Work starts on new Saffron Walden Common path as next part of R4U programme to improve resident access and safety

Work has started on a new pedestrian path down the west side of Saffron Walden Common as part of R4U’s ongoing programme at Saffron Walden Town Council to improve access and safety around the town.

Paul Gadd (R4U) Paul Gadd (R4U)

Cllr Paul Gadd, R4U leader at Saffron Walden Town Council said “The new path will run down the west side of The Common and will also have a side spur just below the Ashdon Rd mini-roundabout to allow pedestrians to cross Common Hill more safely.  The benches are also being positioned further away from the road. As well as allowing much safer crossing points, the new path will complete a circuit of paths around The Common – a number of groups including the disabled, occupational health and runners have been asking for this since the Town Council installed the very well-received multi-function path across the bottom of The Common last year.”

The new path will run up along the side of Common Hill

Paul Gadd continued “We want to ensure that Saffron Walden remains a great place to live, visit, and work – but it doesn’t happen by accident; that’s why R4U’s improvement and refurbishment programmes are important. In 2015 we surveyed the town and identified a list of over 70 cost-effective improvements, which were prioritised using a residents’ survey. Improving the safety of the crossing at the top of Common Hill was one of the principal issues identified, but Essex County Council has continually failed to act on it, so we’ve stepped in on behalf of residents. We expect the works to be completed this year.”

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.

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