R4U’s Uttlesford Youth Council initiative gets green light

R4U) has announced that its Uttlesford Youth Council has been given the go ahead by Uttlesford District Council.

Uttlesford District Council approved a new programme of youth engagement last week when it gave the green-light to establish the Uttlesford Youth Council. The programme was initially co-sponsored by R4U Cllrs Paul G Fairhurst and Barbara Light who are now part of the cross-party working group that was formed set it up, chaired by Independent Councillor Mark Lemon.

Paul Fairhurst (R4U) Paul Fairhurst (R4U)

R4U’s Cllr Paul G Fairhurst said “The next generation will need to live with the decisions made by the council today, so it is critical that they have a voice right now. We are excited to have conceived and championed the Uttlesford Youth Council initiative. Now that UDC has given the go ahead, we expect the Youth Council to be in place by April. We’d like to thank the Uttlesford Youth Initiative that have provided a grant to get things up and running.

Barbara Light (R4U) Barbara Light (R4U)

Cllr Barbara Light, R4U’s shadow cabinet councillor for education, said “The needs of younger people are often ignored by local government, but the decisions made by the Council affect their lives every day. Each of Uttlesford’s secondary schools will have 3 councillors on the Youth Council, plus 3 more who live locally but are not at local schools.  They will be self-governing and meet on a regular basis to provide input into a wide range of district council initiatives.  We’ve received very strong support from educators and young people alike. We can’t wait to get started!

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-west Essex to provide a strong, independent voice for local people. The party believes that on local issues residents should decide, not politicians from Westminster parties.

R4U is the fastest growing local political movement in the district. In 2015 it became the second party at Uttlesford District Council. In 2017 R4U achieved further gains with a 60% share of the vote in a local district council by-election. Success has been 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 also has numerous Town and Parish Councillors. It is the largest party at Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship the council has rebuilt its finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards.

R4U can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.

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