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Stephen Robinson is an active, local campaigner. As Leader of Chelmsford City Council, he heads up a team that is delivering a greener, safer, fairer and better connected Chelmsford.

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  • Library Books (Pouya sh at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jul 19, 2019

    Stephen Robinson (Liberal Democrat, Leader of Chelmsford City Council) was asked to write for the Essex Chronicle about why libraries are vital.

    Libraries that evolve to meet changing needs are a vital part of a strong community. Libraries continue to be vital sources of information, and their staff retain a crucial role in helping everyone navigate the bewildering array of information sources. Unlike Google, libraries don't set out to make a profit out of you, and they are there to serve everyone.

  • Stephen Robinson and Rose Moore in front of a visual record of the Chelmsford meeting that declared a cliimate emergency
    Article: Jul 17, 2019

    A climate and ecology emergency has been declared in Chelmsford. This was voted through at a meeting of Chelmsford City Council last night (Tuesday 16 July). The move comes as a growing number of UK councils have formally recognised the urgent need to reduce global temperature increases if we are to avert major disaster.

  • 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:

  • Team of Chelmsford Lib Dem candidates
    Article: Apr 17, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are standing candidates in every one of the 24 wards across the district of Chelmsford in the local election on 2nd May. In every ward the real contest is between Conservative and Lib Dem. In fact, in some wards there are only Lib Dem and Conservative candidates.

    The Lib Dem candidates come from a wide range of backgrounds including teachers, engineers, scientists, finance experts, surveyors, local business-people, charity workers and musicians. There are more female than male candidates and they cover all ages and all backgrounds.

  • Stephen Robinson, Lee Ashley and Ann Davidson
    Article: Apr 8, 2019

    Says Stephen Robinson, "I am delighted to be standing in St. Andrew's ward for the Chelmsford City Council elections. It's where I live and where I have been Essex County Councillor for almost seven years.

    "I am standing with fellow Lib Dems Cllr. Lee Ashley and Ann Davidson and we have made this short video to say why we would like to be the St. Andrew's ward councillors." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEJWWQUdWlc&feature=youtu.be

  • homeless hero
    Article: Apr 4, 2019

    Chelmsford has nearly 300 homeless families and at least 20 rough sleepers. Yet the Minister responsible doesn't know why.

    Heather Wheeler MP says she does not believe welfare reform and council cuts are factors. Commented Lib Dem Leader Stephen Robinson, "This just shows how out of touch the Conservatives are."

  • Felicity Sturt
    Article: Mar 18, 2019

    Former Chelmsford Mayor Felicity Sturt passed away at her home on Saturday 2nd March 2019. Felicity was 85 years young and dedicated to the local community.

    A major local innovation was when she and her husband Ronald produced the local Talking Newspaper for the partially sighted.

    Chelmsford's Lib Dem Leader Cllr. Stephen Robinson commented, "We were all sad to hear this news. I followed Felicity some years later as a councillor for the Patching Hall ward that she used to represent. Felicity always kept us on our toes on local issues long after she left the council, especially related to her interests in libraries, arts and culture. She was always so kind and encouraging as well."

  • 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.

  • Article: Mar 10, 2019

    Essex has lost nearly 100 GPs (from 930 to 820) over the last three years and many of those have gone part-time, meaning even less availability. There is an even larger shortage of Occupational Therapists (35% of all OT jobs in Essex are vacant), and all other NHS staff types have around 15% of the jobs vacant.

  • cycling on a path (Photo by Soroush Karimi on Unsplash)
    Article: Feb 25, 2019
    By Cllr Stephen Robinson in Essex Chronicle Series

    At peak times, the roads in most of our towns are almost completely full. So, more parking capacity would not really help - the roads to get there are full. Also, land in the centre of towns is in short supply and very expensive. So, more car parking there is unlikely.

    However, we could provide more parking on the edges of the urban areas and provide Park & Ride buses into the central areas. The site at Sandon, to the east of Chelmsford, has proved very successful and other areas might benefit from similar services.

  • Pothole repairs
    Article: Feb 18, 2019

    Some of the potholes in north Chelmsford that Stephen reported as needing action are scheduled to be fixed.

    In particular, in Peggotty Close and nearby Oliver Way; in Queensland Crescent; in Wicklow Avenue, and on the Patching Hall Lane roundabout.

  • Article: Feb 8, 2019

    A proposal that would generate extra users of Essex libraries is being tabled on Tuesday. At the Essex County Council budget meeting, the Liberal Democrat Group will propose that the council recruit four new officers to promote reading and literature, particularly among young people.

    The Lib Dems will also propose taking unused cash reserves to extend, convert or remodel library buildings to make them more flexible spaces, able to deliver a wider range of services.

  • Stephen Robinson with Lib Dem team
    Article: Feb 6, 2019
    By Cllr Stephen Robinson in Essex Chronicle Series

    Most people will be looking to their councillors to deal with local issues that matter day to day. Unlike at Westminster, where key issues are being ignored due to them spending so much time and money discussing Brexit.

    High on the list of local issues are problems with roads and pavements, consistently generating the most complaints. Essex Highways has decided to concentrate on main road repairs, so the side roads that we all use day to day have been neglected, as have pavements. The Liberal Democrats have proposed more cash for pavement repairs at the last few budget meetings but have been turned down by the Conservative majority.

  • Article: Dec 22, 2018

    Lib Dem Councillor Stephen Robinson (Chelmsford North) has asked the Cabinet Member for Customer and Corporate about ECC's Library consultation.

    It has been said that the Libraries review isn't about saving money, so Stephen asked whether a saving is assumed in next year's budget or not, and If the projected £2 million saving could be identified in other ways, will the closures still be pursued?

  • Stephen Robinson and Chris Davidson outside the former Rainsford High School site
    Article: Nov 6, 2018

    Essex County Council is proposing to redevelop the former Rainsford High school site in Fox Crescent, north Chelmsford. Local Essex County Councillor Stephen Robinson is continuing the Lib Dem campaign to ensure that there is a community hub on the site and that it does not all go for houses.

    Read more: https://www.essexlive.news/news/essex-news/essex-county-councils-multi-million-1927516

  • Chris Took at Swimathon 2015 (Yellow Cap, obviously)
    Article: Nov 6, 2018

    Chelmsford's new leisure centre is costing £10 million more than the orginal estimate of £25 million, and now fees to use the facilities are set to rise to help plug the gap.

    Chelmsford Lib Dem councillor Stephen Robinson said the ballooning costs made a mockery of the decision not to have a diving board at the centre where former world champion Rebecca Gallantree first learned her craft.

  • Cash
    Article: Nov 6, 2018

    Essex County Council is piling up debts, as more and more residents take out loans to pay for their care fees.

    Councillor Stephen Robinson said: "We have to have a complete review of the way social care is funded.

    "Local government is in crisis. The Government refuses to recognise the depth of the crisis and they are not taking action at a national level.

  • Essex Health and Wellbeing Strategy cover page
    Article: Oct 14, 2018

    The Essex Health and Wellbeing Strategy is an important document that brings together many agencies across the county to agree a range of topics on which joint working is required - to improve health in the county. The strategy is on the Essex County Council website at this link.

    There are supporting notes and action points from the 18 July meeting where it was adopted also on the ECC website.

  • Stephen Robinson campaigning for 'lollipop' crossing patrol
    Article: Oct 5, 2018
    By James Gregory in Essex Live

    Councillors have called for the county council's highways contract to be publicly scrutinised in the wake of Chelmsford's Army and Navy flyover closing.

    The Leaders of the Opposition Councillor Mike Mackrory and Councillor Stephen Robinson, both Lib Dems, have argued that Essex County Council's current contract with Ringway Jacobs is "too expensive" for the services it provides..

  • Article: Oct 5, 2018

    Cllrs. Stephen Robinson and Lee Ashley have launched a survey on speeding in roads in St Andrews ward that are used as a 'rat-run'.

    https://chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/en/survey/pines-highfield-sunningdale-roads-speeding-survey

  • Army & Navy flyover support column with rust
    Article: Sep 17, 2018

    Essex County Council has finally agreed to a full review of the notorious Army & Navy roundabout. Last week, in a dramatic about face, they closed the flyover indefinitely, after Chelmsford Liberal Democrats published a video showing that the structure was more damaged than the Council had admitted. One of the support columns appears to have moved, since the flyover was closed in August. Local campaigner Marie Goldman interviews Cllr. Mark Springett in the video here.

  • Article: Sep 7, 2018

    The Local Government Association has released a 'Green Paper' on Adult Social Care. We need urgent action to save the services caring for older and disabled people from collapse.

    Cllr Mike Mackrory, Lib Dem Leader of the Opposition at Essex County Council, welcomed the Green Paper. He said, "This nationwide consultation must kick-start a desperately-needed debate on how to pay for adult social care. These services are at breaking point, following years of cuts by councils and rising demand and rising costs for care and support."

  • NHS Doctor
    Article: Jun 12, 2018
    More details have emerged of the crisis in local GP numbers. Essex Lib Dem Health spokesperson Cllr Stephen Robinson questioned NHS managers at a recent meeting of the Essex Health Scrutiny Committee, and they revealed that up to half of all GPs and a quarter of all nurses could retire over the next two years.
  • No Parking logo
    Article: Mar 29, 2018

    Parking is banned on Chelmer Valley Road as from tomorrow (30th March 2018). Lib Dem County Councillors Stephen Robinson and Mike Mackrory represent the area that it runs through and have been lobbying for a long time for action. Every day people take their life in their hands and brake sharply to go up the kerb onto the grass verges.

  • Stephen 2013
    Article: Feb 22, 2018

    Chelmsford Council will spend an extra £808,000 in the coming year dealing with homelessness and related housing issues, taking the total housing budget to £4.8 million. However, the Council's Conservative majority rejected a proposal on Wednesday night from the Liberal Democrat opposition to take extra action on the issue.

  • Shire Hall, Tindal Square, Chelmsford (Chelmsford Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Feb 20, 2018

    Essex County Council (ECC) today rejected a call by the Liberal Democrats to require a set number of days per year in which the public could have access to Shire Hall.

    The plan had been that voluntary and community groups would be able to use the building's ballroom for a reasonable fee for up to 6 days per year, but even this minimal requirement was rejected by the Corporate Scrutiny Committee, in a secret session after they excluded the press and public.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Selected older news stories from Stephen Robinson

Hospital problems down to central controls - Robinson http://chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/000122.html

Carbon emissions in Chelmsford unsustainable - Robinson http://chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/000120.html

Robinson helps launch Greener Chelmsford http://chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/114.html

Robinson back in the classroom http://chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/113.html

Robinson attends Freshers Fair at Anglia Ruskin with Lib Dem colleagues http://chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/110.html

Robinson cycles into town on Car Free Day http://chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/109.html

Robinson joins Fair Trade campaigners in Chelmsford High Street http://chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/103.html

Conservatives cannot 'go green' says Robinson http://chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/99.html

MP's crocodile tears over Post Office closures http://chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/98.html

Sustainability should be central to new housing - Robinson http://chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/97.html

Lib Dems not part of Con/Lab deal over schools - Robinson http://chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/92.html

"Government, not EU, responsible for regionalisation and bureaucracy" - Robinson www.chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/90.html

"Worsening state of local NHS dentistry" says Robinson www.chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/85.html

Robinson and fellow Chelmsford Lib Dems campaign against town centre one way system www.chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/84.html

Smith-Hughes & Robinson campaign on Post Offices www.chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/82.html

Robinson meets new Leader at conference www.chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/80.html

Robinson joins colleagues at national summit www.chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/76.html

Robinson campaigns against ID cards and Big Brother database www.chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/71.html

Robinson raises Post Office campaign nationally www.chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/70.html

Robinson, Smith-Hughes + Charman in Post Office protest www.chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/69.html

Robinson slams Govt. for scandal of abandoned cars www.chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/59.html

MORE trains not fewer - Robinson www.chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/58.html

Robinson attends meeting of the Lib Dem parliamentary party: www.chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/30.html

Robinson welcomes Lib Dem MPs Simon Hughes & Lembit Opik to Chelmsford, to greet 100th new party member: www.chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/news/16.html