Issued: May 13, 2017
Annual Parish Assembly and cheque presentation
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A joint recruitment process involving Buckhurst Hill Parish Council and Essex Police is to take place to bring a Special Constable to Buckhurst Hill.
News of the initiative - which follows failed attempts by the parish council to get a dedicated Police Community Support Officer for the parish - was reported at the council's Annual Parish Assembly.
Vice-chairman councillor Bobby Nagpal, giving the chairman's report in the absence of chairman councillor Neville Wright - said the appointed Special Constable would patrol the area on a regular basis.
The chairman's report also highlighted the council's response to Epping Forest District Council's Draft Local Plan to which the parish council had given a "vigorous response" regarding the three sites in the parish considered suitable for housing.
The parish council had responded to the public consultation by detailing "significant problems" with each of the locations.
The parish council's Community Cinema screenings and the library volunteers scheme have been a great success.
Three Waitrose staff are among the volunteers who provide a friendly and helpful service for library visitors.
Anyone interested in becoming a library volunteer should contact the parish council.
* Thursday's Annual Parish Assembly also heard reports from local organisations - Buckhurst Hill Community Association, the Buckhurst Hill branch of the Royal British Legion and Buckhurst Hill Residents' Society.
* Fundraising by the parish council during the past year raised £1,074 for Carers UK.
Dee Brecker, the charity's director of communications and fundraising, spoke about the history and work of the organisation, which was founded in 1965 "by carers, for carers", before receiving a cheque from the council.
She said: "Thank you massively for your contribution. We simply couldn't do what we do without you."