(a) Chairman’s Announcements
(a) Announcements by the Chairman of Council
(i) Supplementary Reports
The Chairman brought to the attention of Members that as an addition to the agenda there were a further four supplementary reports:
· Report of the Housing and Community Portfolio Holder;
· Updated report of the Technical Services Portfolio Holder (pages 59-64);
· Updated Report of the Contracts & Commissioning Portfolio Holder (pages 57-58); and
· Appointment Panel: Vacant Position on the Licensing Sub-Committee; and
Joint Arrangements & External Organisations: Appointments to the Epping Forest Culture and Community Trust (Items 11a and 12 on the agenda)
(ii) Councillor P Bhanot, MBE
The Chairman congratulated Councillor P Bhanot for receiving an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2022, for his services to the Community of Chigwell.
(iii) Derek Whitbread, BEM
The Chairman congratulated Derek Whitbread, an on-call firefighter at Epping who has served the town of Epping for 47 years and was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2022. In the past he had also received an award at the Council’s Civic Awards in recognition of the work and service he had given locally.
(iv) Lord Lieutenants Platinum Jubilee Service
The Chairman advised that she had attended the Lord Lieutenants Platinum Jubilee Service at Chelmsford Cathedral and also services to rededicate the War Memorial in St Andrew’s Church Yard at North Weald. and the rededication of the Norwegian Stone which sat outside of the airfield near to the airfield museum.
(v) Annual Petanque Match
The Chairman reported that the annual petanque match, which took place between Epping Town Council and the District Council early in July, where she and the Vice-Chairman Councillor D Sunger had come up against worthy Epping Town Council opponents in the annual petanque match, District and Town Councillor J H Whitehouse and Town Councillor M Wright but unfortunately, they proved to be no match for the Town Council and sadly lost she therefore went on to congratulate the winning team.
(vi) Jack Petchey Achievement Awards
The Chairman stated that she would like to congratulate all of the young people across the district who received Jack Petchey Achievements Awards this year. She advised that she felt privileged to be able to present the awards to many of the young who attended local schools and clubs and also recipients from the Youth Council.
(vii) Community Culture & Wellbeing
The Chairman advised that she was looking forward to watching some of the activities that the Community Culture & Wellbeing Team would be putting on for young people during the summer school holidays.
(viii) Member/Officer Coffee Morning
The Chairman reminded members that next member/officer coffee morning will be on the 14 September. She advised that she attended the first coffee morning and found it to be a particularly worthwhile exercise as it gave members the opportunity to meet with a variety of officers across the council.
(xv) Floral Display
The Chairman announced that she intended that the flowers from this evening’s meeting to go to the Community Hub in the Civic Offices to be enjoyed by all staff and visitors.