Latest message from Cllr John Lodge, Leader of Uttlesford District Council - 12 June

Next week marks a significant milestone in the fight against coronavirus, when non-essential retail and other services can start to re-open. The pandemic has had an impact on everyone, and local businesses and retailers have been particularly hard hit. This first step towards recovery for the retail sector and local economy, therefore, is a very welcome one and we would encourage people to give our local shops and independents, when they open, the support they need to get back on track.

Safety, of customers and workers, remains the priority and a lot of work has gone on to get our high streets as Covid safe and secure as possible. This has needed to be done in such a short space of time and I think everyone involved. These efforts and the measures put in place will be important in giving people the confidence to return to shop here.

As part of this, we are keen to recruit volunteers to act as town ambassadors. They would be on hand in Great Dunmow, Saffron Walden and Stansted to assist customers and promote social distancing and safe shopping. If you think you can help, please send your contact details to or call 01799 510525/510524.

It's worth reiterating the point that it will not be business as usual and that the once familiar streets and shops are going to feel very different. I would urge you to look out for the signs that will be in place to help you, and that you maintain social distancing and regular handwashing. We all must do what we can to ensure our fantastic local businesses are supported, in a way that protects everyone and controls the virus - please, shop local but shop safely and responsibly. 

Things will continue to change over the coming days and weeks. To keep up to date with what's happening, visit the council website where a dedicated page has been created for shoppers and businesses, at, or you can follow the council on social media.

Thank you.

12 June 2020