Press Release: R4U initiates cross-party approach to refugees

8th September 2015, Uttlesford: Residents for Uttlesford (R4U), the local advocacy group for towns and villages, has formally called on Uttlesford District Council to hold an emergency Extraordinary Full Council Meeting to review the Council’s plans and preparedness for dealing with the current refugee situation. R4U’s request is in response to significant representations from constituents.

R4U Leader at UDC Cllr John Lodge said “Our district could well be expected to play a part in the current refugee situation as it has done in the past. For example Stansted Airport was the UK government’s primary entry point in 2006 when Lebanon was evacuated, and the Council ran the reception centre.

Cllr Lodge continued “Residents expect the Council to be prepared. They wish to know: how UDC would support any refugees that may come to the District; the Council’s plans if Stansted Airport were to be an entry point again; and how funds would be secured from the government to support any obligations. So R4U has called for an Extraordinary Full Council Meeting to review UDC’s preparedness. This is an important non-partisan issue so we’ve also asked for all councillors from all parties to be fully involved.”

Under its constitution UDC is required to respond to R4U’s request and schedule the extraordinary Full Council meeting.

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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