Thank you to all those residents in Mile End who took the time to vote in the May local elections. An even bigger THANK YOU to all those who voted for me and re-elected me with over 60% of the vote.
It really is an honour to have received so much support and recognition for my efforts over the previous three years.
We have a great team of councillors in Mile End and we all have the same ethos- to work for residents, to provide information, support and advice all year round. Myself, Martin, David and Anne will continue to work hard all year round for Mile End.
Schools update – the new FIGHT for residents. We fought for new schools and facilities. We said new homes must come with infrastructure – and on time. We were promised they would but Essex County Council planners have failed us all with school delays and a lack of school places in north Colchester. Now we must fight to reduce the delay and disruption.
We will INSIST that County commit to the new secondary school being here for 2021/22. We will demand that they make every effort to MINIMISE the travel for any child who cannot be placed locally, like at the Gilberd and that they provide help with transport for those facing a long journey. And we will make this personal – we will tell the County Council what is needed. We will ask that they write and explain. And we will get the County Education boss to come and LISTEN to you.
Anne Turrell is our lead. She has already emailed or visited over a dozen residents and will help others as they need. But, we will also get out to you our best advice – our ‘What to Do’ key points if you appeal against a school placement.
Phil Coleman said “As a teacher of over 20 years I’ve seen first hand how the decentralization and in-effect privatization of Education via Academies now leads to community wrecking situations like this where their own admission criteria can be set.
Sending children on two bus journeys to the other side of town in simply not acceptable. We need Government to fund the school now, not tell us we have enough school places across the town completely ignoring local community needs.”
ACTION has been taken in response to YOUR
complaints over speeding, including in Northern
Approach Road, Axial Way, Bergholt Road and
Apprentice Drive. The police have limited
resources and must prioritise where they are
It helps us all if you continue to report concerns
on 101 and let us know of issues as they arise.
But the GOOD NEWS – the Community Policing
team have responded to us, have visited and
have taken enforcement action. We will ask for
more if needed!
The Northern Gateway development is nearby and in Mile End,
but despite recent consultations and displays it still seems confusing!
Cllr and PE teacher Phil Coleman has been tracking
developments. Over the A12, near the BP garage and park and ride
will be a fantastic top quality state of the art sports
development available by the end of this year.
Included will be a new sports hall with coffee shop, outdoor cycling
track, new facilities for archery, classrooms for coaching and a new
clubhouse with two full size floodlit all weather pitches and grass
pitches for rugby.
Please contact the team if you have any further questions.
Cllr Phil Coleman
We want to ensure you are aware of a modification request for the planning conditions set on the original Mersea Homes planning application for the Chesterwell development.
Bartholomew Court which is currently a dead end was always designed to be a bus access only route for the Chesterwell development which would access onto Mile End Road. Mersea Homes have submitted a change to this so the route can also be used by traffic from up to 160 houses on the southern end of the Chesterwell development.
The bus route would still use this access point and it also means access to the 160 houses would also be from this access point too.
We have said to Mersea Homes they must install electronic rising bollards for the bus access point so that it cannot be accessed by the majority of the Chesterwell development traffic should this change be approved.
It would be advisable to add your comments to this requested change and ensure your views are submitted. Please visit www.colchester.gov.uk/planning and search for application number 183077.
If we can be of any further help please do not hesitate to contact any member of the team or call 07912 396335.
The hospital has our and community support. But David King and colleagues’ have made clear they need to be better neighbours, to take account of Mile End needs as they modernise the hospital, manage traffic flows and reduce the pressure on local roads. Improvements are coming.
A new travel centre will help everyone. But we know fewer staff parking permits are a problem and can affect residents, as staff unable to park will look for spaces on local roads. We welcome steps taken to reduce that pressure, such as free use of the park and ride for three months and subsidies for car sharing and public transport use.
We will continue to monitor and press for further improvements through our liaison meetings. SHARE YOUR CONCERNS with us and we will continue to make sure your voice is heard.
Funded as part of the Cllr Locality budget a new bench will shortly be installed at the Bergholt Road recreation ground.
This request came from local residents who wanted to see more seating in the area so this bench has been funded and ordered.
It’s the little things that make a huge difference so we are very happy to support this request. We are so pleased to support the community.
Phil Coleman, Martin Goss, David King & Anne Turrell
Mile End Team
Phil Coleman, David King and Martin Goss each get £2000 to spend on projects in Mile End. In previous years we have funded tree planting, new benches and also purchased play equipment for the local Primary Schools in our area.
If there are improvements you’d like to see then please get in touch with the team by emailing U2US@mileendlibdems.org
One of the biggest issues we are asked about is the state of our roads and those potholes.
Therefore after much reporting and chasing by your local and county councillors we have finally had Bergholt Road resurfaced. We are happy to chase and challenge Essex Highways on your behalf to get improvements carried out and in the last year we have had success with Mill Road, Bergolt Road, Junction 28 and numerous potholes repaired. Please keep reporting and we will keep chasing up for you.
David wants to thank those who voted for him in the recent May elections.
The Mile End seat remains Liberal Democrat so you are represented by Phil Coleman, Martin Goss, David King on Colchester Borough and Anne Turrell is your Essex County Councillor.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any member of the team.