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Conservatives select Buckhurst Hill
BUCKHURST Hill West parish
councillor Joanne Share-Bernia has been
unanimously selected by Epping Forest
Conservatives to stand in the Buckhurst Hill
West ward at the Epping Forest District Council
elections on Thursday, May 3.
District councillor and Epping Forest
Conservative Association officer Gavin Chambers
said: "I am delighted that Joanne, who is
both a friend and colleague, has been selected.
I know how hard she already works for our
"Jo always responds to whatever she is
asked to do, and I welcome the fact that she
will join our Conservative team in Buckhurst
"I look forward to the opportunity to work
alongside her at the district
Joanne said: "Over the last six years on
the parish council, I have gained a lot of
experience of the issues and concerns which face
our residents in Buckhurst Hill.
"I am delighted that I will now have the
opportunity to use that knowledge and insight at
the district council.
"I have already met and know so many people
locally and my hope is that I will be able to
help with their problems even more than
Former UKIP councillor joins
FORMER UKIP district
councillor David Dorrell has joined the
Conservative group on Epping Forest District
Council and has been selected as Conservative
candidate Waltham Abbey Paternoster at the May
Mr Dorrell said: "As one who campaigned
passionately for Vote Leave it has become clear
in the 18 months since that the Conservatives
are the only party that can or even want to
deliver a pragmatic Brexit, opening up global
future opportunities while safeguarding business
in the short term.
"At a local level I wholeheartedly support
the Conservative ethos of delivering essential
services as efficiently as possible, while
keeping council tax frozen, and I have been
particularly impressed with how well the
Transformation programme is being managed to
"I look forward to being able to continue
representing my residents' interests as I always
have, but with more support and better contacts
at both district and county level, I hope to get
even more done for them in the
Mr Dorrell was originally elected in Waltham
Abbey Paternoster as a UKIP district councillor
in May 2014.
He resigned from UKIP at the time of last year's
elections since when he has been sitting as an
Green Party co-leader to visit
GREEN Party co-leader
Jonathan Bartley will visit Buckhurst Hill on
Saturday (February 10) to speak to residents and small
business owners about how the Green Party is
working to improve their community.
Mr Bartley, a dedicated disability rights
campaigner and father to a disabled son, will
visit Buckhurst Hill Station where Green Party
councillor Steven Neville has successfully
campaigned for step-free access.
During Saturday's visit, he will also go to
Lower Queens Road where small businesses and
flats are under threat as a potential site for
development in the district council's Local
The visit is part of a local Green Party action
day of campaigning ahead of the May district
council elections when Mr Neville will be
standing for re-election.
Mr Bartley said: "With just two district
councillors, the Greens in Epping Forest are
making a real difference from securing step-free
access at Buckhurst Hill Station to reducing
plastic use in the council offices and across
"They are the voice of local people whether
it be supporting the local campaign to save a
well-loved green space or fighting to save shops
and other small businesses from
"One of those businesses, the IG9 cafe, has
a great reputation for their vegan options so
I'm particularly looking forward to visiting and
finding out more."
Mr Neville, one of two Green Party district
councillors for Buckhurst Hill East, said:
"I am delighted Jonathan is coming to see
some of the work we have been doing.
"Step-free access for Buckhurst Hill
Station has been long overdue and is a must for
disabled people, the elderly and parents with
small children especially.
"Our fight to save the shops and homes of
those in Lower Queens Road is very
He added: "We believe in a strong local
small business sector and that people should not
be turfed out of their homes for redevelopment.
This is part of the work of I have been doing
over four years representing my residents."
Longest-serving district councillor to seek
THE longest-serving district
councillor, Stephen Murray, has announced his
intention to seek re-election to Epping Forest
District Council in May for a further four-year
Mr Murray, the Independent councillor for
Loughton Roding and longest serving district
councillor, has served continuously on the
district council for 36 years having been first
elected for the Loughton Broadway ward in May
He represented Loughton Broadway for 16 years
before switching to Loughton Roding in 1998
which he has represented for the last 20
He said: "I have also served on Loughton
Town council for 18 years and am currently
"I enjoy getting involved in local issues,
particularly ward issues and being able to offer
advice to local residents.
"One of the main issues at the moment is
undoubtedly the threat posed to our green lungs
/ village greens within Loughton.
"I will continue to be very supportive of
the 'Save Jessel Green Campaign'."
Mr Murray has just retired from full-time
teaching at Roding Valley High School and hopes
to be able to devote even more time to his
council duties if re-elected in May.
He said: "My main passion is being able to
support local groups within our community and
dealing with individual residents enquiries.
"As an Independent I will simply be
standing on my track record and getting the best
deal for the area I represent and the wider
Greens stand aside to help save
EPPING Forest Green Party
members have voted not to contest wards held by
Loughton Residents Association (LRA) in May's
Epping Forest District Council elections.
Buckhurst Hill East Green Party councillor
Steven Neville said: "Saving our precious green
spaces is a must and I know Jessel Green is well
used by the residents who live there.
"It is with this in mind that we are not
standing against the LRA who serve the residents
of Loughton well at the next local elections. It
is decision of a poll of our members and is the
right one at this moment in time."
Epping Forest Green Party co-ordinator Dave
Plummer said: "Epping Forest Green Party
officers thought very hard before suggesting
this to our members. We believe that everybody
who wants to vote Green should be able to.
"However every vote for a non-LRA candidate is a
vote that could lose an LRA seat on the district
council, making the fight to save Jessel Green
"We're proud of our members for voting to stand
aside on this one occasion and in this very
"Saving Jessel Green is too important to risk
undermining the campaign for the sake of party
Mr Neville and Green Party councillor Simon
Heap, who also represents Buckhurst Hill East,
both voted against building on Jessel Green at
December's Local Plan meeting and say they are
working to protect shops and housing near
Buckhurst Hill station from redevelopment.
The LRA-held wards in question are Loughton
Alderton, Loughton Broadway, Loughton Fairmead,
Loughton Forest, Loughton St John's and Loughton