Epping Forest District Council

2021 Conservative hold, from 2019

Counting complete. After 23 of 23 seats declared.

Change compared with 2019
  1. Conservative

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 13
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -1
    • Councillors overall total 36
  2. Residents' Association

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 7
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 13
  3. Liberal Democrat

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 2
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +1
    • Councillors overall total 4
  4. Green

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 1
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 3
  5. Independent

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 0
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 2
  1. Epping Forest: Flying through verification at North Weald

    We're not expecting the result from the Epping Forest count until Friday evening but this view in Hanger 6 at North Weald Airport is too good to miss.

    Essex County Council has said it is a Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Dakota) in the background.

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  2. Londoners to see cows in park


    Londoners will see cows roaming in Wanstead Park for the first time in 150-years.

    The City of London Corporation, which manages the Grade II park, has put carefully selected cattle from its 200-strong herd out to graze as part of a two-month trial throughout September and October.

    The pilot is part of a plan to use cattle to better manage and to restore the acid-grasslands in the area for wildlife conservation, including rare plant species, insects and spiders.

    Graeme Doshi-Smith, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Epping Forest & Commons Committee, said:

    “Our grazing pilot is helping us identify better ways to protect Wanstead Park’s historic views at the same time as conserving a wide range of species and supporting an even better ecological balance at the site."

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  3. More parking for market traders but penalties return

    To enable better social distancing on Mondays, Epping market traders will be able to park their vehicles in the under-used civic offices car park behind the Conder Building.

    But, following the ease of lockdown and the gradual increase in shoppers, Epping Forest District Council plans to restart car park enforcement with penalty charges resuming from today.

    Epping Forest offices

    NHS critical and social care workers can continue to park for free by displaying a permit that can be acquired by visiting NHS Free Parking.

    Nigel Avey, cabinet member for environmental and technical services, said: "Enforcement was reduced to focus on dangerous parking in all our car parks towards the end of March.

    "We did not seek to publicise this because we wanted to encourage people to uphold the Government guidance to Stay at Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives, rather than facilitate unnecessary travel and parking."

  4. Reopening businesses warned about Legionnaires' disease

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A warning has been issued about possible bacteria infestations in water supplies at businesses planning to reopen after the long lockdown because of Covid-19.

    Epping Forest District Council said Legionnaires' disease bacteria could be present in water systems and could cause serious illness to staff when buildings reopen after a lengthy closure.

    Legionella bacteria

    Possible vulnerable businesses include shops, hairdressers, beauty salons, gyms, hotels, pubs and campsites, the council said.

    A statement said "water systems that are not being used and maintained effectively are very likely to have increased levels of bacteria present, including the Legionella bacteria".

    "The warmer summer months will lead to more Legionella bacteria in water systems that are not being used or maintained," it continued.

    "Groups of people susceptible to Legionnaires' disease are similar to those most susceptible to serious complications from Covid-19 infection."

    The council recommended the Health and Safety Executive website for further advice.

  5. Rainbow displays in tribute to NHS and key workers

    Residents of part of Essex have been invited to show their appreciation of key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic by displaying rainbow artwork in a weekly collage.

    Epping Forest District Council and Essex Police are to piece together the collage of rainbow artworks and pictures of window displays sent to them.

    The rainbows represent thanks and appreciation to all the NHS staff and key workers and window displays can also give people something to look out for on their daily exercise, the council said.

    Rainbow artwork

    Councillor Nigel Bedford said: "People are getting more and more creative with their window artwork; they have already shared their stained glass windows, bead artwork, flowers and animals.

    "The Community Collage project will form part of a lasting legacy. All of the artwork will be included in our real life wall murals displayed around the district."

    Residents are invited to send in pictures of their artwork to the council to include in the weekly collage which will feature on its website.

  6. Good wishes 'from across village' for centenarian

    Plenty of us have had birthdays or other family celebrations affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

    But spare a thought for those who are marking the 100-year milestone.

    Doris Holden from the Essex village of North Weald is one of them - but her neighbours were determined to still mark her celebrations with a singalong, balloons and banners...

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    Happy birthday, Doris!

  7. Holocaust boys' exhibition postponed by coronavirus

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    An exhibition marking the visit to Essex in 1945 of youngsters who had survived the Holocaust during has been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Boys: Holocaust Survivors in the Epping Forest District was due to open in May at Epping Forest District Museum and will now be on display from 8 May 2021 to 4 September 2021.

    Holocaust survivors

    Holocaust survivors came to Holmehurst hostel, Loughton, after the end of World War Two in December 1945, therefore rescheduling the exhibition in 2021 will commemorate 75 years since the boys’ arrival.This exhibition will tell survivors' stories.

    Nigel Bedford, portfolio holder for communities and partnerships at the council, said: "We feel postponing the exhibition means we can still tell the survivors’ stories with the care, respect and compassion they deserve."

  8. If you are joining us: Conservatives lose big in Essex

    Doug Faulkner

    BBC News Online

    The Conservatives have lost control of four councils across Essex.

    Chelmsford City Council was the scene of the biggest surprise. The Lib Dems overturned a 45-seat majority to take over the authority.

    Southend, Basildon and Tendring fell to no overall control, while Thurrock and Colchester also remained without an outright majority.

    There were Conservative holds in Castle Point, Maldon, Epping, Rochford, Brentwood and Braintree.

    Harlow stayed under Labour control.

    Lib Dems celebrate victory
  9. Epping Forest District Council: Conservative hold

    The Conservatives have held on to Epping Forest District Council.