On May 3rd you have the chance to elect a new Councillor for Mile End as Dominic Graham is retiring after representing Mile End for the last 4 years.
David King has been working as part of our team for the last year and has been a great asset rolling his sleeves up and getting heavily involved in the Mile End workload.
During the last year he has personally responded to the hundreds of Mile End resident surveys we have received after we have knocked on every door and ensured everyone in Mile End has had a chance to have your say.
- He has also spoken to many resident’s face to face on the door and followed up the many issues highlighted in your responses, from potholes, parking issues and facilities to holding developers to account.
- He has cleared snow from the pathways of many local residents, has picked the litter and worked at the environmental concerns of residents.
- He supports the rest of the team in our work to improve Mile End. This will soon include new outdoor play equipment for the Mile End playing fields.
David lives in Mile End with his family and has a long history of being active in the local community not only as a Community Councillor but as Chair of Governors for various schools in the area. David is, like us, totally against pointless tit for tat with other political parties and for a positive approach to the issues. He is part of a collective team only interested in putting Mile End first. Our regular newsletters delivered all year round will always be full of Mile End information and updates. We hope that you find them useful.
We hope that you will support David to become your newest Councillor and further strengthen our already community focussed team with his great breadth of experience. If there are any issues that we can help with, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any member of the team.
Councillors Phil Coleman, Martin Goss and Anne Turrell
Each Councillor gets £2,000 to spend in their area.
We have invested in the following:
- New trees for Mile End to be planted in our open spaces
- Sports equipment for local Primary schools
- Bulb planting in two locations in Mile End
- Sports equipment for children’s holiday camps at First Site
- A bench on Mill Road by the gym equipment
- Contribution to the “Community First Responders”
- Contribution to homeless charities Beacon House and Colchester Night Shelter
- Sports kit for a football club
David King said “This is a great investment in many worthwhile causes either in our local community or in organisations that help support Mile End residents.”
We can sigh at busy streets. But it is great to see positive news – Colchester recently described as a ‘Boom Town’. The Essex County Standard says the number of businesses, large or small, is up, there is a record number of business units in the borough (8,265 in 2017) and the average income has, for the first time, outstripped elsewhere in the east of England!
As Local Lib Dems we are here to help our community. That means everything from getting over flowing bins reported to fly tipping addressed, from clearing litter and dog fouling to getting the street wardens on patrol (and 13 fixed penalty notices for those who don’t seem to care), to seeing the General Hospital to press for better hospital parking and alternatives to traffic and congestion. Sometimes the results are quick and others slow – as with getting improvements and or work underway to improve the poor state of local roads and paths. We have helpfully acted as the ‘go between’ for residents, helping get police attention to crime, as on Rosewood, or speeding on Mill Rd/NAR and Bergholt Road. The credit is theirs. But we know we have helped. As also with developers, pressing them, privately and through officials, to get gaps filled, estates completed, lights fixed, problems solved. Not all of them, unfortunately, but real progress can be made and with the small things that matter, and a promise to keep going. It is just being good neighbours – to help where we can and lighten the load.
All of the pot holes on Turner Road, Mill Road and Northern Approach Road have been reported to Essex County Council for repair.
Bergholt Road is finally set to be resurfaced by Essex County Council in the 2018/19 financial year.
Most of Bakers Lane & all of Spring Lane has now been resurfaced.
UK Power Networks have been chased about the lack of functional lighting on the zebra crossing at the entrance to Bergholt Road.
Mill Road traffic calming design is being costed by Essex County Council & we hope they will shortly publish their proposed design.
Turner Road is set for major resurfacing & stabilization works due to the identified subsidence found by a leaky water main.
Bus lane cameras are also now working on Nayland Road and North Station Road bus lanes so fines will be issued.
David King, Phil Coleman, Martin Goss, Dominic Graham and Anne Turrell
Mile End Team
Many of you have complained to us about visitors and staff parking on nearby roads. One particularly bad delay was due to a burst water main in Turner Road.
Cllr Anne Turrell helped get that resolved swiftly. Anne, David King and Martin Goss have also met recently with a senior manager from the Hospital Trust. The good news is that the Trust are thinking ahead. They are looking to improve their services. More importantly – and we pressed hard on this – they have added 180 spaces to the public car park. Some of this has recently been used by their contractors, but they will now have their own temporary parking facilities.
They are also introducing a permit system to encourage staff to leave their cars at home. And they will be helping them to use buses and or the park and ride.
They will be building a new travel centre in 2018. They have streamlined entrance and help arrangements at the hospital. We are encouraged by the attitudes, the new facilities and the investments in the hospital (and by their improved recent performance).
We hope you will see rather less congestion and more parking on site and less nearby. If the problem persists we will push the trust for more radical solutions.
We will see them again early next year and will feed-back to you then.
David King, Mile End Focus Lead
Essex County Council are adding a bus gate camera that will definitely be in operation so fines can be levied on anyone who drives through the gate either way. It will go into operation in November 2017.
It is worth being aware of this as Essex County Council will pursue anyone who uses this entrance.
A bus lane camera was recently added to the lane outside the Norfolk Pub in North Station Road and fines have since been issues.
We don’t want to see anyone receive a fine.
David King, Dominic Graham, Phil Coleman, Martin Goss & Anne Turrell
Colchester’s new Chief Inspector Shaun Kane will be introducing new initiatives to stamp out low-level crime.
When asked by Cllr Coleman at a recent Scrutiny meeting about the non emergency number 101 he made it clear that ALL crimes should be reported.
All reported crimes are recorded and whilst police resources are limited these reports will create a picture of what action is needed in areas of the borough. He made it clear that it was his priority to make communities safe and will be deploying officers where they are needed based on community feedback.
Please report all crimes such as AntiSocial Behaviour, dangerous parking, theft etc on 101.
Following another summer and more incursions on to both council land and private land requests have been made by your Mile End councillors to make secure the sites known to be visited by travellers. A borough-wide Public Space Protection Order to stop Travellers setting down in the borough has not been allowed by the authorities.
We will continue for better security across all Mile End sites where incursions occur.
David King, Phil Coleman, Dominic Graham, Martin Goss & Anne Turrell
Mile End Lib Dems
The bus lane in North Station Road past the Norfolk Pub has now been fitted with enforcement cameras. From North to South is for buses only whilst from South to North is for buses only and for ACCESS ONLY for residents living in that part of North Station Road.
The road has been abused for a long time particularly South to North and ECC have installed cameras to stop this abuse.
Essex County Council are the authority responsible for the implementation of these cameras.
David King, Martin Goss, Phil Coleman, Dominic Graham & Anne Turrell
Mile End Lib Dem Team