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Cllr Liz Cohen elected in Shenfield - December 2012
Brentwood's Lib Dem Councillors
Lib Dem councillors raise money for Sport Relief
Sport Relief 7
Cllrs Barry Aspinell and David Kendall are re-elected to Essex County Council in May 2013
Cllrs Barry Aspinell and David Kendall re-elected to County 2013
Cllr Ross Carter, Cllr Karen Chilvers, Cllr David Kendall & Cllr Graeme Clark - two holds & two gains in May 2012
2012 Election night
Protesting against the Sunday Library Closure in 2010
Protesting against the Sunday Library Closure in 2010
Protesting against the William Hunter Way development in 2008
William Hunter Way
Tim Farron MP visits in March 2011 and supports the successful Save the Town Hall campaign
Tim Farron MP at Brentwood Town Hall with Cllr David Kendall & Cllr Karen Chilvers
The night the Conservatives lost control - Brentwood leaders celebrate
Election 2014: Tories lose control of the council (Brentwood Gazette)
Cllr David Kendall & Cllr Karen Chilvers supporting Warley traders
Cllr David Kendall & Cllr Karen Chilvers supporting local traders
Cross party opposition councillors deliver return of one hour parking charge - July 2013
Opposition councillors (Lib Dem, Labour, Brentwood First & Independent) celebrate their successful campaign (Back Row: Aspinell, Mynott, Davies, Le Surf, Morrissey & Lloyd. Front Row: Clark, Chilvers, Cohen, Keeble, Quirk, Sapwell & Clarke)
Cllr Barry Aspinell signs the Brentwood Accord (Cllr Karen Chilvers)
Opposition councillors - including Cllrs David Kendall, James Sapwell and Graeme Clark, cross the line together at a charity event
Over the line
Lollipop Man
Lib Dem Cllr Vicky Davies is Mayor of Brentwood for 2014-5
Cllr Vicky Davies with her consort, Alan Davies (Jane Spriggs)
  • Article: Jul 30, 2014

    The Lib Dems are proposing an increase in the number of trees planted every year to 700,000- 750,000 - equivalent to the number of children born in England and Wales each year.

    The Liberal Democrats will also include plans for a Nature Act in their 2015 manifesto, which will include targets for clean air and water. Natural resources that are being harvested at an unsustainable level will be identified, and better protections will be enforced to safeguard them for future generations.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2014

    We know how important it is to make your money go further, that's why the Liberal Democrats are the only party of fair tax.

    The Tories are talking about a 'flat tax' system - where everyone pays the same rate of tax regardless of income - and Labour are talking about being in favour of a 15% 'death tax'.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2014

    In a bid to encourage the development of driverless cars on British roads, Vince Cable has announced a £10 million investment for research projects.

    Currently, driverless cars are only allowed on private roads. However, with funding from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Transport, driverless cars are expected to begin testing on public roads in 2015.

  • Graeme Clark
    Article: Jul 27, 2014

    Cllr Graeme Clark, Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems in Brentwood now chairs the scrutiny committee. He said:

    "There were some key decisions made at my committee. One was to deal with the complaints process. The complaints statistics are very light and members, especially Cllrs Chilvers and Morrissey, were concerned that staff had a fear of referring them to the formal complaints process and were, instead, trying to contain things within their own department.

  • Cllr Barry Aspinell
    Article: Jul 27, 2014

    Lib Dem Council Leader Barry Aspinell will be launching a bike scheme later in the year for staff and councillors.

    Barry said "I'm a keen cyclist myself and I am sure many of our staff will welcome the opportunity to cycle in to work rather than drive so they can get fit and do their bit to save the planet!"

  • Lib Dem councillors with protestors at William Hunter Way
    Article: Jul 27, 2014

    The inaugural William Hunter Way Delivery Group meeting was held in public on Monday 14th July and with contributions, comments and concerns encouraged by Accord members. The Lib Dems on the group are Cllr Karen Chilvers, Cllr Philip Mynott and Cllr James Sapwell.

    The Accord's vision for the current car park site was set out as being one that is to be decided from the ground up. That means that no developers will be engaged or designs drawn, size agreed or commercial deals decided until AFTER the results of an extensive and thorough, multi-channel consultation with residents, resident groups and local traders have been properly reviewed, considered and acted upon.

    This is a refreshing approach from the new administration in comparison to the previous incumbents who had wasted money, procrastinated and ultimately let the original, controversial scheme fail.

    Also present at the meeting along with residents and councillors was the proposed project lead drafted in as expert, private sector assistance to ensure that any new proposal is handled professionally, efficiently and openly. Leadership and Management have been engaged by the Group to act on the council¹s behalf in delivering a development that people want and that Brentwood can be proud of.

  • Cllr David Kendall has asked for a freeze on car parking charges
    Article: Jul 27, 2014

    The Brentwood Accord has agreed a three month trial period of night-time car park charges.

    The trial period would see the introduction of a flat rate charge of £2 for night-time parking between 7pm and 6am for Council owned car parks in Brentwood and Shenfield (excluding the multi-storey).

    Throughout this trial period, the Council will monitor any impact that may be created with on street parking and comments from residents and businesses will be fed back to the Business and Town Centre Committee on a regular basis. A full report on the outcome of the trial will be brought to the committee in February 2015.

  • Cllr Barry Aspinell signs the Brentwood Accord (Cllr Karen Chilvers)
    Article: Jul 27, 2014

    Cllr Barry Aspinell talks about this week's press story:

    Brentwood residents have spent ten years beingTOLD what was going to happen so, it would seem, it's going to take time for them to get used to being ASKED what they want... and that can lead to the odd misquote in the press!

    Last week, in my press briefing, I mentioned the possibility of a new slip road into Brentwood servicing The Brentwood Centre. Something like this COULD alleviate the traffic congestion every time there is a popular event on there and this could mean that the area could be developed further to offer restaurants, retail or even as a place where we COULD have a cinema IF THIS IS WHAT RESIDENTS WANT!