Residents for Uttlesford (R4U), the local advocacy group for towns and villages, has announced that it is made significant gains in the Uttlesford local elections.
Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) was the only party to gain seats in Uttlesford, making district council gains of 125%, with the local Conservatives seeing a drop of 26% in their seats. This was a reversal of the national trend where Conservatives actually saw a 30% increase.
R4U now has 9 Uttlesford District Councillors, 12 Town and Parish Councillors, and an Essex County Councillor. It is the Second Party at Uttlesford District Council and the majority party at Saffron Walden Town Council.
The residents group lost a key seat in Dunmow South. John Lodge continued “We are obviously disappointed not to make gains in the Dunmow wards after coming so close; we would like to thank outgoing councillor Keith Mackman for his dedication and hard work on behalf of the residents of Dunmow. And we would also specifically like to thank Cllr David Watson, former Mayor and retiring R4U councillor, for his passion and commitment to Saffron Walden. But the biggest thank you goes to our supporters across Uttlesford who have helped R4U fight a spirited and successful campaign. We are looking forward to the 2017 Essex County Council elections.”
The full Uttlesford District Council election results, including a ward results map, are available on the R4U website.
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.