Chelmsford is fairer with a Lib Dem Council
The Liberal Democrats campaigned in the local elections to make Chelmsford Safer, Greener, Fairer and Better Connected. Below are some of the policy changes and actions that your Liberal Democrat-led City Council has undertaken in the first six months.
Making Chelmsford Fairer
Reducing homelessness and rough sleeping a priority. With 15-25 people sleeping rough and 270 homeless families, there is a huge task ahead. The council convened the first ever round-table meeting of over 30 public sector and voluntary organisations dealing with rough sleeping. Under Lib Dem leadership, the council will pro-actively take responsibility for coordinating the way in which rough sleepers' needs are addressed, and not just comply with basic statutory responsibilities.
Address the shortage of more affordable homes and the best way of financing them via the new Affordable Housing Working group, which is driving the development of a housing strategy.
Agreed a suitable strategy for increasing investment returns.
Reviewed and made changes to the Council's property strategy, ensuring that it meets the needs of citizens.
Make it easier to apply for grants for local projects by integrating the grants and Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) processes into a single, coherent process.
More news about a fairer Chelmsford
Article: Feb 23, 2022
Chelmsford City Council has approved a budget for 2022-23. The plans from the Lib Dem-led Council aim to maintain essential services and protect vulnerable residents, as well as taking action on climate change, affordable homes and a more-connected city, as promised in the Council's "Our Chelmsford, Our Plan".
Article: Feb 11, 2022
Proposals to help ease the pressure on families struggling to meet soaring costs of energy, food, mortgages, and tax rises were tabled by Essex Liberal Democrats.
At the budget meeting of Essex County Council on Thursday 10th February, the Liberal Democrat opposition group proposed an amendment to the Conservatives' budget, with the following key points:
Article: Jan 31, 2022In Chelmsford City Life
Businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors can now apply for a one-off grant of up to £6,000 from Chelmsford City Council.
Commented Lib Dem Leader, Stephen Robinson, "This is part of the £1 billion business support package announced by the government last December. Named the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant, it will offer vital support for local businesses impacted by the Omicron variant.
Climate action, affordable homes, a more-connected Chelmsford - Lib Dem-led Council's two year reportArticle: Jan 30, 2022
Two years after adopting "Our Chelmsford, Our Plan", the City Council has reported on progress towards a greener, fairer and more-connected Chelmsford.
Commented Leader of the Council, Lib Dem Stephen Robinson, "When we took on the leadership of Chelmsford in 2019, we promised real action on climate change, affordable housing and stronger communities. We brought "Our Chelmsford, Our Plan" to full Council, to set targets for the council in all these areas, plus supporting the vulnerable, making sure our city is a safe and pleasant place to live, and helping people to be active.
Article: Jan 17, 2022
The Government is being urged to back a National Landlord Register as part of the Renters' Reform Bill. Chelmsford Council's Leader, Lib Dem Stephen Robinson, has written to Secretary of State for Housing, Michael Gove.
Cllr. Robinson said, "You don't need reminding that we are in the middle of a housing crisis, with supply not meeting anything like the demand. In the private rented sector, sadly, this often means poor quality housing at sky-high prices and exploitation of tenants. Please help local Councils to do more to address this problem."