Voters can use pen if they want to

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There are reports in national newspapers and on social media urging voters to take a pen to the polling booth and not to use the pencil provided in case their vote is rubbed out.

Welcome to bring a pen

Glen Chipp, Local Counting Officer for the Epping Forest district said: ‘Voters are welcome to bring a pen to the polling station and use it to mark their cross if they want to.’

Ballot boxes ready

‘There is a lot of excitement on social media about pens verses pencils, and the use of hashtag #usepens.’

‘Pencils have always been the traditional way of marking  your vote at polling stations. They are the simplest most reliable way of making a cross, they never dry up, they can be sharpened if they become blunt and unlike ink, lead doesn’t run if it gets wet.’

More rain and thunderstorms

Glen added: ‘I would urge voters to vote as soon as they can as more rain and thunderstorms have been forecast for this evening.’

 

Notice of Poll and Situation of Polling Stations

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A Referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union will be held on Thursday 23 June 2016.

EU referendum

Referendum question

The Referendum question is

Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?

Voting will take place from 7am until 10pm.

Notice of Poll and Situation of Polling Stations

 

New Chairman of Council – Jeane Lea

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Councillor Jeane Lea is the new Chairman of Epping Forest District Council. Outgoing Chairman Councillor Liz Webster handed the reigns over to Mrs Lea at the first meeting of the Council since May’s local elections.

Cllr Webster and Chairman Jeane Lea

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Welcoming new Councillors

Proceedings began with a welcome by Councillor Mrs Webster to new councillors taking their seats in the council chamber for the first time with photographs of the signing of the register.

Thanks for a year of service

Business continued with Councillor Webster’s final address to fellow members as chairman. She thanked all her colleagues for their kindness, guidance and support. Mrs Webster said that she had met some amazing people during her year and thanked everyone for helping raise £4,600 for her Chairman’s Charity, the Royal British Legion.

Tributes to Liz Webster were led by Council Leader Councillor Chris Whitbread. His sentiments were echoed in turn by Councillor Stephen Murray, Councillor Caroline Pond and Council Chief Executive Glen Chipp.

Welcoming the new Chairman

In a warm, affectionate and funny speech, Councillor Syd Stravrou nominated her friend and fellow Waltham Abbey councillor, Jeane Lea as the new Chairman of Council. The nomination was seconded by Councillor Chris Whitbread with unanimous support from the Council Chamber.

Accepting the honour, Councillor Lea thanked fellow councillors for their kind words and promised to do her utmost to uphold the best traditions of the chairmanship. She announced that her Chairman’s Charity will be the Herts Essex Air Ambulance.

Councillor David Stallan is the new Vice-Chairman of Council.

Mrs Jill Angold-Stephens received warm applause on presentation of a long-service medal for her late husband Ken who passed away earlier this year.

Cabinet and Committees

Business continued with the appointment other councillors to official positions, committees and outside organisations.

Council Leader Chris Whitbread has a new Cabinet. Following the election of Councillor Stallan as Vice-Chairman of Council, Councillor Syd Stavrou moves from the Finance to the Housing Portfolio. Gagan Mohindra returns to the Cabinet as the Council’s new Finance Portfolio Holder.

Councillors Richard Bassett and John Philip swap portfolios. Councillor Bassett takes on the Governance and Development Management Portfolio while John Philip takes on the stewardship of the Local Plan as Planning Policy Portfolio Holder.

Other members of the Cabinet retain existing roles:

  • Councillor Anne Grigg                    Asset Management and Economic Development Portfolio
  • Councillor Will Breare-Hall           Environment Portfolio
  • Councillor Helen Kane                    Leisure and Community Services Portfolio
  • Councillor Gary Waller                   Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio
  • Councillor Alan Lion                       Technology and Support Services Portfolio

Other appointments include Councillor Mary Sartin as the new Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Councillor Brian Surtees as Chairman of the Licensing Committee, and Councillor Brian Sandler as Chairman of the District Development Management Committee.

 

Notice of referendum

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On Thursday 23 June 2016 a referendum will be held deciding on the UK’s membership of the European Union.

EU referendum

A referendum will be held on Thursday 23 June 2016 to decide on the question below:

Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? 

Applications

  • Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on Tuesday 7 June 2016.
  • Applications can be made online: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
  • If  you are already registered you do not have to re register. If you are unsure contact the Electoral Registration Officer.

Postal votes

  • Postal vote applications, amendments or cancellations must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, EFDC, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Wednesday 8 June 2016.

Proxy votes

  • New applications to vote by proxy at this referendum must reach the Electoral Registration Officer EFDC, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Wednesday 15 June 2016.
  • Requests for changes to existing proxy vote arrangements and cancellations must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Wednesday 8 June 2016.
  • Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this referendum on the grounds of disability or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer EFDC, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by 5pm on 23 June 2016.
  • The disability must have occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 15 June 2016. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5pm on Wednesday 15 June 2016.

Conservatives retain district council control

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On Thursday 5 May 2016 people in the Epping Forest district had their say and voted for their DistrictParish and Town Councillors, and a new Essex Police and Crime Commissioner.

Green and LRA gains in elections

The Conservative Group retained an overall majority while the Green Party and the Loughton Residents Association (LRA) increased their representation on Epping Forest District Council. Buckhurst Hill East is now the seat of Green candidate Simon Heap. The LRA also won in Loughton Forest.

Former Conservative Sylvia Watson has moved to the Independent Group. Vice-Chairman Jeane Lea is back after winning a 4-candidate race in Waltham Abbey.

Results

First results in Chigwell

Chigwell Conservative councillors John Knapman, Alan Lion and Brian Sandler were among the first councillors to be announced as re-elected when staff and volunteers reconvened for a second day of counting at Debden Park High School on Saturday 7 May 2016.

Conservative wins PCC

Friday’s count at Theydon Bois Village Hall concentrated on the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner elections. Conservative Roger Hirst is the new Commissioner after UKIP candidate Bob Spink took the contest to the second stage count.

New faces, familiar faces

Former councillor Rose Brookes is back on the council, succeeding Ken Angold-Stephens in Loughton Roding. Council Leader Chris Whitbread has been joined on the council by his daughter Holly, the new councillor for Epping Lindsey and Thornwood Common.

Cabinet members John Philip and Helen Kane were returned in Theydon Bois and Waltham Abbey respectively.

Councillors Leon Girling, David Wixley and Caroline Pond for the Loughton Residents Association, Tony Boyce, Gavin Chambers, Maggie McEwen, Glynis Shiell for the Conservatives, and Jon Whitehouse for the Liberal Democrats were all re-elected to their seats. Councillor Heather Brady was re-appointed after an unopposed election in Passingford.

Other new councillors for May 2016 are Judy Jennings, Debra Roberts and Amy Beales for the LRA in Loughton.

Parish and Town Council votes also took place in Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell, Loughton, Fyfield.

Photos 

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Referendum warm-up

With the Referendum just 6 weeks away, Returning Officer Glen Chipp thanked all the staff and volunteers for a smoothly run set of elections. He said: ‘Thanks to everyone including all those staff who worked right through Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Candidates, agents and residents appreciated the efficient and professional approach of our staff. See you all again on the 23 June!’

 

5 May election results

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The results are in for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, District Council and Town and Parish Councils elections following voting on Thursday 5 May 2016.

Police Crime Commissioner for the Essex Area result

Roger Hirst (Conservative) has been declared the new Police Crime Commissioner for the Essex Area.

District Council elections results

Town and Parish Council elections results

Turnout

The turnout for the Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) election for Essex is 26% and for the Epping Forest district only is 26.67%.

District Council elections – Turnout by Ward.

Town and Parish Council elections – Turnout by Electoral Area.

Timetable

  • Verification of Police Crime Commissioner (PCC), District, Town and Parish Council ballot papers begins 8.30am Friday 6 May 2016
  • Count for Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) begins at 1pm Friday 6 May 2016
  • Count for District, Town and Parish elections starts 9am Saturday 7 May 2016 – estimated finish time of 2pm

 

 

Heartfelt tributes at Full Council

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Heartfelt tributes were made by Councillors for the late District Councillor Ken Angold-Stephens at a meeting of council on 26 April 2016. Ken was a highly respected District Councillor with a distinguished career. He passed away on 8 April 2016 after a long illness.

Warm thoughts of remembrance were also shared for Roger Pratt, who served as Epping Forest District Council’s Standards Committee Independent Person since 2012. Roger passed away on 15 March 2016 and will be sorely missed.

Councillor resignation

Councillor Sharon Weston resigned from her post as District Councillor for Loughton Forest ward on 23 March 2016. A by-election to fill the vacancy will take place at the same time as other elections on 5 May 2016.

New constitution

The council has adopted a new constitution with immediate effect. The constitution sets out the principles, rules and protocols for the way in which the council conducts business. It also sets out the processes by which decisions are made and states who is responsible for these decisions.

Councillors reassured

Full council was reassured that the two UAV’s, purchased by the council in February 2016, are to be used responsibly and in accordance with the Human Rights Act, Data Protection Act and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. A council policy, operational manual and approved Civil Aviation Authority training need to be drafted and organised before the UAV’s can be used.

 

Important information regarding EU Referendum

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Following reports of incorrect information being shared through social media, Epping Forest District Council’s Electoral Services team have been inundated with enquiries from residents asking to register for the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016, when they are already registered.

EU Referendum

A Council spokesperson said: “You do not need to register for the EU Referendum if you have already received a poll card for the upcoming Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Local Elections on 5 May 2016. If you are on the Electoral Register you will be included in all Elections and Referendums.

“You only need to register for the EU Referendum if you have moved after 18 April 2016, in which case you need to do so by Tuesday 7 June 2016”

5 May election candidates announced

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Candidates for elections in the Epping Forest district on Thursday 5 May 2016 for Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, District Council and Town and Parish Council.

Statement of persons nominated

Uncontested election results

Notice of election agents

 

 

Register now or lose your vote

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As a major national advertising campaign is launched across England to encourage voter registration ahead of local government and Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections, Epping Forest District Council is encouraging local people to visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register to vote.

Register by Monday 18 April

On Thursday 5 May 2016 voters in England will go to the polls to elect local councillors and a Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex. Registering now for the elections in May will also mean voters are registered in good time before the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union on Thursday 23 June 2016.

The Electoral Commission today launched its national voter registration campaign to remind people to register by the deadline of Monday 18 April. In England advertising will appear across TV and online on demand video services. This is in addition to the work that is already being carried out across England by the Commission and partner organisations, which started earlier this year.

Time is running out

Glen Chipp, Electoral Registration Officer for Epping Forest District Council said: “Time is running out to make sure you can take part in these elections, so I’d encourage everyone in the Epping Forest district to take action now if they’re not already registered to vote. Our message is simple: you can’t vote, if you aren’t registered by 18 April. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes online – just head to gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

“Residents in the Epping Forest district can find out about elections in their area at Elections Thursday 5 May 2016.”

Registering is quick and easy

Ben Brook, Head of the Electoral Commission, English Regions said: “Our public awareness campaign across England aims to encourage anyone not yet registered, to do so as soon as possible. Our research shows that young people, students and recent home movers are less likely to be registered to vote. If you’re not registered you won’t be able to have your say on issues that directly affect your day-to-day life in the Epping Forest area.”

“Registering is quick and easy to do online at gov.uk/register-to-vote but you only have until Monday 18 April if you want to vote in the important elections in England this May.”