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.
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 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.
A414 Fifth Avenue Allende Avenue in Harlow closed in both directions at Burnt Mill Roundabout, because of accident investigation work. On the roundabout.
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.
IT WAS late but it was worth it as the Hawks edged a seven-goal thriller against Barkingside. Two goals by Leon Antoine and two by Alex Read secured the points in what was the proverbial ding-dong battle. Alex Read secured the winner in the 81st minute.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
STEWARDS AND Passmores students are being offered the opportunity to gain first-hand experience working in a laboratory testing chemicals in just one of the education and industry projects set up to help encourage young people to consider careers in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) sectors.
HARLOW-based artist Julie Johnstone has ambitious plans for a mural at Burnt Mill. In many ways the plans harness the ambition, energy and zeal that the school possesses. We had run a story a few weeks ago but we were keen to find out more from Julie. So we popped down to the art room at the Mandela Avenue school to find out more.
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.
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 TRAVELLERS who had pitched up on Tripton Road for a week have now moved back to Old Harlow. Having been given a notice to quit by Harlow Council on Thursday, the wagons duly rolled on Thursday night.
OFSTED has 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.
DEVELOPERS sign a S106 agreement as part of their planning permission. This is a legal document that specifies what the money is spent on and where. For example, S106 money is used to make improvements to highways, parks, public transport, school etc.
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.
CHILDREN as young as five decided they wanted to support devastated families in the Philippines. Pupils on the school council at Freshwaters Primary Academy, in School Lane, Harlow, made it their mission to collect money for those who are suffering as a result of the typhoon.
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.
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.
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.