On Thursday 5 May 2016 people in the Epping Forest district had their say and voted for their District, Parish 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.
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.
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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!’