The November Cabinet meeting will focus on working with residents on different services and developments to get the best result for everyone.
Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) has estimated there will be 500 new council houses built by the end of phase 5 of the council’s housebuilding programme. Phase 2 was completed in February 2020, providing 51 new affordable homes to rent in Loughton.
EFDC wants to have a better understanding of its tenants’ needs and concerns and build a closer relationship with tenants. Extra steps and face-to-face location meetings will take place, with Covid safety measures in place, to listen to residents and give them more support through difficult times.
As part of the ‘Bricks and Mortar’ improvement scheme, the council aims to take a more resident-led approach, working with local groups and individuals to update different estates and create great places for the future.
New employment opportunity
EFDC is dedicated to its apprenticeship scheme and the Kickstart Scheme is another amazing opportunity to help young people into work.
The scheme provides government funding to help organisations create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit. EFDC is aiming to employ approximately 10 young people and work with partners to deliver more opportunities across west Essex.
As well as job placement opportunities, Kickstart will give everyone access to online resources to help with CV writing, training courses, other job vacancies and more.
Council Leader, Councillor Chris Whitbread said:
The success of our apprenticeship programme is evidence to show how hard-working and diligent young people across Epping Forest are. Kickstart is another exciting opportunity for young people in our district and the online resources mean we can support all ages to professionally and personally develop and find a new job.
North Weald Airfield
Epping Forest District Council is still in discussions with HMRC about the use of North Weald Airfield. The airfield owned by EFDC is now a thriving commercial centre. HMRC sees it as a good location for one of its new Inland Border Facilities with its good links to the M11 and strategic road network. Final details are still to be worked out.
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