Issued: October 12, 2016
Town council news round-up (from October 11 meeting)
Epping Town Council is to spend the £200 it received as winner of the Essex Association of Local Councils' special achievement award on a bench for the new Market Garden.
The council was presented with the award at the EALC Annual General Meeting and awards ceremony in recognition of its community involvement, supporting Epping in Bloom with the garden project, the Queen's 90th birthday beacon event and its Neighbourhood Planning work.
Town Clerk Beverley Rumsey said Epping Town Council are here for our community and we want our prize to benefit everyone.
The date of next year's Epping Town Show has been set for Sunday, July 2, after councillors voted between holding the event on July 2 or July 9.
Last year's event had to be cancelled because of the weather conditions at Stonards Hill recreation ground.
Arrangements are in hand for Epping's festive lights display with the town council planning on again having illuminated trees over the High Street shops.
Three trees outside Argus Lighting, one tree outside Geoffrey Drayton and another on the Town Green will also be lit.
The council has decided not to have a 'light curtain' on the tower of St John's Church this year because of installation and safety issues.
A smaller 'hairband' display around the top of the tower has also been discounted.
Instead the council is looking to have the tower windows illuminated from inside.
The Christmas market, in the High Street on Friday, December 2, is already oversubscribed with a mix of stalls, refreshments and entertainment planned.
Epping Town Council looks likely to freeze market stall fees for a sixth successive year with charges for the cemetery, the council's allotments, pitch hire at Stonards Hill recreation ground and hire fees for Epping Hall and the Jack Silley Pavilion set to increase by 1 per cent in the next financial year.
The final budget is decided in January.
Repair work is to be carried out on the Epping Town Council-managed play areas.
Surface matting under the zip wire at the Ivy Chimneys play area is to be repaired, fencing at Lower Swaines will be replaced and a gate repaired while nuts and bolts on equipment at Parklands, Coopersale, will be replaced.
A new bench will be installed at the Stonards Hill skate park with improvements to be considered as part of a total renovation project for the area.
Frampton Road playground is due to be refurbished in the coming months.
An Apprentice-style business competition run by Epping Town Council in conjunction with Epping St John's School has received the backing of town councillors.
The venture is the idea of town councillor Dan Spillman who has suggested involving business students at the town's secondary school in a mini-business venture.
Potential business ideas mentioned at last night's town council meeting were a baking or card-making venture for the students with the winners given free use of a stall at Epping's Monday market for a few weeks