22 January 2018
To help the fight to save Jessel Green Epping Forest Green Party's members have voted not to contest wards held by Loughton Residents Association (LRA) in May's District Council elections.
Green Party Councillor Steven Neville, who represents Buckhurst Hill East on the District Council, said,
"Saving our precious green spaces is a must and I know Jessel Green is well used by the residents who live there. It is with this in mind that we are not standing against the LRA at the next local elections who serve the residents of Loughton well. It is decision of a poll of our members and is the right one at this moment in time."
Dave Plummer, Epping Forest Green Party's coordinator, added,
"Epping Forest Green Party's officers thought very hard before suggesting this to our members. We believe that everybody who wants to vote Green should be able to.
However, every vote for a non-LRA candidate is a vote that could lose an LRA seat on the District Council, making the fight to save Jessel Green even harder."
"We're proud of our members for voting to stand aside on this one occasion and in this very specific circumstance."
"Saving Jessel Green is too important to risk undermining the campaign for the sake of party politics."
Cllr Neville and Green Party Cllr Simon Heap, who also represents Buckhurst Hill East, both voted against building on Jessel Green at December's Local Plan meeting and are working to protect shops and housing near Buckhurst Hill station from redevelopment.
The LRA held wards in question are:
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