Press Release: R4U initiates cross-party approach to refugees

8th September 2015, Uttlesford: Residents for Uttlesford (R4U), the local advocacy group for towns and villages, has formally called on Uttlesford District Council to hold an emergency Extraordinary Full Council Meeting to review the Council’s plans and preparedness for dealing with the current refugee situation. R4U’s request is in response to significant representations from constituents.

R4U Leader at UDC Cllr John Lodge said “Our district could well be expected to play a part in the current refugee situation as it has done in the past. For example Stansted Airport was the UK government’s primary entry point in 2006 when Lebanon was evacuated, and the Council ran the reception centre.

Cllr Lodge continued “Residents expect the Council to be prepared. They wish to know: how UDC would support any refugees that may come to the District; the Council’s plans if Stansted Airport were to be an entry point again; and how funds would be secured from the government to support any obligations. So R4U has called for an Extraordinary Full Council Meeting to review UDC’s preparedness. This is an important non-partisan issue so we’ve also asked for all councillors from all parties to be fully involved.”

Under its constitution UDC is required to respond to R4U’s request and schedule the extraordinary Full Council meeting.

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 www.residents4u.org.