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  • Peter Gwizdala
    Article: Apr 20, 2017

    Voters in Rochford and Southend East should vote for the Liberal Democrats to change the direction of the country and ensure Britain has a decent opposition, the party's local candidate has said today.

    Parliament has overwhelmingly accepted Theresa May's call for a snap General Election to be held on 8th June.

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Rochford and Southend East, Peter Gwizdala commented:

    "This election is a huge opportunity for voters in Rochford and Southend East to change the direction of our country and ensure Britain has a decent opposition."

    "People in Rochford and Southend East may have voted to leave the EU, but many did not vote for the extreme form of Brexit that Theresa May has imposed on us after being backed by Labour. For all those who want to protect our local economy and local jobs by staying in the Single Market and ensure the people have the final say over what comes next, this is your chance."

    "The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservative Brexit Government and the only party fighting for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united."

  • logo
    Article: Apr 19, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat General Election campaign is off to a flying start, with over 5,000 new members joining in the short time since the snap election was called. They are now part of the fastest growing political party in Britain, one that has doubled in size since May 2015.

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "This election is a chance to change the direction of our country and thousands are joining our fight. If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance. Thousands of people up and down the country are joining the Liberal Democrats so that we can send a message to Theresa May and the Conservative Brexit Government that we do not want a hard Brexit. In this General Election it is clear that only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority."

    Speaking to the Southend Lib Dem website, Membership Development Officer Kathy Loades said, "Within hours of Theresa May's snap election being called, thousands had joined the Liberal Democrats and I'm delighted to report a surge here in Southend. This election is our chance to express the outrage we feel at the lies and hidden agendas of the referendum campaign, the price rises that are already starting to bite, the lack of a plan for our economy and to get a government that really will provide more money for our NHS and schools - not just slap a slogan on the side of a bus. We will be contacting all our new members shortly to welcome them to the local party but I would urge anyone who wants to fight against a hard Brexit and for our NHS and services, to join the Liberal Democrats today. We'll be delighted to have you."

  • Article: Apr 10, 2017

    While Southend Liberal Democrats accept the clinical evidence in favour of establishing a specialist A&E trauma centre, we have deep concerns about proceeding on these lines while NHS finances are so severely stressed.

    In particular we are concerned that the ambulance service, which is already stressed in Essex, will be not be expanded sufficiently to cope with the longer journeys and that there will not be additional "first responders", who are crucial in saving lives.

  • Carol Mulroney Echo Letter 4th April 2017
    Article: Apr 6, 2017
    In Southend Echo

    Carole Mulroney responds to a letter from Mark Smith in the Southend Echo

    Following a letter to the Southend Echo, Carol Mulroney responded:

    Lib Dems are party on the rise

    Mark Smith ponders the point of the Liberal Democrats. Well ponder this.

    Since the General Election, the Lib Dems have doubled their membership to 87,000, the highest for 20 years, with 5,000 joining in March alone. And since the EU referendum the Lib Dems have seen a surge of support in council byelections and, of course, we won Richmond from the Tories.

  • Panorama pre-march
    Article: Mar 29, 2017

    Southend Lib Dems were out in force for the Unite for Europe March in London at the weekend. This may be a surprise to some as there was a definite silence in some areas of the press, most noticeably the BBC.

    With estimates of between 25-100,000 attendees, not one arrest was made as the march passed peacefully, joyously and above all respectably. Respect much needed after the events that preceded the march - an attack on the UK's democracy, what better way to answer this attack than a march?!

    Southend Liberal Democrats followed up their attendance at September's March with numbers into double figures.

  • Southend and Chelmsford Lib Dems at Spring Conference 2017
    Article: Mar 27, 2017

    Southend Liberal Democrats attend Spring National Conference in York

    Some of our members, Katherine and Ben Loades, Adam Hutchins and John Batch have just returned from the National Spring Conference in York.

    Adam and John are pictured here with some of our colleagues from Chelmsford Liberal Democrats (L-R: Edward Longford, Andrew Sosin, Marie Goldman, Giovanni Sechi, Adam and John).

  • Councillor Carole Mulroney wants clarity on section 106 agreements
    Article: Mar 12, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: February 2017

    Public outrage whenever bungalows are demolished and replaced with pairs of houses or even blocks of flats led Southend Council to promote a planning policy to protect bungalows. The Council argued that there was a need to preserve the town's stock of low-level housing for elderly or disabled people who have trouble with stairs. With an ageing population the need is greater than ever.

  • Page: Mar 11, 2017

    The Long Standing Leigh Ward Coffee Mornings are a popular and regular get together, location changing week-to-week.

    The #LeighLDCM's are held each Saturday at 11am until 12.45pm.

    Here is the most up-to-date list of locations:

    18/03/2107 Don Mouatt 24 Stirling Avenue
    25/03/2017 Chris & Judith Bailey 77 Vernon Road
    01/04/2017 Carol White 65 Mount Avenue
    08/04/2017 Carol White 65 Mount Avenue
    15/04/2017 Iris Lenny 15 Dawlish Drive
    22/04/2017 Don Mouatt 24 Stirling Avenue
    29/04/2017 Carole Mulroney 83 Southsea Avenue
    06/05/2017 Margery Jones 48 Lansdowne Avenue
    13/05/2017 Shirley Pawson 28 Burnham Road
    20/05/2017 Iris Lenny 15 Dawlish Drive
    27/05/2017 Pat & Mike King 156 Marine Parade
    03/06/2017 Christine Baker 7 Belfairs Close
    10/06/2017 Margery Jones 48 Lansdowne Avenue
    17/06/2017 Elaine and Alan Crystall 16 Cliff Parade
    24/06/2017 Carole Mulroney 83 Southsea Avenue
    01/07/2017 Iris Lenny 15 Dawlish Drive
    08/07/2017 Pat & Mike King 156 Marine Parade
    15/07/2017 Shirley Pawson 28 Burnham Road
    22/07/2017 Elaine and Alan Crystall 16 Cliff Parade
    29/07/2017 Don Mouatt 24 Stirling Avenue
  • Herschell House
    Article: Mar 11, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: February 2017

    Preserving Leigh's Historic Heritage Needs Constant Vigilance

    Herschell House is an early nineteenth century Grade II Listed Building on Leigh Hill in a Conservation Area. It is named after the Rev. Ridley Herschell who lived there when he was school master for the Lady of the Manor and left a lasting impression on Leigh.

  • Wallmarkings
    Article: Mar 10, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: February 2017

    For over 100 years there has been a viewing platform on Cliff Parade overlooking the estuary. It stands above the disused public conveniences in Cliff Gardens. Access to the area from Cliff Parade has been fenced off as it was a danger.

    The viewing area is a little gem of Leigh's history as the coping stones to the edges of the platform contain hundreds of pieces of graffiti dating back to before the Great War.

  • Ashley Thompson with Fence
    Article: Mar 10, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: February 2017

    When it is a hoarding, apparently!

    Our photo shows the tall "fence" that has been put up on private land just below Leigh Library Gardens. It blocks the views across the estuary which park users have enjoyed for over 150 years. But a fence over 2 metres high needs planning permission which this "fence" does not have - and which many residents would probably object to. But the owner argues that this is not a fence but a temporary hoarding around the property he is building, and therefore not subject to planning permission or the 2 metre rule.

  • Peter Wexham One-way Street
    Article: Mar 10, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: February 2017

    Some local roads are so heavily parked on both sides that there is not enough room for two cars to pass each other.

    When two motorists meet, one has to back up and sometimes tempers flare.

    Or motorists zoom down the road hoping to get through before someone else starts coming the other way.

    When local residents demand it, Southend Council can solve the problem by making the roads one-way. In recent weeks the Council has agreed to make Cliffsea Grove, Leighvillle Grove and Lansdowne Avenue one-way.

  • Cllr Carole Mulroney in front of a Leigh new build
    Article: Mar 9, 2017
    In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: February 2017

    Alongside the NHS, policing and social care, the lack of low cost housing is one of this country's most pressing problems. So Councils often try to make developers provide some affordable housing in their schemes, or pay for it to be built elsewhere.

    But in 2013 the then Minister in charge of planning, Eric Pickles, said that developers could walk away from their promises if they could show their development would not make enough money if affordable housing was included.

  • Campaigner Bob Howes - Delighted to see Council is investing in library which was threatened with closure.
    Article: Mar 6, 2017
    In Prittlewell Focus: March 2017

    When the Tories were last in power in Southend they threatened to close Westcliff Library to save money. Public protests at their library plans was one reason they fell from power. Now they are back they seem to have learnt something from their mistakes and are investing in a major refurbishment of the library. Local Lib Dem campaigner Bob Howes said "I am delighted by this dramatic u-turn. It shows that when the public speak out, even the Tories have to listen."

  • Priory Park Gates, apparently in need of a £35000 paint job?!
    Article: Mar 3, 2017
    In Prittlewell Focus: March 2017

    Southend Council is in a cash crisis, struggling to find money to support the elderly and disadvantaged children. Our roads are full of potholes, and traffic congestion and parking problems are left on the back-burner for years. Yet the Tories running Southend Council plan to spend £35,000 refurbishing the gates at Priory Park. Yes, that is the right figure, £35,000 when most people think a good coat of paint is all they need.

  • Adam checking traffic on Carlton
    Article: Mar 3, 2017
    By Adam Hutchins in Prittlewell Focus: March 2017

    Excessive speeding in the area appears to have increased, and driving around the area has become more and more dangerous. We've all seen cars that have been hit whilst they have been parked, usually in roads where there is plenty of space. I recently saw a car on Southbourne Grove that had been hit in this way - imagine finding your own car in this condition, potentially un-roadworthy? Incredibly distressing. The use of these 'rat runs' is far too common.

  • Earls Hall
    Article: Mar 2, 2017
    In Prittlewell Focus: March 2017

    Local schools are facing a quadruple whammy of budget cuts:

    • Government will cut funds to schools in towns like Southend and give the money instead to other towns
    • Government is cutting the grant to Southend Council for supporting schools' ICT equipment, music etc
    • Government is not giving grants to cover unavoidable higher costs such as increased National Insurance and a tax to pay for apprenticeships
    • Government funding has not taken account of the increasing number of children going through our schools.
  • Councillor Carole Mulroney wants clarity on section 106 agreements
    Article: Feb 17, 2017

    There are no plans to close Leigh-on-Sea's Post Office, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Leigh, Carole Mulroney, reassured residents.

    Councillor Mulroney contacted the Post Office back in January to clarify their plans and stress the importance of providing a comprehensive service in the town.

    Contrary to claims made by Southend Labour Party at the weekend, the Post Office also confirmed to Councillor Mulroney today that there is no closure programme and a partnership arrangement is being explored. This may take some months but there is already interest and proposals will be put forward for public consultation.

  • Councillor Carole Mulroney pleased with stop to Vine expansion
    Article: Feb 13, 2017
    In Southend Echo

    After many complaints regarding the noise levels from The Vine, on Leigh Road, Councillor Carol Mulroney is pleased that the application for expansion was refused.

    Carole, who is on Southend Council's Development Control Committee, said:

    "I am really please the reasons to refuse acknowledge the many complaints we have had from residents about the noise."

  • Western Approaches Zebra Crossing
    Article: Jan 18, 2017

    Local residents of Eastwood have started a e-petition to Southend Council for a safe crossing point outside Scott Park.

    Former Lib Dem councillor and Eastwood resident Paul Collins said about the importance of the petition, 'After residents pointed out to me the need for a safe crossing at this point, it was clear that action is needed to be taken to make the Council take notice of the dangers posed to the whole community.

  • Councillor Carole Mulroney wants clarity on section 106 agreements
    Article: Jan 15, 2017

    Liberal Democrats call for Southend Council to press Government on Affordable Housing

    Southend Borough Council must challenge the loophole that allows developers to maximise profit over community said Councillor Carole Mulroney.

    Leigh's Liberal Democrat councillor urged the Council to tackle the government rule change that allows developers to go back on their affordable housing promises.

  • Carole Mulroney Small Business Day
    Article: Nov 18, 2016

    Once again Cllr Carole Mulroney is working alongside the Borough to support our local traders.

    The aim is to make everyone aware of the great, vibrant and varied shopping experience Leigh offers to the local and visiting population all year round.

    Details will be on Council websites, twitter, facebook etc. and in a publicity brochure which will be distributed through the Community Centre/Library/shops etc.

  • Peter Wexham Leigh Flats
    Article: Nov 16, 2016

    Proposals to build yet another block of flats in Leigh, this time on the car wash and an adjoining site on The Broadway opposite the Grand Hotel, are raising concerns amongst residents.

    Councillor Peter Wexham says "The Council faces some difficult questions with this application. Approval in principle has already been given to building flats on the temporary car park behind The Grand and although there is not a detailed proposal at present, it is only a matter of time, and there are already two blocks of flats overlooking the site. There is a risk that another high block will create a canyon effect and this part of The Broadway would look more like London than Leigh.

  • Peter Wexham Leigh Fishing Funds
    Article: Nov 15, 2016

    Leigh's fishing industry has got a welcome shot in the arm with an award of an £800,000 EU grant. This will fund preparatory work for the much-needed dredging of Leigh Creek so it can remain open to fishing boats.

    Lib Dem Councillor Peter Wexham says "I am delighted that years of lobbying, arguing and researching have finally paid off and we can be sure that Leigh will remain a fishing port.

  • Carole Mulroney Air Quality
    Article: Nov 14, 2016

    Air pollution is reaching dangerous levels in parts of the town according to official tests. Southend Council's monitoring devices on the A127 at the Tesco roundabout and Cuckoo Corner have shown that during the rush hour, pollution from traffic greatly exceeds internationally agreed ceilings for clean air.