Better access to council offices

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Public entrances at the civic offices of Epping Forest District Council are to be replaced and improved during September and October.

2 sets of original doors, installed when the Epping High Street offices opened 25 years ago are to be replaced by more accessible sliding doors. Access to the main reception will still be available from the council’s front entrance during the replacement works.

Visitors to the cashiers and finance reception area will be asked to use a temporary entrance via steps signposted from the High Street next to the Elachi restaurant and takeaway. The temporary arrangements therefore include payments, Benefits and Council Tax advice for anyone with mobility restrictions at the main council reception too.

Improvements are also taking place to the cash desk and Finance reception area. The £35,000 works are planned in 2 phases. Work on the main reception starts on Friday 27 September. Works to the Finance area follows on from 11 October with everything completed by the end of the month.

Councillor Anne Grigg Asset Management Portfolio Holder said: “Over the course of their life-time the old doors probably opened many thousands if not millions of times and are worn out. The new doors will be much more accessible, especially for people using wheelchairs. The internal works to the finance reception area should also improve the environment for people coming to pay their bills or talk about their council tax or benefits. We will do all we can to minimise disruption during the improvements but also apologise in advance for any temporary inconvenience these unavoidable works might cause.”