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.
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.
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
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