Resignation Statement

March 3, 2020

Dear Friends,

I have today resigned from my Councillor position and therefore as a  member of Chelmsford City Council.

 

It has been my great pleasure to serve the residents of Moulsham Lodge as a member of Chelmsford City Council over the last 9 years.

My principal reason is to spend more time with the family as it has become clear that my multiple responsibilities and having a full time job mean I am often not around for family commitments. I now need to concentrate on our family needs by spending less time in the political arena.

 

I have enjoyed my time as a Councillor and I am extremely proud of what the Liberal Democrats have achieved as a political group, especial last May in taking control of the City Council, and I’m proud of what we are planning to achieve with “Our Plan”.

“Our Plan” is the Chelmsford Liberal Democrats vision of the future, It is the Lib Dem ambition to be a sustainable, creative community at the heart of Essex, recognised as a leading regional centre and destination in the East of England. A safer, greener, fairer, better connected place, where people want to live, work, study and visit.

 

The budget the Liberal Democrats presented last week was a budget for Chelmsford and a budget for Our Plan, one where they can promote sustainable and environmentally responsible growth to stimulate a vibrant, balanced economy, a fairer society and provide more housing of all types.

 

The one thing I am most proud of achieving is removing John Shennan Playing Field from the Local Plan and stopping the building of 200 houses in an area that already lacked green space. The planning inspector has now approved the plan and will be formally accepted by a special meeting of the council, which I shall now not be part of. When the previous Conservative administration admitted that they needed to sell John Shennan to pay for the overspend of Riverside Leisure Centre and build two hundred houses I was horrified, now however, our community, my community will be able to enjoy many hundreds of trees that will be planted there in the near future. They will go some way to the Lib Dem promise of planting a tree for every resident over the next 10 years.

 

I will be stepping completely away from the political arena, although may pop up from time to time as I still plan to be involved and supporting Moulsham Lodge Community Trust in their plans going forward.

 

I would like to thank my Ward colleague Councillor David Jones for being part of my political journey and I’m sad that it has now come to an end, I hope you will support David, and I hope what will be a new Lib Dem Councillor in Moulsham Lodge.

 

Finally I would like to thank the residents of Moulsham Lodge for your support and electing me over three elections, it is a true honour to have served you and I hope to see you out and about, especially at the Community Station, so please pop in from time to time.

 

Best regards

 

Mark

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