Alan Dean

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Pavement obstruction by parked vehicles continues to annoy many residents. They expect the authorities to do something about it. Of course, the annoyance is caused by many residents and visitors who don’t seem to mind blocking the way for pedestrians and people with child pushchairs and adults with mobility vehicles. I can’t understand the habit […]

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The “Disappearing Residents”

by Alan Dean on 15 April, 2017

Not only is the Residents for Uttlesford Party putting up county council election candidates who are going round trying to con the public that they are not politicians, they have taken down from their website their commitment at the last county council elections to back the Elsenham/Henham new settlement (aka Hellsenham). See here my earlier post that I have […]

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Thursday’s budget-setting meeting was largely uncontroversial. The main changes included an uplift in staff costs to make pay at Uttlesford (UDC) more competitive with pay at other councils; an as yet undefined attempt to improve customer service standards; a lot more money to keep the Local Plan on track. On the last point, planning is about £700,000 […]

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Residents for Here Today, There Tomorrow

by Alan Dean on 23 February, 2017

Local election candidates who engage most on the doorstep with their potential voters are carrying out one of the basic activities of local democracy; talking to and listening to local people. That was one of the reasons why a Residents for Uttlesford candidate in Elsenham and Henham, who, so I am told, spent several hours a day on the stomp, came top of the […]

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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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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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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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