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Get ready to play and exercise in the park
Epping Upland Parish Council (EUPC), in partnership with Epping Green Community Association (EGCA), have announced exciting plans to deliver a new children’s play area and fitness equipment for the community to enjoy on the Epping Green Doorstep Green.
The plans come at just the right time. The children’s playground has been closed since the start of the pandemic, as the equipment did not meet safety regulations. Local residents’ feedback is that the current location is not ideal – being cut off from the rest of the Doorstep Green, especially the sports area and skate park.
To provide a more open and welcoming space, a new children’s play area will be built across two areas of the Doorstep Green. EUPC have purchased new swings and several other pieces of play equipment for young children to enjoy. The current playground will remain closed to the public.
In addition, a brand new fitness area will be created on the Doorstep Green for all ages and abilities to enjoy. Equipment will consist of a multi-purpose fitness frame, rower and ski-stepper. The new fitness area will be located next to the skate park. A grant from Essex County Council was secured to purchase the equipment.
HAGS have been selected to supply, and install, the play and fitness equipment. HAGS have been designing, manufacturing and installing recreational equipment for over 70 years.
Work is due to commence shortly on the project – with all equipment expected to be installed and ready to use by the end of May. Plans for the opening will be shared shortly.
We hope the new children’s play area and fitness equipment provides a safe, multi-functional, space to be enjoyed by all ages of the community for many years to come.
The new play and fitness equipment.
.DaRT87 Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) service covers Epping Green
Epping Forest Community Transport is running a year-long trial of a DRT pre-booked minibus service, replacing the Arriva 87 that ceased last Christmas due to problems of funding and declining usage. Covering roughly the same route as the Arriva 87, the new service has the ability to reflect demand better than a conventional bus route, with some variations on exact routing and timings, including early runs to meet NHS and key worker commuters, but also a semi scheduled service during off peak hours. Epping Green residents have already pre-registered interest in good numbers and as lockdown eases, we hope to see this translated into regular usage to help protect and secure local public transport during these challenging times.
This service requires an annual membership (free if registered before April 31st) and every journey must be booked 24-48 hours in advance by phone, email or app. The service is run in Covid-secure fashion, in line with current bus regulations, so not all seats are occupied, the driver is shielded, temperature check on boarding and hand sanitiser on board. Cashless operation on board and concessionary passes accepted in line with ECC guidelines. As lockdown eases, DaRT87 can be used for commuting and non-essential shopping trips including to Epping Forest Shopping Park, Epping High Street/market, The Broadway Loughton and Staple Tye & central Harlow shops. Four vaccination centres, the rapid test centre at Theydon Bois and two hospitals are served directly
Full details at www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/DaRT87
Update on the current situation with the pub:
Epping Upland Parish Council have received the email below from EFDC regarding the Nomination to list the Travellers Friend as an Asset of Community Valur.
Further to my email below, I write to advise the moratorium period ends on 10 April 2021 and not 10 May as I had originally said below. I apologise for this error.
Under S95 of the Localism Act 2011 the Moratorium period of six months runs from the date the owner notifies the Council of their intention to undertake a relevant disposal.
If a residents group is to be set up they would need to confirm to the parish council before 10 April that they are in a position to make a bid for the pub. Otherwise the pub will revert to general sale on that date.
Contact has been made again with mcMullens to determine if they have any interested buyers in the pub and will update with any responses.
NEXT MEETING(S): Monday 17th May 2021 Annual Meeting AGENDA
The Planning Committee have been reviewing applications via email during the Pandemic.
If you have any comments to make on any applications please email the Clerk on :
Details of previous applications and comments :
OBJECTION - This has been subject to several attempts to transform this land from agricultural to lawful hard standing and this appears to be another attempt. The residents in adjoining properties to the boundary of this space are very unhappy at the de-facto change of use. Temporary permission for an activity that has previously been objected to and refused should not be carried this time.
EPF/0193/21 - Copped Hall Estate, Timber Lodge - Single Storey Rear extension
EPF/0146/21 - Warren House - Re-siting of a dwelling adjacent to Warren House (previously granted under EPF/2723/15)
NO OBJECTION, although observe that work has already commenced.
EPF/3018/20 - 2 Currange Farm Cottages - Retention of Fence
EPF/2897/20 - Parvills Farm - Change of use and alterations to an agricultural building to equestrian use.
EPF/2706/20 - Carswell, Rye Hill Road - Ground floor side extensions and proposed roof extension including new rear dormers
EPF/2562/20 - 2 Elm Close : Single Storey rear extension
NO OBJECTION but should be stipulated that it not be converted to a dwelling in future.
ALLOTMENTS - plots available. Come and join our friendly and helpful allotment community. No charge now (apart from deposit)
Annual Rent (October to September, invoiced January) - £18 for half plot and £36 for full plot. (Deposit £50 for half plot, £100 for full plot, returnable if plot is left in a good condition when given up.)
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Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2020 -
Epping Upland Parish Council is one of the oldest and original parish councils. The first Council meeting of the newly constituted Parish of Epping Upland was held on 16th April 1896 at the National School in Carters Lane Epping Green. Meetings have been held regularly ever since, although the National School building no longer exists. Council meetings are normally held in Epping Green Chapel at 7.00pm on the third Monday of the month, bi-monthly from May (subject to statutory or policy requirements).
We maintain and manage the Village Playground, Allotments, Millennium Garden, Parish Burial Ground, War Memorial and Village Green. Councillors comment on Planning Applications as well as considering and responding to consultations affecting residents of the Parish. Where appropriate Councillors or the Clerk represent the Parish at meetings and events; details are in the Minutes which can be accessed from the menu on the left.
If you have any ideas on how the Parish can be enhanced for residents, have any concerns or think the Parish Council can help you please contact the Clerk. Appointments can be made with councillors which generally take place before Council meetings but if the matter is urgent this can be arranged sooner. Councillors' contact details are in our Newsletter and in the Councillors section on this website, see menu on the left.
The Clerk is generally available on Mondays (1 -3pm). At other times a message can be left or an email sent, as below and the we will respond as soon as possible.
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