• Article: Jun 3, 2020

    Now to Pilgrims Hatch .......

    Action was taken by Cllr David Kendall and myself over a possible traveller incursion into a local field. Whilst the status of the field and the works carried out on it is still being reviewed by our planners and legal team at the Council, a physical barrier appeared overnight, preventing any caravans from accessing the site. This happened in the same week that Pilgrims Hatch Councillor, Vicky Davies, reported an activity being carried out in another field in Kelvedon Hatch where travellers, it later transpired, had bought some land and were busily converting it for their purposes by cutting down dozens of trees, some of which had Tree Preservation Orders placed on them. After reporting her concerns to me, I spoke with the Chief Executive and the Leader of the Council and several actions occurred from those conversations. One, a physical barrier was placed to prevent access to the site. Two, Essex County Council were informed that a public by-way was being used as an access point and necessary prevention was put in place to eliminate this, and, three, an Injunction was taken out over the weekend with the High Court to make access on to the affected property illegal, with an Article 4 placed on the land preventing it from being split up into separate parcels for individual dwellings. Local residents and the Parish Council of Kelvedon Hatch, along with neighbouring Tipps Cross and Doddinghurst were extremely pleased with this outcome.

  • Article: Jun 2, 2020

    Your Lib Dem councillors and activists have been far from idle during this lockdown. This is the first of updates for some wards to keep you updated with what we are up to, working on behalf of residents.

    Residents of Railway Square contacted their local councillor, Karen Chilvers as they had been awaiting resumption of hot water and heating in their home for several weeks. We were informed by the residents that the council's contractor had promised to return and complete repairs, but never did. Given one of the residents was elderly and, in addition, was caring for a disabled family member during the coldest part of lockdown, we certainly considered this required urgent action. The matter was reported to the Head of Housing immediately and given the officer in question had only just taken on the role, I have to say, I was impressed with the response we received.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2020

    It is inappropriate to describe the public health emergency resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity. But we must recognise that it has transformed the context within which transport operates. We welcome the recent announcements made by the Government and supported by the County Council that seeks to develop a sustainable travel recovery. We welcome the fact that money is being brought forward to allow transport authorities to prioritise sustainable modes of transport. The measures must combine social messaging and physical measures to:

  • Article: May 28, 2020
    Pilgrims Hatch like many other areas in the borough is suffering regular drug abuse with dealers openly operating in several areas. My frustration has been what appears to have been lack of police response even when photographic / video evidence has been given. A resident contacted the police giving times and days of drug drop offs to young and vulnerable people but no response or action appears to have been taken. There have also been detailed reports of regular drug misuse in another area of Hatch. I was contacted by the residents who asked me to act on their behalf. I forwarded, as their ward councillor, the comprehensive list of the times the young people were congregating to the police.
    The response was rather shocking as I was informed my evidence didn't count!! As you might imagine I wasn't happy about this and a complaint went to the new Chief inspector Ant Alcock.

    Chief inspector Alcock rang me and gave an undertaking that he would treat seriously the problems reported and apologised for the past lack of response. However he did emphasise the importance of residents calling the police each time an incident occurs as to get action that will be supported by the courts there must be several complainants. He also encouraged the use of Crime stoppers as an anonymous route of reporting where a resident may not wish to identify themselves on the 101 number or web site.
    I appreciated his advice and have informed residents in the areas of concern. Whatever route we need to go the people profiting by selling drugs must and will be stopped!
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    Article: Mar 15, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats fully accept the Government decision to postpone the Borough Council Elections until next year.

    With the country facing an unprecedented crisis with COVID -19, local elections were an unnecessary distraction when fighting this virus and saving lives is far more important.

    Our candidates thank you for your support, donations and the time you spent talking to them on the doorsteps.

  • Cllr Dominic Naylor new cycle path
    Article: Feb 24, 2020

    Ever since his election in May 2018, Cllr Dominic Naylor has been working on improving the foot and cycle path network throughout the town, and is celebrating the creation of a new path as a great start to 2020!

    Dominic said:

    "The path takes you through woodland between London Road and Wharf road / Rollason Way, and offers a safer foot and cycle route, avoiding dangerous trips along privately owned Hubert Road where footpaths are missing at critical points, pot holes are rife and visibility is poor. I am so pleased to see residents able to reduce their journey time and leave their cars behind in favour of a walk or cycle. This was a personal election pledge for me, and I am proud to have delivered it less than two years after taking my seat as your councillor".

  • Martin Cuthbert
    Article: Jan 31, 2020

    Martin Cuthbert has been selected as our candidate for the Warley borough council seat in May 2020.

    He is a director for a local IT company and has lived in Warley for over 35 years. He lives with his partner and 4-year-old son on the Brackenwood estate.

    Martin said:

    "I am delighted to have been selected to stand in Warley. Having lived here most of my life, I know the area well. I have already been involved with a number of issues in Warley, including a consultation I undertook on local parking schemes.

  • Cllr Karen Chilvers welcomes the new signage (Brentwood Borough Council)
    Article: Jan 31, 2020

    Action by Lib Dem councillor Karen Chilvers has seen Brentwood Council offer a genuine warm welcome to assistance dogs and their handlers.

    Last year, Karen noticed that the signs were not compliant with the law and only offered a welcome to Guide Dogs. Over the last decade, however, the spectrum of asssistance dogs now encompasses everything from hearing dogs to emotional support dogs and all are allowed access.

  • Darryl Sankey, Ingatestone
    Article: Jan 31, 2020

    Darryl Sankey, parish councillor, community stalwart and retired accountant, has been selected to fight the Ingatestone, Fryerning & Mountnessing borough council seat in May 2020.

    Darryl stood last year and increased his vote by 20% compared with the previous year, coming within just 73 votes of winning.

    A resident of Ingatestone for 23 years with his wife and family, Darryl is actively involved in the local community and church.

    Cllr David Kendall said:

    "Darryl is a popular and familiar face in Ingatestone, Fryerning & Mountnessing and residents would be fortunate to have him representing them. He has worked hard to get in to a winning position and, in my view and clearly in the view of the 752 people that voted for him last year, he would be an excellent representative. It really is time to put political party aside in this ward and elect the best candidate for the job".

    Local elections for one third of Brentwood's council seats takes place from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 7 May 2020. You can register to vote or apply for a postal or proxy vote here. You will also find information on where to vote.

    If you have any questions or want to let us know you are supporting us please email Candidates@brentwoodlibdems.org.uk.

  • Brenner Munden
    Article: Jan 25, 2020
    Brenner Munden has been selected as our candidate for the Brentwood South borough council seat in May 2020.

    He has spent all his 21 years in Brentwood and is currently in his final year studying Politics & International Relations.

    Brenner stated: "I am so excited to be standing in Brentwood South once again. If elected, I would cherish the amazing opportunity to work with the growing Liberal Democrat team in Brentwood and help improve and tackle issues across the borough. I already have great experiences through working with the party in past elections and through my studies, and will use them if elected as councillor.".