Uttlesford tops best district council poll

On Wednesdsay, Uttlesford District Council voted in favour of the development of Moore's Garage into

On Wednesdsay, Uttlesford District Council voted in favour of the development of Moore's Garage into ten modern flats for mixed residential and retail use - Credit: Archant

Uttlesford has the best district council in the country, says a recent poll conducted by the Daily Telegraph.

The newspaper compiled a list of the best twenty councils, based on where homeowners “are likely to get the benefit of good local services”, as well as property prices.

Uttlesford District Council (UDC) came in second of all councils, and first in the district category - the only council in Essex to make the list. The service is said to be run “with quiet competence by a council sensitive to local concerns”.

“The district council adopts a refreshing approach to the sympathetic development of old buildings, as well as to the preservation of green open spaces,” says Justin Godfrey of Savills Bishop’s Stortford.

“It is always alert to the bigger picture when planning large housing schemes,” added Mr Godfrey, quoted in the article.


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Council Leader Cllr Howard Rolfe said he was very pleased at the ranking.

“While the article is based on someone’s view, it is nonetheless a suitable acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication of officers and members – and is something we and our residents should be proud of.

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“However, we cannot become complacent and must continue to strive towards delivering to our residents the high quality services that they have come to expect.”

Do you think Uttlesford deserves its top ranking? Have your say by emailing editor@saffronwalden-reporter.co.uk.

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