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FYFIELD: Fire crews tackle cottage blaze

6.49pm - 18th September 2018

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FIREFIGHTERS have tackled a blaze which tore through the roof of a cottage in Willingale Road, Fyfield.

Three fire crews spent two-and-a-half hours dealing with the fire which started at about 3.40pm today.

Crews from Ongar, Chelmsford and Brentwood arrived to find the flames spreading through the property. 

Speaking at the scene, Station Officer Kevin Smith, from Ongar Fire Station, told Everything Epping Forest: "On arrival the fire had already broken through the roof and was spreading rapidly around the house. 

"100 per cent of the roof was well alight (when the first crew arrived) and had broken through the roof tiles and was spreading down into the property." 

He added: "Fortunately there was a good hydrant right outside the house and we were able to put lots of water on the property." 

Two firefighters wearing breathing equipment were sent into the property to try and prevent the flames from getting down into the home.

Mr Smith added: "The roof is completely destroyed, the first floor has quite a lot of smoke and water damage and the ground floor is water damage." 

Firefighters were seen helping to move personal items from the property. 

No-one was injured. Firefighters had put out the fire by 5.15pm and were working on removing roof and ridge tiles to ensure there were no hotspots. 

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#EEF999LIVE: WALTHAM ABBEY: Moped rider threatened at knifepoint

4.05pm - 18th September 2018

POLICE are appealing for information after a man was threatened at knifepoint by two men who tried to rob him of his moped in Waltham Abbey.

The incident happened in Sewardstone Road at about 7pm last Wednesday when the victim, a 40-year-old man, was followed by two suspects on a black motorbike as he rode his white moped towards Waltham Abbey from Chingford. 

The victim was knocked from his moped and threatened with a knife. 

A member of the public used his van to stop the suspects from being able to steal the victim’s machine.

The suspects then drove off towards Chingford. The victim suffered minor injuries. 

Anyone with any information is asked to ring Loughton CID on 101, quoting crime reference 42/65686/18, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


#EEF999LIVE: CHIGWELL: Hundreds of cannabis plants found at property

3.39pm - 18th September 2018

POLICE are continuing their investigations after hundreds of cannabis plants were discovered at a property in Chigwell. 

Officers were called to a "suspected burglary" at an address in Hainault Road at about 5.50pm on Saturday.

A police spokesman told Everything Epping Forest officers discovered what is believed to be a cannabis cultivation and that enquiries are ongoing. 

Initially police estimated some 500 cannabis plants had been found. 

The spokesman today said the figure had been reassessed to between 200 and 300 plants.


ONGAR: Town council to consider making 25-year £44,000 interest-free loan to Jubilee Park trust

10.08am - 16th September 2018

ONGAR Town Council is to consider making an interest-free loan of £44,000 over two years to the community sports trust which is to take over the running of Jubilee Park. 

Councillors on Thursday are being asked to agree to provide start-up finance of £30,000 in the current financial year and £14,000 in 2019-20.

The proposal is that the loan would be interest-free over 25 years with the first repayment due after five years, and with £5,000 made available to the trust before the proposed take-over date.

The council is set to transfer Jubilee Park and Pavilion to the Ongar Community Sports Trust however the move has been delayed and no date has yet been confirmed as to when the trust will take over.


LOUGHTON: Tar bucket linked to major blaze

9.59am - 16th September 2018

THE major blaze at the new council housing development in Burton Road, Loughton, may have started when a tar bucket ignited exposed roof insulation, a council report reveals. 

A council report into last month's blaze which started on a third-floor roof states: "It is suggested it may have been as a result of possible failure of equipment (tar bucket) leading to ignition of the exposed roof insulation which was under construction." 

The report adds that a structural engineer has visited site and confirmed the building is "sound and stable". 

It adds that the insurance company for the building contractor Mulalley has visited the site "and it is possible they will commission further forensic analysis to determine the cause". 

The site will provide 51 new affordable homes with a mix of houses and flats.

The council report states that fire crews managed to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading across the whole site. 

While the fire "looked serious" and required six fire crews who worked for two hours to put the fire out, the post-incident investigations have revealed "minimal damage" to the structure. 

The black smoke seen on various video footage primarily came from the insulation burning. This burnt because it had not yet been encapsulated with the finished surfaces, the report adds. 

The fire was almost exclusively external and limited to the roofs of the third and fourth floors. Internal fire damage is limited to the immediate areas adjacent to some windows and doors directly fronting the fire.

The report goes on: "Surprisingly, there is little water damage internally, even on the top two floors. The fact that the roof waterproofing was complete and held up during the fire helped enormously. 

"The ability of the windows and doors to keep their integrity also contributed." 

It is estimated that 99 per cent of all plasterboard linings, partitions and ceilings held up. 

The report adds that it also appears that the heating, ventilation, wiring and other installations are sound.

There is some smoke staining to the upper flats and the steel beam adjacent to the opening in the stairwell buckled and will be replaced. 

"There are some small isolated areas where masonry has cracked. Whilst the fire is a set-back the building stood up to the fire extremely well, which does give re-assurance for when the block is built.

"Mulalleys are currently considering the possibility of completing the two lower floors, with the upper levels finishing later."

If that is the case the council says handover of the lower levels could be achieved by February/March with the upper two levels "some weeks/months later". 

The programme for the completion of the houses and the other block in the developments is not affected. 

The report concludes: "...this is a design and build contract for which the contractor (Mulalley) is responsible. It is anticipated that the additional costs will fall on their insurance company."


ONGAR: Serial burglar jailed for eight years

8.59am - 15th September 2018

A SERIAL burglar from Ongar who fled to Spain after stealing property worth about £914,000 has been jailed for eight years. 

David Buisson stole mostly cash and jewellery from the homes and businesses he targeted in the Epping Forest district and Canvey between December 2015 and June 2017. 

Police enquiries into the burglaries led officers to Buisson and in April last year search warrants were carried out at addresses linked to him in Ongar and Woodford, where tools and items used for drilling and lock picking were found. 

Officers also found a drone and jewellery which were found to have been stolen. 

One of two computers seized showed internet searches had been made for some of the addresses that were later burgled. 

Enquiries led officers to an address in Spain and the 49-year-old, of Stanley Place, Ongar, was arrested under a European Arrest Warrant in Fuengirola in April this year following work with the Crown Prosecution Service and National Crime Agency. 

He admitted 11 burglaries and two attempted burglaries when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court on July 10 and was jailed yesterday (Friday) for a total of eight years. 

He was also made subject of a serious crime prevention order, to run for five years to start upon his release. 

A forfeiture and destruction order was also made for the lock picking tools. He denied three burglaries, conspiracy to commit burglary, possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of a firearm without a certificate. 

The judge ordered for these to lie on file. 

Detective Inspector Rob Staples said: “The invasion of your home by burglars can be incredibly impactive and we recognise the distress this can cause. 

“The detectives involved in this complex investigation left no stone unturned to identify and locate David Buisson to hold him to account for his part in these offences. 

“Investigating officers Detective Sergeant David Wilkinson and Detective Constable Russ Chamberlain, along with their colleagues across the force, have worked tirelessly on this case and worked closely with law enforcement colleagues both here in the UK and in Spain. 

“I am pleased for the victims that the man responsible for these burglaries has been brought to justice, and I hope they find some comfort knowing he has been imprisoned.” 

A hearing will be held under the Proceeds of Crime Act.


STAPLEFORD ABBOTTS: School celebrates Roald Dahl Day

9.47am - 14th September 2018

MATILDA, Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG, James, George, Charlie and The Twits were all at Stapleford Abbotts Primary Academy to mark Roald Dahl Day. 

The children dressed up as characters from all of Roald Dahl’s books. 

The whole school joined together in the morning for a Roald Dahl assembly to show off their costumes and learn more about the author. 

There was a whole host of activities going on across the school throughout the day including mixing Marvellous Medicine, painting a Big Friendly Giant, reading sections of the books, writing character descriptions and drawing their favourite book characters. 

Grace, aged five, said: "Wow, the BFG is so big, he is bigger than Mr Croft!" 

Roger, aged six, said: "I dressed up as Charlie from the Chocolate Factory because he is my favourite, and I want to get a golden ticket!" 

Freddie, aged ten, said: "I love Roald Dahl. I've read lots of his books, I read them at bed-time. The Twits is my favourite." 

Class teacher Bethan Williams said: "Roald Dahl day has helped inspire a love of reading in all our children which is something we actively promote in our school."



EPPING: Pay-and-display plan 'should be put on hold'

1.55pm - 13th September 2018

A PROPOSAL to introduce pay-and-display parking in three residential roads in Epping will prevent residents from parking outside their own homes unless they purchase a permit, it has been said. 

A North Essex Parking Partnership scheme proposes introducing limited waiting bays with pay-and-display machines in Albany Court, Bakers Lane and Regent Road "to offer displaced commuters or visitors to local businesses competitively-priced parking spaces, promoting efficient and effective use of the public highway." 

Residents are concerned that the scheme would narrow the space available for lorries, refuse vehicles and fire engines to get through the road. 

Epping Town Council will ask for the proposals to be put on hold until residents' concerns have been answered.


EPPING: Council awards grants

1.52pm - 13th September 2018

EPPING Town Council has awarded grants totaling £1,300. 

A grant of £1,000 goes to the Citizens Advice Bureau to help the organisation continue with its work providing face-to-face and telephone advice in the Epping area while £300 is awarded to Epping at the Movies to help cover the cost of a special event at St John's Church next February.


LOUGHTON: PICTURES: The day the circus came to school

1.34pm - 13th September 2018

THE Big Top came to Thomas Willingale School and Nursery with a special free treat for children who registered near perfect attendance last year. 

The visit of Happy's Circus on Wednesday evening was the school's annual attendance incentive with children who had an attendance record of 97 per cent or better last year receiving two free tickets to the event. 

A total of 213 lucky children were given free admission with their parents and the rest of the school community offered the chance to purchase tickets.

Headteacher Teresa Phillips said: "Happy's Circus and the Street Food vendors went down a treat and the evening was an amazing success."



EPPING: Council opposes flats plan

10.01am - 12th September 2018

PLANS to turn the former Abbeyfield home in Lindsey Street, Epping, into six one-bedroom flats are being opposed by the town council. 

Tuesday's planning and general purposes committee decided to object to the change of use planning application for Lindsey House for various reasons including over-development, the impact it will have on the street scene, parking issues, concerns over vehicle movements and the loss of amenity for neighbours. 

Clerk Beverley Rumsey said the council had received "a number of public objections" to the application.

Councillor Michael Wright, commenting on the proposed six parking spaces, said: "It will be chaos down there. The probability is there will be two people living in each of the flats. Theoretically it could be 12 cars. It's a narrow road. It's a non-starter. It's just wrong." 

Councillor Barbara Scruton voiced concern over the lack of visitor parking which would add to the parking issues at the property which is also proposed to have rear and side extensions. 

"Street parking is a no-go down there," she said. 

Committee chairman Nigel Avey feared approval for a care home could set a precedent in the street. 

"It will change the street scene if you allow this. Over the road there's a bungalow. What's to stop that being knocked down and turned into a block of flats. 

Claire Clegg, representing the neighbouring United Reformed Church, told the meeting a restrictive covenant remained in place restricting the use of the building for 'vulnerable people'. 

She added the house had been sold last year after the district council asked the church if it could buy back the covenant as it wished to sell the property on the open market. 

She said the property was sold last year with the covenant still in place. 

Mrs Clegg added that the church had tried to connect with the new owner but correspondence had been "ignored". 

She told councillors the six flats would, if approved, be sold on the open market "with complete disregard to the covenant". 

Mr Avey said the covenant was not a planning issue but said he was concerned about the covenant situation and believed the church should be given time to exercise its legal rights with the property owner.


EPPING: Pub wins floral award for second successive year

9.58am - 12th September 2018

THE Garnon Bushes pub in Coopersale has received Epping Town Council's rosebowl award for its summer floral displays for the second successive year. 

The award has been presented annually by the town council since 1990. 

The competition is open to all licensed premises in the town. 

Landlord Mark Barrigan received the rosebowl from Town Mayor councillor Nigel Avey at Tuesday's town council meeting. 

Mr Avey said: "Once again the judges were impressed by the superb floral displays on show at the pubs throughout the town. 

"All attracted many favourable comments from local residents and shoppers and have helped bring plenty of floral colour to the town again this year. 

"Having visited all the entries, the town council felt that the Garnon Bushes was the worthy recipient of the Rosebowl award."



LOUGHTON: Man robbed of Rolex watch at knifepoint

9.15am - 10th September 2018

A MAN was robbed of his Rolex watch at knifepoint as he walked along Church Hill, Loughton. 

Police say he was approached by three men at the junction with St John's Road at about 5.20pm. 

They demanded his watch and one of the men held a knife against his hip. 

The watch, worth a four-figure sum, was stolen and the men left in a blue Ford Fiesta, driving along Rectory Lane. 

Nothing else was taken and the victim was not physically harmed. 

Police say the incident is being treated as an isolated incident. 

Detective Sergeant Nick Rawlins, of Loughton CID, said: "This was a distressing incident and as you would expect we are working hard on the investigation. 

"At the time of the robbery the victim was walking from Loughton towards Debden in a residential area. 

“If someone saw or heard something which they think could be related to the robbery, do not delay in contacting us. 

"We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw the blue Ford Fiesta." 

The man with the knife was described as being in his late teens or early 20s and of Middle Eastern or Asian appearance. He was wearing a dark hooded top or jacket. 

Anyone with any information should ring Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


HIGH LAVER: Lorry trailer containing 26 pallets of Vimto drink stolen

9.13am - 10th September 2018

A LORRY trailer containing 26 pallets of Vimto drink, worth a five-figure sum, has been stolen from premises at High Laver.

Police believe the trailer was taken between 8am and 9am on either August 12 or 13. 

The trailer’s tracker showed it was on the B194 at Waltham Abbey at about 3pm on August 13. 

PC Paul Alcock said: “This has had a significant financial impact on the victim. 

"If anyone has been offered a large amount of the beverage at a discounted rate it is an offence the handle stolen goods and you could be prosecuted for that offence. 

“Remember, if the offer is too good to be true it usually is." 

Anyone with any information about its whereabouts or those responsible for the theft are asked to ring PC Paul Alcock on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


NORTH WEALD: Developer must prove "very special circumstances" for Green Belt development

9.57am - 9th September 2018

THE developer behind Garden Village-type plans which include up to 690 homes on the former North Weald Golf Club site must prove there are "very special circumstances" if the Green Belt development is to be allowed. 

The message was spelt out to Quinn Estates by Epping Forest District Council at a public meeting attended by more than 100 people at the Queens Hall, North Weald, on Saturday afternoon. 

Quinn Estates, working with Redrow Homes, wants to build up to 690 homes, a 70-bed retirement scheme, 70-bed extra care/nursing home, primary school and medical facilities on the site off Rayley Lane. 

The 'North Weald Park' plans submitted to Epping Forest District Council also feature shops, a community centre, sports hub with pitches and a pavilion, scout hut, office space, a country park and a new roundabout onto the A414. 

Facilities for UKA Karate, Epping Youth Football Club and North Weald Scouts are included along with facilities for an angling club. 

There would also be "£5m-£10m" on improvements to the M11-A414 junction 7 roundabout at Hastingwood, a park-and-ride serving Epping Station and an improved local bus service, Quinn Estates said. 

Before outlining the proposals, Sukhi Dhadwar, Epping Forest District Council's planning case officer for the application, said Quinn Estates had to demonstrate "sufficient very special circumstances which outway any harm to the Green Belt". 

The site is Green Belt land and not allocated for development in the Local Plan. 

The district council says the proposals would mean "significant change" to the character of the area.

Quinn Estates chairman Mark Quinn said North Weald Park is one of the biggest sites Quinn Estates is involved with. 

"In every scheme we try and do something positive in the communities in which we develop," he said. 

Mr Quinn said the golf club had been "unviable" at the time of its closure with fewer than 200 members. 

In response to concerns voiced about the possible impact the development would have on North Weald Airfield, Mr Quinn said the scheme would not conflict with aviation use, however specific issues were raised by residents about the 24-hour use of the airfield by the air service helicopters and air ambulance.

"We knew we couldn't be involved with anything that would be detrimental to the airfield," Mr Quinn said.

North Weald Bassett parish councillor Sheila Jackman highlighted the issue of whether the authorities involved with the proposed health and education elements of the site would be able to commit to  the proposed new facilities. 

She said: "We can't get doctors to get an appointment. It is not an easy thing. The Limes had to stop the service in North Weald and it's not going again yet.

"In Ongar we have problems getting doctors because of the wages available in London." 

Mr Quinn said there had been talks with West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group over the proposed health facilities and added: "We are encouraged by the fact that the CCG haven't said 'no'." 

A resident asked whether Quinn Estates had made available a "standard letter" at a karate event inviting people to support the application. 

Planning case officer Sukhi Dhadwar said the council "have received a number of letters with the same typeset" and individually signed.

Mr Quinn said he did not know about any such letter and added: "I don't force people to come in and support our schemes." 

He added he would like his company to have access to all letters submitted to the district council. 

The council reported that some 658 letters in support of the application and 205 against had so far been received after 125 letters regarding the application were sent out by council. 

The meeting was told a final decision on the application isnot expected this year, possibly "winter or spring 2019".


THORNWOOD: Man arrested after seven cars damaged in crash

9.54am - 9th September 2018

A MAN aged in his 20s has been arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving and careless driving after seven cars were damaged in a crash in High Road, Thornwood. 

Police were called shortly before 10pm on Friday with reports that a Ford Fiesta was being driven at speed and erratically in the Thornwood area. 

Officers attended the High Road and found that the Fiesta had collided with a number of parked vehicles.

The driver suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and was taken to hospital where he is undergoing treatment. 

Anyone who saw the car driving in Thornwood Road and may have dash cam footage is asked to ring the Brentwood and Epping Forest Community Policing Team on 101.


ONGAR: Second road death in five days

9.38am - 8th September 2018

A MAN has died following a collision involving a tanker and a Ford KA car on the A113 Romford Road, near Ongar. 

The collision happened at 2.30pm on Thursday. 

The man is the second person to die in a road crash along the road between Ongar and Passingford Bridge in five days.

The driver of the Ford KA, a man aged in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed. 

No arrests have been made. 

Anyone with any information, or dash cam footage, is asked to ring 101 and ask for the Serious Collision Investigation Unit. The incident number to quote is 664 of 06/09.

 Last Saturday afternoon a 38-year-old motorcyclist died in a collision with a car near Suttons Manor at Stapleford Tawney. 

A man and a woman in the car were taken to hospital with minor injuries.


THEYDON BOIS: Three arrests made 40 minutes after burglary reported

9.36am - 8th September 2018

THREE people were arrested over a burglary in Theydon Bois just 40 minutes after the break-in was reported. 

Police were called shortly after 5.40pm on Thursday with reports that a burglary had taken place in Purlieu Way.

Within 40 minutes of the burglary, during which a white VW Golf was stolen from outside a house, officers had found the vehicle and made arrests. 

A 17-year-old boy, from London, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, going equipped, theft of a motor vehicle and possession of a class B drug. 

Another 17-year-old boy, from Woodford Green, was arrested on suspicion of burglary while a 14-year-old boy, also from Woodford Green, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft of a motor vehicle.

Detective Sergeant Muhammad Asghar, from Loughton CID, said: "We are interested to hear from any members of the public who may have dash cam footage of the Volkswagen in the area of B172 Abridge Road to the A113 Ongar Road.

"It may have been being driven erratically and in convoy with a black vehicle." 

Enquiries are ongoing. 

Anyone with any information is asked to ring Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


EPPING: Conservative Party Deputy Chairman on Brexit plans

8.27am - 6th September 2018

EPPING Forest Conservatives welcomed Conservative Party Deputy Chairman James Cleverly MP to Epping. 

He spoke with passion and conviction and answered a series of searching questions in particular about the Government’s Brexit plans. 

Epping Forest MP Dame Eleanor Laing said: "People are not surprisingly concerned about our future relationship with the EU and the prospects for our trading arrangements with other countries around the world. 

"James was brilliant in his thorough answers and explanations." 

She added: "Everyone said they felt much happier about our future prospects having had the opportunity to speak directly to a Senior Officer of the Conservative Party."


LOUGHTON: Woman jailed for 54 months for string of offences against elderly victims

12.19pm - 5th September 2018

A WOMAN who claimed to be a carer when she targeted elderly people in Loughton has been jailed for 54 months after admitting 13 offences. 

Unemployed Emma Haslett, 36, of Highwood Lane, Loughton, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday where she pleaded guilty to nine burglaries, three frauds, one theft and one count of battery. 

Haslett was investigated for offences that took place between Tuesday, February 13 and Friday, July 28.

The majority occurred over ten days and involved victims with disabilities and mental health issues. 

The oldest victim was 87 and the youngest 65, with some repeatedly targeted. 

The burglaries occurred after Haslett gained the victims' trust before stealing cash, wallets and purses and even food. 

She was occasionally challenged by neighbours but claimed to be a carer who was looking out for their well-being.

 Haslett was later spotted on CCTV using a victim’s card three times in nine minutes and on one day burgled four properties in the same street.

 Investigating officer DC Ricky Rodd, of Loughton CID, said: "Haslett showed no remorse and previously denied her involvement in the offences concerned. She targeted our community’s most vulnerable and elderly people in premeditated crimes, over a period of time. 

"We want to thank all the victims for their courage and bravery - many have lived decades without having to experience crime. 

"Without their support I am sure Haslett would have continued to target vulnerable people. I hope this outcome offers some justice to them.”


NORTH WEALD: Council wants flats named after Norwegian Air Force veteran

12.02pm - 5th September 2018

NORTH Weald Bassett Parish Council is suggesting a new development of apartments bordering North Weald Airfield should be named after a Norwegian Air Force veteran who served at the airfield during the Second World War. 

Developers behind the 20 homes which have been approved for the North Weald Golf Club site in Rayley Lane have put forward the address 'Blenheim Court'. 

But the parish council says 'Blenheim Court' could cause confusion with 'Blenheim Way' and have instead suggested 'Wilhelm Mohr Court'. 

Major General Mohr was at RAF North Weald when the Norwegian Air Force arrived at North Weald in 1942. He maintained strong links with the local community until his death last year. 

Parish clerk Sue de Luca told Monday's planning committee meeting the reference to Major General Mohr would be "a lasting way to maintain the North Weald - Norway connections". 

Wilhelm Mohr's life was commemorated with the unveiling of a bench by the Debt of Honour memorial at last November's Remembrance Sunday service.


#EEF999LIVE: LOUGHTON: Teenagers arrested after boys robbed

11.48am - 5th September 2018

TWO teenaged boys have been arrested after five boys reported they had been robbed of their mobile phones in Loughton. 

Officers were called to deal with an incident in Roding Road at 6.40pm last night following a report that a group of five teenaged boys had been robbed. 

They reported being approached and verbally intimated by two people who demanded that they hand over their phones. 

Once they had the phones, the two suspects left the scene. 

A police spokesman told Everything Epping Forest that following a thorough search of the area, officers arrested two people at Debden Station. 

A 16-year-old boy, from east London, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and possession of a knife or bladed article. 

A 17-year-old boy, from Woodford Green, was arrested on suspicion of robbery. Both remain in police custody.

Officers have recovered all the stolen items, several other mobile phones and a knife. 

Enquiries are ongoing.


LOUGHTON: Churches welcome new minister

8.38am - 5th September 2018

A PACKED service at Loughton Methodist Church welcomed new Loughton Methodist and Trinity Church Minister Rev'd Susan Creighton. 

Ministers from across the Loughton churches community gathered with her colleagues from the other Methodist churches in the London Forest Circuit to welcome Susan to her new ministry.

The sermon was preached by Rev'd Nigel Cowgill, District Chair and Superintendent of the Forest Circuit. The service was lead by Rev'd Hilary Cheng. 

A civic welcome was given by Loughton Mayor Stephen Murray 

He said: "I was delighted to be able to give Sue a very warm welcome to Loughton and to the church which has been my family church for over 64 years. 

"It was also good to be able to tell Sue that she will be the first female Methodist minister in Loughton for 145 years since Edward Pope started Methodism in Loughton in the former Congregationalist tin chapel in England's Lane in May 1873. 

"Even more importantly I was able to use the occasion to pass on the thanks of Loughton Town Council for everything the church and Christian community does for the residents of Loughton."

Mr Murray presented Sue with the latest edition of the map of Epping Forest.


EXCLUSIVE: EPPING: One of the town's longest established businesses is to close 

4.51pm - 4th September 2018


Everything Epping Forest News Talk: You can listen to Everything Epping Forest's 'News Talk' audio report on the closure news HERE

ONE of Epping's longest established businesses is to close next month, Everything Epping Forest can exclusively reveal. 

Argus Lighting will close its doors for the last time in mid-October, so bringing more than 40 years of trading in the town to and end. 

The shop, on the corner of St John's Road and the High Street, opened in 1974, nine years after the first Argus Lighting branch opened in Woodford. 

The Woodford branch closed two years ago and others in Bishop's Stortford, Southend and Camden Town have also come and gone over the decades with the Epping branch the sole survivor. 

With its lease coming to an end, and the competition faced by online sales, managing director Humphrey Wheeler has decided the time has come to call it a day. 

He told Everything Epping Forest: "We've had great pressure over the last few years from internet sales and our turnover has gone down and our margins have been reduced. 

"I'm nearly 80 years old so therefore felt it was time we retired because obviously there was no point in carrying on." 

He admitted closing down had been a difficult decision to take but said: "It seemed the right time bearing in mind we didn't want to take on another five or ten-year lease and it's non profit-making, so it seems the decision was made for us in a way." 

Mr Wheeler admitted the growth in internet shopping in recent years had been "probably the major factor" behind the closure decision. 

He said: "It's hitting the high street everywhere, you hear in the news all the time about shops closing for this reason and we're one of them I'm afraid. It's just a different way of life. 

"People say they want to keep shops in the High Street but of course you can't buy online and expect us to survive. I can understand why they do it but it's just the changing times."


Everything Epping Forest News Talk: You can listen to Everything Epping Forest's 'News Talk' audio report on the closure news HERE


DEBDEN: Blaze delays work on council homes by three months 

8.29am - 4th September 2018

WORK to complete part of the 51-home development of council housing in Burton Road, Loughton, has been delayed by three months as a result of last month's major blaze. 

Epping Forest District Council's housebuilding cabinet committee has been told there will be no delay to the 17 town houses and a block of 15 apartments which should still be completed by the end of December however the four-storey block of 19 apartments with fire damage will now not be ready until the end of next March. 

Councillors were told the fire began on the third floor roof of the block of 19 apartments and was contained in the third and fourth storeys. 

The main damage was to windows and doors on the third and fourth storeys. No utility installations were damaged. One structural beam had buckled and would need to be replaced. 

The cause of the fire was still under investigation.


EPPING: Town council marks Merchant Navy Day 

8.03am - 4th September 2018

THE Red Ensign flag has been raised outside Epping Hall by Epping Town Council to commemorate Merchant Navy Day. 

The day is marked on September 3 each year to recognise and celebrate the men and women who have served and lost their lives throughout the First and Second World Wars.

The occasion focuses on raising money for Seafarers UK, a charity that helps people in the maritime community by providing vital funding and support to seafarers in need and their families. 

Epping Mayor councillor Nigel Avey read a message of support from HRH The Earl of Wessex. "to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy." 

Across the country hundreds of flag-hoisting ceremonies have been organised.



STAPLEFORD TAWNEY: Motorcyclist dies in collision 

7.33am - 3rd September 2018

A MOTORCYCLIST has died following a collision with a car on London Road, Stapleford Tawney.

Emergency services were called to the A113 near Suttons Manor shortly before 4.25pm on Saturday after a grey Peugeot 2008 collided with a black Yamaha motorbike. 

The motorcyclist, a 38-year-old man from Romford, died at the scene. 

The Peugeot driver, a 78-year-old man, and his passenger, a 74-year-old woman, both from Romford, were taken to Queen’s Hospital, Romford, with minor injuries. 

Any witnesses to the collision or anyone with dashcam footage is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01245 240590 or by emailing CollisionAppeal@essex.pnn.police.uk


DISTRICT: Vacancy on remuneration panel 

8.45am - 1st September 2018

A VACANCY has arisen for an independent member of a panel that makes recommendations about councillors’ allowances and expenses. 

The vacancy is for one person to sit on both the district and town/parish council remuneration panels.

Each panel consists of three members whose role is to undertake research and make recommendation to the council about allowances and expenses. 

Applications are welcomed from anyone who lives or works in the Epping Forest district and has a real interest in the council’s activities. 

It is an opportunity for a conscientious person to influence the way elected members are reimbursed for their public service. 

Knowledge or experience of finance or local government would be helpful. Political impartiality is essential. 

Applicants must demonstrate their independence and meet certain criteria before they can be considered for appointment.

Further details are set out in the candidate information pack. 

Serving district, town and parish councillors and co-opted members of any committee which could be the subject of recommendations made by the panel are not able to apply. 

Appointment will be made following interviews and the successful candidate will receive appropriate training. 

Although the position is a volunteer role, an annual allowance of £250 is paid. 

To receive an information pack and application form, and to answer general questions about the vacancy and the work of the panels, contact democratic services manager Stephen Tautz on 01992 564180 or email democraticservices@eppingforestdc.gov.uk 

The closing date for applications is September 14.


WALTHAM ABBEY: Time to plan for Cavalcade of Light

8.45am - 1st September 2018

PLANS are already in hand for Waltham Abbey Town Council's Cavalcade of Light - the start of the festive season in the town - with cash prizes again being offered for the best entrants.

The council will present a £1,000 prize to the best float entry and £500 to the best pedestrian entry at this year's event on Friday, November 30. 

Town Mayor Jeanne Lea said: "The Cavalcade of Light is always a wonderful spectacle and a great start to the Christmas period with the procession and the switching on of the lights outside the town hall. 

"This year the town council has again decided to offer prizes to the best entries - floats and on foot - and we hope that many more organisations and individuals will enter in the festive spirit and dress up. 

Entry forms are available from Waltham Abbey Town Council, Town Hall, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey, or by emailing sarah.colley@walthamabbey-tc.gov.uk