R4U delighted at second award for Saffron Walden Town Council in a month

R4U is delighted, that under its stewardship, Saffron Walden Town Council has now won a second award in a month, this time for its Tourist Information Centre.

Heather Asker (R4U) Heather Asker (R4U)

R4U’s Cllr Heather Asker, chair of the Saffron Walden Town Council Assets and Services Committee, said “We are delighted that the Town Council’s Tourist Information Centre has won the Leisure and Tourism category in the Essex Business Awards for 2017. The Tourist Information Centre was up against very tough competition and fought off entries from Colchester Zoo, Kuoni Travel Agency, Lifehouse Spa and Wivenhoe House, amongst many others.”

Heather Asker continued “Some years ago the Uttlesford District Council leadership offloaded the Tourist Information Centre on the Town Council, seeing it just as another expense. Whilst they may have seen the Tourist Information Centre as an expense, R4U sees it as a vital part of bringing tourists and income to the local businesses in our historic market town. The credit for this award should go to all of the superb Tourist Information Centre team for the hard work they do in promoting our local area every day. In the last month Saffron Walden Town Council won the second best council in Essex award, and it is an absolute credit to all the hard work put in from officers and staff. This second independent award in as many months demonstrates that the town is in good hands under R4U stewardship.”

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.