R4U is disappointed that the Conservative led Uttlesford District Council has pushed through a huge expansions of Stansted Airport against many residents wishes and without the estimated £1.2 billon of required rail and motorway upgrades, and mitigation of environmental and community impacts.
Stansted Airport has secured planning approval from Uttlesford District Council to significantly expand airport capacity to 43 million passengers a year; last year 25.9 million used it.
“At the planning meeting the 3 R4U committee members questioned, probed, and championed on behalf of residents. The council was not able to properly answer the most basic questions on the environmental and other impacts. The council leadership also failed to secure the estimated £1.2 billon of road and rail upgrades from the airport required to support the expansion – even though Department for Transport Secretary of State has confirmed to us that he expects the airport to pay for the required infrastructure improvements. As a result our local environment, communities and transport will all be worse off. We will now write again to the Secretary of State to ‘call in’ this application for national determination.”
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.