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Stephen Robinson - campaigning for you all year round

Stephen Robinson is a hard-working, Chelmsford-based campaigner. He successfully campaigned against Conservative plans to downgrade Broomfield Hospital's A&E and campaigns against the Conservative Local Plan that does not deliver enough infrastructure in advance (schools, transport, GPs, affordable housing etc.)

Among other local issues, he has campaigned to overturn Conservative cuts to "lollipop" crossing patrols including in Copperfield Road. Sign the petition and Watch the video

He is a Chelmsford City Councillor for Patching Hall ward (since May 2011) and Lib Dem Group Leader there, and also Essex County Councillor for North Chelmsford since June 2012.

Stephen was the Liberal Democrat candidate to be MP for Chelmsford. In 2010 he came close to being elected as the MP.

In Chelmsford, elections are either won by Liberal Democrats or Conservatives. No other party won any council seats in Chelmsford in 2013 or 2015 or 2017.

Recent updates from Stephen

  • Folkestone Triennial 2017 exhit [house]
    Article: Oct 4, 2017

    Chelmsford is suffering a worsening housing crisis. Figures out recently show that people on lower incomes, especially younger people, are unable to find anywhere affordable to live.

    Over 1000 people in 380 households are now homeless in Chelmsford. That 380 was just 53 in 2013. It costs the council vast sums of money to put people up in very expensive bed and breakfast accommodation.

  • County Hall - Chelmsford
    Article: Mar 10, 2015

    As reported in the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, and Chronicle News Group the Conservative led Essex County Council have racked up spending over over £5 million in just 2 years on credit cards. Spending was on a diverse array of items including underwear, make-up, pizza, theatre tickets, 5 star hotels and trips to a golf club.

  • Stephen Robinson holding litter picking stick and bag
    Article: Mar 10, 2015

    Litter picking teams were out in north Chelmsford this morning - in Broomfield Road, Patching Hall Lane, Corporation Road, Kings Road and nearby. Cllr Stephen Robinson joined a team from the Evangelical Church in Broomfield Road.

    Said Stephen, "It was good to see a crowd of local volunteers helping the community. We found a £10 note, a purse, a bank card and a shoe!"

  • Streetlight in Brecon
    Article: Mar 10, 2015

    Essex County Council is installing a new management system for all street-lights so they can repair faults more quickly. You can report them or any highways problems here http://www.essex.gov.uk/Travel-Highways/Report-a-highway-problem/Pages/Default.aspx

  • Cllrs. Cathy Pearcy and Ed Bridges at the Maindy tennis courts
    Article: Mar 10, 2015

    A multi-sport hard court will be provided for local people in Andrews Park, north Chelmsford as part of a lasting Olympic legacy. Chelmsford Council made a successful funding bid to Sport England for the provision of two "Adizones".

    The Adizone is part of a wider program of works to improve the existing tennis courts, access, car parking and landscape improvements such as additional tree planting. The completion of the scheme is scheduled for mid June 2012 to optimise the Olympic legacy context, with construction starting during mid April.

  • Article: Mar 10, 2015

    PEDALLING commuters using Chelmsford train station will have a Dutch style bike facility to use, after a £600,000 investment. A Cycle Point is being installed at the city's station by train operator Greater Anglia, providing an extra 1,000 spaces for bicycles to be parked and stored during the day, an increase of 40 per cent.

  • Income inequality changes
    Article: Mar 10, 2015

    Independent figures released this week show that the gap between the richest and poorest in Britain is smaller than under Labour, in fact at any time since 1986. In large part this is thanks to the Lib Dems cutting income tax by £700 for low and middle earners and asking the super rich to pay more.

    Commented Stephen Robinson (Chelmsford's Lib Dem candidate in 2010):-

    The economy has seen unbelievably tough times over the last three years or so. Despite that, in Government Liberal Democrats have been working to build a stronger economy in a fairer society.

    "This week's figures from the Office for National Statisticts show that the Lib Dem manifesto pledge to take the poorest out of tax and give millions of low and middle earners a £700 tax cut is making Britain a fairer place.

    "The ONS figures [see link] confirm that the tax and benefits system we have created leads to income being shared between households more equally than at any time since 1986.

    "While Labour still cannot be trusted on the economy and the Conservatives want to protect the rich, Liberal Democrats will work towards a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life."

  • Traffic
    Article: Mar 10, 2015

    Proposals to tackle congestion in Chelmsford have been put forward by local Liberal Democrat Councillors. Congestion threatens to choke Chelmsford over the next few years, as the Conservative plan for 15,000 houses comes into effect.

    Countryside Properties have warned residents of North Springfield / Beaulieu Park that traffic will get much worse before it gets better e.g. in White Hart Lane. Stephen Robinson extracted this admission from them back in 2010 and they recently suggested that 'six years of misery' could be expected.

  • Article: Mar 10, 2015

    Phone calls, emails and meetings about the future of this site pop up almost every week. Last Friday was the latest meeting of the steering group that I first convened in Summer 2012. We received a presentation about the different legal options for creating a community association / trust / company to take the project forwards.

    On this topic, Cllr Jude Deakin and I have had other meetings with the Chief Executive and Director of Finance at Chelmsford City Council; various conversations and emails with the Council's Policy Officer, who is helping us draw up a business plan, and correspondence with local groups who want to be involved.

    I have also made comments on the draft business plan; looked for input from other groups, and been in touch with the Federation of Small Businesses. We first need Essex County Council Education department to decide whether it needs any of the site before we know what might be available for the community.

    If you want to be involved in the development of this community project, just let me know.

  • Police
    Article: Mar 10, 2015

    Essential measures to fight cross-border crime have been backed by Liberal Democrats in Government. The Conservatives wanted to get rid of these measures.

    Under the Lisbon Treaty, the UK has the option of leaving a series of cross-border EU crime fighting measures and must make a decision on whether to opt out by next year.