Cllr Arthur Coote

Arthur Coote is a well-respected Saffron Walden town councillor for the Castle ward. He was born in the town where he lives with his wife. He’s a director of the Bell Nursery and active in many other aspects of town life.

“I’m a strong believer that councils can work harder to do more to create an environment that allows the next generation to grow and give back to society. Through its actions R4U has shown it focuses on the issues that matter and cares about making a difference for local people. After years of being actively engaged with Labour, I joined R4U because they’ve shown that they are the party willing to work collaboratively for local people.” Arthur Coote

Several councillors have switched to R4U from the traditional parties because being free of a national agenda allows them to focus 100% on local residents with local issues.  Nationally Arthur is a long time Labour Party supporter. He was elected as a councillor to Saffron Walden Town Council in 2015 and to Uttlesford District Council in 2019. He was mayor of Saffron Walden for the 2019/2020 year.

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Councillor at Saffron Walden Town Council, Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Governance Review Working Group (UDC), Housing Board (UDC), Licensing and Environmental Health Committee (UDC), Scrutiny Committee (UDC), Vice Chair of the Council (UDC)

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Arthur Coote is a well-respected Saffron Walden town councillor. He was born in the town where he lives with his wife. Arthur is active in many aspects of town life including the Baptist Church. Key interest areas for him are community, equality, youth development and sports.

He’s is a family man who is committed to youth development. Arthur is a director and manager of the Bell Nursery in Saffron Walden and member of the charity Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY). Two of his children have followed him into education as both are head-teachers, and the third has followed a career in law.

Arthur is a lifelong member of Essex Cricket Club and a strong advocate for sports and healthy lifestyles. He’s been active in the funding and design of new playgrounds by Saffron Walden Town Council, and been working to provide more open spaces and sports facilities.

Nationally and locally Arthur has been a long-time supporter of the Labour Party. He was elected as a councillor to Saffron Walden Town Council in 2015 and serves as Mayor for the 2019/2020 year. Like a number of councillors from all the main national parties, he joined R4U to create a difference locally.

Arthur Coote says “Over the last 50 years I have taken part in hundreds of campaigns for Labour candidates. I have stood for office to try to create a more equal society and have been a member of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party. Over the last 4 years it’s become clear that the best way to represent local residents and uphold the ideals I stand for at the district council is by joining R4U. R4U has shown they care about the community’s future and want to create a positive difference for local people. They’ve proven that they are the only party that has the skills and support to deliver for local people. In my mind it’s simple: I will continue to vote for Labour on national issues, but am standing for R4U to deliver local things for local residents. I urge others to vote local Resident for local matters.”

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Cllr Patrick Lavelle

Patrick’s career in the pharma sector will give him a unique perspective into one of our region’s important industries including being able to scrutinise UDC’s property investments.

“Residents need strong representation to ensure that their views and heard and acted on. One of the biggest concerns in the area is new housing. Along with new housing we need to protect the environment and include the necessary infrastructure and recreational facilities to support the needs of both current and future residents.” Patrick Lavelle

Patrick is an R4U councillor for the Uttlesford Dunmow South & Barnston Ward. The ward has 3 councillors and his R4U ward colleagues are Colin Day and Rod Jones.

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Committee of the Friends of the Maltings (UDC), Councillor at Great Dunmow Town Council, Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Deputy Mayor (GDTC), Dunmow Day Management Centre (UDC), Essex Waste Partnership Board (UDC), Investment Board (UDC), Licensing and Environmental Health Committee (UDC), Museum Management Working Group (UDC), Scrutiny Committee (UDC)

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Patrick Lavelle took early retirement after a successful 35 year career in the pharmaceutical industry. His career in the pharma sector gives him a unique perspective into one of our region’s most important industries, including being able to scrutinise UDC’s  investment in Chesterford Research Park.

Other areas that interest Patrick are policing and reducing crime, and the issues related to large new housing developments in the area.

As a councillor he wants to ensure that new housing proposals are properly scrutinised and development controlled to benefit residents. He believes that it is important to make sure that due consideration is given to the impact on the environment, on the local services (schools, medical facilities and recreational facilities) as well as supporting infrastructure including not just vehicular access but also public transport, cycling and walking access.

Patrick lives in the ward represents.

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Cllr James de Vries

An Uttlesford resident since 1985, James has a background in aviation, has worked closely with Stansted Airport and specialises in commercial IT. He has spearheaded local business networking initiatives and runs a small sports club in his spare time.

“It is important that we retain the natural beauty and heritage of our communities. I’m concerned about the impacts of large housing developments, rural broadband, policing, traffic, and local school places. I’m also keen to tackle the smaller issues that affect quality of life, such as speeding, fly-tipping, travellers, potholes and recycling.“ James de Vries

James is a councillor for both the Uttlesford District Ashdon Ward and Saffron Walden Town Council.

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Assets and Services (SWTC), Councillor at Saffron Walden Town Council, Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Governance, Audit and Performance Committee (UDC), Investment Board (UDC), Planning Committee (UDC), Scrutiny Committee (UDC)

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James de Vries has been an Uttlesford resident since 1985.

For work he specialises in commercial IT and has a background in aviation working closely with Stansted Airport. In the local community he has spearheaded local business networking initiatives and runs a small sports club in his spare time.

James says “It is important that we retain the natural beauty and heritage of our communities. I’m concerned about the impacts of large housing developments, rural broadband, policing, traffic, and local school places. I’m also keen to tackle the smaller issues that affect quality of life, such as speeding, fly-tipping, travellers, potholes and recycling.“

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Cllr Vere Isham

Vere Isham has lived in the area with his family for more than 25 years. He is both an Uttlesford District Councillor for Takeley and a Broxted Parish Councillor.

As a local business owner he believes that UDC should be doing more to grow local jobs. His background in design and architecture gives him insight into how the district council could be planning for better, more affordable homes and building modern communities that are properly integrated with facilities and transport. He also believes that the airport needs to be a better neighbour to the local area.

“The residents of Takeley are being taken for granted. National Party politics must not be allowed to override local needs, as they do today. We need new representation at Uttlesford District Council get things done for residents. I see Residents for Uttlesford as a way for local people to have a greater say in local issues.” Vere Isham

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Councillor at Broxted Parish Council, Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Energy and Climate Change Working Group (UDC), Governance Review Working Group (UDC), Governance, Audit and Performance Committee (UDC), Licensing and Environmental Health Committee (UDC), Standards Committee (UDC), Stansted Airport Advisory Panel (UDC)

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Vere Isham has lived in the area for more than 25 years. He and wife live in Broxted in the Takeley Ward and his sons attended the Rose Acres Primary School and local secondary schools. He is active in the local community and serves as a Broxted Parish Councillor.

He says “I see Residents for Uttlesford as a way for local people to have a greater say in local issues and to overcome many of the difficulties in dealing with the district and county councils. National Party politics must not be allowed to override local needs, as they do today.

A background in design and architecture has given Vere key insights to many of the issues relating to local housing and the wider infrastructural impacts. He believes that smart design can play a huge role making homes more affordable, cutting both the building and running costs. He wishes to see improvements at the district council to force developers to build better, truly affordable homes.

Vere believes that new local housing must be designed to be integrated with public transport and facilities right from the start. He doesn’t support the district council’s policy of letting developers build new housing estates in what are basically isolated and remote fields without any infrastructure. He says “Relying only on vehicle access to shops, schools, doctors, and employment is unsustainable and is just poor design and planning. It also creates traffic and speed issues through villages, making them less livable.” Vere says that ‘infrastructure before homes’, proper transport integration, and safer roads are all important policy priorities for him.

After a career of design freelancing, Vere is now a part owner in a local business. He believes that more should be done to support and grow local jobs and businesses. He says “In Uttlesford we have a well-educated and mobile workforce. We need to keep people here contributing to the local economy. He says “I want to see business parks, workshops and startup hubs included in the local planning policies. Affordable rental spaces are also a vital part of encouraging new business to develop. And expanding ultra-fast broadband right into our most rural areas is a fundamental part of growing and retaining local businesses.

Vere says he also cares passionately about the local environment. He says “Maintaining the local footpath networks to encourage access to our countryside and neighborhoods is important. We live in a relatively flat part of the country, and so cycle paths should also be encouraged and integrated into new and existing developments. Cambridge is very progressive and investing in cycle paths right to the borders of Uttlesford. Why isn’t our council doing anything?” He also cares deeply about the local environment. Vere says “Litter that accumulates around Takeley and the airport road access just keeps increasing. I want is to find solutions to stop this and if elected will work to have this cleared more regularly.

He also understands the environmental and local impacts of the airport itself. Vere says “The airport is an important part of our area and a big employer, but it needs to be a good neighbour. Living under the Stansted flight path, I understand the noise issues. I have supported the work of Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) both as an individual and in my work as a parish councillor. Importantly there is legislation that the Uttlesford District Council could use to lower the causes of aircraft noise, and it should. The district council can also make big improvements to limit airport-parting in our villages, so why hasn’t it? The residents of Takeley are being taken for granted. We need new representation at Uttlesford District Council get things done for residents.

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Cllr Colin Day

Colin is a retired Met Police Inspector. He has resided in Uttlesford for almost 25 years. He is the UDC portfolio holder for Communities, Community Safety, and Youth; and the liaison with the Police and Fire Service.

“The residents of Uttlesford are entitled to have their say in how the district is run and the forthcoming elections are an opportunity for the residents to vote for an important change in how they are represented.” Colin Day

Colin is passionate about ensuring the voices of residents, parish and town councils are heard. Since being elected to the council he has developed a close working relationship with the district police commander and lobbies for a greater presence of uniformed police officers throughout Uttlesford.

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Assets of Community Value and Local Heritage List Committee (UDC), Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Dunmow Town Strategy Group (UDC), Essex County Traveller Unit (UDC), Essex Police, Fire and Crime Panel (UDC), Licensing and Environmental Health Committee (UDC), Local Strategic Partnership (UDC), Portfolio Holder: Communities and Resident (UDC), Portfolio Holder: Community Safety, Police and Emergency Services (UDC)

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Colin is a retired Met Police Inspector. He has resided in Uttlesford for almost 25 years. He is the UDC portfolio holder for Communities, Community Safety, and Youth; and the liaison with the Police and Fire Service.

Colin is passionate about ensuring the voices of residents, parish and town councils are heard by way of continual, meaningful engagement. Since being elected to the council he has developed a close working relationship with the district police commander and continues to lobby the elected Police & Fire Commissioner and Chief Constable to ask for a greater presence of uniformed police officers throughout the District.

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