Affordable housing, thousands of trees and more - council budget delivers for Chelmsford

March 6, 2020 4:35 PM

New trees Great North Road174,000 new trees over the next 10 years, hundreds of affordable homes, tackling rough sleeping and much more. Chelmsford City Council under Lib Dem leadership has passed a budget that delivers a greener, safer, fairer and better connected Chelmsford.

At the recent Full Council meeting in Chelmsford, Councillors backed the Lib Dem budget proposed by Cllr Chris Davidson and seconded by Cllr Stephen Robinson. Cllr Davidson explained that the budget would deliver on the Liberal Democrat manifesto from the 2019 elections. The prudent borrowing that he proposed would enable the council to put homeless families in proper housing AND save local taxpayers cash that is being spent on unsuitable temporary accomodation.

Backing the budget, Cllr Robinson said, "We will help some of the most vulnerable people in our society, and not forget them. We will also help ensure our children live in a cleaner, greener Chelmsford, leaving it better than when we found it."

Some of the specifics in the budget for extra cash include:

Greener Chelmsford

  • An electric car and a hybrid car for staff to use on site visits - £60,000
  • Working on guidance for developers to deliver zero carbon homes
  • 17,000 trees a year for the next 10 years - £300,000 p.a.
  • Buying low-emission vehicles for council services - £170,000 pilot

Fairer Chelmsford

  • Helping rough sleepers and other homeless families - £7 million
  • Buying or building affordable and social-rent housing - £3 million

Safer Chelmsford

  • Better air quality monitoring
  • Enhancing CCTV
  • Developing the partnership with Essex Police

Connected Chelmsford

  • Engaging more with the third sector, including supporting Volunteer Festival
  • Grants to voluntary organisations
  • Improving cultural facilities, for all ages
  • Broadcasting council meetings, so they are more accessible