Shoud smoking be banned at Princess Alexandra hospital?

THE NHS must stop turning a “blind eye” to smoking and ban it in all hospital grounds in England, according to new guidance. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said it wanted to see smoking shelters scrapped so patients, visitors and staff could not light up reports the BBC.

Stride celebrates National Parliament Week in Harlow

SUZY Stride, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, visited Burnt Mill School and met with pupils as part of National Parliament week. She spent a day in the school discussing political engagement and young people. Ms Stride met with students from across year eleven to discuss with them what changes would need to be made to help young people better engage in politics. The students also discussed how they would like to see Harlow change from homes and jobs to different education policy.

Parking wardens get tough in Harlow

WE SPOTTED them on Tumbler Road on Sunday evening. The car was parked on the pavement. Mums with buggies had to step onto the road to get past. Not any more as the warden slapped a ticket and took photographic evidence. Many will applaud the wardens for taking such robust action against a problem that has become an epidemic in Harlow.

Man robbed next to Dads Wood

DETECTIVES are appealing for information after a man had his wallet stolen in Harlow. The victim, who is in his 20’s, was on the track leading from Dads Wood and Playhouse Square, at around 2.45am on Friday November 15 when he was approached by two men.

Arsenal Soccer Schools to host free trials at Passmores

ARSENAL Soccer Schools Essex has announced that they will be holding a free trial at Passmores academy on Saturday 30th November 2013. They will be looking for players aged 5-15 who believe they have what it takes to play at a higher standard and will benefit from the advanced coaching sessions Arsenal Soccer Schools are offering.

Free car parking in Epping to boost christmas trade

LEADER of the council, councillor Chris Whitbread said: “We understand that the Christmas trading period is one of the most important and busiest times for retailers and therefore we want to show them our support. For the past few years the Council has provided free car parking in all the Council’s car parks on Saturdays in December. We will be repeating this again this year. I am sure that this will have a very positive impact both on trade and footfall and will help to re-inforce our mission to keep our town centres alive and prosperous.”

Town Park improvements before planning committee

REPAIR, Conservation and Improvement Works Within Harlow Town Park, Including the Construction of A New Education Building and Covered Events Shelter Following the Demolition of Several Buildings Within Pets Corner, A New Platform In Front of And The Restoration of The Bandstand, A Café to The Ground Floor of Spurriers House and The Enlargement of The Existing Car Park,

Football: Harlow march on with comeback

HARLOW Town stretched their unbeaten run to eight games with a 3-2 win over Erith & Belvedere. Goals from Antoine, Smith and Read give Harlow all 3 points.
Harlow started well and got the first chance of the game as good hold up play by Alex Read allowed the space for James Smith to shoot but his shot went just wide.

Christmas lights light up town centre

IT WAS a cold but clear evening as hundred of revellers and shoppers flocked to various parts of the town centre in Harlow to see the lights come on and Christmas festivities begin. It was a very well organised evening with events going on all over the town from choirs in the market square, giant angels in the Harvey Centre to boy band MAD singing in the Water Gardens.

Essex Police set to film domestic incidents in Harlow

WHEN a male perpetrator was identified as a target offender, he had been responsible for nine previous domestic abuse offences. Offending also led to issues with neighbours as a result of the volatile nature of the relationship and the behaviour of both parties. Both victim and perpetrator had substance misuse issues and had previously been arrested for domestic abuse offending against each other, all had resulted in no further action being taken due to a lack of evidence from both parties or any other corroborating evidence.

Online quiz asks: How “Harlow Town” are you?

A new online quiz doing the rounds on social media asks participants, “How Harlow Town are you?”

The quiz, created by local resident Jay Petty gives participants a score out of 100 depending on how many questions about the town they can answer correctly. Questions range from how many Tesco stores there are in the town, to which Harlow School football legend Glen Hoddle attended.

Health Group to meet on Thursday

THE public is invited to attend a meeting of those in charge of community health services. The West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is set to meet on Thursday, when stroke services will be discussed at Harlow Health Resource Centre on Second Avenue, from 9.30am.

Harlow Rock School host Christmas Showcase

HARLOW Rock School will be hosting an end of term performance on December 20th featuring their new and upcoming bands. Rock School students ranging from 11-19 will performing music from a mix of genres and of course a few Christmas songs, with light refreshments and mince pies available.

Halfon Backs Hospice “Peoples Millions” Campaign

LOCAL MPs including Harlow’s Robert Halfon are joining staff and volunteers at St Clare Hospice in calling for the public to vote for their peoples million campaign, a spokesperson for the hospice said, “They are the experts when it comes to winning the public’s vote so it’s fantastic that our local MPs are backing our People’s Millions campaign. We will be out and about canvassing for the community’s support come voting day on Wednesday, November 27 when we will be urging people to pick up the phone and help us win £50,000 for our ‘Space to Breathe’ garden.”

Kier to tackle town’s “Litter Hotspots”

KIER Harlow has invested in its litter tackling arsenal to keep Harlow clean by deploying five hand-operated barrow beat sweepers to boost its clean streets team.

The old style street cleaners accompany the wave of mechanical street sweepers getting into every nook and cranny and leaving no stone unturned in an effort to keep Harlow’s streets clean and free from litter.

Police dog unit in crash on M11

AT 7pm on Sunday, November 24, there was a two vehicle collision on the M11 Southbound track between the M25 intersection (J6) and the Loughton junction (J5). One of these vehicles was an Essex Police dog unit on an emergency response, the other was a black Vauxhall Zafira.

Charity at heart of Stewards Academy

STEWARDS Academy has excelled itself in recent weeks with the money it has raised for charity. Over £1000 was raised for Children in Need by having a non-uniform day and staff dressing as fictional book characters. Poppies were sold around school for Remembrance Day as usual.

Firearm cops on patrol after reports of armed man

POLICE WERE called to Old Harlow on Sunday morning after reported sightings of an armed man. Armed police response units along with the police helicopter searched the High Street area of Old Harlow but there was no trace. Units searched other areas of the town such as The Stow and Bush Fair.