Bob Russell

Member of Parliament for Colchester since 1997

Bob Russell

County Councillor Margaret Fisher

Margaret Fisher headshot

Margaret Fisher has been a County Councillor since 1993 and was re-elected in 2009 with a majority of over 1,000. Her County division covers the town centre and most of Castle ward.

Margaret can be contacted by phone on 01206 510337, or by email on margaret.fisher@bobrussell.org.uk

County Councillor Theresa Higgins

Theresa Higgins on her bike

Theresa Higgins has been re-elected to serve a third term as a County Councillor. Her Parsons Heath & Eastgates Division covers the Riverside part of Castle ward.

Theresa has a particular interest in improving access for disabled persons.

She can be contacted by phone on 01206 523501, or by email on theresa.higgins203@ntlworld.com

Councillor Henry Spyvee

Henry Spyvee

Henry Spyvee is a Borough Councillor for Castle ward and was the Mayor of Colchester for 2009-2010.

Henry can be contacted on 01206 866757

Councillor Nick Barlow

Nick Barlow walking through Black Isle

Borough Councillor for Castle ward Nick Barlow is the Liberal Democrat spokesman for waste on Colchester Borough Council. Nick is a keen walker, and is picture walking from John O'Groats to Land's End in 2006, raising over £6,000 for charity in the process.

You can read Nick's blog at http://www.nickbarlow.com/blog/ and follow his tweets @nickjbarlow

Nick can be contacted on 01206 573516 or by email at nick.barlow@gmail.com.

Councillor Bill Frame

bill frame

Well known local campaigner Bill Frame has been elected to the Borough Council as a representative for Castle ward. He has replaced Cllr. Chris Hall, who made the decision to retire earlier this year.

Bill is a former leader of Colchester Borough Council, and currently runs Colne Housing Association. He can be contacted on 01206 570238.

20 Most Recent Stories From What You Can Get Away With » Council

Mon 20th Sep 2010:

Just to let those of you in Colchester know, the next meeting of the Castle Neighbourhood Action Panel will be on Monday 27th September, starting at 1pm in the Town Hall. Any residents can come along and raise issues that they want the NAP to deal with, or if you can’t make it to the [...]

Fri 17th Sep 2010:

About a year ago, I wrote a post about how Councils were having to choose between two new structures for organising themselves, both of which required a huge concentration of power into the hands of one individual – either a ‘strong leader’ or an elected Mayor. However, after the General Election and with the Labour [...]

Thu 16th Sep 2010:

We’re currently having lots of meetings talking about Colchester Council’s budget for next year. Because of the economic situation and the likely severe drop in money we get from the Government – despite the fact we still send them far more of the business rates we collect for them than we get in return – [...]

Fri 10th Sep 2010:

The Taxpayers Alliance have got their calculator out again, this time to spuriously calculate the ‘cost to taxpayers’ of public employees being allowed to take part in Union business. But, this got me thinking about what the cost to the public sector – and hence the taxpayer – of the Taxpayers Alliance might be. Let’s [...]

Thu 2nd Sep 2010:

Just a brief note to say that I’ve been informed of a Take Back Parliament (the organisation campaigning for a Yes vote in the referendum on the voting system next year) meeting for Essex that’s happening next Tuesday. It’s at 7.30pm in the Charles Peters Lounge of Chelmsford YMCA. I’ll be going along with at [...]

Mon 16th Aug 2010:

Just to let those of you in Colchester know, the next meeting of the Castle Neighbourhood Action Panel will be on Monday 23rd August, starting at 9.30am in the Town Hall. Any residents can come along and raise issues that they want the NAP to deal with, or if you can’t make it to the [...]

Thu 15th Jul 2010:

Just to let those of you in Colchester know, the next meeting of the Castle Neighbourhood Action Panel will be on Thursday 22nd July, starting at 5pm in the Town Hall. Any residents can come along and raise issues that they want the NAP to deal with, or if you can’t make it to the [...]

Wed 16th Jun 2010:

Just to let those of you in Colchester know, the next meeting of the Castle Neighbourhood Action Panel will be on Wednesday 23rd June, starting at 1pm in the Town Hall. Any residents can come along and raise issues that they want the NAP to deal with, or if you can’t make it to the [...]

Mon 24th May 2010:

Oops. Just discovered today that I’d forgotten to put in the automated notices of Castle NAP meetings for the rest of the year, but I have now rectified that, and there should be an automated announcement for each of the rest of this year’s meetings around a week before they happen.

Fri 14th May 2010:

So as soon as the election was over, my post a day routine disappeared into the ether as I got down to catching up with other work. I will try and post my thoughts on the coalition deal before I head off to Birmingham this weekend for the Special Conference about it, but before that, [...]

Fri 7th May 2010:

In brief, here they are: Berechurch: LD 1535, Lab 1224, Con 897, Green 112 Lib Dem gain from Conservative Birch & Winstree: Con 2019, Lib Dem 677, Lab 358, Green 154 Castle: Lib Dem 1774, Con 1112, Green 913, Labour 449 Christ Church: Lib Dem 1218, Con 717, Green 236, Lab 200 Fordham & Stour: [...]

Thu 29th Apr 2010:

You see, this is why more people should be reading my blog. As I noted on Tuesday, when I’d been at the opening of the postal votes here: even if I had seen how people had voted, I’d be committing an offence by telling you how they did So, if Kerry McCarthy had read my [...]

Sun 18th Apr 2010:

If you’re not registered to vote for the General Election, then you still have 48 hours to get on the electoral register – the deadline for registration is Tuesday. If you want to register, then you can go to the About My Vote site and follow the instructions there. Or, you can go into your [...]

Fri 16th Apr 2010:

If you’re one of the – rather large, judging by the number of people who seem to be Googling it – people who find yourself saying ‘I agree with Nick Clegg’ after last night’s debate, then why not help us in the Liberal Democrats make a difference for Britain? You can easily read our manifesto [...]

Wed 7th Apr 2010:

Last year, I wrote about how Colchester – along with many other Councils – is having to decide whether to stick with our current system of annual elections and electing the Council by thirds or change to an ‘all-up’ system of four-yearly elections. Well, the Council is now holding a consultation on the issue and [...]

Fri 29th Jan 2010:

I was going to wait before announcing this, but as it’s in the County Standard today it’s now public knowledge. So, for those of you who don’t read every story in County Standard the news is that I’m going to be joining the Cabinet of Colchester Borough Council – assuming, of course, that Full Council [...]

Sun 20th Dec 2009:

I’ve had news from Street Services about what will be collected in the next week. Collections on Friday were cancelled because of the poor weather, but services will operate next week. However, no green waste will be collected, so the next green waste collection will be after Christmas, when natural trees will also be collected. [...]

Sat 12th Dec 2009:

Here’s an interesting collection of photos of empty American shops and shopping malls, including the abandoned mall near Chicago where one of the chases in The Blues Brothers was filmed. Interestingly, it had been recently abandoned when the filming took place, and remains unused and undemolished today. (original link via Anton Vowl on Twitter) For [...]

Mon 30th Nov 2009:

Just a quick reminder for those of you in Colchester that tomorrow we have our first public meetings as part of the waste consultation – 12-2pm and 5-7pm in the Moot Hall. We are planning to video some of it and make it available on the web for people who can’t there to see. And [...]

Mon 16th Nov 2009:

Just to let those of you in Colchester know, the next meeting of the Castle Neighbourhood Action Panel will be on Monday 23rd November, starting at 1pm in the North Committee Room of the Town Hall. Any residents can come along and raise issues that they want the NAP to deal with, or if you [...]

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