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 www.residents4u.org/manifesto.

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 local residents should decide, not politicians from Westminster parties.

Uttlesford residents achieved election gains in 2013 and have been increasing their voter share ever since. In 2017 they achieved further gains with a 60% share of the vote in a local district council by-election. Election successes are based on the group’s desire to give local people a voice and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.

Residents for Uttlesford has 11 Uttlesford District Councillors and numerous Town and Parish Councillors. It is the Second Party at Uttlesford District Council and the largest party at Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship, the council has won multiple awards.

Residents for Uttlesford can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.

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