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RESOLVED - With two hours having elapsed since the start of the meeting, in

accordance with Standing Order No. 40 the Committee agreed at this point to

extend the meeting by up to thirty minutes.



The following questions were raised:


Deer culling

A Member stated that despite the Epping Forest Forum campaigning regarding deer hunting two years ago, there still had not been any feedback or outcome. He argued that as this public issue, all consultation needed to be made public and not come to the Committee for rubber stamping later. The Superintendent advised that the Terms of Reference had taken longer than expected but they would be published on the website next week and a report will come to the Committee following public consultation.


It was argued that the timescale had been too long, and the lack of engagement meant that the general public were not aware of what was going on in the background. Th Superintendent advised that this work would go out to tender and run for six weeks and would be followed by public consultation in February 2019. Members agreed that the timelines for this public sensitive subject should be made public and the Superintendent agreed that this would be added to the website.  


Closure of the Temple

A Member voiced concern regarding the length of time the Temple had been closed which had severely affected the programme of events. Members were advised that the Temple was closed due to the ceiling had falling down and could not be reopened until surveys had been carried out to establish the cause and contractors had completed the work. It was noted that this had now taken place, but the Temple required redecoration works before it could be reopened, and this would be advertised on the website when completed.   


Car Park Closures

A Member queried what the closure times for all the car parks were as this was not always clear. Members were advised that car park timings were listed on the website which are closed between 4-5pm but timings changed during the summer to between 8.30-9.30pm. It was noted that car parks were occasionally closed for routine Forest works, etc, which was not always posted on the website.


A Member noted that it stated that some car parks open for 24 hours on the website and it was agreed this would be removed to prevent any further confusion.






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