County Hall report

Full Council at Essex County Hall debated a motion affecting clean air in our county.

The government is to be asked to improve the air by putting in place a good vehicle scrappage scheme .. and local councils to ensure that planning process  (via local plan) includes electric vehicle facilities to be built into any new settlements.

Merry Christmas message

As County Councillor for Shrub End and Berechurch I have teamed up with Mike Dale to produce and deliver (with a great local team) Christmas cards to every house in Shrub end, which includes a calendar for 2018.

And as Borough Councillors for Berechurch Cllr Martyn Warnes, Cllr Chris Pearson, and myself are delivering (with a great team) Christmas card to every house in Berechurch. 

Thats 9000 Christmas cards ! 

A Merry Christmas  to all.

Lets all care for one another

Planning for Christmas

This week has been busy, but I found time to see my friend Santa where we visited the foodbank, and discussed the Colchester tour with our Sleigh.  We go street by street in my home estates in South Colchester.

See you in December.. where I will be steering the Sleigh to meet everyone

Big thank you to Stuart who is making this possible. 

Poppy project 

With the Poppy appeal in full flow, local resident Pete, had the idea to sponsor large “Lorry’ sized poppies on lamposts around his estate. I was happy to support this idea and donated some large poppies to the cause.. and then sponsored a poppy.

Pete has put the poppies up making Monkwick Estate a “field of poppies”

Any one interested in sponsoring a poppy.. ring 07816168858

All proceeds to British Legion poppy appeal

Street Weeks.. our part of South Colchester leads the way


Street Weeks is a new project in Colchester to get Police, Council and other agencies such as Neighbourhood watch going into the local communities listening to concerns that residents have.

I was so proud to go door to door with the professionals and chatting to so many people. to give feedback


Broken Glass problem

As Cllr Martyn Warnes and myself were leading a litter pick on school Road, and doing the play area, we came across lots of smashed glass. Some one had deliberately broken with intent of causing harm to young people

Shamefully this action puts our young people at risk

We remember the adverts on TV years ago with a boy running across sand and the camera action stops just before his foot is impaled onto a large shard of broken glass.

We must work with our community to stop this type of moronic and mindless vandalism

I am offering a reward of £50 for information leading to successful prosecution of the vandals


After some residents contacted me over a very overgrown footpath leading from Wilbye Close to Shrub End Road, I requested the Parks and Footpaths teams to come and trim back the vegetation.

A big thank you to the Council team, who came along within hours of being reported to ensure the footpath was fit for purpose

Result :   If you have issues like this in Berechurch or Shrub End just either call me on 07816168858 or e mail on