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 £50m investment in Chesterford Research Park.

“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 team mates are Colin Day and Rod Jones.

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Chair: Licensing and Environmental Health Committee (UDC), Councillor at Great Dunmow Town Council, Councillor at Uttlesford District Council

Patrick Lavelle has taken early retirement after a successful 35 year career in the pharmaceutical industry. His career in the pharma sector will give him a unique perspective into one of our region’s most important industries, including being able to scrutinise UDC’s £50m 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.

If elected he would like to ensure that new housing proposals were properly scrutinised and development controlled to benefit residents. He would like 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 he wishes to represent.

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Cllr Geof Driscoll

Geof has lived in the district for over 22 years and was a parish councillor for 8. After a 30 year career in senior management in the road haulage industry, he is well qualified to lead transport, highways, road safety and parking initiatives.

“I believe that it is time to fight for the rights of residents in Uttlesford. I feel that there is a correct balance between protecting our heritage and investing in the future for the youth of our district. I strongly believe that we, the residents of Uttlesford, have a right to control local issues not be told by national parties “this is what will be good for you.” Geof Driscoll

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Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Member: Licensing and Environmental Health Committee (UDC), Member: Scrutiny Committee (UDC)

Where do you live?

I have lived in Birchanger for the last 22+ years with my wife Angie.

Do you have any councillor or political experience?

I served on the Birchanger Parish Council for eight years in the early 2000s until work responsibilities altered my available hours, which meant I didn’t believe I could serve to the high standards that I believe the residents I was representing were entitled to.

Any work details that you may want to highlight that add to your experience?

I am a qualified transport manager, with over 30 years of international experience including divisional management for a blue-chip multinational organisation. I have operated my own transport consultancy (compliance and training) since 2009 and am an avid supporter of Road Safety.

Do you participate in community or residents’ groups, boards, or charities?

I was Birchanger’s local Poppy Appeal organiser for 15 years raising approximately £50,000 for ex-servicemen and women. I currently sit on the Birchanger Sports and Social Club committee, as well as on the Freight Transport Association Easton Region Council.

What would you like to achieve as a councillor?

I love the village/district and county I live in and want to help to stop it being spoiled. I enjoy helping people and wish to represent their views at council meetings. I want to fight for the rights of residents. I believe in the right type of housing in the right place, with the right infrastructure in place before building commences; and to make sure that large profit-making organisations pay their way and are not a drain on the public purse.

Highways and road safety topics are probably my strength and I have already started weekly surgeries in Hatfield Broad Oak, for any residents to discuss issues pertaining to the village/ward or personal to themselves. I believe that the whole council should pull together and work as a team for the benefits of residents in Uttlesford, not for party glory. I don’t believe in party whips – cooperation will achieve much more.

Why did you stand for Residents for Uttlesford?

As residents of Uttlesford national issues and local issues rarely carry the same weight in our daily lives. Of course, everyone has the right to vote for which person/party they wish, but only locally focused parties can deliver specific local democracy. By providing real, transparent leadership R4U, at a local level is representing our local interests.

By reorganising the way UDC is structured, and by using the best skills and tools available, R4U will be able to deliver higher levels of services. But we all need to work together to achieve this. Let’s all make sure we make the most of where we love to live – together.

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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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Councillor at Saffron Walden Town Council, Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Member: Assets and Services (SWTC), Member: Licensing and Environmental Health Committee (UDC)

James de Vries has been an Uttlesford resident since 1985.

For work her 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.

He is a local business owner that believes UDC should be doing more to grow local jobs. His background in design and architecture gives him great 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, Member: Governance, Audit and Performance Committee (UDC), Member: Licensing and Environmental Health Committee (UDC), Vice Chair: Licensing and Environmental Health Committee (UDC)

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

After retiring from Police as an Inspector after a 30 year career in the Met, Colin Day went on to be the General Manager of a golf club. He’s lived just north of Dunmow for 22 years with his wife.

“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 cares about affordable homes but believes that it is the wrong location to build a new town under the runways between the airport, Takeley and Dunmow.

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Colin Day spent a career of 30 years in the Metropolitan Police and retired in the rank of Inspector. As a second career he entered the golf leisure industry and later became the General Manager of a prestigious private members golf club in Berkskire.

He has lived in Lindsell just north of Dunmow with his wife for the past 22 years.

Colin is very keen to ensure that the owners of Stansted Airport are kept in check by the powers invested in the District Council.

He believes there is a need for far more affordable homes and council housing in Uttlesford to cater for the next generation so that they can live in the area they were brought up in. However he has campaigned as a member of Stop Easton Park to try and persuade the District Council and the recently appointed examining Planning Inspectors that 10,000 new homes so close to Dunmow and Stansted Airport is a totally inappropriate place for large-scale building.

He says that he believes that “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.”

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Cllr Stewart Luck

Jumbo Jet pilot Stewart is a Debden Parish councillor and very active in the village. He’s created and driven a number of significant youth development programmes and is a member of the General Aviation All Party Parliamentary Group for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). After a career in aviation Stewart is well suited to understanding the role Stansted Airport plays nationally and locally.

“You get back what you put in. I’m dedicated both to Debden & Wimbish villages and helping the next generation develop the skills and confidence they need to be successful.” Stewart Luck

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Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Member: Licensing and Environmental Health Committee (UDC)

Stewart is committed to Debden village and the local area having lived there for about 40 years. He has organised Debden fetes, barn dances and other events. He served as a councillor in his 40s and again now that he has retired for the last 6 years.

Stewart is a keen member of the Royal British Legion and until 2018 was a local Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Coordinator. In 2018 he trained as a Standard Bearer and represented Debden on the Royal British Legion GP90 pilgrimage march to Ypres and the WW1 battlefields.

Heading up a team of local residents and representatives from Carver Barracks, Stewart has successfully secured substantial funds for the proposed new Village Hall under the MOD covenant agreement.  Also as part of this community based initiative he has led the Debden village to achieve podium results while competing in the Essex Best Kept Village competitions, once again that was partnered by Carver Barracks.

Stewart Luck has spent a career in aviation. He remains a qualified flying instructor, air display organiser, display pilot, training captain, and Jumbo Jet pilot. With this expertise and local knowledge, he served on Stansted Airport Consultative Group with a particular interest in dealing with aircraft noise and overflight issues for the surrounding villages. This experience makes him the ideal candidate to support Council brief for Uttlesford’s biggest employer, Stansted Airport.

Stewart Luck is particularly supportive of youth and education initiatives, where he seeks to combine his passion for flying with developing life skills in the next generation.  He started out as a member of the Air Cadets, an organisation for which Stewart says he has a high regard. He is a past chairman of 1824 Sqdn (Saffron Walden) ATC and past leader of Debden Youth Club and supports Scouts weekend aviation camps.

As an Executive Committee Member of the Light Aircraft Association Stewart championed flying for younger members. In 2003 he invented and sponsored the first UK Youth Build-a- Plane Project, which is now sponsored by Boeing and The Royal Aeronautical Society. On the back of Stewart’s initial endeavours over 30 kit planes have been built and/or flown by young people.

Stewart also volunteers as a STEM Ambassador visiting schools in Essex to inspire young people about life & career options.

Recently he has been appointed as a member of the General Aviation All Party Parliamentary Group for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

In his spare time Stewart enjoys family life, playing badminton, sailing & boating, flying in light aircraft and driving classic cars.

 

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