Elections Thursday 5 May 2016

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Elections will take place across the Epping Forest district on Thursday 5 May 2016.

  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex
  • District Council (21 Electoral Wards + 1 By-election)
  • Town and Parish Council (27 Electoral Areas)

Election 5 May 2016

Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex election

Election of a Police and Crime Commissioner for the Essex Police Area on Thursday 5 May 2016.

District Council election

The 21 Electoral Wards due for election with the number of District Councillors to be elected.

  1. Buckhurst Hill East – 1
  2. Buckhurst Hill West – 1
  3. Chigwell Row – 1
  4. Chigwell Village – 1
  5. Epping Hemnall – 1
  6. Epping Lindsey and Thornwood Common – 1
  7. Grange Hill – 1
  8. High Ongar, Willingale and The Rodings – 1
  9. Loughton Alderton – 1
  10. Loughton Broadway – 1
  11. Loughton Fairmead – 1
  12. Loughton Forest – 1
  13. Loughton Roding – 1
  14. Loughton St Johns – 1
  15. Loughton St Marys – 1
  16. Moreton and Fyfield – 1
  17. Passingford – 1
  18. Theydon Bois – 1
  19. Waltham Abbey Honey Lane – 1
  20. Waltham Abbey North East – 1
  21. Waltham Abbey South West – 1
  1. Loughton Forest – 1

Town and Parish Council election

The 27 Electoral Areas due for election with the number of Parish Councillors to be elected.

  1. AB & BR – 7
  2. Bobbingworth – 3
  3. Buckhurst Hill East – 5
  4. Buckhurst Hill West – 6
  5. Chigwell Row – 2
  6. Chigwell Village – 4
  7. Fyfield – 7
  8. Grange Hill – 5
  9. High Ongar – 5
  10. Loughton Alderton – 3
  11. Loughton Broadway – 3
  12. Loughton Fairmead – 3
  13. Loughton Forest – 3
  14. Loughton Roding – 4
  15. Loughton St Johns – 3
  16. Loughton St Marys – 3
  17. Moreton – 3
  18. Norton Mandeville – 2
  19. Paslow Common – 3
  20. Stanford Rivers – 7
  21. Stapleford Abbotts – 7
  22. Stapleford Tawney – 5
  23. The Lavers – 8
  24. Theydon Bois – 11
  25. Theydon Garnon – 5
  26. Theydon Mount – 5
  27. Willingale – 7


Don’t miss your chance to vote

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With plans in hand for the Police Crime Commissioner and local elections in May and the EU referendum in June, some residents risk being unable to vote if they don’t update or complete new registration details.

Your vote matters, make sure you're in

21 of the 58 seats on Epping Forest District Council and the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex are up for election with several Parish and Town councils on Thursday 5 May. Voters return to the polls seven weeks later for the EU referendum on Thursday 23 June. Voting for all polls takes place between 7am and 10pm.

Is your household registered?

Households that recently received register to vote reminders  should complete their forms as soon as possible. Online application is by far the most convenient and easy way for most people to register.

Residents also have until 19 April to apply for postal votes to the local elections.

Could you be a councillor?

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Potential candidates planning to stand in the local elections on 5 May 2016 need to start thinking about their nomination.

Epping Forest District Council has published updated guidance for candidates and agents on its website and we are also holding an information evening for candidates and agents at 6pm on 18 April at the civic offices in Epping.

Ballot boxes ready

District, Town and Parish elections

21 of Epping Forest District Council’s 58 seats are likely to be contested along with several town and parish councils.

Candidates have until the Close of Nominations at 4pm on Thursday 7 April to submit nomination forms to us. Candidate details will then be posted on our website by the weekend of 9 & 10 April 2016.

Get the guide

Download the information guide for prospective councillors

A busy year

Epping Forest District Council’s Chief Executive Glen Chipp is the Returning Officer for local elections said: “It’s going to be a busy year. With the elections for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex (PCC) being held on the same day as the local district, town and parish elections, it’s going to be complicated and hectic.”

“As polls close for the PCC and council elections, many of those people involved will be straight back on the campaign trail for the EU Referendum.”

“Elections involve a lot of rules and procedures. I can’t recommend strongly enough that anyone thinking of standing as a candidate or helping as an agent avoids the pitfalls by reading the guidance and attending the information evening.”

Timing of the election counts

Friday 6 May 2016

  • Count – PCC, District and Parish Council first verification stage
  • Time – Starts 8.30am, finish by noon
  • Location – Theydon Bois Village Hall
  • Count – PCC count stage 1
  • Time – Starts 1pm
  • Location – Theydon Bois Village Hall
  • Count – PCC count stage 2 (if required)
  • Time – Once notified by the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) that second count required
  • Location – Theydon Bois Village Hall

Saturday 7 May 2016

  • Count – District and Parish Council second stage count/results
  • Time – Starting at 9am
  • Location – Debden Park High School, Loughton

Counting for the EU Referendum will take place overnight following the close of polls at 10pm on 23 June 2016. Results from the Epping Forest district will go to the regional returning officer for amalgamation with results from every other part of the UK. The overall results are not expected to be announced until the following morning 24 June 2016.

Count over 2 days

Following the close of polling stations at 10pm on 5 May, the counting of votes will start the following morning on Friday 6 May at Theydon Bois Village Hall.

Priority will be given to completing the count for the Police and Crime Commissioner. We will be forwarding the result to a central count centre in Colchester for amalgamation with the results from all the other districts and boroughs across Essex.

The PCC election uses the single transferable vote system which may require a second count to be undertaken.

Count staff will then return for a second day on Saturday 7 May at Debden Park School to count the votes for the District, Town and Parish Councils.


Confirmation of voter registration

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Confirmation of voter registration 2016 notices are being sent out to every household in the Epping Forest district from 22 January 2016.

Elections 2015

The notices have been sent to ensure that the register is accurate, and has all the correct names. Many people filled in the Household Enquiry form during the canvass adding names but despite several forms, letters and staff carrying out house visits, the registration process has still not been completed.

People who have been added to a Household form need to be verified, providing their details, date of birth and National Insurance number which are required for them to be entitled to vote.

These people will not be listed on the Confirmation Notice as they are not on the register – they need to take action now.

What to do now?

If all the details are correct?

If all of the information on the form we have sent you is correct, you don’t need to do anything.

If someone needs to be added to the list?

Please go to www.gov.uk/registertovote to add a name or amend a name.

If you don’t have internet access phone the Electoral Services helpline on 01992 564411.

Date of birth and National Insurance number are needed to register.

If you need to make changes to a name that is already on the list?

For example a spelling mistake or a change of name due to marriage please go to www.gov.uk/registertovote to add a name or amend a name.

If you don’t have internet access phone the Electoral Services helpline on 01992 564411.

Date of birth and National Insurance number are now needed to register.

Someone who is on the list no longer lives at the address

Please phone Electoral Services on 01992 564411 about what to do next.

More information

Remember that 17 year olds who are 18 before 30 November 2016 should be on the register so they can vote as soon as they are 18. Please also keep in mind the EU in/out Referendum might be held this year. You will only be able to vote in it if you are on the register.

Please get in touch no later than February 5 2016.


Survey on the Electoral Register

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Epping Forest has been chosen by the Electoral Commission to take part in a survey looking at the electoral register.

The 50 participants, all chosen at random, will receive a letter this week from the Electoral Commission inviting them to take part in a doorstep interview with independent research agency, GfK.

Interviewers from GfK will visit their home to complete a short questionnaire on the electoral register which should take no more than 10 minutes.


Council 15 December 2015

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Tributes to a recently deceased former councillor, an update on the refuse and recycling service, voting registration, councillors allowances and more were discussed at Council on 15 December 2015.

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Former councillor Daphne Borton

Councillors remembered former councillor Daphne Borton at the meeting of Epping Forest District Council on Tuesday 15 December 2015. Chairman of Council, Councillor Liz Webster invited fellow councillors to observe a minutes silence in memory of Daphne Borton who sat on the Council from 2002 to 2007.

Councillor Richard Bassett who succeeded Mrs Borton as ward councillor for Nazeing led tributes. Mrs Borton served the residents of Nazeing for more than 22 years on the Parish and District Councils. Councillors Richard Morgan, Caroline Pond, John Knapman and Brian Surtees gave further praise and offered sympathy for her husband Ed. Councillors also sent the good wishes to fellow councillor Stephen Murray who recent suffered a broken leg in a car accident.

Investment strategy

A series of questions by Councillors Chris Pond and Steven Neville provided Finance Portfolio Holder Syd Stavrou with the opportunity to update fellow councillors on the council’s investment strategy and training opportunities available to all councillors in the New Year. Councillor Chris Whitbread, Leader of Council updated fellow councillors about the potential devolution of services from central to local government and meetings with neighbouring councils. He assured colleagues of his intention to protect the best interests of Epping Forest District Council residents.

Refuse and recycling

Difficult decisions and timely responses back in the summer have led to a stabilised refuse and recycling contract with no further additional expenditure about £13,000 allocated at the time. Environment Portfolio Holder congratulated council staff on the successful turn-around in fortunes for the refuse and recycling service.


Planning Portfolio Holder Richard Bassett reported on recent Central Government guidance on future planning for starter homes and affordable housing as well as possible relaxation of Green Belt policy and use of Brown-Field sites.


The number of people registered to vote in Epping Forest has increased. Portfolio Holder for electoral registration Councillor Jon Philip said that the Council has achieved returns of its Household Enquiry Forms of 98.1% at 1 December 2015.

23,641 (43%) of households used online technology to confirm their registration. A further 2,800 people used the system to confirm personal changes online. This saved taxpayers money on postage and time for staff in back office processing. As a result of the canvass, the electorate will grow from 99,575 to 100,862 for this year, a gain of 1,287 people. Less than 200 non-responders from last year’s canvass will be removed from the register.

Councillors allowances

5 reports by the Cabinet covering the Housing Repairs and Maintenance Hub, Local Plan budget, Calendar of Council meetings, Capital Review and Local Council Tax Support Scheme were all agreed by Full Council.

Councillors voted to agree the report of the independent remuneration panel which sets the level of councillors allowances. Historically councillors have only given themselves 80% of the recommended allowance. This equates to a payment of £3,435 per year.

The report of the panel was presented by Mr Stephen Lye. Comparisons with other councils showed the levels of remuneration to be far lower at Epping Forest. Councillors decided the reduction of 20% on the basic allowance had become unsustainable and agreed a bid for full implementation of £4,300 subject to final approval at the setting of the council budget in February.

Councillors also agreed that responsibility for setting the level of special responsibility allowance paid to the Vice-Chairman and Chairman should be transferred to the Remuneration Panel.


Don’t delay and miss your chance to vote

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The final deadline for new electors to be added to the elections register is 20 November. If you have received a reminder please respond as soon as possible to ensure you are still able to vote!

Elections 2015

The request for further information is simple – all we need is your Date of Birth and National Insurance Number to verify your identity. Your household registration will then be complete, which will allow you to vote in any upcoming elections or referendums.

There are a number of ways to get in contact with us

  • Fill in and return the form we have sent
  • Call us 01992 564411
  • Go online www.gov.uk/regitertovote

Don’t delay, register today

Glen Chip, Chief Executive and Electoral Returning Officer said: “People seem to think that because their name was added to the recent Household Enquiry Form they are registered. They aren’t. That was just an enquiry form. To complete the registration process, anyone moving house, being added for the first time, or missing from the register needs to provide their date of birth and national insurance number so we can verify their identity with Government records before we can add them to the register. It is important to register but the choice of whether to vote or not on election day is up to each individual. I urge you to register as soon as possible.”

“Do not worry if you do not have your National Insurance Number, you can provide a photocopy of your passport (photo page), driving licence or EU identity card.”

Don’t delay, make your vote count. Register today!


Full Council meets

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Full Council Meet Tuesday 3rd November to continue discussion with all members and cabinet.

Democracy live


Chairman pays tribute to Chris Overend

Councillors observed a minute’s silence at the meeting of Epping Forest District Council on Tuesday 3 November. The Council was united in mourning the sudden and unexpected death of Chris Overend over the weekend.

Chris Overend worked for the Council for more than 25 years. He was one of the most popular and well-known members of staff. He was also well known within the local community for his role in the administration of grant aid. A very subdued Council Chamber heard tributes led by Chairman Councillor Liz Webster for the Council and Director of Communities Alan Hall for the staff. Councillors, Helen Kane, Stephen Murray, Janet Whitehouse, Chris Whitbread and Caroline Pond all spoke with great affection and sadness.

Waste and recycling

Council business continued with a brief response by Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Will Breare-Hall on the improvements to the Waste and Recycling service. Prompted by the question from Councillor Brian Surtees, Council Leader Councillor Chris Whitbread echoed the positive feedback on the service while assuring fellow councillors and residents that the Council was not complacent about maintaining the improved service.

Council growth

Councillor Whitbread gave further updates on meetings covering economic growth in the Cambridge Stansted London corridor, the Epping Forest Youth Council, Essex-wide discussion about the possible devolution of central government services and the ongoing workshops attended by District, Town and Parish councillors on the Local Plan. Planning Portfolio Holder Councillor Richard Bassett added a request for councillors to attend further workshops including the impact of an ageing population on the Local Plan.


Further questions to members of the Cabinet included the decision of Essex Police to withdraw support for the Remembrance Day parades this year, the possibility of charging points for electric cars, consultation on council-owned garage sites earmarked for council housing and the future of the Royal Gunpowder Mills.

Councillors expressed some concerns about the future direction of forest management by the Corporation of London. Responding to a question by Councillor Stephen Murray, Council Leader Chris Whitbread confirmed the importance of the forest to all residents. Councillor Syd Stavrou provided additional feedback on recent meetings to discuss proposed changes to public access by the Corporation.

Council Leader Chris Whitbread made a ‘call to arms’ to fellow councillors to attend the next meeting of the Local Councils Liaison Committee where Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston is due to speak. Councillors debated a motion tabled by Councillor Jon Whitehouse expressing concern at recent cuts to local Essex Police services. Closure of all but one local police station, the closure of all public counters within the district, the loss of PCSOs and many other associated concerns were voiced. With the adoption of amendments proposed by Councillor Gary Waller councillors agreed the motion.

Chipping Ongar result for town councillor

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The result of the election of 1 town councillor for Chipping Ongar on Thursday 22 October 2015 are as follows

  • Derek Birch – Ongar Residents Association – 238 Elected
  • Brian Surtees – Liberal Democrats – 142

There were no rejected ballot papaers.

Electorate 1,472

Turnout 25.8%



Youth conference votes to stay in the EU

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Pupils representing schools in the Epping Forest district voted overwhelmingly for the UK to remain in the EU in a lively debate at the annual youth conference on Friday 9 October 2015.

This conference is of the opinion that the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union

EU / UK debate

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The youth conference was hosted by the Epping Forest Youth Council (EFYC) with Youth Councillor Matthew Tinker chairing the debate and Youth Councillor Doncho Atanassov speaking for the UK to remain in the EU and Youth Councillor Tom Bromwich speaking for the UK to leave the EU.

The day started with speeches from vice-chairman Jeane Lea, Leisure Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane and Chief Executive Glen Chipp. Pupils spent the morning in workshops preparing them for the debate learning  new skills in public speaking, debating and campaigning.

Epping Forest Youth Council - Youth Confrence


Youth conference


An excellent debate

Local MP Eleanor Laing spoke before the debate about the Magna Carta, the importance of democracy and the responsibilities of citizens.

Mrs Laing said: “It was an excellent debate. I was surprised that the result, 3 to 1 in favour of remaining in the EU, was so decisive. I had expected it to be closer.

“I am very pleased that our young people are so well informed about this extremely important subject which we will all be debating at length over the next few months!”

Stay in the EU

Vice-chairman Jeane Lea said: “This youth conference showcases what fantastic youngsters we have in our district! They were enthusiastic and hard working all day and their debating skills during  the debate was as good as any adult MPs.”

“We always encourage our young people to share their views and ideas with us and today they told us that they want the UK to stay in the EU.”

Epping Forest Youth Council

The youth conference was hosted by the Epping Forest Youth Council (EFYC) as part of Local Democracy Week 2015.