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

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’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 leads Uttlesford District Council (UDC). In its first election in 2015 it became the second party at UDC. In the May 2019 R4U took majority control of UDC by gaining two-thirds of the seats. Since then it has set about re-engineering the now award-winning council operates, rebuilding the finances and fixing how planning is done. In 2021 the party won half the Essex County Council seats in Uttlesford district.

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