Councillor Tony Edwards launches EPetition to tackle crime in Harlow Town Centre
Statement from Cllr Edwards
“As a Harlow District Councillor whose Toddbrook Ward includes the Town Centre I have become increasingly aware of the activities of what appears to be a group or groups of people who meet outside of Adams House and in the Market Square and dominate the surrounding area.They have on occasions reportedly verbally abused and physically intimidated both the staff and customers of the small businesses so much so that businesses have had to close early. Members of the group/groups openly smoke and sell illegal drugs and violent assaults have occasionally been witnessed by members of the public. I have spoken to most of the shopkeepers in the Adams House and Market Square area; the vast majority of whom reiterated major concerns about antisocial behaviour and criminal activity.
As this behaviour appeared to be escalating rather than diminishing, I brought these concerns to the notice of the Harlow Council’s Community Safety Team and to Essex Police Harlow Community Team and with members of Harlow Labour Party instigated a petition which within a week gained over 800 signatures.
I am now able to report that both the Harlow Council Community Safety Team and Essex Police have responded to the concerns and that recently there has been an enhanced Police presence within the Town Centre. I was also heartened to hear that Harlow Council Leader Mark Ingall has met with Roger Hirst the Essex Fire Police and Crime Commissioner, they discussed these concerns and Mark raised with him the need for Harlow to have a fair share of Police resources.
Acknowledging the concerns of businesses, and the public and particularly in light of a recently reported violent incident; the issue now is to ensure that Harlow Town Centre has an ongoing, visible and proactive Police presence.
Harlow Labour Party have now launched an online petition and I would be grateful if readers would sign it and share it with their friends, link below:
As can be seen on the canvases displayed in Broad Walk – Harlow people love Harlow “warts and all” and they need and deserve a safe and welcoming Town Centre
Toddbrook Ward Councillor
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