Council Appoints New Chairman and Cabinet

Written on . Posted in Chairman, Councillors, Democracy, Meetings, Your council

Councillor Brian Sandler became the new Chairman of Epping Forest District Council at its annual meeting on Thursday 19 May. Councillor Sandler is a local businessman who became the District Councillor for Chigwell Row in 2002. He is a former chairman of Chigwell Parish Council. Councillor Mrs Ann Haigh from Buckhurst Hill was elected Vice-Chairman.

Councillor John Knapman was re-elected as Leader of Epping Forest District Council and chairs the nine-member executive Cabinet. He is also the Finance and Performance Portfolio Holder. Councillor Mrs Diana Collins was appointed the first Chairman of the newly created Overview and Scrutiny Committee that replaces the three-committee structure previously used by the Council. Mrs Collins ` Committee will be responsible for standing and special Task and Finish panels to examine Council actions and decisions. Councillor Stephen Barnes was reappointed as Deputy Leader of Council and Councillor Mrs Anne Grigg was reappointed as Chairman of the District Development Control Committee.

The members of the Cabinet are:

Councillor John Knapman – Leader and Finance and Performance Management

Councillor Stephen Barnes – Deputy Leader and People First

Councillor Chris Whitbread – Leisure

Councillor Robert Glozier – Planning and Economic Development

Councillor Derek Jacobs -Environmental Protection

Councillor Stephen Metcalfe – Information Communication Technology and Corporate Support Services

Councillor Don Spinks – Civil Engineering and Maintenance

Councillor Mrs Caroline Pond – Community Well-being

Councillor Michael Heavens – Housing

Chairmanship and Vice-Chairmanship of committees and sub-committees are as follows:

Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Councillor Mrs Diana Collins – Chairman
Councillor Mrs Janet Whitehouse – Vice-Chairman

District Development Control Committee
Councillor Mrs Anne Grigg – Chairman
Councillor Mrs Maureen Boatman – Vice-Chairman

Area Plans Sub-Committee A
Councillor Fergus Maclaine – Chairman
Councillor Anthony Lee – Vice-Chairman

Area Plans Sub-Committee B
Councillor Matthew Colling – Chairman
Councillor Andrew Green – Vice-Chairman

Area Plans Sub-Committee C
Councillor Keith Wright – Chairman
Councillor Richard Morgan – Vice-Chairman

Area Plans Sub-Committee D
Councillor Ms Syd Stavrou – Chairman
Councillor Mrs Penny Smith – Vice-Chairman

Licensing Panel
Councillor Mitchell Cohen – Chairman
Councillor Mrs Mary Sartin – Vice-Chairman

Housing Appeals Panel
Councillor Mrs Joan Davis – Chairman
Councillor David Stallan – Vice-Chairman

Staff Appeals Panel
Councillor Reg Chidley – Chairman

Complaints Panel
Councillor Terrance Farr – Chairman
Councillor Len Martin – Vice-Chairman

Tribute to Ex-Councillor Tony Sutherland

Written on . Posted in Councillors, Democracy, Your council

Ex district councillor Tony Sutherland passed away on 24 April 2005 aged 74.

He served as a member of Epping Forest District Council from its establishment in 1974 until 1984 and represented the Ward of Marden Ash in Ongar.

Tony Sutherland was a senior member of the District Council, serving as a member and chairman of the Finance Sub Committee and as member of the Policy & Resources Committee.   He put his financial skills as a bank official to good use in chairing the sub committee.

He was also a long-standing parish councillor and had the distinction of serving for five years as Parish Clerk in Ongar after he retired from professional life.

Remembered for his common sense approach to financial matters Tony Sutherland worked closely with Douglas James who was the Leader of his political group and Chairman of the Policy & Resources Committee.

Tribute to Former Cllr Douglas James

Written on . Posted in Councillors, Democracy, Your council

Former district councillor Douglas James, one of the formative influences in the life of Epping Forest District Council, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday 8 May. He was 79 and his service in local government spanned more than half a century.

Already a senior figure at the former Chigwell Urban District Council prior to the 1974 local government re-organisation “ he was Chairman in 1971-2 – Douglas James became Leader of the controlling Conservative Group on the new Epping Forest District Council. He held that role, and the chairmanship of the Policy and Resources Committee, from 1974 to 1984 when he lost his seat in Loughton.   In those days the District Council did not recognise the position of Leader of the Council although, as Leader of the controlling group with a very commanding overall majority, he fulfilled much of that role.

Cllr James` role in District Council affairs and his Leadership of the Conservative Group were characterised by detailed control of policy, an unerring memory, a complete mastery of procedure and a robust approach to party political discipline.   He shared with his political colleagues a concern to limit increases in Rates and a desire to focus Council spending only on those programmes that were considered necessary.

After losing his Loughton seat, he moved out of the district and subsequently became the first mayor of the Town of Dunmow,(right) at his installation in 2000 by the then HM Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Braybrooke.

Douglas James worked as an industrial chemist with Tate and Lyle in East London. He held five degrees and had studied at Imperial College.

A colourful character, Cllr James was a kind person and brilliant academic with a passion for Bridge and a dry sense of humour.

His funeral takes place at Chelmsford Crematorium on Monday 16 May at 10.15am. No flowers are requested, but donations may be made to the Friends of Great Dunmow Clinic.