Essex Country Council and other Uttlesford local elections – 6th May 2021

The Essex Country Council elections are on 6th May 2021. Residents for Uttlesford is pleased to be standing a full slate of candidates. There are also 3 by-elections. Find out …read more →

Katherine Gregory

Katherine is a freelance journalist who has worked for many national and regional titles and is standing for the Saffron Walden Town Council Little Walden Ward.

 “I’ve loved bringing up a family in this wonderful place. I want to help be a custodian of our area, so that all residents, existing and new, can love where they live too.”
Katherine Gregory

As the daughter of a heritage architect, she is keen to make sure our built environment is protected and enhanced as our area develops. She believes our public spaces have played a critical role during the Covid pandemic, and she would like to help ensure that they continue to be maintained as a facility we can all be proud of.

Katherine has lived locally for 26 years and is a keen supporter of our local arts, libraries and press.

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Katherine is a freelance journalist who has worked for many national and regional titles. She has lived locally for 26 years and is a keen supporter of our local arts, libraries and press.

As the daughter of a heritage architect, she is keen to make sure our built environment is protected and enhanced as our area develops. She believes our public spaces have played a critical role during the Covid pandemic, and she would like to help ensure that they continue to be maintained as a facility we can all be proud of.

Katherine says she has loved bringing her family up in Saffron Walden and so wants to help be a custodian of the area so that families can continue to enjoy it well into the future.

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    Residents call for change at Essex County Council in May local elections to stop the cycle of failure

    Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) has announced that it is fielding candidates to contest the four Uttlesford seats at Essex County Council. The local party says that if elected, R4U councillors …read more →

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    Uli Gerhard

    From his business career Uli is expert in dealing with complex problems. He has a PhD in Chemistry from Cambridge and has spent several decades in banking and investment portfolio management. During the Covid pandemic he has also been volunteering in local vaccination centres.

     “Local residents need good, honest local representation that works only for them and their needs. I’ve joined R4U because I don’t think that career politicians or national parties should be involved in local councils.” – Uli Gerhard

    Uli is a former local school governor. Uli also cares passionately about our rural environment and has been a beekeeper for over 30 years. He and his wife, local GP Dr Yvonne Girgis-Hanna, live in Radwinter and their children attend SWCHS.

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    From his business career Uli is expert in dealing with complex problems. He has a PhD in Chemistry from Cambridge University and has spent several decades in banking and investment portfolio management. He wants to bring those business skills to supporting council finance and local economy programmes. During the Covid pandemic he has also been volunteering in the Bishops Stortford and Harlow vaccination centres.

    “Local residents need good, honest local representation that works only for them and their needs. I’ve joined R4U because I don’t think that career politicians or national parties should be involved in local councils.” – Uli Gerhard

    Closer to home, as a former Radwinter school governor, Uli has shown that he’s happy to stand up and support local parents. Now he wants to represent all his fellow residents.

    Uli also cares passionately about our rural environment and has been a beekeeper for over 30 years. He and his wife, local GP Dr Yvonne Girgis-Hanna, live in Radwinter and their children attend SWCHS.

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      Bianca Donald

      Bianca has taught in Uttlesford schools since 2004 both in Stansted and Hatfield Broad Oak. During Covid she has been providing online tutoring to support pupils. She understands parents’ frustration as education budgets have been slashed and school choice eradicated. ECC are responsible for local education and Bianca believes they are failing our youth.

      She is standing for R4U in the ECC Stansted Division, against Cllr Ray Gooding, the ECC Cabinet Member responsible for Education.

      “In over 20 years teaching, I have taught many of Stansted’s children. I’ve seen how for decades ECC’s education strategy has been failing our youth and community. It is time for change at ECC and residents need a strong say in what happens in Uttlesford.” – Bianca Donald

      Outside of her career Bianca coaches grassroots women’s sports and loves our countryside. She lives with her family in the county division that she wants to represent.

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      Bianca cares about our next generation. She has taught in Uttlesford schools since 2004 both in Stansted and Hatfield Broad Oak. During Covid she has been providing online tutoring in mathematics. She understands parents’ frustration as education budgets have been slashed and school choice eradicated. ECC are responsible for local education and Bianca believes they are failing our youth.

      She is standing for R4U in the ECC Stansted Division, against Cllr Ray Gooding, the ECC Cabinet Member responsible for Education.

      “In over 20 years teaching, I have taught many of Stansted’s children. I’ve seen how for decades ECC’s education strategy has been failing our youth and community. It is time for change at ECC and residents need a strong say in what happens in Uttlesford.” – Bianca Donald

      Bianca coaches grassroots women’s sports. For several years she served on the committee of the Bishops Stortford District Netball League. She currently plays for, manages and coaches a local team.

      Bianca lives with her family in the county division that she wants to represent. She loves the countryside and feels we must be ‘careful custodians of our environment’ and feels through R4U she can make Uttlesford a place that cares for its residents, local environment and businesses.

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        Cllr Mike Tayler

        Thaxted GP Dr Mike Tayler is a highly respected by the community and district councillor for the ward he lives in. He’s an advocate for better community services and against Essex County Council’s attempted closures of our libraries. He is very concerned about the double threats of a new town at Easton Park and a huge airport expansion.

        After recently joining forces with R4U with fellow ward councillor Martin Foley, Mike said

        “R4U are aligned with my principles and share the agenda I was elected on. We have lots to do to assure the future of Uttlesford. That means I am especially keen that strategic focus is set though the delivery of solid Corporate and Local Plans by UDC. I have been very impressed by how R4U have approached both of these so far. By joining forces with R4U at UDC, Martin and I believe that we will have more direct input over this future, as well as it being more beneficial for the needs of our ward residents.”

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        Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Energy and Climate Change Working Group (UDC), Licensing and Environmental Health Committee (UDC), Local Plan Working Group (UDC), Strategic Infrastructure Delivery Group (UDC), Waste Strategy Panel (UDC), West Essex Wellbeing Joint Committee (UDC)

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        Dr Mike Tayler is a highly respected Thaxted resident and district councillor for the Thaxted and Eastons ward. He’s an advocate for better community services, having campaigned for maintaining Day Centre services in the village and against Essex County Council’s attempted closure of the library. He cares about Uttlesford rural life, Climate Change and our rural environment. That means he is very concerned about the double threats of a new town at Easton Park and a huge airport expansion.

        After recently joining forces with R4U with fellow ward councillor Martin Foley, Mike said

        “R4U are aligned with my principles and share the agenda I was elected on. We have lots to do to assure the future of Uttlesford. That means I am especially keen that strategic focus is set though the delivery of solid Corporate and Local Plans by UDC. I have been very impressed by how R4U have approached both of these so far. By joining forces with R4U at UDC, Martin and I believe that we will have more direct input over this future, as well as it being more beneficial for the needs of our ward residents.”

        Mike and his wife Mary line in Thaxted. He’s been a GP at the Thaxted Surgery since 1986, where he still undertakes locum work.

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          Cllr Martin Foley

          Community champion and Thaxted resident Martin is one of Uttlesford’s longest serving and most respected councillors. He’s represented his ward at UDC since 1995. He’s an active local voice who campaigns for our environment, and against airport expansion, urban sprawl on our fields, and the closing of the local libraries.

          After recently joining forces with R4U with fellow ward councillor Mike Tayler, Martin said

          “Mike and I carefully watched the progress that R4U made at UDC since being elected to lead the council in 2019. They have fixed the finances, got the Conservatives’ £6m failed Local Plan back on track, are contesting the airport expansion, and are delivering a major Climate Change programme. By combining forces with R4U at UDC, Mike and I believe that we will have more direct input over the future of our district, as well as for our ward residents.”

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          Chair of the Council (UDC), Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Governance, Audit and Performance Committee (UDC), Housing Board (UDC), Standards Committee (UDC), Stansted Airport Advisory Panel (UDC)

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          Residents champion Martin is one of Uttlesford’s longest serving and most respected councillors. He’s represented the Thaxted and now Thaxted and the Eastons ward at UDC since 1995. He’s a strong and active local voice who campaigns for our environment, and against airport expansion, urban sprawl on our fields, and the closing of the local libraries.

          After recently joining forces with R4U with fellow ward councillor Mike Tayler, Martin said

          “Mike and I carefully watched the progress that R4U made at UDC since being elected to lead the council in 2019. They have fixed the finances, got the Conservatives’ £6m failed Local Plan back on track, are contesting the airport expansion, and are delivering a major Climate Change programme. By combining forces with R4U at UDC, Mike and I believe that we will have more direct input over the future of our district, as well as for our ward residents.”

          Before the Thaxted and Eastons Independents decided to combine with R4U, Martin and Mike spoke with many residents in their ward to gauge their feelings. They got strong support for the change. Now, as part of a larger R4U group, they will continue to work to deliver the things they were elected to do for their villages.

          Martin lives in Thaxted with his wife Claire.

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            Thaxted & Eastons Independents Martin Foley and Mike Tayler combine with R4U to serve residents more

            Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) and the Thaxted and the Eastons Independent Group have announced that they are joining forces at Uttlesford District Council. Dan Starr, chair of R4U, said “We …read more →

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