Sunday, 29 November 2015

Next Years Buckhurst Hill Litter Picks

For your information next years Litter Picks will be on: 12th March 14th May 9th July 10th September Meet at 10am, Buckhurst Hill Station. Equipment will be provided.

Friday, 20 November 2015

20 and 167 subsidy withdrawal update

I gave my speech to Essex County Council Cabinet regarding the withdrawal of the subsidy paid to Transport for London for the 20 and 167 bus routes. LRA County Councillor for Loughton Central Chris Pond was there and questioned the cabinet member, Roger Hirst, about this asking why there had been no consultation, pointing out how used both services were, and seeking the same reassurances regarding fares, level of service and special dispensations on the Oyster card that I asked for. The answer was that the subsidy was an anomaly and that similar bus services like the 20 and 167 in Essex were run commercially. Cllr Pond has called in the decision, and had a meeting with Cllr Hirst and officers. They have agreed to draw up a list of things they will require from TfL, and show it to him. If he deems it not in keeping with our requests he will carry on with the call in and it will go before Scrutiny at Essex. I would like to thank Chris Pond for his work on this.

Speech to Essex County Council Cabinet regarding withdrawel of subsidy to 20 and 167 bus services

I am here today to express my concern and worry over the proposed withdrawal of subsidy to TfL for 2 bus services that run through my town. I am led to believe, although it's not explicit in the agenda, the subsidy being considered for withdrawal concerns the numbers 20 and 167 bus services. The number 20 runs from Walthamstow to Debden and picks up many people from Buckhurst Hill including schoolchildren. Likewise the 167 that actually runs through my Ward, running from Ilford to Debden, is a vital lifeline to many people trying to get around you cannot use cars. Both bus services are useful if the central line is not working. The fear, of course, is that turning both bus services over totally to TfL that the services will become less frequent, prices will go up, and those receiving free Oyster Card transport , as a result of the subsidy, such as schoolchildren will have that taken away from them. Can the cabinet member confirm that we will get the same level of bus service, that fares will not go up as a result of subsidy being withdrawn, and that any current Oyster consessions for children and OAPS will be honoured? If he cannot confirm this and I strongly urge him to reconsider the proposal as this will have a very negative social impact on my area. If he is unclear on what TFL will do then again I ask that this be rejected and it is simply not good enough to pass the buck on this to TfL as you have responsibility to even residents on the edge of Essex

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Cuts could be on the way for 167 and 20 bus services

It has come to my attention at rather the last minute that our beloved Essex County Council wishes to cut its funding for two bus services. These could include the 167 and 20 routes. Now both are the main bus services used in Buckhurst Hill, and would show how little we are thought of in this part of the world by Essex. This would be the result of cuts delivered by a Conservative Government and carried out by a Conservative County Council. I dearly hope we are not going to see this happen but I fear we will get an inferior service as has happened to a bus route in Waltham Abbey. This is going before Essex Cabinet, on 19th November.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Lower Queens Road Success

As many will know I have been lobbying on behalf of residents for some time to get the Lower Queens Road entrance to Buckhurst Hill station opened again. My work has now paid off, as I received a letter from Mike Brown, Managing Director of London Underground, in which he says he is keen for the entrance in Lower Queen’s Road to be opened again. Mr Brown’s letter said, It is not a matter of if, but ” when and how.” After my questions, Mr Brown had commissioned a feasibility report. It will be some time before the station entrance is actually opened, however this will finally, after a long wait, mean step free access at Buckhurst Hill station. I will continue to push London Underground to make sure this does indeed happen.

Friday, 12 June 2015


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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Roger Neville for Buckhurst Hill West 7th May 2015

The Green Candidate for District Council in Buckhurst Hill West for District and the Parish Council By Election is Roger Neville. Last year Roger came second in both Parish and District Elections with the Lib Dems and Labour behind so he is best placed to beat the Conservatives. Roger Neville, 68, is a Chatered Accountant, and was born in Stag Lane, and has lived in Roebuck Lane and Rous Road. Roger has a wealth of experince to offer the Parish and District. In electing Roger you will be electing someone who will work hard for the area. If elected Roger will be pushing for:  More Litter Bins.  Will push for 20 mph limits in residentail roads.  A wider variety of youth actiivites.  Greater consultation of residents on issues that affect all of us.  A garden share scheme to allow people who do not have access to a garden to grow fruit and veg.

Vote Steven Neville for Buckhurst Hill East for Parish.

I am your parish candidate this year, and if elected will be the only non-Conservative on the parish council. As it stands parish councils only deal with things like parks, playgrounds, community halls, and putting on community events. They also have an advisory role on planning issues. It would be good to have someone from a different party to balance the Conservatives. Locally the fight will be between myself and the Conservatives. I was elected as a district councillor by 61 votes last year and missed out on being a parish councillor by 26 votes three years ago. It will be close this time so every vote counts. In this last year I have been busy finding my feet as a district councillor, learning the ropes of how the council does things. As a single voice I can make things known and represent residents of Buckhurst Hill East that the Conservatives have forgotten. However this does not mean I cannot get certain things done, and I have. • after consulting with residents I got a row of trees planted in Loughton Way to limit parking on grass verges, • got cleared a lot of litter and fly tipping that affected the path that runs by the River Roding behind all Hornbeam Road and Hornbeam Close and beyond • got Epping Forest District Council to agree to do a regular litter pick there in what seems to be in an area that seems to have been forgotten about by the council for a long time. • Reported a number of individual pot holes and got a number of them filled • Organised litter picks. What else I am doing in your area? I've also highlighted the junction of Pentlow Way and Loughton Way, and the process has begun to introduce double yellow lines at the junction. As well as this Cedar Close will get that treatment very soon. River Road residents will be consulted on a single yellow line down one side to stop commuter parking by Essex. Albert Road too will have parking restrictions. I have been petitioning for a pedestrian crossing on Buckhurst Way near the Monkhams pub. I am recently celebrated victory as a pedestrian phase will be introduced at the junction of Loughton WayRoding Lane/Palmerston Road/Albert Road after many years of campaigning. I will consult with residents over options to slow traffic on Loughton Way. 20 mph limits are a stage closer.It is going to take some time. I continue to make representations to the police on matters raised by residents at the new local community meetings.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Victory for Pedestrian Phase at Loughton Way/Palmerston Road/Roding Lane and Albert Road Crossing

I am celebrating the news that the crossing of Loughton Way/Albert Road/Roding Lane and Palmerston Road is to get a pedestrian phase which will allow residents to cross the busy junction with more safely. I have campaigned for several years for this with local residents and the county council only started to look at it after I got a petition of over 200 local residents. This is a victory for myself and all the residents who have longed for this to happen. It has been long overdue. However I'm delighted that this is now going to happen and would like to thank all those at the county council for recognizing the need to change.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Pot Holes you can sit in.

During my rounds tonight I was photographing pot holes in Roding View and Thaxted Road and Blackmore Road I came across a huge and deep pot hole outside the entrance to the Woollard Centre, one of a series. Essex Highways say they will come down and make it safe, and then inspect it on Monday. Here's hoping.... With all the money Conservative Essex claim to have for Pot Holes why did this one pass them by, let alone all the others.

Monday, 23 March 2015

General Election Fund raising drive.

Help support the General Election Campaign by giving money: Epping Forest & Harlow Green Party GE2015 appeal. This is being done through Fundrazr: Support:

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Two Parish Councillors Resign

Just to let you know Hal Ulkun, in Buckhurst Hill West and Vijay Chavda, in Buckhurst Hill East, have resigned from Buckhurst Hill Parish Council. Any by elections will probably take place on 7th May 2015, General Election day!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Litter Pick 21st March 2015.

Are you worried about litter in Buckhurst Hill? After our successful pick on 22nd November 2014, there will be a Litter Pick on 21st March 2015 meeting at 10am, meeting at outside Buckhurst Hill Station. Do come and join us. I would like to thank Buckhurst Hill Parish Council for their equipment and support.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Local Community Meeting: meet your police

The next Local Community Meeting for Loughton, Debden, Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell is on 12th March, 7.30pm, at the Metropolitan Police Sports Club, High Road, Chigwell IG7 6BD . Please come along to discuss local issues and help set and agreeing local Policing priorities.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Essex Bus Stratergy

Please fill in this consultation. A number of residents want the 549 to increase in frequency. If wants better bus services tell Essex County Council Here is your chance to have your say:

Friday, 30 January 2015

Trees for Grass Verges

After consulting with residents in 2013 over the issue of parking on grass verges in Loughton Way. I gave various options such as putting wooden posts in, or creating parking bays or planting trees. There was a narrow lead for trees amongst residents so I asked for new trees to be put in on Loughton Way to restrict parking on grass verges, and to enhance the beauty of the area. This has worked but we now need to deal with people restricting the road when parking there.