R4U has announced that it is referring the decision to remove 200 on-street parking places from Saffron Walden for scrutiny by ECC and is preparing for legal action.
Last week UDC and ECC approved the removal of parking from a mile of Saffron Walden streets to create an express-route through the town. At the meeting UDC Cabinet Member Cllr Susan Barker claimed this was to allow further large-scale housing estates on the east of the town. Cllr Barker is the UDC Cabinet Member responsible for the Local Plan.
The scheme to remove parking is opposed by the Town Council and the County, District and Town Councillors who are elected to represent the town’s residents. There have been a very high number of objections; 283 from residents, schools and local businesses. Local councillors and residents have been stinging in their criticism of the decision.
Residents and Town Council Ignored
Cllr Richard Freeman (R4U)
Dan Starr (R4U)
Decision referred for Scrutiny Review
Cllr John Lodge (R4U)
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.