Issued: May 15, 2018
Parish council chairman reflects on past year
Buckhurst Hill Parish Council chairman councillor Neville Wright has reflected on the past civic year during which one of the main topics of debate was Epping Forest District Council's Local Plan.
Thursday's Annual Parish Assembly heard that the council had questioned and objected to all three local potential development sites included in the district council's Local Plan document which is being challenged in the High Court by a Theydon Bois-based developer later this month.
The parish council's objections included questioning the "soundness" of the Plan.
Mr Wright also reported that speeding is a key local issue describing it as a "detrimental problem" for the Parish.
He added: "It does impact on us because of the nature of the roads in the area."
He highlighted the Speedwatch scheme which is operated by volunteers and was "already making a positive impact", and called on more people to come forward to get involved with the initiative.
Mr Wright also highlighted the council's Winter Warmers event held last autumn, and hoped a repeat event would be held this year, and also expressed his delight at the success of the Christmas in Queens Road event.
He also expressed the council's thanks to Val Evans, the Deputy Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer, who is leaving the council shortly. Mrs Evans has been with the council since 2010 and has twice acted up as clerk.
He said Mrs Evans had been "a great support to councillors past and present".
The Annual Parish Assembly heard brief presentations from representatives from Buckhurst Hill Community Association, Buckhurst Hill Residents Society and the guide groups which meet at St James' Church and St John's, Buckhurst Hill.
The meeting also welcomed Hannah Hockin, corporate partnership and events executive with the charity Carers UK, who was presented with a cheque for £1,156 - the proceeds of the council's fundraising efforts during the past year.
The meeting also saw parish council-funded Police Community Support Officer Kai Farrant introduced to the Parish.