Welcome to Buckhurst Hill Residents' Society



Welcome to the website of the Buckhurst Hill Residents' Society.

To learn about who we are and what we do, please click here

Photographic Competition

Buckhurst Hill Residents’ Society is working alongside some of its supportive members, who have businesses in Queens Road, to once again hold our super open to all… PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION!

The theme for the competition is one for cheering us all up after the past year!

My Favourite Place in Buckhurst Hill”

Photographers are welcome to interpret this in whatever way they wish e.g. a scene, a building, with friends, a front garden, the forest, a shop, a sign post,

Equally you can be as creative as you wish – with colour, angles, directions and indeed challenges to those of us who will be enjoying looking at your work!

Entrants are invited to submit A4 photographs in either colour or black and white.

There is no entry fee. 

There is no limit to the number of entries to any one person.

The closing date is May 26th 2021.

Mounts and frames will be provided for those exhibited.

Shortlisted photographs will be exhibited in Queens Road in the shop windows in Queens Road for all to see fromJune 5th to June 20th

The Prizes are Book Tokens from Loughton Book Shop 1st - £50, 2nd - £30 & 3rd - £10.

You will receive a phone call or an email to arrange collection after the exhibition.

For an application form please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or call: 07951 019 377

We do look forward to your participation in this community venture and we’ll all enjoy sharing what we all love about our home town.


We have now arranged a number of Events for 2021 to be held online via Zoom. Please see the events tab above for details. This means that members can watch or listen to the talks at home, on their computer or phone.
Instructions for viewing the talks will be sent in emails to members preceding the meetings.
We do of course hope to revert to public meetings as soon as it is possible to do so, though when that might be cannot be predicted.
Queen's Road Planning Approval

The face of Queen's Road is set to change after planning approval was given by EFDC to demolish the bungalow at 2 Princes Road and construct a three-storey block of flats with commercial units at street level. This is the currently open corner diagonally opposite Waitrose at the junction of Queen's Road and Princes Road.

The plans are on the EFDC Planning Portal under EFDC/2378/19 

The issues are described by the Planning Officer in the Agenda for the Plans South meeting on 23rd September, pages 15 - 25, which includes objections from BHRS, BH Parish Council, and nearby residents, but recommends approval of the plans.

The plans are highly controversial, and could not be resolved at the EFDC Plans South meeting, so were referred to the more senior District Development Management Committee on 11th November, who gave their approval. The debate at both meetings can be viewed in the webcast library on the EFDC website, which includes the views of Buckhurst Hill's own five District Councillors (Three opposed, two supported).

A separate proposal to allow development on the Car Park behind is still undecided; the Local Plan is still under discussion. There is as yet no design of how flats can be viably constructed whilst somehow retaining the existing number of car parking spaces.

Prospective residents of 2 Princes Road will be told they cannot own cars, as the plans do not include parking spaces, and parking on surrounding roads is restricted.

There will clearly be much disruption during construction.


Epping Forest Car Park Charges


Once again we are grateful to Valerie Jones of West Essex Ramblers for this update.

From 10th May 2021 you will be required to pay for car parking at 14 car parks in Epping Forest. These include all the car parks in Chingford (Bury Road, Barn Hoppitt, the Golf Club, Warren Pond, Connaught Water etc), High Beach, Leyton and Wanstead. It will cost you £4 for up to 4 hours or £6 for up to 6 hours parking. The charges apply all day, every day of the week. 

Be aware that cash payment IS NOT an option. In Chingford, Leyton and Wanstead you will only be able to pay with mobile phone technology using RingGo. You have to download the RingGo app to your phone and set up an account with them, giving your mobile number, car registration and payment details. Once you’ve parked you then register your arrival and intended length of stay at the car park via your mobile, and they charge your account. 

If you decide to go ahead you are strongly advised to set up your account with RingGo from home, before you go anywhere near a car park. Do not rely on being able to get through to a person on the phone to set it up once you are there.  

High Beach does not have mobile phone coverage. Therefore, only at High Beach will there be pay and display machines. Again, the system will be cashless and payment will be by card only.”