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.
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.”
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
Following the Essex County Council elections on May 4th Anne Turrell was successfully re-elected as Cllr for Mile End and Highwoods.
Anne was re-elected with 2104 votes and was 555 votes ahead of the Conservatives. She increased her vote share for the Lib Dems.
Anne said “I am deeply humbled to have been successfully re-elected by the residents of Mile End and Highwoods once again. I promise to continue working hard for our area and ensuring congestion, pot holes, road resurfacing and places for our children to go to school are at the forefront of the work I carry out in my next term.”
We have been chasing Essex County Council concerning the new lights along Boxted Road which were installed in the Summer of 2016.
Cllr Anne Turrell has escalated the issue and we have now been told by Essex County Council that the lights should be operational around March 6th after UK Power Networks have made some final electrical connections. We will await to see if this target date is achieved.
We have also been chasing for a new date regarding the works for the new pedestrian crossing at the end of Boxted Road with the Northern Approach Road junction. This crossing is being funded as part of the development works for Severalls Phase 2. We will update you once the new date is agreed.
We have also had a replacement litter bin installed at the entrance to Boxted Road as a contractor removed it and lost it. We are currently pursuing costs from the contractors.
You should also have seen a general improvement regarding the cleanliness of Boxted Road.
Anne Turrell, Martin Goss, Dominic Graham &Phil Coleman
Vote for your favourite Mile End project
We have £5000 to spend on local projects in Mile End and would like you to vote for which one is your favourite. We will split the funding across the top 3 projects and voting will close on Xmas Eve at Midday.
In order to vote please click on the link below:
Fords Lane Playground Consultation
Colchester residents are being encouraged to take part in a consultation to help choose the design for a new playground facility to be installed off Fords Lane in Mile End.
We are carrying out the refurbishment of the children’s playground and want local residents to choose the final design.
The existing playground will be replaced with new challenging play equipment which provides an exciting play experience for the local community along with new safety surface and seating.
We are now asking local residents to vote for which design they like best from a shortlist of four different companies.
Please visit www.colchester.gov.uk/fordslane to vote.
The project is funded by Section 106 money (contributions requested from major developers towards community facilities). The consultation will close on Monday 19 September 2016.
The results will be announced during October 2016
Turner Road sinking
As you may have seen Turner Road is sinking in places and each time road repairs are undertaken by Essex County Council (ECC) they simply fail. Following our complaints ECC have now agreed to undertake an investigation to find the cause of the issues and implement a long term solution. We will update you once we have further details.
Bakers Lane & Bergholt Road
Essex County Council have confirmed that Bakers Lane will undergo some partial resurfacing this financial year (2016/17) and we are awaiting to see if Bergholt Road has made it to the list.
Mile End Road cycle lane
You may have noticed work starting on the £750,000 Mile End Road cycle lane by Essex County Council. To be clear, we have objected to this project when we first found out about it and have supported a formal complaint made by the Colchester Cycling campaigners as they don’t support the project either.
We have asked ECC to replace all trees which have been removed and also suggested places where further trees should be put in along Mile End Road. The pinch point at the bottom of Mile End Road is also not yet resolved and we are pushing for ECC to share the designs for this area.
Martin Goss, Dominic Graham, Phil Coleman & Anne Turrell