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.
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 leads Uttlesford District Council (UDC). It is the fastest growing local political movement in its district. In its first election in 2015 it became the second party at UDC. In 2017 it solidified its position with 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.
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 also leads Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship the council has rebuilt finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards, including the best run council in Essex. It is a minority party on Great Dunmow Town Council.
Residents for Uttlesford can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.