Saffron Walden based WeAreResidents.org held an event in the market square last Saturday to highlight residents’ opposition to the UDC Cabinet’s plans to build a minimum of 860 houses on 200 acres of farmland to the east of the town. The event featured a large-scale map of the town with a 3D representation of the proposed new estate so that residents could see the scale and impact. A TV production crew for the upcoming BBC series of Town with Nicolas Crane have been in Saffron Walden for 10 days. The development issues facing the town and the WeAreResidents.org event featured heavily in the day’s filming.
WeAreResidents.org spokesman Dan Starr said “Saffron Walden has a history of more than 1,000 years and is the perfect subject for broadcaster, geographer and social historian Nick Crane.
“The local issues facing Saffron Walden are a direct microcosm of the broader issues facing much of the country. Many towns are seeing unprecedented and unwanted housing developments which threaten the very fabric of their communities. Many visitors to our exhibition told us that our huge map and 3D model brought things right into focus for them. The event was very successful and we’ve added over 500 new names to our e-newsletter subscription database over the last week. We thank residents for taking the time to come down and talk to us.”
“Nick and the BBC Town film crew spent nearly 3 hours filming around our event, getting to the fundamentals of the issues, and most importantly talking to many residents of the town about the proposed developments.”
Nick Crane is also one of the presenters on the popular BBC Coast series. Town is a similar show to Coast, but features a single town for each episode. Saffron Walden is one of the 4 towns featured in the second series. An airing date for the Saffron Walden episode has not yet been published, but it is expected to be early in the New Year.
WeAreResidents.org 6x3m map of Saffron Walden with 3D representation of new estate vividly shows impact of traffic to historic town centre (light green areas).
Saffron Walden residents were invited to sign ‘protest houses’ and place them on the map.
As part of interview, BBC presenter Nicolas Crane and Dan Starr of WeAreResidents.org review the map and discuss the impact of the UDC Cabinet’s proposals on Saffron Walden.
BBC Town presenter Nick Crane prepares for filming in the Saffron Walden market square.
WeAreResidents.org drew attention to the 3D map event via placards in the Saffron Walden market square.
Dan Starr and Nick Crane discuss the impacts of the development on camera.
Founded in 2011, WeAreResidents.org is the Uttlesford based group that provides a strong, independent voice for the views of local residents. The group campaigns for long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area. WeAreResidents.org works with other similar groups across Uttlesford and enjoys the strong support of professionals in key and relevant professions.
WeAreResidents.org is one of the residents’ groups that help start Residents for Uttlesford (R4U), the local political party of towns and a village that is seeking to give residents a stronger say in local matters.
WeAreResidents.org can we found on the web at www.WeAreResidents.org.