“If it ain’t broke …..don’t fix it”
Some folks I’ve spoken to recently have said that Uttlesford ain’t or isn’t broken so why change things?
And I agree. Saffron Walden and Uttlesford isn’t broken. The traffic is getting a bit hairy at peak hours and, particularly where I live on Ashdon road, it is becoming a bit of a nuisance – but it certainly could be worse.
With a recent bout of flu I found the medical facilities working rather well too. The staff were delightful and the system worked quite smoothly.
The local schools continue to score well on the national ratings and my grandson is having a ball in reception at RAB in Walden. It’s quite simply a great place to live and bring up a family. Even the weather has played ball this year.
So all’s right with the world why vote for anything different?
Because we like it as it is and would prefer to improve or at least maintain it as it is. That’s why.
The beauty and popularity of our district has arguably brought with it new interest and new residents. This inevitably will stress resources and challenge planners. With reduced budgets the council’s job becomes that much more interesting. So what!?
Unless we know where we want to be in five ten and twenty years and plan accordingly we have a lot to lose. The traffic will become unbearable, possibly even dangerous, school resources will become stretched and threaten the quality of education, medical services will deteriorate and all that we cherish could be lost.
Haphazard and reckless planning of housing, infrastructure and services threatens our towns and district. After eight years two million pounds and far too much rhetoric the signs of “progress” are already starting to show. Now is our chance to vote for change. Positive change. Not dramatic unfettered and random change but a change in process. From a top-down arrogant government to a collaborative, thoughtful and consultative process with all our best interests at heart.
That is quite a responsibility but the alternative is eight or more years of debate and random dithering.
For the national election we can vote for national issues, but in the local election lets just vote for Uttlesford.