The various functions of local government in England are carried out by different levels of organisation. In Essex the town and parish councils are the first tier of local government - the "grass roots" level of local democracy - and they play a significant role in the local community. Loughton Town Council's patch falls within the area administered by Epping Forest District Council, which in turn falls within the area administered by Essex County Council.
All these organisations have different responsibilities. Although all are part of the local government system and enjoy close working relationships, each organisation is an independent and autonomous statutory authority in its own right.