New playground on Saffron Walden Common wins Best in Essex award

On the back of winning the Best Council in Essex award, Saffron Walden Town Council has now won 2 more awards, this time for its play areas, including best kept play area award for the new Common playground.

Paul Gadd (R4U) Paul Gadd (R4U)

R4U’s Cllr Paul Gadd, council leader at Saffron Walden Town Council said “We know our younger residents love our new playground on the Common, but we’re delighted that the investments that we’ve made in our community facilities have been independently recognised. The Common playground won the Best Kept Playground award from the Essex Playing Fields Association. We are thrilled that another one of our playgrounds at Golden Acre also won its second Gold Award for upkeep and maintenance. It is a testament to the hard work the Town Council team puts in. Other places in Uttlesford also fared well – we’d like to congratulate Radwinter for scooping the top award in their category and Elsenham for runner up in theirs.”

“In Saffron Walden we feel like we’re on a roll! Last month the town council won the Best Council in Essex award, and we aim to continue the good work. R4U recently announced our new 4-year plan of works at the Town Council, which will include refurbishing a number of our older playgrounds as well as building a brand new community centre in the north of the town.”

Feedback from parents helped redesign the playground to provide a range of new activities as well as the first disability enabled equipment.

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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