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  • Cllr Karen Chilvers at Brentwood Police station in 2016 with Kevin McNamara, Police Commissioner Candidate (Stephen Robinson)
    Article: Jan 15, 2019

    In 2016, your Lib Dem councillors campaigned against the closure of Brentwood Police Station. The Conservatives closed it anyway.

    In April 2017, Lib Dem councillors voted against the "outline plan" for 70 dwellings on its site, saying it was too many for the local infrastructure to cope with. The Conservatives ridiculed us, saying that it wasn't necessarily going to be 70, it said 'up to' and, on this basis, they voted yes to the four storey blocks of flats proposed.

  • Cllr Vicky Davies
    Article: Jan 15, 2019

    Cllr Vicky Davies, Healthcare trainer & former Theatre Sister, has been selected in Pilgrims Hatch for the fourth time and will be standing to retain her borough council seat in May 2019 and continue serving alongside Cllr Barry Aspinell and Cllr David Kendall.

    Vicky was first elected to Brentwood Council in Brizes & Doddinghurst in 1991 and served there until 2006. After a break, she returned to politics in 2010 at a by-election and has represented Pilgrims Hatch ever since, being re-elected in 2011 & 2015.

  • Sarah Cloke, Lib Dem
    Article: Jan 15, 2019

    Sarah Cloke, scientist, has been selected as our candidate for the Brentwood West borough council seat in May 2019.

    Sarah lives in Brentwood West with her three children and is well known in the community. She is employed as a manager in a global pharmaceutical company.

    Sitting borough councillors Karen Chilvers and Dominic Naylor, plus County Cllr David Kendall, hope to welcome Sarah to their active team in the ward. If you would like to help Sarah get elected, please get in touch.

  • Hugh Gorton, Brentwood, Brizes & Doddinghurst (Karen Chilvers)
    Article: Jan 15, 2019

    Hugh Gorton, retired scientist, has been selected to fight the Brizes & Doddinghurst borough council seat in May 2019.

    Hugh has lived in Kelvedon Hatch for 22 years with his wife Rosemary. They have a son who is currently at university. Hugh is a member of Kelvedon Hatch Parish Council and is very involved in the local community.

  • UK Armed Forces
    Article: Jan 12, 2019
    By Brenner Munden in Brentwood Gazette

    In a report released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in 2017 it found out that the UK spent $47.2 billion (Approx. £35.5) in defence- which ranked us seventh in the world.

    The MOD has also declared that in the past 8 years, the UK has met NATO's 2% GDP target for defence expenditure and in 2017/18 spent £1 billion on military operations. The planned £41 billion project to upgrade Trident (Dreadnought
    programme) is also expected to cost £2.2 billion a year to run- for the next 30 years.

  • Border control
    Article: Jan 12, 2019
    By Cllr Karen Chilvers

    Currently, we have an excellent system of managing legal migration with our closest neighbours. "Free movement" gives us the ability to tap in to a workforce with few barriers, allowing people from 28 countries, including the UK, to work, marry, live and study across Europe.

    It has provided us with doctors, nurses, scientists, teachers, fruit pickers, hospitality workers, cleaners and more for the last 40+ years and given UK residents the opportunity to exercise the same rights.

  • Calcott Hall Farm (Calcott Hall Farm)
    Article: Jan 11, 2019
    By Cllr Karen Chilvers in Brentwood Gazette

    I remember when I was a child and my mother would take us to an emporium called "The Farm Shop". I loved it; the way it smelt, the apron-wearin lady behind the counter, the paper bags and potatoes wrapped in newspaper.

    But that was the 1970s, before the big supermarkets started to take a stranglehold with their convenience of 'everything in one place' and strawberries all year round. We all followed suit in pursuit of cheaper and cheaper produce. Now, thankfully, it seems the tide is turning again.

  • Working in retirement
    Article: Jan 11, 2019
    By Cllr Barry Aspinell in Brentwood Gazette

    As a young apprentice many years ago, retirement to me seemed like a lifetime away and the appealing vision appeared in my mind - no deadlines to get up for in the mornings, sitting in the garden admiring the flowers, catching up with lifetime friends and basically, enjoying my days as I please. Fast forward to the here and now and this utopia has still to happen!

  • Education
    Article: Jan 11, 2019
    By David Green, Brentwood Lib Dems in Brentwood Gazette

    The simple answer to this one is 'all of them', as all are currently underfunded. The money provided by central government and determined by the Conservative
    Chancellor has failed to keep pace with the real costs incurred by the various education sectors.

    In the maintained nursery sector for example the Local Government Association has expressed its concern. A third said that it was very likely they would need to close
    nurseries in their area and that it would mean there was reduced support for disadvantaged children.

  • Cllr David Kendall takes part in a blindfold challenge in Brentwood High Street
    Article: Jan 10, 2019

    As firm believers in fairness and equality, Lib Dem councillors David Kendall and Karen Chilvers have been working to highlight disability issues in recent months.

    After taking part in the "Blindfold Challenge" with Guide Dogs for the Blind that gave him a better understanding of the issues facing the visually impaired, David has made progress on moving two new safety schemes forward. It is hoped that tactile paving can be installed at the Crown Street junction and the Moore's Place junction.

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