• Cllr Karen Chilvers and her dog Tiffany
    Article: Sep 26, 2020

    Brentwood Council will, thanks to Lib Dem councillor Karen Chilvers, be writing to Brentwood & Ongar MP. Alex Burghart, to ask him to engage with the RSPCA in their campaign to move to silent fireworks.

    Karen said:

    "Many RSPCA supporters wrote to their councillors last year asking the council to take action to stop the unreasonable noise made by fireworks. Unfortunately, council powers are limited so I sought out the best solution which is to ask for our MP to take action on behalf of all animal lovers in parliament.

  • Councillors Sarah Cloke and Dominic Naylor with son Francis at the Town Hall after completing the 5K Race for Life
    Article: Sep 26, 2020

    Councillors Sarah Cloke and Dominic Naylor joined the Brentwood Borough Council 'Race for Life' team today.

    The team statement said:

    "Cancer is happening right now, which is why staff at Brentwood Borough Council will be taking part in a Race for Life to raise money and save lives.

    "1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Every single pound you donate makes a difference to Cancer Research UK's groundbreaking work."

  • CR Zoom Changing Pathways
    Article: Sep 18, 2020

    Essex Lib Dem PFCC candidate Callum Robertson revealed his shocked at victims of domestic abuse being reported to the Home Office Immigration as a result of reporting their experiences.

    Earlier today, Robertson listened to workers at Essex domestic abuse charity Changing Pathways who told him that abuse victims were being detained in immigration centres after they disclosed their abuse to the Police.

  • Callum Robertson CAB visit
    Article: Sep 16, 2020

    Today, Callum Robertson, the Liberal Democrat Candidate for Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner continued his listening tour of community organisations Essex with a virtual visit to the South Essex Citizens Advice Bureau.

    Katherine, the CEO of the South Essex CAB branch, which covers Basildon, Brentwood, Thurrock, Rayleigh and Castle Point met with Callum Robertson to discuss how the Office of Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex can best support the third sector in the delivery of frontline services.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2020
    By Callum Robertson in 1828

    Most readers will not have been following the upcoming police (fire) and crime commissioner elections which are due to occur in May 2021. Though given the lack of publicity around the elections and historical turnout levels, this isn't terribly surprising.

    Police and crime commissioners first came into being in 2012. The first set of elections had a turnout of just 15.1 per cent, with the second elections in 2016 hitting the dizzy heights of a 26.6 per cent, although turnout was higher in areas with additional elections happening at the same time. With the next set of elections due in May 2021 alongside a bumper crop of other elections, the turnout should improve dramatically.

  • Article: Sep 12, 2020
    By Callum Robertson for Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in Liberal Democrat Voice

    On May 25th, George Floyd was brutally murdered by American Police Officers, sparking protests in the USA that then spread across the world, including to here in the United Kingdom where protesters highlighted racial disparities in stop and search statistics and UK complicity in the slave trade.

    In 2012, the first Police and Crime Commissioners were elected across England and Wales with responsibility for producing a crime plan, managing the police budget and most importantly, bringing a directly accountable figurehead to policing here in England and Wales. It is the latter point which makes the 2021 set of Police and Crime Commissioner elections that are being held in the shadow of the Black Lives Matter movement, so important.

  • Callum Robertson BBC look east
    Article: Sep 10, 2020

    Essex Liberal Democrat candidate for Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Callum Robertson set out his plan for an Essex-wide listening tour where he will be talking to local charities on the frontline of delivering criminal justice services ahead of setting out his manifesto for the May elections.

    Robertson, who has worked with domestic violence victims both at the Ministry of Justice and a leading children's charity, has a track record helping victims seek legal recourse.

  • The Brentwood West Councillors (Karen Chilvers)
    Article: Sep 9, 2020

    Casework was put on hold by Brentwood Council during the pandemic, but that did not stop councillors Karen Chilvers, Sarah Cloke, David Kendall & Dominic Naylor from working to keep their residents safe.

    Over the spring and summer months, a footbridge that leads over the A12 from Spital Lane, a dangerous footpath in Honeypot Lane and the speed table in Crescent Road (at its junction with Junction Road & Milton Road) have all been made safe thanks to their actions.

  • High Street closure (Essex Live)
    Article: Aug 28, 2020

    In an effort to encourage social distancing, kick start the local economy and try and make a more pleasant shopping experience, Essex County Council and B

    rentwood Borough Council temporarily closed the High Street to all vehicles except buses and delivery vehicles. However, in the light of strong representations made by many businesses and residents against the closure, this decision has been reversed and the High Street reopened. Many businesses felt the closure was adversely affecting their trade, particularly drop offs and pick ups. Many residents had concerns about the buses still using the High Street and no access for disabled parking (see Cllr Karen Chilvers article here). Residents were also concerned about the significant increase in the volume of traffic and vehicle emissions in affected town centre roads together with concerns about large lorries using weight limited diversion routes.

  • Brentwood Town Hall - opened in 1957
    Article: Aug 27, 2020
    "Local government reform is never about efficiency; it's about politics, with a large and small "p". This proposal is about what the government wants, rather than what makes most logical sense for residents and local communities. There is no benefit for Brentwood residents in being a junior partner in a wider South Essex conglomerate".
    - Gary Macdonnell, Chair, Brentwood Liberal Democrats