Local Plan is "unfair,
undeliverable and unsound"
The district council's Local Plan is "unfair, undeliverable and
unsound" according to a North Weald parish councillor who claims the Parish has been unfairly treated when compared to other parts of the district.
Councillor Terry Blanks said the North Weald Parish - which includes North Weald Village,
Hastingwood and Thornwood Common - was earmarked to take 25 per cent of all the new housing set for the Epping Forest district.
The council has also said it believes the Plan is 'unsound' because of the lack of infrastructure proposed to support the number of homes earmarked for the area.
Mr Blanks told Monday's parish council meeting the Local Plan "charade" started in July 2012 with the Issues and Options consultation when, he said, North Weald was treated differently from all other parts in the district, with areas named as 'North Weald', 'North Weald Airfield', 'Thornwood Common', and "land around Harlow' which was "basically Hastingwood".
He said the district council had said at that time that the new development should be "proportionate" across the district.
He added: "Some of the more affluent (parts of the district) Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell, suggested North Weald Airfield (for development).
"It was clear even at that early stage there was a bias towards development in North Weald."
Parish council vice-chairman Brian Eldridge said infrastructure detailed in the Local Plan for North Weald Parish was "practically non-existent".
Planning committee chairman Baden Clegg said: "We have to say it as it is and others far above us will tell us what will happen to North Weald in the future."
Council chairman Alan Buckley said: "It (the Local Plan) doesn't pass the test (for soundness)."
Mr Clegg said: "We really do have to stand up to be counted and the veiled threat (that the district could have to accommodate an additional 9,000 homes if the March 31 submission deadline is not met by the district council)... what happens if the Government changes?
Councillor Andy Tyler said the "threat" had been issued to "bully us".
He added: "We are hear to represent the people of this parish. We can get it right or get it wrong. If people are going to issue us with a threat I say 'bring it on'.
"We can sit here and feel we've been targeted. I don't like being threatened. I'm here to represent the people of this parish and do what I feel is right. I think we have to challenge this."
The parish council agreed unanimously to respond to the district council saying the Plan is "unsound".
The deadline for public responses is 5pm on Monday, January 29.
North Weald Village Life celebrates 10th Anniversary
20th July 2006 was the official launch date of North Weald Village Life magazine and website.
So much news, events, photographs, features, and poems have been featured over the 10 years. I have met so many great people from organisations, groups, readers and advertisers that I have been so lucky.
All of these wouldn't be possible without the support of readers, contributors and of course advertisers.
I have so many plans for the next 10 years, I hope you will all still continue to support me.
Local Taxi Driver Assaulted
In the early hours of Saturday 19th March, a local taxi driver was assaulted by three youths after picking them up outside the Black Lion pub in Epping.
The assault occurred in the High Road, North Weald, as he dropped off his passengers.
The taxi driver suffered serious facial injuries and was taken to hospital where he had over 150 stitches.
A man has been charged with GBH, he is Daniel Bibby of Harlow aged 18 years. Two other youths, one from Epping and another were bailed until June.
Roy, our fantastic and long suffering Post Office Manager, has decided to take it easy at long last and retire soon.
The North Weald Post Office is extremely popular and a valued resource both to local residents and residents from the surrounding area.
It is hoped that we can continue to have our very own Post Office but it will move to North Weald News Shop in the High Road and be run by Dave Stallan and his wife.
In addition to it remaining in the village, the Post Office will be open 7 days a week and longer opening hours.
As rules determine, there is now a public consultation to ensure that everybody has their say in this, the details of this can be found below. All comments will need to be sent and received before 19th February.
PROPOSED MOVE FOR NORTH WEALD POST OFFICE, SUNDAY OPENING & LONGER HOURS
• Move to Bassett News Ltd, 20 High Road, North Weald, CM16 6BU
• Open seven days a week
• Modern open-plan retail environment
• Extra 24 hours a week
• Wide range of Post Office® services available
• Six-week public consultation
The Post Office is proposing to relocate North Weald Post Office to Bassett News Ltd, 20 High Road, North Weald, CM16 6BU where it would open as a modern open-plan “local” style branch with extended opening hours.
Post Office local is a new concept for delivering Post Office services and the North Weald branch would offer Post Office products and services from an open-plan till at the shop counter instead of from a separate screened counter.
Services would be provided throughout shop opening hours Monday to Saturday: 7am – 5pm; Sunday: 7am – 1pm. This is an extra 24 hours a week of Post Office service including Sunday morning and Friday and Saturday afternoons. The branch would also open earlier each day. This would make it more convenient for customers to visit.
The proposed move from 38 High Road, North Weald, Epping, CM16 6BU, would be with the current Postmaster’s agreement. The relocation would be part of a major modernisation programme across the Post Office network designed to make it easier for customers to do business, through longer opening hours and modern open plan environments.
Will Russell, Regional Manager said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in North Weald and we are confident that this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”
The Post Office is now inviting customers and interested parties to give their comments on the move in a six-week public consultation. During the public consultation, Post Office Ltd welcomes feedback on any issues customers would like considered before a final decision is taken on this proposal. The consultation will close on 19 February 2016. Submissions can be made during the consultation by Freepost YOUR COMMENTS to Post Office Ltd, via email to email@example.com, via the Customer Helpline on 03457 22 33 44 or Textphone 03457 22 33 55.
Customers can also share their views online through the quick and easy questionnaire at postofficeviews.co.uk with the branch code 061124.
Latest Scam Updates
Please be careful, there are so many scams and fraudsters targetting local people.
Water company - one scamI involves somebody turning up at a property and stating they are from the water board and need to check taps, pipes etc. When inside the property thefts have occurred. So please be careful, if you are unsure do not let anybody into your property. You can always ask for ID and can ring the company concerned to check. Usually visits such as these are preceded by a letter or telephone call.
Police - another scam involves a call from the police and a story is told and payment card details are requested for various reasons. Sometimes they say that if the person they have telephoned is unsure they should ring 999 or another number to check their credentials and on doing this immediately after the call has ended, it appears they are who they say they are. However the truth is that they have stayed on the line, the call was not in fact ended properly and the verification is part of the scam. Thousands and thousands of pounds have been stolen from local people.
If you are unsure NEVER give any details out. Ask someone else to check the details out, ask a friend or family for advice.
If you did attend the Extreme Torque Show why not remind yourself of the amazing stunts you saw or if you missed out you can check out some of the stunts on show, by viewing my gallery of photographs taken at the Extreme Torque Show held at North Weald Airfield on the Sunday 4th and Monday 5th May 2014.
Tour De France is coming to North Weald and Epping.
As many people will know the 'Tour de France' is coming to Essex and the route will go through North Weald and Epping.
In 2014 the Tour de France returns to the UK for 3 stages. The Yorkshire Grand Depart comprises two stages - Leeds to Harrogate and York to Sheffield. The Tour moves south for a third stage which begins in Cambridge, before entering 4 districts of Essex (Uttlesford, Braintree, Chelmsford and Epping Forest). Stage 3 finishes in London.
The dates and details of these three stages are as follows:-
The scale of the event is huge with 200 riders, 2000 vehicles and upto 5000 officials and press staff. The event organisers will work with all agencies to ensure the minimum road closure timeframe is in place but it is anticipated the closures will be in place for up to 8 hours. Special dispensation will of course be given to emergency services.
The route of stage 3 of the Tour de France 2014 can be found at http://www.essex.gov.uk/Pages/Tour-de-France.aspx. The route will be closed as follows:
The roads will be reopened after the race as soon as we possibly can.
ECC State: Roads which lead directly to the route will be ‘access only’ from the junction closest to the route. A small amount of these roads may be closed. We shall update this site with further information as soon as we have it.
For further information please go to http://www.essex.gov.uk/Pages/Tour-de-France.aspx where you will be able to see more information and also a range of Frequently Asked Questions around the event. You will also find a route map showing which roads are to be closed on the day.
The Visit Essex site http://www.visitessex.com/events/tour-de-france.aspx also contains a wealth of information to help your understanding and enjoyment of the event on the day.
I know that local businesses, organisations and groups are putting together ideas for the big day and I will keep you posted of any plans.
George Mulliner, local Parish Councillor who is part of the planning committee and he will keep us posted of developments.