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  • Article: May 23, 2021

    While we nearly doubled our vote share in Maldon this election and came a strong second in the most recent elections, we know that the Tories have been asleep at the wheel for a long time in our part of Essex. Now they've been elected againt they must be held to account for the deluge of new houses built in Maldon, Heybridge, Southminster and Burnham with absolutely no realistic investment in infrastructure. How can planners and developers get away with this this? Something needs changing and the Lib Dems are committed to ringing the changes to a completely dysfunctional planning system. We want:

  • Article: May 23, 2021

    I wanted to thank you and all our other helpers here in Maldon for your help in the run up to the Essex County Council Election.

    Unfortunately I was not elected in Maldon but we did get 20.24% of the vote - an increase of 9.02%. This would not have been possible without the fantastic help and support of the great local team who deliver our leaflets throughout the year and who work hard behind the scenes on a multitude of different areas.

  • Open field and grasses under a blue sky
    Article: May 6, 2021

    The planning application for a Lidl supermarket in Springfield has been refused, protecting the land from development. The proposal came as a shock to local residents and councillors alike, because the land is designated as Open Space in Chelmsford's recently-adopted Local Plan.

    Members of the Planning Committee unanimously accepted all reasons for refusal outlined by officers and noted that development would breach Local and National Planning Policy. They agreed that loss of open space on the scale proposed and the impact of development would be devastating to biodiversity and could not be compensated for elsewhere.

  • Smita Rajesh and Jude Deakin
    Article: May 4, 2021
    By Smita Rajesh

    Imagine a train pulls into Chelmsford station one evening. It's late, people are tired after a long day.

    A white man leaves the train and starts walking home. He's thinking to himself about what he might have for dinner, listening to some music.

    Next to him, a black man walks home. He knows people who've been stopped and searched by the police. Is he going to get to go straight home, or will he get held up, searched and questioned?

  • Save our Libraries Protesters
    Article: Apr 30, 2021

    Essex Liberal Democrats have been campaigning alongside local residents to support our local community libraries.

    After a massive campaign in 2018, Conservative-run Essex County Council put their plans to close a third of Essex libraries on hold. The county council pledged not to close any more libraries for five years.