Cllr Katherine Gregory

Katherine is a freelance journalist who has worked for many national and regional titles and is councillor 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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    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 is also an Essex County Councillor for the Thaxted Division. 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 Essex County Council, 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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        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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        Councillor at Saffron Walden Town Council, Member: Finance and Establishment (SWTC)

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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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