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  • Article: May 9, 2021

    The elections this week didn't produce the set of results we wanted.

    Our local election campaigns, as always, have been strongly influenced by National news and media coverage. The effect and handling of Covid-19 and Brexit matters has not been straight forward, and it is very clear that many Conservative voters have decided to stay loyal. On the doorsteps across Brentwood many people expressed to having major concerns about the Prime Minister and the way his government have handled events and how ministers have conducted themselves. We also picked up that there are a very large number of local people who are very dissatisfied with the Conservatives at a local level. However, we as well as the Labour and Green Parties, have not managed to persuade enough of them to vote for one of us, or even vote at all. It is critical that there is a strong opposition voice to ensure that the Conservatives manage responsibly rather than the cavalier and uncaring way we regularly and increasingly see.

  • King Georges Park in Brentwood
    Article: Apr 18, 2021
    County Councillor for Brentwood South, David Kendall, is calling again for a speed camera to be installed on the Hartswood Road, Warley, on the section that runs alongside King George's Park.
    Hartswood Road has a 30mph limit and a Vehicle Activated Speed sign but that is making little difference to the numbers of vehicles that are travelling well in excess of that speed. The road was the scene of a fatality last year and there have been other fatalities further down in the woodland section.
  • manifesto
    Article: Apr 16, 2021
    By Gary MacDonnell

    Brentwood Conservatives released their manifesto yesterday. A manifesto setting out the actions they will take if elected. I thought it was worth a read and recording some thoughts that I have.


    My review the document can be broadly split into five headings.


    1 - Deafening silence on certain matters


    Nothing on bin collections. The golden rule of local politics, if your manifesto is not explicitly clear that you will maintain weekly black bin collections then you are planning to cut weekly bin collections. The conservatives are savvy political operators and know this. The only logical explanation for silence on this matter is that there are unpopular savings plans being hatched. If a Conservative candidate or campaigner knocks on your door perhaps question them on this matter.

  • Running Waters 1
    Article: Apr 16, 2021

    A resident in Brentwood South, living near Running Waters, contacted Liberal Democrats candidate Brenner Munden to report broken paving slabs on the Running Waters footpath.


    Brenner went down to the footpath straight away and what he found were broken and/or raised slabs. It became clear that this was incredibly dangerous as it would be easy for anyone to trip up the raised slabs or step and fall on a cracked and moving piece of concrete. Many elderly residents that use this footpath were unnecessarily taking a risk by walking down the path and potentially falling and hurting themselves because of the path defects. But it soon became clear how impossible it would be pushing a pram or using a wheelchair down the path without get stuck or causing damage.

  • Make Votes count
    Article: Apr 13, 2021
    By Gary MacDonnell

    Previously when asked why I vote, my response has always been along the lines of 'well if you don't vote you don't have a right to complain when things go wrong.' This strikes me now as a very negative way of looking at voting. My revised answer is that by voting in the election you can support a candidate who will represent your views and can influence the policy issues you care about. An election is also your chance to speak out if you have a complaint about the way the Parish/Borough/District/Country is being run. Voting is not the only way to participate but it's the quickest and easiest way. If you don't vote, you'll have had no say over who will be making decisions on the issues important to you.

  • Prince Philip
    Article: Apr 9, 2021
    By Cllr Barry Aspinell

    The Brentwood Liberal Democrat Group is saddened to learn of the death of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, and offer their condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.

    He was the longest living Consort to a Monarch, outspoken, often controversial, but a stalwart supporter of the Monarchy, the Queen and his family.

  • Hugh Gorton, Brentwood, Brizes & Doddinghurst (Karen Chilvers)
    Article: Apr 5, 2021

    Local campaigner Hugh Gorton will be our candidate for Brizes & Doddinghurst ward.

    After retirement from a career as a pharmaceutical scientist Hugh has taken the opportunity to become more involved in the local community. He is a Parish Councillor and has taken action on a number of local issues already. He has stood for the Lib Dems in Brizes and Doddinghurst in the last two Borough elections and is in a strong position to win this year,.

  • Young people wanted Brexit the least but have to live with it (The Mirror)
    Article: Apr 5, 2021
    By Brenner Munden

    Local elections are once again just around the corner, and just like any other election it is important for individuals to use their right to vote. However the country is entering a new age post Brexit and Post Covid, and no matter what your opinions are on how each event was dealt with, the local elections and any future elections can be used to voice your views and have a say on if you are happy or not.

  • Cllr Barry Aspinell and Gary MacDonnell (Karen Chilvers)
    Article: Apr 1, 2021
    By Gary MacDonnell

    Last month I wrote about the importance of Libraries to local communities. You can see that article HERE.

    I'm sure that everyone in Brentwood and Essex will be aware of the battles fought by library campaigners across the County when the Conservatives threatened the Library service back in 2018/19. In Shenfield the story has, in some respects, moved on significantly. There is a planning application, welcomed in theory, lodged for the redevelopment of the Shenfield Library site to include a library service. Where we haven't moved on from is the long-term future of a library service in Shenfield. Whilst there is shown a library in the plans there is nothing in writing stating that there will be a library service in Shenfield after the new building opens from 2024 onwards.

  • fire
    Article: Apr 1, 2021

    Pilgrims Hatch Lib Dem councillors David Kendall, Barry Aspinell and Vicky Davies were contacted by concerned residents that a communal walkway to the rear of their properties was locked and bolted by a newly installed resident.


    This communal walkway acts as a fire escape as well as the only access to the rear gardens of these particular properties.