Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is undertaking a significant portfolio team reshuffle at Uttlesford District Council to synchronise with the appointment of the council’s new Chief Executive, with Deputy Leader Petrina Lees intending to become the council’s first female leader.
Current Uttlesford District Council Leader, R4U’s Cllr John Lodge, said “We were elected to take UDC over from the Conservatives for two reasons – to fix longstanding issues at the council – and to build a more resident-focussed Uttlesford for the future. We have substantially delivered the first, which is what I came to do.”
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 took majority control of UDC by gaining two-thirds of the seats. Since then it has set about re-engineering the now award-winning council operates, rebuilding the finances and fixing how planning is done. 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.