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  • 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.

  • older people
    Article: Feb 7, 2018

    Nearly 20,000 people in Essex have a diagnosis of dementia; more live without a diagnosis, and the number will double over the next 20 years. This already costs Essex County Council over £50 million a year and a new strategy addresses many of the challenges being faced.

    Essex, Southend and Thurrock councils have produced a joint Strategy "Let's talk Dementia". The joint strategy has nine priority areas for action:
    • Prevention
    • Finding Information and Advice
    • Diagnosis and Support
    • Living well with Dementia in the community
    • Supporting Carers
    • Reducing the risk of crisis
    • Living well in long term care
    • End of Life
    • A Knowledgeable and Skilled Workforce

  • roadworks
    Article: Jan 30, 2018

    Works are starting this month on a £7.3 million investment to improve the A131 Braintree Road and the A130 Essex Regiment Way.

    The scheme is designed to ease congestion by increasing capacity and to improve road safety.

    Works are planned for January to extend the existing bus lane on Essex Regiment Way and for improvements at Deres Bridge Roundabout. Additionally, cutting back vegetation is also planned at Nabbotts and Sheepcotes Roundabouts to clear the ground for future improvement works.

  • Street lights
    Article: Jan 21, 2018

    Cuts to council funding risk plunging the County into darkness, and broken street lighting are "a gift to criminals", say Essex Liberal Democrats

    In the Essex County Council area, 25,234 street lights were reported as faulty in 2016/17 and currently 4,666 street lights are currently not working. The average time to fix streetlights is 7 days.

  • Meteor Way Local Plan Site Map
    Article: Jan 20, 2018

    A much loved site in west Chelmsford, used by many community clubs and organisations, has been saved from developers. The drama group CAODS, CYGAMS, Miniature Railway, Chelmsford Ballet, Scouts, ATC, Rifle Club, Chelmsford Cycle Club, and others based in Meteor Way are no longer under threat of their site being developed.