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 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.