It’s part of a two-title series together with the Waltham Forest Independent. It was launched in 1982 as the Epping Forest Extra, but was then incorporated into the Epping, Ongar & Waltham Abbey Independent as that title’s Epping Forest edition in 1990, regaining its separate identity a year later. (It was known as the Epping Forest & Redbridge Independent for a few months in 1994-95, and as the Epping & West Essex Independent in 2003-04.)
It comes out on Fridays. An e-edition (free) is also available on the website.