R4U is backing resident, parish council and district councillor campaigns to keep community hub libraries open in Thaxted and Stansted Mountfitchet after ECC has announced plans to close 2 of the 4 libraries in the district.
Essex County Council has published its 5 year library strategy in which it indicates that it intends to close both Thaxted and Stansted Mountfitchet libraries, which it says are “not required.” Residents, parish councils and many district councillors oppose the proposed closures.
Tom Wilson and Suzanne Compagnoni from Hands Off Thaxted, Cllr Martin Foley (Lib Dem), Cllr Neil Hargreaves (R4U) outside the threatened Thaxted Library
“Is this the future of Stansted library?” says R4U’s Cllr Petrina Lees
The ECC public consultation on the library closings is from 29 November 2018 to 20 February 2019. More information can be found online at libraries.essex.gov.uk/libraries-consultation.
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 local residents should decide, not politicians from Westminster parties.
Uttlesford residents achieved their first election gains in 2013 and have been increasing their voter share ever since. R4U is the fastest growing local political movement in the district. In 2015 they became the second party in Uttlesford District Council. In 2017 R4U achieved further gains with a 60% share of the vote in a local district council by-election. The party is the fastest growing local political movement in the area. 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.