Susan is an experienced County Councillor, representing the Dunmow area for many years and has also served locally as a District Councillor in High Easter and The Rodings . She has lived in Essex all her life, moving to High Easter in 1989. Husband, Graham, is a GP, and they have six sons between them. Susan has worked in many roles at the County Council and is currently Deputy Cabinet Member for Communities, Vice Chairman of the Essex Pension Fund and Chairman of Stansted Airport Community Trust.
"Uttlesford has been my home since 1989. I live here, I work here and I am incredibly proud to represent the Great Dunmow Division on Essex County Council.Uttlesford is a special place to live but along with neighbouring Districts has to play its part in Essex in terms of housing and economic growth. Over the last four years I have worked hard for the Division on Essex County Council and would like to be re-elected to continue working on residents behalf. Some of my local achievements include the opening of the Woodside Way Bypass (B184) and introducing Great Dunmow town centre 7.5t weight restrictions, traffic calming in Takeley Street, 30mph speed limit in White Roding, repairs to Byway 55 in High Roding and Jacks Lane, Takeley. I have also instigated the trialling of winter closures for some Byways and opening the much needed Roseacres Primary School, Takeley."
As a Conservative Councillor I am part of a strong team at Essex that has;
- Lobbied and gained funding for improvements to Junction 8.
- Lobbied and received agreement for funding for a new junction 7a.
- Worked with partners to gain funding for a new College at Stansted which will specialise in Engineering.
- Gained £5m in match funding to start the process of improvements to the A120 beyond Braintree.
- Scrutinised the plans for new schools in the District and across Essex to be satisfied that all young people will have a school place when they need one. The Commissioning School Places in Essex 2016-21 plan can be found on the Essex Website.
- Invested £191m in additional school places over the last four years with 26,000 new places set to be created by 2025.
- Reduced the number of young people in care in Essex.
Working for Our Community
"Are you involved with a Club, a Church, a Village Hall or other Community Activity? If so have you thought of using the new Essex Activities website? www.essex-activities.org.uk
Essex Activities Is a free-to-use site to promote local events and to help people find out what is happening near them. Uniquely, it’s a website owned by local people. Have a look today and see what’s going on near you or promote your own event.If your Voluntary Organisation has a project in mind and would like help with some funding; then as Chairman of Stansted Airport Community Trust I would like to help.Please contact me for details on 01245 231250 . I am always available on this or any other Council matter."
My priorities if re-elected are...
"A local Councillors work never ends, and I am currently a full time Councillor. Some of my ambitions over the next four years include working to improve water pressure issues in Takeley, and realigning the Rosemary Lane/North Street roundabout to slow down traffic."
- I will support a new Primary School at “Smiths Farm”
- Great Dunmow with additional school places in Takeley.
- Obviously I will be pushing for lots of pot hole filling, patching and resurfacing on our local roads. Resurfacing St Edmunds Lane, Dunmow in 2017-18 remains a priority.
- I am also working with Uttlesford, BT and other partners to deliver Superfast Broadband to more properties in High Easter, Takeley
- Cabinet 9, and other rural areas with low Broadband speeds.
- I will work to ensure that heavy vehicles travel at appropriate speed and times and lobby for the opening of “Coopers End” to remove lorries from Parsonage Road and Takeley Street.
- Finally, there will be consultation on further airport parking restrictions in parts of Takeley and I will work to help resolve Flooding issues on the B184 north of High Roding.
On Housing & The Local Plan
"Knocking on doors, it has been a pleasure to meet both long established and new residents. Many have young families, and have come from elsewhere in Uttlesford, and many have relocated from East Herts and London.Uttlesford is growing at more than five hundred homes a year and it may be over 600 a year for the new Local Plan. Some will say that Uttlesford is taking too many new houses however, Local Plan figures for our District neighbours are emerging: East Herts 745 homes a year, Braintree at 862 and South Cambridgeshire at 950. We need to build homes for our children and their children and make up for years of under delivery. Here in Uttlesford we are aiming for 40% of all new housing will be either for rent or equity share so more young people can afford to stay here.Many of these homes will need to be in one or more new settlement in the District. The details of these can be found on the Uttlesford District Council website. Essex County Council is not responsible for the scale or location of Housing in the District but will provide the roads and the Schools that are required to cater for that growth. The provision of Doctors and Health care is the responsibility of the NHS."