R4U’s Uttlesford Youth Council initiative gets green light

R4U has announced that its Uttlesford Youth Council has been given the go ahead by Uttlesford District Council.

Uttlesford District Council approved a new programme of youth engagement last week when it gave the green-light to establish the Uttlesford Youth Council. The programme was co-sponsored by R4U councillors who are now part of the cross-party working group that was formed set it up, chaired by Independent Councillor Mark Lemon.

R4U Chair Cllr John Lodge said “The next generation will need to live with the decisions made by the council today, so it is critical that they have a voice right now. We are excited to have conceived and championed the Uttlesford Youth Council initiative. Now that UDC has given the go ahead, we expect the Youth Council to be in place by April. We’d like to thank the Uttlesford Youth Initiative that have provided a grant to get things up and running.

R4U’s John Lodge continued “The needs of younger people are often ignored by local government, but the decisions made by the Council affect their lives every day. Each of Uttlesford’s secondary schools will have 3 councillors on the Youth Council, plus 3 more who live locally but are not at local schools.  They will be self-governing and meet on a regular basis to provide input into a wide range of district council initiatives.  We’ve received very strong support from educators and young people alike. We can’t wait to get started!

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.