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 £50m investment in Chesterford Research Park.

“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 team mates are Colin Day and Rod Jones.

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Chair: Licensing and Environmental Health Committee (UDC), Councillor at Great Dunmow Town Council, Councillor at Uttlesford District Council

Patrick Lavelle has taken early retirement after a successful 35 year career in the pharmaceutical industry. His career in the pharma sector will give him a unique perspective into one of our region’s most important industries, including being able to scrutinise UDC’s £50m 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.

If elected he would like to ensure that new housing proposals were properly scrutinised and development controlled to benefit residents. He would like 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 he wishes to represent.

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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, Member: Scrutiny Committee (UDC)

 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 Colin Day

After retiring from Police as an Inspector after a 30 year career in the Met, Colin Day went on to be the General Manager of a golf club. He’s lived just north of Dunmow for 22 years with his wife.

“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 cares about affordable homes but believes that it is the wrong location to build a new town under the runways between the airport, Takeley and Dunmow.

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Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Vice Chair: Licensing and Environmental Health Committee (UDC)

Colin Day spent a career of 30 years in the Metropolitan Police and retired in the rank of Inspector. As a second career he entered the golf leisure industry and later became the General Manager of a prestigious private members golf club in Berkskire.

He has lived in Lindsell just north of Dunmow with his wife for the past 22 years.

Colin is very keen to ensure that the owners of Stansted Airport are kept in check by the powers invested in the District Council.

He believes there is a need for far more affordable homes and council housing in Uttlesford to cater for the next generation so that they can live in the area they were brought up in. However he has campaigned as a member of Stop Easton Park to try and persuade the District Council and the recently appointed examining Planning Inspectors that 10,000 new homes so close to Dunmow and Stansted Airport is a totally inappropriate place for large-scale building.

He says that he believes that “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.”

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