Tuesday, 7 February 2012
The course will cover the use of social media, finding information online, communicating by email as well as using the computer to become more involved with the community. For more information or to book a place call 01992 573504.
Friday, 3 February 2012
In his letter to parents, Mr. Yerosimou explained: "I am confident that we can demonstrate to OFSTED the high quality of education we provide for our students, which is achieved through the excellent support of our parents and carers, the dedication and expertise of out teaching and support staff and the commitment of our students to their studies, the school and our community."
A survey has also been sent to all parents and students by the inspections team, asking for feedback on the school.
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
There are 20 seats up for grabs - 2 for each of the 8 secondary schools in the district and 4 independent seats for candidates who either attend school or College outside the district, or are excluded from school, home educated or even working. Youth Councillors are elected for 2 years. They are required to attend 2 evening meetings a month at the Civic Offices in Epping. They will also have to organise a community event at their school, encouraging pupils to volunteer and to give something to the community, embracing the Big Society theme. The Youth Councillors will be trained to develop skills in public speaking and giving presentations. The schools will be invited to visit the Civic Offices to meet their local Councillors, participating in a question and answer session to boost their understanding about local democracy in the district.
Epping Forest Youth Council are an elected group of non-party political young people. Formed in 2007, it was set up to involve young people in the decisions made by Epping Forest District Council on services and issues that affect their age group. If you are interested in becoming a Youth Councillor please read a complete the EFYC candidate information booklet and return to us by Friday 24 February 2012. If you would like more information contact Diane Butler, the Young Persons’ Officer by telephone on 01992 564365.
Saturday, 28 January 2012
The activities are suitable for children aged from four to 10 years old and are free. For more information call Epping Library on 01992 573504.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
The position requires a self-motivated person with experience of a local government (or similar) environment, and with proven financial, administrative and management skills. Preference will be given to applicants with CILCA or the Cert. H.E. (Local Policy).
Epping is a vibrant market town 16 miles to the north of London. The successful street market, allotments, cemetery, 2 public halls, a public toilet, 11 recreation grounds and engagement with nearly 70 local organisations ensure this Quality Council, and its 11 staff, is one of the most active in the West Essex area. You will manage a precept of £428,000 and expenditure of around £600,000.
Salary Scale 45 - 49 (£38,042 – £41,616), dependant on qualifications and experience. Applications are invited for the post of Town Clerk to Epping Town Council following the retirement of the current Clerk in January 2012. The closing date for applications is Monday 3rd October 2011. Please contact Bob Whittome for further information and an application pack on 01992 579444 or at email@example.com
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Committee Chairman Councillor Richard Bassett said: "Superintendent Williams will be giving a presentation to councillors about reforms to the police service in Essex. I would therefore encourage residents to become involved. If anyone has any queries on the future of operational policing in Essex, I would suggest they contact their local ward Councillor so that questions can be put to Superintendent Williams on their behalf. Should there be insufficient time to address all issues during the meeting, Councillors can follow up any outstanding queries at a later stage. I hope as many residents as possible will either attend or watch this meeting so that they are aware of what to expect from the police in the future during a time of having to find savings in the police service."
The presentation will set out the blueprint for Essex policing, including the Chief Constable's proposals for the future structure of policing in the county and how these will affect the Epping Forest district. Essex County Councillor Anthony Jackson will also be attending to express Essex County Council's views. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting. However, seating in the Council Chamber is limited.
The meeting will be webcast live and can be viewed on the council's website www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk
Saturday, 20 August 2011
The newsletter gets delivered to every house in the town, however, for those of you who have an interest and live slightly further afield, here is a quick and easy way to keep up-to-speed with events and news.
If you wish to have updates on a more regular basis, I would recommend visiting the Everything Epping Forest website, which is run by David Jackman. It’s a fantastic site which helps so many local people stay in touch with what is happening in their communities.
Sunday, 8 May 2011
Visitors were able to take part in a variety of interactive games and activities for the whole family to enjoy, such as trying your hand at keyhole surgery, learning how to resuscitate somebody, taking on a fitness challenge, having your blood pressure and BMI checked, carrying out a laboratory test and so much more! Healthcare staff were available throughout the day to meet visitors, offer advice and answer any questions, including a former Paralympic gold medallist and physotherapist, providing tips on getting fit and preventing injuries.
One of the invited guests was Eleanor Laing MP who explained: “I was most impressed by the wide range of activities going on. It was a brilliant idea to involve local people in the work of the hospital and to use the occasion to educate us about many aspects of healthcare. I was pleased to have the opportunity to have my BMI checked, and relieved that it is okay! It was also good that people were learning how to give immediate first aid in the event of a heart attack – and children were learning to wash their hands properly – all very useful information.” Further information about a career in healthcare or to ask about any job vacancies or work experience opportunities are available from Holly House on 020 8936 1214 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
PICTURE CAPTION: Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing pictured with hospital director Jackie Row, deputy director Matthew Hayday & Holly the Hippo.
Saturday, 7 May 2011
Sitting Leader of Council, Cllr. Di Collins, was proposed and seconded to remain as Leader and the post was contended by Chigwell Village Cllr. Lesley Wagland, the sitting Legal and Estates portfolio holder. Following a vote, Cllr. Mrs. Wagland won the contest with 20 votes to Cllr. Mrs Collins’s 16. Sitting Deputy Leader and Epping Councillor Chris Whitbread, who was proposed to remain in the post withdrew his candidacy following Cllr. Mrs. Collins’s defeat. Theydon Bois Councillor, John Philip, was proposed and elected to the post of Deputy Leader.
Di Collins has worked tirelessly to bring about improvements in Epping Forest and the legacy she will leave behind from her years as Leader will be the fact she has managed to win the battle to protect the district from mass development: housing, Gypsy and traveller pitches, North Weald airfield to name but a few. She has also fought the Government tooth and nail on the huge number of directives which have been issued by Whitehall and the Government Office for the East of England (GoEAST). Di has ensured that the Council is well capitalised and that it is providing the best possible value for money for local residents. It was always Di’s intention to step down as Leader and, indeed as a Councillor I believe, next year, so this opportunity will allow her a well-earned break.
As the new Leader, Lesley brings with her an incredible wealth of knowledge of working with central government departments to get results. She has significant experience in planning law which will prove invaluable to the district council and the many challenges they face from having such wonderful green belt land and the ancient forest which is forever under threat of development. She has a very analytical mind and an attention to detail that will put her in good stead for the mounds of paperwork which will shortly flow her way. I think she will make an excellent Leader and I wish her the very best of luck.
Friday, 6 May 2011
Nationally, 19.1m people voted in the referendum (41%), where in Epping Forest 36,773 (39%) of a possible 95,778 turned out to vote and the result locally was 77% (28,240) voted “No” and 23% (8,533) voted “Yes”. Voters in Epping Forest voted more strongly than the national results, which showed 32% voting “Yes” and 68% voting “No”.
The result was seen as a massive blow to the Liberal Democrat Party nationally. Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Lib Dems explained: “I wish I could say this was a photo finish but it isn’t; the result is very clear. I'm a passionate supporter of political reform but when the answer is as clear as this, you have got to accept it."
Epping Forest MP, Eleanor Laing, has welcomed the overwhelming “No” vote in the Alternative Vote referendum in Epping Forest. Mrs Laing said: "I'm particular pleased that the result in Epping Forest has been so overwhelming. We had a very respectable turnout in Epping Forest. I am not surprised at this because I know that large numbers of people do care about preserving our effective democratic system. I have campaigned and worked in Parliament against AV not just for the last few months but for many years so I am delighted that the people have spoken and that and the issue of changing our voting system is now dead for 20 years."
Thursday, 5 May 2011
EPPING HEMNALL WARD
Ken Avey – Conservative – 951 votes (42% of the vote) *ELECTED*
Simon Hughes – Lib Dem – 821 votes (36% of the vote)
Simon Bullough – Labour – 231 votes (10% of the vote)
Andrew Smith – UKIP – 185 votes (8% of the vote)
Victoria Meier – Green – 83 votes (4% of the vote)
EPPING LINDSEY & THORNWOOD COMMON WARD
Sarah Packford – Conservative – 1047 votes (49% of the vote) *ELECTED*
Steven Harding – Labour – 430 votes (20% of the vote)
Lynn Highes – Liberal Democrat – 366 votes (17% of the vote)
Michael McGough – UKIP – 190 votes (9% of the vote)
John Hart – Green – 99 votes (5% of the vote)
To read the full results of the district’s elections, please click here.
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
In essence, I wholeheartedly believe in a system which gives each and every person in the country one vote. In my opinion, that is clear, fair and provides the electorate with a simple result which they can trust. Under AV, the electorate have to rank candidates in order of preference and anyone getting more than 50% in the first round of counting is elected. If that doesn't happen, then candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and the second choices listed on those ballot papers are allocated to the remaining candidates. If no candidate at the second stage has a majority of votes, the next lowest candidate is eliminated and their votes are redistributed. The process continues until a winner is declared.
So what does this process mean in practice? It means that you end up with a Parliament full of candidates who are second or third or forth on the list people actually want to elect. That is so fundamentally wrong in my opinion. Worst still, it means the end to any form of a decisive government with a clear publicly endorsed mandate. At the last election, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats views were almost totally opposed, yet deals were done in a closed room by a handful of politicians to form a coalition agreement and a mandate for the government. That is not good for either parties, it's not good for democracy and it's certainly not good for the country!
It's all very well and good criticising the proposals, but what do I think could improve the current system. Well, I believe in a much more open way of selecting candidates, much like they do in the US, via open primaries. This process allows every member of the public, not just paying members of a political party, to engage in selecting parliamentary candidates. Public meetings, Q&A sessions, proper campaigns with each candidate on a level playing field. This is really democratic, open and transparent. One person and one vote. The Conservative Party used open primaries in many constituencies to select candidates before the last general election with great engagement and success.
It's very easy to think any change must be good, but the decision which you are empowered to influence on Thursday may have a profound and lasting effect on our country.
Please think carefully before casting your vote!
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Last year, over 100 runners of all ages and all abilities took part in the run. Participants walked, jogged and ran, at their own pace. To enter, the charity has a £10 advance entry fee or a £15 entry fee on the day. All money raised with go towards the 'Home-from-Home' appeal. The Trust are not only looking for entrants for the race, but they are also looking for volunteers who are willing to act as marshals on the day. To contact the Trust, please click here. To add this event on Facebook, please click here. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on 10th July.
Monday, 11 April 2011
The second piece of news I enjoyed today was listening to the Prime Minister, David Cameron talk about the need for Council's to back-off and allow groups of residents to host street parties in celebration of the Royal Wedding should they wish to do so. He actually said: "These pen pushers and busybodies are completely wrong. They have no right to stop you from having a party. Let me put it like this: I am the Prime Minister and I am telling you if you want to have a street party, you go ahead and have one. To those councils that are asking small groups of neighbours for licences, insurance and other bureaucracy my message is clear: Don't interfere, don't get in the way and don't make problems where there are none. Let people get on and have fun. And my message to everyone who wants to have a street party is: I'm having one and I want you to go ahead and have one too. The truth is that this is a great chance for communities to come together and celebrate." That one speech is actually 100% David Cameron. That hasn't been penned by a staff of Prime Ministerial writers, that is David speaking from his heart and standing up for what he truly believes to be right and knowing that he hasn't been swallowed up by the system gives me hope that other great things can still come from the government.
His words actually have an enormous effect nationwide. Day in, day out, ideas for brilliant community events have to be shelved because of the legislative requirements associated with them. Health and safety laws really have caused this country more trouble than they were worth, in my opinion. In Epping, to erect our Christmas Lights in the High Street requires more documentation that most residents would believe. Something so simple, which is carried out by generous volunteers has become so onerous, costly and so tainted. Something which was so wonderful to be part of has really lost it's sparkle. If we can stand up with the support of the Prime Minister behind us, perhaps we can say "enough is enough". Who knows what we are capable of in the future. Perhaps some of that Great British spirit may well reappear!
Friday, 4 March 2011
Ted and Mavis had held some form of position in just about every organisation, charity and voluntary group Epping has seen! If it wasn’t the Cine and Video Club, it was the Epping Society, or the Cancer Research UK organisation, or organising forest walks, or planting new trees in the High Street or protecting the town’s historic character…the list goes on.
Despite the fact that both Ted and Mavis were in their 80s, they would regularly volunteer to deliver information leaflets or newsletters for local organisations or the Town Council, walking miles across the town. Every year, they would be the first to sign-up to put-up and take down the Christmas tree lights. For years the spent hours decorating carnival floats for the fireworks procession. Ted was a genuine gentleman, who had respect and kindness for everyone he came across. He was encouraging and generous and a shining example of what a “good Samaritan” should be.
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
The UK’s latest tourism figures show a 5% increase in visits to UK attractions so I hope this website continues to sell ‘Essex’ and the many things we have to offer here. Cllr. Martin explained: “Our tourism team works hard to keep this up to date with all sorts of things to do in Essex to make the most of the remaining summertime…if we get any more sunshine!”
Tuesday, 31 August 2010
The aim is to promote Epping Forest District Council as a progressive service provider and employer seeking to provide excellent services. A range of information about Equality at EFDC will be made available and promotional gifts will be distributed.
Further information can be obtained from Barbara Copson by telphone on 01992 564042 or by emailing email@example.com
Sunday, 29 August 2010
Under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 all Councils with a Leader and Cabinet have to consult on executive arrangements. Although the new Coalition Government has said it intends to repeal this law at some point (letter here from Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps MP), Councils still need to comply with the current Act and carry out this consultation.
Ian Willett, Assistant to the Chief Executive at Epping Forest District Council, said: "The main difference in the options is how the head of the Council is elected. Under the current system of Leader and Cabinet, the Leader is appointed by Councillors. A Mayor would be directly elected by residents of the district. Councillors are able to remove the Leader from Office whereas a Mayor could only be removed by residents at elections every four years, unless they resign or become disqualified."
The options are:
Option 1 - Leader and Cabinet: The leader is elected by the District Councillors. They serve up to four years unless they cease to be a Councillor or are removed as leader by a resolution of the Council. The Leader appoints up to nine Councillors to the Cabinet. He or she decides which areas of responsibility (portfolios) each member of the Cabinet will hold. The Leader can sack members of the Cabinet or change their portfolios at any time. The Leader can delegate some or all of their powers to the Cabinet, Committees, individual Councillors or Council Officers.
Option 2 - Elected Mayor and Cabinet: Residents vote to decide who should be elected as Mayor to run the Council. The Mayor is elected for four years unless they resign or become disqualified. Candidates do not need to be Councillors but if a serving District Councillor is elected as Mayor their seat on the Council automatically becomes vacant. The Mayor holds a range of powers (except for those reserved to the Council by its constitution). She or he can appoint between two and nine Councillors to a Cabinet and decides what, if any, executive powers they will exercise. The Mayor can sack any member of the Cabinet at any time and appoint a replacement. The Mayor appoints one member of the Cabinet as Deputy Mayor. That person exercise the powers of the Mayor in his or her absence or if he or she no longer holds Office. The Mayor drafts the Council budget which can only be overturned by a two thirds majority of the Council.
The online consultation is a quick and easy way for you to tell EFDC your views. Paper questionnaires are also available as they want to encourage as many residents as possible to take part. If you live or work in the Epping Forest district, you can complete the consultation online here or alternatively, click here to download a paper copy of the response form.
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Mr. Yerosimou explained: “I am very pleased to report that our students performed really well in their GCSE examinations and the school achieved its highest ever results this year. This represents a significant achievement and improvement on last year. Our students deserve great credit for their achievements and the staff, who worked tirelessly right up to the exams themselves, also merit our appreciation.”
Thursday, 19 August 2010
CLD/EPF/1330/10 - Mr. A. Warner, 9 Amesbury Road, Epping - Certificate of lawful development for a proposed rear dormer window in a loft conversion.
EPF/1292/10 - Mr. T. Pryor, 72e The Plain, Epping - Loft conversion, including raising the roof.
CLD/EPF/1454/10 - Mr. D. Smith, 37 Bury Road, Epping - Certificate of lawful development for a proposed single storey side extension.
EPF/1482/10 (Revised Application) - Mr. R. Hill, 99 Theydon Grove, Epping - Proposed single storey rear addition and conversion of garage to utility and store areas.
LB/EPF/1388/10 (Revised Application) - Mr. S. J. Dale, Non Conformist Chapel Meeting Room, Queens Alley, 86 Hemnall Street, Epping - Change of use of former chapel to single dwelling including repairs and alterations.
EPF/1394/10 - Mrs. H. Andrews, Scaddings Barn, Fiddlers Hamlet, Epping - The extension of an existing 18m x 35m menege to 20m x 60m and the replacement of 75m2 stable block with 77.042 stable complex.
EPF/1520/10 - Mrs. J. Wells, 47 Station Road, Epping - Single storey rear extension.
EPF/1537/10 - Mr. M. Surman, Ploughcroft Cottage, 13 Bridge Hill, Epping - Proposed vehicle crossover.
EPF/1554/10 (Revised Application) - Mr. G. Knight, 12 Ravensmere, Epping - Single and two storey rear and front extension. Single storey side extension, rear balcony, revised roof with addition of 1 front and 2 rear dormer windows and alterations to elevations, including garage alterations.
Thursday, 1 July 2010
The sort of work that can be carried out by Highways Rangers includes:
* Cleaning and minor repairs to non-electrical road signs
* Cleaning and minor repairs to street furniture
* Reinstatement of posts and bollards (minimal excavation)
* Trimming of vegetation and removal of arisings
* Adhoc grass cutting and strimming
* Localised cleaning and minor excavation of roadside grips
* Removal of graffiti from, or painting of, ‘municipal’ street furniture such as litter bins, street nameplates and seats, etc.
* Removal of weeds or vegetation from pavements
* Scavenging and removal of deposits and small fly tips from highway land
* Removal of illegal signs and fly posting
Please let me know any ideas you have by Friday 9th July to firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that the Range will not deal with issues involving private property.