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- The count is under way in the Epping Forest District Council election, with 19 out of 56 seats being contested.
- Many are predicting gains for Ukip, with Conservatives in Waltham Abbey Peternoster ward considered vulnerable.
All the results are now in and the council remains with a Conservative majority albeit smaller by one after UKIP took seat in Waltham Abbey Paternoster.
The Liberal Democrats also lost a seat to the Greens in Buckhurst Hill East where Steven Neville was elected as the first Green Party member ever in Epping Forest.
The final two results are now in - and both went to the Conservatives.
Yolanda Knight retained her seat in Lower Nazeing with 806 votes and the North Weald Bassett seat was won with 744 votes by David Stallan.
Predictions of UKIP success in Waltham Abbey have proved right with the Conservatives losing out in both Honey Lane and Paternoster.
Rod Butler retained his seat in Honey Lane with 604 votes while David Dorrell marred Conservative Jodie Lucas' 20th birthday celebrations by winning the Paternoster seat with 428 votes, 100 more than his rival.
Epping Lindsey remians Conservative with Will Breare-Hall staying in his seat having won 719 votes.
The Conservatives also secured Grange Hill where Gagan Mohindra won 815 votes.
Chigwell Village has remaind a Conservative seat with Lesley Wagland receiving 682 votes.
Another convincing win saw Liberal Democrat Janet Whitehouse secure another term as councillor for Epping Hemnall with 847 votes.
Brian Surtees has clung onto the Chipping Ongar, Greensted and Marden Ash seat for the Liberal Democrats after narrowly beating Conservative and UKIP candidates.
Cllr Surtees won 421 votes against 413 for Nigel Bedford of the Conservatives and 411 for Micheal Mcgough of UKIP.
In Buckhurst Hill West the Conservatives' Sylvia Watson secured 1,136 votes to retain her seat.
The Green Party has its first ever Epping Forest district councillor.
Steven Neville will represent Buckhurst Hill East for the party after winning 635 votes, taking the seat from the Liberal Democrats.
The Chipping Ongar result has gone to a recount and looks to be very close.
Independent councillor for Loughton Roding, Stephen Murray retained his seat convincingly receiving 1,207 votes.
This was over 1,000 more than the second placed Conservative candidate with 164.
The turnout for the local and European elections has been announced.
Epping Forest District Council election was 31.9 per cent and the European elections were slightly higher at 35.58 per cent.
The results are coming in thick and fast now and most have gone to the LRA.
The association won in Loughton Fairmead with Louise Mead taking 523 votes.
Howard Kauffman won in Loughton St Mary’s with 915 votes and in Loughton Forest the majority of 755 people voted for Sharon Weston.
Loughton Broadway was also retained by the associating but saw Essex County Councillor Chris Pond run close by his Ukip counterpart Barry Johns.
Cllr pond recieved 423 votes to Mr Johns’ 357.
Another win for the LRA which sees its Loughton St John’s seat retained with Bob Jennings who received 904 votes.
The Conservative candidate, Neil Cohen, was second with 274.
The turnout was 37.9 per cent.
The second result is with us and the Loughton Residents’ Association (LRA) has retained its seat in Loughton Alderton.
Chris Roberts swept aside opposition with 643 votes.
His closest rival was Conservative, and Twitter user, Chris Criscione who received 194 votes.
The turnout was 32.66 per cent.
The first result of the day is good news for the Conservatives.
Susan Jones retains her seat in Theydon Bois winning 898 votes compared to the Liberal Democrat candidate, Annie Wood, who received 378.
There was a turnout of 39.71 per cent.
In the run up to the election the Guardian covered a row over Twitter between Loughton Residents’ Association councillor Leon Girling and Conservative hopeful for Loughton Alderton ward, Chris Criscione.
LRA leader Ken Angold-Stevens condemned the Conservative candidate calling the action “bordering on scurrilous”.
Council lead Chris Whitbread dismissed the argument as “politics”.
He said: “It’s politics and politicians have to be thick skinned.
“Chris made some good points.
“I don’t mind a bit of rough and tumble; if I did I wouldn’t be in politics.”
Cllr Whitbread was not forthcoming with a prediction for the election and remained tight lipped on his party’s hopes saying “we’ll wait and see”.
A close eye will be kept on the seats won by fewer than 100 votes last time around which are Buckhurst Hill West (52), Loughton Forest (24) and Waltham Abbey Honey Lane (10).
Ukip candidate Rod Butler who currently holds the tightly contested Honey Lane seat said: “It’s been a hefty fight by the Conservatives and Ukip.
“Labour could also come close but it comes down to the public.
“When I’ve spoken to people they have been telling me about problems with a shortage of school places, a lack of available appointments at doctors’ surgeries and poor housing provision.
“I’m hopeful of retaining the seat and I’ll be watching David Dorrell’s seat in Waltham Abbey Paternoster to see how he gets on”
The count is under way in the Epping Forest District Council election, with 19 out of 56 seats being contested.
Many are predicting gains for Ukip, with Conservatives in Waltham Abbey Peternoster ward considered vulnerable.
Conservative Kewal Chana, agent for Gagan Mohindra, who is standing in Grange Hill, said: “I’m waiting with baited breath but we will see.
“Some people have been raising the point of immigration when I’ve spoken to them on the doorstep and that could affect the result.”
The Green Party has identified Buckhurst Hill East as a ward were a seat could be won.
Candidate Steven Neville said: “We’re hoping of a good result.
“Our 20mph policy in the area has proved popular with voters during our campaigning.”
Liberal Democrats, the third largest party in the district, is less optimistic.
Lib Dem councillor for Epping Hemnall, Janet Whitehouse, said:”I’m hoping to retain my seat.
“It seems votes have gone to Ukip elsewhere so we shall see.”
She added that there is concern that her colleague Derek Jacobs’ could lose in his seat in Chipping Ongar.
Mrs Whitehouse said: “The Conservatives have been campaigning hard up there but we have been trying hard to retain the seat.
“He has been councillor there for a long time so hopefully he has a lot of personal voters.”
The count at Theydon Bois Village Hall in Coppice Row is likely to return the first result between 1pm and 2pm