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LOUGHTON: School fair raises £6,450

11.52am - 4th December 2016

THE Davenant Foundation School Christmas Fair raised £6,450 for school funds.
Organised by the Parents' Association, the event was well attended by students and their families as well as staff, governors and the local community. 
The event was also supported by volunteers and KS3 students who ran a variety of festive stalls. 
A grand draw and bottle and chocolate tombola stalls also proved popular. 
Association chairman Alison Hodgkinson added: "Many thanks to Petty Son & Prestwich who helped sponsor and advertise the event via their estate agent boards and also to two parents who received £250 each in match funding from their companies by volunteering on the bottle tombola."
All the money raised will be used to purchase equipment and resources to enhance the students experience at Davenant.


ONGAR: Jubilee event proceeds presented

11.49am - 4th December 2016

MONEY raised at Ongar's special event to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 has been presented to two local organisations. 
A cheque for £849 was presented by event committee member Edwyn Gilmour to Brian Baldry, of 3rd Ongar Scouts, at the Ongar Town Council chairman's coffee morning last Wednesday. 
The money will go towards the scouts' Big Build project for new facilities at its Love Lane base. 
A cheque for £200 has already been presented to Ongar in Bloom. 
The Ongar Jubilee Market and ‘Party in the Park’ was held at the Jubilee Park, Ongar, with entertainment and dozens of stalls.

PICTURE: Brian Baldry (right) receives the cheque from Edwyn Gilmour CLICK HERE


BUCKHURST HILL: Hit-and-run victim dies

9.01am - 4th December 2016

POLICE are continuing to appeal for information after a cyclist who was seriously injured in a fail-to-stop collision in Buckhurst Hill died. 
Officers were contacted by the ambulance service at about 4.15am on Thursday after a man was found lying in Roding View with serious injuries. 
He was taken to the Royal London Hospital with life-threatening injuries but died on Friday evening. 
It is believed the victim, who was in his 40s, was on his way to work when he was in collision with a vehicle that failed to stop at the scene. 
A wing mirror, which is believed to belong to the vehicle, has been recovered from the scene. 
Detective Inspector Dave Jones, of Essex Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "We believe the vehicle involved in this collision was a small lorry, probably less than seven and-a-half tonnes, and light, possible white, in colour. 
"It was travelling towards Buckhurst Hill from Debden. I would urge the driver of the vehicle to come forward and contact us. 
"Equally if there are any transport managers or transport companies who have noticed anything suspicious about one of their vehicles, particularly that it may be missing a wing mirror, please get in touch urgently. 
"Additionally I would urge any shops in the Loughton, Debden and Buckhurst Hill areas that receive deliveries from a vehicle matching that description to also contact us. 
"A man has sadly died following this collision and it is important we find out exactly what happened." 
Anyone with information can contact officers at SCIU on 01245 240590 or email CollisionAppeal@essex.pnn.police.uk


LOUGHTON: Woman injured in "altercation"

9.01am - 4th December 2016

A WOMAN suffered serious injuries when she became "entangled" in a metal barrier during an altercation involving a group of men in High Road, Loughton. 
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened shortly before 1.30am on Sunday, November 20. 
Officers were called to the "altercation" during which a metal barrier was knocked over. 
A police spokesman said a 20-year-old woman became entangled with it suffering serious injuries to her lower body. 
She went to hospital but has since been released. 
Any witnesses are asked to ring Loughton CID on Essex Police 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


CHIGWELL: Driver jailed over death crash

9.01am - 4th December 2016

A TEENAGER who killed a jogger while driving at more than double the speed limit on Chigwell Rise, Chigwell, has been jailed for four years. 
Zeno Popa-Tolontan, who was 18 at the time, had only passed his test weeks before ploughing into jogger Alexandra Weatherley, from Woodford Bridge, in May last year, killing her instantly. 
At Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday, Popa-Tolontan, now 19, of Dacre Gardens, Chigwell, was jailed for four years after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving. 
The teenager was also given a seven-year driving ban and ordered to take an extended driving test at the end of his disqualification period. 
During the trial the court heard how Mrs Weatherley, 41, was running along Chigwell Rise at 8am on Sunday, May 31. 
Popa-Tolontan was driving along the road, travelling in the same direction, in his Skoda Fabia at speeds ranging from 51mph to 74mph. 
As Mrs Weatherley crossed the road, near to the junction with Roding Lane, Popa-Tolontan struck her causing fatal injuries.
Following the sentencing investigating officer PC Lance Hutchin, of Essex Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "This case is a tragic reminder that speed really does kill. 
"30mph speed limits, such as the one set in the residential road where this happened, are set for a reason.
"Analysis of the tyre marks showed Popa-Tolontan was travelling at speeds of between 61 and 74mph - more than double the limit - when he struck Mrs Weatherley. This in itself demonstrates his lack of regard not only for other road users but for himself and his passenger. 
"Today’s sentencing will give Popa-Tolontan more than enough time to reflect on his reckless actions. 
"I hope it will also give Mrs Weatherley’s family some comfort and are thoughts are with them at this difficult time."


EPPING: Christmas window winners

10.13am - 3rd December 2016

THE Beauty Skin and Eyelash Lounge in Station Road, Epping, has won Epping Town Council's Audrey Rose Cup for the best Christmas window display for the second successive year. 
Runners-up for Todd Sloane and Epping Shoe Repairs where long-time customer Sheila Aitken had knitted the outfits for the shoe repairers busily working away in the shop window! 
The Beauty Skin and Eyelash Lounge owner Natalie Williamson, who received the cup and a certificate from Town Mayor Les Burrows at the official opening of the Christmas Market in the High Street yesterday afternoon, said: "It's great to win again. We are over the moon. We didn't expect to win it again." 
Mr Burrows also presented runners-up certificates to Todd Sloane owner Amanda Emery and engraver Grant Brown and shoe repairer Rob Young at Epping Shoe Repairs. 
Mr Burrows said: "Once again the businesses in Epping have taken great effort in decorating their shop windows and bringing festive cheer to the town for the festive season. 
"I would like to thank all of those who spent many hours coming up with their eye-catching themes for their window displays and would especially like to congratulate the winner and runners-up for ensuring that Epping looks especially festive this Christmas." 
Mr Burrows also officially opened the Christmas Tree Festival at St John's Church. 
The festival, with dozens of trees decorated and sponsored by local businesses, schools and charities, continues today (Saturday), Sunday and Monday. 
Proceeds from the festival will go to The Heart of Epping Appeal, Epping Reuse Centre and BIBIC children’s charity.



PICTURES: Christmas in Epping and Buckhurst Hill

9.45am - 3rd December 2016

CHRISTMAS has officially arrived with the Christmas Tree Festival and Market in Epping and the 'Christmas in Queens Road' event in Buckhurst Hill.



ONGAR: Three councillors co-opted

9.25am - 2nd December 2016

THREE new town councillors have been co-opted onto Ongar Town Council. 
Mary Dadd, Basil Vaz and Lawrence Mendoza put themselves forward to fill vacancies on the council. 
All three gave short presentations at last night's full council meeting. 
Mrs Dadd, who has lived in Greensted for 17 years, said: "The town council has a very important role to play. It's often the nearest ear to the views of our residents."
Mr Vaz, who has lived in Ongar 33 years and has been retired for four years, said he was putting himself forward "to get things done."
Mr Mendoza, who has lived in the town for a year, said: "I'd like to make Ongar better for the residents." 
He said his main interests or concerns included flytipping, the planned new entrance to The Ongar Academy, car parking fees in the town and CCTV. 
Mrs Dadd will represent Greensted ward, Mr Vaz will be a councillor for Marden Ash, and Mr Mendoza will represent Shelley.


BUCKHURST HILL: Appeal after hit-and-run

8.52am - 2nd December 2016

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist suffered life-threatening injuries in a fail to stop collision in Buckhurst Hill. 
Officers were contacted by the ambulance service at about 4.15am yesterday (Thursday) after a man was found lying in the road in Roding View having suffered serious injuries. 
The man was taken to the Royal London Hospital where he remains in a critical condition with life-threatening injuries. 
It is believed the cyclist, a man in his 40s who was on his way to work, was struck by a vehicle which failed to stop at the scene. 
A wing mirror has been recovered at the scene and is believed to belong to the vehicle involved. 
Officers believe the vehicle involved in the collision is larger than a car, possibly a commercial vehicle, small lorry, van or minibus. 
Acting Detective Inspector Dave Jones, of Essex Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "We would like to appeal to the driver of the vehicle with the missing wing mirror to come forward and contact us. 
"Equally if there are any transport managers or transport companies who have noticed anything suspicious about one of their vehicles, particularly that it may be missing a wing mirror, please get in touch urgently.” 
Anyone with information can contact police on 01245 240590 or email CollisionAppeal@essex.pnn.police.uk


ONGAR: Deputy town clerk resigns

8.41am - 2nd December 2016

ONGAR Town Council deputy clerk Judith Farr has tendered her resignation and will leave the council at the end of January. 
Mrs Farr has worked for the council for some ten years and has responsibility for the management of Ongar Cemetery. 
Council chairman Jim Browning, speaking at last night's full council meeting, thanked Mrs Farr for her service to the council and her work over the years and wished her well for the future. 
District councillor and former town councillor Brian Surtees thanked her for her contribution on behalf of other former town councillors.


NAZEING: Six homeless after blaze

8.38am - 2nd December 2016

SIX people have been left homeless following a blaze which destroyed two static caravans and two outbuildings at a farm at Sedge Green, Nazeing. 
Three fire crews - from Harlow, Waltham Abbey, and Loughton - were called out yesterday afternoon.
Seven cylinders were also involved in the fire, one exploded but firefighters managed to cool the remaining cylinders and make them safe. 
Crews surrounded the fire and had extinguished it by 2.55pm. 
An Essex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said six people who lived in the caravans have been made homeless by the fire. 
The Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support unit was requested to assist the people with immediate welfare support.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.


ONGAR: Council rejects Code of Conduct

10.32pm - 1st December 2016

ONGAR Town Council has voted not to adopt the new councillors' Code of Conduct, until the next council year in May. 
Councillors voted 5-4, with two absentions, against adopting the Code. 
Town clerk Aimi Middlehurst told tonight's full council meeting that deferring the adoption of the Code was going against the advice of Epping Forest District Council's monitoring officer. 
Councillor Jane Battersby told the meeting: "I am very unhappy with that (the decision to defer). 
"Going against advice we've been given puts us out on a limb and is a very unwise decision."


ONGAR: Jubilee Park transfer "on hold"

10.30pm - 1st December 2016

ALL work over the proposed transfer of the management of the Jubilee Park facilities from Ongar Town Council is being put on hold until a "full legal opinion" has been received. 
The town council's solicitor will be asked to give a view on the structure of the proposed reorganisation of the facilities, including the Ongar Community Sports Trust, and the creation of a limited company. 
The council is also seeking full accountancy advice regarding the limited company and associated financial planning. 
Town clerk Aimi Middlehurst told tonight's council meeting: "It's the entire set up. It isn't just the lease. I am suggesting you get legal opinion on the trust not just the lease." 
She added: "It's a big decision. We need to take advice. Every charity is set up in a different way." 
Council chairman Jim Browning said: "We need to be absolutely above board and transparent."


WALTHAM ABBEY: Action plea over Crooked Mile

8.56am - 1st December 2016

WALTHAM Abbey Town Council is to continue to put pressure on Essex County Council for action to be taken over the safety of Crooked Mile following another accident on the notorious stretch of road near Waltham Abbey. 
The issue will be reported to the local Highways Panel and Waltham Abbey county councillor Ricki Gadsby.


WALTHAM ABBEY: Council fights for phone box

8.54am - 1st December 2016

THE proposed removal of the phone box outside the Volunteer pub, Honey Lane, is being opposed by Waltham Abbey Town Council. 
The box, which was used to make 13 calls in the past year, is one of ten in the Waltham Abbey and High Beach area that BT is proposing to remove. 
Councillors are to fight for the box to be retained saying it is close to the residential park homes site, the crossing point and two pubs.


LOUGHTON: "Distinct new village" planned

8.52am - 1st December 2016


DEVELOPERS behind a proposed 600-plus home 'Garden Village' on the border of Loughton and Chigwell say it would provide a "distinct new village". 
The idea of the Roding Garden Village was referred to by town councillors at Tuesday's extraordinary council meeting when the council finalised its response to the district council's Draft Local Plan. 
Everything Epping Forest has obtained additional information about the proposal and has seen a letter from the developer which describes the proposals as a "comprehensive redevelopment of the Woolston Manor Golf Club". 

The proposals comprise: 
* 200+ starter homes aimed at assisting first-time buyers and keyworkers 
* 400 homes meeting general needs housing within the district 
* A retirement village including a care home and dementia facilities catering for a "under-provided" group within the district 
* Schools, a community hall and shops alongside existing recreation uses 
* A country park; the existing golf driving range and qymnasium with indoor and outdoor pools
* 200+ jobs. These would be provided through the care village as well as the new community facilities and shops 
* Doctors' surgery and private hospital. 

The letter, from Landvest Developments Ltd, states that 'Roding Village - a new garden village' can deliver significant growth close to the Debden centre (within a 15-minute walk of the Tube station) on a site that will not add pressure to the existing infrastructure of surrounding villages. 
The developer adds that they believe there is a requirement for retirement housing and care facilities within the district alongside any housing growth and provision of meaningful community infrastructure.
The letter adds: "The Roding Garden Village provides a suitable location for such facilities and will not result in the expansion of existing villages, preserving their character by the creation of a distinct new village in a sustainable location close to Debden station and bus services." 
Loughton Town Council has said it would support the submission and evaluation of proposals for such a development. 
District councillor John Philip, whose cabinet portfolio includes the Local Plan, told Everything Epping Forest that the site would be assessed alongside others suggested as part of the Draft Local Plan public consultation. 
He said: "The site was not put forward until well after the point where the draft plan was written and being reviewed prior to publication. 
"Clearly it will be a site that will be assessed along with all other proposed sites before the next stage." 
Mr Pond told the meeting: "There is no reason why Epping Forest District Council should not consider this. Please consider a garden village. At least it needs to be evaluated seriously." 
Councillor Stephen Murray said it had been a "strategic mistake" by the district council to dismiss the 'garden village' option.
"If we are going to realistically have a chance to fight the proposals we have to be seen to be supporting that (a garden village)."