The district of Epping Forest is in the county of Essex in England. It was created on 1 April 1974, following the merger of Epping Urban District, Chigwell Urban District, Waltham Holy Cross Urban District, and part of Epping and Ongar Rural District.

Until 2002, Epping Forest District Council was represented by 59 councillors. In 2002 the ward boundaries were reorganised, resulting in the loss of one council seat, and since then the district has had 58 councillors representing 32 wards. Each ward is represented by one, two or three councillors, depending on the ward's population, so that each councillor represents a roughly equal proportion of the district's electorate.[1]

Councillors serve for a four-year term. They are elected on a "cycle of thirds", i.e. one third of the Council is elected each year, followed by one year without election.

Political control

Since the foundation of the council in 1974 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2]

Party in control Years
Conservative 1974–1994
No overall control 1994–2006
Conservative 2006–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 2001 have been:[3]

Councillor Party From To
Andrew Thompson Liberal Democrats 15 May 2001 5 May 2002
Maggie McEwen Conservative 14 May 2002 18 Feb 2003
Michael Heavens Liberal Democrats 24 Feb 2003 24 Jun 2004
John Knapman Chigwell Residents' Association 24 Jun 2004 18 May 2006
Diana Collins Conservative 18 May 2006 18 May 2011
Lesley Wagland Conservative 18 May 2011 22 May 2012
Chris Whitbread Conservative 22 May 2012

District council wards since 2002

Council elections

Results since 2002

Party
2002
[16]
2003
[17]
2004
[18]
2006
[19]
2007
[20]
2008
[21]
2010
[22]
2011
[23]
2012
[24]
2014
[25]
2015
2016
2018
2019
[26]
BNP
0
0
3
6
6
4
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
Conservative
26
23
26
29
32
35
35
37
39
37
39
37
39
37
For Britain
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Green
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
2
2
3
Independent
4
4
5
4
3
3
2
3
2
2
2
2
2
1
Labour
9
9
4
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
Liberal Democrats
13
16
14
13
11
9
8
6
4
3
2
2
2
3
Loughton Residents Association
6
6
6
5
5
6
11
10
12
12
12
13
13
13
UKIP
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
2
0
0

Changes between elections

1995 boundaries

Buckhurst Hill West By-Election 1 May 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,388 36.7 +5.5
Liberal Democrats 1,094 28.9 -31.4
Ratepayer 991 26.2 +26.2
Labour 309 8.2 -0.3
Majority 294 7.8
Turnout 3,782 74.7
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Theydon Bois By-Election 1 May 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,018 42.2 +16.3
Independent 845 35.0 -8.9
Liberal Democrats 286 11.9 +1.7
Labour 263 10.9 -9.2
Majority 173 7.2
Turnout 2,412 77.8
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Paternoster By-Election 3 July 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 274 47.9 -8.3
Conservative 253 44.3 +0.5
Liberal Democrats 44 7.7 +7.7
Majority 21 3.6
Turnout 571 16.3
Labour hold Swing
Waltham Abbey East By-Election 22 October 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 633 60.2 +8.6
Labour 336 31.9 -9.9
Liberal Democrats 83 7.9 +1.3
Majority 297 28.3
Turnout 1,052 18.2
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Sheering By-Election 25 February 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 371 50.9 +23.3
Liberal Democrats 276 37.9 -10.4
Labour 82 11.2 -13.0
Majority 95 13.0
Turnout 729 32.9
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Grange Hill By-Election 24 June 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 621 51.8 -3.1
Conservative 534 45.0 +8.7
Labour 43 3.6 -5.2
Majority 97 6.8
Turnout 1,198
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Debden Green By-Election 11 November 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 514 68.8 -6.7
Conservative 138 18.5 -6.0
Independent 60 8.0 +8.0
Liberal Democrats 35 4.7 +4.7
Majority 376 50.3
Turnout 747 19.2
Labour hold Swing
Buckhurst Hill East By-Election 6 July 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 711 69.2 +9.2
Conservative 245 23.9 -5.2
Labour 71 6.9 -3.4
Majority 466 46.0
Turnout 1,027 31.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

2002 boundaries

Waltham Abbey North East By-Election 7 November 2002[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Pat Brooks 463 55.8 +27.5
Conservative David Porter 321 38.7 -33.0
Labour Fitzherbert Harewood 46 5.5 +5.5
Majority 142 17.1
Turnout 830 25.7
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Waltham Abbey South West By-Election 7 November 2002[28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Philip Chadburn 287 56.5 +26.7
Conservative Margaret Williams 172 33.9 -36.3
Labour Marion Taylor 49 9.6 +9.6
Majority 115 21.6
Turnout 508 18.3
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

2005-2009

Lower Sheering By-Election 23 June 2005[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Heather Harding 208 70.7 -1.4
Labour Benjamin Slasberg 64 21.8 +21.8
Liberal Democrats John Rumble 22 7.5 -20.4
Majority 144 48.9
Turnout 294 18.5
Conservative hold Swing
Chigwell Village By-Election 30 June 2005[30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Scrutton 363 59.3 +12.5
Liberal Democrats Alan Lion 249 40.7 +29.2
Majority 114 18.6
Turnout 612 19.7
Conservative hold Swing
Grange Hill By-Election 14 December 2006[31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kewal Chana 609 39.4 -12.2
Liberal Democrats Alan Lion 586 37.9 -4.9
BNP Jacqueline Carne 302 19.5 +19.5
Labour Roger Salmon 48 3.1 +3.1
Majority 23 1.5
Turnout 1,545 32.8
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Loughton Alderton By-Election 30 August 2007[32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
BNP Tony Frankland 393 32.2 -5.4
Loughton Residents Rose Brookes 367 30.1 +1.0
Liberal Democrats Neil Woollcott 172 14.1 +10.5
Conservative Edward Stacey 163 13.3 -3.1
Labour Stephen Barnes 98 8.0 -5.2
UKIP Andrew Smith 28 2.3 +2.3
Majority 26 2.1
Turnout 1,221 36.7
BNP hold Swing
Waltham Abbey Honey Lane By-Election 4 June 2009[33]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Adam Clark 719 49.0 -7.3
BNP Tony Frankland 372 25.4 +25.4
Liberal Democrats Phil Chadburn 223 15.2 +15.2
Labour Mitch Diamond-Conway 152 10.4 +7.3
Majority 347 23.6
Turnout 1,466 32.0
Conservative hold Swing
Grange Hill By-Election 8 October 2009[34]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Lion 453 52.4 -31.1
Liberal Democrats Gavin Chambers 411 47.6 +31.1
Majority 42 4.8
Turnout 864 17.2
Conservative hold Swing
Lower Sheering By-Election 5 November 2009[35][36]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charlotte Edwards 302 76.5 +0.7
Liberal Democrats Ingrid Black 93 23.5 -0.7
Majority 209 53.0
Turnout 395 21.4
Conservative hold Swing

2012 boundaries

Independent Cllr David Dorrell (Waltham Abbey Paternoster, elected UKIP, 2014) joined the Conservatives in February 2018.

Independent Cllr Sylvia Watson (Buckhurst Hill West, elected Conservative, 2014) resigned in March 2018. The seat is due for election on 3 May.

LRA Cllr Leon Girling (Loughton Broadway, elected 2016) resigned in March 2018. There is another vacancy in the same ward. A double by-election will be held on 3 May.

Conservative Cllr Tony Boyce (Moreton and Fyfield, elected 2015) resigned in March 2018. A by-election will be held on 3 May.

Conservative Cllr Glynis Shiell (Waltham Abbey Honey Lane, elected 2016) resigned in March 2018. There is another vacancy in the same ward. A double by-election will be held on 3 May.[37]

See also

References

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