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New Town Mayor
new-town-may-2019Loughton Town Council have announced our new mayor will be LRA Cllr Stella Murphy, and the deputy town mayor (in blue) will be Cllr Tessa Cochrane.

From Loughton Town Council's press release
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After her election, Stella thanked members for electing her and expressed her gratitude to former Mayor, Councillor Murray, who would be a hard act to follow. She said ‘I am sure that he would be looking forward to a break after attending over 120 events during the past year.'

Loughton’s Town Mayor is elected annually in May by the Town Council. The mayor’s role is to preside over meetings of the council, as well as representing the council at civic and ceremonial functions, such as the Remembrance Sunday parade and the annual Civic Service. More

District Plan Local Update

Save Jessell GreenThe Epping Forest District Council Local Plan is now under scrutiny by the Planning Inspectorate in a series of hearings in Epping. LRA are continuing the fight against planned over-development in Loughton and Debden and for the preservation of Jessel Green.

The District Council disregarded local and national policies, submissions by respected bodies and consultation responses that many of you completed. Our Forest, local services, transport and green spaces will all be under pressure from congestion and increased pollution if the plan for 1000+ new dwellings so close to Epping Forest Special Area of Conservation is approved.

LRA, the SaveJesselGreen group and Loughton Town Council also spoke at a hearing specifically for Loughton on the 11th June. You can watch the session on Loughton here.

The new Lidl store, replacing Homebase in 2020

LRA Cllr Chris Pond has had confirmation from Lidl that they intend to operate the store from 8am – 8pm (they would need to submit a planning application to operate outside those hours. Their alcohol licence application asks for 7am – 11pm, but that’s their standard national approach, and cannot over-ride the permitted hours for the Loughton store). Chris has also asked them to route their delivery lorries away from the Epping Forest Special Area of Conservation, and respect the Art Deco frontage of the 1923 bus garage.
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