Saffron Walden Town Council submit planning proposal for new Community Centre

Saffron Walden Town Council has filed a planning application for a new multi-function community centre between Catons Lane and Lime Avenue in the north of the town, Residents for Uttlesford (R4U)  is pleased to announce.

Sharon Morris (R4U) Sharon Morris (R4U)

R4U’s Sharon Morris is leading the project and is a councillor at both a Saffron Walden Town Council and Uttlesford District Council. She said “We are very excited to announce our initiative to build a new community centre just off Catons Lane. The south of the town has the well-used Golden Acre Community Centre near to Katherine Semar School, but there is nothing for residents in the north. Work undertaken for the town’s Neighbourhood Plan has shown that this type of facility is badly needed, so we’ve decided to start the planning process right away.

“It is our intent that the new centre be multi-functional and built to comply with Sport England standards. Next to the centre will be junior and senior sports pitches; in fact work has already started to prepare these for public use well ahead of any community centre. Combined with the new centre this will create a hub that can be used for many different sports as well as for other community activities. And it is a perfect location, near the cricket and football clubs and only a few minutes’ walk from the town centre.”

Cllr Morris continued “The new centre is the latest in a series of infrastructure commitments to our community since taking the reins at Saffron Walden Town Council two years ago. We’ve already refurbished the existing Golden Acre Community Centre, Town Hall, Bridge End Gardens, Jubilee Gardens, and the town’s existing sports pitch at Catons Lane.”

At this stage our planning application is only for outline permission for the community centre itself, access road and parking. If that is granted, it will then allow us to work with local sports clubs and community groups to come up with detailed proposals, costings and funding options that can deliver something that best fits the needs of the town and its residents.

The planning application number is 17/1570/OP and details will be available for feedback on the UDC website once it enters the public consultation phase.

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.