• Testandtrace-Government shambles
    Article: Oct 31, 2020

    The recent contact tracing figures show that the current system is still woefully inadequate.

    This is despite repeated calls for the Government to fix Test and Trace. The test, trace and isolate system is essential to not only slow the spread of coronavirus, but for people to have any hope of ever getting out of the Government's restrictions.

  • Poppy (Woking Lib Dems)
    Article: Oct 31, 2020

    The normal Remembrance Day public ceremony and parade in Chelmsford cannot be held this year due to pandemic restrictions. So residents of Chelmsford, South Woodham Ferrers and the surrounding villages are being asked to mark Remembrance Sunday on 8 November at home.

    A wreath will be laid on behalf of all residents of Chelmsford, and a speech given, by Councillor Jude Deakin, the Mayor of Chelmsford, in a socially-distanced private ceremony. Only the Deputy Mayor, the Mayor's Chaplain, one member of the armed forces and a representative from the Royal British Legion will be in attendance. This will be broadcast on the Chelmsford Council Facebook and Twitter accounts at 11am on Sunday 8 November.

    The Mayor said, "We have thought long and hard about possible alternatives. Although we are used to holding a parade and ceremony, the most important thing is that we remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by military personnel in conflict. Please watch the ceremony from home on Sunday 8 November and take a moment to remember."

    Households are asked to observe the normal two minutes' silence in their own homes. If residents wish to lay a wreath at a war memorial, they are asked to avoid 11am and choose another convenient time, in order to avoid public gatherings. Other suggestions include displaying handmade poppies, children's drawings and poems in windows. People can also download a poppy poster from the Royal British Legion if you donate.

    The Mayor added, "Please do not forget the Royal British Legion, who are ordinarily supported through poppy sales and donations at Remembrance events. They are seeing far fewer donations than usual, and this may directly impact on the service personnel and veterans whom they support. I know that money is tight for many residents at the moment, but if you do have a little to spare, please donate to the Legion."

  • A green manifesto for Essex (Essex Book Festival)
    Article: Oct 30, 2020

    A climate summit will be run by young people in Essex next year. The summit will be held in Chelmsford and is backed by Chelmsford City Council. It's the next stage of 'A Manifesto For Essex', set up to give children and young people a platform to share ideas on protecting the environment and preventing the worst impacts of global heating.

  • Covid19 icon
    Article: Oct 28, 2020

    People across the country have endured terrible hardships over the past six months. They've lost loved ones, lost livelihoods and been cut off from friends and family.

    Everyone has made huge sacrifices and played by the Government's rules; they deserve to have confidence that these rules will work.

    Instead, our efforts are being squandered by the incompetence of Boris Johnson and the Conservative Government. Their Test and Trace system is not fit for purpose, and scientific advice is being ignored.

  • Bill Newton Dunn visiting Kebab making factory
    Article: Oct 26, 2020

    People have made a massive effort to fight coronavirus but it's clear that the road to recovery is going to be rockier than we first feared.

    With millions of workers worried about their livelihoods, the British people deserve a Government that listens to their concerns and does everything in its power to protect them. Sadly, this isn't the case.

  • Fresh food with a caption that says:
    Article: Oct 24, 2020

    Chelmsford City Council will use emergency funds over this week's half term holiday, to address holiday hunger among vulnerable children. The Council is stepping in because of the Government's failure to act.

    Many amazing businesses and voluntary groups in Chelmsford have already stepped up and promised to help. Liberal Democrat-led Chelmsford City Council will work with them to ensure our community supports vulnerable children.

  • Warren Farm development west Chelmsford (Chelmsford City Council Local Plan)
    Article: Oct 23, 2020

    Chelmsford City Council has agreed a set of additional measures that will improve the sustainability of a new community. The masterplan for west Chelmsford, known locally as Warren Farm, will be amended to include an additional bridge for cycling and walking; a contribution to improving the local cycle network, and improvements to bus stops/signs.

  • CCC local plan logo ()
    Article: Oct 22, 2020

    Many homeowners on new development sites in Chelmsford have been paying high management fees for maintenance of open spaces. They are used by the public but not owned by the public. Now the Lib Dem-led Council is set to overturn the policy.

    Said Lib Dem Council Leader Stephen Robinson, "Many residents have said they resent paying high management fees to look after playgrounds and open spaces, because they think that's what their council tax is for. Unfortunately, the previous council didn't want to take responsibility for these and allowed developers to bring in management companies instead.

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