A holocaust memorial will be installed somewhere in the district.

At an Epping Forest District Council meeting last week, Councillor Gavin Chambers tabled a motion urging his fellow members to back a memorial.

They did so unanimously, paving the way for a working group to decide what form it will take and where it will be placed.

Cllr Chambers said: "We have an increasing Jewish large community in the area, especially in places like Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell, and it is imperative that we remember and inform the Jewish community they are welcome here in this district and we will not tolerate anti-Semitism in Epping Forest.

"I will ask you to look around this chamber and ask you 'how many of you would have been here if history had been different'?

"I would ask you to look around individual council wards and ask 'how many of our residents would be here today?'"

After the motion was seconded by Howard Kauffman, councillors made tributes to the six million victims of the Nazi German scheme and recalled their various connections to the Holocaust.

Cllr Alan Lion spoke of how his parents had fled persecution in Germany to come to the UK, his father working first as a cook and then as part of the intelligence community for his adopted country.

In April this year the Lion family was invited to the village they left behind to witness the unveiling of a road named Lionplatz in their honour.