• Newsflash
    Article: Feb 28, 2019

    The Conservative leader of Brentwood Council shocked officers, the opposition and her own councillors alike last night when she announced that she was stepping down as leader in May.

    This news follows the resignations of two other key councillors from their posts last week.

    Cllr Barry Aspinell thanked Cllr McKinlay for her hard work over the last ten years and wished her well in her future endeavours.

  • Cllr Barry Aspinell
    Article: Feb 22, 2019
    The Brentwood Liberal Democrat Group is aware of a recent report involving the resignation of two Tory Councillors from their positions as Chair and Vice Chair of the Community, Health and Housing Committee. This followed allegations that senior officers at Brentwood Borough Council failed to keep Members of the Council informed of various issues within the Housing Department, and have fallen in their responsibility to implement decisions made by members of that Committee.
  • Moden library (Photo by Kyle Ryan on Unsplash)
    Article: Feb 21, 2019

    We would like to say a very big thank you to the hundreds of residents who signed our "Save Our Libraries" petition across Brentwood. Your support and encouragement for our campaign has been amazing and it's sent a clear message to the Conservatives running Essex County Council (ECC) that you don't want your libraries closed and opening hours cut. The ECC libraries consultation has now closed and all the petitions have been handed in.

  • cycling on a path (Photo by Soroush Karimi on Unsplash)
    Article: Feb 21, 2019
    By Cllr Stephen Robinson in Essex Chronicle Series

    At peak times, the roads in most of our towns are almost completely full. So, more parking capacity would not really help - the roads to get there are full. Also, land in the centre of towns is in short supply and very expensive. So, more car parking there is unlikely.

    However, we could provide more parking on the edges of the urban areas and provide Park & Ride buses into the central areas. The site at Sandon, to the east of Chelmsford, has proved very successful and other areas might benefit from similar services.

  • Tories running away
    Article: Feb 18, 2019

    Conservative councillors Chris Hossack and Cliff Poppy have, today, resigned from their positions as Chair and Vice-chair of the Community, Health and Housing Committee.They cited the lack of information available to them to scrutinise the housing service as one of the reasons for their actions.

    Cllr Barry Aspinell, Leader of the Lib Dem group said:

  • Solar panels (Photo by American Public Power Association on Unsplash)
    Article: Feb 17, 2019

    At the Essex County Council budget meeting, Liberal Democrats identified spare cash stashed away in the council's accounts and proposed the following projects for spending.

    • £4 million extra for minor highways schemes across Essex
    • £2.5 million for Public Health, to help reduce youth suicides, tackle smoking related illnesses and improve mental health
    • £350,000 for the Youth Service, to help young carers, lunch clubs and outreach work
    • £250,000 to help 16-18-year olds from low income families to get to college
    • £250,000 to help reduce fly tipping
    • £12,500 to enable street lights to be left on if recommended by local police
    • £22,000 to develop a plan for solar panels on County Council property
  • Cold weather (Photo by Dmitry Ratushny on Unsplash)
    Article: Feb 16, 2019
    By Cllr Alison Fulcher
    The UK is renowned for its changeable and varied weather conditions throughout the British Isles whether its snowing in the Scottish Highlands or there is heavy rainfall in Wales or Yorkshire.

    Thank fully within the UK the weather is temperate and we endure on the whole mild weather conditions.

    As an island the UK weather is quite unique and distinct in that it is highly changeable for this reason.Geographically this adds to the variance of weather that we have.

    Unlike other countries such as Australia that can suffer severe drought conditions during their Summer months or the wet season of monsoon in South East Asia and India, the UK generally does not suffer these very harsh weather conditions.

    What we have experienced as a country though is both the high risk of flooding and ultimately flooding in certain areas, particularly rural areas, last year, Eastern England suffered many flash floods due to heavy rain needing the help of the emergency services and A & E departments.

    In the west country we have seen devastating floods affecting communities, changing lives, causing injury and accidents, polluting drinking water and needing urgent assistance.

    In these extreme and adverse weather conditions we need our environment agency, our local councils and the emergency service to be on hand with contingency plans in these events and need to react quickly and effectively with funding able to achieve this.

    In April 2014 96 local authorities signed up to Climate Local to help embrace the opportunities and benefits through saving on their energy bills,generating income from renewable energy, attracting new jobs and investment, reducing flood risks and managing the impacts of extreme weather, careful scrutiny needs to be given to ensure that initiatives such as Climate Local are comprehensibly put into action and changes are made.

    (Article written for Essex Chronicle by Cllr Alison Fulcher)

  • Photo by Suad Kamardeen on Unsplash (Photo by Suad Kamardeen on Unsplash)
    Article: Feb 13, 2019

    Proposals to enhance and improve Essex libraries were rejected today by Conservative-run Essex County Council. At today's Full Council Budget meeting, Liberal Democrats proposed a full review of library premises, to consider commercial or residential additions, which would safeguard their future, rather than threaten the closure of 44 libraries.

  • Photo by Mahir Uysal on Unsplash (Photo by Mahir Uysal on Unsplash)
    Article: Feb 13, 2019

    A plan to investigate clean air zones across Essex's urban centres was rejected. Essex County Council Liberal Democrats called for the Council to take a lead on undertaking full assessments for clean air zones to tackle air pollution.

    The proposal was simply to spend £22,000 to develop a business plan for this but it was rejected by the Conservatives. The Lib Dem proposals also included charging heavily polluting vehicles.

  • Cllr Barry Aspinell
    Article: Feb 13, 2019

    At a recent meeting at Brentwood Borough Council it was stated that Local Enterprise Partnership (SE LEP) monies are match funded by Essex County Council.

    This was queried by Brentwood Lib Dem Councillor Barry Aspinell.

    Cllr Aspinell asked the Cabinet Member for Finance, Commercial and Traded Services for clarity regarding the process of applying for the match-funded money. Cllr Aspinell also asked about the level of match-funding that the council would be committed to.