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EPPING TOWN COUNCIL'S TOWNSPERSON OF THE YEAR AWARDS

CIVIC AMENITY SITES

EPPING STATION CAR PARK CHARGE INCREASE

ACTION IN MENTAL HEALTH

VOTE 2010

BNP VIEWS AT WAR MEMORIAL SERVICE

CLUB ONE9FIVE

BUS ROUTE 46 - ONGAR TO CHELMSFORD

GEORGIE SPARKS
NATURE RESERVE FLYTIPPING
RECESSION
ROAD GRITTING
SPONSORED ROUNDABOUTS
TRAVELLER SITES
TRAVELLERS IN NORTH WEALD
 
 
EPPING TOWN COUNCIL'S TOWNSPERSON OF THE YEAR AWARDS

22nd February 2012

I couldn't be more pleased that Epping Town Council have chosen to recognise Phil Nation through the Townsperson of the Year awards. I actually introduced them in Epping four years ago whilst I was Mayor because there were so many people in our community who had gone unrecognised for so long and who would usually shy away from the limelight. Phil is an outstanding example of why the awards are so important, and I say that as one of his former cubs! He is a much-respected Epping resident with a heart of gold and we thank him most sincerely for everything he has done during his scouting career for generations of young people.

Ben Murphy

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CIVIC AMENITY SITES

20th December 2011

This (the closure of the High Ongar civic amenity site) is an appalling decision which has been forced through against the wishes of most councillors, in the mistaken belief it will make budget savings. You have quoted the cabinet member's statement "we want to continue improving recycling and offering the very best service for our residents". I did everything I could to convince him that is just what High Ongar expects too - but regrettably the final decision is left with the cabinet member.

Ongar county councillor Gerard McEwen

 

1st August 2011

The council states that not many people are using the High Ongar tip. What a load of rubbish. There always seems to be other vehicles there when I visit. In fact last Sunday (July 31) I had to queue in the road to get in. I was recycling bottles and cans from a barbecue. The bottle bank was full and there was nowhere to put the four clear large plastic recycling bags full of beer cans. I was told to put them by the side. I am sure we will see a lot of fly-tipping if this site closes.

Darrell
 

22nd July 2011

I think it is a very bad move on behalf of Epping Forest District Council to close the High Ongar site. Every time I visit this site it is always very busy, the staff are most helpful. I usually visit this site at least once a week as I have a large garden and the collection bin for green waste supplied to me is inadequate for my needs. Closure of this site will mean local Ongar residents will have to travel much further and if the other sites are to have their opening times cut that will only add to the problem.

Tony Liddicoat, Ongar 

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EPPING STATION CAR PARK CHARGE INCREASE

I am just down-right disgusted at this exorbitant price hike to £5.50 from £3.70 per day.
The only result will be to push more cars around into surrounding residential streets and wind up residents and drivers even more, which in turn no doubt will lead to more yellow lines.
NCP car parks have an appalling reputation for high charges and for a basic car park such as Epping it's just not on.
Open the Ongar line and for once do as the residents of the area want.
Cameron and Clegg want people to get more involved in running things so for once will someone listen to us? Probably not.
And what with Christmas coming up and people wanting to get into town from the Epping area it's just another tax on commuters.

Doreen Philps


Although I am in a fortunate position that I do not have to park in the station car park at Epping, as an Epping resident I consider the NCP rise in prices is just plain greed.
There is no way they can claim they offer good facilities to their customers, they do not offer security or any other service other than to offer a piece of concrete on which to park.
How do they justify this exorbitant rise?
Are they going to keep all their employees in work so they need the money for salaries?
I think not. NCP has never had a good reputation for customer service and the example here of their action show how little they care for their customers.
If by some miraculous chance they were thinking of building a new car park it could be justified.
This is another reason to push for the re-opening of the Ongar to Epping line.
But don't hold your breathe that Essex County Council will even consider that.

Tony and Chris Carr


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ACTION IN MENTAL HEALTH

This evening (Wednesday, May 19) about 40 people attended AIM's AGM.
Aim runs the Spanners drop-in club for people with mental health problems. It is a club that is well loved, often referred to as a lifeline.
Club members cannot understand why public funding has been withdrawn, they are dismayed. They fear for their health, such is the importance of having a safe welcoming place to go when you are unwell, especially in the winter.
Those who made the decision to withdraw public funding had not come to explain their decision.
Many of those present had been patients of the old Claybury Hospital, when it closed community projects were encouraged in order to help patients cope in the community.
Who if anyone will care now for those who will become increasingly isolated and unwell?

Heather Paget


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VOTE 2010

I would just like to say thank you to all those who voted for me in Buckhurst Hill East. I received many positive responses as I went around the ward. The Green Party is concerned about local people, local shops and in short local communities. We care about the things that have concerned people for instance the decline in community and indeed we want to rebuild the community spirit of Buckhurst Hill. It will take time but we shall continue to campaign on these issues.

Steven Neville


I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for the Green Party in the Chipping Ongar, Marden Ash and Greensted district council election.
It was the first time I stood as a candidate in Ongar and I was really pleased with the result I gained, which shows that the environment and social justice are things people care about locally.
As a young candidate, I was particularly excited to receive so much public support and would encourage other young people to consider standing in future elections.
It really is a very exciting way of getting involved in politics and the local issues, two very important things which impact on our lives now and will continue to do so in the future.

Amy Barnecutt, Epping Forest Green Party

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BNP VIEWS AT WAR MEMORIAL SERVICE

I am deeply saddened that the last 65 years seem to account for nothing to some people.
How can a man who has devoted his life to caring for others and providing spiritual guidance and teaching actually be condemned for standing up to racism and fascism?
The Anglican church stands for peace and equality for all regardless of colour creed or religion. It is therefore the people who are so ignorantly attacking Rev Smith that should be ashamed. It is they who insult the memory of those who bravely fought to protect our freedom and the rights of those considered to be worthless by taking so called offence at his comments.
To imply that Rev Smith was in the wrong for talking about politics is ludicrous - wars are the direct result of politics and misguided politicians - it was the politics of Nazism that caused World War Two and to conveniently forget this is once again showing a complete ignorance and naivety as to the point of Remembrance Sunday.
We have a moral duty to ensure those lives were not lost in vain and therefore examine the roots to conflict - in this case; fascism.
I am so glad that as a citizen of a country that is supposed to be founded on inclusiveness for all there are still people who stand up to intolerance and injustice.
It is these men and women to whom we should all look up to. It was fascism that was attacked during the address by Rev Smith and if the BNP took offence to this then all they have done is openly admit to be proud followers of this extremism.
Christianity fought against Hitler in World War Two and I pray that people will see these followers of the BNP and fascism as nothing more than single-minded racist individuals.
Rev Smith is to be heralded for taking a stand and refusing to be bullied into making a retraction.
If there were more men like this in the world we would be living in a much fairer and more just society.

Charlotte Crosby



As I recollect Rev Smith did not mention the BNP in his address at the memorial service.
The BNP chose to take personal offence at his comments about fascism, something which they seem to proclaim they are not.
Rev Smith, as a citizen of this country, is entitled to share his views on politics, and what is the Church if not a body of people who share a common belief system?
The Clergy are employed to preach to their local community and that is what he did.
The address was about remembering what the soldiers died for, and to ensure we do not allow such parties to infiltrate society again which is exactly what Remembrance Sunday is all about. I think Rev Smith should be congratulated on making a stand against such political parties, of which arguably the BNP is one.
The BNP continuously tries to use Christianity as justification for their absurd views and to proclaim the notion that England needs to return to it's Christian roots.
Christianity is about community and inclusiveness, not hate and discrimination.

Alice, Leytonstone.
 


I was disturbed to read that the Rev Geoffrey Smith felt the need to vilify the British National Party on the most heart wrenching day of the year.
Firstly he is supposed to be non-political, and vilifying a party he doesn’t agree with as part of a Remembrance Day address, says everything about the Church of today.
Firstly, the British National Party would do anything for our soldiers.
And the fascism aimed at this party shows ignorance beyond belief.
The BNP would never send our troops into any war that has nothing to with us, unlike our so-called 'honourable' members of Parliament who just stand by and watch our men continue die, just because they haven’t got the guts to admit they have made a devastating mistake.
Yes, our soldiers fought in two world wars to stop our country being invaded and taken over by Germany. They didn’t fight and die for it to be handed over a few years later by stealth.
And to the Right Dishonourable Eleanor Laing I would say.
He who is without sin cast the first stone. Good on Pat Richardson, she is one brave lady.  .

Sylvia Howard

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CLUB ONE9FIVE

Club 195 should be closed down to protect the safety of us Epping residents. Incidents of the magnitude of that on September 26 must not be allowed to happen again. Police need to get tougher (and I mean police, not PCSOs) and the scum involved should be locked away, never again to enter society. It is a shame for respectable young people who simply want to enjoy a night out, but their safety is at risk too, and the only solution is to close Club 195 down.

Barbara, Epping

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BUS ROUTE 46 - ONGAR TO CHELMSFORD

Untrue rumours are circulating that bus route 46 from Ongar to Chelmsford is to be axed at the end of February.
Press reports demonstrate the distress being caused to many in the villages who depend on this service and I would be grateful if you will allow me to state the true position.
Route 46 is one of a list of contracts due to end in August and the county council will soon be inviting tenders from operators to run the new contracts.
Part of this process is to review the usefulness and cost of running each service and this consultation is currently taking place with the parish councils and users.
Many routes are unable to run profitably and are subsidised by the council up to a limit of £5 per passenger journey.
In fact route 46 costs a little over the limit but this simply means it will be subject to special consideration by the cabinet member.
I have already met with the officers to stress what a vital lifeline this represents to our residents and I have also had discussions with the parish and town councils who are all adding their valued support.
Many letters and petitions have already been received and provide valuable personal evidence of the need for this essential service.
All of this will be helpful when I meet with the cabinet member before he makes his decision later this year.

Councillor Gerard McEwen, county councillor for Ongar Division



WE were very upset and quite angry to learn that Epping Forest District Council is considering cutting the No 46 bus route between Ongar and Chelmsford that serves the villages of Fyfield, Willingale and Roxwell.
It is virtually the only bus that operates in these villages and people living in Fyfield, Willingale and Roxwell that do not have their own transport, or are no longer able to drive for a variety of reasons, rely on it to get to shops, banks, medical centres, hospitals, as well as basic shopping.
Pupils who attend school in Chelmsford and at present use the 46 bus service to get to and from school will also suffer.
We use the 46 bus to take us to Chelmsford much more frequently now that we are retired.
We have to live now on a much lower income, so being able to use our Senior Citizens Travel Passes is an enormous help and also benefits the environment - less car journeys giving off carbon emissions.
There are many `regulars' on the 46 whom the drivers and other passengers recognise so that travelling becomes a social event as well as a necessity.
With village stores and post offices currently threatened with closure by our so-called socialist government's policies, opportunities for social interactions are dwindling in an alarming way.
Please use any influence you have as a public voice to express the importance of public transport services for rural communities.
Ongar and Chelmsford have many bus services; Fyfield, Willingale and Roxwell have virtually only one - the 46 - that operates most weekdays and provides residents with a link to other bus services from Ongar and Chelmsford, as well as train services.
If this Government and in particular Epping Forest District Council have any understanding of the problems of rural villages, they will not withdraw this vital transport link.

Howard and Patti Nicholson, Queen Street, Fyfield.



I frequently use the number 46 bus route Ongar-Fyfield-Willingale-Roxwell-Chelmsford and now I hear it may be axed by Essex County Council.
Another cut?
Whenever I've used this route it seems to be well used and surely it would be a disaster for many people living in the outlying villages.
I wonder if you can give this threat some publicity on this website to stir local residents into lobbying Essex County Council by email or post. 

John Winslow, Ongar
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GEORGIE SPARKS

LIKE all Loughtonians, I was very saddened to learn of the death in Afghanistan of 19-year old Marine George Sparks, who lived in Theydon Mount, but who as a boy attended Debden Park High School in Loughton.
My father served in the Marines, who are often the forgotten service, whose work is much less well known than that of the Navy, Army, and Air Force, but who for 300 years have served their country faithfully, often in the most difficult of circumstances.
My mind goes back to another Marine, with the same surname, Bill Sparks, one of the cockleshell heroes, whose house in Loughton is marked by one of the town council's blue plaques.
George Sparks died in the service of us all in a faraway country.
We are proud that he grew up among us, and immensely sad that he died bravely doing his country's work in the most dangerous of circumstances.

Chris Pond, Loughton mayor 



WHILST I did not know Georgie Sparks or Tony Evans I was privileged to line the street outside Epping Church on Saturday, December 13, and contribute to Georgie's send off that he rightly deserved.
I also offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends.
On December 12, 1962, I was serving in 42 Commando RM when five Marines of similar age were killed at Limbang, Sarawark, therefore the tragic death of Georgie and Tony together with those four marines from 45 Commando killed in Afghanistan on Friday, December 12, 2008, exactly 46 years after Limbang shows how the demands on our servicemen never cease.
Malaysia was the outcome of the Borneo Confrontation.
Lets hope something as good flows from the Middle East which makes their sacrifice worthwhile.
The Royal Marines saying "Once a marine always a marine" is very true. It is a privilege to serve in the Royal Marines because of its history and esprit de corps, and as you get older you never forget those friends and the following verse sums up how I feel now and I am sure current marines will feel the same as time passes.

That in the years of youth and friends
When ones life is fashioned for it end
You miss those friends so full of life
Who paid the ultimate sacrifice

John (Bill) Bailey Ex Sgt RM 41, 42, 45, Commando RM, Honorary Alderman City of Bath
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NATURE RESERVE FLYTIPPING

LOUGHTON residents are extremely lucky to have free access to almost 160 acres of open meadows, woodland and one and half miles of riverbank. Roding Valley Nature Reserve welcomes walkers, horse riders, dog walkers and everyone who enjoys the open countryside in all its phases. Less welcome are the ‘flytippers’ who see the open area as an invitation to avoid the expense of rubbish disposal. This is an infringement of the Neighbourhoods Environmental Act 2005 and carries a penalty of up to £5,000 for private perpetrators, plus the expenses of clearing the site. Fortunately the last would-be tippers left ample evidence so the cost of their house refurbishment is likely to rise dramatically.

Keith Miller, High Road, Epping
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RECESSION

We are now in the worst recession since 1929 and yet I have not seen one word printed from Epping Forest District Council that acknowledges the situation.
Some people in the local area are suffering quite badly especially the retired living on investments and now having to dip into their savings.
My concern is in the last two weeks we have Epping Forest District Council stating they intend to spend £400,000 on advertising their services, they are recommending a 2.5% increase in rates, but what I don't hear is how they can cut back and cut out a lot of the waste which is what normal businesses have to do, and consider how they can reduce the rates.
My first suggestion would be to study what Brighton Council are doing experimenting with the Spanish-style waste collection which, for those who are not aware, sees each 40 houses have large communal colour-coded wheelie bins.
I appreciate there would be disputes as to where they are located but the savings once it is set up are incredible and they could be emptied much more regularly.

Hugh Farish, Beech Place, Epping

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ROAD GRITTING

I hope your readers will agree with me that we owe our sincere thanks to the team who did such a magnificent job in gritting our highways during the unusually long spell of cold weather.
To deal with a task of such magnitude Essex employed over 80 personnel with 65 gritting lorries on 24-hour standby throughout the whole period.
We concentrated on A and B roads plus those leading to larger towns, hospitals, fire and ambulance stations - an amazing total of over 1,800miles!
Each time it takes two hours to cover the whole route, using 150 tons of salt for every outing!
Sometimes they had to go round the whole lot three times in one night and by careful management they did this without running out of supplies as happened in some counties.
Theirs must have been the most unpleasant, cold job imaginable and they have earned our gratitude.
Sadly the downside of all this is the creation of a huge number of new potholes - just as the highways department had got the last lot beaten!
Funds have been allocated for this work to start urgently.

Councillor Gerard McEwen, county councillor for Ongar Division


YESTERDAY (Tuesday, February 10) was unusual in terms of weather but having waded through numerous floods in Moreton, Abbess Roding, Fyfield etc the icing (no pun intended) on the cake was to find black ice on most roads late last night and no evidence of gritting having taken place. I saw evidence of accidents on Rye Hill Road and elsewhere that indicated how badly gritting was needed and again side roads were often virtually impassable.

Brian Surtees, Ongar

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SPONSORED ROUNDABOUTS

Loughton Residents Association Plans Group has objected to the district council about their plans to put advertisements on roundabouts in or on the edge of Epping Forest (because these would be a significant visual intrusion), and at the junction on Chigwell Lane (because of the safety issues).

David Linnell, chairman, LRA Plans Group, Eleven Acre Rise, Loughton.
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TRAVELLER SITES

I have just read (March 7, 2009) your piece on the cost to us of the gypsy and travellers consultation, including £6000-plus on translation. Translation into what? Am I the only one that is heartily sick of the whole thing. We've been asked if we want them, the majority said 'no' - end of consultation.

Nina Martin


I HAVE been reading with interest the various articles regarding the travellers.
Surely two obvious points, at least to me, have been overlooked.
Firstly, these people chose to be travellers so why do they need permanent plots at all?
Secondly, if they are too have permanent plots why are they being provided at the cost of the council tax payer, a body to which they presumably do not belong, and too the great inconvenience to said council tax payers?

N. Martin 
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TRAVELLERS IN NORTH WEALD

Why does the government and local authorities regard gypsies/travellers as a special breed entitled to special treatment?
In the latest invasion (news report, April 1), these people have moved on to a site on the edge of North Weald airfield - and court action is being taken to remove them.
Why should it always take court action - for which no doubt we council tax payers will have to foot the bill - to move these travellers on?
The police/council/landowners should be allowed to remove them, forcibly if necessary, and make them pay the bill for any damage or costs - impounding their vehicles until they pay up.
These people choose this way of life and should provide their own, legal, sites on which to live - not expect law-abiding taxpayers to pander to their whims.
The same goes for squatters. 

Dennis Wood, North Weald 
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