Here it's Lib Dem or Conservative

Lib Dems will...

Protect the NHS including Broomfield's A&E

Cut congestion (better bus, pedestrian + cycle facilities)

Bring more jobs to Chelmsford and affordable homes

Involve the public more

Conservatives...

Raised your council tax but didn't spend the extra cash!

Stashed away £20 million in the council bank account

Delivered traffic chaos by giving in to developers

Made too many decisions behind closed doors

  • Police bike
    Article: Dec 12, 2018

    At Essex County Council yesterday, attention was drawn to the cuts in Essex Police Officers and PCSOs, and rising crime. A motion from the Liberal Democrats to the Full Council meeting noted a cut in officers since 2010 of 650, rising drug and violence-related crimes, and that Essex Police is the second-lowest funded police force in the country.

  • Event: Dec 18, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    North Avenue United Reformed Church, North Avenue, Chelmsford. CM1 2AL

    Essex County Council and Chelmsford City Councillor Jude Deakin will hold a surgery at the Jubilee Cafe, United Reform Church, North Avenue. Residents are welcome to come and discuss any concerns or just for a chat.

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    Article: Dec 7, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats are leading the fight for vital investment and reforms in schools to allow every child to reach their potential.

    Local Lib Dem, Marie Goldman, wrote on this subject in the Essex Chronicle on 13th December. Here is the full text of her article, which was cut short by the editor of the Chronicle:

    "Education is the silver bullet. It has the potential to fix almost everything else. A well-educated population can tackle poverty and inequality, cure diseases, feed itself, protect the planet, and invent new technologies to improve everyone's lives. Education allows us to reach for the stars.

    "Why, then, would we want to choose which area of education should receive the most support? If education is so important, shouldn't we be putting more resources into it, rather than picking which bit to pay more attention to, while leaving other areas behind?

    "Sadly, this is the genuine choice faced by schools up and down the country. With pupil numbers, staff and resource costs going up while real-terms school funding is being cut, schools have to work out where best to direct the limited resources they have.

    "So they have to decide. Should they ensure that all classes have fully qualified teachers in all settings and scrap so-called 'luxuries' like music, art and drama, or should they compromise and reduce the standards because it's cheaper? Should they provide computers to teach children the skills they will need in a competitive market, or should they fix the leaking roof? Should they buy new books, or should they provide quality meals at lunchtime - remembering that for far too many children, a school dinner is the only nutritious meal they will eat.

    "This is happening. Schools are asking parents for donations, letting go of teachers and even shortening the school day.

    "This is no choice at all. No school, no teacher, no education professional, should ever be forced to make these choices and yet that is what is happening in our country, on our watch. This is wrong. It must stop. We must demand better than this and put education at the heart of the agenda."

    The party is calling for an end to Conservative education cuts and would give schools an extra £7 billion a year to lift standards.

    Lib Dem Councillor and School Governor Mike Mackrory said: "Our schools are in desperate need of more investment. Children are being taught in run-down buildings by overworked teachers.

    "Children only get one chance at their education. There is no better investment than making sure every child gets the opportunity to do their very best. "

    Lib Dem Campaigner and School Governor Chris Davidson added, "The Conservatives aren't interested in making sure that they are doing all they can to give Schools and Children's education the investment it needs. Our Conservative MP recently suggested, responding to a question about this issue, that local schools do not have the money they need because teachers' pensions cost too much."

    Surely our Children and those who teach them deserve better than this? The Lib Dems want to see real and effective investment in Chelmsford Schools."

    The Lib Dem plan to improve education would also scrap Ofsted and replace mandatory SATS at key stage 1 and 2. Our Education spokesperson Layla Moran (herself a former teacher) gave a speech at conference this year where she reiterated her reason for getting into politics - to create an education system which truly gives every child the opportunity to make the most of this scary, challenging but ultimately marvellous world we live in. You can read the text of her speech here.

  • Judith Bunting reading with Finn Gardner (John Boyd)
    Article: Dec 5, 2018

    Five Chelmsford libraries have been proposed for closure by Essex County Council, with others at risk. Broomfield, Writtle, Galleywood, Danbury and Stock libraries are due to close and Springfield is at risk of closure, despite only opening a few years ago and being run by volunteers.

    Libraries are not just about books. They are a vital community resource.

  • Stephen Robinson and Chris Davidson outside the former Rainsford High School site
    Article: Nov 6, 2018

    Essex County Council is proposing to redevelop the former Rainsford High school site in Fox Crescent, north Chelmsford. Local Essex County Councillor Stephen Robinson is continuing the Lib Dem campaign to ensure that there is a community hub on the site and that it does not all go for houses.

    Read more: https://www.essexlive.news/news/essex-news/essex-county-councils-multi-million-1927516

  • Chris Took at Swimathon 2015 (Yellow Cap, obviously)
    Article: Nov 6, 2018

    Chelmsford's new leisure centre is costing £10 million more than the orginal estimate of £25 million, and now fees to use the facilities are set to rise to help plug the gap.

    Chelmsford Lib Dem councillor Stephen Robinson said the ballooning costs made a mockery of the decision not to have a diving board at the centre where former world champion Rebecca Gallantree first learned her craft.

  • Cash
    Article: Nov 6, 2018

    Essex County Council is piling up debts, as more and more residents take out loans to pay for their care fees.

    Councillor Stephen Robinson said: "We have to have a complete review of the way social care is funded.

    "Local government is in crisis. The Government refuses to recognise the depth of the crisis and they are not taking action at a national level.

  • Essex Police badge
    Article: Nov 6, 2018
    By Edward Davey

    It is heart-breaking that the epidemic of violent crime is claiming the lives of so many children.

    A senior police office has now revealed that children as young as nine are being caught carrying knives.

    We urgently need more police officers on our streets to restore the community policing that helps to prevent violent crime.