Second cross-party action forces delay of Stansted Airport expansion by UDC Conservative Administration until after Uttlesford District Council 2nd May election

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) has served a second formal council requisition on the UDC leadership for an independent review of the proposed Stansted Airport expansion. This will delay the issuing of any permission until after the local council elections on 2nd May. That means the final decision will be in the hands of the new council administration.

John Lodge (R4U)John Lodge
R4U Chair & Leader UDC

Cllr John Lodge, chair of R4U said “Stansted Airport is national infrastructure. A huge expansion such as this will have a huge impact on our environment and transport, and the 47 town and parish councils that oppose it. It should not be improperly rushed through in the dying days of the district council administration. Many councillors feel this is happening and so last week formally ‘requisitioned’ the council leadership to hold an extraordinary public council meeting to vote to delay any permission until after a further planning review.”

“Instead it was evident to all at the packed public meeting that the Conservative UDC leader had whipped his majority party faithful to push through the immediate issuing of the decision. However new important concerns have recently been raised about the legal agreement between the airport’s owner and UDC. Those must be properly investigated. So at the end of the public meeting R4U served a second cross-party requisition on the council. This will force independent analysis of the legal agreement which councillors will then review. Although the UDC leader will once again try to wriggle out of it, UDC is compelled to accept this legal requisition. The result is that the issuing of any decision on the airport expansion cannot happen until after the new council is elected on 2nd May. Residents for Uttlesford has committed to striking a better deal with the airport if elected to lead UDC on 2nd May.”

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.

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