Ministerial visit to Uttlesford District Council


A Government minister praised Uttlesford District Council’s financial transformation when he visited Saffron Walden on Monday (4th March).

Brandon Lewis, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for London, Local Government and Planning and MP for Great Yarmouth, was invited to the local authority’s headquarters by Council Leader Jim Ketteridge.

The Minister held an hour and a half long meeting with Cllr Ketteridge, his Cabinet, local Saffron Walden MP Sir Alan Haselhurst and Chief Executive John Mitchell.

After the meeting Mr Lewis told reporters he had been impressed at how the Council had gone from being close to bankruptcy in 2007 to now being regarded as one of the best run local authorities in the country.

He said: “What’s impressive here is that Uttlesford hasn’t been spending its time worrying about what it should and shouldn’t do – it’s just got on and done the job and turned the finances around.

“The Council here has cut the Council Tax for the coming year, rebuilt its services and is building new houses – it’s a great example to other councils of what can be done.”

Sir Alan commented: "The Council has worked extremely hard to turn the financial situation around. The work achieved in 6 years is a real achievement and credit has to go to the people involved. Hopefully this will provide a stable platform for the good work to continue."

Cllr Ketteridge said: “The key to our success has been the culture that we have put in place here in Uttlesford.

“We have a team of people here at the Council who are not only constantly looking at ways that we can improve our services but also at how we can cut our costs.”