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  • Barry Fleet Headshot
    Article: Apr 24, 2017

    Barry Fleet sets out his priorities as Lib Dem candidate for Witham Southern in the County Council Elections:

    I have always believed that the Liberal Democrats are by far the most green of the mainstream parties and that is why I am a member, and in addition, I want to see a stronger economy and fairer society in Britain.

  • Jo Hayes
    Article: Apr 23, 2017

    Jo Hayes lays out her priorities for Mersea and Tiptree, for the County Council Elections:

    I believe that after many years of Conservative rule at County Hall in Chelmsford, it is high time for change.

    The poor state of our roads is plain to see. Conservative-run Essex County Council signed away the maintenance of Essex's roads to a commercial firm. I strongly oppose the failed Conservative policies of contracting-out public services for undisclosed profit.

  • Steve Bolter
    Article: Apr 23, 2017

    Steve Bolter, Lib Dem candidate for Hedingham in the County Council Elections, lays out his priorities:

    I am a Liberal Democrat because I want to see a greener world, a stronger economy, and a fairer society.

    .I believe that only a green, environmentally sustainable economy can be a strong economy in the long term, and thus be fair to following generations. I think that only in a world at peace can economic strength be used harness to maximise human happiness; and that the European Union is vital to combating rapid climate-change, conserving resources and maintaining peace and stability in Europe and the wider world.

  • Laura Davies Thurimella
    Article: Apr 20, 2017

    I believe in a United Kingdom that is at its best when it is Open, Tolerant and United. I want the same for the wonderful county of Essex. But the Conservatives running our council - as well as the Hard Brexit Tory Government - are intent on creating a nation that is divided, closed-minded and closed for business. These local elections are a vital opportunity for us to change direction both here in Essex, and the country as a whole.

  • Mark Jarman-Howe
    Article: Apr 18, 2017

    Mark Jarman-Howe, Candidate for Halstead Division in the County Council Elections, lays out his priorities:

    I believe in the Liberal Democrat vision of an open, tolerant and united Britain. These local elections are a great opportunity to voice your concerns at the worrying direction this Conservative Government is taking our country and for you to be part of the Lib Dem Fightback.

  • Rivenhall Incinerator
    Article: Apr 5, 2017

    Did you know about the plans for a new waste incinerator at Rivenhall?

    Gent Fairhead & Co. Ltd have made a request to the council for an Environmental Permit for the proposed Rivenhall Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF).

    The proposal is for a facility comprising an Anaerobic Digestion plant, a Materials Recovery facility, a Mechanical Biological Treatment facility, an Energy from Waste (incineration) plant together with a de-inking and paper pulping facility. The Energy from Waste plant is proposed to burn up to 595,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste per year.

  • Article: Mar 24, 2017

    Essex County Council's Conservative group has pushed through a cut of over 14% in the funding for community transport schemes across the county. Essex Liberal Democrats "called in" the cabinet member decision for review by the scrutiny committee last Thursday (23rd March), but the Conservative majority backed the decision.

  • Lesley and Jessica point to dangerous potholes
    Article: Mar 18, 2017
    Liberal Democrat activist Lesley Scott-Boutell was told off by Essex County Council for reporting potholes too many times. The potholes in question are near the Winstree Rd/Holly Rd junction and are hard for road-users to see. They have been marked up in orange for over 3 months. This means that they should be repaired within 5 working days and this has not happened.
  • Cash
    Article: Feb 19, 2017

    Essex County Council Conservatives have voted down Liberal Democrat proposals to:

    • address the Essex NHS and social care crisis by increasing funding for partnership working with the NHS and care providers
    • put more of the Highways budget under local control, to speed up the repair of local roads and deliver important safety schemes
    • invest in new youth services including school lunchtime sessions
    • address Conservative cuts to school transport and recycling centres
  • 47 Bus
    Article: Jan 25, 2017

    Saturday service will continue

    Residents who use the No 47 bus have complained to Cllr Mike Mackrory about the unreliability of this service. The bus can be late arriving or doesn't come at all. As the bus is now subsidised by Essex County Council, Mike met the Director responsible at County Hall.

    The Director will take up his concerns with First Bus who we know are having difficulty recruiting and retaining drivers because of the higher pay for doing the same job in London. He also asked that timetables be displayed at stops which don't have them.