Press Release: R4U strengthens commitment to communities via updated manifesto following public consultation

Wednesday 18th February 2015, Saffron Walden: Residents for Uttlesford (R4U), the local advocacy party for towns and villages, has announced that is has published an updated version of its “Residents Manifesto” after the recent public consultation on its proposals.

Cllr John Lodge, R4U Chairman Cllr John Lodge (R4U)
R4U party chair Cllr John Lodge said “Thank you to everyone who provided comments over the last two weeks. Our manifesto provides high-level policy summaries that outline what we propose to do if elected. The new version includes stronger commitments to planning and housing, operation of the council, developing our arts and culture; and improving support for our vulnerable and elderly residents.”

John Lodge continued “For example, for planning we propose to explore a new-settlement option for future housing need; implement a Community Infrastructure Levy so that towns and villages can directly receive up to 25% of the financial proceeds of any homebuilding; and investigate safer 20 mph zones in residential areas. With regard to the operation of the Council itself, we will either improve or abolish the current Cabinet system. The manifesto can be downloaded from our website.”

The R4U manifesto was created with input from over 600 locals. The updated manifesto is available for to view online or download at

About Residents for Uttlesford

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is the local party of towns and villages. The party was formed by a number of residents’ groups in north Essex to provide a strong, independent voice for the views of the residents of the area. The party believes that on local issues locals should decide, not the Westminster party whip.

Uttlesford residents achieved substantial election gains in May 2015. Election successes were based on the group’s localism advocacy platform and the desire to create and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.

Residents for Uttlesford has 11 Uttlesford District Councillors and many Town and Parish Councillors. It is the Second Party at Uttlesford District Council and the first party at Saffron Walden Town Council.

Residents for Uttlesford can be found on the web at Also available on the website are latest News,  councillor bios and blogs.

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