Suitable for ages 6 – 11

Date: Tuesday 4 April 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Communities training room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU

Cost: £4.50

Book online (select the correct heading in brackets for Activity Type on booking form)

Peg Insect and Garden Display

Make amazing peg insect along with an indoor garden scene for your window using fresh flowers!

Suitable for ages 6 – 11

Date: Tuesday 11 April 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Communities training room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU

Cost: £4.50

Book online (select the correct heading in brackets for Activity Type on booking form)

Forest Adventures

Join us on a forest adventure; orienteering, forest art, scavenger hunts, games and much more!

Suitable for ages 6 – 11

Date: Wednesday 5 April 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Meet outside Kings Oak Public House, High Beech, Loughton, IG10 4AE

Cost: £4.50

Book online (select the correct heading in brackets for Activity Type on booking form)

Play in the Forest

Play games and have fun in the forest; bug hunting, shelter building, woodland arts and crafts!

Suitable for all ages

Friday 7 April 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Meet in the Kings Oak Public House car park, High Beech, Loughton, IG10 4AE

Cost: £3.50

Monday 10 April 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Ditches Rise, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, CM16 7DR

Cost: £3.50

Book online (select the correct heading in brackets for Activity Type on booking form)

Play in the Park

Play with a range of sports equipment and arts & crafts resources. Suitable for ages 5 – 14. The play in the park team organise fun activities and games! It’s FREE and there is no need to book either! Perfect.

Tuesday 4 April 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Town Mead Leisure Park, Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JH


Time: 13:30pm – 15:30pm

Where: Roding Valley Recreation Ground (near tennis courts), Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS

Wednesday 5 April 2017

Time: 13:30pm – 15:30pm

Where: Stonards Hill Recreation Ground, Stonards Hill, Epping, CM16 4QF

Thursday 6 April 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Abridge Village Hall Playing Fields, Ongar Road, Abridge, RM4 1BS


Time: 13:30pm – 15:30pm

Where: Shelley Park, St Peters Avenue, Shelley, Ongar, CM5 0BT

Tuesday 11 April 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Ninefields (large green field), Hillhouse, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3EL


Time: 13:30pm – 15:30pm

Where: Roding Valley Recreation Ground (near tennis courts), Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS

Wednesday 12 April 2017

Time: 13:30pm – 15:30pm

Where: Roydon Playing Fields, Occupation Lane, Roydon, CM19 5HL

Thursday 13 April 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Abridge Village Hall Playing Fields, Ongar Road, Abridge, RM4 1BS


Time: 13:30pm – 15:30pm

Where: Jubilee Park, Love lane, Ongar, CM5 9BL

Further information

For more information please contact Community Services on 01992 564226 or email csreception@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Book activities online

Essex County Council Notice of Election

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Notice of Election of County Councillors for County Divisions within the Epping Forest District.

1 County Councillor to be elected per the following divisions:

  • Buckhurst Hill & Loughton South
  • Chigwell & Loughton Broadway
  • Epping & Theydon Bois
  • Loughton Central
  • North Weald & Nazeing
  • Ongar & Rural
  • Waltham Abbey

Notice of Election

  1. Forms of nomination for County Elections may be obtained at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ from the Deputy County Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for any electoral area, can prepare a nomination paper for signature.
  2. Nomination papers must be personally delivered to the Deputy County Returning Officer, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ on any day after the date of this notice but no later than 4 pm on Tuesday, 4th April 2017.
  3. If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday, 4th May 2017.
  4. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by 5 pm on Tuesday, 18th April 2017.
  5. Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by 5 pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2017.
  6. Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5 pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2017, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by 5 pm on Thursday, 4th May 2017.

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High Sheriff grant helps J9 go national

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The Council’s J9 domestic abuse awareness initiative have been awarded a grant of £750 from the High Sheriff of Essex Fund to provide training for the Department of Work and Pensions call centre staff, which will help identify and support victims of domestic abuse nationally.

High Sheriff Awards 2017

Recognised for major contributions

The High Sheriff of Essex, Lorna Rolfe and Chairman of Essex County Council Councillor John Aldridge, presented Caroline Wiggins, Community Safety Manager at Epping Forest District Council with a grant of £750 for the J9 initiative project.

The High Sheriff hosted an evening dedicated recognising the voluntary organisations and people who have made major contributions to reducing crime and increasing safety within communities, at a ceremony held in Hylands House in Chelmsford last week.

Delivering training

The funding will deliver J9 training to the 300 members of staff at the national customer call centre for the Department of Work and Pensions, based in Basildon.

Excellent progress

Safer, Greener, Transport Portfolio Holder, Councillor Gary Waller said: ”We are delighted to have received this funding. We have had such a positive response to the progress that has been made so far and we are proud to say the project has already trained over 400 professionals and service providers across Essex.”

”The £750 funding will allow us to provide training for the 300 employees at the Department of Work and Pensions call centre, who receive calls from people around the country. This means we are now in a position to help signpost and support victims of domestic abuse nationally, which is excellent progress.”

Sign up for training

Councillor Waller added: ”Any business and organisation that would like to sign up please call 01992 564608 or email j9@eppingforestdc.gov.uk – let’s make sure the victims of domestic abuse get the help and support they need.”

About J9

The J9 domestic abuse initiative has been running in West Essex for 4 years. It was named in memory of Janine Mundy. She was killed by her estranged husband while on police bail.

The J9 initiative was set up by Janine’s family and the local police in Cornwall to raise awareness of domestic abuse and help victims get the help they so desperately need.

Spring edition business newsletter

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The Spring edition 2017 of the One Business Briefing is now available to download.

One Business Briefing

Download the Spring edition (pdf 5.92MB)

Included in this edition;

  • Proof that Epping Forest is a great place to start a business

  • Celebrate the Investors in Young People Awards

  • Find out how your business could reduce energy consumption & save money

  • Best growth Hub launches workshop

  • Next phase for ‘Visit Epping Forest’ website

  • Launch of Young Traders Initiative

  • Get the latest learning resource tips

Interesting and helpful articles

Councillor Anne Grigg, Economic Development Portfolio Holder said: “The Spring edition of the One Business Briefing is another issue packed with interesting and helpful articles. It’s wonderful to start with two success stories. Firstly, it is great to see the entrepreneurial nature of Epping Forest district recognised in official statistics that reflect the area’s appeal to start-up businesses. Secondly, the annual recognition of young workforce talent and the organisations that support them is particularly encouraging and something to be applauded.”

Funding and support

She continued: ” You will also find details of a variety of funding and support programmes, each with their own particular focus, that are available to businesses. There are also details of initiatives such as the new tourism website, the ongoing delivery of ultrafast rural broadband and a new young traders market project that will bring new opportunities for the local economy.”

Council takes back management of car parks

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From 1 April 2017 Epping Forest District Council will take over the management of their 18 car parks, saving at least £58,600 each year for local taxpayers.

Car park

The District Council will now be responsible for processing season tickets, penalty charge notices (PCNs) and other associated functions run until now by the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP).

New company to enforce

The Council has engaged a specialist company, NSL, to carry out day-to-day enforcement activities, as well as cash collection from the pay-and-display machines in the car parks.
Since 2011 Epping Forest District Council has partnered Essex County Council in NEPP, together with Harlow, Uttlesford, Braintree, Colchester and Tendring councils.

NEPP manage on-street parking

Until now NEPP has managed both on-street and off-street parking services in Epping Forest district for a number of years, and will continue to operate on-street parking enforcement and services in the district.

Efficiency improvements

The transfer of off-street management follows an analysis by the District Council which found that a number of efficiency improvements could be made, benefiting local taxpayers.

Councillor Gary Waller, Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder, commented: ”I am delighted that these new arrangements for our car parks are now being put in place. By taking functions back in-house and engaging the services of NSL, we can make very worthwhile savings, and I believe we shall provide a better service to the public as well.”

”Not only will the parking charges remain at the current level but we shall continue to operate car parks that have received the prestigious ParkMark award, demonstrating that they continue to attain the very highest standards in terms of safety and security.”

Tribute to London victims

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Flags outside the offices of Epping Forest District Council are flying at half-mast as a mark of respect for the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack in London.

Flags flying at half-mast outside Epping Forest District Council offices as a mark of respect for the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack in London

Letter to the Police Commissioner

Dear Commissioner,

It is with great sadness that I write to offer the condolences of Epping Forest District Council to family, friends and colleagues following the loss of PC Keith Palmer who fell in the line of duty yesterday.

Only a few days ago, we reaffirmed the support of our district to the men and women of our emergency services at our annual Civic Awards. Each year we make a special point of recognising the contributions of our local police, fire and ambulance services with the presentation of medals to individual officers who place themselves in harm’s way with dedication and service above and beyond the call of duty.

This year as chairman, it was my privilege to present an Epping Forest Community Service Medal to Sergeant Simon Dear of Essex Police. It is a token of our esteem for an individual but also a recognition of the debt of gratitude we owe to all the men and women of our emergency services as protectors and defenders of our community.

Please accept my best wishes on behalf of the community of the Epping Forest district at this difficult time.

Councillor Jeane Lea
Chairman of Epping Forest District Council

Terrorist incident in London

Essex Police Acting Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet said: “On behalf of Essex Police I want to offer the thoughts and prayers of the entire force to members of the public killed, injured or affected by the incident in London today. We of course also join our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police Service in grief for the loss of a serving officer.”

“This has been declared a terrorist incident in London and is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command.”

“In Essex tonight, and until further notice, there will be increased visible police patrol including additional armed officers and other specialist resources.”

“I urge the public to be alert but not alarmed. Police forces and our partners are doing everything we can to help protect the security of our citizens, public institutions, critical national infrastructure, and businesses and places.”

Remain resilient, compassionate and supportive

“This is a time for communities in Essex to remain resilient, compassionate and supportive of each other. Should anyone have any concerns or see anything suspicious I would urge them to report it immediately by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.”