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  • Article: Dec 30, 2020

    Many residents have been in touch about the mobile phone reception in the station area. Officers at the council have done all they are able to do and, in fact, it is entirely due to the mobile phone providers that the reception has gone down. They had almost two years to prepare and failed.

    Brentwood West's Cllr Karen Chilvers asked officers to come up with a factsheet so, when your mobile phone provider deny all responsibility, you have the facts, which are:

  • Brentwood Lib Dem female councillors 2020
    Article: Dec 30, 2020
    We are actively seeking women candidates for the 2021 council elections. Currently, four of our thirteen borough councillors are female (Karen Chilvers, Sarah Cloke, Vicky Davies and Alison Fulcher) and we aim to increase that next year when there are 12 borough seats up for election plus 4 county seats where there are 2 candidate vacancies.
  • Article: Dec 30, 2020

    As part of the local development plan this underused car park is planned to be turned into housing. Soon, it will be closed off completely to stop anti social behaviour.

    At this time, there is no planning application (see search) but we do understand that the developers have been conducting their own research and consulting with neighbours.

    Cllr Karen Chilvers explains:

    "With almost 14 years of experience on the planning committee and as ward councillor it does appear that the developer is genuinely looking for input from neighbours to this site and, hoping I am correct, I applaud them for that.

    "As your borough councillors we have been promised early involvement in order to find the right development here and we will endeavour to keep you informed.

    "Once the application is received, we will be aware of the key deadlines and we can then have some discussions with you.

    Brentwood's Lib Dem councillors ONLY meet with developers as part of formal council meetings with officers present.

    If you would like to sign up to the Brentwood West e-newsletter so you can be kept informed, please email us here.

  • Katie Kurilecz's letter in Southend Echo 24 December 2020 ()
    Article: Dec 24, 2020
    By Katie Kurilecz in Southend Echo

    Katie Kurilecz, Liberal Democrat candidate for West Leigh writes in today's Southend Echo.

  • Article: Dec 23, 2020

    In the recent East of England regional elections, Liberal Democrat campaigners from across Essex won big. The list of those elected is below with Essex members in bold text.


    • Chair of the East of England: Lucy Nethsinga
    • Vice-Chair East of England: John Shreeve
    • Secretary: Lori Flawn
    • Treasurer: Sally Symington
    • Regional Candidates Chair: Jo Hayes
  • Article: Dec 23, 2020

    Dear Neighbour,

    This year has been strange and challenging as we have faced the Covid-19 coronavirus and the ever-changing restrictions. But at Christmas and the start of a New Year, we look back and will remember the hope and kindness that came out of these challenges.

    On behalf of Southend Liberal Democrats, we want to say a personal thank you to everyone who has helped their neighbours and community this year. You have shown what great things are possible when we support each other. And most of all we want to say, on behalf of everyone in Southend, a huge thank you to all the NHS and key workers who have worked so hard this year and those of you who will be working through the holidays too. Your kindness for others is what Christmas is all about.

  • Article: Dec 23, 2020
    By Peter Wexham, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Leigh on Southend-on-Sea Borough Council in Leigh Times

    A NEW marina? The leader of Leigh Town Council should support Leigh above all else. So why is he one of the key movers behind plans for a new marina at Gunners Park in Shoeburyness? One Southend Conservative Councillor thinks it's such a mad idea he wrote to the papers to say so. He's not alone.

    Building a marina is costly. It needs multiple businesses, hotels and luxury apartments to help pay for it. But it needs much more than that, so the people behind the scheme, including the Town Council leader, also hope the Government will throw tens of millions of pounds - our money - their way to help build this new marina.

  • Article: Dec 22, 2020

    At the beginning of the year, I don't think I could ever have envisaged not celebrating Christmas in the traditional way - enjoying the company of family gatherings, exchanging gifts and perhaps one too many festive meals. But, here we are, twelve months into a pandemic that very few of us could ever believe we would witness during our lifetime. So much has changed in such a short time - the way we work, the way we socialise, but most importantly, how we as a community have come together to help those of us who are most vulnerable and in need.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2020

    Coronavirus UpdateThe Government has announced that Southend-on-Sea will be placed into tier 4 restrictions at 00:01 on Sunday 20 December.

    The Prime Minister announced earlier today that a number of areas would face tighter restrictions as cases in London, the south east and the east of England continue to rise.

    The new rules in place mean the following:

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    Article: Dec 19, 2020
    In Electoral Reform Society

    A survey conducted by the House of Commons' Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee asked people what they thought the priorities should be for the Government's proposed Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission. The survey gathered 18,521 responses, of which 77.9% said that a priority for the Commission should be looking at 'the electoral system'. It's a staggering result, given that nowhere in the government's plans is electoral reform mentioned. Perhaps it's should be called the 'Democracy Omission'.