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.”