R4U continuing to deliver better public sports pitches in Saffron Walden – Press Release

R4U has announced that levelling work has started as part of the refurbishment of the public sports pitches near Catons Lane. R4U’s Cllr Paul Gadd has been leading the initiative at the Saffron Walden Town Council. Cllr Gadd said:

“The public pitches at Catons Lane were unusable for sports. We pledged in our manifesto to provide better sports and leisure facilities. Since becoming the major party on the Town Council we’ve moved things forward, with this site being one of our first focus areas because the Town Council owns the land. Once finished, it should provide two junior football pitches and a cricket pitch, all free for public use.”


“In October R4U councillors organised a stone pick with the football and cricket clubs and other volunteers.  Over the winter drainage work has continued. There is now a flurry of activity to try to catch the cricket season.  The current works include levelling the land near the Slade and applying new topsoil, and then over-seeding. Finally sand will be spread to improve drainage and the quality of the ground. We’re looking forward to the work being completed by the early summer.”

Castle Ward Cllr Richard Freeman at the new public sports pitches on Catons Lane as work gets underway

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 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 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.