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Oct 23 15

Hills Front Garden Competition selection

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Oct 23 15

Town Mayor to unveil Hills plaque

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Loughton Town Mayor Judy Jennings (pictured) will unveil the plaque organised and championed by Hills Amenity Society at the top of York Hill at a Town Council unveiling on Thursday 12 November at 10.30am. The project has been led by Hills Committee chairman Stephen Cohen.


Oct 23 15

What plans for York Hill corner site?

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When the last of the businesses left the single story offices on the corner of York Hill and Kings Green metal shutters went up (and much used evening parking space lost). Since when all has been silence. Any information on the future proposals for this site gratefully received…..


Oct 23 15

Trevelyan House and Woodberrie go to appeal

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An application to develop Trevelyan House and its adjoining buildings into a mini estate of 10 homes on the site which abuts the Potato Field allotments has gone to appeal.  The plans were rejected by Epping Forest DC. At its meeting the Hills Amenity Society had expressed concern that access to the site might be sought via Church Hill and Monkchester Close, a route which would almost certainly impinge on allotment land.  The development would also create a “development bridge” between Baldwins Hill via Stony Path and the almshouses.

Woodberrie, Woodbury Hill. Plans to demolish an existing garage and erect a two storey extension to the existing dwelling house were rejected by Epping Forest DC.  The proposal has now gone to appeal.

And some other planning applications at October 2014

62 Queens Road Single storey front extension.

36 Queens Road Proposed front and rear dormer extensions all below the level of the existing house ridge but including raising of the side hip to gable. Front dormer position over existing bay set back to align with the adjacent new proposed front dormer.


29 Woodbury Hill Proposed single-storey rear extension (garden room) with internal alterations and proposed garage and extension to existing outbuilding

76 Queens Road Demolition of existing conservatory and erection of a single storey rear extension with a roof lantern. Alterations to fenestration to include enlargement of existing windows at first and ground floor south-west flank elevation.

4 Pump Hill Single storey front extension, reduce level of basement, raised rear deck, reduced levels in garden and changes to rear windows.

2 Wroths Path Conversion of storage areas and single storey rear extension following demolition of of existing rear addition.Alterations to front elevation include new windows ground floor and new porch.


Oct 23 15

Pump Hill Planning Success

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Hills Committee has registered its strong approval for the new house at the top of Pump Hill, erected after many years of discussion and planning applications.  The impasse of over development of this sensitive site was overcome by flexibility on all sides enabling the owner to achieve a most acceptable result.  Congratulations to all involved.

Oct 23 15

Burglary up – police doors close

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In August, 138 crimes were reported in Loughton – four of them in the Hills or immediately adjacent: one in Wallers Hoppet, one in York Crescent and three on Church Hill.  You may have read elsewhere big changes are taking place to policing in Essex as a whole.  Locally Loughton Police Station now has reduced opening hours and will be one of 15 in Essex where the counter is to be closed before April leaving Harlow as our nearest public access to the police. On the previous page we  give details of lour local police contacts.  If you haven’t already it is well-worth visiting the Essex Police website and clicking through ‘Your Neighbourhood ‘ to Epping Forest and Loughton to see how the changes will affect us.  You will also read that in Loughton the crack-down on anti-social behaviour is working – but burglaries are on the rise. The Police Meets programme is impressive. Do go along to the Methodist Hall and see for yourself.  Click here for details of times


Meet the police

Did you know you can meet your local police to voice concerns?  Their meetings are organised by

PCSO Paul Le’strange, a PCSO for five years in the Loughton area who can be contacted at:


Telephone: 101 extn 313603

PCSO Kerri Bowden, a PCSO since 2005 and at Loughton since 2008.


Telephone: 101 Ext 313603

The meetings, at Loughton Methodist Hall, High Road, last for one hour to meet the public and discuss any issues we may have.

Next dates are:

Monday 19 October 2015  11.00am

Mon 26 Oct 2015 11:00:00

Wed 4 Nov 2015 11:00:00

Fri 13 Nov 2015 11:00:00


Oct 23 15

Can weight ban stop juggernaut chaos?

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Essex County Council is to introduce weight restrictions throughout the Hills in an effort to stop the nightmare of intercontinental juggernauts following satnav instructions to use York and Baldwins Hills as a short cut and causing chaos and damage. The Order has been obtained by County Councillor Chris Pond and will result in the recently installed advisory signs being replaced by statutory ones. The ban will NOT apply to large vehicles delivering to local addresses or servicing the area.  Hills Society Chairman Stephen Cohen welcomed the new Order:  “We look forward to the added protection this aims to give residents and wait to see if lorry drivers take notice instead of mindlessly following their satnavs.”


Mar 23 15

Trevelyan House ‘housing estate’ plans rejected

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Hills Amenity Society Committee committee heard at its last meeting that plans for housing development on the site of Trevelyan House, with access over the Potato Ground allotments – now within the Baldwins Hill Conservation Area, has been rejected by Epping Forest District Council.
It was reported to the committee that the planning meeting was very well attended by residents of Monchester Close and County Councillor Chris Pond spoke at the meeting.  The outcome was that EFDC refused the application and also objected to the proposed access through the Potato Ground.  The developers have the right to appeal.  The committee
Mar 23 15

Diane stands against the juggernauts

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Reprinted from Guardian Series

Lorry sat navs blamed for repeated damage

Diane Rhodes says the lorries are posing a danger to pedestrians

Diane Rhodes says the lorries are posing a danger to pedestrians

First published Friday 13 March 2015 in Epping Forest
Last updated 10:20 Friday 13 March 2015East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Authorby Joseph Flaig, Reporter, covering the Epping Forest district. Call me on 07795 316 211

Huge articulated lorries are posing a serious danger to pedestrians and causing extensive damage to property, it is claimed.

Residents in York Hill and Staples Road in Loughton say lorry drivers often try to use the roads as shortcuts through to Enfield, but cannot get through the narrow lanes.

The lorries are said to have regularly blocked traffic, broken numerous street signs and lampposts, and damaged poorly-maintained footpaths.

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

Mike Evans, 73, said: “The footpath is really, really dangerous where it has been hacked up by all the lorries.

“My wife is on crutches at the moment and she cannot go on the footpath.

“She has to take the long way round and it has been like that for months.

“Every time there is a bit more damage done.”

“It is a serious problem and we do feel very strongly about it.

“Sooner or later there will be a very serious accident.

“There is going to be an almighty collision.”

The problem is said to have been going on for some time.

A lorry caused thousands of pounds worth of damage by destroying a car, knocking over a garden wall and crashing into a hedge three years ago.

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

Ex-district councillor Diane Rhodes, 71, said street lights knocked over by the vehicles have been left by Essex County Council, leaving parts of the road in darkness.

She said: “The county council is much too slow in responding.

“We raised the issues probably last summer.

“It has got to be cheaper putting up a road sign than repairing all this damage that is going on.”


Feb 16 15

Burglary hotspot warning

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Hills Watch Warning: Baldwins Hills area on Essex Police burglary hotspot list for February 2015

Please report anything suspicious to discourage whoever is targeting our area!