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Here in Chelmsford it's Lib Dem or Conservative

Liberal Democrats will...

  • Spend council cash on community services, not hoard it away
  • Cut congestion e.g. with better bus, pedestrian and cycle facilities
  • Bring more jobs to Chelmsford and affordable homes
  • Involve the public more

Conservatives have...

  • park seat - broken ()
    Article: Aug 30, 2016
    By Jude Deakin

    Tell us about a 'Grot Spot' in your part of Chelmsford.

    It could be a broken bench, like the one shown here, a rubbish bin that has been damaged, a missing street sign or any number of other things.

    Cllr Jude Deakin, who took the photo of the benches said, "This is just one small example of something that looks grotty, these benches are in a sorry state. I hope to have them repaired or replaced in the very near future. I'm sure there are lots of little 'Grot Spots' across Chelmsford that could be improved. It helps raise the spirits of an area and thats what this is all about"

  • sport
    Article: Aug 14, 2016

    Active Baddow, a day-long event especially for the Great Baddow community, is being held by Chelmsford City Council on Wednesday 17 August, 1pm-4pm, at Great Baddow Recreation Ground.

    Village residents aged over 11 are invited to come along and try out a free taster session in boxing, free running, tennis, street dancing or DJing.

    As well as activities and sports, there will be plenty of information available for all residents. Chelmsford YMCA and the Children's Society will be available to provide support and advice on substance misuse and drinking. The City Council will hand out information to help improve recycling, while residents can also find out how to report antisocial behaviour and what can be done about it.

    Chelmsford City Council's Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, Councillor Ian Grundy, said: "This is a great opportunity for the community in Great Baddow to come together, try a range of different activities and find out about the services available in their area. If you're over 11, give the sessions a try - there is no charge and you might just find something you love doing!"

    For more information about the event, please email communitysafety@chelmsford.gov.uk or call 01245 606291.

  • Bus consultation poster. Thursday 4 August to Wednesday 28 September
    Article: Aug 5, 2016

    Essex County Council launched yesterday a consultation about those bus routes subsidised by the council. You can fill in the survey online. Backgound information and a questionnaire to fill in by hand will be available in libraries or can be downloaded.

    "It is important that bus users have their say," said Lib Dem Cllr. Stephen Robinson, who sits on the committee that oversees the service.

  • Resident Parking Permit Sign
    Article: Aug 3, 2016
    By Jude Deakin

    At a recent South Essex Parking Partnership meeting it was decided not to implement a parking permit scheme.

    The committee were particularly concerned about information relating to Fixed Penalty Notices which, in their opinion, appeared to disadvantage those who had followed council procedure and paid for dropped kerbs.

  • canoe
    Article: Aug 2, 2016

    An interactive historical extravaganza for all the family to enjoy between 10am and 4pm this Saturday and Sunday 6+7 August.

    • Talks and exhibits about Marconi from Tim Wander
    • Trebuchet demonstrations from the Medieval Siege Society
    • Have a go archery
    • Have go canoeing
    • Water works trail
    • Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society transmitting from the Marconi Writtle Hut
    • BBC Essex will be onsite Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August

  • Knella Road Flooding
    Article: Jul 18, 2016
    By Jude Deakin

    Many of our local roads and pathways have suffered due to the unseasonal amount of rainfall, especially in June. Many residents were getting drenched with spray by passing vehicles that had no alternative but to drive through the ponds of water, many extending across the whole road, particularly on our housing estates.

  • Cllr Mackrory on a bicycle
    Article: Jul 2, 2016

    A new Essex Cycling Strategy has been adopted by Essex County Council's Cabinet. It has been welcomed by Lib Dem Transport spokesman Cllr. Stephen Robinson, but he did query how they plan to achieve any of the fine objectives without allocating any extra money!

    ECC appear to pin their hopes on a Government stated intention to increase spending on cycling from £3 per head to at least £10 per head.

  • Stephen Robinson
    Article: Jun 30, 2016

    A petition has been launched in response to increasing reports of physical and verbal attacks on minority groups in communities across Britain.

    The Liberal Democrats are calling on Chelmsford City Council at the meeting on 13 July to send a very clear message to all EU citizens living in Chelmsford: you are welcome here, and to all minority ethnic British citizens that you are an equal part of our community. This community belongs to all of its residents equally.

  • Article: Sep 23, 2016

    Two weeks ago, Jeremy Corbyn suggested Britain should give up its membership of the EU's Single Market - a position he shares with only the most hardcore Brexiteers.

    The single market means it as easy to trade between London and Berlin as it is between Edinburgh and London. Within the Single Market, goods, people, services and capital can move freely, meaning there's no lengthy customs checks, borders to cross and goods can move freely and cheaply.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Sep 20, 2016

    Below is the final version of Tim Farron's speech at the close of the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton today.


    Liberal Democrats are good at lots of things. But the thing it seems that we're best at, is confounding expectations.

    We were expected to shy away from taking power, but we stepped up and we made a difference.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2016

    Sal Brinton, President of the Liberal Democrats, will give a speech today to members on the final day of the party's Autumn Conference.

    She will say

    Good morning, Conference. Here we are, constitutional amendments concluded - how will we all manage next week without the excitement?

    But seriously, I want to thank you for your involvement and responses to the challenge I put to you over a year ago to think how we could improve our Federal structures, and how we can work more effectively as a party. The thousands of suggestions and comment that you made to the Federal Executive have truly helped shape what came to Conference, and your contributions to the debates over the last four days has been genuinely helpful.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats are today launching a National Consultation exercise on the impact of Brexit on local communities.

    All Lib Dem parliamentary candidates will contact businesses, health and educational institutions and civil society organisations in their constituencies to discuss their Brexit concerns.

  • Alistair Carmichael
    Article: Sep 20, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have urged the government to play its part in resettling refugees, in particular unaccompanied children, in an emergency motion at their Autumn Conference.

    The demand comes as Theresa May addresses a special UN meeting on migration in New York. Yesterday the Prime Minister resisted calls to take in more vulnerable refugees from Syria.

  • Lynne Featherstone
    Article: Sep 19, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Spokesperson Lynne Featherstone has accused the Conservatives of trashing the coalition government's green legacy, including by slashing subsidies for renewable energy while spending billions subsidising Hinkley Point.

    The Government's own impact assessment has predicted up to 19,000 job losses in the wind and solar sector.

  • Willie Rennie
    Article: Sep 19, 2016

    This afternoon, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie will give a conference speech on how the party will provide a progressive alternative to the Conservatives and SNP, the "terrible twins of divisive politics."

    Willie Rennie will say:

    On May 5th this year, in Scotland, Liberal Democrats started winning again.

  • Tim Farron in Whitehall
    Article: Sep 19, 2016

    Tim Farron has rejected Jeremy Corbyn's suggestions that supporting continued membership of the Single Market is 'Free Trade Dogma', saying that free trade is vital to our economy and to millions of jobs.

    He also called on Liam Fox to apologise for calling businesses too 'lazy' to export, and said that neither Labour not the Conservatives are now willing to stand up for business.