About Buckhurst Hill

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.

Population:

11,380 at the last census in 2011 with 2,459 residents under the age of 20.

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

Clubs and Associations:

  • Various including:
  • BH Antiques Club
  • BH Bowling and Lawn Tennis Club
  • BH Community Association (Bedford House)
  • 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
  • Chabad Lubavitch Centre
  • U3A
  • Further information in the Parish Magazine and at Buckhurst Hill Library

Places of Worship:

Baptist Church, Evangelical Church, St Stephens Church,
St John’s CofE Church, St James United Reformed Church.

Medical Facilities:

The Holly Private Hospital, GP surgeries, dentists, Buckhurst Way Clinic, and various other allied facilities.

Schools:

Primary:
Buckhurst Hill Community Primary School, St Johns Church of England Primary School, Braeside, Daiglen and Loyola private schools.

Secondary:
Nearest is Trinity Catholic High School, Roding Valley and Heathcote School and Science College and Braeside

About the Parish Council

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 Miss Sylvia Watson
  • Cllr Mr Ken Williamson

Employees:

Liz Petyt-Start
Parish Clerk

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

Mrs Lynda Tettmar (full time)
Adminstration & Finance Assistant

Mrs Liane Davies (part time)
Administration and Projects Assistant

Mark, John (part time)
Recreation & Amenities Assistants

Jeanette Stedman
Library Volunteer and Administration Assistant

Personnel Committee
change to Minimum is 2 times per year.

Precept for 2019/20

£360,892 (Local Council Tax Support Grant from Epping Forest District Council – £13,892)

Full Council Meetings:

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

About us

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.

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