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The 2021 elections are for the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, seats on Essex County Council, Epping Forest District Council and some town and parish councils.
The 2020 elections were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
BUCKHURST HILL PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Parish council chairman loses her seat

The chairman of Buckhurst Hill Parish Council has lost her seat as the Green Party swept the board in Buckhurst Hill East ward.
With five councillors to be elected, current chairman Smruti Patel (Conservative) was in sixth place with 510 votes.
Fellow current councillors Jane Forker-Clark and Neville Wright have also lost their seats.
The elected Green Party candidates are Alison Hall, Simon Heap, Steven Neville, Anne Redelinghuys and Matt West.
In Buckhurst Hill West, current councillor Bobby Nagpal lost his seat.


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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS:

Waltham Abbey Honey Lane -  CON HOLD

Robert Greyson (Labour) - 256
Steven Heather (Conservative) - 605 (RETAINS SEAT) 
Liam Lakes (Green Party) - 229
Pat Richardson (For Britain Movement) - 242


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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS:

Grange Hill - two councillors to be elected - CON HOLD and CON HOLD

Deborah Barlow (Conservative) - 850 (NEW COUNCILLOR)
Cristinel Birzu (Labour) - 297
Rebecca Fricker (Green Party) - 186 
Alan Lion (Conservative) - 744 (RETAINS SEAT)
Peter Sinfield (Liberal Democrat) - 125 
Sam Tankard (Labour) - 276 


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RESULTS - BUCKHURST HILL PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS:

Buckhurst Hill East (five councillors)

Result declared following a recount

Neal Bagshaw (Conservative) - 385
Jane Forker-Clark (Conservative) - 414
Alison Hall (Green Party) - 711 ELECTED
Simon Heap (Green Party) - 791 ELECTED
Steven Neville (Green Party) - 813 ELECTED

Smruti Patel (Conservative) - 510
Anne Redelinghuys (Green Party) - 585 ELECTED
Alan Weinberg (Conservative) - 342
Matt West (Green Party) - 641 ELECTED
Neville Wright (Conservative) - 465

Buckhurst Hill West (six councillors)

Result declared after a recount

Gavin Chambers (Conservative) - 1,027 ELECTED
Sarah Goodfellow (Green Party) - 933 ELECTED

Bobby Nagpal (Conservative) - 866
David Saunders (Conservative) - 911 ELECTED
Jo Share-Bernia (Conservative) - 896 ELECTED

Anna Stamper (Green Party) - 765
Marshall Vance (Conservative) - 941 ELECTED
Ken Williamson (Conservative) - 1,182 ELECTED


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RESULT - EPPING TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION:

Simon Baker (Conservative) - 1,156 ELECTED
Barry Johns - 641


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RESULT - CHIGWELL PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS:

Chigwell Village (four councillors)


Andre Boutall (Labour) - 203
Celina Jefcoate (Conservative) - 715 ELECTED
Renu Phull (Conservative) - 538 ELECTED
Syed Raza (Conservative) - 518 ELECTED
Faiza Rizvi (Conservative) - 685 ELECTED


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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Waltham Abbey South West - CON HOLD


Sara Hassan (Labour) - 163
Helen Kane (Conservative) - 569 (RETAINS SEAT)
Paul Scales (Green Party) - 43
Jim Searle (For Britain Movement) - 48

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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Theydon Bois - CON HOLD


Clive Amos (Liberal Democrat) - 512
Peter Pendle (Labour) - 84
John Philip (Conservative) - 881 (RETAINS SEAT)

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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Passingford - CON HOLD


Edward Barnard (Liberal Democrat) - 61
Heather Brady (Conservative) - 504 (RETAINS SEAT)
James Murchison (Labour) - 68

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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Moreton and Fyfield - CON HOLD


Zidan Alexander Louis Abou-Harb (Labour) - 38
Peter Bell (Reform UK) - 46
Richard Griffiths (Liberal Democrat) - 46
Ian Hadley (Conservative) - 476 (RETAINS SEAT)

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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

High Ongar, Willingale and The Rodings - CON HOLD


Raymond Balcombe (Conservative) - 522 (NEW COUNCILLOR)
Elaine Thatcher (Liberal Democrat) - 46
Robin Tilbrook (English Democrats) - 43
Alison Wingfield (Labour) - 50

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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Epping Lindsey and Thornwood Common - CON HOLD


Simon Bullough (Labour) - 231
Nick Read (Liberal Democrat) - 698
Holly Whitbread (Conservative) - 1,216 (RETAINS SEAT)

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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Epping Hemnall - LIBERAL DEMOCRATS HOLD


Simon Baker (Conservative) - 688
Inez Lorraine Collier (Labour) - 142
Jon Whitehouse (Liberal Democrat) - 1,290 (RETAINS SEAT)

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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Waltham Abbey High Beach - CON HOLD


Closer Colquhoun (Labour) - 96
Tim Matthews (Conservative) - 401 (NEW COUNCILLOR)
Paul Morris (Independent) - 131

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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Chigwell Row - CON HOLD


Pranav Bhanot (Conservative) - 586 (NEW COUNCILLOR)
Nicola Fuller (Labour) - 98
Steve Hume (Liberal Democrat) - 48

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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Waltham Abbey North East - CON HOLD


Sue Butler (For Britain Movement) - 43
Carina Hall (Green Party) - 103
Jeane Lea (Conservative) - 615 (RETAINS SEAT)
David Moss (Labour) - 181
Tim Vaughan (Liberal Democrat) - 22

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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Buckhurst Hill East - GREEN PARTY HOLD


Simon Heap (Green Party) - 753 (RETAINS SEAT)
Alain Laviolette (Labour) - 115
Smruti Patel (Conservative) - 514

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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Buckhurst Hill West - CON HOLD


Onike Gollo (Labour) - 238
Thomas Hall (Young People's Party) - 88
Anne Redelinghuys (Green Party) - 351
Ish Singh (Liberal Democrat) - 200
Ken Williamson (Conservative) - 1,228 (NEW COUNCILLOR)

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RESULTS - LOUGHTON TOWN COUNCIL ELECTIONS:

Loughton Alderton ward (three councillors)

Philip Abraham (Loughton Residents Association) - 581 ELECTED

Angela Ayre (Labour) - 182
Malachi Fontenelle - 22
Jan Ridding (Conservative) - 210
Michael Stubbings (Loughton Residents Association) - 624 ELECTED
Katie Valentine (Loughton Residents Association) - 591 ELECTED

Loughton Broadway (three councillors)


Philip Beales (Loughton Residents Association) - 445 ELECTED
George Bose (Conservative) - 191
Les House (Loughton Residents Association) - 440 ELECTED
Kevin Rainbow (Loughton Residents Association) - 501 ELECTED

Debbie Wild (Labour) - 204

Loughton Fairmead ward (three councillors)

Carol Davies (Loughton Residents Association) - 686 ELECTED
Sebestian Fontenelle (Loughton Residents Association) - 561 ELECTED
Will Kauffmann (Loughton Residents Association) - 516 ELECTED

Meena Patel (Conservative) - 147

Loughton Forest (three councillors)

Trevor Downing (Loughton Residents Association) - 779 ELECTED
Stella Murphy (Loughton Residents Association) - 795 ELECTED

Tim Parry (Conservative) - 493
Jon Riley (Loughton Residents Association) - 703 ELECTED
Emma Roberts (Labour) - 151

Loughton Roding ward (four councillors)

Rose Brookes (Loughton Residents Association) - 668 ELECTED
Katharine Hawes (Conservative) - 208
Neil Mackinnon (Loughton Residents Association) - 564 ELECTED
Stephen Murray (Independent) - 1,069 ELECTED
David Wixley (Loughton Residents Association) - 568 ELECTED

Loughton St Johns (three councillors)


Jill Bostock (Labour) - 122
Michael Owen (Loughton Residents Association) - 904 ELECTED
Caroline Pond (Loughton Residents Association) - 994 ELECTED
Chris Pond (Loughton Residents Association) - 1,017 ELECTED

Roger Taylor (Conservative) - 282

Loughton St Mary's (three councillors)

Ross Burrell (Labour) - 200
Barbara Cohen (Loughton Residents Association) - 965 ELECTED
Naomi Davies (Liberal Democrat) - 113
Jonathan Hunter (Conservative) - 269
Judy Jennings (Loughton Residents Association) - 954 ELECTED
Graham Wiskin (Loughton Residents Association) - 857 ELECTED

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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Loughton St Mary's - LRA HOLD


Ross Burrell (Labour) - 167
Naomi Davies (Liberal Democrat) - 49
Jonathan Hunter (Conservative) - 313
Judy Jennings (Loughton Residents Association) - 890 (RETAINS SEAT)

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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Loughton Roding - LRA HOLD


Rose Brookes (Loughton Residents Association) - 858 (RETAINS SEAT)
Katherine Hawes (Conservative) - 253
Gareth Rawlings (Labour) - 162

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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Loughton Forest - LRA HOLD


Jayna Jogia (Loughton Residents Association) - 757 (NEW COUNCILLOR)
Tim Parry (Conservative) - 466
Emma Roberts (Labour) - 125

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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Loughton Fairmead - LRA HOLD


Meena Patel (Conservative) - 153
Paul Thomas (Labour) - 175
David Wixley (Loughton Residents Association) - 569 (RETAINS SEAT)

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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Chigwell Village - CON HOLD


Andre Boutall (Labour) - 187
Alison Garnham (Green Party) - 151
Kaz Rizvi (Conservative) - 807 (NEW COUNCILLOR)

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The Theydon Bois seat has recorded the highest turnout of all the district council election seats with 45.23 per cent.

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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Loughton St Johns - LRA HOLD


Jill Bostock (Labour) - 131
Bob Church (Conservative) - 296
Caroline Pond (Loughton Residents Association) - 901 (RETAINS SEAT)

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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Loughton Broadway - LRA HOLD


George Bose (Conservative) - 161
Edward Butler (For Britain Movement) - 26
Michael Owen (Loughton Residents Association) - 435 (RETAINS SEAT)
Debbie Wild (Labour) - 185

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RESULT - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Loughton Alderton - LRA HOLD


Angela Ayre (Labour) - 170
Chidi Nweke (Loughton Residents Association) - 533 (NEW COUNCILLOR)
Jan Ridding (Conservative) - 205

Chidi Nweke takes over the seat previously held by Debra Roberts

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ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS

No change to political colour of district's seven Essex County Council seats

None of the Epping Forest district's seven Essex County Council seats have changed their political colour - but with five Conservatives retiring and another changing seats there are plenty of new faces at County Hall.

The Epping and Theydon Bois division was the closest result with Conservative Holly Whitbread beating Liberal Democrat Jon Whitehouse by 450 votes.

Chris Whitbread, who had previously held the seat, won the North Weald and Nazeing seat with a 2,228-vote majority.

Loughton Residents Association county councillor Chris Pond has retained the Loughton Central seat with a 2,166 majority while Lee Scott took the Chigwell and Loughton Broadway seat by 1,805 votes.

Jaymey McIvor has become a county councillor two years after becoming a district councillor - and he believes he could be the youngest county councillor in the country at the age of 22 after his resounding 2,314-vote victory in Ongar and Rural.

Marshall Vance was victorious in Buckhurst Hill and Loughton South while district councillor Sam Kane secured a 1,712-vote majority in Waltham Abbey.


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RESULT - ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Ongar and Rural - CON HOLD


Edward Barnard (Liberal Democrats) - 220
Peter Bell (Reform UK) - 97
Alan Fricker (Green Party) - 224
Jaymey McIvor (Conservative) - 2,723
Richard Milwood (Labour) - 409
Paul Stevens (Democratic Network) - 52
Robin Tilbrook (English Democrat) - 186


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RESULT - ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Buckhurst Hill and Loughton South - CON HOLD


Ian Allgood (Loughton Residents Association) - 1,760
Inez Collier (Labour) - 590
Simon Heap (Green Party) - 1,336
Kevin Horner (Independent) - 72
Scott Jones (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) - 23
Ish Singh (Liberal Democrats) - 256
Marshall Vance (Conservative) - 2,186
Gerard Wadsworth (Young People's Party) - 45


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RESULT - ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Epping and Theydon Bois - CON HOLD


Simon Bullough (Labour) - 439
Holly Whitbread (Conservative) - 2,909
Jon Whitehouse (Liberal Democrats) - 2,459


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RESULT - ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Loughton Central - LRA HOLD


Naomi Davies (Liberal Democrats) - 145
Jonathan Hunter (Conservative) - 828
Chris Pond (Loughton Residents Association) - 2,994
Debbie Wild (Labour) - 552


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RESULT - ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Waltham Abbey - CON HOLD


Robert Greyson (Labour) - 836
Sam Kane (Conservative) - 2,548
Liam Lakes (Green Party) - 581
Julian Leppert (For Britain Movement) - 302
Ian Pattison (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) - 36
Timothy Vaughan (Liberal Democrats) - 134


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RESULT - ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

North Weald and Nazeing - CON HOLD


Liam Kerrigan (Labour) - 656
Elaine Thatcher (Liberal Democrat) - 435
Chris Whitbread (Conservative) - 2,884


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RESULT - ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 

Chigwell and Loughton Broadway - CON HOLD


Laura Anderson (Green Party) - 427
Angela Ayre (Labour) - 881
Stephen Hume (Liberal Democrats) - 252
Lee Scott (Conservative) - 2,686


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The turnout figures for the seven Essex County Council seats in the district - 

BUCKHURST HILL AND LOUGHTON SOUTH - 39.17%
CHIGWELL AND LOUGHTON BROADWAY - 30.80%
EPPING AND THEYDON BOIS - 41.16%
LOUGHTON CENTRAL - 32.29%
NORTH WEALD AND NAZEING - 28.07%
ONGAR AND RURAL - 31.28%
WALTHAM ABBEY - 26.88%


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It's a safe bet that no other count in the country has a Dakota in the count centre! We're in a hangar on North Weald Airfield with the counters still arriving.

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HARLOW DISTRICT COUNCIL - The Conservatives have taken control of neighbouring Harlow District Council winning 11 seats, including seven from Labour. Council leader Mark Ingall is one the Labour councillors to lose his seat.

Harlow Council is now under Conservative control for only the second time in the town's history.


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Overnight, former Epping Forest District Council leader Lesley Wagland, who was leader in 2011-12, has retained the Brentwood Rural seat on Essex County Council.

Former Buckhurst Hill councillor Stephen Robinson, now leader of Chelmsford City Council, has won the county council's Chelmsford North seat for the Liberal Democrats.


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Here we go! Welcome to Everything Epping Forest's rolling news coverage on the local election results, and many thanks to everyone who has already visited this VOTE 2021 page - already more than 4,200 'clicks' to the page and we are some hours away from the first result!

This year's count is being held in a hangar on North Weald Airfield. The first result is expected by midday. The district's seven Essex County Council seats will be declared first.
Everything Epping Forest will be providing comprehensive coverage on the Essex County Council, Epping Forest District Council, Loughton Town Council, Buckhurst Hill Parish Council, Chigwell Parish Council and Epping Town Council election results on Friday, May 7.
10.02pm - May 6
 
VOTE 2021: Who are the 'odds-on favourites' and who are the
'also rans' in the local elections?
 
David Jackman assesses the 'runners and riders' in the Essex County Council and Epping Forest District Council elections, highlights the 'ones to watch' and predicts the results to be declared on Friday (May 7).


ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS


BUCKHURST HILL AND LOUGHTON SOUTH - Eight runners - the biggest field in the district. The number of runners could open the door to the Green Party, which has form with district councillors in Buckhurst Hill, to come up on the outside.

PREDICTION: Photo finish between Conservatives and Green Party

CHIGWELL AND LOUGHTON BROADWAY - Conservative Lee Scott has a track record which includes success on bigger stages. Looks a certainty in a four-candidate race.

PREDICTION: Conservatives by a few furlongs

EPPING AND THEYDON BOIS - The joint smallest field. All three runners know the course. Conservative Holly Whitbread has a good record over similar courses but this is her first outing at this level. Out of the same stable as the North Weald and Nazeing favourite. Should stay the distance but Jon Whitehouse (Liberal Democrats) could spring a surprise.

PREDICTION: Could be close, even a photo finish

LOUGHTON CENTRAL - Loughton Residents Association's Chris Pond is the firm favourite with the other three runners all course newcomers.

PREDICTION: Loughton Residents Association. The others might as well stay in their stables

NORTH WEALD AND NAZEING - Conservative Chris Whitbread is odds-on favourite. Has had a more rural backdrop ahead of this year's race having switched from Epping and Theydon Bois but still a safe bet. Only his second outing on this track but a consistently good record over similar courses means he should see off the field.

PREDICTION: Conservatives by a few lengths
 
ONGAR AND RURAL - Jaymey McIvor is facing this course for the first time as he looks to extend the Conservatives hold but seven runners mean the result could be closer than some might expect. 


PREDICTION: Conservatives by a distance

WALTHAM ABBEY - Julian Leppert has been a 'For Britain Movement' district councillor since May 2019 but Conservative district councillor Sam Kane is hoping to stop a unique double for the ex-BNP man whose district council victory two years was seen as a one-off.

PREDICTION: Conservatives: but closer than some might expect



EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS


BUCKHURST HILL EAST - A three-way race with sitting councillor Simon Heap (Green Party) challenged by Conservative Buckhurst Hill Parish Council chairman Smruti Patel (and Labour's Alain Laviolette). A close one.

PREDICTION: Green Party; but could be closer than some think

BUCKHURST HILL WEST - Parish councillor Ken Williamson is favourite to romp home and replace fellow Tory Gavin Chambers. The field includes Thomas Hall (Young People's Party) who has run a General Election race but his only outings come at this time of year.

PREDICTION: Conservatives by a distance

CHIGWELL ROW - Conservative Pranav Bhanot is new to this course but the Chigwell Parish Council chairman must be favourite against two other newcomers.

PREDICTION: Conservatives by several furlongs

CHIGWELL VILLAGE - Three newcomers make up the field but given the course records Conservative Kaz Rizvi looks the odds-on favourite.

PREDICTION: Conservatives by several furlongs

EPPING HEMNALL - Liberal Democrat Jon Whitehouse knows the course well but could face a fight to the finish with Conservative Simon Baker. Could be a close call.

PREDICTION: Possible photo-finish

EPPING LINDSEY AND THORNWOOD COMMON - Conservative Holly Whitbread knows the course well and comes out of a stable with a well-known track record on days like this. Should be firm favourite. Looks like the going will be too heavy for Simon Bullough (Labour) and Nick Read (Liberal Democrats).

PREDICTION: Conservatives at a canter

GRANGE HILL - Six runners and two winners to be declared with the Conservatives looking to maintain their dominance as Alan Lion looks to return to the winner's enclosure.

PREDICTION: Double Conservative success

HIGH ONGAR, WILLINGALE AND THE RODINGS - Little is known about the favourite but the Conservatives must expect to continue to dominate. English Democrat Robin Tilbrook gets his traditional annual run-out. Always finds the going too heavy but never gives up.

PREDICTION: Conservative.

LOUGHTON ALDERTON - A three-way race traditionally won by Loughton Residents Association.

PREDICTION: Loughton Residents Association. All too predictable

LOUGHTON BROADWAY - A Loughton Residents Association success but Eddy Butler, who has changed stables from the BNP to 'For Britain Movement', could make it interesting. Has surprised the bookies before.

PREDICTION: Loughton Residents Association by a few lengths

LOUGHTON FAIRMEAD - Loughton Residents Association's David Wixley is odds-on favourite to win again in this three-candidate race. Conservative and Labour look to be almost non-runners.

PREDICTION: Loughton Residents Association by a distance

LOUGHTON FOREST - Loughton Residents Association should maintain its dominance with former town councillor Jayna Jogia hoping to step up.

PREDICTION: Loughton Residents Association by a few lengths

LOUGHTON RODING - A three-candidate race with current champion Rose Brookes odds-on to return to the winner's enclosure.

PREDICTION: Loughton Residents Association by a few lengths

LOUGHTON ST JOHNS - Loughton Residents Association's Caroline Pond is odds-on to win again. Comes out of the same stable as county council candidate Chris Pond. A safe bet there will be a double celebration in the Pond stable by the end of the day.

PREDICTION: Loughton Residents Association by several furlongs

LOUGHTON ST MARYS - Four runners with a Loughton Residents Association victory highly likely with former Loughton Mayor Judy Jennings expected to trot into the winner's enclosure.

PREDICTION: Loughton Residents Association by a few lengths

MORETON AND FYFIELD - Conservative Ian Hadley looks to return for a second spell. Up against little-known competition so should find the going easy.

PREDICTION - Conservatives by a few furlongs

PASSINGFORD - Conservative Heather Brady is odds-on favourite to record another victory. There appears to be little competition from her two challengers so she should canter home.

PREDICTION - Conservatives with ease

THEYDON BOIS - Conservative John Philip knows the course well and should romp home without breaking sweat. It looks like the Liberal Democrat and Labour hopefuls will be also-rans.

PREDICTION - Conservatives by a few furlongs

WALTHAM ABBEY HIGH BEACH - A close call between joint favourites Tim Matthews (Conservative) and Paul Morris (Independent) as both look to record their first wins over this distance. Both know their home turf well. One to watch.

PREDICTION - Possible photo finish

WALTHAM ABBEY HONEY LANE - Given the track record this could be a close call. Pat Richardson has moved stables - from BNP to 'For Britain Movement' - and is up against reigning champion Steven Heather (Conservative). Two other candidates could split the vote which could make this one interesting.

PREDICTION: Conservative, but could be closer than some expect

WALTHAM ABBEY NORTH EAST - Conservative Jeane Lea, given her track record and strong Waltham Abbey Tesco fanbase, must be favourite, again, but there will be plenty of attention on the showing of outsider 'For Britain Movement'.

PREDICTION - Conservatives by a fair few lengths

WALTHAM ABBEY SOUTH WEST - Would be a major shock if Helen Kane, the district council chairman, gets unseated but the presence of another 'For Britain Movement' outsider could pose a few questions.

PREDICTION - Conservatives by a furlong or two
8.07am - April 20

VOTE 2021: Woman branded "stupid" by For Britain Movement election canvasser who called at home during Royal funeral silence

A Waltham Abbey woman who challenged a For Britain Movement election canvasser for campaigning during the Royal funeral was branded "stupid" three times by the caller during the doorstep encounter.

The whole episode was captured on the woman's doorbell video.

When asked for a response to the incident, For Britain Movement candidate Pat Richardson told Everything Epping Forest: "If she was that engrossed in watching the funeral why did she answer the door..."

The woman was watching television coverage of the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday afternoon when the doorbell rang - during the national minute's silence at 3pm.

The woman was described as a "stupid woman" by the canvasser after she told him to 'take the leaflet away'.

The video shows the man, who was not wearing a face mask, on the doorstep.

When the woman answers the door, he says: "Good afternoon madam, sorry to disturb you."

When the woman said he was disturbing her because she was watching the funeral, and she told him to 'take the leaflet away', he replied: "Why, what is wrong with you?"

The canvasser for Waltham Abbey Honey Lane ward For Britain Movement candidate Pat Richardson can then be heard to say "stupid woman" as he walks off from the property in Ruskin Avenue.

The woman told Everything Epping Forest: "I think this is extremely rude and dreadful timing, and this so-called patriot showed no respect for the passing of our monarch's husband."

Mrs Richardson, replying to Everything Epping Forest's request for a statement about the incident, said: "After listening to the recording,  I am astounded at the aggressive attitude of the 'complainant'.

"If she was that engrossed in watching the funeral why did she answer the door, as she would have seen who it was on the doorbell.

"Prince Philip himself was no stranger to controversy and wouldn't have put standing upon ceremony above democracy and supporting this country. 

"She might think she was being patriotic but seems to lack interest in local matters."

* Four candidates are contesting the Waltham Abbey Honey Lane seat on Thursday, May 6. They are Robert Greyson (Labour), Steven Heather (Conservative), Liam Lakes (Green Party) and Pat Richardson (For Britain Movement).
10.08am - April 10

PARISH AND TOWN COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Elections will be held in the following town / parish council areas where the number of candidates exceeds the number of seats available.

The candidates (and the number of councillors to be elected) are:


* BUCKHURST HILL PARISH COUNCIL (11 councillors in total)

Buckhurst Hill East (five councillors) 


Neal Bagshaw (Conservative)
Jane Forker-Clark (Conservative)
Alison Hall (Green Party)
Simon Heap (Green Party)
Steven Neville (Green Party)
Smruti Patel (Conservative)
Anne Redelinghuys (Green Party)
Alan Weinberg (Conservative)
Matt West (Green Party)
Neville Wright (Conservative)

Buckhurst Hill West (six councillors)

Gavin Chambers (Conservative)
Sarah Goodfellow (Green Party)
Bobby Nagpal (Conservative)
David Saunders (Conservative)
Jo Share-Bernia (Conservative)
Anna Stamper (Green Party)
Marshall Vance (Conservative)
Kenneth Williamson (Conservative)


* CHIGWELL PARISH COUNCIL (11 councillors in total)

Chigwell Village (four councillors)


Andre Boutall (Labour)
Celina Jefcoate (Conservative)
Renu Phull (Conservative)
Syed Raza (Conservative)
Faiza Rizvi (Conservative)


* EPPING TOWN COUNCIL by-election (one councillor)

Simon Baker (Conservative)
Barry Johns


* LOUGHTON TOWN COUNCIL (22 councillors in total)

Loughton Alderton (three councillors)


Philip Abraham (Loughton Residents Association)
Angela Ayre (Labour)
Malachi Fontenelle
Jan Ridding (Conservative)
Michael Stubbings (Loughton Residents Association)
Katie Valentine (Loughton Residents Association)

Loughton Broadway (three councillors)

Philip Beales (Loughton Residents Association)
George Bose (Conservative)
Les House (Loughton Residents Association)
Kevin Rainbow (Loughton Residents Association)
Debbie Wild (Labour)

Loughton Fairmead (three councillors)

Carol Davies (Loughton Residents Association)
Sebastian Fontenelle (Loughton Residents Association)
Will Kauffman (Loughton Residents Association)
Meena Patel (Conservative)

Loughton Forest (three councillors)

Trevor Downing (Loughton Residents Association)
Stella Murphy (Loughton Residents Association)
Tim Parry (Conservative)
Jon Riley (Loughton Residents Association)
Emma Roberts (Labour)

Loughton Roding (four councillors)

Rose Brookes (Loughton Residents Association)
Katharine Hawes (Conservative)
Neil Mackinnon (Loughton Residents Association)
Stephen Murray (Independent)
David Wixley (Loughton Residents Association)

Loughton St Johns (three councillors)

Jill Bostock (Labour)
Michael Owen (Loughton Residents Association)
Caroline Pond (Loughton Residents Association)
Chris Pond (Loughton Residents Association)
Roger Taylor (Conservative)

Loughton St Marys (three councillors)

Ross Burrell (Labour)
Barbara Cohen (Loughton Residents Association)
Naomi Davies (Liberal Democrat)
Jonathan Hunter (Conservative)
Judy Jennings (Loughton Residents Association)
Graham Wiskin (Loughton Residents Association)

The following councils / wards are uncontested, with the candidates elected.

* ABBESS, BEAUCHAMP AND BERNERS RODING PARISH COUNCIL (seven councillors)
- Pip Lawrence, David Mapes, Christopher Markey, Robert Milligan, Andrew Parmenter, Bruce Stratton

* CHIGWELL PARISH COUNCIL - CHIGWELL ROW WARD (two councillors) - Pranav Bhanot (Conservative), Rochelle Hodds

* CHIGWELL PARISH COUNCIL - GRANGE HILL WARD (five councillors) - Naveed Akhtar (Conservative), Rashni Chahal Holden (Conservative), Elliott Costa (Conservative), Lisa Morgan (Conservative), Mona Sehmi (Conservative)

* FYFIELD PARISH COUNCIL (seven councillors) - Mick Bacon, Sandra Mead, Barbara Saward, Tim Wadey, Dan Webster

* HIGH ONGAR PARISH COUNCIL (ten councillors in total)
High Ongar (five councillors)
- Toby Acton, Gordon Arthur, Chris Funnell, David Knight
Norton Mandeville (two councillors) - Simon Bosworth
Paslow Common (three councillors) - Steven Smith, John Tory (Independent), Elaine Williams

* MORETON, BOBBINGWORTH AND THE LAVERS PARISH COUNCIL (14 councillors in total)
Bobbingworth (three councillors)
- Michelle Hall (Community Spirit), Janet Leverich (Community Spirit), Rhys Martin (Community Spirit)
Moreton (three councillors) - John Collins, Graeme Cooper (Community Spirit), Ewen Crosbie (Community Spirit) 
The Lavers (eight councillors) - Anna Busch, John Dawson (Community Spirit), Adrian Doble (Community Spirit), Carol Foulser, Gary Kessock-Philip (Community Spirit), Rosemary Padfield, Robert Radbourne, Andrew Stuart (Community Spirit)

* STANFORD RIVERS PARISH COUNCIL (seven councillors) - John Adams, John Glover, Basil Hollington, Sheila Jackman, Robert Jackson, Turgut Saridja, Matt Tallon

* STAPLEFORD ABBOTTS PARISH COUNCIL (seven councillors) - Colleen Atkinson (Independent), Catherine Burnett, Barrie Challingsworth, Marion Francis (Independent), Jayne Jackson (Independent), Kim Lidlow (Independent), Barbara Lowings

* STAPLEFORD TAWNEY (five councillors) - Nick Burr, Stuart Galloway, Peter Moring, Duncan Padfield, Maurice Padfield

* THEYDON BOIS PARISH COUNCIL (11 councillors) - Clive Amos, Linda Blake, Elizabeth Burn, Peter Cowup (Independent), Peter Gooch, Mike Hannibal (Independent), Ian Morton (Independent), Anthony Purkiss, Anne Wood

* THEYDON GARNON PARISH COUNCIL (five councillors) - Richard Clay, David Cook, Sally Corrigan, Sharon Jones, Jason Robertson

* THEYDON MOUNT PARISH COUNCIL (five councillors) - Patrick Bamford (Theydon Mount Alliance), Heather Brady (Theydon Mount Alliance), Hilliard Brewitt (Theydon Mount Alliance), Peter Connell (Theydon Mount Alliance), Keith Farrow (Theydon Mount Alliance)

* WILLINGALE PARISH COUNCIL (seven councillors) - Joe Bianchi, Stuart Bosworth, Linda Fresco, Paul Lloyd, Nick Pavyer, David Stokes
6.38pm - April 9

EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: Twenty-three seats up for election

Twenty-three seats on Epping Forest District Council seats are up for grabs when voters go to the polls on Thursday, May 6.

Several district councillors are standing down - Brian Sandler (Conservative, Chigwell Row), Maggie McEwen (Conservative - High Ongar, Willingale and The Rodings), Debra Roberts (Loughton Residents Association - Loughton Alderton) and Amy Beales (Loughton Residents Association - Loughton Forest).

New faces are also guaranteed in Grange Hill where now South West Hertfordshire MP Gagan Mohindra's seat up is currently vacant, and in Buckhurst Hill West following the resignation of Conservative Gavin Chambers.

The district council wards where elections are taking place - and the candidates - are:


* Buckhurst Hill East (currently Simon Heap - Green Party)

Simon Alexander Heap (Green Party)
Alain Jose Laviolette (Labour)
Smruti Patel (Conservative)


* Buckhurst Hill West (currently Gavin Chambers - Conservative - retired)

Onike Gollo (Labour)
Thomas Bartholomew Hall (Young People’s Party)
Anne Redelinghuys (Green Party)
Ish Singh (Liberal Democrat)
Kenneth James Williamson (Conservative)


* Chigwell Row (currently Brian Sandler - Conservative - retiring)

Pranav Bhanot (Conservative)
Nicola Jane Fuller (Labour)
Steve Hume (Liberal Democrat)


* Chigwell Village (currently John Knapman - retiring)

André Taunton Boutall (Labour Party)
Alison Mary Garnham (Green Party)
Kaz Rizvi (Conservative)


* Epping Hemnall (currently Jon Whitehouse - Liberal Democrat)

Simon Baker (Conservative)
Inez Lorraine Collier (Labour)
Jon Whitehouse (Liberal Democrat)


* Epping Lindsey and Thornwood Common (currently Holly Whitbread - Conservative)

Simon David Bullough (Labour)
Nick Read (Liberal Democrat)
Holly Whitbread (Conservative)


* Grange Hill (currently Gagan Mohindra - Conservative  - retiring - and Alan Lion - Conservative)

Two district councillors to be elected


Deborah Anita Barlow (Conservative)
Cristinel Birzu (Labour)
Rebecca Fricker (Green Party)
Alan Barry Lion (Conservative)
Peter John Sinfield (Liberal Democrat)
Sam Tankard (Labour)


* High Ongar, Willingale and The Rodings (currently Maggie McEwen - Conservative - retiring)

Raymond Balcombe (Conservative)
Elaine Frances Thatcher (Liberal Democrat)
Robin Charles William Tilbrook (English Democrat)
Alison Mary Wingfield (Labour Party)


* Loughton Alderton (currently Debra Roberts - LRA)

Angela Ayre (Labour)
Chidi Nweke (Independent Loughton Residents Association)
Jan Ridding (Conservative)


* Loughton Broadway (currently Michael Owen - LRA)

George William Bose (Conservative)
Edward Mark Butler (For Britain Movement)
Michael Owen (Independent Loughton Residents Association)
Debbie Wild (Labour)


* Loughton Fairmead (currently David Wixley - LRA)

Meena Patel (Conservative)
Paul Michael Thomas (Labour)
David Wixley (Independent Loughton Residents Association)


* Loughton Forest (currently Amy Beales - LRA - retiring)

Jayna Jogia (Independent Loughton Residents Association)
Tim Parry (Conservative)
Emma Roberts (Labour)


* Loughton Roding (currently Rose Brookes - LRA)

Rose Brookes (Independent Loughton Residents Association)
Katharine Jane Hawes (Conservative)
Gareth Rawlings (Labour)


* Loughton St Johns (currently Caroline Pond - LRA)

Jill Elizabeth Bostock (Labour)
Bob Church (Conservative)
Caroline Pond (Independent Loughton Residents Association)


* Loughton St Marys (currently Judy Jennings - LRA)

Ross Albert Burrell (Labour)
Naomi Davies (Liberal Democrat)
Jonathan Blackburn Hunter (Conservative)
Judy Jennings (Independent Loughton Residents Association)


* Moreton and Fyfield (currently Ian Hadley - Conservative)

Zidan Alexander Louis Abou-Harb (Labour)
Peter John Bell (Reform UK)
Richard Griffiths (Liberal Democrat)
Ian Douglas Hadley (Conservative)


* Passingford (currently Heather Brady - Conservative)

Edward Matthew Barnard (Liberal Democrat)
Heather Brady (Conservative)
James Murchison (Labour)


* Theydon Bois (currently John Philip - Conservative)

Clive Ewart Amos (Liberal Democrat)
Peter Jack Duke Pendle (Labour)
John Morrison Philip (Conservative)


* Waltham Abbey High Beach (currently the late Syd Stavrou - Conservative)

Closer Colquhoun (Labour)
Tim Matthews (Conservative)
Paul Richard Skinner Morris (Independent)


* Waltham Abbey Honey Lane (currently Steven Heather - Conservative)

Robert Fredrick Greyson (Labour)
Steven James Heather (Conservative)
Liam Lakes (Green Party)
Pat Richardson (For Britain Movement)


* Waltham Abbey North East (currently Jeane Lea - Conservative)

Sue Butler (For Britain Movement)
Carina Dawn Hill (Green Party)
Jeane Lea (Conservative)
David Anthony Moss (Labour)
Timothy John Maurice Vaughan (Liberal Democrat)


* Waltham Abbey South West (currently Helen Kane - Conservative)

Sara Hassan (Labour)
Helen Kane (Conservative)
Paul Scales (Green Party)
Jim Searle (For Britain Movement)
6.38pm - April 9

ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS: Five of the district's seven county councillors to retire

Five of the district's seven current county councillors are standing down at May's election, with one of the others seeking re-election in a different division.

The retiring councillors are Valerie Metcalfe (Conservative - Buckhurst Hill and Loughton South), Gagan Mohindra (Conservative - Chigwell and Loughton Broadway), Anthony Jackson (Conservative - North Weald and Nazeing), Maggie McEwen (Conservative - Ongar and Rural) and Ricki Gadsby (Conservative - Waltham Abbey).

Current Epping and Theydon Bois county councillor Chris Whitbread is seeking re-election, in North Weald and Nazeing, while Loughton Residents Association candidate Chris Pond is looking to retain his Loughton Central seat.

The seven county council seats, and the candidates standing on May 6, are: 


* Buckhurst Hill and Loughton South - currently Valerie Metcalfe - Conservative (retiring)

Ian Allgood (Loughton Residents Association)
Inez Collier (Labour)
Simon Heap (Green Party)
Kevin Horner (Independent)
Scott Jones (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
Ish Singh (Liberal Democrat)
Marshall Vance (Conservative)
Gerard Wadsworth (Young People’s Party)


* Chigwell and Loughton Broadway - currently Gagan Mohindra - Conservative (retiring)

Laura Anderson (Green Party)
Angela Ayre (Labour)
Stephen Hume (Liberal Democrat)
Lee Scott (Conservative)


* Epping and Theydon Bois - currently Chris Whitbread - Conservative - standing in North Weald and Nazeing

Simon Bullough (Labour)
Holly Whitbread (Conservative)
Jon Whitehouse (Liberal Democrat)


* Loughton Central - currently Chris Pond - Loughton Residents Association

Naomi Davies (Liberal Democrat)
Jonathan Hunter (Conservative)
Chris Pond (Loughton Residents Association)
Debbie Wild (Labour)


* North Weald and Nazeing - currently Anthony Jackson - Conservative (retiring)

Liam Kerrigan (Labour)
Elaine Thatcher (Liberal Democrat)
Christopher Whitbread (Conservative)


* Ongar and Rural - currently Maggie McEwen - Conservative (retiring)

Edward Barnard (Liberal Democrat)
Peter Bell (Reform UK)
Alan Fricker (Green Party)
Jaymey McIvor (Conservative)
Richard Millwood (Labour)
Paul Stevens (Democratic Network)
Robin Tilbrook (English Democrat)


* Waltham Abbey - currently Ricki Gadsby - Conservative (retiring)

Robert Greyson (Labour)
Sam Kane (Conservative)
Liam Lakes (Green Party)
Julian Leppert (For Britain Movement)
Ian Pattison (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
Timothy Vaughan (Liberal Democrat)
6.37pm - April 8

Four candidates confirmed for Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election

Four candidates will be contesting the election on Thursday, May 6, to be Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex.
They are Roger Hirst (Conservatives), Chris Vince (Labour), Jon Whitehouse (Liberal Democrats) and Robin Tilbrook (English Democrats).
1.13pm - March 19

A total of 159 council seats up for election in May

Elections on Thursday, May 6, will see votes cast across the district for 159 council seats.

If no wards or councils are uncontested then electors will be voting for candidates to fill a total of seven Essex County Council seats, 23 Epping Forest District Council seats (in 22 wards) as well as 129 town or parish council seats.

Elections are taking place for seats on 13 of the district's town and parish councils.

In some areas - including Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell and Loughton - voters will be able to vote in FOUR elections - for a county councillor, district councillor(s), town/parish councillors, and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex.  

Some of the town, parish and district council seats up for grabs this year were due for re-election last May when the elections were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monday (March 22) is the first day that nomination papers can be submitted. The deadline is 4pm on Thursday, April 8.

The seven Essex County Council seats in the district are: 

* Buckhurst Hill and Loughton South
* Chigwell and Loughton Broadway
* Epping and Theydon Bois
* Loughton Central
* North Weald and Nazeing
* Ongar and Rural
* Waltham Abbey

The 22 district council wards were elections are taking place are: 

* Buckhurst Hill East (one councillor)
* Buckhurst Hill West (one councillor)
* Chigwell Row (one councillor)
* Chigwell Village (one councillor)
* Epping Hemnall (one councillor)
* Epping Lindsey and Thornwood Common (one councillor)
* Grange Hill (two councillors)
* High Ongar, Willingale and The Rodings (one councillor)
* Loughton Alderton (one councillor)
* Loughton Broadway (one councillor)
* Loughton Fairmead (one councillor)
* Loughton Forest (one councillor)
* Loughton Roding (one councillor)
* Loughton St Johns (one councillor)
* Loughton St Marys (one councillor)
* Moreton and Fyfield (one councillor)
* Passingford (one councillor)
* Theydon Bois (one councillor)
* Waltham Abbey High Beach (one councillor)
* Waltham Abbey Honey Lane (one councillor)
* Waltham Abbey North East (one councillor)
* Waltham Abbey South West (one councillor)

Parish and town council elections are taking place for the following councils:

* ABBESS, BEAUCHAMP AND BERNERS RODING PARISH COUNCIL (seven councillors)

* BUCKHURST HILL PARISH COUNCIL (11 councillors in total)
Buckhurst Hill East (five councillors)
Buckhurst Hill West (six councillors)

* CHIGWELL PARISH COUNCIL (11 councillors in total)
Chigwell Row (two councillors)
Chigwell Village (four councillors)
Grange Hill (five councillors)

* FYFIELD PARISH COUNCIL (seven councillors)

* HIGH ONGAR PARISH COUNCIL (ten councillors in total)
High Ongar (five councillors)
Norton Mandeville (two councillors)
Paslow Common (three councillors)

* LOUGHTON TOWN COUNCIL (22 councillors in total)
Loughton Alderton (three councillors)
Loughton Broadway (three councillors)
Loughton Fairmead (three councillors)
Loughton Forest (three councillors)
Loughton Roding (four councillors)
Loughton St Johns (three councillors)
Loughton St Marys (three councillors)

* MORETON, BOBBINGWORTH AND THE LAVERS PARISH COUNCIL (14 councillors in total)
Bobbingworth (three councillors)
Moreton (three councillors)
The Lavers (eight councillors)

* STANFORD RIVERS PARISH COUNCIL (seven councillors)

* STAPLEFORD ABBOTTS PARISH COUNCIL (seven councillors)

* STAPLEFORD TAWNEY PARISH COUNCIL (five councillors)

* THEYDON BOIS PARISH COUNCIL (11 councillors)

* THEYDON GARNON PARISH COUNCIL (five councillors)

* THEYDON MOUNT PARISH COUNCIL (five councillors)

* WILLINGALE PARISH COUNCIL (seven councillors)
12.38pm - March 16

ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS: BUCKHURST HILL AND LOUGHTON SOUTH: Green Party announce candidate

Epping Forest district councillor Simon Heap has been selected as the Green Party candidate for Buckhurst Hill and Loughton South for the Essex County Council elections.

Mr Heap, who will also be seeking re-election as a district councillor and election as a parish councillor, came second in the division last time, with more votes than the Labour and Liberal Democrats combined.

Mr Heap said: "I have been an independent-minded councillor for the residents of Buckhurst Hill East and wish to extend my support for the wider area as a county councillor. 

"For far too long the county division has been represented by people who vote along party lines. I will speak my mind and work hardest to represent residents across Buckhurst Hill and Loughton.”

Mr Heap recently opposed the possibility of a Clean Air Zone in Epping Forest saying: “They will just create rat runs in streets that border the zone, negating any genuine environmental benefit.” He has also been working cross-party with Loughton Residents’ Association and the Liberal Democrats on a range of local issues.
8.29pm - March 15

Airfield hangar to be used as election count centre

The count centre for May's local council and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex elections will take place in a hangar on North Weald Airfield, it has been revealed.

A facility larger than the usual venue - at Debden Park High School - has been chosen to ensure COVID-19 restrictions, including social distancing, can be observed.

It was also revealed at tonight's Local Councils' Liaison Committee meeting with representatives from town, parish and district councils, that a total of 63 polling stations will be used across the district on Thursday, May 6.

Among them will be The Murray Hall in Borders Lane, Loughton, which is being used as a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination centre.

Following discussions with the NHS, Epping Forest District Council has arranged for the hall to be used as a polling station as usual for the day, with no delay to the vaccination roll-out with additional hours to be added to the vaccination schedule to make up for the time lost on May 6.

Any elector can opt for a postal vote, with 5pm on April 20 the deadline for postal vote applications.

Polling stations will operate a one-way system with the smaller venues operating a 'one in, one out' system.

Voters will be encouraged to take their own pen or pencil to the polling stations.

The counting schedule will see ballot papers verified once the polls close at 10pm on Thursday, May 6.

Counting for the Essex County Council, Epping Forest District Council and town and parish council seats will start at 9.30am on the Friday (May 7) with the count for the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex election commencing at 9.30am on Saturday (May 8), along with any remaining town and parish council seats.
1.33pm - February 23

ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL: Council leader will not seek re-election

Essex County Council leader David Finch has announced he will not be seeking re-election to the council at May’s elections.

Mr Finch has been a member of Essex County Council for nearly 20 years, since being first elected in 2001, and has led the authority for the past eight years.
12.49pm - February 19

Changes to nomination procedure for district and county council elections

The Government has made changes to the nomination requirements for the district and county council elections being held on Thursday, May 6.

For this year only, a proposer and seconder only are required to sign a candidate's nomination form. Previously ten people in total were needed to support each nomination.

No change has been made to the nominations for parish and town council election requirements as they already only need two people to support each nomination.

Nomination papers for local candidates must be hand delivered to the Civic Offices in Epping from Monday, March 22, until 4pm on Wednesday, April 8.
1.58pm - January 13

Government announces elections to go ahead

The local (parish, town, district and county council) elections and the election for a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex will go ahead as scheduled - although the Government has said it will keep the matter "under review".

In confirming that the Government intends that the elections will go ahead as planned on Thursday, May 6, Cabinet Office Minister Chloe Smith has told the House of Commons: "Safe and secure elections are the cornerstone of any democracy."

She highlighted that many elections had already been delayed from May last year and said: "There should be a high bar for any delay."

Locally there will be elections for seats on Epping Forest District Council (postponed from May 2020), all seats on Essex County Council and for some local parish and town councils.

There is also the election of a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex.

Ms Smith added that a "strong set of measures" would be in place for the elections and stressed the various options open to the electorate.

She said additional measures were planned for voters to have a proxy vote while there was still also the option of postal votes.
2.31pm - January 1

LOUGHTON TOWN COUNCIL: Long-serving councillor to stand again

Long-serving Independent Loughton Roding ward councillor Stephen Murray will be seeking re-election to Loughton Town Council next May.

Mr Murray has been a Loughton councillor for nearly 39 years having been first elected in 1982. 

He served as Town Mayor between May 2018 and May 2019.

He said: "I will be standing on my track record of dealing with local issues and my vision for the town council  to continue to be a provider of local services, a strong community voice and event organiser for our town.

"I will continue to be a strong voice supporting the retention of Loughton Library as a vibrant place of learning and a strong community hub."

He added: "I hope the residents in Roding Ward might consider using one of their four town council votes to support my re-election, however the beauty of elections is that the outcome can never be predicted."

 
Local elections were postponed last year

The local elections scheduled for last May were postponed for a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some 21 district council seats and various town and parish councils were set to have elections. 

The postponement meant those seats as well as the Essex County Council seats and the election for a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex will all take place this May, along with some additional town and parish council elections.

 
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