• Crossing from M&S to Sainsbury's in Brentwood (Google Maps)
    Article: Aug 31, 2019
    By Karen Chilvers

    A crossing that posed a danger to wheelchair users, partially sighted pedestrians and pushchair passengers will now be made safer, thanks to an intervention by County Cllr David Kendall and Borough Councillor Karen Chilvers.

    Karen, a wheelchair user, identified the problem when it was impossible for her to wheel from the road on to the pavement on the pelican crossing from Marks & Spencer to Sainsbury's due to the high kerb. This led to a dangerous situation where she had to be wheeled back in to the road and turned around in order to be pulled on to the footpath after the lights had returned to green.

  • Moden library (Photo by Kyle Ryan on Unsplash)
    Article: Jul 11, 2019
    The Liberal Democrat councillors at Essex County Council welcome the Conservative U-turn on the closure of libraries in Essex and the guarantee that all 74 libraries will remain open.
    The Lib Dems believe this victory is down to the local residents and interest groups across Essex campaigning to keep the libraries open.
  • New North House Brentwood
    Article: Jun 20, 2019

    Cllr Philip Mynott (Brentwood North) will table the following motion at full council on 26 June 2019:

    In 19th December 2017 Lichfields, the Brentwood Council consultants who had produced the Economic Futures Study in support of the Local Plan, advised the council to consider gaining an Article 4 direction "to stop the conversion of offices to residential uses through permitted development rights". The clear object of this advice was to prevent the worrying erosion of town centre employment uses.

  • 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: