Book your kids summer activities now

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Youth activities, summer sports, family entertainment, activity camps & more - book your kids summer activities now!

Summer activities 2015

You will find lots of exciting things to do throughout the school holidays. There’s a wide variety of activities including arts and crafts, children’s theatre and multisport activity sessions.

The Epping Forest Inclusion Project runs a number of sessions and activities for children and young people with additional needs.

Book your activities in 3 easy steps

      1. Choose the activities you’d like your kids to attend

        Read our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB)

      2. Book and pay for the activities online

        Book online here or if you prefer to book by telephone please call 01992 564226 from 1 July

      3. Add the dates to your diary

        Get ready to celebrate the summer!

What’s going on?

  • Activity Camp

Activity Camp is the new playschemes programme from Epping Forest District Council. Each day of the Activity Camp is jam packed with sports, arts, dance and drama activities that will keep young children smiling and having fun all day long. Find out more in our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB).

  • Play in the Forest

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. Play Rangers will bring along a wide range of equipment and activities for children and young people to enjoy and will help them explore the forest. Activities will include den building, nature trails and woodland arts and crafts. Find out more in our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB).

  • Play in the Park

Play in the Park is all about playing games and having fun outdoors. Play Rangers will bring along a wide range of equipment for children and young people to enjoy and will help organise games. Space Hoppers, flying saucers, cricket, football, art & crafts … endless fun! Find out more in our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB).

Celebrate the summer

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: ‘Don’t let your kids get bored this summer! Our summer activities brochure is packed full of fun and exciting ideas.’

‘Give your kids the opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends … book now and celebrate the summer!’

 

Museum Heritage Lottery fund project update

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Building work has begun on Epping Forest District Museum’s Heritage Lottery Fund redevelopment project. Work began on 20 April 2015 after Coniston Limited was appointed to do the construction.  Coniston Limited have worked on a number of museum based projects including the Imperial War Museum, The British Museum and are also currently working on the refurbishment of the Europe Galleries at the Victorian and Albert Museum.

Museum, Heritage and Culture team on a site visit

Work has started to prepare the building for its new layout and expanded facility. The museum which is extending into the first floor above the local library has been opened up to create a blank canvas for construction to begin on the new room layouts. The stairs have been removed and work has also begun to prepare the space for the lift which will be installed to make the museum fully accessible.

Councillor Helen Kane, Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council’s Leisure and Community Services said: “It is fantastic to see the building work has begun and that the museum’s redevelopment is really progressing now. We are all very much looking forward to seeing the next stages when the new layout and accessibility features will really begin to take shape. The final product will be a great facility for both Waltham Abbey but also the wider community.”

The next stages of the project will include the installation of new wiring and electrical systems before the decoration can begin as well as the continuing work to install the lift and new staircase.

Another major part of the project is the opening up of the front door to 39 Sun Street which will form the new main entrance to the museum. This work will also take place in the coming months.

Apology for rubbish disruption

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New dustcart

Apology to residents

Councillor Will Breare-Hall, Environment Portfolio Holder said: ‘The service delivered by Biffa since the introduction of the new 4-day-week service has fallen far short of what we and our residents expect. I want to apologise again to residents for the inconvenience and disruption they have experienced.’

‘As the relevant Portfolio Holder I naturally accept responsibility for the failings in our service. My priority now is to work with staff at the council and Biffa to ensure these problems are rectified as a matter of urgency, so that residents can enjoy the full benefit of our new contract.’

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New chairman elected

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At Annual Council on 28 May 2015 Councillor Liz Webster was elected as Chairman of Epping Forest District Council and Councillor Jeane Lea as Vice-Chairman for the 2015/2016 year.

New Chairman Cllr Liz Webster at the back with Vice-Chairman Cllr Jeane Lea

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New Chairman

Councillor Liz Webster was nominated by Councillor Syd Stavrou as the new Chairman of Council. Liz Webster brings a highly distinguished record of service with Epping Forest District Council, Waltham Abbey Town Council, Essex County Council, the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and other organisations.

Seconded by Councillor John Knapman, councillors voted unanimously to appoint Councillor Webster as the new Chairman. In his final words before relinquishing the chain of office, Councillor Boyce also thanked his wife Jan for her support during his year.

Councillor Webster’s first act as chairman was to announce that the Royal British Legion will be her charity for the next municipal year. She expressed her deep gratitude to fellow councillors as the first Waltham Abbey Councillor to hold the role since her late-husband Don Spinks in 1992.

Without a partner to accompany her on a regular basis to events, Councillor Webster invited ward councillors to be her companions as she visits places, people and events over the next year.

Vice-Chairman

Councillor Jeane Lea is the new Vice-Chairman of Council. Described as another formidable Waltham Abbey lady by Councillor Syd Stavrou, Councillor Lea’s nomination was seconded by Councillor Ann Mitchell.

New Councillors welcomed

Newly elected councillors Nigel Avey, Nigel Bedford, Lynn Hughes and Sam Kane were welcomed to the first meeting of Epping Forest District Council since the local elections in May. Outgoing chairman Councillor Tony Boyce entered the chamber for his last meeting as chairman to the strains of Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’.

Councillor Boyce thanked fellow councillors for their support over the previous year. In particular he drew attention to the support of Assistant Director Simon Hill and former chairman Mary Sartin for their guidance during a very successful municipal year.

Councillor Boyce announced with pride the purchase of a mini-bus with £9,000, part of a grand total of £24,000 raised for his charities during the year. Reminiscing about his favourite events Councillor Boyce reminded fellow councillors of the arrival of the Tour de France and the holiday atmosphere it generated across the district.

He also made special mention of the Chairman’s Officer Pat Seager who was not afraid to offer honest advice and humour.

Councillor Chris Whitbread, Leader of Council led the tributes to Councillor Boyce, bringing a smile to the council chamber during a ‘brilliant and wonderful year’. Councillor Ken Angold-Stephens echoed those sentiments, drawing attention to the energy and dedication with which Councillor Boyce served the district. Chief Executive Glen Chipp thanked Councillor Boyce on behalf of staff.

Leader and Cabinet

Councillor Chris Whitbread was reappointed to the role of Council Leader and announced his Cabinet

Other key appointments included the reappointment of Councillor Brian Sandler as chairman of District Development Management Committee and Councillor Richard Morgan as chairman of Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Former Councillor Peter Gode retired from the Council in May and received a long service medal for his 12 years of service to the people of the Shelley ward in Ongar.

 

Lifewalker achieves 1,000 walks

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Narinder Sood is the latest Lifewalker to achieve the fantastic accolade of a 1,000 walks.

Lifewalker Narinder has walked well over 2,000 miles with Lifewalks, which is the same as walking from London to Cyprus. Narinder joined Lifewalks in May 2005 and has been a regular walker with the group ever since.

Lifewalks Narinder Sood

Lots of new friends

Narinder Sood said: “Lifewalks has not only kept me fit and active but I have also made lots of new friends and have started doing other activities such as golf with them. I really recommend Lifewalks and feel a great sense of achievement to of reached a 1,000 walks. I hope to go on and walk another 1,000 walks.”

Lifewalks

Lifewalks offers a choice of 5 walks a week that cover the Epping Forest district. The only qualification to join is to put one foot in front of the other, even if you can only do this very slowly.

For a diary of walks and a free voucher please contact Karen Murray

 

Update on waste collections

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Residents waiting any extra time for their first black bin collection will be able to put out extra as side-waste as part of the switch to the new refuse and recycling schedule. There is no limit on the amount of dry recycling residents can put out in their clear sacks and blue boxes. Anyone who has lost the letter and calendar recently posted to each household can also check the new collection timetables on the council website.

Residents can check the new collection schedule online at www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/4dayweek.

Please check your calendar carefully

Food and garden waste continues to be collected in the green lidded wheelie bins every week.

A spokesman for Epping Forest District Council said: “Residents are getting used to the new collection calendar. Many people seem to have got it right first time but where there is any misunderstanding, we would ask residents to take their refuse and recycling back in until their new collection day. Please check your calendar carefully not only to make sure of your new collection day but also whether it is a recycling or residual waste week.”

However, the council is also reassuring residents that Biffa will be back to collect any bins missed by the crews under the new schedule as they get used to the new routes.

Residents thanked for their patience

The spokesman said: “We would like to thank residents for their patience during the transition phase to the new timetable. There is bound to be some confusion and teething problems with such a major change but we hope residents will bear with us as we move to an enhanced and improved service. If we’ve missed your collection we will be back to collect it.”

Epping Forest District Council and Biffa are introducing a new 4-day collection schedule across the whole district which will eliminate the need for Bank Holiday Monday collections in the future. Instead all collections will take place over longer working days between Tuesdays and Fridays.

Textiles, small electrical items and batteries have also been added to the items the council now recycles.

Residents can follow the latest updates issued by Epping Forest District Council on Twitter at #EFRecycle.

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Side waste collected as part of new waste and recycling schedule

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Residents waiting any extra time for their first black bin collection will be able to put out extra as side-waste as part of the switch to the new refuse and recycling schedule. There is no limit on the amount of dry recycling residents can put out in their clear sacks and blue boxes. Anyone who has lost the letter and calendar recently posted to each household can also check the new collection timetables on the council website.

Food and garden waste continues to be collected in the green lidded wheelie bins every week.

New collection calendar

A spokesman for Epping Forest District Council said: “Residents are getting used to the new collection calendar. Many people seem to have got it right first time but where there is any misunderstanding, we would ask residents to take their refuse and recycling back in until their new collection day. Please check your calendar carefully not only to make sure of your new collection day but also whether it is a recycling or residual waste week.”

Epping Forest District Council and Biffa are introducing a new 4-day collection schedule across the whole district which will eliminate the need for Bank Holiday Monday collections in the future. Instead all collections will take place over longer working days between Tuesdays and Fridays. Textiles, small electrical items and batteries have also been added to the items the council now recycling.

Enhanced and improved service

The spokesman added: “We would like to thank residents for their patience during the transition phase to the new timetable. There is bound to be some confusion and teething problems with such a major change but we hope residents will bear with us as we move to an enhanced and improved service.”

Residents can follow the latest updates issued by Epping Forest District Council on Twitter at #EFRecycle.

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Waste collection day changes

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Improvements to the domestic waste and recycling service will result in changes to the collection day and times for many residents. New calendars and information are being posted to every household as Epping Forest District Council and Biffa make the changes.

Biffa refuse freighter

No collection on a Monday

Bank Holiday Monday catch-ups are going to become a thing of the past. From Tuesday 12 May 2015, Biffa will work longer hours between Tuesdays and Fridays with no collections at all on Mondays.

Collection times likely to change

Even if your collection day stays the same, the time is likely to change. The end of collections on Monday will have a knock-on effect for everyone. So if you are used to seeing the dustmen later in the day, be warned that they may start to collect your refuse and recycling earlier in the morning.

Put your rubbish out by 7am at the latest to ensure you don’t miss them.

Residents will be able to recycle more

The basic collection method won’t change.

  • Garden and kitchen waste – Biffa will still collect this weekly in our green-lidded wheelie bins
  • Glass – Biffa will still collect this in blue boxes
  • Dry recycling – Biffa will still collect paper, plastics and cardboard in your clear sacks
  • Residual waste – Biffa will still collect this in the black-lidded wheelie bin fortnightly

Textiles, batteries and small electrical items

We are also going to collect textiles, batteries (not car batteries) and small electrical items, such as radios, toasters and hairdryers, as part of the new kerbside service. Just leave them in a tied up carrier bag in front of your bin. Textiles will be collected on your clear sack recycling week. Electrical equipment will be collected on your black wheelie bin week.

Latest technology

A brand new fleet of refuse vehicles equipped with the latest technology is on the way. Recycling vehicles will have separate containers so 1 lorry can collect blue box glass and clear sack dry recycling at the same time. It will mean fewer vehicles are needed, which is good news for reducing traffic congestion, pollution and fuel costs, as well as increasing efficiency.

Vehicles will also be fitted with satellite trackers so the council knows where each one is on its route at any time during the day, allowing the council to identify ‘missed collections’. Vehicles will carry 360-degree cameras to monitor the safety of the crew, the progress of the vehicle and the placement of bins at the kerbside, as well as hand-held devices to record issues such as contamination.

Epping Forest district residents are among the most environmentally friendly in the country. Recycling rates have been consistently around 60%, putting the council in the top-10 in England. As well as being beneficial to the environment, recycling reduces disposal costs, which helps Epping Forest District Council keep the Council Tax down.

Find out more

In addition to the online collection timetables, there is information about how to reduce, reuse and recycle on our website.

Residents can also email erefuse@eppingforestdc.gov.uk for help or call the council on 01992 564608.

 

New arrangements for pre-application planning advice

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New arrangements for pre-application planning advice on domestic extensions, adverts and other commercial alterations will be starting from 1 May 2015.

Planning

We are expanding our pre-application planning service in order to ensure prospective planning applications are well-prepared and have the appropriate information and drawings.

The fee for this service is £48 (including VAT) which is payable at the time of the enquiry. This fee can be paid by debit or credit card over the phone or by sending a cheque or banker’s draft to the planning office.

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Companion dog show 2015

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The companion dog show is a fun ‘doggy’ day out for all the family including your dog! It is being held on Sunday 31 May 2015 at the Town Mead Park in Waltham Abbey.

Companion dog show

With over 30 classes, the Companion Dog Show with Obedience opens at 10am, judging starts at 11am. Each entry costs £1.50 per class.

There is a special GSD Rally for German Shepherds only at 1pm.

This is a Kennel Club Licensed Show. Rosettes will be awarded for 1st to 6th places in all classes plus trophies for Best In Show (BIS), Reserve Best In Show (RBIS), Best Puppy and Best Veteran. Dogs do not have to be Kennel Club registered.

The show is in aid of German Shepherd Rescue (West Essex). This is a fun ‘doggy’ day out for people to show their dogs. Refreshments include a barbecue and a licensed bar plus side attractions.

Want to know more

Contact Lyn Cook, Animal Warden at Epping Forest District Council