New playground at Saffron Walden Golden Acre opened by R4U-led Saffron Walden Town Council

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) has announced that the refurbishment of the playground at the Golden Acre Community Centre in Saffron Walden has now been completed and the playground is open again.

Late last year, R4U-led Saffron Walden Town Council established a playground working group, initially to oversee the renewal of the Golden Acre playground. The working group will also be looking at refurbishments of the other Town Council playgrounds over the next few years.

Louise Millard (R4U) Louise Millard (R4U)

R4U’s Cllr Louise Millward, a member of the Saffron Walden Town Council Playground Working Group, said “We are absolutely delighted with the quality and range of equipment in the new playground at Golden Acre. It is opposite the Katherine Semar primary school and so is a well-used meet-up point for parents after school. Some of the equipment no longer met modern standards, but to get the best value for residents, as much equipment as possible has been retained and refurbished, whilst the Town Council has invested in a range of new play equipment. Wetpour has been used throughout the central play area to make it much more attractive in the winter months. We’re also pleased that in keeping with the refurbishment of the Common playground two years ago, the Town Council has made it accessible with a range of disability enabled equipment. The Town Council will arrange a formal re-opening later in the autumn, with the community involved.”

Cllr Millward continued “At R4U we believe we should be investing in community facilities through the councils we lead. We’re very proud of the play equipment that the Town Council provides and the numerous awards it has won. Following the refurbishment of both the Common and the Golden Acre playgrounds, over the next 18 months our attention is turning to refurbishments at the Anglo-American Playing Fields and in Little Walden.”

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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