Cllr Mike Mackrory

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Mike Mackrory

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Since May 2019, Chelmsford City Council Cabinet Member for Greener Chelmsford.

Mike has served the local community as

  • Essex County Councillor for Springfield Division since 2005
  • Chelmsford councillor 1995-2003 (Leader 2000-2003), 2007-11 and since May 2019
  • a Governor at The Boswells School;
  • Chairman of Governors at Springfield Primary School;
  • a Chelmsford Magistrate; and
  • a fundraiser for Farleigh Hospice and Marie Curie Nurses

Recent News from Mike Mackrory

  • Marie Goldman and Stephen Robinson
    Article: Jun 17, 2019

    The Lib Dems took control of Chelmsford Council on 22nd May. Stephen Robinson was elected Leader of the Council and Marie Goldman Deputy Leader. The Lib Dem Group made proposals to reform the Cabinet structure to reflect Lib Dem priorities, as set out in the election manifesto.

    The new Cabinet posts are:

  • Picture of Shire Hall, Chelmsford (From Chelmsford Weekly News)
    Article: Jun 4, 2019

    Residents, road users and businesses are being asked for their views on plans to transform Tindal Square and Chelmsford High Street.

    The ambitious plans would see a new public space created outside Shire Hall with paving, public seating, planting and a two-way cycle route.

    The proposed scheme, which would be delivered by Chelmsford City Council and Essex County Council, will be on show at two public events at High Chelmer Shopping Centre between 10am - 2pm on Saturday 8 June and 3pm - 7pm on Friday 14 June.

    You can find out more information and share your views by visiting www.essex.gov.uk/tindalsquare between 4 June and 16 July.

  • Library books
    Article: Mar 12, 2019

    A motion to protect all 74 Essex libraries was voted down at today's Extraordinary Full County Council Meeting, the first in 25 years. That means Conservative proposals to close 25 libraries and possibly 19 more remain on the table.

    The debate was preceded by well-researched and thought-provoking questions, which were asked by residents from a packed public gallery.

  • Library books
    Article: Mar 1, 2019

    An Extraordinary full meeting of Essex County Council will be held on 12th March at 10am to debate the future of Essex Libraries. The Lib Dems on Essex County Council have worked with the two other opposition groups to secure this meeting.

    This follows widespread opposition to the threat of closure or downgrading of the county's 74 Libraries.

  • Library books
    Article: Feb 12, 2019

    Proposals to enhance and improve Essex libraries were rejected today by Conservative-run Essex County Council. At today's Full Council Budget meeting, Liberal Democrats proposed a full review of library premises, to consider commercial or residential additions, which would safeguard their future, rather than threaten the closure of 44 libraries.

  • Chelmsford Army and Navy flyover showing chunks missing from the concrete
    Article: Dec 23, 2018

    Lib Dem Councillor Mike Mackrory (Springfield) has asked the Cabinet Member for Infrastructure about the Army and Navy interchange.

    Mike asked for details of the terms of reference for the Task Force which has been set up to investigate solutions for the problematic interchange, and also how many times the group has met and what, if any, progress has been made.

  • mike mackrory
    Article: Dec 21, 2018

    Lib Dem Councillor Mike Mackrory (Springfield) has asked the Essex CC Cabinet Member for Infrastructure for an update on the proposed station at Beaulieu Park.

    Mike stated that residents who purchased their homes two years ago, on the understanding that the station was coming soon, are concerned about the lack of progress and wanted some answers.

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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.