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  • 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.

  • Gary MacDonnell sweeps for Shenfield (Cllr Andy Fryd)
    Article: Apr 1, 2021

    Gary MacDonnell, candidate for Shenfield councillor 2021, and Cllr Andy Fryd decided that despite asking the Council to clear up our play area at Courages, they were not as responsive as they would have liked.


    So, Gary and Andy took matters into their own hands, literally, and cleared up the play area ready for use on 'Happy Monday' so our children would be able to use the play equipment free of any litter and tree debris that was strewn
    throughout it.

  • bird lane
    Article: Apr 1, 2021

    Local Lib Dems were called into action on Monday 22 March, when a tipper lorry dumped tonnes of building rubble and other rubbish in Bird Lane, completely blocking this single lane road.


    Three agencies were notified. First the Police as this is an unlit country lane and on a bend, at 10.30pm. The Police responded in their usual fashion to something like this .... You will have to contact the Council - we cannot assist at this time (even though this is a hazard and could potentially have caused a nasty accident.

  • wheels tea
    Article: Mar 29, 2021

    Disability has made it difficult for Cllr Karen Chilvers to knock on doors so she wheeled up a roadshow ahead of the local council elections on Thursday 6 May when she is standing for a fourth term in Brentwood West.

    The well-attended events were held in two locations allowing Karen to catch up with many residents, both familiar and new. More sessions are planned.

  • Queens Road (GOOGLE EARTH)
    Article: Mar 28, 2021
    Lib Dem County Councillor David Kendall is demanding Essex Highways takes urgent action to improve the safety of the pedestrian crossing on Queens Road, Brentwood outside St Thomas's Court.
    He has asked for:
    • The black bag to be removed on the one flashing orange beacon
    • The crossing road markings to be repainted
    • New signage to warn motorists that they are approaching a pedestrian crossing
    • Another flashing orange beacon to be installed on the pub side
    • The overhead lighting for the pedestrian crossing to be reviewed
    David said: "Many elderly residents use the crossing on a daily basis and are concerned about crossing such a fast busy road. It is vital that every aspect of the crossing is up to scratch to ensure these and other residents can cross as safely as possible. The actions I have requested will certainly improve the situation but I also want to see a "road safety audit" undertaken on the crossing to ensure that no other potential safety measures have been missed".
  • Cllr Philip Mynott
    Article: Mar 28, 2021

    County Council elections - Thursday 6 May 2021

    In Brentwood there are four county divisions, each with one councillor. Councillors are usually elected for a four year term of office.

    Currently, we have half the seats (see our councillors here), County Cllr Barry Aspinell in Brentwood North division and County Cllr David Kendall in Brentwood South Division. Both have been in post since 2009 and will defend their seats this year for a fourth term. In addition, borough Cllr Philip Mynott will run for the Hutton Division and parish councillor Darryl Sankey for the Rural Division.

  • Brenner with one of the potholes
    Article: Mar 21, 2021
    County Councillor David Kendall and Lib Dem campaigner Brenner Munden are demanding that Essex County Council (ECC) takes immediate action to inspect and repair the sixteen potholes on the section of the Ingrave Road, Brentwood, between Orchard Avenue and The Avenue. The section of road has had a number of potholes repaired in the past but none of the repairs have lasted for long and it is once again a sea of defects.
  • Rollason Way (GOOGLE EARTH)
    Article: Mar 18, 2021

    Brentwood's new recycling system has been blasted by Cllr Karen Chilvers over the woeful inadequacies offered to residents of flats across the borough. She has demanded that the Tory-controlled council find an alternate solution to fit, but her request was refused.

    Karen says:


    "Over the last few months I have made my displeasure clear over the roll out of the new recycling system of the blue and white bags that replaced orange bag recycling.

    "It is Rollason Way, near Brentwood station, that I am particularly worried about. As a street consisting completely of flats - roughly 800 of them - a solution to the recycling problem does not exist under the new system. Frankly, the flat dwellers of Rollason Way have been forgotten by Brentwood Council, who are now trying to blame the management companies (they were given a fait accompli and they should not be blamed for not dancing to the council's tune) . Interaction with the companies should have happened months before the system was rolled out".

    "It is abundantly clear that this system of blue and white bags is set up for people who live in houses with side access and a shed in which to store them. (I'm not even starting on the problems for disabled people or elderly residents to cope with the system).

    "Rollason Way residents are now left with two options. 1) to independently try to use the blue and white bags or 2) to take their recycling to a "bring site" themselves. Both of these options are unacceptable and largely unworkable. This area has low car ownership due to the inadequate parking availability making it impossible to haul rubbish across Warley".

    "To even imagine that the blue and white bag system will work here is laughable. There's a big difference between having one bag outside one house and 60 bags outside one front door of a block of flats. This has clearly not been thought through with the flats in mind. The very notion that 60 bags will be successfully returned to their owners in just one block at the end of the day is incredulous. Also, this is far from the extent of the problem with some blocks without a kerbside and accessed via a pathway. The layout of the interior of the flat blocks should also be considered with lengthy corridors, stairs and lifts to negotiate all the way to leaving rubbish sacks out".