Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) has said that it is ‘thrilled and honoured’ and thanks voters after being re-elected to Saffron Walden Town Council with an increased majority. The local residents party was re-elected to lead Saffron Walden Town Council after winning 15 of the 16 seats up for election on 2nd May (+7 seats). The final 16th seat was filled by Trilby Roberts of the Green Party.
Paul Gadd continued “We have a strong mandate to move forward with our progressive policies and continue our programme for the town. Importantly R4U has now also been elected to lead Uttlesford District Council. This should allow the Town Council to make more rapid progress on issues such as our neighbourhood plan, the failure over the last 12 years of the previous UDC administration to require housing developers to pay properly for necessary infrastructure, and dealing with parking issues.”
R4U’s Paul Gadd concluded “We also have been implementing a strong green agenda for the last 18 months because residents have told us it is important to them. We’re excited to have the Greens’ Trilby Roberts join as a councillor to help us drive those issues further.”
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.