Daniel Robinson’s light up Christmas with Santa procession through Harlow

THIS WAS an event that made you so proud of the people that work, live and care for Harlow. On a damp Sunday morning, a procession led by Santa in his sleigh and followed by a fleet of Daniel Robinson cars, the fire service and grizzly bikers made their way from the Latton Bush Centre, through the streets of Harlow before making their way to the Harlow Playhouse.

Burglary in Red Lion Crescent

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in Harlow yesterday afternoon. The burglar smashed the glass in the back door of the house in Red Lion Crescent before using the key in the door to unlock it. Items including jewellery and cash were stolen.

Are Harlow primary schools in crisis?

ARE HARLOW primary schools in crisis or are they on the way up? On Thursday OFSTED published the reading, writing and maths tables for primary schools in Harlow. All schools are supposed to ensure that 60 per cent of pupils gain at least “Level 4” in formal reading and maths tests, combined with an informal teacher assessment of children’s writing abilities.

Feature: Wat Tyler and the ‘Harlow council tax benefit rebels’

IT’S a damp Thursday evening, a small group of people are huddled in a little group outside the civic centre as Harlow Council’s cabinet meeting takes place inside. One of them, the only female of the group is holding a few copies of the socialist worker, it’s not raining but she holds them close to her chest as if to protect them from the damp in the air. The rest of the group hold laminated signs, declaring themselves the Harlow council tax benefit rebels.

Can You Kick it? Yes You Can!

ADULT Community Learning Essex, working in partnership with OM Sports Academy and Harlow Town Football club, is offering young people an exciting opportunity to apply for a Football Traineeship, beginning in January 2014. Traineeships are a new Government programme designed to prepare young people for their future careers. The traineeship will last between six weeks and six months depending on the individual’s needs.

Hundreds of Harlow homes benefit from improvements

MORE than 1,500 home improvements have been completed so far this year as part of Harlow Council’s modern homes programme.The £22m programme is part of a five-year £100m investment by Harlow Council. Since the programme started in July 2013 the Council and its contractors Solar Windows Ltd, United House and Kier Services have completed over 1,200 improvements. In addition, electrical inspection condition reports and associated repairs have been carried out in 546 Council homes and the external walls of 302 Council homes have been insulated.

MP on the right track as he listens to commuters

DURING a House of Commons debate on the West Anglia Railway line, Harlow MP Robert Halfon MP quizzed Government ministers on their plans for improving rail services in Harlow using results he had obtained from a survey of 300 commuters in Harlow. During the debate he brought up commuters’ concerns over areas such as the lack of facilities at Harlow Mill Station and called for it to be refurbished.

Police drink-drive campaign gathers pace

NOW the countdown to the festive season has officially begun, Essex Police is warning motorists not to even think about drink driving. Essex Police takes the issue of drink driving seriously all year round. However during December and the New Year period officers make a concerted effort to crack down on the crime to ensure that people across the county have a Christmas to remember for the right reasons.

Civic Society in talks with council bosses

AMONG the items discussed were the preservation of Harlow’s green wedges, which are being built upon bit-by-bit, The Square and the former YMCA building, both of which are important assets, and the new M11 link, which we need but not where ECC is threatening to put it, namely, down Gilden Way! We need a link to the North as voted for by HDC.”

Men sought after drivers stolen

At about 6pm on December 4, three men entered the East Road specialist sports shop and are believed to have stolen four Taylormade SLDR driver heads worth about £1,200. Anyone who can identify them men from the CCTV is asked to contact Pc Michael Ornellas at Harlow police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Absent councillor dumped by leader

IT WASN’T (thankfully) done in the style of North Korea but it looks like Harlow Council leader has had a mini-purge of his own as he has replaced his portfolio holder for regeneration, cllr Paul Schroder. Cllr Schroder had, despite holding a key portfolio, missed a considerable number of meetings and had also been fairly tricky to get hold of.

Tories question cost of the Harlow Playhouse

OH NO THEY didn’t, oh yes they did…..It may be pantomime season at the Playhouse but things were far more serious at the council offices as the Harlow Tories questioned the continuing costs of the theatre. Conservative councillor, Russell Perrin pointed to the £50,000 shortfall in the Harlow Council performance papers at Thursday nights cabinet meeting and asked what was being done about this.

The Great Harlow College bake off!

WITH the festive season fast approaching, students at Harlow University Centre are inviting people to a Christmas cake sale in aid of St Clare Hospice on Monday, December 16. Organiser Charlotte Castle, who is studying BA Journalism, said: “We hope that many of Harlow’s locals will attend and show their support to raise money at such a festive time and make this small gesture a triumph for the town’s youth who will be helping at the event.

Gibberd designs to receive a makeover

THE external refurbishment to the 14 homes* known as the “Bookend” flats and houses included the renewing of roof coverings, general external redecorations, replacing windows and doors and cladding and removing asbestos. The thermal insulation to the facades and lofts of all homes have also been enhanced and a shared TV reception system installed to minimise the visual impact of satellite dishes.

Authors announced for Essex Book Festival

WITH a Writers’ Day, a Book Art Workshop and a Book Art Fair, whether you’re an avid reader, a collector of books or a would-be novelist, the Essex Book Festival 2014 is ready to entertain and inspire you. With events happening from Great Dunmow to Loughton, West Mersea to Hadleigh in fantastic venues like the Thameside Nature Park at Mucking and the atmospheric Railway Hotel in Southend, the Festival has something to entice, surprise, tempt, enthral, inform and even delight almost everyone. And if that’s not enough there’s Martin Newell and Dr Who on offer too.

Tripton Road travellers given their marching orders

ON THURSDAY, Harlow Council attended Chelmsford County Court to apply for possession of the land off Tripton Road. At the hearing the Judge awarded the Council a final order for possession of the land which comes into force immediately. This means that if the travellers do not leave the land the Council can take action to evict them.