Delivering for all in Mile End

Your Mile End Councillors know they are here to serve. They value their strong roots in the community and the support and loyalty residents choose to show at election time. This is not taken for granted. Working hard matters. Getting results even more. Recent campaigns include parking and yellow lines surveys and action. Recent successes include securing Crest Nicholson action on long standing problems with doors and windows in Rosewood and action against HGV access through Three Crowns Road, action on residential issues in Chesterwell and getting the best out of finishing works for Northfields. In the weeks ahead there will be more local issues and interests to serve. Action on buses. Improved visibility and presence for the police. Wider work on the Council towards great facilities for all at the Northern Gateway. More to come and the same promise – here to serve.

Locality budget – How would you like it spent in Mile End?

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

 

Potholes and re-surfacing

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.

 

Thank you from Cllr David King

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.

Electing a new Councillor on May 3rd 2018

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.

Kind regards
Councillors Phil Coleman, Martin Goss and Anne Turrell

Mile End Locality budgets

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.”

 

Prosperity is Good News

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!

Helping our neighbours – ‘You say and we do’.

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.

Best wishes

David King

Highways updates for Mile End

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

Hospital expansion

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