Here for You - All Year Long

BATTLE lines drawn for the elections on May 6.

Colchester Borough Council is led by Lib Dems and run by a coalition of the Liberal Democrats and Labour.  We want to keep it that way, for the good of Colchester.  To do so we have to HOLD our seats and ideally WIN others. Here are OUR great candidates:

  • Berechurch - Mick Spindler 
  • Castle - Martin Gillingham
  • Greenstead - Chantelle-Louise Whyborn
  • Highwoods - Kieron Franks
  • Lexden and Braiswick  Sandra Culham
  • Marks Tey and Layer - Mark Hull 
  • Mersea and Pyefleet - Susan Waite
  • Mile End - Martin Goss*
  • New Town and Christ Church - Catherine Spindler
  • Old Heath and Hythe - Soban Asghar
  • Prettygate - John Loxley   
  • Rural North - Will Brown 
  • Shrub End - Lyn Barton *
  • St Anne’s and St John’s - Mike Hogg *
  • Stanway - Paul Williams
  • Tiptree - Jennifer Stevens
  • Wivenhoe - Michelle Burrows

6 May sees two other elections. For Police Fire and Crime Commissioner and Jon Whitehead.

And for elections to the County Council. To all of our dedicated, hard working candidates for County, our huge thanks also:

  • Abbey - Peter Schrami
  • Constable - Will Brown
  • Drury - Isobel Merry
  • Maypole - Tony Emment
  • Mersea - Susan Waite
  • Mile End & Highwoods - David King
  • Parsons Heath - John Baker *
  • Stanway & Pyfleet - Lesley Scott-Boutell
  • Wivenhoe - Mark Cory

All of our great Councillors* and candidates bring something special - a belief in better.

In values and care and support to our fellow citizens.  In help to those most in need, in a fair tolerant and progressive society, in great services and care for residents.  Thank you!  For all you do. All year. 

Vote Lib Dem on 6 May!

 


We ARE different to the Tories

THINKING how to vote on May 6th?

We can be different to the Tories - and BETTER!

On Europe.  Not picking a fight. Not breaking international law. Not damaging our export industries. Accepting Brexit but working to create a new and better relationship. To really be 'friends and partners'

On Vaccine ID passports 'As the party of civil liberties and personal freedoms, Liberal Democrats rejected Labour’s attempted introduction of ID cards under Tony Blair. We see no reason now why we should accept the vaccine ID cards of Michael Gove and Boris Johnson'  Ed Davey Lib Dem Leader

Racial injustice is real – and we will keep fighting it

On Race.  Not selectively taking facts that suit the Government - but accepting despite improvements that 'Racial injustice is real – and we will keep fighting it' The Liberal Democrat response to the report of the Government’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities.

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On those in need.  They are our priority. We will not reduce the scope or quality of our award winning Council services.  We will continue to help those most in need, from help with Council Tax to paying the Living Wage.

For our progressive values drive us.  We will help those who help us - like Nurses.  We will do all we can to safeguard a fair and free and open society, for all, in which we combat ignorance and champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals and wider communities.

Vote Liberal Democrat on 6 May.  Be different. Be proud to want better.  


The Tories and Nurses


Voters Deserve Better

Another Election Ahead

Electors soon will have the opportunity to vote in local elections, after last year's postponement.  It will be a choice that should be about who best can deliver essential services, improvement, the best for the health and well being of local communities and our environment.  Lib Dems have a great track record, support for those in need and help for all.  

Voting Lib Dem here keeps alive our wider voice and influence over national decisions, despite the distortions of the voting system Lib Dems punch above their weight.  A fairer system would have given us 75 seats!  But we still influence the national debates for better, from social care to the needs of those struggling, to the benefits of good relationships internationally and inclusion at home.  

In Colchester our strong record as a Lib Dem led Council and our strong Liberal traditions in Colchester mean we can ensure you are heard. Politics in Colchester more fairly reflects what people want.  An alliance of progressives, Liberal led. 

Vote Liberal Democrat in this next local election and ensure your voice is heard, for change, for better here and across the country. 


Welcome for a New St Nics Square

Strong Support for St Nicholas Square changes

Great to see a warm welcome from most for the proposed  new public realm at St Nicholas Square.

  

Positive and constructive public Q&A session. And over 500 survey responses so far​.  Over 80% say they support or strongly support the Lib Dem led Council proposals and 20% support.  But some great questions and issues we will pick up together with the project team.  Fingers crossed for planning approvals and work this spring, and cafe culture and a lovely piazza and place to walk, sit eat or drink later this summer.  ​


Budget 2021 Passed - Despite the Opposition

Lib Dems Pass 2021 Colchester Budget!

Great Lib Dem led budget for Colchester has been agreed. Delivers an admired strategic plan. We need investment in affordable homes, help to local business and recovery, the environment and great facilities for residents and communities. Despite Conservatives voting AGAINST!

AGAINST housing for those most in need. Against plans they had seen. Against investments they supported. They raised instead home grown untested no warning budget amendments with no funding. Not responsible.  But the Budget was passed by a clear majority with the support of all of the independents. Good news for Colchester!


New £43M Investments in our town!

Future Proofing Colchester!

Recovery matters - from pandemic AND recession. As retail moves online more jobs are at risk. Investments can help, not just the look and feel of our town, but to draw in visitors, to help locals make a choice between other towns and ours.  The private sector can play their part. Our Lib Dem led Council can make a big difference. So it's great news we are recommending a new capital programme to our Council colleagues.

CGI - how St Nicholas Square in Colchester will look if plans go ahead

The Lib Dem led Council Cabinet play a part. By agreement to a new capital strategy and capital programme, which will see it invest upwards of £43 million across the borough over the next few years. From new business units, flexible spaces for modern hybrid working, extra support for creative, digital and start up businesses, to £130,000 for a new lift at Vineyard Street car park. And new monies for the creation of St Nicholas Square.

How the Mercury Theatre could look like after its redevelopment. Photo: Amy Carbonero

Investments agreed will help complete the Mercury Theatre’s redevelopment. And provide £40 million to be spent on our Housing Investment Programme, which will see hundreds of affordable homes built over the next few years. This and more, will help bring jobs and sustain many others, invest as we invest in our future as a great place to live, work and visit. 

 


Jobs Our Priority

Let's NOT turn jobs away

Alumno: Essex County Council clash with Colchester Council over scheme

But HELP our town centre!

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Santa ALWAYS visits Colchester

Seasonal Cheer

Here's everything happening in Colchester town centre this Christmas

Together we support our town, our businesses and those they employ!  Lib Dem led Colchester Council has helped keep Colchester covid secure and our shops safely busy, to help us all enjoy what our great town can offer.  We couldn't do it with you all. 

A huge thank you to all those who kept to the changing rules. And to those who shop local. And to all those in hospitality and retail who have done their very best for the rest of us, to make visiting Colchester such a good experience.  From Santa's Postbox to the Elves Workshop, from Lion Walk Winter Gardens to ice rink pleasures and Firstsite, lots to do and see. And despite everything a special seasonal atmosphere. Enjoy.

Our Christmas wish for our residents is clear - we hope for the best, in health and happiness to you and all your friends and family.  We will be here for you all, across Colchester, to do what we can to look after those most in need. To take the spirit of Christmas, of care and support for others, so needed this year, into next. 


Investing in our future

Jobs Businesses and People are OUR priority

The worst economic crisis in 300 years - made worse by the Conservative mishandling of the pandemic. 

The most unemployed expected for 10 years, or more, perhaps not since the Thatcher years.

Business closures - accelerating as we change our shopping habits.  But, we can turn the tide and reduce the pain, if we act swiftly.  

Your Lib Dem led Council is doing that - helping short term recovery, and our town centre, helping businesses survive the crisis and investing in the future. To better insulate and improve the energy efficiency of our homes, to provide 350 affordable council houses for residents in need, to invest in our culture and much more.  From the £10 million pound Mercury Theatre redevelopment to the public realm around the Mercury and Jumbo.  Plus what makes us an attractive place to invest, from Ultra-fast Broadband, new high-tech CCTV, to better public realm.  Homes, sports, leisure, places to walk and enjoy our great town: investments in them all. 

We will spend local where we can.

We will help local businesses and jobs and secure long lasting change for better.

We are Liberal Democrats. Leading your Council, for a Better Colchester. 

 

 


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