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.
“Instead it was evident to all at the packed public meeting that the UDC leader had whipped his majority Conservative 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.”
At the public council meeting the following councillors, all Conservative, voted to issue the final decision immediately before the 2nd May election: Barker G (Cons), Barker S (Cons), Chambers (Cons), Davey (Cons), Davies (Cons), Farthing (Cons), Gordon (Cons), Harris (Cons), Hicks (Cons), Howell (Cons), Jones (Cons), Mills (Cons), Oliver (Cons), Ranger (Cons), Redfern (Cons), Rolfe (Cons), Ryles (Cons), Wells (Cons).
The following councillors voted to delay the final decision until a further review: Artus (Cons), Asker (R4U), Dean (LibDem), Fairhurst (R4U), Foley (LibDem, Freeman R (R4U), Gerard (R4U), Hargreaves (R4U), LeCount (R4U), Lees (R4U), Lemon (Cons), Light (R4U), Lodge (R4U), Morris (R4U).
Absent: Felton (Cons), Freeman J (Cons), Goddard (Cons), Knight (Cons), Loughlin (LibDem), Sell (LibDem).
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 is the fastest growing local political movement in its district. In 2015 it became the second party at Uttlesford District Council (UDC). In 2017 it achieved 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 in those elections.
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 is also the majority party at Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship the council has rebuilt finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards. It is a minority party on Great Dunmow Town Council.
Residents for Uttlesford can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.