Witham Town Council & Braintree District Wards
Cliff Livermore has four children and twelve grandchildren. He has had previous councillor experience in Hatfield Peveral in the eighties. He is retired with time to give to representing local people; Cliff is not afraid to voice is opinion and wants to ensure that Witham is heard in Braintree District Council. He has worked tirelessly during the election campaign to get his message out to as many people as possible.
Derek Ray, a retired service man with the Royal Navy, has lived locally for thirty years and been actively involved in youth work for most of that time. He wants to see more facilities for youth in the town as well as improved health facilities making it easier for the people of Witham to get access to good quality care without travelling to Broomfield.
Witham Chipping Hill and Central
Helen Waring is a married mother of four who has lived in the district all her life apart from five years living and working in Kenya. She feels that the people of Witham need a strong voice on Braintree District Council and knows that the strength of the Liberal Democrats' local activism will help achieve this. Helen has a long history of involvement in local politics, as well as being an active member of her local church.
Barry Fleet has a long record in local government, achieving 24 years as a Witham Town councillor in May 2011, the longest serving councillor at that point. He has been Witham Mayor twice, in 2009/10 & 1992/93.
He has always been active in his community, and is Chairman of Witham in Bloom, and has previously chaired Witham Housing Association and the Governors of Chipping Hill School.
Conservation issues are a key concern, and Barry was a lead campaigner in obtaining the extension to the Witham Conservation Area; he chaired the River Walk Management Group for the Town Council from 2007 to 2011, establishing a partnership with Essex Wildlife Trust with significant potential benefits for this unique area of countryside inside a town; has lobbied hard for more trees in the town and including saving the important trees we have such as the police station cedars; has campaigned against excessive housing such as the proposed Forest Road development.
He is keen to see Witham Public Hall taken over by the user groups and has worked with the new Trust to achieve this.
Bernard Dearlove is an active member of the local community who has loved for many years in Witham. He feels that Witham is underrepresented and wants to see improved facilities in the town for local people.
James Fleet is 24, and works for BT as a specialist monitoring their corporate phone centres.
He is concerned about the lack of youth facilities in Witham, along with the need for a walk in health centre in Witham or at the very least an upgrade in the services available through GP surgeries.
His interests are music including song writing and cars.