Residents for Uttlesford has launched a survey with Jamie Oliver to ask residents their opinions about alcohol sales on the Saffron Walden market. Residents are asked to respond.
R4U’s Cllr Heather Asker said:
“The Town Council was recently asked to consider the request of a longstanding local market trader who wanted to be able to sell wine along with his popular fish products. He also wanted to be able to offer a tasting of his fresh fish with a wine of the week. Since the Town Council doesn’t currently allow the sale of licensed products on the market, his request really asks a bigger question. So to help I recently met with trader Dan ‘the fish man’ Eastwood and Saffron Walden Market advocate Jamie Oliver. I wanted to understand their opinions. And now we at Residents for Uttlesford have launched a survey to ask residents too.”
Market Trader Dan ‘the-fish-man’ Eastwood, former Mayor Cllr Heather Asker and Jamie Oliver met in Saffron Walden Market to discuss the request to sell wine
Saffron Walden’s vibrant market was established in 1141 and is held on Saturdays and Tuesdays. It has a strong reputation for great, unique food products, and so attracts visitors from a wide area. International TV chef Jamie Oliver grew up and lives near Saffron Walden. He regularly shops at the Saffron Walden market to buy fresh produce.
Jamie Oliver is in support of the market traders’ request and at the survey launch said:
“Saffron Walden is a wonderful market town and its special independent magic must remain. The town needs to continue to focus on the distinctiveness of the market, including the strong ‘foodie’ focus. That will bring new people to shop in the town for the benefit of all retailers. Offering a glass of wine with some smoked fish is simply not going to create alcohol problems in the town centre. In fact granting market traders licences for add-on alcohol sales will boost the viability of the market and help to continue to differentiate it.”
Jamie Oliver helped launch the survey and signed it with Residents’ Cllr Heather Asker
Cllr Asker asked residents to respond to the survey:
“Public engagement is at the heart of what R4U is about, so we launched the survey with Jamie in the market last Saturday and it’s now online. We’re asking residents to respond to one of 3 options – ‘Do you support market traders selling alcohol: 1. Yes; 2. Yes, but with some restrictions, such as only along with other product sales, or 3. No.’ It only takes a few seconds to respond so please take the survey and tell us what you think.”
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.