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2018: a year of optimism or confusion?

by Alan Dean on 4 January, 2018

Let’s start this post with optimism – I will use my blog more often. Not quite a new year resolution; more a good intention. I started 2017 with the following:  Optimism comes from the belief that people will follow leaders who speak the truth and take the population with them, rather than seduce them with false promises that lead everyone into […]

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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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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, 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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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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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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The poor judgment of some elected members and officers at Uttlesford DC and Essex CC in 2014 have been exposed in a letter from  the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and a Planning Inspector’s report. The appeal by Fairfield (Elsenham) Limited against Uttlesford’s planning committee’s refusal of their application for 800 dwellings […]

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by Alan Dean on 25 August, 2016

An update by me on the Cambridge Road planning saga is long overdue. Here in summary is what has been happening in the past year: 18 November 2015 – fourth planning application at 14 Cambridge Road for 10 dwellings and 2 commercial buildings refused by Uttlesford Planning Committee. 26-27 April 2016 – appeal hearing on […]

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Invitation to an appeal at 10 a.m. next Tuesday

by Alan Dean on 20 April, 2016

The planning appeal about the latest proposed development behind Tesco and the Coop on Cambridge Road, Stansted begins next Tuesday, April 26th. You are warmly welcome to attend to show your interest in what happens at this 14 Cambridge Road central site; especially if you agree with your councillors that the appealed scheme would be an overdevelopment that will […]

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