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  • Martin Cuthbert
    Article: Mar 17, 2021

    Martin Cuthbert has been selected as our candidate for the Warley borough council seat in May 2021.

    He is a director for a local IT company and has lived in Warley for over 35 years. He lives with his partner and 5-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.

  • Laura Carey
    Article: Mar 12, 2021

    Laura Carey, Hutton Central candidate, has lived in Brentwood since 2013 and has two teenaged children, both attending local schools. Laura works as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and as a Specialist Mentor for university students with physical and mental health issues.

    Laura is also a school governor for two local schools and is writing her book 'The Independent Mum's Handbook'. Laura feels it's important to give back to society and also volunteers her time for various other organisations such as the Santander Breakthrough Women Business Leaders' Mentoring Programme and Parent Aid.

  • Cllr Philip Mynott
    Article: Mar 12, 2021
    By Cllr Philip Mynott

    Way back in November 2018 the Tories voted for the version of Brentwood's Local Plan that they had been pushing to see happen. Their Plan contained (amongst other things) an excessively high concentration of sites allocated for housing development in Brentwood, Shenfield and Warley. The Lib Dems had, even then, been criticising these proposals for years because of our fundamental concerns about the impact that they would have on infrastructure in these areas - particularly roads, doctors surgeries and schools. And even in November 2018 the Tories knew that the version of the Plan they were voting for was not the version that could be submitted, because numerous pieces of work still needed to be finished (or even started), including the crucial studies which would show if these proposals could actually make sense. So, since it was the Plan they (and they alone) had approved they surely should have continued to pay close attention to the plan's evolution thereafter - in case any of the problems that the Lib Dems had pointed out for years (and they had ignored), should prove as insoluble as we'd always feared, and therefore a new approach would be required.

  • Gary McDonnell
    Article: Feb 28, 2021

    Gary MacDonnell, Brentwood local party chair, has been selected to contest the Shenfield Borough Council seat on Thursday 6 May 2021.

    Gary has lived in Brentwood since 2003, he is married to a primary school teacher and has two teenaged sons, both attending Becket Keys school. Gary works full time as a project/programme manager specialising in building and infrastructure projects.

    A committee member at Brentwood Hockey Club most Saturdays, outside of lockdown, Gary can be found playing hockey.

    Gary is passionate about improving services for children and young people and protecting the community from anti-social behaviour. He is also commtted to ensuring any future development in Shenfield is of benefit and does not over burden existing services. Gary may also be familiar from the 'Save Shenfield Library' campaign.

    Gary said:
    "I decided to stand as a councillor as I realised that if no-one gets involved in trying to make things work locally, communities don't move forward and they miss out".
  • budget
    Article: Feb 25, 2021

    Good Evening Madam Deputy Mayor,

    My Group would like to state that we have not wasted valuable officer time in submitting an alternative budget or indeed tinkering with amendments. Should our status change in May we would look to work within this budget - until we've set our own.

    We would also state that we agree with keeping Council Tax to the recommended 0% increase. At the current time, this is the very least we can do
    for our residents, especially those who have faced unexpected financial challenges through no fault of their own. We request a separate vote relating
    to that part of the Agenda.

  • World on fire climate change 2
    Article: Feb 23, 2021

    Extra funds for climate action in Essex, pavements, mental health + young people were proposed today by Essex Liberal Democrats. The proposals were tabled at the Essex County Council budget meeting on 23 February.

    The Lib Dem proposals:-

    Climate Change action

    • Promote a sustainable approach to growth, development and a low carbon future.
    • Implement measures to improve the green infrastructure of Essex and increase biodiversity.
    • Improve the environmental quality, attractiveness and recreational potential of public spaces in ECC ownership.
    • Implement measures to reduce waste, lower energy consumption and improve air quality in identified hot spots and introduce Clean Air Zones.
  • Darryl Sankey at 'The Elms'
    Article: Feb 23, 2021

    During a visit to "The Elms" development at the Mountnessing roundabout prior to the start of the covid pandemic, Darryl Sankeyand the Lib Dem team had discussions with many local residents about the serious environmental issues facing the local community and the excessive fees charged by the appointed management companies. We also spoke about the lack of support residents have had from Brentwood Borough Council and Weston Homes
    who built the development.

  • Cllr Karen Chilvers
    Article: Feb 20, 2021

    Dedicated and experienced councillor Karen Chilvers is to stand in her beloved Brentwood West ward on 6 May 2021, having first won it in 2007. Karen has worked tirelessley with residents since then and has a strong record of action and achievement.

    Karen, 49, a marketing manager turned children's author, said

  • Halcyon Place
    Article: Feb 19, 2021

    Halcyon Place is the new name for the road off London Road, Brentwood, that formerly contained Brentwood Police Station.

    Cllr Karen Chilvers came up with the name when on holiday with her dog on a farm in the Essex countryside. She explains:

    "So many road names have links to the military or people long forgotten in the midsts of time. Perhaps I felt partiularly relaxed the day officers asked ward councillors to approve a road name but I decided to resist some spurious suggestions that had been made about medievel custom and look forwards to, hopefully, a better future.

  • Money
    Article: Feb 16, 2021
    By Cllr Stephen Robinson

    Essex Conservatives have dropped 'sound finance' from their 2021/22 budget* and kicked the financial can down the road, according to the Liberal Democrats.

    Essex County Council is proposing a budget that depends on £46 million of un-named cuts that even their own finance officer says have a "risk of not being delivered". Essex CC has also delayed a 3.5% rise in Council Tax to next year (2% general fund and 1.5% social care).