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  • Article: Mar 2, 2020
    By Hilary Shibata

    The Saffron Walden Neighbourhood Plan has been put together by a large team of Town Councillors and community volunteers, with additional research and writing-up by the Town Council and support from Uttlesford District Council. Go to and you can comment on what the Neighbourhood Plan has to say about the ways Saffron Walden could grow, improve and thrive over the next ten to fifteen years - and on some of the problems faced by the community.

  • Article: Mar 2, 2020
    In Electoral Reform Society report March 2020

    Report on December's general election reveals scale of tactical voting and voters 'systematically ignored'

    Find the Electoral Reform Society report here

    ERS analysis also reveals the startling difference in votes needed per party per seat:

    • SNP - 25,882
    • Conservatives - 38,264
    • Labour - 50,835
    • Lib Dem - 336,038
    • Green - 856,000
  • Article: Mar 2, 2020
  • common wealth flag
    Article: Mar 2, 2020

    Lib Dem led Chelmsford City Council, along with other local authorities and civic dignitaries, community groups and charities throughout the British Isles and beyond will be flying a flag to mark Commonwealth Day on Monday 9 March.

    Fifty-three countries will come together to celebrate Commonwealth Day. More than 850 Commonwealth Flags will be flown in significant and eye-catching locations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and Commonwealth countries on Monday 9 March - Commonwealth Day 2020.

    This initiative is again catching the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life, inspiring them to join with others throughout the Commonwealth. As a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, it enables participants to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth young and old citizens around the world.

    For more information about Commonwealth Day, please visit:

  • Article: Feb 25, 2020
    By Carole Mulroney

    IN the current planting season Southend Council have organised the planting 338 trees, 4450 whips.
    Workers have taken out 22 trees for various reasons of necessity and 44 were lost to the storms.
    So the discredited Tory policy of 2:1 replacement of trees now stands at 5:1 and if not for the storms it would have been 15:1.
    The planting season still has another month to go.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2020
    In Southend Echo

    Major work to improve facilities at the Southend Crematorium is being proposed by the council.

    Costing up to £2.7million, the proposed work would include rebuilding the chimney, replacing the three cremators, the creation of a viewing area that accommodates a range of faiths, and the replacement of other ageing equipment which will be more environmentally friendly.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2020
    By Carole Mulroney in Leigh Times

    I AM so proud of Leigh! It's a great community - it's special and we're determined to keep it that way. When the going gets tough, Leigh pulls together and we are going through one such time now. Like the time we stood firm on the community centre or library, now it's the airport.

    Like many of you, even those who have voiced complaints in recent months, I am not anti-airport. It brings jobs and tourists (although we must learn how to keep them here and not hot-footing it to London after stepping off the plane). And it allows us to travel relatively cheaply and easily - but at a cost - noise and air pollution and, if it expands in the future, more traffic on our roads. And that is all part of the much bigger climate change debate.

  • Cllr Dominic Naylor new cycle path
    Article: Feb 24, 2020

    Ever since his election in May 2018, Cllr Dominic Naylor has been working on improving the foot and cycle path network throughout the town, and is celebrating the creation of a new path as a great start to 2020!

    Dominic said:

    "The path takes you through woodland between London Road and Wharf road / Rollason Way, and offers a safer foot and cycle route, avoiding dangerous trips along privately owned Hubert Road where footpaths are missing at critical points, pot holes are rife and visibility is poor. I am so pleased to see residents able to reduce their journey time and leave their cars behind in favour of a walk or cycle. This was a personal election pledge for me, and I am proud to have delivered it less than two years after taking my seat as your councillor".

  • Liberal Democrat Stock photo
    Article: Feb 22, 2020

    Tickets for Chelmsford City Events' 3foot People Festival go on sale at the end of March, giving people their first chance to book admission to the city's award-winning festival for pre-schoolers. This year's festival will run over four days. There'll be an exclusive opportunity for ourChelmsford account holders to buy tickets during a 48-hour pre-sale which starts at 10am on Monday 23 March. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Wednesday 25 March, when everyone else will have a chance to secure tickets to the festival.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2020
    By Ellis Whitehouse in Southend Echo

    Southend Lib Dem councillor Carole Mulroney was one of those behind this initiative. Read her quotes here