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  • Article: May 9, 2021

    The elections this week didn't produce the set of results we wanted.

    Our local election campaigns, as always, have been strongly influenced by National news and media coverage. The effect and handling of Covid-19 and Brexit matters has not been straight forward, and it is very clear that many Conservative voters have decided to stay loyal. On the doorsteps across Brentwood many people expressed to having major concerns about the Prime Minister and the way his government have handled events and how ministers have conducted themselves. We also picked up that there are a very large number of local people who are very dissatisfied with the Conservatives at a local level. However, we as well as the Labour and Green Parties, have not managed to persuade enough of them to vote for one of us, or even vote at all. It is critical that there is a strong opposition voice to ensure that the Conservatives manage responsibly rather than the cavalier and uncaring way we regularly and increasingly see.

  • Open field and grasses under a blue sky
    Article: May 6, 2021

    The planning application for a Lidl supermarket in Springfield has been refused, protecting the land from development. The proposal came as a shock to local residents and councillors alike, because the land is designated as Open Space in Chelmsford's recently-adopted Local Plan.

    Members of the Planning Committee unanimously accepted all reasons for refusal outlined by officers and noted that development would breach Local and National Planning Policy. They agreed that loss of open space on the scale proposed and the impact of development would be devastating to biodiversity and could not be compensated for elsewhere.

  • Smita Rajesh and Jude Deakin
    Article: May 4, 2021
    By Smita Rajesh

    Imagine a train pulls into Chelmsford station one evening. It's late, people are tired after a long day.

    A white man leaves the train and starts walking home. He's thinking to himself about what he might have for dinner, listening to some music.

    Next to him, a black man walks home. He knows people who've been stopped and searched by the police. Is he going to get to go straight home, or will he get held up, searched and questioned?

  • Carole Mulroney
    Article: May 3, 2021
    By Cllr Carole Mulroney, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

    There are just three days to go until the local elections on 6th May. Have you made your plan to vote?

    With social distancing measures in place, to ensure both voters and polling station staff are safe, things will be a little different this year when you vote, so make your plan now and be ready:

    • Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm.
    • You do not need your poll card to vote.
    • You must vote at your assigned polling station.
    • If you are registered to vote, but you do not have your poll card, you can go to the polling station and give them your name and address. You do not need any form of ID.
    • At the polling station, social distancing will be in place and, if you can wear a mask, please do. Please bring your own pen or pencil with you to vote (Covid rules).
  • Blenheim Park election Focus May 2021 ()
    Article: May 2, 2021
  • Save our Libraries Protesters
    Article: Apr 30, 2021

    Essex Liberal Democrats have been campaigning alongside local residents to support our local community libraries.

    After a massive campaign in 2018, Conservative-run Essex County Council put their plans to close a third of Essex libraries on hold. The county council pledged not to close any more libraries for five years.

  • R4U
    Article: Apr 30, 2021

    Locally in Uttlesford we face a consistent line of attack from Residents for Uttlesford and from independent councillors against 'Westminster parties'.

    We are saddened that this has culminated in a post on the R4U facebook page in which Dan Starr (in an interview with The London Economic) seems to attribute the cause of the death of an MP, presumably Jo Cox, to Westminster party activists. (link to article here)

  • Stephen Robinson and large pothole
    Article: Apr 29, 2021

    Roads and pavement repairs need a radical overhaul. Too many people risk injury and discomfort because of the way Conservative-run Essex County Council manages our highways.

    Lib Dems have long campaigned for action to repair roads and pavements. They voted to amend the budget to invest more in pavement repairs. However, the Conservatives instead voted to CUT the maintenance budget by £2.5 million for 2021-22.

  • Cllr Jude Deakin
    Article: Apr 28, 2021

    Lib Dem county councillors have been spending their community grant budgets on projects that benefit their local communities.

    Lib Dem County Councillor Jude Deakin nominated North Avenue Youth Club in Chelmsford to receive £1,000. This will cover the set up costs for a defibrillator outside the club. Cllr Deakin also nominated Chelmsford Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, West Chelmsford Children's Centre and Tennyson Surgery Wellbeing Garden for grants.

  • Marie Goldman
    Article: Apr 27, 2021

    Essex was one of the first areas in England to introduce community testing for coronavirus. An effective test, trace and isolate system is essential to slow the spread of coronavirus. Along with a vaccine it is a step towards a more normal life. Lib Dems have called repeatedly for the Government to fix Test and Trace. Yet month after month figures for contact tracing showed the government's system was not working. To be effective tests need to be turned around in 24 hours, and financial support must be given so people can self-isolate when asked to.