23rd SeptemberThe Crofton Singers Entertain at Theydon Seniors Event:
The Theydon Seniors event held on Friday 17th September was another great success. Not only were senior residents entertained by some very good singing courtesy of eight members of The Crofton Singers, they also entered into the spirit of a few games of bingo organised by Councillor Hammond and his wife Joyce.
To top it all, our senior folk enjoyed home made cake and cookies made by our growing number of volunteers and this was all washed down with copious amounts of tea and coffee. Our quarterly events have certainly enhanced the social life of a number of our Theydon Seniors, with numbers reaching as a high as 40 on some occasions.
For anyone interested in coming along, please note our next event is at the Village Hall on Friday 26th November at a new time of 2.00-4.00pm. Due to popular demand, places do need to be booked, so please contact Sally Crone, Parish Clerk on 01992 813442.
7th September Theydon News Desk Seeks New Sponsors:
As recently one of our sponsors has had to withdraw Theydon News Desk now has a vacancy for one (with 1/2 Page Advertisement) or two (each with a 1/4 Page Advertisement) new sponsors. By supporting Theydon News Desk sponsors ensure that both Village News and the Village Website can continue so they are also contributing to and supporting our community in a very positive way.
Theydon News Desk carries a strictly limited number of Sponsors Advertisements in the magazine and on the website as appreciation for sponsorship. As well as the Sponsors Page the website the links page also has a special section for sponsors and they are 'star rated' on the Shops Page or Eats & Drinks Page. Sponsorship is restricted to businesses active in the Village and their related advertisements will not exceed more than ten percent of the total Village News magazine content. As advertising is strictly limited in the magazine and on the website it is a very effective way of promoting your business to the village and furthering your involvement with the community. Further information on sponsoring Theydon News Desk is available in this Sponsoring PDF.
We would encourage villagers to support all our local businesses (Use Them or Loose Them), but especially our sponsors. Please mention you saw them in Village News and on the Village Website.
6th September Latest Update on Theydon Bois Viaduct Works:
The aim of the works at Theydon Bois is to repair damaged concrete to the underside of the viaduct, and to improve the general strength of the bridge thus prolonging its life (see earlier update below). This work is being carried out because of concerns over the safety of the length of the viaduct on the west side (town side) of the London Underground railway line and over the track itself due to spalling concrete (patches falling off of the underside), as well as lack of cover over the steel reinforcement bars causing the bridge to be weak. To give a brief update, the Abridge bound carriageway of the viaduct has been repaired, with damaged concrete being removed by hydro-demolition and structural concrete being sprayed over the exposed reinforcement.
As the Abridge bound carriageway repairs have now been complete, the lanes have been switched to allow similar repairs to the Theydon Bois bound carriageway. The contractor, Concrete Repairs Ltd, have made good progress and we expect the work to be complete ahead of programme.
JAMES KENNERLY Assistant Structures Engineer Essex CC Highways Management Environment
3rd SeptemberHaven House Hospice GLOWalk:
‘Take party in the brightest event of the year and raise money for Haven House Children’s Hospice. This exciting 10k walk in the dark can be a leisurely stroll or a fitness challenge – it’s up to you. Leaving Haven House, Woodford at 8pm following a celebrity warm up and finishing at The Cuckfield Pub, Wanstead. Registration is £15 including an event t-shirt, goodie bag and refreshments.
1st September Travellers Move Out from North Weald:
Travellers have complied with a Possession Order and left council owned land at Merlin Way, North Weald. According to reports in the local media, the travellers had congregated in the area for a religious festival. They were served with a Possession Order and Bailiffs Warrant on Friday 27 August. The Court set a deadline of 1.30pm on Tuesday 31 August for the site the be cleared. A smaller encampment at Tylers Farm has also been vacated. Reports suggest many of the Travellers may now have moved to a new location in Dorset.
1st September Theydon Bois Men’s Forum Autumn Programme:
Our Autumn Season of Men’s Forum starts on Wednesday October 14th 2010. We have vacancies for new members and if you are free for a couple of hours on the second and fourth Wednesday of the months October to June then why not join us. We meet at Theydon Bois Baptist Church (rear hall) at about 10.15 am and finish at 12 noon. Our selected and enjoyable talks given by invited guests take place in a very friendly atmosphere, if you would like to know more about the Men’s Forum then please give Harry Memory a call on 01992 812696.
Our speakers for the next season are as follows:
13th October “After the Wave” Sue Barclay
27th October “Flowers, Felines & Feathered Friends” Margaret Rogers (S. Africa)
10th November “London & The Slave Trade” Tom Wareham
24th November “Peru” Anthea Cannell
8th December “Two Years in The Antarctic” Les Barclay
25th August 2010 St. Mary’s Harvest Flower Festival:
This is taking place in church over the weekend of 24 - 26 September 2010. It opens at 7.00 p.m. on Friday 24th with Songs before Supper, a concert of varied and popular music on the theme of flowers by the Crofton Singers followed by a reception giving the opportunity to view the flower arrangements over a glass of wine and canapés.Tickets £10.00. Details from Peter Siimmance. Tel: 01992 813732 or St Mary's Website
On Saturday 25th the church will be open from 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. when there will also be stalls and refreshments, all in the church grounds. On Sunday it will be open from 12 noon – 4.00 p.m. and tea and cakes will be served by the M.U. The day will finish with Festival Choral Evensong at 6.00 p.m.
On Monday 27th we will be inviting some of the older residents of our community to view the flowers and have a cup of tea in church.
24th August 2010Days out from Theydon Bois:
Eileen Carter runs a non profit making Club in Theydon called E & G Retirement Club and they usually have a day trip once a month, starting in March or April.
At present they still have places on the following:-
Brick Lane Music Hall. The show is called “Sunday Night at the London Palladium” and the date is Friday October 22nd. Afternoon tea is included in the price of £33.
5 day Turkey & Tinsel at the Dauncey’s Hotel, Weston-Super-Mare. The price for this is £185 per person, which includes entertainment and excursions. The date of this is Monday 6th December to Friday 10th December.
Day trip to the Rochester Dickens Festival on Tuesday 14th December. This is a Christmas market with the wooden chalets plus people dressed as Dickens characters and carol singing. The price is £16 per person.
They have two pickups, the first one at the Theydon Bois Baptist Church and the second at Newmans Lane, Loughton. Anybody interested in these trips or if you would like more details of the club then please ring Eileen Carter on 01992 812435 or e.mail her at email@example.com.
24th August 2010Avenue of Trees Update:
Some while ago you will remember the exhibition at the Village Hall detailing the options that The City of London were considering for the long term maintenance of the Avenue of Trees which transects the Village Green. The City are intending to start work in planting a parallel avenue – Option Two which was that preferred by the majority of residents who responded and the Parish Council – in October/November this year.
Members of the Tree Strategy Group, Rural Preservation Society, Tree Wardens and Parish Councillors are hoping to join Keith Thompson and other representatives of The City to select the trees tomorrow (25th August). The new trees which will be planted approximately eight metres from the existing avenue will be between 2 and 2.5 metres tall and planting should take three days. It is hope to organise some future events to commemorate the work on this historic feature.
24th August 2010Theydon Bois Bakery Leading Collector for RNLI:
Michael Hayter Chairman of RNLI Epping Branch presenting the plaque to Nigel Bramman of Theydon Bois Bakery for the most money collected in the countertop contribution boxes. Mr Hayter was accompanied by RNLI volunteers Mrs. Margaret Hayter and Mrs. Janet Slater. The total amount raised in this way from 11 locations in the district was £743 of which £222 was raised in Theydon Bois Baker with the Queen Victoria being the runners up with a collection of £138. All the donations were made from the generosity of the customers and is gratefully accepted by RNLI.
24th August 2010 Contracts Exchanged for Youth Centre:
The Parish Council has announced that on 11th August the contracts were finally exchanged on the purchase of the old Youth Centre in Loughton Lane. This has been an extremely prolonged transaction and there have been times when Councillors and the residents alike have been very frustrated. Parish Council Chairman, Sue Jones said "I would like to especially thank Councillor Peter Hammond, who since he joined the Parish Council in May 2004, has continuously campaigned for more facilities for the youngsters in our village and Mr Roy Newland who has been instrumental in ensuring that the site was not lost to development after Essex County Council gained outline planning permission to build houses on the site".
The purchase includes the former Youth Club and the surrounding land including the land the Scout Hut is built on, securing the site for the use of the community indefinitely. The Parish Council are in the process of overseeing the setting up of a charity to manage and run the new Centre and are delighted that several people have responded to the earlier appeals for help and volunteered to become trustees of the new Charity. The former Youth Centre will be refurbished using funds from the Community Initiatives Fund and other grants.
Sue continued " We will at last be able to provide the much needed base for activities for the teenagers in the village as well as providing a further facility that we hope can be used by other groups in the village, making it truly a ‘Community’ Centre. Currently the plans are to complete the purchase in the middle of September, we will make further announcements about the final completion and the opening of the Centre through future newsletters but in the meantime please do keep an eye on the Parish Council notice boards (at the Village Hall and by the access to The Heights in the village) and the village website for further information".
24th August 2010HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY SHOW RESULTS:
Below is the list of Winners of categories in this years show. The Society are pleased that Mrs Shears, having organised this year’s successful Show, has agreed to carry on being Show Secretary. We thank all those who helped and those who supported the Show.
Connie Shears, New Show Secretary (rear). Tricia Haselhurst, Diana Badcock and right Jane Turner - Retired Show Secretary after 30 years.
Most Successful A & B Excluding Last Years Winners
Mr Barry Turner
Frank & Josie Way
Best Fuchsia Exhibit
Ted Lock Memorial Cup
Best Cactus / Succulent
Gazette Challenge Bowl
Best Fruit or Vegetable Exhibit, Section A & B
Mr Stuart Smith
Gerald Buxton Cup
Best Flower or plant Exhibit section A & B
Mr Barry Turner
John Monkhouse Cup
Most Successful Exhibit Section A Excluding Winners For Last 5 Years
Mr Geoff Haselhurst
William Way Cup
Most Successful Exhibitor Section A
Mr Barry Turner
Most Successful Exhibitor Section B
Mrs D Badcock
Mr Barry Turner
Mrs H Howland
Garden news Shield
Most Successful Junior Section
Best Junior Entry
The Horticultural Society continues to maintain the planters in the village (it’s a shame some of the plants have been pulled out) and are grateful to Mrs Grant for the use of her outside tap. Thanks go the waterers Keith Harris, Peter Snelling, Barry Turner and Liz McGuire. The Society would be very pleased to see more more volunteers whether members of the Society or not.
The FREE talk on Sheffield Park in Sussex has been schedules for FRIDAY 10th September, 8pm in the Villa Hall. The outing to Sheffield Park for the autumn colour is on 16th October. Tickets from Keith Harris Tel: 812220. The Society have a talk on Myddelton House Gardens on 1st October and their AGM followed by a friendly quiz with refreshments is on 18th November
22nd August 2010Epping Forest Group of the Alpine Garden SocietyAutumn Meetings:
The Epping Forest Group of the Alpine Garden Society meets on the second Tuesday of the month (but check December date) at 8.00 pm in Theydon Bois Village Hall. Meetings take the form of an illustrated lecture or a demonstration, followed by refreshments. There is also a plant raffle, sales table and an alpine plant display. Non-members are welcome. For further information please contact Keith Ballard, 01992 813231, firstname.lastname@example.org or go to: www.alpinegardensociety.net/groups/Epping-Forest
Tuesday 14 September
Eastern Turkey & Lake Van – Bob Charman
Tuesday 12 October
Iran – Arthur Nicholls
Tuesday 9 November
Kaleidoscopic Crocus – Tony Goode
Wednesday 15 December
Around the Pyrenees – Jolyon Lea
22nd August 2010Next Parish Council Theydon Seniors Event:
22nd August 2010Theydon Bois Litter Picks:
In many ways Theydon Bois is a prisoner of its own popularity. People often travel through the village who do not live here but find it a picturesque place to visit or a convenient route between destinations in South and North West Essex, avoiding the busy motorways. In 1996, litter picks were organised by the Parish Council each spring & autumn. When then Parish Counillor John Eaton took over responsibility for the village environment and entered the Village into the regional and national “best kept” competitions, it was obvious to him that we needed more regular litter picks than just in spring and summer if we were to have a chance of winning. John started with monthly summer litter picks in 1997 but when it came to the end of the year and by popular consent, it was extended to be a regular monthly event throughout the year.
John Eaton (centre) with some of the August Litter Pickers
The judges who visit the village in connection with the “best kept village competitions” generally are impressed by the low level of deep litter in the village and this is as a direct result of regular litter picking. In a way, those of us who volunteer are living examples of the community spirit which is the glue which holds this village together - but for how long. As numbers dwindle and others fail to step up to the line, our lovely village will decline.
John's message is that if you wish to promote our village and help it attain more accolades for its rural beauty, please put away any prejudices you may have and join the happy band of litter pickers. We meet at the Village Hall on the first Saturday in every month.
22nd August 2010Update on Theydon Bois Viaduct Works:
The “Town Spans” of the viaduct have been scaffolded out (see Photos 1 and 2 below)
Hydro Demolition of the underside of the viaduct has now been completed to spans 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 (out of 19 spans in total) on Abridge bound lane. Bear in mind the process will be repeated on the Theydon bound lane. Concrete spraying has now been completed to span 2 and started on 3 implying that the contractor has been able to work faster than the original programme suggested.
See photo of a hydro-demolition rig which fires out water at ultra high pressure to remove damaged concrete
See photos 3 & 4 of examples of the damaged concrete.
See photo 6 as an example of exposed reinforcement bars following concrete hydro-demolition
All the photos were taken from the underside of Theydon Bois Viaduct.
James Kennerley Assist. Structures Engineer - Highways Management
Environment, Sustainability and Highways
22nd August 2010Next Parish Council One-2-One:
22nd August 2010Theydon BoisMusic Society New Concert Season:
Theydon Bois Music Society starts its new season of concerts on the 9th September with a concert by Erato. The details of the full season and membership of the society are on the club details web page.
22nd August 2010Epping Forest's Befriending Service:
The Theydon Bois group of Voluntary Action Epping Forest's Befriending Service has been running since March 2009. They meet as a group every Friday lunchtime in the Queen Victoria for a meal and a chat, and other volunteers visit people in their own homes during the week. The project is open to anyone aged 65 and over.
Scheme co-ordinator Julie Bristow from VAEF says: "This project has gone from strength to strength in such a short space of time, it has given people something to look forward to each week, and hopefully a step forward in preventing social isolation". One of the Befriendees agrees: "The friendly caring attitude of this service has made a significant impression on my wife, she thoroughly enjoys her visits and lunches out which enables me much needed respite for a couple of hours a week - I don't know what I'd do without this service now", and a Befriender adds: "As a volunteer I find that I get as much out of my visits as my 'friend', we share laughter and life experiences which enrich us both."
Please contact Julie Bristow on 01992 564518 for more information or to offer your services as a volunteer befriender.
Julie Bristow Befriending Co-ordinator/Outreach Worker Tel: 01992 564518 Email: email@example.com
:22nd August 2010Theydon Olympic Swimming Hope visits Olympic Park:
Local Medal Hope Joins Councillors on Fact Finding Tour Almost exactly two years to go to the opening ceremony of London 2012, Paralympic Swimmer Emma Hollis from our village joined Epping Forest District Councillors on a visit to the Olympic Park in Stratford and the Lee Valley White Water Canoe Centre near Waltham Abbey.
22nd August 2010Latest on the M25 Motorway Widening Near Theydon Bois:
The current edition of the M25 Junctions 27 to 30 Widening Newsletter is now available as an electronic downloadable PDF file that is available through the publications link on the Highways Agency website http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/projects/5742.aspx. Information and updates will now be regularly provided electronically through these web pages. The Highways Agency is responding to its environmental responsibility in the delivery of its communications and seeking to reduce unnecessary printing in line with the Government's deficit reduction.
2nd August 2010Free Home Safety Scheme for the Elderly:
Voluntary Action’s “Safe and Sound” Home Safety Scheme for the elderly. This scheme was previously known as “Freefall” it is an excellent service and the great thing is that it is FREE! The details are in this PDF Leaflet, which we should promote amongst our elderly residents, so if you know anyone who could make use of this service please let them know about it. It is open to anyone whether or not they rent or own their own home and is not means tested. In addition to fall prevention aids for the home they also will fit door and window locks and give advice on home security.
2nd August 2010August Road Closures in Avenue of Trees and Forest Drive:
2nd August 2010Villager of the Year:
At the Parish Council Meeting last Thursday Night John Philip, Vice Chairman of the Parish Council presented the 'Villager of the Year' award to Marian Mellis. Presenting the Theydon Bois Community Rose Bowl award John had this to say about Marian and her team of helpers.
"It is never and easy job to select one person to acknowledge above others for the Villager of the Year. As I have said on many occasions before we are as a community extremely lucky in that there are so many residents who give up their time to help and support others in the village.
Indeed when deciding this year’s Villager of the Year it was quite clear to me that it should be awarded not solely to an individual also the team of volunteers who worked alongside her. However it is an opportunity to recognise and publicly thank someone who has selflessly committed their time help our residents.
It is especially hard and demanding when such a commitment is given on a regular basis, week in week out. People very quickly come to rely on the support and service that is being given".
Pictured L to R: Brian Giddens, Pauline Higgins, John Philip, Marian Mellis, Terry Mellis, Dot Palmer,
Ron Gomm, Jean Wilson.
"For many years our new Villager of the Year led a fantastic team who together ran the Robert Daniels Wednesday Club. This service was provided unfailingly for many years. I know many residents came to depend on it and it is sorely missed by those who attended.
The leader of the team was of course Marian Mellis and it gives me great pleasure, on behalf of the Parish Council, to award this to her in recognition of her dedication and hard work and would like to invite her to accept the Theydon Bois Community Rose Bowl on behalf of her team of tireless volunteers".
29th July 2010Theydon Bois Litter Pick:
29th July 2010Parish Council One-2-One:
13th July 2010Gypsies and Travellers Site Requirements Lifted:
The Government has finally agreed to drop the formal consultation over extra gypsy and traveller pitches in the district after two years of worry, concern, and confusion.
Coalition Government minister Greg Clark MP has written to Di Collins Leader of Epping Forest District Council confirming the requirement to find an extra 34 pitches in the district, including the two in Theydon Bois, through formal consultation has now been withdrawn. In the letter Mr. Clark says "It is the view of Government that local councils are best placed to meet the requirements of their residents, be they from the settled or or travelling community. Despite the difficulties the Direction has placed on the authority you have shown that the Council has taken a responsible approach to meeting the accommodation requirements of travellers in the district. I do not hesitate, therefore, in agreeing to your request to withdraw the direction".
Councillor Di Collins said “This is fantastic news. I am absolutely delighted. The Direction has been a millstone around our necks for three years. It has been especially difficult for many of our residents and placed a tremendous strain on the council. It was not even supported by our local gypsy and traveller communities. After working so hard, it will be an immense relief to all of us that the new minister has acted so speedily. It has been a long struggle and finally a triumph for local democracy over big government. Residents and councillors alike will be celebrating”
10th July 2010RCCE Best Kept Village Competition 2010 Winners:
Councillor Hannibal went to the Rural Community Council of Essex AGM on the 7th July where the Best Kept Village 2010 awards were also announced. You will see from below the that we were awarded the Runner Up Prize in our division this year which although not as good as we have managed in previous years it is still a very good achievement.
Village of the Year - Winner
Great Waltham 2nd
Best Kept Village Category Winners
Winner Great Dunmow
Runner Up Danbury
Winner Kelvedon Runner Up Theydon Bois
Winner Great Bentley
Runner Up Little Hallingbury
Runner Up Helions Bumpstead
Runner Up Belchamp St Paul
Best New Entry
9th July 2010Land Banking Hard Sell of Green Belt Plots Targets Theydon Again:
In a repeat of similar tactics last year when a company called Emerging Property Partnership (EPP) began putting out glossy brochures advertising land for sale in Theydon Bois a new offer of land on the Green Belt Blunts Farm site is being made by Castra Land. This is a registered company at the exact same address as EPP and its sales document repeats the 3,500 homes claim as well as the statement: “Theydon Bois is a prime location for redevelopment”. The document also misuses statements in the recent EFDC Scoping Report consultation produced by EFDC which suggested Theydon Bois has a “low to moderate” sensitivity to change. TB&DRPS & TBAG have both made submissions on the content of the Scoping Report indicating that incorrectly categorising Theydon Bois as “low to moderate” sensitivity would result in as becoming a target for developers.
In the new document from Castra Land, 32 plots are for sale at prices starting from £5,950, and all are on agricultural land near the Blunts Farm site off Abridge Road, which EFDC has always said it will not earmark for housing. The document, labeled phase 4, boasts it has already sold out all plots in phases 1, 2, and 3, despite the warning from the council last year that the land could well be worthless as an investment.
It seems some investors soon realise their mistake as one plot is currently being offered for sale on internet auction site Ebay so as to unload it. As of 7th July the highest offer for the land, which the seller claims is worth over £7,500, was £1,020.
This Castra Land sale has again been reported by our Parish Council to EFDC and Essex Trading Standards.
10th July 2010Front Garden Competition 2010 Winners:
10th July 2010Deer Sanctuary Access:
Jane Turner has advised us that people are turning up expecting to be able to access the Deer Sanctuary from Sidney Road. We wonder if people have been confused by the leaflet on Epping Forest Deer which is in circulation (I recently picked up a copy in our Post Office) and it does refer to an annual programme of deer walks and private guided tours for schools and groups of the Deer Sanctuary. It should be noted that there is no access to the Deer Sanctuary other than on an approved guided tour.
2nd July 2010Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society Talk & AGM:
On a hot but football-free night (1st July) the AGM of the Rural Preservation Society was well attended. The Superintendent of Epping Forest was unable to come but Dr Jeremy Dagley, one of the long-serving members of staff, gave an illustrated talk about the development and practice of tree management in the forest from earliest times to the present, with special attention on pollarding and coppicing. His enthusiasm and knowledge were well received by an interested and attentive audience.
L to R = Chairman Peter Newton, President Alan Gilles,
Jeremy Dagley (Speaker & City of London Conservator),
Vice Chairman Martin Boyle, Vice President Michael Chapman.
During the business part of the AGM the Chairman thanked Eric Thurston, 91, the retiring secretary, for his many years of service in that post and the other officers and committee were re-elected together with two new volunteers, Robert Levene and Len Ratcliffe.
AGM with Society Chairman Peter Newton & retiring Secretary Eric Thurston.
The Society is still seeking four further volunteers for the committee. If you want to preserve the best aspects of our village and protect its surrounding Green Belt membership of the committee will help the society continue with these aims. Committee membership is not too arduous as the committee only meets 6 times a year. Further details on the Preservation Society Page or speak to any of the officers listed on our village notice boards.
The next Society event is a free Guided Footpath Walk titled "Trees – Old and New" that fits well with the theme of Jeremy Dagley's talk. This starts at 2.00pm next Sunday 4th July from the Village Hall. All are welcome.
1st July 2010 Concessionary Travel Pass Changes & Questionnaire:
In England, older people (both men and women) who have reached the female age of retirement or eligible disabled people are able to travel anywhere in England using their concessionary travel bus pass obtained from their local authority.
From 1 April 2010, Essex County Council will be responsible for issuing your concessionary bus pass.
Essex County Council want to know what you find most useful about your current pass so they are conducting a consultation so as to make an informed decision about what the County Council offers from 1 April 2011.
Not only does Theydon Bois have a new Hair Salon run by 19 year old Lauren Amasanti that now ranks among the best, but Lauren is now determined to put a little back into the community.
Hairdressing has always been Lauren's passion and from the age of three, she would happily sit for hours styling her friends hair. Harry George had been an established business in Theydon Bois for over ten years and when the salon was put up for sale last year Lauren decided to put a business plan together and purchase it for herself. On Saturday, 17th April 2010 she realised her life long ambitions.
Lauren was thrilled to see the salon re-opened under her nameand with this in mind LAUREN LOUISE has recently adopted Haven House as its charity and future functions and events will be in aid of Haven House. Haven House is devoted to caring for young people between the ages of 0 to 19 who have life-limiting conditions and who are unlikely to reach adulthood and with Lauren's help the Charity looks like benefitting in the future.
1st July 2010Parish Council Publish Freedom of Information Guidelines:
The Parish Council believes in full disclosure of its activities and therefore minutes of past Parish Council Meetings and certain other documents are available to view on the Village Website. Minutes of other meetings as well as other Parish Council Documents that do not appear here are available to view on application to the Parish Clerk. The Parish Council has now published its Guidelines on Freedom of Information which are available below and from the links on the Council Meetings and Council Minutes Pages.
1st July 2010Police Advice on Avoiding Rogue Traders:
Rogue traders are a menace and, although we don't have a particular problem in our District, every now and again an incident rears it's head and when it does it usually means a victim has forfeited a substantial amount of cash. They are difficult to prosecute for any criminal offence because the victim normally hands the money over willingly but Trading standards have had some notable successes in prosecuting rogue traders.
Rogue traders prey on the elderly and vulnerable, often conning them out of vast sums of money for work that is substandard, unnecessary and overpriced. In some cases no work has been carried out at all. Rogue traders can have seriously adverse effects on a victim's health and confidence once the scam is uncovered.
The message is simple: if you're not sure don't open the door. If you are suspicious of them or they are persistent call 999 immediately. Essex Police is committed to dealing robustly with rogue traders and we would rather have a call that turns out to be genuine rather than no call at all.
Last year's national Rogue Trader operation saw nearly 200 people arrested, £200,000 worth of property recovered, 1800 companies checked and over 10,500 vehicles inspected.
Police and trading standards give the following key crime prevention advice to protect against rogue traders and bogus callers: • Never engage the services of a cold calling tradesperson.
• Don't be hurried or frightened into employing their services.
• If you require the services of a tradesperson, ask for recommendation from family or friends.
• Get three written quotes before choosing a trader.
• Check whether traders are members of the Local Authority Assured Trader Schemes (www.oft.gov.uk) or the government Trust Mark scheme
• Never pay cash upfront.
• If you suspect a rogue trader caller is at your door dial 999.
Please play your part by keeping an eye on elderly and vulnerable residents in your community. If you think they are being targeted by a rogue trader call us immediately.
Epping Forest Police District Crime Reduction Officer