Chelmsford LibDems pledge opportunities for everyone to live, work and flourish

The Lib Dems are campaigning to make housing more affordable, tackle parking and congestion problems, and stop decisions being made behind closed doors. Details are in the local Manifesto, and summarised here and here.

Find out more about our local council election candidates and our Parliamentary Candidate Stephen Robinson.

Recent Chelmsford area news stories

  • An older man with his hand on his head, being conforted by an older woman.
    Article: Mar 13, 2018

    Cold-calling in relation to pensions, claims management and other financial services could end soon. The Liberal Democrats made an amendment to a new law in the House of Lords, and the Government said they will accept it.

    The Financial Guidance and Claims Bill returned yesterday to the House of Commons, carrying a Lib Dem amendment from the House of Lords. The Lib Dems also secured a provision requiring people accessing their pensions to be referred to guidance, unless they explicitly opt out. This will ensure that people truly make the best of their hard-earned savings.

  • Overgrown Hedge
    Article: Feb 26, 2018
    By Jude Deakin

    It has taken quite some time to get Linden Homes, the developer of the old 'Government Offices', to take responsibility for the maintenance of the hedges on their development in Beeches Road. This was just one of the conditions of their planning permission for the development.

    The hedge was in a very overgrown state and after numerous requests Linden Homes did eventually instruct a company to clip it back.

  • County Cllr Mike Mackrory
    Article: Feb 17, 2018

    Essex County Council this week turned down a bid from the opposition Party (Liberal Democrats) that would have helped reduce "bed blocking", supported more young people and addressed residents' concerns about dangerous pavements.

    At the annual budget meeting on Tuesday 13th February, Conservative-run Essex County Council agreed to cut £59 million from the budget and raise council tax by 5%.

  • A pile of Liberal Democrat posters. Window posters mind. Not the really good ones.
    Article: Feb 16, 2018

    Last night, in a bumper crop of by-elections the Liberal Democrats made a hat-trick of gains and huge increases in the vote in a brace of others:

  • Surgeons operating in theatre.
    Article: Feb 12, 2018

    This is yet more evidence of the growing crisis in our health and social care services, where staff are being put under great pressure and quality of care for patients is suffering.

    When will the Government wake up to the fact that they urgently need to commit additional funding?

    The Liberal Democrats are the only party being honest with the public that we will all need to chip in a little more by increasing income tax by a penny in the pound and ring-fencing that money specifically for the NHS and social care, as well as looking to bring health and care funding together into one dedicated tax in the longer term.

    We have also urged the Government to bring together a cross-party convention on health and care, to consult with patients, the public and staff on the longer term funding settlement for these vital services.

  • Article: Feb 7, 2018

    The huge staffing crisis facing our NHS (for hospital doctors and nurses, local GPs, and other professionals) will be looked at following a call today from Cllr. Stephen Robinson (Essex CC Lib Dem Spokesperson on Health). Cllr Robinson asked that Essex County Council's Health Overview Committee should collect data from the various NHS providers and propose action.

  • older people
    Article: Feb 7, 2018

    Nearly 20,000 people in Essex have a diagnosis of dementia; more live without a diagnosis, and the number will double over the next 20 years. This already costs Essex County Council over £50 million a year and a new strategy addresses many of the challenges being faced.

    Essex, Southend and Thurrock councils have produced a joint Strategy "Let's talk Dementia". The joint strategy has nine priority areas for action:
    • Prevention
    • Finding Information and Advice
    • Diagnosis and Support
    • Living well with Dementia in the community
    • Supporting Carers
    • Reducing the risk of crisis
    • Living well in long term care
    • End of Life
    • A Knowledgeable and Skilled Workforce

  • roadworks
    Article: Jan 30, 2018

    Works are starting this month on a £7.3 million investment to improve the A131 Braintree Road and the A130 Essex Regiment Way.

    The scheme is designed to ease congestion by increasing capacity and to improve road safety.

    Works are planned for January to extend the existing bus lane on Essex Regiment Way and for improvements at Deres Bridge Roundabout. Additionally, cutting back vegetation is also planned at Nabbotts and Sheepcotes Roundabouts to clear the ground for future improvement works.

  • Meteor Way Local Plan Site Map
    Article: Jan 20, 2018

    A much loved site in west Chelmsford, used by many community clubs and organisations, has been saved from developers. The drama group CAODS, CYGAMS, Miniature Railway, Chelmsford Ballet, Scouts, ATC, Rifle Club, Chelmsford Cycle Club, and others based in Meteor Way are no longer under threat of their site being developed.

  • Overgrown Hedge
    Article: Jan 12, 2018
    By Jude Deakin

    Beeches Road residents have complained about the state of the hedge near Beeches Crescent.

    The developers of the site (Linden Homes) have been requested by the City Council to either replace the hedge with yew or cut back and maintain the existing hedge.

    Linden responded to confirm that they would not wish to change the approved plans by removing the hedge and planting yew. However, they did confirm that they would make arrangements to trim back the hedge to match approved plans submitted. This plan showed that the hedge would be pruned back from the footpath. Cllr Jude Deakin said, "This has been going on long enough, time Linden faced up to their responsibilities as set out in the planning permission they received to build here".

  • doctor, surgeon, hospital, ward, surgery, operation
    Article: Jan 5, 2018

    The NHS hospital group that covers over 60% of Essex is consulting on changes to its services. There is an online survey here and also a set of public meetings coming up, in every part of mid and south Essex. The meetings list is here.

  • NHS logo
    Article: Dec 13, 2017

    The Mid Essex CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) today reported to Essex County Council on their plans for a 'Home First' service. More patients will be able to leave hospital earlier and then be supported at home.

    Lib Dem Stephen Robinson and many other Councillors asked them questions about how this will work.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2017

    Essex County Council today rejected a call to dedicate ALL of the new Business Rate income to social care. At the same meeting, the growing crisis in children's care was revealed, with a forecast overspend of £5 million this year.

    The Lib Dem group proposed an amendment to dedicate to care services ALL of the additional £6.25 billion nationally coming to local councils from Business Rates. The Conservatives voted this down.

  • Folkestone Triennial 2017 exhit [house]
    Article: Oct 4, 2017

    Chelmsford is suffering a worsening housing crisis. Figures out recently show that people on lower incomes, especially younger people, are unable to find anywhere affordable to live.

    Over 1000 people in 380 households are now homeless in Chelmsford. That 380 was just 53 in 2013. It costs the council vast sums of money to put people up in very expensive bed and breakfast accommodation.

  • General Election 8th June 2017
    Article: Jun 9, 2017

    Chelmsford Lib Dems buck trend and increase vote share.

    After a winning more votes than any other party in the County Council elections in May, Chelmsford Liberal Democrats went into the General Election relatively optimistic. However, as both the Conservatives and Labour shifted the focus of the campaign to a "Presidential" battle between their leaders, the Lib Dems were squeezed.

  • Mike Mackrory at Broomfield
    Article: Jun 6, 2017

    The NHS service in Mid Essex, including Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, could lose 173 staff as a result of Theresa May's extreme version of Brexit, the Liberal Democrats have warned.

    42% of nurses and over half of all doctors from the EU are considering leaving because of Brexit, according to recent research. This means in Mid Essex, an estimated 173 NHS staff are at risk of leaving including 32 doctors and 97 nurses.

  • Article: Jun 5, 2017

    The Conservative party's so-called "Dementia Tax" would cost £173,282 to the family of someone who had received ten years of care living in an average-priced home in Chelmsford, according to research by the Liberal Democrats.

    The Conservative policy would take the money from the sale of family homes, to pay back the costs of caring for elderly and vulnerable relatives. The Lib Dems have estimated that, across Chelmsford, 62% of the value of the average home would be taken to pay for the Dementia Tax.

  • school sign
    Article: May 19, 2017

    Chelmsford schools face two worrying developments - across the board cuts in funding and a possible shortage of school places. Chelmsford schools face losing £8 million in total over the next two years. That amounts to anything between £400 and £800 per pupil, which means cuts in teacher numbers. See http://schoolcuts.org.uk

  • Stephen Robinson with Lib Dem team
    Article: May 11, 2017

    Stephen Robinson has a track record as a hard-working, Chelmsford campaigner and Councillor, and now wants to stand up for local residents at Westminster as our MP.

    On 4th May 2017 the Lib Dems won more votes than the Conservatives in the local elections across the Chelmsford constituency. So on 8th June it will either be: Stephen Robinson, or the Conservative outsider (parachuted in from Cambridge) who is elected as the MP.

  • Essex County Hall
    Article: May 5, 2017

    Essex County Council Results for Chelmsford

    Chelmsford Liberal Democrats are celebrating holding their three county council seats. In the Chelmsford parliamentary constituency, there are 3 Lib Dems and 2.5 Conservatives (half a seat outside the constituency).

    This confims the Lib Dems as the challengers at all levels to the Conservatives, in particular at the upcoming General Election.

  • Young Professionals
    Page: Apr 26, 2017

    Since 2010 the Conservatives have been waging a war on young people. But now Theresa May has given you the chance to fight back!

    A recent report by the Intergenerational Fairness Index found there had been a drop of 10% in prospects for young people in a range of areas [1]. As we will demonstrate below, that is due to the policies of the Conservative party. This can be contrasted to the fortunes of their grandparents. The triple lock pension has resulted in a significant hike in income, pensioner property wealth now totals £861 billion and the ONS says that retirees saw their incomes increase by 5.1 per cent between 2007/08 and 2011/12. This trend has continued.

  • Essex County Hall
    Article: Apr 26, 2017

    Our Priorities for the 2017 Elections

    End the Tory cuts to public services

    Over the last four years Conservative run Essex County Council has been savagely cutting services

    • Children's Centres have closed
    • Meals on Wheels have ended
    • Community Transport has been cut
    • Bus services have been cut
    • Side roads and pavements have deteriorated
    • Care packages for the elderly have been delayed
    • Charges for Home Care has increased five fold
    • Youth Services have been dismantled
    • Recycling Centres restrict home DIY waste
    • Local Highways budgets have been halved
    • Charges for home to school transport in rural areas has rocketed
    • Traffic congestion has got worse

  • Vote Liberal Democrat
    Page: Apr 24, 2017

    General Election - June 8th 2017

    On 18th April, Theresa May announced that there would be a General Election on June 8th, 2017. The Liberal Democrats believe in an open, tolerant and united Britain completely at odds with Theresa May's hard Brexit. Therefore we see this as an opportunity to provide an effective opposition to the Conservative Government. Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said: "This shows it's not too late to prevent a divisive, hard Brexit. On 8th June, together we can change the direction of this country. The Liberal Democrats will be the real voice of opposition to this Conservative Brexit government."

  • Article: Mar 24, 2017

    Essex County Council's Conservative group has pushed through a cut of over 14% in the funding for community transport schemes across the county. Essex Liberal Democrats "called in" the cabinet member decision for review by the scrutiny committee last Thursday (23rd March), but the Conservative majority backed the decision.

  • Stephen Robinson and Norman Lamb MP out canvassing
    Page: Mar 14, 2017

    Essex County Council Election 2017

    After the excitement of last year's EU referendum, 2017 sees a return to local elections, more specifically the Essex County Council election. At present, the Liberal Democrats are the official opposition to the Conservative council. With the Labour party's fortunes, seemingly in decline and UKIP's leader failing to make an impression in the heavy "Leave" territory of Stoke, now more than ever it is important that Essex Liberal Democrats put together a strong campaign and increase our presence on Essex County Council. You can be sure that we will doing everything possible to overturn the Conservative majority and strive to provide real opposition to this Government.

    Across the UK, by-election results provide reason to be optimistic. Traditional Liberal Democrat areas such as Devon and Cornwall are returning their Lib Dem councillors despite many voting Leave in the referendum. There have been stunning victories in in traditionally strong Labour areas such as Sunderland and Rotherham. And all capped off by unseating Zac Goldsmith in the parliamentary seat of Richmond Park.

    We believe that current investment in Public Services is critically low. Whether that's our hospitals and care homes, our roads, our schools, police and fire services, refuse collection and DIY waste disposal, the emphasis has been on cutting costs with little regard to the effect on residents. At the same time, the council seem to be intent on a fire sale of council assets to developers who are allowed to build more homes whilst bypassing their commitments to build the infrastructure to support them. Businesses are attracted to already gridlocked town centres.

    Nowhere is this more prevalent than in Chelmsford. That is why Chelmsford Liberal Democrats are basing our campaign on helping those public services. We do not deny that the finances available to councils have been reduced, but believe the money available would be better spent on providing the infrastructure that a growing city so vitally needs as opposed to vanity projects like a hugely costly leisure centre.

    You can read more about our vision for Chelmsford, our candidate and our record as councillors in this section.

  • Traffic Rainsford Road
    Article: Mar 10, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Essex County Council leader Mike Mackrory contacted the Essex Chronicle in response to an article about Chelmsford traffic. You can read it below;

    Dear Sirs,

    Gridlock in four years

    Your front page and extensive report of the traffic congestion facing Chelmsford (Essex Chronicle 2nd March) highlighted many of the concerns I and my colleagues at both Essex County Council and Chelmsford City Council have been raising for several years. The huge increase in housing developments both in the centre and on the outskirts without the necessary transport infrastructure was always going to cause even more congestion on our crowded roads.

  • 3PR Logo
    Article: Mar 2, 2017

    A new initiative to reduce traffic congestion and parking problems outside the Tyrell's School in Chelmsford was launched this week. Concerns about the safety of the pupils arriving in the morning and leaving in the afternoon prompted the need for a radical solution.

    Local Essex County Councillor Mike Mackrory, who was pleased to be invited to the launch, met with the former Deputy Head a year ago to share his concerns over the traffic and parking problems in Tavistock Road and the roads around the school. His campaign for a pedestrian crossing at Springfield Green and for a 20mph speed limit in the surrounding roads fitted in well with the school's plans too. He was able to get the Local Highways Panel to recommend the scheme to Chelmsford City Council who wanted a school to be a pilot scheme for other schools in Chelmsford to follow.

  • Building
    Article: Feb 24, 2017

    A call was made this week for Chelmsford council to act urgently on emergency and affordable housing, and to take big steps forward on essential infrastructure (such as roads, schools and health services) that England's newest city needs, given that the road network is at 96% capacity.

    Four years ago Chelmsford had 69 households in temporary accommodation; it is now 310. The council's response was going to be buy 36 prefabricated homes but has cut that back to 18.

  • Dentist
    Article: Feb 22, 2017

    The City's only Community Dental Practice at Parkside, Melbourne Avenue - used by our most vulnerable residents - is set to close after being taken over by Community Dental Services CIC on 1st October. They have decided to meet the needs of the population of Essex from centralised 'hubs' in the larger population areas.

  • Springfield Crime Wave
    Article: Feb 22, 2017

    Over recent weeks, residents in Springfield have been subjected to an increasing number of acts of vandalism. These have now spread to the Chelmer Village area and have resulted in Chelmsford Police acknowledging the problem and increasing police presence in the area. Particularly prevalent has been damage to people's vehicles such as slashed tyres and smashed windscreens.

  • Cash
    Article: Feb 19, 2017

    Essex County Council Conservatives have voted down Liberal Democrat proposals to:

    • address the Essex NHS and social care crisis by increasing funding for partnership working with the NHS and care providers
    • put more of the Highways budget under local control, to speed up the repair of local roads and deliver important safety schemes
    • invest in new youth services including school lunchtime sessions
    • address Conservative cuts to school transport and recycling centres
  • Mike Mackrory Parking Permit
    Article: Jan 25, 2017

    After a parking scheme is implemented there is the inevitable knock on effect of those cars displaced finding somewhere else to park where there are no restrictions in place. Church Lane is the latest to be affected. County Councillor Mike Mackrory has taken this up with the South Essex Parking Partnership, who are the body responsible for implementing new schemes.

  • 47 Bus
    Article: Jan 25, 2017

    Saturday service will continue

    Residents who use the No 47 bus have complained to Cllr Mike Mackrory about the unreliability of this service. The bus can be late arriving or doesn't come at all. As the bus is now subsidised by Essex County Council, Mike met the Director responsible at County Hall.

    The Director will take up his concerns with First Bus who we know are having difficulty recruiting and retaining drivers because of the higher pay for doing the same job in London. He also asked that timetables be displayed at stops which don't have them.

  • Mike Mackrory Pothole Before
    Article: Jan 25, 2017

    Essex County Councillor Mike Mackrory and the Liberal Democrat Group at County Hall have consistently campaigned for
    repairs to the crumbling and dangerous footpaths in Chelmsford's urban areas. Mike has complained about the roads
    and footpaths all over Springfield but especially in the Springfield Allied Estate,

  • Mike Mackrory at Broomfield
    Article: Jan 25, 2017

    Lib Dem call to oppose ignored

    Proposals that could downgrade Accident and Emergency at Broomfield Hospital have been backed by Chelmsford's Conservatives on Essex County Council.

    At the December meeting of Essex County Council the Liberal Democrat Opposition asked the Council to oppose these plans but the Tories voted the move down. Under the NHS proposals trauma patients from Chelmsford and Mid Essex could be taken all the way to Basildon hospital instead of Broomfield.

  • Huge potholes
    Article: Jan 11, 2017

    Essex County Council has spent £1,234,180 compensating motorists for damage caused by potholes since 2012, figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.
    Nationally a total of £12 million has been paid out over the last four years across the country, with an average payment per person of £650.
    The figures were uncovered by Freedom of Information requests to 500 councils by the Liberal Democrats.
    Liberal Democrat Councillor Stephen Robinson (Chelmsford North) said: "This is a lose-lose situation for everyone, whether they are motorists, councils or taxpayers.
    "Thousands of pounds are now being spent on pay-outs that could have been invested instead in fixing our roads.
    "This is a symptom of the short-termism taken to infrastructure investment by our Conservative-run Council and Government.
    "Roads should be fixed quickly so this compensation does not have to be paid out in the first place."

  • Drop down posts bollards
    Article: Dec 17, 2016
    By Jude Deakin

    Drop down safety bollards replaced in Cramphorn Walk, Chelmsford.

    After many months of Cllr. Jude Deakin requesting that the broken bollards be repaired, they have recently been replaced.

    "This is a pedestrianised area where residents should not have to worry about vehicles driving on the pathways, but this is exactly what was happening on a regular basis" saidCllr. Jude Deakin, "I've had parents and grandparents asking me to do something so the children and elderly can feel safe walking out of their front doors. Im so pleased to eventually be able to report the work has been completed".

  • parking now
    Article: Dec 8, 2016

    At a meeting of Chelmsford City Council last night (7th December 2016) the Conservative group voted en bloc to reject a Lib Dem calling for better parking enforcement.

    Lib Dem Jude Deakin told that the Council that illegal parking (on double and single yellow lines) poses a significant problem. It:

    • endangers pedestrians (in particular children at school-times), cyclists, and those with limited mobility
    • impedes the flow of transport; and
    • causes expensive damage to footways.
  • Easyfundraising Banner (Easyfundraing)
    Article: Nov 27, 2016

    Do you do your Christmas shopping online? If So, did you know that whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be collecting free donations for Chelmsford & Maldon Liberal Democrats?

    There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury's - it doesn't cost you a penny extra!

  • NHS Patients Let Down By Conservatives
    Article: Nov 27, 2016

    Conservatives Fail To Deal With NHS Blackhole

    This week's autumn statement shows a Brexit blackhole at the centre of government finance. Parliament has heard that hundreds of billions will be taken out of the economy just when we need it most.

    Liberal Democrats across our area and the country have been pushing the government to put their money where their mouth is - with an immediate £4 billion cash injection to stop the impending winter NHS funding crisis.

  • european union flag union jack
    Article: Nov 11, 2016
    By Giovanni Sechi

    I recently posted on Facebook that in fact I didn't respect the referendum for the following reasons;

    1) The referendum was only "Advisory".

    2) The Leave vote did not pass the 40% of electorate threshold a union would have needed to go on strike.

    3) "The British People have spoken". And yet almost every opinion poll leading up to the referendum and since the result are in favour of Remaining in the EU.

  • Public Seats
    Article: Oct 21, 2016

    The need for new bench was highlighted in a recent 'grot spot' article and it has now been installed.

    Cllr. Jude Deakin said ' The old bench had pieces missing from it and was in a very sorry state. I'm delighted to see the new seating in place. Often its these small things that help with the look of the area. Residents have said they are delighted with their new bench'. Those waiting for a bus at the nearby stop can now sit and wait in some comfort.

  • Pharmacy Logo
    Article: Oct 14, 2016


    Essex Conservative councillors this week (Tuesday 11 October) rejected a Liberal Democrat move to protect community pharmacies and the vital role they play in the local NHS.

    Instructing his Conservative colleagues to vote in favour of £170m cuts to local pharmacies, the lead Conservative speaker claimed face-to-face consultations with a local pharmacist were an "old way of thinking" and drugs should be delivered digitally to patients.

  • park seat - broken ()
    Article: Aug 30, 2016
    By Jude Deakin

    Tell us about a 'Grot Spot' in your part of Chelmsford.

    It could be a broken bench, like the one shown here, a rubbish bin that has been damaged, a missing street sign or any number of other things.

    Cllr Jude Deakin, who took the photo of the benches said, "This is just one small example of something that looks grotty, these benches are in a sorry state. I hope to have them repaired or replaced in the very near future. I'm sure there are lots of little 'Grot Spots' across Chelmsford that could be improved. It helps raise the spirits of an area and thats what this is all about"

  • Article: Aug 14, 2016

    Active Baddow, a day-long event especially for the Great Baddow community, is being held by Chelmsford City Council on Wednesday 17 August, 1pm-4pm, at Great Baddow Recreation Ground.

    Village residents aged over 11 are invited to come along and try out a free taster session in boxing, free running, tennis, street dancing or DJing.

    As well as activities and sports, there will be plenty of information available for all residents. Chelmsford YMCA and the Children's Society will be available to provide support and advice on substance misuse and drinking. The City Council will hand out information to help improve recycling, while residents can also find out how to report antisocial behaviour and what can be done about it.

    Chelmsford City Council's Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, Councillor Ian Grundy, said: "This is a great opportunity for the community in Great Baddow to come together, try a range of different activities and find out about the services available in their area. If you're over 11, give the sessions a try - there is no charge and you might just find something you love doing!"

    For more information about the event, please email communitysafety@chelmsford.gov.uk or call 01245 606291.

  • Bus consultation poster. Thursday 4 August to Wednesday 28 September
    Article: Aug 5, 2016

    Essex County Council launched yesterday a consultation about those bus routes subsidised by the council. You can fill in the survey online. Backgound information and a questionnaire to fill in by hand will be available in libraries or can be downloaded.

    "It is important that bus users have their say," said Lib Dem Cllr. Stephen Robinson, who sits on the committee that oversees the service.

  • Resident Parking Permit Sign
    Article: Aug 3, 2016
    By Jude Deakin

    At a recent South Essex Parking Partnership meeting it was decided not to implement a parking permit scheme.

    The committee were particularly concerned about information relating to Fixed Penalty Notices which, in their opinion, appeared to disadvantage those who had followed council procedure and paid for dropped kerbs.

  • canoe
    Article: Aug 2, 2016


    An interactive historical extravaganza for all the family to enjoy between 10am and 4pm this Saturday and Sunday 6+7 August.

    • Talks and exhibits about Marconi from Tim Wander
    • Trebuchet demonstrations from the Medieval Siege Society
    • Have a go archery
    • Have go canoeing
    • Water works trail
    • Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society transmitting from the Marconi Writtle Hut
    • BBC Essex will be onsite Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August
  • Knella Road Flooding
    Article: Jul 18, 2016
    By Jude Deakin

    Many of our local roads and pathways have suffered due to the unseasonal amount of rainfall, especially in June. Many residents were getting drenched with spray by passing vehicles that had no alternative but to drive through the ponds of water, many extending across the whole road, particularly on our housing estates.

  • Cllr Mackrory on a bicycle
    Article: Jul 2, 2016

    A new Essex Cycling Strategy has been adopted by Essex County Council's Cabinet. It has been welcomed by Lib Dem Transport spokesman Cllr. Stephen Robinson, but he did query how they plan to achieve any of the fine objectives without allocating any extra money!

    ECC appear to pin their hopes on a Government stated intention to increase spending on cycling from £3 per head to at least £10 per head.