Minute’s silence to be held for former Chairman at Full Council.
Councillors will pay tribute to former council chairman Ann Miller at the next meeting of Epping Forest District Council on 5 October. Former Councillor Miller was one of its founding members, following the creation of Epping Forest District Council in 1974.
As the Council’s first female chairman in 1988, she also did much to modernise the role and develop deeper links within the community.
Councillor Ann Miller
Ann Miller and her husband Keith made their home in Epping. Ann believed passionately in education. She worked hard to provide local libraries. As a local schoolteacher in Epping and a school governor in Chigwell, Ann influenced the formative years of many of the district’s children.
Ann had a powerful personality. She was not one to be intimidated by the male-dominated world of local politics in the 1970s. Elected to the new District Council in 1974, she soon became a prominent member, taking on senior positions on important committees.
Among her achievements, Ann Miller was instrumental in the foundation and development of Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey. Nearer to home, she was a driving force behind the rediscovery and reinstallation of the iconic water fountain in Epping High Street. At various times she represented residents of Epping and Loughton Roding on the district council.
At the time of its creation in 1974, Epping Forest District Council was an amalgamation of several smaller urban and rural councils with offices scattered across the district. Ann Miller played a key role in the centralisation of the council services, bringing staff and councillors together in the new Civic Offices in Epping.
Councillors will observe a minute’s silence at the next meeting of Epping Forest District Council on 5 October.
Flags will fly at half-mast from the Civic Offices on the day of the funeral.
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