Tuesday 5th May 2015, Uttlesford: Residents for Uttlesford (R4U), the local advocacy group for towns and villages, has announced that is that it has endorsed the election campaigns of two Independent candidates in ward seats where it is not standing a candidates itself.
- Elsenham & Henham ward – Petrina Lees, Independent supported by local residents;
- Takeley ward – Geoff Bagnall, Independent Parish Councillor who has represented Takeley residents’ on Local Plan issues;
R4U is standing 2 candidates in the Takeley ward, Natalie Sullivan and Peter Emsden. The group is endorsing the Independent campaign of Parish Councillor Geoff Bagnall for the 3rd seat.
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.