Cllr Kirstie Frost

Kirstie has lived in Saffron Walden all her life. She has three children of school age and works full time as an Early Years Educator. She is passionate about the provision of services and facilities for you people.

“If I am elected I will try and improve the towns youth services and green spaces for the use of the Saffron Walden’s young people.” Kirstie Frost

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Kirstie has lived in Saffron Walden all her life. She has three children of school age and works full time as an Early Years Educator. If elected Kirstie says she will try and improve the towns youth services and green spaces for the use of the Saffron Walden’s young people.

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    Cllr Richard Porch

    Successful businessman Richard has chaired a number of companies during his career and provided consulting services to other organisations. He has a long history of active involvement with a number of charities. He has lived in Saffron Walden for 20+ years with his family.

    “I’m concerned about the failure of the current UDC administration to hold developers accountable for their community responsibilities and the negative effect this has on our infrastructure, local facilities, and council taxes.” Richard Porch

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    Richard has lived in Saffron Walden for 20+ years and has 4 children and 7 grandchildren living in Uttlesford. He has chaired a number of construction businesses during his career as well as operating as a consultant to other organisations. He has a long history of active involvement with various charities both Chairing and Trusteeship, in the UK and overseas.

    He has provided management support to Residents for Uttlesford since its foundation. Richard is concerned about the failure of the current administration to hold developers accountable for their community responsibilities and the effect this has on the both infrastructure and local facilities as well as poor business decision making that affects the cost that we all incur through our rates.

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      Cllr Louise Millward

      Saffron Walden resident Louise has 15 years’ experience in grant-seeking fundraising and philanthropy for charities. She has recently taken up a role with a charity working in the sphere of women’s rights in Africa and Asia.

      “I believe that change happens when it is locally owned and driven. That is why I’m standing for Residents for Uttlesford.” Louise Millward

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      Louise Millward has 15 years’ experience in grant-seeking fundraising, philanthropy, and running events for international and national charities. She is currently working in the sphere of women’s rights having recently taken up a trustee role for a sexual and reproductive health charity working in Africa and Asia.

      Louise is a Saffron Walden resident and she says “a parent whose children benefit from the wonderful and varied facilities that the town and surrounding areas has to offer.”

      Louise believes that change happens when it is locally owned and driven.

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        Cllr Jonathon Toy

        Jonathon has worked in the public sector on community safety and enforcement programmes for the past 20 years with experience in with the Home Office and four London boroughs leading operational teams working to disrupt local drugs markets and combat violence.

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        Councillor at Saffron Walden Town Council, Member: Planning and Road Traffic (SWTC), Vice Chair: Finance and Establishment (SWTC)

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        Jonathon has been working in the field of community safety and enforcement for the past 20 years with experience in four London boroughs, initially in Hackney, leading an operational team for the council working closely with the police to disrupt local drugs markets. He is currently working for Croydon Council in the development of their violence reduction approach.

        He was also the inaugural chair the London Heads of Community Safety Group which helps to shape the community safety priorities for London, working with the Greater London Assembly and London Councils.

        Jonathon has extensive knowledge of enforcement services, including the regulatory framework for environmental health, private sector housing and street enforcement. He has also led in the development and delivery of civil protection both from an operational and strategic perspective. He was the lead officer in the response to the Lakanal Fire in Southwark in 2009.

        Jonathon has specialist knowledge in working with young people and families,  and developing innovative programmes to address violent crime and gang related violence. Over the past 15 years he has developed a number of programmes to support vulnerable  individuals and families.  He continues to provide mentoring and support at a community level, to help young people and young adults make positive life choices to fulfil their potential. He is a Patron of The David Idowu Foundation.

        Jonathon worked with the Home Office in 2011 following the Summer Riots, advising on programmes to address gang and weapon violence and in the drafting of the “Ending Gang and Youth Violence Report” He is a member of the governments national Ending Gang and Youth Violence Team, developing multi-agency approaches at a local level to address serious violent crime.

        Jonathon has published a number of articles and papers on gangs and serious youth violence, most notably a practitioner report in 2009 titled “Die another Day”, articles for Safer Communities (Pier Professional Ltd) and more recently “Silent Voices” – based on real life stories from people affected by gang violence.

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          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 Rod Jones

              Rod Jones lives in Dunmow with his wife. After nearly 25 years in the Armed Services defending democracy, he stood for R4U to do the same at a local level. In his spare time he’s an active part of the Friends of the Flitch Way.

              “To be a councillor is a great honour and privilege. It takes hard work and dedication to properly represent your Town or Ward. Being elected as a councillor shouldn’t be dependent on the colour of your rosette and no matter the outcome of a decision or vote I will always look a person in the eye and say ‘I tried my best’.” Rod Jones

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              Councillor at Great Dunmow Town Council, Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Governance, Audit and Performance Committee (UDC), Highways Panel (UDC), Planning Committee (UDC), Scrutiny Committee (UDC), Waste Strategy Panel (UDC)

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               Where you live and how long you’ve lived in the area?

              I live in Great Dunmow and moved here in Jan 2015 after retiring from the Armed Forces (nearly 25 years of service). I have moved around a lot, visited and worked in many counties and countries; Dunmow is where my wife and I have chosen to make our home.

              Any councillor (e.g. parish) or political experience you may have?

              I have no previous political experience but I understand the difficulties of dealing with local issues and getting results that benefit all. I am pragmatic and realise you have to be willing to put your head above the parapet in order to make yours and others voices heard.

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

              The military wasn’t the best place to practice democracy but it sure gave me a reason to defend it. I am determined, passionate, will not accept second best and will fight for anyone in my Town, Ward and District to ensure democracy is well and truly alive and kicking.

              Are you involved in an community or residents’ groups, boards, charities, or volunteering?

              I am a member of the Friends of the Flitch Way and when I can spare the time I volunteer for their work parties to help maintain the nationally recognised bridleway and cycle trail.

              I have campaigned to improve a local byway damaged by irresponsible ‘off-roaders’ that has encompassed a multi-agency approach.

              Why did you stand, what are your hot topics and what would you like to achieve?

              Local politics by local people, after all we all have to live with the decisions made in our name now and into the future. Houses are built; homes and communities are made by the people in them. My achievement will be to do what a councillor is elected to do and fairly represent those that elected me. If I do that, its achievement enough!

              Why did you think standing for Residents for Uttlesford is important?

              Local government decisions should not be based on the colour of a rosette or what you have been ‘whipped’ to make. Hard decisions have to be made and so should be done on evidence, cross party and with without forgetting the effect on current and future generations. After all we are human and making people’s lives better or trying to mitigate the negative effects of policy decisions is what our councillors should be striving to achieve.

              R4U and other such likeminded councillors are trying to do this, however the current structure of the council means they are out voted. In the ideal world this shouldn’t matter, in the real world it does and so the district needs more ‘non-politically’ but resident centric councillors.

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                Cllr Neil Reeve

                Neil Reeve is a highly experienced chartered engineer with 40+ years’ experience. He was previously chair of an industry division of ISO, the prestigious international standard-setting body. His experience will be invaluable in helping the council solve its infrastructure deficits. He is a councillor at High Easter Parish Council and at Uttlesford District Council. In his spare time he volunteers for nature conservancy causes.

                “It’s very straightforward. I’ve become increasingly frustrated by the current district council. They are driven by Westminster policy. I stood because I believed that it is time for a change. It’s very important that residents are listened to. We need local residents’ views, local decisions, and more local infrastructure.” Neil Reeve

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                Chair: Standards Committee (UDC), Councillor at High Easter Parish Council, Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Member: Scrutiny Committee (UDC)

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                Where you live and how long you’ve lived in the area?

                I live in High Easter with my wife, Loes. We’ve were lucky to buy our home in High Easter about 20 years ago. Since my retirement in 2012 I have become increasingly involved in village, parish and local issues. Prior to this we lived and worked all over the world, including Malaysia, South Korea, Denmark, New Zealand and The Netherlands.

                Our three children each have their own families (giving us 5 grandchildren in total) and lead diverse lives. One lives in Kent and works for Kent County Council. One lives in Holland and works in the University of Utrecht Library. One is currently working for Oxfam in Myanmar.

                Any councillor or political experience you may have?

                I am a member of the High Easter Parish Council. In this respect I have been putting energy into the Stansted Airport issues, village affordable housing and local broadband. I have learned that local infrastructure issues must not be ignored.

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

                I am a Chartered Engineer with approximately 40 years of international experience. I worked with Royal Dutch Shell until I retired from them in 2012. For the first third of my career I worked as a Structural Engineer designing, building and maintaining offshore platforms. Thereafter I developed Shell’s system of specifications and standards for all their operations worldwide. In this capacity, I became chair of the committee in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) responsible for international standards the oil and gas industry. I still have this role till mid-2019. I have learned how to listen to very diverse groups and lead the parties to an agreement (a consensus standard).

                Are you involved in any community or residents’ groups, boards, charities, or volunteering?

                I’m a director, trustee and treasurer of the East of England Apples and Orchards Project (EEAOP). This is a charity, with a trading arm (i.e. under Charities Commission and Companies House), whose aim is the collect and conserve the region’s heritage fruit trees; and get these (re-)planted throughout the region.

                I am also a treasurer, and committee member of the Essex Beekeepers Association (EBKA) (Braintree Division).

                What would you like to achieve as a councillor?

                It’s very straightforward. I’ve become increasingly frustrated by the current district council. They are driven by Westminster policy. I believe that it is time for a change. I’ve got the energy to put into this. It’s very important that we listen to residents, and I’ll be going out of my way to listen to get their views. We need local residents’ views, local decisions, and more local infrastructure.

                I am new to district council politics, but I am a parish councillor. Following the development of the UDC Local Plan and the application for the expansion of Stansted Airport, it has become apparent to me that the current administration doesn’t properly address essential infrastructure issues. I want to see this behaviour reversed.

                During my working life, I used a motto “Cooperation not Competition”. I think that this can also apply in local politics.

                Why did you stand for Residents for Uttlesford?

                I have been impressed that in a short time Residents for Uttlesford has made an impact: not only in Saffron Walden, but also at Uttlesford District Council. In order to make a larger impact, R4U needs to control the UDC. I hope therefore that with the support of residents, who are not happy with some of the recent decision-making, R4U can win sufficient councillors to gain that control.

                The key point is that R4U is a party for local issues, not national ones. It can therefore be more agile to steer the district council in a direction that residents in the Uttlesford want, rather than as directed by a Westminster-based party.

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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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