Saffron Walden residents’ priorities for road improvements adopted by Town Council – Press Release

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U), the local party of towns and villages, has announced that Saffron Walden Town Council has prepared and approved a list of schemes to improve pedestrian, cycling and traffic access in Saffron Walden for submission to the Local Highways Panel.

In November 2015 R4U and Saffron Walden Town Council jointly consulted with residents about ways to improve driving, walking and cycling in the town. As part of the initiative, R4U produced a map of over 70 improvement hotspots. A survey of residents was used to prioritise these improvements and gain further suggestions.

Cllr Paul Gadd (R4U)</
Cllr Paul Gadd (R4U)
R4U’s Cllr Paul Gadd led the consultation. He said “We are grateful for the public’s response, which has underlined the need for much safer pedestrian access, particularly for children and the elderly. We also consulted with ECC Highways and a list of prioritised schemes was adopted by the Town Council last week.”

The approved priorities include pedestrian crossings on Little Walden Road near Castle Street, on Ashdon Road near the Common, and on the High Street opposite King Street to allow better access to Swan Meadow; a 20mph limit in the town centre and outside schools; as well as works to improve safety around Cates Corner.

Cllr Richard Freeman (R4U)
Cllr Richard Freeman (R4U)
Cllr Richard Freeman, Chair of the Town Council Traffic and Planning Committee said “This is the first time that the Council has taken a strategic view of these issues in Saffron Walden. The adopted improvements will be put forward to the Local Highways Panel as a co-ordinated package. They have an annual budget of £450,000 for local schemes such as these. Even though this is not sufficient, we hope they will accept and adopt the highest priority proposals this year. And now we have a strategic plan, we have a roadmap for future years.”

Separately, UDC has asked ECC to remove on-street parking from 1.5km of Saffron Walden’s roads. These proposals are currently in public consultation.

These proposals were also discussed at the same Planning Committee. Chair of the committee, Cllr Richard Freeman said “Our survey shows that residents don’t support UDC’s desire to remove huge sections of on-street parking at all and it is not a priority for them. On-street parking is important to the economy of the town. It is valuable for residents, and those that work or visit the town. It also calms traffic and provides a safety barrier for pedestrians, particularly on the school walking routes. The Town Council voted to oppose these proposals and we will fight them on behalf of residents. None the less we encourage residents to respond to the public consultation themselves.”

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 www.residents4u.org. Also available on the website are latest News,  councillor bios and blogs.

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