R4U has implemented a series of green initiatives in Saffron Walden as part of its comprehensive Environmental policies, and pledges to do similar across the district if elected to run Uttlesford District Council in May.
“The use of single-use plastics is something we have acted on immediately. Each year in Uttlesford we don’t recycle an estimated 9 million single-use plastic bottles. That is the carbon-footprint equivalent of heating 150 homes. These bottles end up in landfill or break down into plastic beads which contaminate our oceans and food chain. Many local retailers have already signed up to the Plastics Reduction Charter that R4U’s launched last autumn. We’re now delighted to announce that with cross-party support the Town Council has installed a series of new water fountains throughout the town. The historic Market Square fountain has also been restored so it now can be used again for its original purpose – to serve clean, fresh water. Residents can now fill up their reusable bottles for free at all these locations – there is no need to buy disposable bottles in town again.”
The water fountains are located at the Market Square, Bridge End Gardens, the new Common playground, the skate park, Jubilee Gardens, Close Garden, and Golden Acre Community Centre.
New water fountain at Bridge End Gardens
R4U’s Richard Freeman continued “We’ve also bought the first Town Council electric van, and as part of our refurbishment of the Common we’ve planted new trees along with new benches, paths, playground and water fountain.”
Digging in – R4U’s Paul Gadd planting trees on the Common
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 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. 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.