Press Release: R4U strengthens commitment to communities via updated manifesto following public consultation

Wednesday 18th February 2015, Saffron Walden: Residents for Uttlesford (R4U), the local advocacy party for towns and villages, has announced that is has published an updated version of its “Residents Manifesto” after the recent public consultation on its proposals.

Cllr John Lodge, R4U Chairman Cllr John Lodge (R4U)
R4U party chair Cllr John Lodge said “Thank you to everyone who provided comments over the last two weeks. Our manifesto provides high-level policy summaries that outline what we propose to do if elected. The new version includes stronger commitments to planning and housing, operation of the council, developing our arts and culture; and improving support for our vulnerable and elderly residents.”

John Lodge continued “For example, for planning we propose to explore a new-settlement option for future housing need; implement a Community Infrastructure Levy so that towns and villages can directly receive up to 25% of the financial proceeds of any homebuilding; and investigate safer 20 mph zones in residential areas. With regard to the operation of the Council itself, we will either improve or abolish the current Cabinet system. The manifesto can be downloaded from our website.”

The R4U manifesto was created with input from over 600 locals. The updated manifesto is available for to view online or download at www.residents4u.org/manifesto.

About Residents for Uttlesford

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is the local independent party of north-west Essex towns and villages. Formed in 2014 by a number of residents’ groups, the party believes that on local issues residents should decide, not Westminster parties.

R4U is the fastest growing local political movement in its district. In 2015 it became the second party at Uttlesford District Council (UDC). In 2017 it achieved a further by-election gain with 60% of the vote. In the May 2019 Local Elections R4U gained majority control of UDC winning two-thirds of the seats. The result delivered the biggest loss of seats by any UK Conservative controlled council in the UK in those elections.

R4U’s success has been based on the desire to give local people a voice and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.

R4U is also the majority party at Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship the council has rebuilt finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards. It is a minority party on Great Dunmow Town Council.

Residents for Uttlesford can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.