Overview and Scrutiny councillors say suggestions that Hastingwood, North Weald and Langston Road, Loughton could be used for different types of waste disposal should be rejected.
Epping Forest District Council was responding to consultation by Essex County Council on the Essex and Southend-on-Sea Replacement Waste Plan at the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 21 July. The 6-week consultation finishes on 30 July 2015.
Draft Waste Plan
The draft Waste Plan outlines county-wide proposals for the disposal of waste up to 2032. Covering the whole of Essex, it looks strategically at the disposal of all types of waste ranging from sewage to household rubbish to mineral excavations and building works. The overall strategy aims to minimise waste and to dispose of the remainder in the most sustainable way.
Epping Forest District councillors are particularly unhappy with suggestions by Essex County Council that land beside Hastingwood roundabout could be used for open-air disposal of inert construction, demolition and excavation (CD&E) waste. The proposed site is in the Green Belt. Councillors also fear it would increase traffic congestion around Junction 7 of the M11. They are also telling Essex County Council colleagues that any form of waste management facility would be entirely incompatible with the development of the new Retail Park at Langston Road.
Further concerns were expressed about the traffic impact on Roydon of any development at the Pinnacles/Roydonbury estate in Harlow.
Essex County Council is also inviting comments from members of the public – Share your views on the Essex and Southend-on-Sea Replacement Waste Local Plan
Members of the glasshouse industry based in Nazeing and Roydon are being encouraged by the district council to offer views on the innovative use of energy generation from the disposal of organic waste.
Essex County Council is also being told that more time should have been made available for consultation. Council Leader Chris Whitbread led criticism of the consultation timeframe. Overview and Scrutiny councillors heard how district council staff had little advance warning or time to digest very large quantities of information and bring reports to councillors within the tight deadlines.
Bank your time
Time Banking Co-ordinator Marc Balkham presented a report to Overview and Scrutiny councillors on an initiative to encourage volunteering across Epping Forest District and Harlow. People who join Time Bank support and share their time and skills with each other. Each person offers his or her skills and receives the expertise of others in return.
The range of potential activities is huge. It is fun and it is free. Anyone can register online but Voluntary Action Epping Forest can also help people register by more traditional methods. Marc Balkam described the service as a database similar to a newsagents window. People post up the skills or activities they offer and the types of services they need. Mini Time Banks are groups who come together for a common purpose within the scheme.
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First chance to see Action Plan
Key Actions in Epping Forest District Council’s Corporate Plan were presented to Overview and Scrutiny Committee by Council Leader Chris Whitbread. Councillor Whitbread explained how the plan would evolve in conjunction with the development of the budget for 2015/16 over coming months and encouraged all councillors to take part in the discussions.