Pressure is building on Essex County Council to deliver new sustainable transport infrastructure in Uttlesford after receiving a £7.3million government grant for sustainable transport. R4U has been trying for the last 5 years to encourage Essex County Council to take an interest in cycling in Uttlesford, but so far ECC has refused.
Cllr Eke continued “I have written repeatedly to the ECC Transport Cabinet Member, but ECC continue to ignore our requests. Any competent authority would have a well-thought out cycling strategy that was actually delivering cycling infrastructure. District residents pay ECC more than £40million a year in council taxes, so it is only right we get our fair share back. We’ve got zero for cycling for years. We are redoubling our pressure on ECC to finally invest in our district. I also invite towns and villages to come forward to me with schemes they’d like us to push ECC to deliver.”
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.