Tuesday 26th April 2015, Uttlesford: Residents for Uttlesford (R4U), the local advocacy group for towns and villages, has announced its plan for the first 100-days of its administration if elected to run Uttlesford District Council.
Residents for Uttlesford chair Cllr John Lodge said “If elected to run Uttlesford District Council it is important that we quickly steer the council back on the right course. As well as our focus on jobs, housing, schools and roads, we will initiate a review into how the current administration lost £2m of our money on the rejected Local Plan and how we can prevent it happening again.”
In summary Residents for Uttlesford’s Plan for the First 100 Days includes starting the following programmes:
- Proper infrastructure planning for schools, healthcare and roads in partnership with those other authorities responsible for delivering them;
- An economic programme to integrate strategies for jobs and local business development, high-speed broadband, town centre retail, parking, public transport, cycling and commuting;
- A review of affordable housing including the delivery of new homes and prioritisation of the housing list for locals;
- A Neighbourhood Plan Accelerator to give settlements a legal say in their own futures;
- A programme to improve consultation with residents by using modern communication technology such as email, messaging, live-streaming, and instant online polls and feedback;
- An upgrade to the Planning Committee to increase participation by residents, town and parish councils in planning decisions that affect them;
- A consultation to replace the current District Cabinet system with one that is more democratic and representative;
- Elimination of party political interference from independent functions, such as Planning, Standards and Scrutiny committees;
- A review of recent Council decision making and spending so that the Council can properly learn from its past mistakes.
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.