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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 local Lib Dem Councillor, Chelmsford Lib Dem Group Leader and 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

  • Cash
    Article: Nov 6, 2018

    Essex County Council is piling up debts, as more and more residents take out loans to pay for their care fees.

    Councillor Stephen Robinson said: "We have to have a complete review of the way social care is funded.

    "Local government is in crisis. The Government refuses to recognise the depth of the crisis and they are not taking action at a national level.

  • Chris Took at Swimathon 2015 (Yellow Cap, obviously)
    Article: Oct 11, 2018

    Chelmsford's new leisure centre is costing £10 million more than the orginal estimate of £25 million, and now fees to use the facilities are set to rise to help plug the gap.

    Chelmsford Lib Dem councillor Stephen Robinson said the ballooning costs made a mockery of the decision not to have a diving board at the centre where former world champion Rebecca Gallantree first learned her craft.

  • Stephen Robinson campaigning for 'lollipop' crossing patrol
    Article: Oct 5, 2018
    By James Gregory in Essex Live

    Councillors have called for the county council's highways contract to be publicly scrutinised in the wake of Chelmsford's Army and Navy flyover closing.

    The Leaders of the Opposition Councillor Mike Mackrory and Councillor Stephen Robinson, both Lib Dems, have argued that Essex County Council's current contract with Ringway Jacobs is "too expensive" for the services it provides..

  • Article: Oct 1, 2018

    Cllrs. Stephen Robinson and Lee Ashley have launched a survey on speeding in roads in St Andrews ward that are used as a 'rat-run'.

    https://chelmsford-libdems.org.uk/en/survey/pines-highfield-sunningdale-roads-speeding-survey

  • Army & Navy flyover support column with rust
    Article: Sep 17, 2018

    Essex County Council has finally agreed to a full review of the notorious Army & Navy roundabout. Last week, in a dramatic about face, they closed the flyover indefinitely, after Chelmsford Liberal Democrats published a video showing that the structure was more damaged than the Council had admitted. One of the support columns appears to have moved, since the flyover was closed in August. Watch the video here.

  • Brexitometer Chelmsford
    Article: Sep 10, 2018

    Chelmsford residents showed their unhappiness with the Government's Brexit plans, in a poll in the High Street on Saturday. Chelmsford Lib Dems were out and about asking residents for their views. Many signed up to the Lib Dem campaign for the public to have final say on the Brexit deal, not a Westminster stitch-up.

  • Social care
    Article: Sep 5, 2018

    The Local Government Association has released a 'Green Paper' on Adult Social Care. We need urgent action to save the services caring for older and disabled people from collapse.

    Cllr Mike Mackrory, Lib Dem Leader of the Opposition at Essex County Council, welcomed the Green Paper. He said, "This nationwide consultation must kick-start a desperately-needed debate on how to pay for adult social care. These services are at breaking point, following years of cuts by councils and rising demand and rising costs for care and support."

  • Stephen Robinson and Chris Davidson outside the former Rainsford High School site
    Article: Aug 22, 2018

    Essex County Council is proposing to redevelop the former Rainsford High school site in Fox Crescent, north Chelmsford. Local Essex County Councillor Stephen Robinson is continuing the Lib Dem campaign to ensure that there is a community hub on the site and that it does not all go for houses.

    Read more: https://www.essexlive.news/news/essex-news/essex-county-councils-multi-million-1927516

  • Housebuilding
    Article: Jul 11, 2018

    A proposal to commit Essex County Council to delivering genuinely affordable homes across the county was blocked yesterday by the Conservative majority. The Opposition Liberal Democrats had proposed that when the council's own land is up for sale, it should be used to deliver affordable housing and specialist housing for those with additional needs.

    Proposing the motion, Lib Dem Stephen Robinson (Chelmsford North) highlighted the fact that thousands of people on average incomes in Essex cannot afford to rent or buy the home they need.

    Cllr Robinson said, "Essex has a housing crisis. Not enough homes - to rent or buy - have been built for 30 years. This is a clear example of the market failing to provide what is needed, so government locally and nationally need to act. Vague aims are not enough."

    Summing up on the motion, Lib Dem Leader Mike Mackrory (Chelmsford Springfield), attacked the Conservatives for - yet again - not caring about the troubles faced by young people and others on lower incomes to get a home.

    Cllr Mackrory said, "The Conservative alternative plan removes any real actions. You cannot build houses with warm words. It is also essential that the council commit to delivering homes that are suitable for a whole lifetime, including when people become more frail."

  • Article: Jun 20, 2018

    Chelmsford's new Local Plan was passed by the full council last night but was attacked for being weak on infrastructure, environment, and the affordability of homes. Lib Dem Leader of the Opposition Cllr. Stephen Robinson said,

    "The Liberal Democrats are clear that this country has not built enough houses for 20 or more years. And nothing like enough houses that can be afforded by younger people and others on low incomes, people who are vital to our society's future.