Alan Dean

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My Report on Uttlesford’s Open Door Forum

by Alan Dean on 1 November, 2014

Today’s forum aimed at opening the door on a secretive and unresponsive Uttlesford District Council was enjoyable. It was also valuable to us as councillors in helping to set the direction for a newly elected council next May. Thank you to everyone who came along. We would be pleased to hear from those who couldn’t […]

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Defections and deceptions

by Alan Dean on 22 October, 2014

It was a bad night yesterday for Uttlesford’s ruling Conservatives. The council meeting descended into chaos, confusion and nit picking over membership of the planning committee. The result was a third defection from the Tory group in as many days. The Tory group leader, Cllr Howard Rolfe, ended up losing his cool and demanding resignations […]

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What the papers say: “Toxic Tories”

by Alan Dean on 16 October, 2014

“Toxic Tories” is a label normally associated with the national party. It cropped up this week over benefits and people with disabilities. The alliterative description has now been given to Uttlesford District Council’s Conservative Group. See this article in this morning’s Dunmow Broadcast. A similar article in the Saffron Walden Reporter headlines the prospect that a new council group allied […]

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by Alan Dean on 5 October, 2014

IF – you care about the future of Uttlesford district IF – you want planning for the future to be vastly improved IF – you want to know about a council which hoards your money IF – you want fairer local taxation for local people IF – you want Uttlesford District Council to be more open […]

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Thursday’s local elections were a shock to established parties and a boost to Ukip and “non-party”, independent candidates. Independents are often backed by party machines, as was the case of Saffron Walden with the WeAreResidents candidate. Yet there is no denying that Thursday’s election found a quarter to a third of voters supporting people without […]

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