R4U delighted that UDC gives Stansted residents more say over new Community Hub services and funding

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) has announced that its administration at Uttlesford District Council has agreed to Stansted Mountfitchet Parish Council’s wish to take over the running of a new expanded Community Hub, which will be supported by a grant from UDC.

Richard Freeman (R4U) Richard Freeman (R4U)

R4U’s Cllr Richard Freeman, who is the UDC Portfolio Holder for Council Services, said “As a residents’ party, we fully support decentralisation which enables residents to locally decide the services they require. Through agreement with our administration at UDC, we are delighted that Stansted Mountfitchet Parish Council will now run their Community Day Centre and choose the exact services they need. The Parish Council already owns the building and will tailor services as part of a new and expanded Community Hub. At Uttlesford District Council we’re delighted to support the transfer of services along with a cash-injection grant of £26,000 to improve and upgrade the facilities.”

Cllr Richard Freeman added “Our localism and decentralisation ethos at R4U is enshrined in our Residents Charter at UDC. This often means allowing and supporting parish and town councils to provide services tailored to the needs of their community. Many residents will have seen the success of our approach in Saffron Walden. There, the R4U-led Town Council has been able to provide new and award-winning sports, play, business and tourism services that residents really value. We’re glad to continue to deliver on our manifesto pledge of giving residents more control and wish Stansted Mountfitchet Parish Council every success with their new Community Hub.”

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