Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) has issued a Christmas statement from its council leaders at Uttlesford District Council thanking residents and businesses for their role in keeping local Covid infection rates low compared to surrounding areas during the year.
Cllr Lodge continued “In the run up to Christmas, UDC approved a £1million local business Covid recovery programme which will start in the New Year. UDC has been able to afford this because the financial problems we inherited have been fixed. It is our goal to make UDC financially independent because government funding to local authorities has been slashed in recent years, and we believe that UDC cannot rely on it in the future. This new and growing financial independence has also allowed R4U-led UDC to commit at least £1million to tackling climate change and a £450,000 grant scheme for community sports facilities.”
Cllr Lees concluded “Finally at R4U we think of our dear colleague Cllr Alan Storah who sadly suddenly died this year. As you sit around your Christmas tables, please raise a glass to the ones you love and miss, and another one to a much better 2021.”
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.