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 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 Sandi Merifield

      Sandi Merifield is very active in Stebbing and has served on Stebbing Parish Council for 12 years. She is volunteers in the village store and is the local coordinator of the Poppy Appeal Collection. She is one of the 2 R4U Uttlesford District Councillors for the Felsted and Stebbing ward, and chairs the UDC Planning Committee.

      “I believe in listening and working with the community, fighting for the rights of residents and aiming to find the balance between protecting our communities and enhancing our children’s future.” Sandi Merifield

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      Council for Voluntary Service – Uttlesford (UDC), Councillor at Stebbing Parish Council, Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Housing Board (UDC), Local Plan Working Group (UDC), Planning Committee (UDC)

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      Sandi says:

      I live in Stebbing with my husband Peter, our two dog and two cats. We moved here nearly 25years ago with our three children and have counted ourselves lucky ever since to be part of this community.

      I have served on Stebbing Parish Councillor for over 12 years including on most of its committees. I have spent a number of years working on local planning issues, including representing the local community for the proposed West of Braintree Garden Community. I have also worked collaboratively and successfully on gaining an ‘Asset of Community Value’ for Andrewsfield. At UDC I chair the Planning Committee.

      Stebbing has the community run Village Stores where I volunteer once a week enjoying meeting members of our community and passing customers. I coordinate the Poppy Appeal Collection annually in Stebbing and am a member of the Stebbing Fete organising committee. Having had a career in Education in both secondary schools and colleges I am now a governor at a local Nursery & Primary school.

      We all love and appreciate living in this area and whilst I do accept the need for new homes and change, I truly feel that the communities of Felsted and Stebbing are not being listened to with regard to what communities want.

      I believe in listening and working with the community, fighting for the rights of residents and aiming to find the balance between protecting our communities and enhancing our children’s future.

      I have long believed that National party politics should not play a part in local democracy. Local issues need to be addressed by a locally focussed party that understands and supports local interests. I believe that R4U is, by reorganising how UDC is structured and using the best skills available. By working together with our communities we will achieve this.

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        Cllr Deryk Eke

        Deryk is a Chartered Civil Engineer who has lived in the area for more than 17 years. During his career he has delivered many major £billon infrastructure projects worldwide. His experience is an asset to Uttlesford District Council, helping it solve the major infrastructure issues we face.

        “The council must be prepared to stand up for the residents and demand developers give back to the community. I believe with my experience and passion for delivering successful projects I can help hold them to account, whilst improving our quality of life across Uttlesford.” Deryk Eke

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        Assets of Community Value and Local Heritage List Committee (UDC), Councillor at Saffron Walden Town Council, Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Highways Panel (UDC), North Essex Parking Partnership (UDC), Portfolio Holder: Infrastructure, Transport and Stansted Airport (UDC), Stansted Airport Advisory Panel (UDC), Uttlesford Transport Forum (UDC)

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        Deryk Eke is a recently retired Chartered Civil Engineer with over 40 years’ experience of delivering major national infrastructure projects worldwide including in America, Europe, South East Asia and back home in the UK.

        He was raised in Lower Sheering and schooled nearby in Sawbridgeworth and Harlow. He has been married for nearly 40 years and lived in and around the Saffron Walden area for more than 30 years.

        In 1994 he and his wife returned from a major project in Hong Kong. Deryk says that they were “living in Great Bardfield at the time, but managed to secure places for our children at Saffron Walden County High, not something you could hope to do now!”

        Since they moved into Saffron Walden town, Deryk says that the “explosion in house building, increase in traffic, deterioration in air quality, and lack of school and medical facilities” are all aspects that he and his children noticed more and more, and that is part of what has spurred him on to stand to represent other residents.

        He says that “The district council must be prepared to stand up for the residents and demand developers give back to the community, and R4U is the best party to make that happen because it only answers to local people.”

        Deryk belies that “with my experience and passion for delivering successful projects I can help improve our quality of life and better living environment across Uttlesford.”

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          Cllr Colin Day

          Colin is a retired Met Police Inspector. He has resided in Uttlesford for almost 25 years. He is the UDC portfolio holder for Communities, Community Safety, and Youth; and the liaison with the Police and Fire Service.

          “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 is passionate about ensuring the voices of residents, parish and town councils are heard. Since being elected to the council he has developed a close working relationship with the district police commander and lobbies for a greater presence of uniformed police officers throughout Uttlesford.

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          Assets of Community Value and Local Heritage List Committee (UDC), Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Dunmow Town Strategy Group (UDC), Essex County Traveller Unit (UDC), Essex Police, Fire and Crime Panel (UDC), Licensing and Environmental Health Committee (UDC), Local Strategic Partnership (UDC), Portfolio Holder: Communities and Resident (UDC), Portfolio Holder: Community Safety, Police and Emergency Services (UDC)

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          Colin is a retired Met Police Inspector. He has resided in Uttlesford for almost 25 years. He is the UDC portfolio holder for Communities, Community Safety, and Youth; and the liaison with the Police and Fire Service.

          Colin is passionate about ensuring the voices of residents, parish and town councils are heard by way of continual, meaningful engagement. Since being elected to the council he has developed a close working relationship with the district police commander and continues to lobby the elected Police & Fire Commissioner and Chief Constable to ask for a greater presence of uniformed police officers throughout the District.

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            Cllr Neil Hargreaves

            Chartered Accountant Neil Hargreaves has lived with his family in Newport for nearly 30 years, where he is a very active member of the community. Neil’s accountancy background makes him an invaluable member of the R4U team, particularly when it comes to Council finances and its major investments.

            “I am working to implement better policies to enhance and develop our district, to make the best of the mistakes already made, and support our local communities.” Neil Hargreaves

            A district councillor since 2015, he is a Chartered Accountant and is cabinet member for Finance and Budgets, and sits on the UDC Investments Board. He is chair of the Newport Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan steering group and has focused on local and district planning issues.

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            Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Investment Board (UDC), Portfolio Holder: Finance and Budget (UDC), Voluntary Support Grant Committee (UDC)

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            Originally from Lancashire, Neil Hargreaves has lived in Newport for nearly 30 years and his three children went to both Newport schools. He has used his accountancy skills to serve the community in various roles including Treasurer of the Friends of St Mary’s Church and Treasurer of the Newport Scouts. He is a regular contributor to the award winning Newport News village magazine, and is an administrator of the popular Newport Newsline Facebook group. He is chair of the steering group for the Newport, Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan and is active on planning and local community concerns.

            After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Neil moved with his wife to Kenya, where their son was born. After returning to London he worked for a large accountancy firm and then in the insurance industry. He managed a large accounts department, IT projects, and outsourcing contracts, and was Treasurer of a reinsurance broker. After moving to Chelmsford and then Newport, Neil commuted to London and to Norwich. During this time his wife worked as an Occupational Therapist and in a dispensary in Saffron Walden and Addenbrookes. Now retired, Neil’s final accountancy position was with a US balloon manufacturer in Bishops Stortford.

            Neil is a keen photographer, is a member of CPRE, and is out every day walking his Beagle around the villages in the ward.

            Where we live is rightly shown in surveys as being one of the best places in the country. He believes that development, both commercial and housing, can enhance the district if well planned and coordinated with good infrastructure and the services needed to support a larger population.

            But he considers that the lack of a Local Plan, which should have been in place in 2011, has caused serious damage to our towns, villages and rural areas.

            Residents’ strenuous efforts to reform these decisions had some success, but the Westminster party politically driven system remains unchanged as do the small core of councillors who run it. Neil therefore stood for election as a district councillor for the Newport ward in 2015 and was elected. He immediately set to work to sort out issues raised on the doorstep and has been able to implement a new speed sign, a major road sign project to stop the frequent bridge strikes in Newport, and an extension to a 30mph limit to protect a new housing estate.

            Neil holds weekly councillor surgeries in Dorringtons in Newport, is active on the local Facebook groups, and attends the parish council meetings in the three villages in the Ward

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              Cllr Garry LeCount

              An experienced entrepreneur in the media industry, Garry has been a senior executive for companies including EMI, Carlton TV and ITV. He is one of the two Elsenham and Henham district councillors and has served on Henham parish council Since 2015. He has lived in Henham for more than 35 years.

              “In 2017 you trusted Petrina Lees and I with your district council vote. Since then we’ve worked as a team to protect and enhance village life. We’ve dealt with many local issues, such as the road resurfacing outside the Elsenham shops, travellers, railway crossings and highway issues including speeding.” Garry LeCount

              At UDC Garry is a member of the Investment Committee, where he is able to scrutinise council investments using his significant career experience in buying and selling media companies.

              Garry is also Vice Chair of the UDC Scrutiny Committee. I will allow him to monitor of district’s new Local Plan as it progresses over the current council term. He says that it is his “objective to get a fair and sound plan that will be acceptable to all and protect our villages and towns from unsustainable mass development.”

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              Councillor at Henham Parish Council, Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Essex Police, Fire and Crime Panel (UDC), Investment Board (UDC), Planning Committee (UDC), Scrutiny Committee (UDC), Standards Committee (UDC), Stansted Airport Advisory Panel (UDC)

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              Garry LeCount is an experienced entrepreneur in the media industry, and has been a senior executive for companies including EMI and Carlton TV and ITV. He and his wife have lived in Henham for 36 years.

              He is one of the two Elsenham and Henham district councillors and serves on Henham parish council. At Uttlesford District Council he is a vice chair of the Scrutiny committee that brings to account the Councils decisions that fall below the standards that residents expect. He is also a key member of the council’s Investment Committee. He is also a member of both the Stansted Airport Community Trust and Uttlesford Transport Forum.

              At Henham Parish Council his responsibilities include highways, footpaths, web site and a new local information brochure. He was instrumental in closing a dangerous railway pedestrian crossing in Henham and as a district councillor in the resurfacing of the road outside the shops in Elsenham. He works to continue to bring positive changes to local issues by driving them through UDC and ECC.

              Elsewhere in the ward he serves as a committee member on the PPG (Patient Participation Group) at Elsenham Surgery.

              Garry is very concerned about unsustainable mass-homebuilding in the villages. In 2018 he voted to submit the Uttlesford Local Plan to Government, to stop uncontrolled additional housing and expansion in Henham, Elsenham and the rest of the district.

              Outside of the village he has built a successful career as a serial managing director and senior executive in the music and video industry, with leadership roles in companies such as EMI and Carlton TV and ITV. He currently works as Financial Director for his son building a group of successful media companies.

              He has a daughter with two children, and when not working he enjoys golf, music history, and being with his young grandchildren.

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