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Latest News & Events

  • sport
    Article: Aug 14, 2016

    Active Baddow, a day-long event especially for the Great Baddow community, is being held by Chelmsford City Council on Wednesday 17 August, 1pm-4pm, at Great Baddow Recreation Ground.

    Village residents aged over 11 are invited to come along and try out a free taster session in boxing, free running, tennis, street dancing or DJing.

    As well as activities and sports, there will be plenty of information available for all residents. Chelmsford YMCA and the Children's Society will be available to provide support and advice on substance misuse and drinking. The City Council will hand out information to help improve recycling, while residents can also find out how to report antisocial behaviour and what can be done about it.

    Chelmsford City Council's Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, Councillor Ian Grundy, said: "This is a great opportunity for the community in Great Baddow to come together, try a range of different activities and find out about the services available in their area. If you're over 11, give the sessions a try - there is no charge and you might just find something you love doing!"

    For more information about the event, please email communitysafety@chelmsford.gov.uk or call 01245 606291.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2016

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  • Article: Aug 11, 2016

    Plastic bag use has plummeted in England since the introduction of a 5p charge last year, under the previous coalition government.

    The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has fallen by more than 85%. More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge but this has been reduced to just over 500m in the first six months after the charge has been introduced.

  • Money / banknotes (pounds sterling) in hand
    Article: Aug 4, 2016

    Commenting on the decision of the Bank of England to cut interest rates to a record low, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson, Susan Kramer, said:

    "This is a necessary move by the Bank of England to help our economy as it reels from the impact of Brexit, but we cannot pretend this isn't a deeply worrying sign.

  • Resident Parking Permit Sign
    Article: Aug 3, 2016
    By Jude Deakin

    At a recent South Essex Parking Partnership meeting it was decided not to implement a parking permit scheme.

    The committee were particularly concerned about information relating to Fixed Penalty Notices which, in their opinion, appeared to disadvantage those who had followed council procedure and paid for dropped kerbs.

  • canoe
    Article: Aug 2, 2016



    An interactive historical extravaganza for all the family to enjoy between 10am and 4pm this Saturday and Sunday 6+7 August.

    • Talks and exhibits about Marconi from Tim Wander
    • Trebuchet demonstrations from the Medieval Siege Society
    • Have a go archery
    • Have go canoeing
    • Water works trail
    • Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society transmitting from the Marconi Writtle Hut
    • BBC Essex will be onsite Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August

  • Tom call for a charge on single use plastic bags
    Article: Aug 1, 2016

    Plastic bag usage has plummeted in England since the introduction of a 5p charge last year, under the previous coalition government.

    The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has fallen by more than 85%. More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge but this has been reduced to just over 500m in the first six months after the charge has been introduced.

  • Tim Farron and Nick Clegg
    Article: Jul 27, 2016

    Liberal Democrat European Union spokesperson and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has launched the first briefing paper of his Brexit Challenge project, which analyses the options facing the Government if it intends for Britain to retain significant access to the Single Market.



    While Single Market access is essential to the British economy, and retaining access remains the best of a series of bad options for the economy post-Brexit, it comes with significant challenges and trade-offs. The analysis shows that even if the Government were able to achieve concessions on freedom of movement, seeking to retain significant access to the Single Market would still mean adherence to its rules and regulations, while not having any control or influence over them. It also concludes that the biggest benefit of Single Market access is the removal of non-tariff barriers, such as shared rules and harmonised standards, as opposed to tariffs.

  • Suzanne Fletcher, Chair of Liberal Democrats for Seekers of Sanctuary (LD4SOS)
    Article: Jul 22, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Government for slipping out an announcement that Cedars pre-departure accommodation is to close.



    It raises the prospect of children once again being held in immigration detention centres - a practice ended by the Liberal Democrats in Government.



    Liberal Democrats in Coalition established the centre to end the detention of children, and the Conservatives have used the final day of the Parliamentary session to reverse the move.



    Prior to 2010, thousands of children were being detained in prison-like conditions. During Labour's last 5 years in government, over 7,000 innocent children were held in adult detention centres, sometimes for weeks and months at a time.



    The establishment of the centre was driven by Sarah Teather and Nick Clegg and following the news of its closure the Liberal Democrat Seekers for Sanctuary have set out 10 questions the government must answer.



    Aside from scrapping the centre the Conservatives have failed to offer any assurances on what will replace it, the emotional support that vulnerable children will be given or any preparations that will be made for them ahead of their return to a country that many of them may not even remember.



    Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesman Alistair Carmichael said:



    "Ending the detention of children for immigration purposes was one of the first priorities of Liberal Democrats in government. It is the mark of our society how we treat the most vulnerable and it is disgusting that the Conservatives are now rolling back such an important measure.



    "It is outrageous they slipped out this announcement on the last day of Parliamentary business, and they must now set out what exactly is going to happen to children in the future. We cannot have a return to the days of children being locked up in immigration detention centres, as happened under Labour. The Government has a lot of questions that remained unanswered."



    Chair of Liberal Democrat Seekers for Sanctuary, Suzanne Fletcher, who has visited Cedars, and been part of an Independent Monitoring Board until the change of Government last year said:



    "Cedars provided an oasis of care and calm at a very traumatic time for those families with children who very sadly were being sent against their will back to their country of origin. , and our Government should be ashamed of such a backward step."

  • A pair of wedding rings (Jeff Belmonte. Licensed as Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.)
    Article: Jul 22, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have branded the Conservative's Flagship Married Couples Tax Allowance policy a 'pathetic failure' after figures revealed that only a fraction of eligible couples had bothered claiming the allowance.

    Only 330,000 people have taken advantage of the allowance, equivalent to 8% of those eligible.