Ward by Ward: Staple Tye

FROM Labour to UKIP, from Cons to UKIP, from Lib Dem to Labour etc. In 2010, Conservative Guy Mitchinson won the seat with a majority of 62 and that was in a popular year for the Tories. In 2011, Labour won by 178 and in 2012 they won by a further 207.

Ward by Ward: Mark Hall

THERE are two seats up for grabs in Mark Hall this time after Labour councillor, Paul Shroeder stood down due to work commitments. There are two Labour newcomers: Sheila Sullivan and Danny Purton. Many will be familiar with Danny’s name as he was a high ranking council transport officer for many years.

Last full day of campaigning for europe and local elections

CANDIDATES for both the european and local elections will be using the last full day of campaigning to reach out to the public for their vote. YH caught up with the Conservative candidate for Harlow Common, John Steer to see how campaigning was going and what were the issues on the doorsteps from Potter Street to Radburn Close.

Blog-post: Voting Green for a safer Europe

AS the elections approach, and with a few days to go, there’s still a chance for you to decide to vote green. After he visited Thurrock last week, I want to convince you why voters should put a cross next to the green party and choose Rupert Read (Lead candidate) as your MEP.

Caution urged for children near to ponds and pools

ACCORDING to the European Child Safety Alliance, drowning is the second leading cause of injury or death for children in Europe, with young children more likely to drown in or near their own home. In a garden pond a child can drown in as little as two centimetres of water.

The prolific art of Jackie Chakravarti

Last years Gibberd Gallery ‘Open’ exhibition winner has returned with a large new body of work to create a fantastic exhibition of oil paintings, inspired by scenes and objects around her. A local artist to Harlow, Jackie Chakravarti describes creating as “quite liberating, to feel that anything in front of me could become a painting”. […]

Ward by Ward: Sumners and Kingsmoor

A BIT of a shadow has been cast over this one as incumbent councillor, Nick Churchill suffered a heart attack at the weekend. Nick is recovering at home. The rules dictate that he is still standing. If he is elected, it is then a question of whether he will sign the declaration within thirty days.

Ward by Ward: Little Parndon

AN INTERESTING ward that is changing all the time. Cllr Tony Durcan won the seat in 2010 by 363 votes. Not a bad result in an unpopular year for Labour. Since then, Jean Clark won by an impressive 548 votes and then Jon Clempner further extended it by 578.

Celebrations after u-turn on Harlow’s lollipop patrols

LABOUR’S parliamentary candidate for Harlow Suzy Stride said: “I am very pleased that Conservative Essex County Council has seen sense on this and have finally agreed to not cut school crossing patrols. “After months of campaigning by the local community and councillors, I welcome the U-turn by the Conservative administration. School crossing patrols provide a vital service to people in Harlow and people across Essex, and cutting them would risk children’s lives.

The magic of Ali Barber’s

ALI Barbers, on 32 Terminus Street, replaced recruitment consultants Blue Arrow on the site in February, and offered a free cut and wash for everyone on their opening day. Ali, owner of the barbers, who has 25 years’ experience in hairstyling, said: “It has been nothing short of fantastic.

Nishall’s Blog: Reasons why you should vote…

SIX months ago I turned 18, and guess what? I can vote, and have been so excited to do so. What a wonderful opportunity to have your say in how the our country is ran. Some people always vote. Others actively choose not to. But if you’re one of those yet to decide, here are some reasons why you might want to have your say.

Harlow Independents Party still in good heart

The leader of the Harlow Independent Party, Joshua Jolles is in positive mood and wants to remind voters that there are alternatives and the HIP squad offer a fresh look at Harlow politics. It is fair to say that Bush Fair candidate, Bob McKenzie is the only candidate that has delivered a personal leaflet to the candidates in his ward.

Whole Day of Dance at Burnt Mill Academy

WORLD Dance Day was marked with a packed schedule of events, from flash mobs to West End theatre workshops and ballet lessons. The event was celebrated around the school, in First Avenue, Harlow, and saw a number of professional visitors work with students. Zest Dance Company, from London, held a Bollywood dance workshop with Year 7 and 8 students, while the GCSE dance group enjoyed a ballet workshop.

UKIP on the march in Bush Fair

WE ALWAYS like what we call our Blue Peter moment, when we see a council candidate march past our office. Our office happens to be in the ward of Bush Fair. So, when we saw UKIP candidate, Dan Long going door to door, we thought we would take the chance to grab an interview.

Labour ask for urgent talks as Gypsy-Travellers play “cat and mouse”

AN ESSEX County Council member for Harlow has demanded urgent talks with Essex County Council as Gypsy_Travellers have moved from Third Avenue to Katherines Way and now to Southern Way. Cllr Karen Clempner said: ” I share the significant concerns of local residents and businesses on the impact of the current large group of Travellers in Harlow.