R4U ‘delighted’ as Saffron Walden road resurfacing finally approaching

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is delighted that Essex Highways is starting to resurface Saffron Walden’s roads.

Paul Gadd (R4U) Paul Gadd (R4U)

R4U’s Saffron Walden division county councillor Cllr Paul Gadd said “Essex Highways are currently proposing to resurface Debden Road and Landscape View at the end of August; and Thaxted Road, Audley Road and East Street at the end of September into October. We’re delighted that Essex Highways are finally devoting some proper resources to the town’s crumbling roads. These works were originally scheduled for the summer, so it’s unhelpful that they couldn’t be done during the quieter school holidays period, but it will be a great relief for local residents to see these roads finally resurfaced.”

Cllr Gadd continued “There are many other pot-holed areas in Saffron Walden, with Cromwell Road and Radwinter Road probably being the worst. I will continue to press for re-surfacing of these. At Saffron Walden Town Council, we will soon also start a project to try to ensure that all significant potholes in town are fully recorded with Essex Highways. The aims will be both to try to get the potholes repaired, and also to support local residents who suffer damage from poorly maintained roads by showing that relevant potholes have been properly previously reported.”

R4U’s Paul Gadd concluded “Since the 25th July flooding in Saffron Walden, I have been is discussions with Essex County Council drainage engineers to address the flooding issues in the town. They are now starting a programme of drain clearage. Debden Rd, East St and Thaxted Rd were some of the areas most affected by flooding. I am hopeful that ECC will be able to take advantage of the road closures for the resurfacing to also to clear those drains and implement some highways modifications to lessen the impacts of future flooding.”

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.

Residents for Uttlesford can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.