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  • Car park machine
    Article: Feb 9, 2021
    By Cllr Philip Mynott

    Brentwood's Lib Dems have expressed alarm at a sudden change in the Council's position on Brentwood Town Centre car parking, which took place during the Inspectors' Hearings for the Brentwood Local Plan on Thursday February the 4th.

    The council was being questioned by the Inspectors and others in relation to town centre car park sites. There are multiple examples of these, including Brentwood Station Car Park (R10 in the Plan), Westbury Road Car Park (R11), Chatham Way Car Park (R13) and William Hunter Way Car Park (R14). Nonetheless the questions became so unanswerable, from the Council's point of view, that all examination of this aspect of Local Plan Matter 7c was halted, with the only site specifically touched on having been the Station Car Park. A decision was then made to defer all further discussion until the Council had hurriedly worked up a new document explaining its position, with the coverage of these sites postponed until 2pm on Thursday February 25th.

  • Spot the difference
    Article: Feb 9, 2021
    Sad to say, The store's appeal was not upheld by the council and the closure enforcement remains in place however THE EMPORIUM WILL BE TRADING FROM 8.45am WEDNESDAY offering click/phone and collect. This is permitted.
    I know everyone will be pleased about this but how did we get here? Officers insist they have operated within the law and they most likely have, but this is flawed panic legislation from national government.
    What I will never get to the bottom of is why they even went to The Emporium in the first place. No complaints had been received. However, the council has, in the past few weeks, enhanced their enforcement and on Friday were cock-a-hoop at giving out 75 enforcement notices across Brentwood. Were they just showing off in the press release issued? As a friend of mine said, "picking the low hanging fruit" rather than tackle the major stores like Marks & Spencer that are openly taking advantage. I've been told the larger stores are to be tackled too. We will be watching.
    In a meeting with senior officers this afternoon I've been assured that plenty of practical assistance is given to Barry. As ward councillor, I'll keep in contact with him too to monitor this and support him where I can. We've also offered legal support from a solicitor/councillor. I've been assured the notice will not have any detrimental effect on the business.
    I also asked for Brentwood Council to write officially to central government with a view to allowing 'community exemptions' to such stores that are offering essential services but may not fall in to a specific category. This would allow councils to offer exemptions where vital services are offered to a specific community's needs. You heard that here first if our PM tries to claim it!
    So that's where we are now. Thank you for everyone that's played a part in this, it sure caused waves!!!
    Good luck Barry for tomorrow and beyond!

    Cllr Karen Chilvers
    Brentwood West
  • The Emporium (The Emporium)
    Article: Feb 7, 2021

    Residents were shocked on Friday to learn that Warley Hill's Emporium Discount Store had been forcibly closed by Brentwood Council's enforcement team under lockdown rules.

    Despite shelves full of essential cleaning products, medical supplies, light bulbs, batteries, tools, toilet rolls, watch batteries, face masks and so much more, officers demanded its closure, whilst leaving similar chain stores trading in the High Street.

  • Police
    Article: Jan 30, 2021
    By Gary MacDonnell

    Yes, rural crime is on the increase. A recent report showed that rural crime has hit a seven-year high, costing the UK £50m in 2018 and up 12% on the previous year.

    These figures only confirm what people in rural areas have known and been reporting for a long time. As government gets ever more centralised our rural areas are increasingly left behind. Successive policing ministers seen to have forgotten that the countryside is our most vulnerable area. A visible presence from police in rural communities now must be a priority as a proven way of reducing crime.

  • Buttsbury Wash
    Article: Jan 30, 2021

    Annually, some 20 - 25 vehicles become stranded in the Wash. This can be a traumatic experience especially at night with no streetlighting particularly for families and senior residents. There is potential for a fatal accident with fast flowing and very cold water. Ordinarily, it is not drivers taking a chance, it is invariably that the warning signage is not there or inadequate.

  • File:Joe_Biden_official_portrait_2013_cropped.jpg File:Senator_Harris_official_senate_portrait.jpg
    Article: Jan 21, 2021

    Brentwood Liberal Democrats welcome the new President and Vice President and look forward to the future with hope.

  • cllr David Kendall at the Ford HQ in Warley
    Article: Jan 17, 2021

    With hundreds of new homes planned in Warley, more health and schooling provision is desperately needed to support residents, old and new.

    Lib Dem County Councillor David Kendall is demanding answers from Essex County Council (ECC)and the Basildon & Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (BBCCG).

  • Opinion poll: Jan 15, 2021
    Do you think Shenfield Station needs to be improved?
  • Shenfield Station (Crossrail)
    Article: Jan 15, 2021
    By Gary MacDonnell

    So here we are, Europe's largest construction project, a true engineering marvel that has a major interface landing here at Shenfield. As a visitor would you know? Of course, you wouldn't. Shenfield Station remains unchanged. Given the wear and tear of major construction happening, if anything the station and its surrounds are looking worse then it has over any point of the last 19 years that I have been using the station.

  • capitol Hill riots (Photo by little plant on Unsplash)
    Article: Jan 14, 2021

    Brentwood Liberal Democrats join with their colleagues across the world in condemning the actions of the President of the United States in encouraging his supporters to commit insurrection and attack the Capitol Hill Building that has resulted in the death of at least five people and injuries to many more. We take this as a total dereliction of his Oath of Office and condemn him for it.