Bob Massey has lived in the Chetwood Ward of South Woodham Ferrers since 1986. For more than thirty of those years he has represented the residents of Chetwood Ward on South Woodham Ferrers Town Council.
Bob states that his main reason for standing for Chelmsford City Council was that he felt frustrated that the powers of the Town Council were too limited, and that as a Conservative City Councillor he could better influence matters that affect the residents he represents.
Similarly, as Town and City Councillor Bob stood for, and was elected to represent South Woodham Ferrers at Essex County Council in 2017, allowing him to provide residents the best ‘joined up’ service he can at all levels of local government.
He served as Mayor of Chelmsford from 2019 - 2020.
The time commitment required to serve as a County Councillor - County Council meetings take place during working hours - forced Bob to quit his ‘day job’ as an IT Security Consultant. Bob says he has no regrets at this, as helping residents to resolve their problems is the most rewarding part of being a local Councillor, even if it adds at least ten minutes to his shopping trips.
He has supported many South Woodham Ferrers residents to address the problems they’ve been facing; he’s often found online, and is an active member of the South Woodham Ferrers Facebook communities.
Residents often contact Bob through Social Media to raise their concerns and issues.