Saffron Walden Town Council Outlines Programme of Works for Town Hall Renovations – Press Release

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) has announced that Saffron Walden Town R4U councillors and those from other parties have agreed the programme of renovations for the Town Hall, and hope that works should commence soon.

Cllr Paul Fairhurst
Cllr Paul Fairhurst [R4U]
R4U’s Cllr Paul G. Fairhurst is chair of the Town Council Property and Services Committee. He said “The Town Council has received tenders for the works necessary to repair the Town Hall.  By now it is well known that poor maintenance by previous Councils have left us with a Town Hall that is falling down and with scaffolding to stop masonry and tiles falling onto the public. But during the tendering process it has become clear that the building is in an even worse state and repairs more urgent. We now propose to undertake all the renovations more quickly, which will include the roof, masonry, windows, lift and boiler.”

Cllr Fairhurst continued “In order to complete the works all at once and meet the increased cost, the Property and Services Committee have proposed that the Council should consider that the additional investment is met via a long-term loan. This was supported by all councillors of all parties, including, I’m pleased to say, by former Mayor Cllr Keith Eden, who couldn’t be there but wrote to propose the loan option to complete the works. Interest rates are at a record low and even lower through the Government funding available to the Council. Restoring our Town Hall to an accessible and fully functioning venue will allow the generation of extra income, which should more than off-set the cost of this borrowing.”

Mayor Heather Asker
Mayor Heather Asker
Saffron Walden Mayor Cllr Heather Asker added “Our Town Hall is at the very heart of Saffron Walden. It is important that we return it to a proper condition as soon as possible. We are looking forward to reviewing the proposal at the Full Council meeting on Monday April 18th.”

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.