Alan Dean

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The Residents for Uttlesford Party (R4U)  backed Hellsenham developer Fairfield against the people of Elsenham and Henham. Fairfield’s spokesman wrote a letter in the Saffron Walden Reporter promoting Hellsenham New Town. The R4U Party said: “Fairfield seems to have a better grasp of public opinion”. Public opinion where? In Saffron Walden, where most R4U people live? See what the […]

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These words are from WeAreResidents.org, the forerunner of the Residents for Uttlesford Party (R4U) fighting the by-election in Elsenham and Henham this week.  Their spokesman was quoted in the Saffron Walden Weekly News. It seems that when the chips are down – as they will be again in the coming year – R4U, a Saffron Walden-based […]

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Thus spoke Kenneth Clarke in the House of Commons yesterday in the debate on triggering Article 50 to leave the EU. Having won a court battle for our Parliament to have say on the Brexit process, it now seems that most MPs won’t exercise their democratic responsibilities and vote according to their consciences and what they […]

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I promised on Jan 10th to post an account last weekend about an external report on the way the Local Plan has been handled. Sorry, but I was busier than expected last weekend so didn’t get round to it. So here is an account of what happened at Tuesday’s scrutiny committee. The report and those […]

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The Liberal Democrat constituency party has issued a press release that I am posting here. Liberal Democrat candidates for Elsenham and Henham double by-elections chosen; nominations accepted by council on Monday LIBERAL Democrats in Uttlesford have put their faith in Lorraine (Lori) Flawn and Sinead Holland to fight the upcoming double by-election in the Elsenham […]

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Local Plan Year 12 (and more to come)

by Alan Dean on 10 January, 2017

Uttlesford council is now in its twelfth year preparing a new Local Plan. It was bad enough when the last attempt was withdrawn at the start of year 10. It’s now looking like year 13 or 14 at best before a plan is agreed and finished. The Policy Planning Working Group meets tonight. The agenda […]

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Into 2017 – a time for long-term optimism

by Alan Dean on 31 December, 2016

Whether one thinks locally, nationally or internationally, 2016 was either a year of deep disappointment or a year for continued optimism, depending on one’s mood and outlook. Internationally, we in this country have either shot ourselves in the foot by voting to leave the EU and divorcing ourselves from that European co-operation partnership, or we […]

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Several weeks ago I made a written complaint to officers and the responsible cabinet member at Uttlesford Council about the highly unsatisfactory condition of the Lower Street public car park here in Stansted. The car park is owned by Uttlesford District Council. Yet the council has allowed the developer of the adjacent Castle Maltings health centre/supermarket/luxury apartments to […]

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Sarah Olney MP’s Victory Speech in Richmond

by Alan Dean on 2 December, 2016

  Here is an extract from Sarah Olney’s victory speech. A year and a half ago I was not involved in politics, I was not a member of a political party, I had never been involved in a political campaign, I had never thought about being a politician. But I knew I was a liberal. […]

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Round 7 Cambridge Road no. 14

by Alan Dean on 17 November, 2016

There have been four previous refused planning application and two dismissed appeals on planning proposals at 14 Cambridge Road, Stansted. That makes six failures. We are now on the seventh; a proposal for ten houses, an office block and a shop that would do nothing but aggravate the traffic congestion, parking chaos and safety of […]

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