About Chelmsford City Life

Chelmsford City Life is a news site with stories, information and updates from Chelmsford City Council, UK.

Why does the council have a news site?

Every council has a duty to tell taxpayers about:

  • what it does on their behalf
  • what services the council provides
  • important announcements, like public health information
  • decisions we make that affect the area
  • how residents can get involved in those decisions

Chelmsford City Life is our way of getting that information out to the right people while making it as interesting and easy to read as possible.

Before this website, information was sent to residents three times a year in the City Life newspaper. The last issue hit doormats on 8 March 2021. You can see archive copies of City Life on the Chelmsford City Council website.

How do you run the site?

The site is managed by officers of the Council, so it’s politically and commercially neutral. That means we don’t favour any political party or commercial company.

We aren’t a ‘real’ newspaper, so we can’t carry adverts. We also can’t run stories about anything that Chelmsford City Council isn’t directly involved in. However, if you’re a business looking for advertising, we recommend contacting our excellent local press.

Who writes the content?

Five Council officers (see below) write all the stories on this website. This isn’t our whole job. We do it alongside our other work to get important information out to residents, businesses and others in Chelmsford.

I’m a journalist with a press enquiry.

You can contact us directly using the buttons below for information and comments. Or if you aren’t sure which member of the press office to contact, please use our contact form or call us on 01245 606459.

Please don’t contact Council staff directly: always use the press office. We can help you get the right person and the right information first time, without you and our colleagues having to go around the houses.

Sam
Sam

Sam writes stories about public health, emergencies, community safety and housing.
Favourite thing about Chelmsford: The wisteria walkway in Hylands Park.
Email: samantha.dordoy@chelmsford.gov.uk
Phone: 01245 606459
Hours: 10am-6pm, Mon-Fri

Laura
Laura

Laura writes about elections, finance, legal matters, planning and developments.
Favourite thing about Chelmsford: Spending time with friends and family in the city centre.
Email: laura.simpson@chelmsford.gov.uk
Phone: 01245 606795
Hours: 8am-4pm, Mon-Wed

Charlotte
Charlotte

Charlotte writes about the environment, recycling, parks, business, events and the Mayor. She also makes animations and looks after social media.
Favourite thing about Chelmsford: The amount of green spaces we have on our doorstep.
Email: charlotte.maltby@chelmsford.gov.uk
Phone: 01246 606253
Hours: 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri

Julie
Julie

Julie writes stories and creates videos about art, culture, heritage and leisure.
Favourite thing about Chelmsford: The archaeology collections at Chelmsford City Museum.
Email: julie.weight@chelmsford.gov.uk
Phone: 01245 606984
Hours: 9am-2.30pm, Mon-Fri

Becca
Becca

Becca looks after social media and keeps Chelmsford City Life running smoothly.
Favourite thing about Chelmsford: Hylands Park and all the lovely walking routes around the city.
Email: publicity@chelmsford.gov.uk
Hours: 9am – 5pm, Mon-Fri