Buckhurst Hill is a pleasant residential settlement in the southwest corner of Essex, adjacent to London with half of its land being taken up by Epping Forest and other open spaces.

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council is the first of three “tiers”- the other two being Epping Forest District Council and Essex County Council.  The Parish Council is an autonomous body and each of the three tiers has its own duties and services it provides within its area of operation.

The earliest reference to Buckhurst Hill was in 1135 with a transfer of the Manor of Buckhurst Hill by William de Montfitchet to the Abbey of Stratford.   In 1852 there is reference to a public house called The Title Deed where the former Parish Council Office was.  Buckhurst Hill developed gradually but in 1856 the Eastern Counties Railway Company arrived with a line from Stratford to Loughton.  This brought a huge change in housing and infrastructure.  Buckhurst Hill Urban District Council came into being on 1 January 1895.  It was incorporated into Chigwell in 1933.  In 1996 Buckhurst Hill Parish Council came into being.

Buckhurst Hill, on the doorstep of the ancient Epping Forest, is a desirable location across the age spectrum for many reasons.  It has excellent access to public transport via the Buckhurst Hill Underground Station on the Central Line, Chingford-Liverpool Street British Rail Line nearby, buses and motorways.  There are many other facilities including those connected to health, education, religion and leisure to name a few.  The Parish Council, situated in the main shopping area of Queens Road, has many challenging projects including two community halls, playgrounds, a ball park and the Roding Valley Recreation Ground.  These projects are in addition to its activities regarding planning issues, links with schools, the voluntary and community sector, allotments, heritage plaques and many more.   

 

Additional information about Buckhurst Hill and the Parish Council:

Population:

10,738 at the last census in 2001 with 2,459 residents under the age of 20.

 

Members:

Cllr Mr Neville Wright (Chairman)

Cllr Mr Bobby Nagpal (Vice Chairman)

Cllr Mr Sam Clark 

Cllr Mrs Jane Forker-Clark

Cllr Mr Steven Neville

Cllr Mrs Smruti Patel

Cllr Miss Glenys Reynolds

Cllr Mrs Joanne Share-Bernia

Cllr Mr Ryan Sparrowhawk

Cllr Miss Sylvia Watson

Cllr Mr Ken Williamson

 

 

Employees:

Parish Clerk - Mr Kevin O'Brien (full time)

Deputy Parish Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer - Mrs Val Evans (part time)

Adminstration & Finance Assistant - Mrs Lynda Tettmar (full time)

Recreation & Amenities Assistants: Mark, John (part time)

 

Precept for 2016/17 - £351,867   (Local Council Tax Support Grant from Epping Forest District Council - £13,892) 

 

Full Council Meetings: - Thursday evenings, bi-monthly

Committees: (details to be confirmed)

Planning and Environment - meets Thursday evenings at 7.00pm, normally 2nd and 4th Thursdays in the month

Finance and Establishment, Recreation and Community - meet Thursday evenings at 8.00pm on approximately an alternating 3 monthly cycle

Personnel - meets a minimum of 3 times a year as required

 

Responsibilities:

Roding Valley Hall

Woollard Centre

Council offices - 165 Queens Road (shared with the Library)

Kings Place Playground

Hornbeam Road Playground (currently not in use)

Roding Valley Recreation Ground Playground and Ball Park

Allotments - 5 sites (managed by Buckhurst Hill Leisure Gardens)

Various green spaces

Notice boards

Grants

Heritage Plaques

Christmas card competition

Christmas parcel delivery to older persons

Salt Bins

Bus Shelters

Benches

Emergency Plan

 

Transport:

Good transport access via the Central Line Underground (Buckhurst Hill and Roding Valley), British Rail

(Chingford Station), M25 and M11, buses.

 

Shopping:

Queens Road, Station Way, Loughton Way, High Road

Waitrose, chemist, dry cleaners, various clothing shops, hair and beauty, variety stores,

two post offices, carpet shop, shoe shops, gift shops, perfumery, betting

shop, exercise studios, bakers, fish & chip shop, Chinese takeaway, various restaurants,

newsagents, paper/card shop, florist, Costa Coffee

As well as Solicitors, Accountants, Estate Agents

 

Schools:

Primary: Buckhurst Hill Community Primary School, St Johns Church of England Primary School,

Braeside, Daiglen and Loyola private schools.

Secondary: nearest is West Hatch in Chigwell, Braeside (private).

 

Clubs and Associations:

Various including - 

BH Antiques Club

BH Bowling and Lawn Tennis Club

BH Community Association (Bedford House)

BH Historical Society

BH Horticultural Society

BH Leisure Gardens CIC

BH Residents' Society

BH Village Forum (formerly Town Centre Partnership)

Epping Forest and District Stamp Club

Golden Years

Leigh Language School

Roding Players Orchestra

Roding Rifle and Pistol Club (Woollard Centre)

Royal British Legion

The National Trust - Woodford Green Centre

West Essex Ramblers

Women's Institute

Woodford Symphony Orchestra

 

Further information in the Parish Magazine and at Buckhurst Hill Library 

 

Churches:

Baptist Church, Evangelical Church, St Stephens Church, St John’s CofE

Church, St James United Reformed Church.

 

Medical Facilities:

HollyHouse PrivateHospital, GP surgeries, dentists, Buckhurst Way

Clinic, and various other allied facilities.

 

 

May 2016