After ECC refusal R4U led Saffron Walden Town Council takes action to restore access to town centre

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) has announced that  Saffron Walden Town Council has taken it upon itself to provide a proper temporary footpath on the town’s Common while Essex County Council’s works are blocking the paths.

Arthur Coote (R4U) Arthur Coote (R4U)

R4U’s Cllr Arthur Coote said “The culvert works programme being managed by ECC in Saffron Walden has blocked the two main footpaths across the Common and ECC have failed to provide an alternative. As residents are all too well aware, this has made crossing the Common impossible for most users, even before the recent snow and heavy rain. SWTC has been urging ECC to fix the problem for three weeks now.”

Cllr Coote added “The works being undertaken to replace the culvert which runs below Hill St and George St by ECC and the Environment Agency are an important part of the town’s flood defences. The town has been waiting for it for a number of years, and so it has been welcomed by all relevant local authorities. However the compound erected to service the works runs across the two paths running along the bottom and diagonally across the Common. ECC decided that any alternative footpath provision was unnecessary, and have said that residents should rely on the path across the top of the Common, which in my view is clearly inadequate.”

Cllr Coote concluded “Despite frequent requests from SWTC, ECC have refused to provide a solution, so last week the Town Council decided that it would have to swallow the cost and invest in a temporary path itself. The temporary path arrived at the start of this week, and I’m delighted at how quickly SWTC staff have been laying it. My thanks to them.”

SWTC restore access to town centre across common after ECC refuse.

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 took majority control of UDC by gaining two-thirds of the seats. Since then it has set about re-engineering the now award-winning council operates, rebuilding the finances and fixing how planning is done. 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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