In 2015 the residents of Saffron Walden voted for a positive change in the town. Years of poor oversight and neglect by previous administrations had left civic assets crumbing and a near £1m financial black hole. Residents trusted us with all their district council seats and leadership of the town council. Since then we’ve worked hard to restore civic pride.
Find out more about what we’ve achieved and your Saffron Walden Residents For Uttlesford team below.
- Introducing a 5-year financial plan to fix the Town Council finances. Through wise spending we were able to rebuild the finances in 3 years and so delivered a 2019 council tax precept that was half of the increase of either the district or county council.
- Refurbished community assets, including Bridge End gardens, Anglo American Playing Field sports pitches, Golden Acre Community Centre; and saved the town hall.
- Secured highways improvements to make the town more accessible and new sports pitches at Lime Avenue
- Rejuvenated the Common, with two multi-function paths and a brand new playground
- Pursued a Green Agenda, launching a Plastics Charter, installing 7 drinking water fountains across the town to reduce single-use plastics, and started replacing council equipment with electric
- And we’ve won a string of awards along the way including best market, tourist information and playgrounds, and second best run council in Essex
Thank you for re-electing us in 2019. We are committed to doing much more for residents over the next term.
Your Saffron Walden Town Council Residents Team
|Name||Current Councillor for:||About/Bio||Categories||Community||Last Name||First Name||categories_hfilter|
|Cllr Deryk Eke||Uttlesford District Saffron Walden Audley Ward, Saffron Walden Town Council – Audley Ward||Deryk is a Chartered Civil Engineer who has lived in the area for 17+ years. During his career he delivered multi £billon infrastructure projects worldwide. His experience will be a huge asset to the district, helping it solve the major infrastructure issues we face.||Cabinet Member, Committee Chair, Councillor, Infrastructure, Transport and Stansted Airport, Saffron Walden Audley Ward, Saffron Walden Town Council - Audley Ward, Standards||Saffron Walden Audley||Eke||Deryk||cabinet-member committee-chair councillor infrastructure-transport-and-stansted-airport saffron-walden-audley-ward saffron-walden-audley-parish standards leadership-team people portfolios council-area ward electoral-area parish committees|
|Cllr James de Vries||Uttlesford District Ashdon Ward, Saffron Walden Town Council – Castle Ward||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.||Ashdon Ward, Councillor, Licensing and Environmental Health, Saffron Walden Town Council - Castle Ward||Ashdon||de Vries||James||ashdon-ward councillor licensing-and-environmental-health saffron-walden-castle-parish ward electoral-area people committees council-area parish|
|Cllr Arthur Coote||Uttlesford District Saffron Walden Shire Ward, Saffron Walden Town Council – Shire Ward||Director of the Bell Nursery Arthur has worked as a child carer and early years educator for 30+ years, and has spent most of his life working for local communities. He is a town councillor and is deputy mayor.||Councillor, Saffron Walden Shire Ward, Saffron Walden Town Council - Shire Ward, Scrutiny||Saffron Walden Shire||Coote||Arthur||councillor saffron-walden-shire-ward saffron-walden-shire-parish scrutiny people ward electoral-area parish committees council-area|
|Cllr Jonathon Toy||Saffron Walden Town Council – Shire Ward||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.||Councillor, Saffron Walden Town Council - Shire Ward||Saffron Walden Shire||Toy||Jonathon||councillor saffron-walden-shire-parish people parish electoral-area|
|Cllr Louise Millward||Saffron Walden Town Council – Audley Ward||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.||Councillor, Saffron Walden Town Council - Audley Ward||Saffron Walden Audley||Millward||Louise||councillor saffron-walden-audley-parish people parish electoral-area|
|Cllr Richard Porch||Saffron Walden Town Council – Castle Ward||Successful businessman Richard has chaired a number of businesses 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.||Councillor, Saffron Walden Town Council - Castle Ward||Saffron Walden Castle||Porch||Richard||councillor saffron-walden-castle-parish people parish electoral-area|
|Cllr Kirstie Frost||Saffron Walden Town Council – Shire Ward||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.||Councillor, Saffron Walden Town Council - Shire Ward||Saffron Walden Shire||Frost||Kirstie||councillor saffron-walden-shire-parish people parish electoral-area|
|Cllr Stacey Coote||Saffron Walden Town Council – Little Walden Ward||Stacey has lived in the Saffron Walden area for the majority of his life and his son goes to school locally. He runs his own business and is passionate about representing the needs of local people.||Councillor, Saffron Walden Town Council - Little Walden Ward||Saffron Walden Little Walden Ward||Coote||Stacey||councillor saffron-walden-little-walden-parish people parish electoral-area|
|Cllr Heather Asker||Uttlesford District Saffron Walden Castle Ward, Saffron Walden Town Council – Castle Ward||Heather, a councillor since 2007, serves on numerous town and district committees, and works on many ward issues, including parking, road safety and speed reduction. She is very active promoting the market and the vitality of Saffron Walden’s town centre.||Cabinet Member, Council and Public Service Delivery, Councillor, Saffron Walden Castle Ward, Saffron Walden Town Council - Castle Ward, Standards||Saffron Walden Castle||Asker||Heather||cabinet-member council-and-public-service-delivery councillor saffron-walden-castle-ward saffron-walden-castle-parish standards leadership-team people portfolios council-area ward electoral-area parish committees|
|Cllr Paul Fairhurst||Uttlesford District Saffron Walden Shire Ward, Saffron Walden Town Council – Shire Ward||Active councillor and mayor Paul initiated the local plastics charter and UDC’s Youth Council, and speaks on jobs, finance and policing. He is the managing partner of a law firm.||Business, Jobs and Investment Strategy, Cabinet Member, Councillor, Planning, Saffron Walden Shire Ward, Saffron Walden Town Council - Shire Ward, Youth Services||Saffron Walden Shire||Fairhurst||Paul||business-jobs-investment-strategy cabinet-member councillor planning saffron-walden-shire-ward saffron-walden-shire-parish youth-services portfolios council-area leadership-team people committees ward electoral-area parish|
|Cllr Paul Gadd||Saffron Walden Town Council – Audley Ward||Paul Gadd is a Saffron Walden Town Councillor and was elected in 2015. He is a volunteer with Saffron Walden Cricket Club, the Fry Art Gallery and Bridge End Gardens as well as being heavily involved with the local branches of Friends of the Earth and Amnesty International.||Councillor, Saffron Walden Town Council - Audley Ward||Saffron Walden Town Audley||Gadd||Paul||councillor saffron-walden-audley-parish people parish electoral-area|
|Cllr Richard Freeman||Uttlesford District Saffron Walden Castle Ward, Saffron Walden Town Council – Castle Ward||Long-serving councillor Richard Freeman restored the town hall, purchased trees and salt bins, supported Bridge End Gardens and has worked tirelessly to ensure that developers have finally provided a safe playground at Tudor Park and two new playing fields in Lime Avenue.||Cabinet Member, Council Leader and Chair, Councillor, Saffron Walden Castle Ward, Saffron Walden Town Council - Castle Ward||Saffron Walden Castle||Freeman||Richard||cabinet-member leader-of-the-council councillor saffron-walden-castle-ward saffron-walden-castle-parish leadership-team people council-area ward electoral-area parish|
|Cllr Patrick Hawke-Smith||Saffron Walden Town Council – Shire Ward||Patrick Hawke-Smith lives in Saffron Walden. He is a professional fundraiser, and focuses on charities and higher education. He has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.||Councillor, Saffron Walden Town Council - Shire Ward||Saffron Walden Town Shire||Hawke-Smith||Patrick||councillor saffron-walden-shire-parish people parish electoral-area|
|Cllr Dave McLellan||Saffron Walden Town Council – Shire Ward||Dave McLellan has spent a career as a business analyst and project manager in financial services. He has lived in Saffron Walden for 22 years and volunteers for the local cinema and wildlife groups.||Councillor, Saffron Walden Town Council - Shire Ward||Saffron Walden Town Shire||McLellan||Dave||councillor saffron-walden-shire-parish people parish electoral-area|
|Cllr Barbara Light||Uttlesford District Saffron Walden Audley Ward, Saffron Walden Town Council – Audley Ward||Barbara has lived in Saffron Walden for 15+ years and was previously an academic. Elected to UDC in 2015, Barbara serves on several committees, is a strong voice for residents, very active in the local community and currently fighting for our libraries.||Cabinet Member, Councillor, Culture, Heritage and Tourism, Education and Libraries, Governance, Audit and Performance, Licensing and Environmental Health, Saffron Walden Audley Ward, Saffron Walden Town Council - Audley Ward||Saffron Walden Audley||Light||Barbara||cabinet-member councillor culture-heritage-and-tourism education-and-libraries governance-audit-and-performance licensing-and-environmental-health saffron-walden-audley-ward saffron-walden-audley-parish leadership-team people portfolios council-area committees ward electoral-area parish|
|Name||Current Councillor for:||About/Bio||Categories||Community||Last Name||First Name||categories_hfilter|
A number of wards are combined into a county council Division, which is in effect a ‘super ward’.
Essex County Council has four Divisions in Uttlesford, each returning a single County Councillor, who are elected every 4 years. These elections are offset from the District elections by 2 years. That means that the next Essex County Council election is in May 2021.
The following are the Essex County Council Divisions in Uttlesford District:
The following are the Uttlesford District wards:
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