Susan Barker

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?
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."


See Also

Howard Rolfe

I am delighted to have the opportunity of representing Ashdon, Sewards End, Hadstock and Little Walden if re-elected to Uttlesford District Council (UDC) on 7 May. They are four beautiful villages and like many in our District are quite rightly concerned to retain their rural charm and elegance. By way of background I have lived in this area most of my life and am married with three grown up children. Professionally I was with Marks & Spencer and from them was seconded to the Cabinet Office in Whitehall for two years.

Mark Lemon

Cllr Mark Lemon joined the Conservatives from the Independent group. Cllr Lemon has been the Councillor for Hatfield Heath since 2003. 

Edward Oliver

Edward was instrumental in setting up " Hands off Clavering" which successfully opposed a major development in Clavering and has vigorously  supported the opposition to a potential traveller site between Arkesden and Wicken Bonhunt .He rarely misses parish council meetings in any of the villages in the Clavering Ward and aims to attend events in the Ward at least once a week and regularly keeps in touch via a newsletter.

Tina Knight

Tina has lived locally for 43 years.  With a successful business career she is actively involved with many Boards and Committees and works in a wide range of charitable activities.  Winning a number of distinguished awards, including Top Female Entrepreneur of the World, she appears regularly on BBC Radio, TV and national newspapers. She became involved in Local Politics in 2005 because she felt she should ‘start giving back’ being a ‘Capitalist with a Socialist Conscience’.

Marie Felton

It has been a privilege to run as District Councillor for Felsted over the last two years and I hope with the next election in 2015 that I may continue in my role to serve the community again with your support.I am an active member of the councils Performance and Audit committee and have also been elected onto the Housing Board.

Keith Artus

Keith has represented the communities of Broad Oak and the Hallingburys at Uttlesford District Council for twelve years and is currently Chairman of 

Alan Mills

Alan lives in Felsted and has done so for the past 2 years.  He brings a wealth of experience as he was previously a Parish Councillor and Chairman for High Easter. Alan is a quantity surveyor and has an excellent knowledge of construction and finance.   His skills set  will be an asset to Uttlesford District Council and the community.

Lesley Wells

Lesley has represented Broad Oak and the Hallingburys at Uttlesford District Council for 8 years and would welcome the chance to continue representing the ward that now includes Great Canfield.

John Davey

My priorities for the residents of Great Dunmow North in the forthcoming District Council Election on the 7th May 2015 include:

Stephanie Harris

It has been an honour to have been able to serve the community as your District Councillor over the past 4 years.  I am the Chair of Flitch Green Parish Council and an active member of the Scrutiny Committee at Uttlesford District Council.  I have continually fought for residents on Flitch Green opposing planning applications and fighting for the outdoor spaces and equipment we so greatly need and were promised.  There will be a new outdoor gym for all to enjoy in 2015!

Paul Davies

I consider it a privilege to serve the residents of Great Dunmow North.I’ve been your District Councillor for the past four years and during that time I’m proud to have helped uphold Uttlesford District Council’s proud economic reputation. We have a proven track record for delivering value for money for residents and improving the key services that we all rely on.As lead member for sport I’m committed to help increase participation in sport and physical activity across Uttlesford as well as supporting local clubs and groups in Dunmow to help them develop and grow.

Graham Barker

Graham settled in Essex after leaving the Army and has lived in Great Dunmow for eight years. He is married to Sue, and they have six sons 

Eric Hicks

I am now delighted to say to my supporters in Barnston that the Conservative Association ha

Vic Ranger

Throughout my first term as a District Councillor I served on the Planning and Licensing Committees and on the Local Plan Working group. I had the privilege to serve for 3 years as Deputy to Cabinet Housing portfolio holder Cllr Redfern.

Susan Barker

Susan has lived locally for over twenty years. She runs a small property company. She is married to Graham who is a G P. They have six grown up sons between them. Susan says: “I have very much enjoyed representing the Rodings villages on the District Council for the last fourteen years.

Robert Chambers

I have represented Wenden Lofts ward for many years and I am delighted to 

Julie Redfern

I have been proud to represent residents of The Chesterfords since 2007 and look forward to meeting the residents of the newly formed ward following theboundary changes.

Terry Farthing

To give you a bit of information about myself, I have lived in the area for over twenty years together with my wife, Elaine and our sons who go to local schools. Prior to starting my own business I served as a Royal Marine and then spent over a decade in the offshore oil industry. This combined experience gave me a strong sense of duty coupled with common sense when resolving various issues. Over 16 years ago I started a residential lettings agency serving Bishops Stortford, Stansted and our surrounding area.

Thom Goddard

I want to represent the people of Stansted South and Birchanger to Uttlesford Council and NOT the Council to the people.

Jim Gordon

To introduce myself I live in Priors Green and am a family man with an eleven year old son. By way of career, prior to retirement I served in the Metropolitan Police where my final position was supervising a team investigating fatal collisions. Traffic management was another area of expertise which involved advising local Councils. Now I am employed by an immediately neighbouring Council as a Planning Enforcement Officer. 

Derek Jones

Derek is married and has 3 children and 6 grand-children and has lived in Takeley since 1978.  He is a qualified engineer with over 41 years service in NHS and University estate maintenance including over 10 years at local hospitals in Epping and Harlow.

Howard Ryles

I am honoured to have been selected as one of your three Conservative candidates in the Uttlesford elections.By way of background I have spent most of my life in Essex and am married with two teenage children, living in Uttlesford for over 10 years. I have previous local Government experience serving as a Parish Councillor for several years in nearby Great Waltham.

John Freeman

I have ben proud to be the Thaxted and Little Bardfield Uttlesford Councillor over the past four years. Since the last election there have been changes to the ward boundaries as a result of the decision to reduce the total number of Councillors from 44 to 39. The Boundaries Commssion who have been involved with this have now determined that our ward should be enlarged to include Great and Little Easton, Duton Hill, Lindsell and Tilty.

Simon Howell

I live at Monks Corner in Great Sampford. It has been a great privilege to represent Radwinter, Hempstead and Great and Little Sampford on Uttlesford District Council for the last three and a half years.