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4.51pm - December 15

Extraordinary parish council meeting: Conservative Group statement

Following the last full council meeting of Buckhurst Hill Parish Council held on
November 25, there are a number of urgent matters which require addressing prior to the next full council meeting in January. 

These matters primarily relate to the censoring of an Epping Forest district councillor by the parish council chairman and the safety of parish councillors following outbursts by a fellow Green Party councillor.

The chairman of the parish council, cllr Steven Neville, was therefore provided with a request for an urgent meeting by the Buckhurst Hill Conservative Group.

However as this was not agreed to we had no option other than to call this meeting ourselves according to the Rules without the support of the chairman.

The Buckhurst Hill Conservative Group are urgently requesting that members of the public and local district or county councillors are able to speak at meetings within the current time constraints without pre-registering and, as already is common practice within other parish councils, for all future meetings to be voice recorded following recent outbursts by a councillor.

It is with regret that this extraordinary meeting of the council has had to be requested, especially considering the current timing. However, we have been advised that this meeting will adhere to Government guidelines.

We continue to wish to work with the Green Party in the interest of Buckhurst Hill and our residents and will continue to do so in 2022 and beyond.
7.17pm - December 13

Vice-chairman says call for extraordinary meeting is "politically motivated and not in the best interests of the residents"

The vice-chairman of Buckhurst Hill Parish Council has said a call for an extraordinary council meeting - called by Conservative councillors - is "politically motivated and not in the best interests of the residents".

An extraordinary meeting will be held at Buckhurst Hill Library on Friday (7pm).

The agenda includes motions calling for changes to the rules relating to members of the public and district councillors speaking at parish council meetings. 

It follows issues at the last meeting when Conservative district councillor Aniket Patel was barred from speaking as a resident by Green Party council chairman councillor Steven Neville because he had not 'pre-registered'.

He was also not allowed to speak as a district councillor because he wished to ask questions relating to parish council business.

Council vice-chairman councillor Simon Heap (Green Party) has told Everything Epping Forest: "There is nothing urgent on the agenda, extraordinary meetings are to address issues that cannot wait until the next full council meeting.

"Many of the items are already due to be heard  at the next full council, including a review of standing orders and the finances."

He added: "To call an extra meeting at a time that a highly infectious variant of Covid is spreading is irresponsible. Epping Forest District Council are still debating about restricting attendees at the full council meeting on Thursday such is the concern."

Mr Heap added: "Some of the items are phrased to take the issue out of context and are designed to be sensationalist rather than to shine a light.

"The call for a meeting is politically motivated and is not in the best interests of the residents. 

"Some items on this agenda and on previous agendas are the result of years of indecision and drift by previous Conservative-run administrations. 

"The suggestion of a (Christmas) ceremony at this time is strange given Government advice.

"There are adequate arrangements to deal with inquaracy and these are in the standing orders. 

"If all councillors adhered to their duties and turned up to committees then inquoracy would not be an issue.

"At all times the Green councillors have tried to be as inclusive as possible to the other councillors but we have been rebuffed at all times and this non-urgent meeting is another manifestation of that attitude."

The Conservative group has been asked to respond to councillor Heap's comments.

After Everything Epping Forest reported the meeting is to take place, Conservative councillor Gavin Chambers tweeted: "Anything that encourages residents to speak must be a positive step forward."
5.16pm - December 13

Issue of public speakers to be discussed at extraordinary council meeting

An extraordinary meeting of Buckhurst Hill Parish Council will be held on Friday with the council being asked to change its rules regarding public speakers at meetings.

At the last council meeting parish council chairman Steven Neville refused to allow district councillor Aniket Patel to speak as a local resident as he had not 'pre-registered', and then barred him from speaking as a district councillor because he wanted to raise matters relating to parish council business rather than his work as a district councillor.

Friday's meeting - at Buckhurst Hill Library in Queens Road (7pm) which is open to the public - will see councillors asked to "amend its Standing Orders to allow members of the public to ask questions without pre-registration and without indicating which item they wish to speak on".

Another motion is set to see councillors vote on whether to amend the Standing Orders so that the item relating to 'district and county councillor participation' should be "expanded to enable those elected representatives to ask questions of the council which are related to the parish council business and its activities".

A third motion seeks to amend Standing Orders so that all future council meetings are recorded "in the interest of members and public safety".

All the motions have been proposed and seconded by Conservative members of the council, with the Conservatives having five members and the Green Party six -

The matter of staff salaries and the reasons, and council decision, to not hold a Christmas event in Queens Road this year will also be discussed with Conservative councillor Gavin Chambers wanting the council to progress plans "to hold a small Christmas event in Queens Road in December 2021".
2.07pm - December 10

Free-to-take handmade festive decorations hanging from tree raising money for air ambulance

A kind-hearted gesture launched during COVID-19 lockdown is being repeated for a second Christmas - with passers-by invited to take handmade decorations from a tree in Buckhurst Hill, and make a donation to the London Air Ambulance if they wish.

At the start of lockdown shop owner Carol Cross, from 'Just Between Friends' in Buckhurst Hill, decided to decorate a tree outside her house in Forest Edge with handmade Easter decorations for the community to take and display in their windows. 

This proved so popular that Carol then made decorations for last Christmas and Easter this year. 

This Christmas, Carol has decided to keep up the tradition and has made hanging Christmas hearts for the community to take and display.

She has already made nearly 100 decorations. 

Her efforts have sparked numerous cards and people asking to pay for them. Carol has now set up a Justgiving page for London Air Ambulance for anyone who wants to make a donation.

Carol, who has owned the shop for more than 20 years, said: "I started to decorate the tree in Easter 2020 when we first went into lockdown. 

"I missed working in my shop and wanted to keep busy. I think we all watched out the window daily watching people going on their daily exercise and I decided I wanted to build community spirit and decided to make some hanging Easter Egg decorations for people to safely take on their walks. 

"These proved so popular and I made nearly 200 and enjoyed seeing them displayed when I went for my walks. It was also nice seeing passers-by stop and smile."

Carol added: "Christmas 2020 came and I decided to do the same again, and I had such a brilliant response. 

"When my shop was allowed to open again I started seeing new faces coming in to buy fabric, learn to sew and just thank me! 

"So this Christmas I've decided to decorate the tree again and if people wish to donate I have a page for London Air Ambulance.

"Community spirit and seeing people smile is very important these days and something I enjoy making happen."
3.39pm - December 9

Parish councillor vying to be Conservative parliamentary by-election candidate

Buckhurst Hill parish councillor and former district councillor Gavin Chambers is among a number of hopefuls vying to be the Conservative candidate for the Southend West by-election to replace the late Sir David Amess who was fatally stabbed during a constituency surgery in October.

It is understood that a final three shortlist will go before the Conservative members in the constituency on Saturday.

Four names have been reported as possible Conservative hopefuls ahead of the selection process.

Mr Chambers said: "I can confirm that I, like hundreds, have put my name forward to be considered as a potential candidate for Southend West, following the tragic and brutal murder of Sir David Amess MP. 

"Having met and campaigned with David, when a Southend resident, I know how hardworking and dedicated he was to his constituents and will be a very hard act to follow. 

"It would have been a great honour and privilege to be shortlisted as one of the candidates put to the members of Southend West Conservative Association.

"At this stage, due to the selection and shortlisting process, I am unable to make any further comments."
1.24pm - November 29

Parish council to investigate library return

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council is to look into the possibility of moving its offices - currently based in an architect's practice in Queens Road - back into Buckhurst Hill Library.

Councillor Jo Share-Bernia said: "The library was a very good location for holding surgeries for residents and for residents to come in and discuss issues.

"The offices at the architects up the road are good but it wasn't supposed to be a long-term answer. This (the offices not being at the library) has gone on too long."

She added: "It is the residents of Buckhurst Hill who are requesting (a return to the library), who are bemused.

"The residents cannot access the parish council staff so this is coming from our residents. That should be respected.

"The architects' offices are inappropriate for our council staff and residents can't go in there."

Council vice-chairman Simon Heap said the staff had moved away from the library for "very valid reasons" including a rat infestation and a toilet that does not work.

He told Thursday's council meeting it would be a "waste of money" to spend parish council money on the library building which is under Essex County Council ownership.

A parish council working party will now consider the matter.


Speed campaign petition reaches 2,600 signatures

A petition calling for initiatives to reduce speeding on Buckhurst Way, Loughton Way and Valley Hill has attracted some 2,600 signatures.

Valley Hill resident Simon Forsdyke told Thursday's parish council meeting: "The road is a race track. It's very noisy at night."

He said a survey undertaken to ask people what measures they wanted to see had shown 70 per cent (of 56 respondents to date) favouring cameras and speed humps.


Council to investigate anti-speeding measures

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council is to investigate purchasing vehicle activated speed sign cameras or speed indication signs which can be moved to different locations around the Parish.

The matter will be discussed by the planning and environment committee and could be funded with monies not now being spent on a Christmas event in the Parish.


Council awards £1,000 grant

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council has agreed to make a £1,000 grant to Spark mentoring and counselling service.

The Loughton-based charity offers counselling, mentoring and family support to young people aged 11 to 23 across the Epping Forest area.


PCSO success

Crime has fallen in Buckhurst Hill since the parish council has employed a Police Community Support Officer, Parish Clerk Liz Petyt-Start told Thursday's council meeting.

Council drops Prince Philip memorial idea

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council has dropped the idea of a memorial to commemorate the public life of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

A figure of £6,000 had been mentioned in a council meeting for the initiative.

Thursday's parish council meeting supported a motion, proposed by councillor Gavin Chambers and seconded by councillor Jo Share-Bernia, that "after serious review and to avoid conflict within the council, this council agrees at this time not to pursue the installation of a memorial to commemorate the public life of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh".
8.23am - November 26

Conservative councillors resign from parish council committees and working groups

All five Conservative councillors on Buckhurst Hill Parish Council have resigned from all parish council committees and working groups, but have said they will continue to represent the residents of Buckhurst Hill.

The announcement was made at last night's council meeting ahead of an agenda item on the Code of Conduct which referred to 'confidential information' and the council's standing orders, and a motion (proposed by Green Party councillor Matthew West and seconded by Green Party parish council vice-chairman councillor Simon Heap), which resolved to "remove each individual member from a committee(s) represented in the breach as published on the Buckhurst Hill Conservative Twitter and October newsletter.

The meeting heard the matter related to an article published by Buckhurst Hill Conservatives regarding staff salaries.

The full letter from the five Tory councillors, which was read to the meeting by parish clerk Liz Petyt-Start, said the Conservative councillors had "believed the information to be in the public interest and already in the public domain".

The issue has been considered by the Monitoring Officer and Deputy Monitoring Officer at Epping Forest District Council who had concluded no breach had taken place, the meeting was told.

During a debate on the Code of Conduct agenda item, council chairman Steven Neville (Green Party) said: "It (the information published in the Buckhurst Hill Conservatives October newsletter) was not in the public domain.

"The minutes were not available until the beginning of this month, Anything said before then should not have been said."

Council vice-chairman councillor Simon Heap (Green Party) said: "This is a matter of timing. You (the Conservative councillors) broke the protocol."

The motion was rescinded following the resignation letter from the Conservative councillors.

The Green Party took control of Buckhurst Hill Parish Council at May's election taking six of the 11 seats. The Conservatives hold the other five seats.

The Conservatives will continue to participate in full council meetings.
8.22am - November 26

District councillor barred from speaking at parish council meeting

A Conservative Buckhurst Hill district councillor has been barred from speaking at a meeting of Buckhurst Hill Parish Council.

During a verbal exchange at last night's council meeting, mainly involving district councillor Aniket Patel and Green Party parish council chairman Steven Neville, Mr Patel said he wished to ask questions about the parish council's "progress" since the Green Party-controlled council took over the administration of Buckhurst Hill Parish Council at May's election.

Mr Patel also said he wanted to ask what the parish council intended to do with its £1m of reserves, whether it was supporting an increase in the parish council's precept for the next financial year, and he also wished to speak on reported staff salary increases.

Mr Neville refused to let Mr Patel address the meeting during the Public Participation agenda item saying he had not pre-registered to speak at the meeting, and also stopped him from speaking under the District and County Councillor Participation agenda item saying the allocated 15 minutes was for district councillors to "talk about what they are doing " for their residents "not necessarily trying to create a political situation".

Mr Patel said: "I'm representing my residents. As a district councillor I'm entitled to make comments."

He added that he "wanted to hold the council to account" and added he was "really disappointed" at Mr Neville's decision to prevent him from speaking.

Conservative councillor Gavin Chambers suggested calling a special meeting of the parish council "so we can get councillor Patel registered to speak".

The Green Party took control of Buckhurst Hill Parish Council at May's election taking six of the 11 seats. The Conservatives hold the other five seats.

The Conservatives will continue to participate in full council meetings.
4.35pm - November 1

Buckhurst Hill Girls FC team up with Leyton Orient

Leyton Orient FC Women has teamed up with Buckhurst Hill Girls FC to give a boost to female football in the area.

Buckhurst Hill Girls were special guests at The Breyer Group Stadium when some of the Roding Lane club's female players provided a guard of honour for the Leyton Orient FC Women at their first game in E10. 

The girls stayed to cheer on the Os to another three points in a closely contested 1-0 win against AFC Stoke Newington.

Olivia Worsfold, Leyton Orient’s Female Development Officer, said: “We all know what an exciting time it is for female football in and around the club. This sister club partnership allows us to reach even more girls from the surrounding areas."

She added: "Buckhurst Hill are a fantastic club and I was lucky to see the girls section in action on a training night. I am so pleased to have them as our very first 'sister club'.”

James Bradley, from Buckhurst Hill Football Club, said: “We’re excited about the tie-up with Orient Women. We’ve grown to around 100 girls training with us now and Orient’s players and staff will provide such a positive influence towards their own potential and what they could go onto achieve.”

Over the course of the season LOFC Women will hold Q&A sessions with the girls who will have the opportunity to ask the women players what it takes to break into women’s football.

LOFC Women are also set to hold coaching sessions with Buckhurst Hill's young female players.

For more details visit www.bhfc.co.uk/girls-teams
3.15pm - October 31

Boy, 17, injured in gang attack

A 17-year-old boy suffered head and facial injuries when he was assaulted by a group of people in Lower Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill.

Police say the incident happened at about 6.10pm on Friday (October 29).

Officers are appealing for anyone with any information or CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage to contact them.

Anyone with any information can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am and 11pm (quote crime reference number 42/248053/21).

Information can also be given by ringing 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
3.57pm - October 29

Pub arsonist jailed over "brazen, pre-meditated attack"

A man who set fire to the Three Colts pub in Buckhurst Hill while people were living in the flat above has been sentenced to five years and four months in prison.

It happened at the Three Colts pub in Princes Road, Buckhurst Hill at about 4.50pm on Saturday, February 6.

Police had received a call from a member of the public who said they had witnessed a man - later identified as Spiros Schultz, 48 - acting suspiciously near to a smashed window pane.

The witness later told officers he saw Schultz then strike a match and put it through the smashed window and a fire start immediately inside the pub.

He also told officers he then saw a black fuel canister on the floor where Schultz had been standing.

Schultz then walked off along Princes Road towards Buckhurst Hill Station.

The witness followed him, taking photos of him, and called 999.

Meanwhile inside the pub a woman living in the flat above reported hearing a bang and then fire alarms going off.

When she opened her front door she was met with smoke which got thicker as she made her way downstairs to try to get out.

She was trapped for between five and ten minutes in the rear outside of the pub with smoke blowing in the winds towards her before she got to safety.

The train Schultz got onto terminated at Loughton. 

During searches there, Schultz was recognised by a police officer and arrested.

They found a lighter and matches on him.

Schultz, of Eleven Acre Rise, Loughton, was later charged and at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Monday, March 8, admitted arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered and breach of a restraining order.

At Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday (Thursday) he was sentenced to five years and four months in prison.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Kelly Gould said: “Spiros Schultz set fire to the pub in a brazen, pre-meditated attack.

“He paid no regard for the safety or welfare of anyone in the flat above it and his actions could have had tragic consequences.

“I want to praise the actions of the member of the public who witnessed what happened.

“They’re quick thinking may well have saved the life of the woman in the flat.

“Quick work from our officers meant Schultz was swiftly arrested and due to the evidence against him he had no choice but to admit his guilt.

“I hope this sentence will provide the victim with justice.”
3.51pm - October 26

Council opposes terrace of three houses

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council has objected to plans for a terrace of three three-storey three-bedroom houses behind 158 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill.

The planning and environment committee said the development lacks amenity space with councillors adding the new homes would result in a massing effect and over-intensification of the site.

The committee added that a previous application for homes on the site was a more spacious design.
3.50pm - October 26

COVID-19 memorial idea receives district council support

An idea brought forward by Buckhurst Hill Parish Council for a COVID-19 memorial in Buckhurst Hill has received the initial support of Epping Forest District Council.

The council has identified the flower bed near Buckhurst Hill Baptist Church on the corner of Palmerston Road and Kings Avenue as a possible location.

The parish council has set up a working group to discuss the idea further.
3.49pm - October 26

Flower planters plan for Lower Queens Road

Two flower planters are set to be installed by Buckhurst Hill Parish Council, once it’s granted the required licence from Essex Highways. 

The new planters will extend the planter provision across the parish and brighten and enrich the physical environment.
3.48pm - October 26

Council to consider Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council is to set up a working group to discuss ideas for events to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee next year.

Recreation and community committee chairman Sarah Goodfellow said: "There are lots of different ways that we could agree to celebrate this - beacon lighting and tree planting."

Clerk Liz Petyt-Start told Thursday's meeting she had already been approached by St John's Church about working with the council over any events.
3.47pm - October 26

No community Christmas event this year

No community Christmas event will be held in Buckhurst Hill this year - with the parish council and residents' society instead set to start discussions on organising a festive event for Christmas 2022.

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council, following discussions with Buckhurst Hill Residents' Society, said the decision had been taken not to have a festive event in Queens Road this year.

However the council is to look at organising a festive event to coincide with the switching on of new Christmas lights, perhaps with children singing carols.

Councillor Sarah Goodfellow, chairman of the parish council's recreation and community committee, told Thursday's meeting that a huge effort, with the short timescale available, would be required to organise such an event this year and therefore it had "reluctantly" been decided to start planning for next year instead.

She said: "Let's be realistic, we can't do something that woud be really fun this year."

* Additional strings of Christmas lights are to be purchased by the council to decorate the 13 trees in Queens Road, with the cost met from the Christmas event budget which will not be spent this year.
8.15am - October 23

Public to be consulted over parish council idea for HRH Prince Philip plaque

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council is to seek the views of local people over a proposal to spend £6,000 plus VAT on a memorial plaque to commemorate His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The council's recreation and community committee has voted to support the idea and undertake the consultation.

Conservative councillors Jo Share-Bernia, Gavin Chambers, David Saunders and Ken Williamson supported the idea in a vote at Thursday's meeting with committee chairman Sarah Goodfellow (Green Party) voting against and council chairman Steven Neville (Green Party) abstaining.

Councillor Goodfellow told the meeting she "violently opposed it" saying the cost was the same that the council would spend on an "entire" community Christmas event.

She added: "There isn't a connection with Buckhurst Hill. Why are we spending the entire cost of a Christmas event, albeit on someone who has done a lot nationally?"

Councillor Gavin Chambers spoke out in favour of the plaque while councillor David Saunders said that the local scouts had expressed an interest in getting involved with the project.

The parish council had approached two local artists and had received one proposal of artwork for a possible design.

The council has earmarked Stacey Gardens as a location for the commemorative plaque.
2.12pm - October 21

School remembers "larger than life" former student who died after road collision

West Hatch High School has paid tribute to a "larger than life" former student who died following a collision with two vehicles in Buckhurst Hill.

Chalize Vitalis-Lovell, 19, died at the scene of the collision involving a car and a van in Buckhurst Way on the evening of Tuesday, October 12.

The school said governors, staff and students are mourning the loss of Chalize who was "larger than life and remembered fondly by the West Hatch community, having left the school in 2018".

Headteacher Daniel Leonard said: “I knew Chalize very well and we are all devastated to hear this tragic news. Our thoughts are with her family at this very sad and difficult time. 

"It truly is a tragedy that Chalize will not be able to fulfil her dreams. The school will be remembering Chalize in our memorial garden and our flag will be flying at half mast tomorrow (Friday) in memory of her and as a tribute to her life.

"We will also be observing a minute's silence to remember her."

Chalize, from Buckhurst Hill, has been remembered by her mother as “a much loved passionate, strong, kind caring young lady with her whole life ahead of her. 

“She was very much a family person and would stand up for what she believes in.

“She was fantastic at her job in child care and was looking forward to becoming a mum herself one day.

“Her family and friends are extremely heartbroken at this time and trying to come to terms with the fact that we will never see her again. 

“She was the best daughter a mum could ever wish for".   

The driver of the van, a 28-year-old man from Harlow, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and suspicion of driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

He has since been released under investigation while police continue their enquiries.

Officers need anyone who saw what happened or has any CCTV, dash cam or doorbell footage to contact them.

Anyone with any information can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am and 11pm (quote incident 1121 of October 12).

Information can also be given by ringing 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
1.03pm - October 19

Mother pays tribute to "kind, caring" daughter who died after road collision

A woman who died after a collision with two vehicles in Buckhurst Hill has been described as a “passionate, strong, kind caring young lady with her whole life ahead of her”.

Chalize Vitalis-Lovell, 19, from Buckhurst Hill, was in collision with a car and a van in Buckhurst Way on Tuesday, October 12.

She died at the scene.

Paying tribute, her mother - in a statement issued through Essex Police - said: “Chalize was a much loved passionate, strong, kind caring young lady with her whole life ahead of her. 

“She was very much a family person and would stand up for what she believes in.

“She was fantastic at her job in child care and was looking forward to becoming a mum herself one day.

“Her family and friends are extremely heartbroken at this time and trying to come to terms with the fact that we will never see her again. 

“She was the best daughter a mum could ever wish for".   

The driver of the van, a 28-year-old man from Harlow, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and suspicion of driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

He has since been released under investigation while police continue their enquiries.

Officers need anyone who saw what happened or has any CCTV, dash cam or doorbell footage to contact them.

Anyone with any information can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am and 11pm (quote incident 1121 of October 12).

Information can also be given by ringing 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
6.11pm - October 14

Child's life saved thanks to smoke alarm

A child's life has been saved thanks to a working smoke alarm which went off in the family's home in Buckhurst Hill after a fire started in the child's bedroom.

Fire crews from Loughton and Woodford were called to the property in Crown Close at 12.45am this morning after a father was woken by a smoke alarm and discovered the fire. 

An Essex County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said the father saw that an electric fan has caught alight and managed to turn it off and throw it out of the window before calling 999. 

Loughton Fire Station Watch Manager Marc Lemon said: "There's no doubt the smoke alarms saved this child's life.

"If it hadn't been for the smoke alarm waking up the parent, this fire could have quickly developed and spread within the child's bedroom before anyone knew what was happening. 

"Smoke alarms alert you to the first sign of fire, but only if they are working. Make sure you test them regularly to protect your family and your home."

Both the father and child suffered some smoke inhalation and after receiving oxygen therapy from firefighters were left in the care of the ambulance service.  

The bedroom sustained some smoke damage.
3.39pm - October 13

Parish council expresses condolences after fatal collision

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council has expressed its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the young woman who died following a collision with two vehicles in Buckhurst Way last night (Tuesday, October 12).

The woman, aged in her 20s, has not yet been named by police who are appealing for any witnesses to the collision or anyone else with any other information to contact officers.

The collision happened at 7.55pm.

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council chairman councillor Steven Neville, speaking on behalf of councillors and council staff, said: "Everyone at the parish council wishes to send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the woman who tragically died following last night's collision.

“We know that vehicle movement along Buckhurst Way is a long-standing cause of concern for local residents and it is a concern the parish council shares and is currently seeking to address.

"We are continuing to liaise with, and put pressure on, Essex Highways with a view to getting effective traffic calming measures along what is a very busy road as soon as possible. 

"I want to assure residents their safety is extremely important to us all.”
1.41pm - October 13

Van driver arrested over fatal collision

A van driver has been arrested following last night's fatal collision in Buckhurst Way, Buckhurst Hill, when a woman died after she was in collision with two vehicles.

Police say the woman, aged in her 20s, died after being in collision with two vehicles - a Range Rover and a Ford Transit van.

A police spokesman said the driver of the van, a 28-year-old man from Harlow, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.

He is currently in custody.
9.05am - October 13

Woman pedestrian dies after road collision

A woman pedestrian aged in her 20s has died following a collision with two vehicles in Buckhurst Hill.

Police were called to Buckhurst Way at 7.55pm last night (Tuesday).

The woman was treated at the scene by paramedics but died a short time later, police said.

The road was closed until 4am while police investigated the incident.

Anyone who saw what happened or has any CCTV, dash cam or doorbell footage is asked to contact police by submitting a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or using the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am and 11pm (quote incident 1121 of October 12).

Information can also be given by ringing 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
5.42pm - October 10

Cyclist suffers serious head injuries in collision

A cyclist has suffered serious head injuries following a collision with a car on Epping New Road, Buckhurst Hill.

Police say the driver of the car drove off but he was later traced and is helping police with their enquiries.

The road, between Rangers Road and the Robin Hood roundabout, was closed for several hours following the collision which happened shortly before 7pm last night (Saturday).

A police spokesman told Everything Epping Forest: "We are investigating a collision in which a cyclist was seriously injured.

"We were called shortly before 7pm on Saturday, October 9, with reports a bicycle and a car had collided in Epping New Road, Buckhurst Hill.

"The cyclist, a 58-year-old man, was taken to hospital with head injuries which were not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

"The car left the scene before officers arrived but it was traced and the driver is helping with our enquiries."

Any witnesses who have yet to make contact with police are asked to contact Chigwell Roads Policing Unit quoting incident 1145 of October 9.

Information can also be given to an online operator at https://www.essex.police.uk between 7am and 11pm or by ringing 101.
7.41pm - September 28

Vacancies for School Crossing Patrol Officers

Essex County Council is advertising for a School Crossing Patrol Officer for outside St John's Primary School, High Road, Buckhurst Hill.

Vacancies are available across Essex.

Pay is £11.13 per hour with part-time, term-time hours available.

To apply and for more information visit www.workingforessex.com or ring the Resources Team on 0333 013 5888.
12.59pm - September 28

Search for missing man suspended after body found in woods

Police officers looking for Dean Parker, who was reported missing from Buckhurst Hill on Saturday evening, have suspended their search after a man’s body was found.

Dean, 32, was reported missing at about 9.35pm on Saturday (September 25).

A police spokesman this morning said that a man’s body was found in Knighton Woods yesterday afternoon (Monday).

He has not been formally identified but Dean’s family have been told.

The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.
2.57pm - September 23

Floodlights installed at football club

Floodlights have been installed at Buckhurst Hill Football Club in the latest stage of the club's ground development.

The floodlights follow the official opening of the new 100-seater stand which was opened by Epping Forest District Council chairman councillor Helen Kane before the club's first appearance - and victory over Enfield - in the FA Vase.

Club chairman Simon Cornwell described the floodlights as "another chapter on this amazing journey" for the club which is pushing for promotion from First Division South of the Thurlow Nunn League in its first season in senior football.

The club is planning an official launch of the floodlights ahead of its first league game under the lights.

On Sunday, Buckhurst Hill visit fellow First Division South side Newbury Forest in the 2nd Round Qualifying of the FA Vase (2pm kick-off).
3.02pm - September 14

Council to consider 'jumble trail day' idea

The idea of a 'jumble trail day' in Buckhurst Hill is to be considered by Buckhurst Hill Parish Council.

A local resident spoke about the idea at Thursday's parish council meeting having noticed the amount of items which are being left outside homes to be taken by passers-by.

He said he intended to hold the event early next spring.

No charge is made for any of the items which are left out for collection.

A map would be produced to highlight properties taking part in the day.

The idea will be discussed by the parish council's recreation and community committee.
3.02pm - September 14

Speedwatch volunteers wanted

The Speedwatch scheme for Buckhurst Hill is appealing for new volunteers and a co-ordinator.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the roles can email parish council clerk Liz Petyt-Start at office@buckhursthillpc.gov.uk
3.04pm - September 13

Parish council makes Red Cross donation

A donation of £1,000 is to be given to the Red Cross by Buckhurst Hill Parish Council to support the charity's work assisting with the Afghanistan crisis.
2.45pm - September 13

Parish council continuing with plans for COVID-19 memorial space

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council is continuing with its work in drawing up plans for a COVID-19 memorial in the parish.

A memorial within the flower bed on the corner of Palmerston Road and Kings Avenue has been identified as a possible location.

Councillor Ken Williamson told Thursday's parish council meeting: "It would not be a memorial for just those who died, it's for everything that has gone on throughout the pandemic."

The parish council has set up a working group to discuss ideas.
1.33pm - September 13

Plaque recognises Holocaust survivors' home

A plaque has been unveiled at Holmehurst in Buckhurst Hill where Holocaust survivors lived for two years.

A lunch at the property was hosted by current owners Wendy and Richard Higgins to mark the end of 'The Boys: Holocaust Survivors in the Epping Forest District' exhibition at the Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey.

Among the guests at the lunch were Angela Cohen MBE, chairman of ’45 Aid Society - a charity set up by The Boys to raise money for charitable causes - Angela’s son, TV personality Rob Rinder MBE, Lord Lieutenant of Essex Jennifer Tolhurst, Rabbi Odom Brandman, of Buckhurst Hill Chabad, and Epping Forest MP Dame Eleanor Laing.

After the lunch a blue plaque was unveiled on the front of the house to mark its unique history, including the stay of The Boys.

Of the original group of 732 child survivors who came to the UK after liberation, 300 went to live in Windermere in the Lake District and 26 of those later went on to live at Holmehurst.

The ‘Loughton Boys’ stayed in Holmehurst, a 19th century mansion close to Epping Forest, between 1945 and 1947. 

Three of those original ‘Loughton Boys’ - Sir Ben Helfgott, Jan Goldberger and Harry Spiro - took part in the event and remembered their time in Essex with great affection.

Museum staff worked closely with the ’45 Aid Society for over two years to create the exhibition.

As part of the project they also produced a teaching pack as a resource on Holocaust studies for local secondary schools.

Dame Eleanor Laing MP said: "It was a true honour to be at the plaque unveiling of Holmehurst and to meet some of the ‘Loughton Boys’ and their families.

"It was an historic occasion to remember the Jewish boys who were brought to live in Loughton by Sir Nicholas Winton to escape the atrocities of the Holocaust.

"Remembering the millions of people who died in the Holocaust is vitally important, not only for the Jewish community but for the country as a whole."

She added: "It was a privilege to be with the survivors and their families on such a special occasion. We will never forget."
7.37pm - September 10

Solution found to Roding Valley Hall car park issues

The Roding Valley Hall car park in Station Way, Buckhurst Hill, will now be open from 8.30am until 6.30pm on weekdays and Saturdays with three shopkeepers responsible for opening and closing the car park, the parish council has agreed.

The car park had previously been opened and closed by parish council staff. 

However Thursday's parish council meeting was told that issues had arisen when the car park was not opened as scheduled and indiscriminately closed without notice, sometimes for several days.

Traders told councillors that any closure was "crippling" businesses in Station Way.

One shopkeeper told the meeting: "It's a huge struggle at the moment. By shutting the car park it's really damaging the businesses."

He added: "We have offered to take on the responsibility of opening and closing the gates. We are responsible people. We wouldn't abuse it. We turn up in the morning and don't know whether it will be open and closed."

Councillor Jo Share-Bernia said it is "catastrophic" for businesses when the car park was closed.

The parish council had reverted to restricted opening times rather than leaving the car park open 24 hours a day to prevent all-day commuter parking.
2.19pm - September 10

Call on parish council to detail proposals for its near "£1m" of reserves

A call has been made on Buckhurst Hill Parish Council to set out its 'vision and priorities' and give details about how it intends to use its "very healthy reserves" said to total almost £1m following the election of a new council in May.

The issue of the future of Buckhurst Hill Library and the parish council's two community halls - The Woollard Centre and Roding Valley Hall - was also raised by local resident, and district councillor, Aniket Patel at Thursday's parish council meeting.

Mr Patel, who was speaking as a local resident during the public participation item on the agenda, said he was keen to see the Queen's Road library used as a community facility.

He told the meeting: "For me this is an iconic building. It's right in the centre of the community and we should be promoting this as a community hall and one that the community can truly benefit from."

Regarding the council's community halls, Mr Patel - who had been chairman of the parish council under the previous administration - highlighted the money the parish council has spent on maintenance on both of the buildings.

He said: "Both are in a particular state where we have to prop them up with parish reserves and I see this as a waste of parish money."

He said the parish council was "sitting on some very healthy reserves" of close to £1m which he described as an "incredible" sum for a parish council.

He said the parish council is "cash rich" and added: "I would like to see how that money is going to be reinvested into the community."

Parish council chairman Steven Neville said eight of the 11 parish councillors are new to the council having been elected in May and the council had decided to look again at proposals for the two halls.

Commenting on the future of the library, Mr Neville highlighted that the building is not in the parish council's ownership as it is owned by Essex County Council adding: "It's they that really need to work in tandem (with the parish council) to create the community hub."
5.52pm - September 8

Epping Forest District Council to open football club's new stand

The chairman of Epping Forest District Council will officially open the new 100-seater stand at Buckhurst Hill Football Club on Saturday.

Councillor Helen Kane will be joined by the chairman of Buckhurst Hill Parish Council, councillor Steven Neville, other councillors and community representatives for the official opening at Roding Lane at 1pm.

The opening takes place before the club's biggest ever fixture - its first appearance in the FA Vase when it takes on Enfield with a 3pm kick-off.

Club chairman Simon Cornwell said: "We are looking forward to a magical point in our history and showcasing all that is positive about grassroots football and making dreams possible with the success of our first team on days like Saturday.

"It is an incredible achievement by all involved in the Buckhurst Hill family and the local community."

A variety of age groups from across the club will also be in attendance highlighting the club's "next generation".

* Buckhurst Hill Football Club's first team has had a successful start to the season having recorded a six-match unbeaten start to the season in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division South following its promotion from the Essex Olympian League for this campaign.

The first team suffered its first defeat of the season last Saturday but remains just three points off the top of the league with games in hand over the top sides.
7.40pm - August 22

Football club to officially open new stand

A new 100-seater stand at Buckhurst Hill Football Club will be officially opened before the biggest game in the club's history - its first appearance in the FA Vase on Saturday, September 11.

The stand will be followed by the installation of floodlights at the Roding Lane club which is experiencing its first season at senior level having been promoted into the Thurlow Nunn League First Division South this season.

Club chairman Simon Cornwell said: "We are delighted that the next piece of the jigsaw for the long-term future of the club has been completed with the installation of our new stand. This is yet another piece of history for the club.

"We would like to thank Alderdale, the suppliers of the stand, and Sports Ground Development for their consultancy throughout this process.

"The club would also like to thank the Football Foundation for its support towards the funding and Epping Forest District Council, Buckhurst Hill district councillors, Buckhurst Hill Parish Council and Buckhurst Hill Residents' Society for their incredible support with the project and for supporting our plans."

The stand will be officially opened at 1pm on Saturday, September 11, before the club's FA Vase match against Enfield (3pm kick-off).

Mr Cornwell added: "We hope as many local people as possible will come along to witness the opening and stay and support their local club.

"It would be wonderful to have a full house at Roding Lane and to see the local community get behind their local football club."

* Another history-making fixture is on Thursday, September 2, when the club visits Takeley for its first appearance in the FA Youth Cup. Kick-off 8pm.
5.38pm - August 12

Braeside School celebrates "fantastic" GCSE results

Braeside School is celebrating another outstanding set of GCSE results.

All GCSE grades were at grade 5 or above and 66 per cent of grades were 7-9.

Students again achieved superbly in Sciences with 100 per cent passes in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

Other subjects with 100 per cent passes included Maths, English Language, English Literature, French, History, French, Drama, Computer Science, Religious Studies and Spanish.

Headmistress Chloe Moon said: “These are a fantastic set of results for the Braeside pupils who thoroughly deserve such an outstanding set of GCSEs after the past two years being affected by the pandemic. 

"Most pupils achieved the top grades of 7-9 and in the circumstances we faced nationally, this is a tremendous achievement.

"I’m proud to be able to see our pupils move onto the next stage of their education as well-rounded, motivated young people who are well-equipped for life beyond Braeside. 

"They leave us to join some outstanding schools and colleges, and I wish them all the very best for the future."
2.17pm - August 3

"Next chapter begins" for newly-promoted football club

Newly-promoted Buckhurst Hill Football Club has launched the new season with its first point in the First Division South of the Thurlow Nunn League.

The Roding Lane club - which fought out a goalless draw at Harwich and Parkeston on Saturday - visits Wormley Rovers tonight (Tuesday) before hosting Halstead Town in the club's history-making first home match of the season on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The first team will also be at home the following weekend (Saturday, August 14) when Wivenhoe Town are the visitors.

The club's elevation to Step 6 of the football pyramid - after gaining promotion from the Essex Olympian League last season - means it will be playing in the FA Vase for the first time in its history when it hosts Enfield at Roding Lane on Saturday, September 11 (3pm).

Off the field, the club has received funding for stands, floodlights and turnstiles.

Club chairman Simon Cornwell said: "We look forward to welcoming you to Roding Lane on Saturday as the club starts a new chapter in its 35-year history, and our biggest achievement of them all as our first team make their home debut in senior mens' football."

Mr Cornwell has been involved with the club for 17 years since taking his then seven-year-old son for a trial to instantly falling in love with the club and becoming a manager from Under-8s through to Under-21s.

He added: "The ethos, the family environment, just everything about Buckhurst Hill wanted me to help as much as i could.

"Then before you know it you get involved with the committee and then the rest is history.

"When I was asked to become chairman ten years ago it was a huge honour and i just wanted to build on the successful foundations already in place, but with a vision to grow the amount of teams across all age groups, and to take our first team up the football ladder.

"Our President and the life-blood of the football club, and one of our original founders, Ray Sherrin, had a dream to one day watch the first team from a stand, under floodlights and in a FA competition. Ten years on and that dream has become a reality.

"This could not have been achieved without all the endless hours of dedication from our trustees, committee members, who are all volunteers, and the incredible support from Epping Forest District Council, Buckhurst Hill Parish Council and the Football Foundation supporting 70 per cent of the funding towards the total project.

"Our first stage was to move our first team pitch, build a concrete walkway all the way round, a pitch barrier, new goals and dugouts."

The second stage is the installation of a 100-seater stand, floodlights and turnstiles.

"We hope you come and visit, enjoy the hospitality and more importantly support the boys on the pitch and the community spirit we desire.

"I would like to thank Mark Williams (first team manager), who is Buckhurst Hill through and through, all his coaches, and more importantly the players. Their achievements on the pitch over the last three years has been nothing short of inspirational.

"Finally it just shows that from humble beginnings anything is possible if you want to follow your dreams with hard work and dedication.

"Now the next chapter begins."
6.18pm - July 19

Four fire crews tackle derelict garage blaze

Four fire crews dealt with a blaze in a derelict garage in Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, this afternoon.

Firefighters from Loughton, Waltham Abbey, Epping and Brentwood were called to Queens Road at about 2.45pm and took about an hour-and-a-half to put out the fire.

The garage has been destroyed. 
4.45pm - July 8

Council freezes hire charges for community halls

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council has decided to freeze hire charges for its two community halls - Roding Valley Hall and The Woollard Centre - for the current financial year.

Finance and establishment committee chairman councillor Matt West told last Thursday's committee meeting: "I can't see any reason (to increase the charges). It would be madness."

* The committee also voted to freeze the charges to advertise in the council's magazine.
4.44pm - July 8

Council reports 75 per cent drop in community halls' income

Income generated for Buckhurst Hill Parish Council through hire charges for its two community halls - Roding Valley Hall and The Woollard Centre - dropped by 75 per cent in 2020-21 because of the COVID-19 lockdown, parish council finance officer Kim Lumb told the council's finance and establishment committee.

Any hirers who had paid hire fees for bookings which had to be cancelled have been reimbursed.
3.01pm - July 2

Council raises drug concerns with police

The issue of alleged drug-dealing in the Knighton Lane car park in Buckhurst Hill has been raised with local police officers by Buckhurst Hill Parish Council.

Councillor Gavin Chambers told Thursday's parish council meeting he hoped there would now be more police patrols in the area after he was alerted to the problem which allegedly took place at about 5pm last Sunday.

Council chairman Stephen Neville said he had been told that photographic evidence had been reported surrounding a similar issue in Hornbeam Close.
2.59pm - July 2

Council to consider funding defibrillators

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council is to discuss providing a defibrillator or defibrillators within the parish.
2.59pm - July 2

Two highways schemes to go ahead

Two highways schemes are to be carried out in Buckhurst Hill following the award of funding from the Epping Forest Local Highways Panel.

Buckhurst Hill and Loughton South county councillor and parish councillor Marshall Vance told Thursday's Buckhurst Hill Parish Council meeting that the roundabout at the Palmerston Road-Westbury Road junction will be repainted and the speed cushions in Roebuck Lane will be replaced.

Mr Vance added that a scheme for bollards in Blackmore Road and Thaxted Road has gone through the initial stage but is still awaiting funding.

The bollards will stop pavement parking in both roads.
1.46pm - May 25

New parish council chairman sees facilities for young people as among his priorities for the year

The new chairman of Buckhurst Hill Parish Council has set out his priorities for the year.

Councillor Steven Neville was elected chairman at the Annual Council Meeting with fellow Green Party councillor Simon Heap elected as vice-chairman.

Councillor Neville said: "I am absolutely delighted that the parish council has chosen me to be their chairman for 2021-22.

"I hope all parish councillors can work together over the next year regardless of the label that they were elected on.

"As a children’s worker I’m keen to promote ideas to improve the offer for children and young people in the area. I hope I can do Buckhurst Hill proud over the next year."

Speaking at the Annual Council Meeting, district councillor Aniket Patel congratulated councillor Neville on his election and highlighted the work of former council chairman Smruti Patel.

Mr Neville thanked former councillors Joseph Barkham, Jane Forker Clark, Sam Clark, Bobby Nagpal, Glenys Reynolds, Sylvia Watson, Neville Wright and Smruti Patel for their service to the community, saying Mrs Patel had put the people of Buckhurst Hill first, working tirelessly both as a councillor and as council chairman.

He said the new council should all be working together for the interests of Buckhurst Hill, to serve the people of Buckhurst Hill.

He told the meeting he would like to see the development of facilities for children and young people, building on the ideas of the skatepark and the revival of the Hornbeam Road playground.

Committee chairmen for the year were also elected:

Finance and Establishment - councillor Matt West
Recreation and Community - councillor Sarah Goodfellow
Planning and Environment - councillor Anne Redelinghuys
Accommodation - councillor Simon Heap
Personnel - councillor Steven Neville. 
4.43pm - May 14

Annual Council Meeting

The Annual Meeting of Buckhurst Hill Parish Council will be held at Buckhurst Hill Library, Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, at 7pm on Thursday, May 20.

Anyone intended to attend the meeting should email office@buckhursthillpc.gov.uk.

The meeting will include the election of a chairman and vice-chairman for the council year, the election of committee members and chairmen, and will also decide on the appointment of council representatives on a range of outside organisations.

Councillors will also be asked to agree a chairman's charity for 2021-22. 
7.09pm - April 24

'I'm A Celebrity' winner cuts ribbon to officially open flower shop

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A new flower and event shop has opened in Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill - with the ribbon cutting performed by actor, television presenter and 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' winner Christopher Biggins.

Ricky Paul Flowers - at Unit 3, 158 Queens Road - offers a wide range of floral services, including wedding and event designs.

Biggins, who won ITV's 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' in 2007, is probably best known for his roles in the television comedy programmes 'Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?' and 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em'.

He joined shop staff for a socially-distanced official opening on Saturday (April 24).

He said: "Ricky has been doing flowers for me for years and years and years and he's brilliant, just wonderful. I'm sure he's going to do really well here and it's going to be a fantastic asset to the area."

The creative flowers company prides itself on designs for the wedding and events industry and house parties.

Ricky Paul Flowers also specialises in flower bouquets and provides a free local delivery service.

Since the company was formed more than ten years ago it has appeared on national television on numerous occasions.

Its array of designs can feature floral sculptures ranging from giant poodles and elephants to hot air balloons which have been featured on ITV's 'Lorraine' programme as well as on shows on Channel 4 and Sky One.

Creative director Ricky Jackson said: "Over the past year we saw all our events stop due to the pandemic and decided to relocate the business to temporary premises in Westbury Lane.

"We were so thrilled we did. We had so much interest from local residents over the festive period that we decided we wanted a permanent shop in the area and now six months on we are thrilled to be opening our new shop in Queens Road.

"We feel the pandemic has really highlighted the importance of having local traders and being based in Buckhurst Hill with its mix of well-established traders and good connections with Loughton and Chigwell places us in an accessible location to offer clients our fabulous florals in our unique, glamorous and theatrical style."

Christopher Biggins co-hosted the ITV show 'Surprise Surprise' and appeared in the children's series Rentaghost for seven years from the late 1970s.

More recently, in 2014, he took part in 'Celebrity MasterChef' on BBC One, and five years ago spent nine days in the 'Celebrity Big Brother' house.

* You can find out more about Ricky Paul Flowers by visiting https://www.rickypaulflowers.co.uk/

Ricky Paul Flowers is also on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/rickypaulflowers/?hl=en and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RickyPaulFlowers
4.45pm - March 29

Parish council to consider 11 planning applications

Eleven planning applications will be considered by Buckhurst Hill Parish Council's planning and environment committee at the next meeting, on Thursday, April 1, at 7pm.

The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.

For details about how to access the meeting, email office@buckhursthillpc.gov.uk

The planning applications to be discussed are:

* 36 Gladstone Road - part single/part two-storey rear extension and cladding change to front elevation

* 178 Forest Edge - increase in existing loft conversion incorporating additional floor area created by larger dormer window, and hip to gable end roof alterations

* 1 River Road - first-floor side and rear extension, garage conversion along with a loft extension and conversion with Juliet balcony to rear

* 11 Westbury Lane - application for a Lawful Development certificate for a single-storey rear extension

* 36 Gladstone Road - application for a Lawful Development certificate for a loft conversion with rear dormer

* 15 Little Plucketts Way - single-storey rear extension and two-storey side extension

* 4 Heron Close - first-floor side extension over existing garage, single-storey rear extension and internal alteration

* 11 Loughton Way - two-storey side extension, front dormer and porch

* 82 Chestnut Avenue - application for a Lawful Development certificate for a loft conversion

* 11 Loughton Way - application for a Lawful Development certificate for a front drive, dropping kerb for two car parking

* 14 Russell Road - application to determine if Prior Approval is required for a proposed Larger Home Extension measuring 4.15m height to eaves of 3m and a maximum height of 4m (revised application to EPF/2271/20).
2.13pm - March 26

Parish council highlights its projects and initiatives

Projects and local initiatives funded by Buckhurst Hill Parish Council were highlighted at the Annual Parish Assembly.

Finance and establishment committee chairman councillor Glenys Reynolds commented on work carried out to the council's play areas and the installation of new play equipment, the delivery of 55 Christmas parcels to local residents, and the production and delivery of the parish magazine.

The council also continues to fund a Police Community Support Officer who covers Buckhurst Hill and provides funding and support for the parish's library service two days a week.

Councillor Reynolds also highlighted the parish's Christmas tree and the floral displays in Queens Road which are funded by the parish council.

Commenting on the council's precept and budget-setting, she added the parish council was "really pleased" it had been able to freeze its share of council tax bills for the next financial year.
5.46pm - March 8

Man to be sentenced over pub arson attack

A man is set to be sentenced next month following an arson attack on the Three Colts pub in Princes Road in Buckhurst Hill last month.

Spiros Schulz, 48, of Eleven Acre Rise, Loughton, was arrested about an hour after the fire started and was later charged with arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered, arson with intent to endanger life, and breaching a restraining order.

Appearing at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Monday, he admitted arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered and breaching a restraining order.

He pleaded not guilty to arson with intent to endanger life and that offence will lie on file.

He was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on April 19.
1.34pm - March 6

Council carries out maintenance work at community halls

Maintenance work has been carried out at Buckhurst Hill Parish Council's two community halls.

Gas work on the heating system has been completed at the Woollard Centre where carpet has been cleaned and maintenance work carried out on the toilets.

At Roding Valley Hall, an ash and holly tree has been removed, fence panels replaced and a gate repaired.

Additionally, safety surfacing at the Kings Place play area has been repaired.

The work undertaken was reported to Thursday's finance and establishment committee meeting.


Hall charges review put on hold

A review of charges for Buckhurst Hill Parish Council's community halls - The Woollard Centre and Roding Valley Hall - has been put on hold.

The charges will remain the same for the time being, with the situation reconsidered at the next finance and establishment committee.
6.40pm - February 27

Parish council to consider ten planning applications

Ten planning applications will be considered by Buckhurst Hill Parish Council's planning and environment committee on Thursday, March 4, at 7pm.

The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.

Anyone wanting to attend the meeting should email office@buckhursthillpc.gov.uk for the Zoom access details.

The applications to be considered are:

* 4 Elm Close - crown reduce protected oak tree to previous points, as specified, and crown thin by 15 per cent as specified.

* 39A Palmerston Road - fell protected ash tree

* 2 Walnut Way - new detached house within the curtilage of the property (revised application)

* 4A Albert Road - additional dwelling

* 56 Palmerston Road - single-storey rear and side extensions

* land adjacent to 164 Loughton Way - installation of bike hangar to council-owned land adjacent to number 164 Loughton Way

* 70 Ardmore Lane - application for a Lawful Development Certificate for a proposed loft conversion with Juliet balcony

* 16 Albert Terrace - retention of existing patio.

* 37 Fairlands Avenue - application for variation of condition 2 `Plan numbers' for EPF/1289/20 - proposed two-storey side extension and loft conversion with remodelling of the garage

* 98 Westbury Lane - demolition of existing buildings and erection of a replacement mixed use building to contain an office (Use Class E(g) and two one-bedroom apartments

Councillors will also consider the renewal of a street trading consent application at the Warren Wood pub.
2.49pm - February 11

Charity "delighted" donor found for Libby

The chief executive of Anthony Nolan has told Everything Epping Forest everyone at the charity is "delighted" a donor has been found for 12-year-old Buckhurst Hill girl Libby Cotts.

Libby was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia, a serious condition affecting the blood where the bone marrow and stem cells do not produce enough blood cells last October.

A social media campaign to raise aware of her case - and to raise money for the charity, with over £130,000 having already been raised - has been supported by numerous celebrities and sports stars, including West Ham footballers, former England and Chelsea footballer John Terry and snooker ace Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Anthony Nolan chief executive Henny Braund said: "Everybody at Anthony Nolan was delighted to hear a donor has been identified and Libby can now start to prepare for the next stage in her treatment. 

"We’re incredibly thankful to Libby, and her family, for sharing their stories so openly and eloquently. They have used their voices to raise awareness and vital funds at one of the most difficult times a family can face. 

"We wish Libby all the very best as she gets ready for her stem cell transplant; we’ll be there every step of the way."

Libby, an active sports enthusiast, had been due to receive a transplant just before Christmas but the donor became unavailable.

Yesterday it was confirmed two donors had been identified.
UPDATE 4.13pm - February 8

Man remanded in custody over pub blaze


A 48-year-old man charged over Saturday's blaze at the Three Colts pub in Buckhurst Hill has been remanded in custody until next month.

Spiros Schulz, of Eleven Acre Rise, Loughton, appeared before Chelmsford magistrates today charged with arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered, arson with intent to endanger life and breaching a restraining order.


UPDATE 5.59pm - February 7

Man charged over pub blaze

A 48-year-old man is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court tomorrow (Monday) having been charged this afternoon over last night's fire at the Three Colts pub in Buckhurst Hill.

Spiros Schulz, of Eleven Acre Rise, Loughton, charged with arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered, arson with intent to endanger life and breaching a restraining order.


UPDATE 2.12pm - February 7

Police give update on arrested man

Police have told Everything Epping Forest the man arrested on suspicion of arson following last night's blaze at the Three Colts pub, Buckhurst Hill, is aged 48 and from Loughton.

He remains in custody.


UPDATE 9.33am - February 7

Publican vows to reopen fire-hit pub - "we will return, maybe just longer than we thought"

Three Colts publican Adam Brooks has vowed to return to business following last night's fire which is being treated as arson.

Five fire crews were called to the pub in Princes Road, Buckhurst Hill, at about 4.50pm.

A man was arrested in Loughton on suspicion of arson about an hour later.

Adam Brooks, writing on Twitter, said: "Everyone is safe, we will return, maybe just longer than we thought."

He also thanked the "brave" firefighters from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, London Fire Brigade, and also Essex Police for their efforts in dealing with the incident.

Adam added: "Everyone is safe my end, it is what it is. A resident above (the pub) was lucky to escape this and is terribly shaken and upset. My family is also shaken. Money can be replaced, lives can’t."

A full investigation into the cause of the fire is due to take place.

The man arrested over the blaze remained in police custody last night.


6.53pm - February 6

Man arrested on suspicion of arson

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson about an hour after firefighters were alerted to a blaze at the Three Colts pub in Buckhurst Hill.

An Essex Police spokesman said emergency services were called to the pub at about 4.50pm today. It is not believed anyone has been been hurt.

The spokesman added that a man was arrested on suspicion of arson in Loughton shortly before 6pm. He is currently in custody.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious, has any CCTV or dash cam footage or any other information about the incident is asked to ring 101 quoting incident 858 of February 6 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


6.53pm - February 6


EXCLUSIVE: Former EastEnders star speaks of her shock at news of blaze at her "favourite local pub"

Former EastEnders star Danniella Westbrook has spoken of her shock at tonight's fire at the Buckhurst Hill pub she describes as her "favourite place in Essex".

Five fire crews remain on the scene.

Firefighters are on the scene of a fire at the Three Colts pub in Princes Road, Buckhurst Hill.

Video footage shared on social media shows flames inside the premises - behind a bay window to left of the building.

Danniella said: "I was both shocked and saddened when Everything Epping Forest contacted me with the pictures and news that my favorite local pub was on fire."

She added: "My heart goes out to Adam Brooks and his family who  have worked so hard
to make that pub the success it is and such a huge part of the Buckhurst Hill community. 

"I hope that the damage is minimal and that no one was hurt and that the Three Colts will be open again soon."

A woman, who did not want to be named, told Everything Epping Forest, there had been "black billowing smoke" before firefighters put the blaze out "very quickly".

Princes Road, a one-way street, is currently closed to traffic.
1.17pm - February 6

Parish council considers initial ideas for new community hall

Preliminary ideas for a new community hall on the site of Roding Valley Hall in Station Way, Buckhurst Hill, have been considered by Buckhurst Hill Parish Council.

Initial possibilities for a new two-storey building include a main hall, Parish Office, kitchen, communal hub / cafe and a library or quiet space on the ground floor.

The first-floor could accommodate additional office space and a main meeting room with a viewing area down into the main hall.

Thursday's parish council accommodation committee was told detailed sketches will now be prepared while consultants will develop a business case and funding proposals for the project.

The council will also consult with local organisations and residents when COVID-19 restrictions allow.

* Roof repairs to the Woollard Centre, Buckhurst Hill, are to be carried out shortly by the parish council. External lighting is also to be installed and the water boiler replaced.
3.22pm - January 31

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council freezes share of council tax bills for 2021-22

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council has frozen its share of council tax bills for 2021-22 having set its precept at £359,979 for the next financial year.

It means council tax bills for 2021-22 will include a band D equivalent of £68.89 towards services provided by the parish council.

The council has kept its precept the same for another year.  

The council's budgets include a new budget item of £5,000 for its Climate Emergency work and £10,000 earmarked for a COVID-19 memorial in the parish.
3.24pm - January 31

Parish Council to consider 14 planning applications

Fourteen planning applications will be considered by Buckhurst Hill Parish Council's planning and environment committee which will meet via Zoom at 7pm on Thursday, February 4.

Anyone wanting to join the meeting should email office@buckhursthillpc.gov.uk for the Zoom access information.

The applications to be considered are:

* 150 Loughton Way - prior approval for change of use of shop A1 to A3(E) and A5

* 3 Knighton Place, Knighton Lane - crown reduce oak tree to previous points as specified

* 64B Palmerston Road - conversion of garage into habitable room

* 12 Broadfield Way - single storey rear extension.

* 79 Rous Road - Certificate of Lawful Development for proposed loft conversion and rear
dormer including Juliet balcony

* 64B Palmerston Road - application for a Lawful Development Certificate for single-storey extension and rooflight

* Garage block, west of 23 Pentlow Way - application for Approval of Details reserved by Conditions 13 (details of the siting and design of the proposed relocated electricity sub-station) and condition 18 (car parking spaces for people with a disability) for EPF/2021/20. Demolition of existing garages, erection of a residential building with proposed flats with associated parking and landscaping, seven units in total

* Buckhurst Hill Reservoir, High Road - confirmation of conditions 3, 7, 18, 22, 24 and 29 of planning application EPF/0480/04 (redevelopment of site to provide 67 flats including associated amenity space and car parking)

* Buckhurst Hill Community Centre, 4 Westbury Road - fell TPO Ash tree and Lime tree

* 37 Epping New Road - single-storey rear extension and side return

* The Ridings, Manor Road - replacement of existing dwelling plus one additional infill dwelling (revised application to EPF/2767/19

* 33 Starling Close - certificate of Lawful Development for hip to gable roof extension and loft conversion with rear dormer and front roof lights (revised application to EPF/1907/20)

* 80 High Road - application for a Lawful Development Certificate for an addition of a pitched roof structure to the existing flat roofed dormer on the rear

* 33 St Johns Court - prior approval for a 4m deep single-storey rear extension, height to eaves 2.9m and overall height of 3m.
4.02pm - January 22

"Quick-thinking" PCSOs praised after spotting fire

Two police community support officers have been praised for their "quick-thinking" actions which saw them evacuate five people from a burning building in Buckhurst Hill last weekend.

PCSOs Adam Dixon-Peters and Andy Flett were out on patrol on Sunday afternoon when they saw the fire at the Tandoori At The Chambers restaurant in Queen’s Road.

Adam, the dedicated PCSO for Buckhurst Hill, funded by the parish council, said: "I saw smoke billowing out of the chimney of the restaurant and, at the same time, I was flagged down by a member of public.” 

They rushed to the building to see how they could help, concerned that people may still be inside.

Andy said: "Several members of staff were still inside. They told us there’d been a fire in the kitchen downstairs but it had been put out.

"We thought it best to be safe so while Adam evacuated them and made sure everyone was alright I went down to the kitchen to double-check and found another man there so I made sure he left, too"

Staff had already called the fire brigade and so Adam drove the patrol car to one end of the road to block it off to traffic and they both worked to find the owners of parked cars to clear the road outside the restaurant to allow fire engines and an aerial ladder platform get close enough to the burning building.

As fire crews arrived, fellow officers from Loughton Community Policing Team arrived to help evacuate neighbouring buildings and manage the crowd which had gathered.

No-one was injured in the fire which started accidentally in an extraction system.

The four-storey building is home to a restaurant, offices and a flat. Neighbouring homes were also affected by the smoke and three families have had to move out temporarily while the damage to their homes is assessed.

Loughton Community Policing Team Inspector Tom Mitchell said: “I’m proud of Adam and Andy for their brave actions. No-one knows exactly what they will face when they enter a burning building. 

"It’s lucky they were passing by on their patrols at the time and I’m thankful they were able to help evacuate staff and then help the fire crews afterwards."

Grays Fire Station Manager Dave Bond said: "We'd like to thank the PCSOs for their quick-thinking, particularly stopping traffic to allow our crews to get access to the scene and deal with the fire and assisting with keeping passers-by at a safe distance.

"It is another good example of how we work closely with our partners at incidents to keep the people of Essex safe."
7.06pm - January 18

Parish council to consider ten planning applications

Ten planning applications will be considered by Buckhurst Hill Parish Council's planning and environment committee which will meet via Zoom at 7pm on Thursday, January 21.

Anyone wanting to join the meeting should email office@buckhursthillpc.gov.uk for the access information.

The applications to be considered are: 

* 4 Wentworth Court, Albert Road - Certificate of Lawful Development for existing use as self-contained holiday flat

* 68 Roding View - two-storey side and rear extensions

* 68 Roding View - two-storey side and rear extensions, roof extension with rear dormer window to facilitate creation of habitable room in the roof space

* 18 Walnut Way - single-storey rear extension

* 3 Gladstone Road - single-storey rear extension and a two-storey side extension

* 26 Roding View - application to determine if Prior Approval is required for a larger home extension measuring 6m height to eaves of 3m and a maximum height of 4m

* 65 Russell Road - Part two-storey rear extension, removal of hipped roof and extension of existing pitched roof to front and rear slopes, raising of gable wall to underside of roof slope, new rear dormer, moderate raising in height of existing chimney to front roof slope

* 2 Princes Road - replacement of a single dwelling with new building consisting of two commercial units and seven fully accessible apartments (amended application to EPF/2378/19)

* 46 Palmerston Road - application for a Lawful Development Certificate for proposed conversion of garage to habitable room

* land adjacent to railway, Buckhurst Way - application to determine if Prior Approval is required for installation of one 1.75m high monopole mounted with six antennas, two 0.3m dishes, six cabinets and one electrical metal cabinet.
3.51pm - January 18

Benches commemorate VE Day anniversary and COVID-19 heroes

Two benches funded by a share of the £10,000 Locality Fund money allocated to Buckhurst Hill and Loughton South county councillor Valerie Metcalfe to spend on initiatives in her Division and Waitrose's Community Matters initiative are now installed outside the supermarket in Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill.

Two-thirds of the cost was met by the Locality Fund - after each county councillor was given £10,000 to spend on projects within their area - with one-third coming from the Waitrose scheme.

One of the teak benches commemorates the 75th anniversary of VE Day while the other recognises the contributions made by the NHS and all frontline workers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
UPDATE 2.24pm - January 19

An investigation into the cause of the fire has determined that it started accidentally in an extraction system, an Essex County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman has said.

8.48pm - January 17


Families left temporarily homeless after blaze

Three families have been left temporarily homeless after a fire in Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire in a four-storey building at the top of Queens Road, and took until about 8pm to put out the fire.

Relief crews are now on the scene to tackle any hotspots.

An Essex County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "Three families who live next to the building have had to move out temporarily while the damage to their homes is assessed."

Station Manager Dave Bond praised the hard work of crews from Loughton, Waltham Abbey and Grays who tackled the fire in "arduous conditions" and the excellent joint working with two crews from London Fire Brigade.

An investigation will be carried out to establish the cause of the fire.
1.51pm - January 16

Libby's plight sparks stem cell donor appeal

A 12-year-old Buckhurst Hill girl receiving treatment for a rare blood disorder has been the inspiration behind a fundraising appeal which has raised over £32,000 for blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.

Libby Cotts was diagnosed with severe Aplastic Anaemia in October and was told she urgently needed a stem cell transplant from a stranger to cure the blood disorder. 

Libby, an active sports enthusiast, was due to receive her transplant just before Christmas but the stem cell donor became unavailable – meaning the search for her stem cell hero goes on.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Anthony Nolan’s fundraising activity and a large number of people joining the charity’s register in early December means there is a backlog of about 25,000 potential donors. 

The charity has been overwhelmed with support and need to raise up to an extra £500,000 to add people to the register, from ordering more swab packs to analysing completed swabs in its laboratory.

Any one of the 25,000 people who have applied to join the Anthony Nolan could be a match for Libby or one of the 2,300 patients in the UK who need a stem cell transplant from a donor each year. 

Libby and her family are sharing their story to inspire people to urgently donate money to the 'Love for Libby' campaign and help to add the donors to the register.

Libby's mum, Gemma, said: "It started with a few bruises during the summer holidays. Libby had been on lot of bike rides during lockdown so we didn’t think anything of it - you wouldn’t. There were also some spots on her legs, but we thought it was a reaction to a salt scrub she had tried.

"During a hockey session at school Libby took a hit to her hand. A bruise developed extremely quickly, and the matron knew this wasn’t right. 

"She didn’t think it should be broken but encouraged us to get it checked out."

Libby was taken to hospital for a check-up where a blood test revealed there was something very wrong with her immune system.

Gemma said: "It was at that point they mentioned it could be leukaemia. I couldn’t believe it; I was shocked and stunned. It was unbelievable and I started crying.

"I’d come in to hospital with Libby because of a suspected broken hand!  Libby had been feeling absolutely fine. She hadn’t had a cough or cold since February.

"Treatment started straight away - Libby needed platelets, and to be taken to the specialist hospital at Great Ormond Street. They sent us in a cab with a nurse, and Libby’s bloods.

The next stage was for a blood transfusion and a bone marrow aspiration to find out what we were dealing with."

Libby was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia, a serious condition affecting the blood where the bone marrow and stem cells do not produce enough blood cells. Her diagnosis meant she could no longer take part in her favourite sports or have horse riding lessons.

In addition to their fundraising activity, the family have also created special wristbands which are being sold on Libby’s website, www.loveforlibby.org, in aid of Anthony Nolan.

Support the Love for Libby appeal at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/loveforlibby

Find out more about Anthony Nolan’s work at www.anthonynolan.org

In Libby’s case, the lifesaving stem cells will be collected from her donor’s bone marrow.
3.30pm - January 8

Parish council "vigorously" opposes starter homes plan

Plans for eight one-bedroom 'starter homes' behind Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, are being "vigorously" opposed by the parish council.

Parish councillors have expressed serious concerns over the proposals for behind 75-77 Queens Road.

Planning and environment committee chairman Bobby Nagpal told Thursday's meeting the proposals were a "gross" over-development and detailed a "severe" lack of parking and amenity space.

A report submitted to Epping Forest District Council with the planning application stated: "The proposed accommodation is targeted at young professionals looking for a starter home with a location that benefits from good transport connections and access to local facilities.

"The proposals seek to provide five ground-floor one-bed flats and a further three (one-bedroom flats) at first floor level. 

"This makes use of the full depth of the existing buildings at ground floor but provides a lesser extent of new accommodation at first floor."
4.34pm - January 4

Parish council to consider 11 planning applications

Eleven planning applications will be considered by Buckhurst Hill Parish Council's planning and environment committee at its virtual meeting on Thursday (January 7).

Anyone wanting to attend the meeting, which will be held via Zoom, should email office@buckhursthillpc.gov.uk for the access information.

The applications to be discussed are:

* 10 Fernside - application for Prior Approval of a proposed enlargement of a house by construction of additional storeys

* 2 Chestnut Avenue - single-storey rear extension, two-storey side extension and loft conversion

* rear of 75, 75A-C and 77 Queens Road - demolition of structures to the rear of 75-77 Queens Road and erection of eight new dwellings

* 28 Holly Close - single-storey rear extension and level outdoor seating area with steps to garden

* 40 Russell Road - application for Lawful Development Certificate for a single-storey rear extension.

28 Holly Close - application for Lawful development Certificate for loft conversion with rear dormer including Juliet balcony and front rooflights

* 7 Knighton Lane - prior approval for enlargement of house by construction of additional storey (revised application)

* 111 Rous Road -  application for Lawful Development Certificate for existing rear dormer, ground-floor rear extension and first-floor side/rear extension

* 20 Stag Lane - ground-floor side and rear side infill extension

* 104 Buckhurst Way - double-storey side extension and single-storey rear extension with rear terrace following demolition of existing garage and conservatory

* 25 Dene Road - application for Lawful Development Certificate for a single-storey rear extension.
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