Council spotlight: Loughton Town Council
Loughton Town Council in Essex has an estimated population of over 30,000 with a precept of £665,000 and 22 elected councillors. The council is also accredited with the Quality Gold Award under the National Association of Local Councils’ (NALC) Local Council Award Scheme.
The council provides a range of local facilities and services to local residents which include a sport and leisure centre, outdoor gym, art centre, allotments and cemetery.
Loughton Town Council keeps the community informed and welcome local residents to participate in local community events including the Loughton Festival and the annual Jessel Green Community Funday. This consists of live entertainment, refreshments, fairground rides, soft play area for younger children and kite making.
One of the council's initiatives is the Community Tree Strategy. They fight to protect the existing landscape, the countryside and trees, to encourage new and appropriate planting for the future. Trees are very important the Loughton and there is a great deal of public attachment to individual trees and groups of trees; people rightly want to protect and enhance the town's open spaces and treescape. There are two well-wooded local nature reserves within the town, Home Mead and Roding Valley Meadows.