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  • Police
    Article: Mar 15, 2018
    By Melvin Caton

    Liberal Democrats in Uttlesford have welcomed a decision to fund additional Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) from the district council's budget for 2018/19. They consider it is a vindication of their campaign for more visible policing. Community Safety rated highly in the district council's public consultation for the budget year that begins in April. With rising crime rates, the Lib Dems say that the council's decision last year to budget for only two PCSOs was not enough.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2018
    By Melvin Caton

    Liberal Democrats in Uttlesford have accused Stansted Airport of ignoring the damage to the environment that their application to expand the use of the runway to accommodate 43m passengers per annum will cause.

    "The airport already has permission for a 50% increase in the number of flights. Local residents know that a further increase in capacity at the airport will lead to more pressure on our roads especially Junction 8 on the M11, poorer air quality and noise pollution. The application doesn't sort out the night flight problem. Expansion of Stansted Airport cannot be described as environmentally sustainable," Cllr Martin Foley from Thaxted said.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2018
    By Carole Mulroney

    Now that the NHS has extended the consultation Period on the STP until 23 March more people, who have perhaps not ventured into the world of responding to consultations, have the chance to do so.

    You can view all the documents and have your say about them on the Mid and South Essex Website -

  • Overgrown Hedge
    Article: Feb 26, 2018
    By Jude Deakin

    It has taken quite some time to get Linden Homes, the developer of the old 'Government Offices', to take responsibility for the maintenance of the hedges on their development in Beeches Road. This was just one of the conditions of their planning permission for the development.

    The hedge was in a very overgrown state and after numerous requests Linden Homes did eventually instruct a company to clip it back.

  • Stephen 2013
    Article: Feb 22, 2018

    Chelmsford Council will spend an extra £808,000 in the coming year dealing with homelessness and related housing issues, taking the total housing budget to £4.8 million. However, the Council's Conservative majority rejected a proposal on Wednesday night from the Liberal Democrat opposition to take extra action on the issue.

  • Shire Hall, Tindal Square, Chelmsford (Chelmsford Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Feb 20, 2018

    Essex County Council (ECC) today rejected a call by the Liberal Democrats to require a set number of days per year in which the public could have access to Shire Hall.

    The plan had been that voluntary and community groups would be able to use the building's ballroom for a reasonable fee for up to 6 days per year, but even this minimal requirement was rejected by the Corporate Scrutiny Committee, in a secret session after they excluded the press and public.

  • County Cllr Mike Mackrory
    Article: Feb 17, 2018

    Essex County Council this week turned down a bid from the opposition Party (Liberal Democrats) that would have helped reduce "bed blocking", supported more young people and addressed residents' concerns about dangerous pavements.

    At the annual budget meeting on Tuesday 13th February, Conservative-run Essex County Council agreed to cut £59 million from the budget and raise council tax by 5%.

  • Tom Brake MP campaigning for a plastic bag charge in 2012
    Article: Feb 16, 2018

    The world's oceans are slowly turning into a plastic soup.

    Unless we take action, plastic waste will continue to pollute our oceans with devastating effect.

    We have all heard the reports of seabirds strangled by 6-pack rings and whales washing up with guts full of plastic, but did you know that people who eat seafood swallow around 11,000 plastic particles a year?

  • Article: Feb 12, 2018

    Councillor Brian Surtees, district councillor for the Chipping Ongar, Greensted and Marden Ash ward, has died.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrat group at Epping Forest District Council, Jon Whitehouse, said: "Brian's death came as a great shock. He was someone who believed in service and in helping others. He demonstrated that commitment in his professional life, in his ministry for the Church of England and in his service on Ongar Town Council and the district council.

  • doctor
    Article: Feb 7, 2018

    The huge staffing crisis facing our NHS (for hospital doctors and nurses, local GPs, and other professionals) will be looked at following a call today from Cllr. Stephen Robinson (Essex CC Lib Dem Spokesperson on Health). Cllr Robinson asked that Essex County Council's Health Overview Committee should collect data from the various NHS providers and propose action.