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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    Cllr Maggie Sutton

    With long and strong ties to Takeley, Maggie is an experienced and active campaigner on many issues which directly affect residents and the quality of living in Uttlesford. She’s on the executive committee of Stop Stansted Expansion and Stop Easton Park, the proposed new town of 10,000 homes that will connect Dunmow and Takeley.

    “I am truly passionate about this area. Having been embedded in Takeley life for years, know the importance of community. We need to care for the specialness of our history and archaeology, the uniqueness of our countryside, and we need strong residents’ representation to make sure proper strategic plans are created for our future.” Maggie Sutton

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    Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Member: Governance, Audit and Performance Committee (UDC), Member: Planning Committee (UDC)

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    Maggie Sutton is an experienced and active campaigner on local issues. She believes that to make a difference people have to get up and get involved.

    Maggie knows the importance of community. She knows that Takeley has a strong active community, good schools and nursery, along with many clubs and associations at its heart. She served as a Governor at Takeley Roseacres School for during the period its move to the new site.

    She is also passionate about the local area, its history, archaeology, and countryside.

    Maggie has been a member of the executive committee of Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) since its inception in 2002, working out of the office at The Old School in Takeley for much of that time. She says that being part of SSE has “given me a massive opportunity to become familiar with every part Takeley where I have attended and helped organise many consultation, campaign, outreach and fundraising events. Through that I have association with many Parish council representatives and many, many people who live in the area.”

    Of the airport, she says “I am very aware what being a neighbour to Stansted Airport means for Takeley residents. Clearly there are jobs, but also major concerns about noise, light and air pollution, and major traffic and parking issues.”

    Maggie serves on the committee of campaign group Stop Easton Park. Easton Park is Uttlesford District Council’s proposed new town of 10,000 homes that will in-effect connect Dunmow and Takeley across the A120. She believes that the siting of the new town will be extremely detrimental to the area of historic area of Easton Park and beyond. She believes that strategic planning must be undertaken and proper controls put in place to protect the uniqueness of our countryside as our district expands.

    Maggie realised she needed to take the next step to represent residents.

    She said “As I attend UDC council meetings on matters such as housing and the airport I become very concerned and anxious. I saw that those elected to represent us here simply take their lead from the party they represent in parliament. It seems evident that local people do not matter to them. Putting my name forward as a Residents candidate to represent Takeley and the communities of Broxted, Chickney, and Little Canfield is not something I take lightly. I know I must give you a 100percent commitment. I truly believe, Residents for Uttlesford provide the ONLY platform we have to be properly represented at in the district council.”

    Maggie Sutton has strong family and community ties to the Takeley ward. She lived in Boxted for many years while her children were growing up. She has five grown up children, all which live in Uttlesford. She currently lives in Lindsell with her family.

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      Cllr Geoff Bagnall

      Geoff Bagnall has been selected by R4U for the Uttlesford District Council 2019 local elections. He is a Takeley Parish Councillor and Vice Chair since 2011. Geoff is committed to creating greater local community involvement in shaping the future of Uttlesford. He stood as an independent candidate in 2015.  He joined R4U in 2019 and was elected to Uttlesford District Council for Takeley ward.

      “I believe we need local representation at Uttlesford rather than the mainstream political parties if we are to secure the proper future for our communities. There is great support for local decisions on the doorstep.” Geoff Bagnall

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      Councillor at Takeley Parish Council, Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Governance, Audit and Performance Committee (UDC), Investment Board (UDC), Local Plan Working Group (UDC), Planning Committee (UDC)

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      Geoff Bagnall moved to Takeley in 2009 and since then has been actively involved with the Parish Council.

      He says “I am absolutely convinced that we need strong representation at a local level to ensure we are able to build the community in the right way. I believe we need it to be LOCAL representation at Uttlesford District Council rather than the mainstream political parties if we are to secure the proper future for our communities.

      Geoff has spent his career in the banking and finance sector. During that time he has held various roles, most of which have required him to look at making improvements to processes and implement organisational change.  He says “To help me achieve success in these roles, one of the key capabilities has been the ability to communicate and drive consensus across teams, as that’s the way you get things done.  To do that I have built up a large network of relationships, which you need to work through complex problems with a number of stakeholders.”

      These core skills of communication and network building will stand Geoff in good stead to help resolve the many issues at Uttlesford District Council and Essex County Council.

      Locally he is particularly keen to ensure that planning decisions are taken for the benefit of the district as a whole, and that they include all infrastructure provisioning at the same time, for example, schools, medical centres, roads and utilities. He said he remembers once asking a now former Conservative District Councillor about the lack of school places when planning decisions were made at Uttlesford District Council. Geoff said “The Councillor replied that schools are the responsibility of Essex not Uttlesford District Council”. Geoff says he disagrees and believes that responsibly cannot be shirked. He believes that things like school places should be “very much part of planning decision making and that deciding in isolation is to the detriment of existing communities.

       

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