Heartfelt tributes were made by Councillors for the late District Councillor Ken Angold-Stephens at a meeting of council on 26 April 2016. Ken was a highly respected District Councillor with a distinguished career. He passed away on 8 April 2016 after a long illness.
Warm thoughts of remembrance were also shared for Roger Pratt, who served as Epping Forest District Council’s Standards Committee Independent Person since 2012. Roger passed away on 15 March 2016 and will be sorely missed.
Councillor Sharon Weston resigned from her post as District Councillor for Loughton Forest ward on 23 March 2016. A by-election to fill the vacancy will take place at the same time as other elections on 5 May 2016.
The council has adopted a new constitution with immediate effect. The constitution sets out the principles, rules and protocols for the way in which the council conducts business. It also sets out the processes by which decisions are made and states who is responsible for these decisions.
Full council was reassured that the two UAV’s, purchased by the council in February 2016, are to be used responsibly and in accordance with the Human Rights Act, Data Protection Act and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. A council policy, operational manual and approved Civil Aviation Authority training need to be drafted and organised before the UAV’s can be used.