COVID-19 Briefing 17/04: UDC Leader says don’t avoid seeking medical help if you need it and keep active during lockdown

R4U’s John Lodge, Council Leader at UDC has issued the following Coronavirus update via Uttlesford District Council: As I write this message, the government has announced that the lockdown measures …read more →

COVID-19 Briefing 09/04: UDC provides help to residents in need and distributes £9m in local business emergency grant funding

R4U’s John Lodge, Council Leader at UDC has issued the following Coronavirus update via Uttlesford District Council: I wanted to start this message by thanking you for sticking to the …read more →

COVID-19 Briefing 01/04: Food distribution, support for vulnerable and council tax-shifting

John Lodge, R4U Chair and Council Leader at UDC has issued the following Coronavirus update: Since the Government’s lockdown announcement, Uttlesford District Council has been working on a number of …read more →

New Residents COVID-19 Uttlesford Business Directory enables locals to connect with essential services

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) has launched a programme to allow residents to connect with local businesses that have adapted customer-collect and home delivery services during the COVID-19 outbreak. R4U Chair …read more →

COVID-19 Uttlesford Business Directory

Our small local businesses such as restaurants, pubs, cafes, independent and village stores are vital parts of our communities. They will be more affected than most by any loss in …read more →

R4U announces UDC steps up action on coronavirus

The R4U led administration at Uttlesford District Council is following government advice for dealing with coronavirus, has plans in place to try to minimise impact to council services, and is …read more →

Cllr Petrina Lees

A proven champion of her community and local causes, Petrina Lees previously served on the Elsenham Parish Council for 17 years, including 3 as chair; enjoyed a 30 year career in nursing; and has been part of the leadership team of Save Our Villages for 9 years. Petrina stood for district council as an Independent in 2015 and was elected as an R4U councillor for the Uttlesford District Elsenham and Henham ward in 2017.

“I’m passionate about fairness and regularly jump in to volunteer to create a better community. I don’t seek an easy life – I’m not afraid to challenge the norm, roll up my sleeves and get things done. People who know me know I work tirelessly for local residents and their causes and will have seen that since I was elected I have done so.” Petrina Lees

 

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Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Deputy Leader of the Council (UDC), Member: Governance, Audit and Performance Committee (UDC), Portfolio Holder: Health and Wellbeing (UDC), Portfolio Holder: Housing (UDC)

Petrina Lees is a very active member of her community. She has lived in Elsenham for over 20 years with her husband, and their family. She cooks for the Lunch Club, runs the Elsenham Rainbow Guides and manages the village rounders team.

She is also well qualified as a councillor. She served on Elsenham parish council for 17 years including 3 years as chair. Petrina has been part of the leadership team of Save Our Villages for 9 years, helping secure last year’s planning rejection of ‘Hellsenham’ by the Secretary of State. She is also a member of the Joint Parishes Council Steering Group.

Outside of the home she enjoyed a career in nursing of more than 30 years, most recently caring for the terminally ill, but left the NHS a couple of years ago to concentrate on her family and community activities.

Petrina stood as an Independent in 2015 and was elected as an R4U councillor for the Uttlesford District Elsenham and Henham ward in 2017.

Petrina said “The first thing we addressed after being elected was the appalling state of the road outside the local shops in Elsenham.  For over 15 years there have been numerous complaints. As Parish Councillors we were always told by District Councillors that they were ‘unable to help or fix it because it was the responsibility of the county council’. That’s as may be, but it is shirking and rubbish, and that attitude holds no truck with me. People don’t care what council you are elected to. As a district councillors part of your job is to advocate for local people and hold those responsible to account, even at other authorities. Within 6 months of being elected we facilitated and contributed to the road being resurfaced. My motto is ‘never give up’ – there is always a way, you just have to think outside the box sometimes.”

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