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  • Alloa Railway Station (Mortons Media Group Ltd. Material
    Article: Jul 20, 2020

    A call has been made for Essex County Council to take action to secure Government funding for research inti re-opening railway lines and stations across Essex that were closed under the Beeching review.

    Councillor David Kendall (Brentwood) asked the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure to act. He said, "This vital research will show which stations, by being reopened, could improve connectivity across Essex to improve prosperity across the county."

  • Article: Jul 20, 2020

    The plan for 800+ houses on Warren Farm, Writtle (West Chelmsford) has been referred back for the transport elements to be reassessed on sustainability grounds.

    The Chelmsford Policy Board heard from the local Lib Dem Councillor, Stephen Robinson, who spoke on behalf of himself and Cllrs. Lee Ashley and Ann Davidson. You can watch what he said here at 46 minutes in. Other speakers making similar points were from Chignal Estate Residents.

  • Overgrown verge / grass / weeds
    Article: Jul 20, 2020

    Trees, shrubs and hedges are overhanging pavements and causing a hazard to pedestrians, especially those with mobility or sight issues. Cllr Stephen Robinson has received a number of such reports in the last few weeks. Cllr. Robinson recently challenged the Essex County Council Cabinet Member on the Essex Highways policy for cutting back vegetation overhanging the highway from adjacent, non-highway land.

  • Article: Jul 19, 2020
    If you oppose the idea that Brentwood Borough Council is subsumed into a new merged South Essex authority please sign our petition.
    The entire structure of Local Government is under review. Recently the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) announced the publication of a white paper on devolution of power across the country. Linked to this review is a proposal that South Essex Councils (including Brentwood) breakaway and form a combined authority.
  • Article: Jul 18, 2020

    Plans for a Chelmsford North East Bypass and new station are now on show, in a specially created 'virtual village hall' event, following the award of £218m of Government funding for the schemes.

    Commented Leader of Chelmsford City Council Cllr. Stephen Robinson, "We've waited decades for a new station in north east Chelmsford. This brings it a couple of steps closer but there is still some way to go. It is vital that Government gives councils the powers and resources to invest in infrastructure before, or at the same time as, new development."

  • Westborogh Focus Summer 2020 ()
    Article: Jul 15, 2020

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  • Riverside leisure centre (Chelmsford City Council)
    Article: Jul 14, 2020

    Four leisure centres in Chelmsford will open to customers on Monday 27 July as the country enters its next phase of lockdown easing. Riverside Leisure Centre, Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre, South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre and Dovedale Sports Centre closed on 20 March along with other centres across Britain.

  • Flood protection
    Article: Jul 10, 2020

    Increases in flooded homes, heat-related deaths and water shortages. This is what Essex can expect if we don't act on climate change now, according to this week's meeting of the Essex Climate Action Commission.

    Members heard about the devastating impact of not taking decisive action on the climate challenge - and the importance of a twin-track approach to reduce emissions and build resilience.

  • Disabled badge
    Article: Jul 10, 2020
    By Cllr Karen Chilvers

    In 2018 I was successful in making Brentwood a 'no tolerance borough' as far as parking in disabled spaces was concerned. No ifs, no buts... if you were parked in a disabled bay without a valid blue badge you got a ticket. It was one of the highlights of my lengthy council career as this was agreed cross-party, unanimously and the result met with a round of applause - unusual for an opposition member! Having been rendered disabled by an accident in 2015, it meant a lot to me as I understood first-hand how vital these accessible and convenient spaces are.

  • Article: Jul 7, 2020
    In Leigh Times

    Carole Mulroney, Lib Dem Councillor for Leigh, Leader of Lib Dem Council group on Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Cabinet member for Environment & Planning Development Control Committee writes in the Leigh Times.

    BEHIND every dark cloud, if you look long enough you can find a silver lining, however thin that lining may be.