R4U is backing resident, parish council and district councillor campaigns to keep community hub libraries open in Thaxted and Stansted Mountfitchet after ECC has announced plans to close 2 of the 4 libraries in the district.
Essex County Council has published its 5 year library strategy in which it indicates that it intends to close both Thaxted and Stansted Mountfitchet libraries, which it says are “not required.” Residents, parish councils and many district councillors oppose the proposed closures.
Tom Wilson and Suzanne Compagnoni from Hands Off Thaxted, Cllr Martin Foley (Lib Dem), Cllr Neil Hargreaves (R4U) outside the threatened Thaxted Library
“Is this the future of Stansted library?” says R4U’s Cllr Petrina Lees
The ECC public consultation on the library closings is from 29 November 2018 to 20 February 2019. More information can be found online at libraries.essex.gov.uk/libraries-consultation.
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 took majority control of UDC by gaining two-thirds of the seats. Since then it has set about re-engineering the now award-winning council operates, rebuilding the finances and fixing how planning is done. 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.