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Public Consulation: ECC proposes to push roadworks to night-time at 133 more Uttlesford streets

Essex County Council is proposing to ban daytime street closures for roadworks at an additional 133 locations in Uttlesford. Currently there are only 38 streets where they mandate this. This 350% increase will mean more night-time drilling and resurfacing outside

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Posted in Consultation, Essex County Council, Live, Local Government, News, Roads and Transport

BBC features Saffron Walden residents’ call for safer cycling in last week of consultation

BBC Inside Out East - Tour de France Cycling

WeAreResidents.org supports the creation of a safe cycling and walking route between Saffron Walden and Audley End Station. It removes cars from the roads and helps people get fitter. Residents’ group Access Walden, have been campaigning for this and Essex

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Posted in Cycleway, Essex County Council, News, Road Safety, Roads and Transport, Spotlight Articles

Press Release: Call for independent candidates to step forward to clean up Uttlesford in 2015 elections

Vote 2015 Feature

Tuesday, 15th July 2014: Uttlesford based WeAreResidents.org has moved forward its campaign for better local government by asking residents from across the district to step forward and join its team of independent candidates for its 2015 district election bid. Residents

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Posted in Election 2015, Local Government, News, Press Releases, Spotlight Articles, Uttlesford District Council

Ridgeon’s proposals for 167 homes deferred until proper plans for traffic and education in Walden

Ridgeons housing development Saffron Walden

In a sometimes heated meeting on Wednesday 12th March, the UDC Planning Committee clearly understood the issues created by home-building on the east of Walden without proper plans for education and traffic, and voted to defer the Ridgeon’s planning application

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Posted in Economy and Tourism, Employment, Essex County Council, News, Planning, Planning Application News, Pollution and Air Quality, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Press Release: Residents’ asked to participate in developing a Town Plan for the future of Saffron Walden at kick-off event on 22nd March

Saffron Walden Town Hall

Monday 10th March 2014: Saffron Walden based WeAreResidents.org has announced it intends to build a strategic vision and plan for the town, working with other local residents and organisations. To start the process the group are holding a public consultation

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Posted in Consultation, Economy and Tourism, Education and Schools, Employment, Events, Families and Youth, News, Planning, Press Releases, Town Plan, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Public Consultation: ECC proposals for Wenden Road Cycleway and Path

Cycle Route

One of the campaigns that we support is Access Walden’s push for a safer cycling and walking route from Saffron Walden to Audley End Station. The reason is simple, apart from the personal health benefits, the more people that cycle

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Posted in Consultation, Cycleway, Essex County Council, Live, News, Road Safety, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council

Standing room only as UDC defer the 300 home Kier decision for Saffron Walden

Kier

The fate of the Kier development application for 300 homes off Thaxted Rd was to be decided by the UDC Planning Committee on 11th December 2013, but in the end they couldn’t reach a conclusion and deferred the decision to a

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Posted in Education and Schools, News, Planning, Planning Application News, Pollution and Air Quality, Spotlight Articles, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

UDC’s road proposals for Saffron Walden are flawed

Uttlesford District Council contracted Essex Highways Authority to produce a highway and road report to determine how the traffic from their proposed new Local Plan housing may be absorbed into the district. This report was published in October 2013 after having

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Posted in Essex County Council, News, Planning, Pollution and Air Quality, Spotlight Articles, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Calculating developer contributions for education

Schools and educations

Building new homes stretches existing infrastructure such as roads, sewage and schools. That means that developers are required to contribute towards mitigating these factors. This is done by legal contracts between the parties, called Section-106 agreements. Essex County Council sets

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Posted in Education and Schools, Essex County Council, Planning, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan, Water and Sewage

Document: ECC Developers Guide to Infrastructure Contributions 2010

Download Report

Published in 2010, this Essex County Council guide outlines the (Section-106 agreement) infrastructure levies that ECC expects district councils to apply to developers building new homes. It was created because of “concerns about inadequate infrastructure” obligations as a part of new

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Posted in Education and Schools, Essex County Council, Planning, Reports and Documents, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council

Bypass could help make new housing sustainable

Bypass / ring-road

Rufus Barnes proposes a bypass for Saffron Walden in the Walden Local (page 7) but there a pros and cons and of course it requires a council that can plan strategically. He writes: Some of your correspondents have questioned why

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Posted in News, Planning, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan, Water and Sewage

The Uttlesford Local Plan stinks, literally: Air quality and Sewage

Gas Mask (feature)

We all know that living in Saffron Walden comes with a range of benefits, from excellent schools, to a diverse town centre. We love the green spaces, the interesting activities and the history; all of which has it voted one

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Posted in News, Planning, Pollution and Air Quality, Spotlight Articles, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan, Water and Sewage

The story so far: Politically-driven unsustainable development and the rise of grass-roots localism

Housing development in Saffron Walden (feature)

Since 2007 Uttlesford District Council (UDC) has favoured building a single new settlement to meet the majority of its government-driven new housing targets. The strategy was backed by all of UDC’s sustainability evidence and was the basis that the council

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Posted in Consultation, Education and Schools, Employment, Essex County Council, News, Planning, Pollution and Air Quality, Rotten Boroughs, Spotlight Articles, Supermarket, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Where do YOU want to live?

Traffic gridlock in Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden resident Nick Fields makes an impassioned call for residents to get involved before the town turns into just another anonymous, poorly planned, traffic-filled commuter town. Since he wrote the letter, at the local elections Saffron Walden residents told

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Posted in Essex County Council, News, Planning, Traffic, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Is this your John Lodge poster?

Vote John Lodge poster in Saffron Walden

Vote John Lodge on May 2nd posters have been going up all over Saffron Walden. We took a few snaps and people sent in their own pictures, and of them mailing in their postal votes. Is your poster here? If

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Posted in Essex County Council, News

Residents’ 3D map highlights unprecedented house-building proposals for Saffron Walden

3D Map Highlights Residents’ Concerns over Uttlesford District Council Housing Plans (feature bar)

Saffron Walden residents held an event in the town last Saturday to highlight the large-scale negative impacts of unprecedented house-building proposed for their town and surrounding villages. The cabinet of Uttlesford District Council proposes huge and unprecedented house building on

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Posted in Consultation, Essex County Council, News, Planning, Pollution and Air Quality, Spotlight Articles, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan

Polling Stations and Voting on 2nd May 2013

Polling Station Voting

Residents are seeking to take national party politics out of local politics and make sure residents’ voices are heard. That means that they are standing 2 independent candidates for the May 2nd local elections: John Lodge for the Saffron Walden

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Posted in Essex County Council, News

Elect John Lodge campaign goes into social media overdrive

WeAreResidents.org on Facebook

As the campaign to elect John Lodge, Independent for Residents moves into last week election overdrive, we’ve turned up the social media elements to augment our website, email and physical canvassing. WeAreResidents.org isn’t a national political party with all the

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Posted in Essex County Council, News

Residents highlight traffic problems in Uttlesford

Traffic (feature bar)

On Tuesday morning the local residents group, WeAreResidents.org, hit the streets of Saffron Walden to highlight the lack of a Highways Plan for the town. The group chose the busy junction of Radwinter and Thaxted Roads because they say it

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Posted in Environment, Essex County Council, Planning, Pollution and Air Quality, Spotlight Articles, Traffic, Uttlesford Local Plan

Hartley’s SWCHS vision to improve standards across district schools

John Hartley SWCHS

At last someone is seizing the initiative with respect to the education strategy. Uttlesford District Council is required to consider schools and education as part of their Local Plan before they decide on development site locations; it is what East

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Posted in Education and Schools, Essex County Council, News, Uttlesford District Council, Uttlesford Local Plan
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