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.
“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 party of towns and villages. The party was formed by a number of residents’ groups in north-west Essex to provide a strong, independent voice for local people. The party believes that on local issues residents should decide, not politicians from Westminster parties.
R4U is the fastest growing local political movement in the district. In 2015 it became the second party at Uttlesford District Council. In 2017 R4U achieved further gains with a 60% share of the vote in a local district council by-election. Success has been based on the group’s desire to give local people a voice and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.
Residents for Uttlesford also has numerous Town and Parish Councillors. It is the largest party at Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship the council has rebuilt its finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards.
R4U can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.