Cllr Arthur Coote elected as Saffron Walden Mayor

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) has confirmed that at the Saffron Walden Town Council meeting on Monday 13th Arthur Coote was elected as Saffron Walden Mayor for the current year. The mayor is elected by the town’s councillors each year at the first council meeting after an election.

New Saffron Walden Mayor Cllr Arthur Coote said “I feel honoured and privileged to be able to represent our historic town both as a councillor and now as Mayor. I found the role as Deputy Mayor last year particularly rewarding, especially meeting and talking to the many youth and community groups in Saffron Walden. For the next year as Mayor I want to continue with our green agenda, promote local businesses, and focus on our community and inclusivity.”

“On behalf of all the councillors at Saffron Walden Town Council, I’d also like to thank everyone for their support in the recent election. Please join me and other councillors at the official public Mayor-Making event on 1st June. At 10:50am we will process in ceremonial attire with the Town Mace from the Town Hall, through the Market Square to St Mary’s for a church service at 11am.”

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.

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