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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...

  • Tablets
    Article: Oct 14, 2016

    Essex Conservative councillors this week (Tuesday 11 October) rejected a Liberal Democrat move to protect community pharmacies and the vital role they play in the local NHS.

    Instructing his Conservative colleagues to vote in favour of £170m cuts to local pharmacies, the lead Conservative speaker claimed face-to-face consultations with a local pharmacist were an "old way of thinking" and drugs should be delivered digitally to patients.

  • 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.

  • Public Seats
    Article: Oct 21, 2016

    The need for new bench was highlighted in a recent 'grot spot' article and it has now been installed.

    Cllr. Jude Deakin said ' The old bench had pieces missing from it and was in a very sorry state. I'm delighted to see the new seating in place. Often its these small things that help with the look of the area. Residents have said they are delighted with their new bench'. Those waiting for a bus at the nearby stop can now sit and wait in some comfort.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2016

    Last night saw the results of the Witney by-election - we started the campaign in 4th place as 50/1 outsiders and thanks to the relentless, positive campaign we ran, dented the Conservative majority and secured one of our best by-election results in decades. This is what you need to know:

    1: If this result was repeated across the UK, the Tories would lose their majority

  • Article: Oct 20, 2016

    Liberal Democrat peer, John Sharkey, whose Private Member's Bill was instrumental in securing a pardon for Alan Turing, has reached an agreement with the Government which will grant a posthumous pardon to thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted under long abolished sexual offence laws.

    Those similarly convicted but still alive will also receive pardons if they have successfully applied for a disregard or in future successfully apply for a disregard under the Protection of Freedoms Act.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2016

    Responding to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruling today which found that UK security agencies unlawfully collected data of British citizens for over a decade, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:

    "Allowing the state to collect endless amounts of personal data is not just a gross invasion of a privacy, it is a waste of precious resources.

  • lib dem logo
    Petition: Oct 16, 2016

    Back the Bill to protect renters rights says Cllr. Stephen Robinson

    (The Liberal Democrats are proposing a bill to reduce the costs of moving for renters. The Renters Rights Bill will ban letting agents from charging fees to tenants. The Bill will also make renting safer through mandatory electrical checks and give tenants greater protections against rogue landlords.) This was back in June!

  • Petition: Oct 16, 2016

    The City of Chelmsford is expanding at an incredible rate.

    Chelmsford City Highways are currently responsible for the roads and paths but we are reliably informed their main priority is to keep a flow of traffic through the city.

    We are now in a catch-22 situation where more people are driving because they feel it is safer than walking or cycling even short distances because of disconnected foot and cycle paths. One particularly and increasingly dangerous crossing site is the Dual Carriageway of London Road,Widford, where it has become increasingly difficult for young and old alike to cross the road safely in order to access the Industrial estate, local church and Hylands Park.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2016

    key_rma.pngAt their Autumn Conference this year, the Liberal Democrats welcomed business leaders and experts from multiple sectors to a roundtable discussion focused on the digital skills gaps in today's workforce. The discussion was attended by a diverse set of businesses from sectors including tech, energy, banking and construction; and was hosted by Jack Barmby, Founder and CEO of Customer Service Solutions business FM Outsource.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2016

    Long-term EU loans for vital infrastructure projects across the UK are being put at risk due to the Conservative government's divisive rhetoric and failure to plan properly for Brexit, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has warned.

    Last year the European Investment Bank provided a record £5.6 billion of long-term investment to the UK including for social housing, hospitals and schools. But the President of the Bank has warned that this level cannot be maintained and that UK projects will find it increasingly difficult to get loans approved by other EU members.