Cllr Marie Goldman
Moulsham and Central
Marie is Deputy Leader of Chelmsford City Council and ward councillor for Moulsham & Central, in the heart of the city. She has lived in Chelmsford since 2003 and has two children with her husband, Simon.
With a background in management consulting, Marie is a director of various small businesses, including a start-up company that uses cutting-edge technology to tackle the scourge of ticket touting for live events.
Although she has always taken a keen interest in current affairs, Marie says that she never considered a career in politics until she got involved with the Liberal Democrats after the 2016 EU Referendum.
As an internationalist who spent a lot of her young adulthood living in other countries around the world, Marie believes passionately in the importance of international cooperation and cultural exchange. Marie says, "Only by having the opportunity to visit other countries - to live, work and even fall in love with people from different backgrounds - can we truly hope to build a safe, peaceful and better future for our children".
She believes that the best way to resolve Brexit is to go back to the people in a People's Vote, but that if that option isn't available, she fully supports the Lib Dem position to revoke Article 50 if a Lib Dem majority government is elected in a General Election.
Marie also says she is increasingly concerned by the lack of concrete action on climate change. As a Cabinet member of the new administration at Chelmsford City Council, she is pleased to have been able to declare a climate and ecology crisis, but knows that action by councils and individuals alone will not be enough.
Marie says, "We need wholescale change at an international level to avoid going above a planet-changing temperature rise of two degrees. We can only hope to achieve that by working hand in hand with other countries - with the UK showing leadership, not the brinkmanship that has been all too common in recent times".
Marie says she would be deeply honoured to represent the people of Chelmsford in the House of Commons.
Recent news about Marie Goldman
Article: Jul 19, 2022
A former water mill in the Chelmsford area could become a facility enjoyed throughout the year, potentially for leisure, educational or cultural uses. Lib Dem-led Chelmsford City Council is at the very earliest stages of coming up with plans to develop Chelmsford's Sandford Mill into a much more accessible asset for the community.
Article: Jul 13, 2022
A plea was made for all children in families receiving Universal Credit to receive free school meals. This was called for by Liberal Democrats on Essex County Council on 12 July but was rejected by the Conservatives.
Lib Dem councillors pointed out that, since the Free School Meals policy was introduced (seven years ago by the Liberal Democrats in Government), the Conservatives have increased funding per pupil from £2.30 to just £2.34 - an increase of 1.3% compared to inflation of 7%. As a result, children in the Essex County Council area have lost the equivalent of £1,171,603 - more than any other area in the country. Had funding increased with inflation, it would currently stand at, at least £2.46 per pupil. This funding cut has left Essex schools covering the extra cost by spending less on textbooks and teachers.
Article: Jun 6, 2022
Chelmsford city centre has been transformed by a festival of street art. "Concrete Canvas" brought incredible murals and artwork to Chelmsford using the city's story as inspiration. Sites across Chelmsford's city centre are now the canvas for striking artworks, forming a diverse trail of street art.
Article: Apr 10, 2022In Chelmsford City Life
Chelmsford City Council has voted to extend the scope of its refurbishment of Chelmsford Theatres to ensure a "red-carpet" treatment for audiences when it reopens after its makeover.
A meeting of Full Council finalised the budget for the project on 22 March. The Council agreed to bring forward other refurbishment items that were planned over the next few years, so that the work can all be done at once to be more cost effective and better for theatregoers. The total budget for the project has now been set at just under £2.75 million.
Article: Feb 7, 2022In Chelmsford City Life
Chelmsford City Theatres have put tickets for their next panto on sale, following an acclaimed and unbroken run of Beauty and the Beast at Chelmsford's Civic Theatre 2021-22, in association with One From The Heart.
Jack and the Beanstalk is the classic story planned for the theatre's winter 2022 programme.
Article: Jan 29, 2022
Chelmsford City Theatres have appointed a new senior manager to oversee their refurbishment planned for 2022. Lee Henderson, an experienced leader in the cultural, theatre, and entertainment industry, joins the venue this month as Interim Theatre Director.
The Liberal Democrat-led Chelmsford City Council is planning a renovation of the foyer, box office and bar areas of Chelmsford Theatres, which house both the Civic Theatre and Cramphorn Studio. The improvements will include a remodelling of the ground floor theatre bar to become a café and bar serving customers all day, and the creation of a second bar area at the front of the Cramphorn with seating on the pavement outside.
Article: Nov 30, 2021
Chelmsford's Civic Theatre pantomime Beauty and the Beast is underway as the cast and crew prepare for opening night on Friday, 26 November. To book tickets, visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres, call 01245 606505, or visit the box office in person at Civic Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG.
Article: Oct 30, 2021
Waiting times for GP appointments have been growing in Chelmsford, and the Lib Dems are demanding urgent action to deal with growing problems for many people getting appointments.
Chelmsford is one of the worst hit areas in England for access to GPs according to new figures. According to figures from last June, there is now just one GP per 2,429 people in the region covered by NHS Mid Essex CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group), compared to the national average of one GP per 2,038 people.
Article: Aug 6, 2021
Chelmsford City Council wants bids from local people and groups, to combat climate change and improve community infrastructure. The Lib Dem-led council is making a greener Chelmsford a top priority.
Environmental funding to help make Chelmsford greener
Greener Chelmsford Grants make £100,000 available for projects that address the climate and ecological emergency in Chelmsford. Applications are more likely to be successful if they are for projects which protect and enhance wildlife and green infrastructure, lower energy consumption, reduce waste or lower carbon emissions. These are the priorities set out by the council for addressing climate change and ecological crises.
Article: Jul 22, 2021
A call for real action in Essex (especially in schools) to combat violence against women and girls has been rejected. Essex Lib Dems tabled a motion at the County Council meeting on 13 July. The Conservatives pushed through an amendment that patted themselves on the back for (limited) actions to date, added vague generalities and removed all the action points that would affect education.