R4U has announced that it is referring the decision to remove 200 on-street parking places from Saffron Walden for scrutiny by ECC and is preparing for legal action.
Last week UDC and ECC approved the removal of parking from a mile of Saffron Walden streets to create an express-route through the town. At the meeting UDC Cabinet Member Cllr Susan Barker claimed this was to allow further large-scale housing estates on the east of the town. Cllr Barker is the UDC Cabinet Member responsible for the Local Plan.
The scheme to remove parking is opposed by the Town Council and the County, District and Town Councillors who are elected to represent the town’s residents. There have been a very high number of objections; 283 from residents, schools and local businesses. Local councillors and residents have been stinging in their criticism of the decision.
Residents and Town Council Ignored
Cllr Richard Freeman (R4U)
Dan Starr, WeAreResidents.org Chair
Decision referred for Scrutiny Review
Cllr John Lodge (R4U)
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.