Thaxted & Eastons Independents Martin Foley and Mike Tayler combine with R4U to serve residents more

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) and the Thaxted and the Eastons Independent Group have announced that they are joining forces at Uttlesford District Council.

Dan Starr (R4U Chair) Dan Starr (R4U Chair)

Dan Starr, chair of R4U, said “We are truly delighted that we’re combining forces with the Thaxted and Eastons Independents, and Cllrs Martin Foley and Mike Tayler have joined R4U. R4U has never stood candidates in the Thaxted and Eastons ward before as we believed they already had the best representation possible at UDC. We all share the same philosophy of putting only residents’ needs first and so it is a great fit. Community champion Martin is one of the most experienced councillors at UDC, and Mike is extremely capable councillor who brings expert knowledge, particularly in the healthcare sector. As a result both enjoy fantastic support from the residents they represent.”

Martin Foley (R4U) Martin Foley (R4U)

Cllr Martin Foley said “Mike and I have carefully watched the progress that R4U has made at UDC since being elected to lead the council as the ‘party of change’ in 2019. They have fixed the finances, got the Conservatives’ £6m failed Local Plan back on track, are contesting the airport expansion, and are delivering a major Climate Change programme. Most impressively the majority of this has been done during a global pandemic.”

Mike Tayler (R4U) Mike Tayler (R4U)

Cllr Martin Foley concluded “By combining forces with R4U at UDC, Mike and I will now have more direct input over the future of our district, as well as for our ward residents. Before deciding, it was important that we spoke with many residents in our ward to gauge their feelings. Their response has been strong and supportive. Now, as part of R4U, we will continue to work to deliver the things we were elected to do for our villages. This includes resisting urban sprawl on our fields, fighting the airport expansion, and holding ECC to account for better running of our roads, schools and libraries.”

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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