A minute’s silence will be held to remember a “dedicated” and “gentle” councillor who “always had time to listen”.

Epping Forest District council will remember former councillor Ann Haigh, who died on October 17, during a minute’s silence at the next full meeting of Epping Forest District Council on December 13.

The council said that Mrs Haigh represented her residents with “great distinction” for many years and will be remembered with “deep affection”.

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Current council chairman Cllr Mary Sartin said: “Ann was a dedicated councillor. She was someone who was easy to converse with and always had time to listen to others. Her gentle manner endeared her to people.

“She was universally liked and admired across the council chamber and left a lasting impression on many people’s lives.

“I would like to offer my condolences on behalf of the council to Ann’s family. She will be deeply missed.”

Epping Forest Guardian: Councillor Ann HaighCouncillor Ann Haigh (Image: Epping Forest District Council)

Ann was particularly known as a great supporter of the arts and culture and, only last year, she was in contact with Epping Forest District Council to support recently arrived refugees from Afghanistan.

Ann Haigh was born in Wanstead and moved to Buckhurst Hill in 1969.