• Parking brentwood High Street (ThisisEssex.com)
    Article: Jun 14, 2019

    Cllr Barry Aspinell (Pilgrims Hatch) will table the following motion at full council on 26 June 2019,

    This Council resolves to review access for day time and night time car parking within the town centre.

    Struggling shops in Brentwood are further impeded by parking restrictions and fees for their customers, whilst night time outlets benefit from less stringent fees as well as lack of enforcement of these with cars parked freely along double yellow lines and pavements.

  • Robin Hood road
    Article: Jun 14, 2019

    Cllr Alison Fulcher (Brentwood North) will table the following motion at full council on 26 June 2019, following the direct action she has previously taken:

    This Council resolves to commission a report from a suitably qualified organisation to carry out a study of HGV journeys to and from local businesses and to explore what beneficial changes could be made to improve weight restriction enforcement and to report on the environmental and commercial benefits from any potential changes.

  • Priests Lane
    Article: Jun 13, 2019

    Cllr Andy Fryd (Shenfield) will table the following motion at full council on 26 June 2019:

    This Council resolves to remove the Authority's preferred site of 75 houses in Priests Lane from our submission of our Local Development Plan and allocate this number of dwellings to an alternative site within the borough such as the Dunton Hills development. The Priests Lane site would then be changed to a conservation and wildlife area. The benefit of this status would aid the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from an already over polluted and heavily traffic congested area.

  • Electric car charging
    Article: Jun 13, 2019

    Cllr Barry Aspinell will table the following at the ordinary council meeting on 26 June 2019:

    This Council resolves to investigate the possibility of installing electric charging stations for electric powered vehicles at various strategic positions within the Borough.

    We would suggest the ideal sites for these could be the major junctions with the M25 (A12 / A127).

  • Women in politics
    Article: Jun 13, 2019

    We are actively seeking women candidates for the 2020 council elections. Currently, four of our thirteen borough councillors are female (Karen Chilvers, Sarah Cloke, Vicky Davies and Alison Fulcher) and we aim to increase that to 50% next year when there are 12 seats up for election.

    To be a great councillor you need to have drive, enthusiasm, an interest in your local community and the confidence to speak up for others. We will, of course, offer training, mentoring and encouragement. You would be expected to take part in activity in your ward and attend evening council meetings.There is an allowance payment to cover expenses, if elected, of £6,000pa. This is subject to tax and national insurance but does not affect Universal Credit.

  • Cllr Philip Mynott
    Article: May 31, 2019
    Now that the results have sunk in, we can see that Thursday 23rd May was another epoch making moment in British politics - with the Lib Dems, yet again, after the local election results at the beginning of May, teaching the other historically "major" parties a basic lesson in how to keep faith with voters.
  • Lidl
    Article: May 29, 2019

    The application for a new store in Brentwood , along the Ongar Road, has been submitted and local people are asked for their views by the council and the developer. In response, newly-elected Cllr Mark Lewis has the following comments:

    "Many people will like Lidl but, of course, those most affected are the ones that live nearest to it in Brentwood North and in the wider town centre. It has the possibility to draw in a significant amount of traffic/people from outside the immediate area and the adverse implications are significant. In its current format, I do not find the proposal acceptable for a number of reasons:

  • Barbara Gibson
    Article: May 29, 2019

    Proudly introducing our new MEPs for the Eastern Region:

    BARBARA GIBSON MEP

    A relative newcomer to politics, Barbara is a businesswoman and academic who became a Hertfordshire County Councillor in 2016. She holds a PhD in Intercultural Communication, and has lectured on intercultural communication and global business for universities and business schools in the UK and across Europe.

  • East of England MEP candidates
    Article: May 29, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have secured the best ever European Election result in the party's history, returning 16 MEPs and taking second place in vote share.

    Having run an unambiguous campaign to stop Brexit the party has made huge gains across the country, which follow the party's best ever gains in English local election results at the start of May.

    Responding to the result Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said:

    "Our clear, honest, unambiguous message has won us our best ever European election result, and pushed Corbyn's Labour into third place.

    "We have shown ourselves to be the strongest Remain force in British politics.

    "We will always stand up for the people who have put their faith in us, taking this mandate forward to campaign harder than ever to stop Brexit.

    "There is a clear lesson for Labour in tonight's results: get off the fence. In trying to please everybody they have pleased nobody.

    "With a Tory leadership contest increasing the risk of a "No Deal" Brexit, Britain can no longer tolerate an Opposition which ducks and dives on the biggest issue of the day.

    "If you want to see an outward looking Britain, standing tall in the world with our European partners, and offering opportunity to everyone at home, there is no better moment to shape the future of our party and our politics, by joining the Liberal Democrats."

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  • Sir Vince Cable
    Article: May 25, 2019

    Yesterday, following the best local election results in the Liberal Democrats' history and a surge in Lib Dem support, our leader Sir Vince Cable announced he would be stepping down to make way for the next leader.

    Unlike the other big news story of yesterday, where Theresa May quit as Conservative Leader after virtually being dragged from her post after a disastarous stint as prime minister, Sir Vince announced his plans back in March allowing an organised and dignified succession plan for the party.