In 1981 Loughton residents disagreed with their district council over planning. They formed their own association, the Loughton Residents Association (LRA), and put forward their own independent candidates. Now they don’t rely on the whims of national politics, because they have 1 county, 12 district and 18 town councillors.
Chris Pond, Loughton Residents Association County Councillor says “We took our future into our own hands – hands we can trust.”
Here is how many seats the LRA has:
- 1980: Loughton Residents Association started
- 1981: First LRA County Councillor elected
- 1982: First LRA District Councillors elected
- Election by election they have increased their position on the councils
As of 2013 Loughton Residents Association has:
- The single County Council position for Loughton
- They are the majority on the Town Council with 82% of the seats
- They are the official opposition on the District Council with 21% of the seats
In 2013 Saffron Walden started down its own residents’ path by standing their own candidate John Lodge in the May Essex County Council Elections. Nearby village Newport did the same in their Uttlesford District by-election. Both candidates won.
Find out more by visiting the Loughton Residents Association website and the Wikipedia page.