Families homeless as roofs ripped off in Harlow

A NUMBER OF families were made homeless on Saturday night after the roofs from their homes were torn off by a storm. The wind ripped through the five houses in Upper Mealines on the Trotters Road that connects Southern Way with Commonside Road. The incident happened at just after 4.30pm when a extraordinary storm ripped through Harlow.

Burns Night: Hail to the Harlow Scots

YH DONNED its tartan anorak this morning to find out how many Harlow residents are actually Scots-born? The answer is: 800. The most Scots-born residents can be found in Church Langley (97). Which may explain why they appear to be campaigning for independence from Harlow!

Halfon and Stride clash on unemployment figures

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon welcomes a local and national fall in unemployment figures, but Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, Suzy Stride, isn’t impressed. Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the number of people unemployed has fallen once again, with 167,000 gaining work between September and November of last year – the largest rise in employment in the UK’s history.

Emergency services in major training exercise at North Weald

EMERGENCY services in from Essex and Herts took part in major incident training this week. Exercise Blackout took place at North Weald airfield. The aerodrome was transformed into a major accident scene where a light aircraft had crashed onto a motorway, causing a pile-up involving cars, two lorries, a coach and a motorbike.

Little Parndon Primary told to improve by Ofsted

STANDARDS, especially in mathematics,fell at the end of Year 6 in 2013 after several years of improvement. Pupils have not made sufficiently accelerated progress in mathematics for the last two years. Progress in reading in 2013 was slower than in writing.Not enough attention is given to developing pupils’ speaking skills.

Sally & The Sunflower set to brighten up your day

A flower shop owner helps a little girl to plant some seeds and as they wait for the seeds to grow she tells the girl a familiar tale. The story of Jack and the Beanstalk unfolds with a little girl as the heroine who comes up with lots of inventive and amusing ways of climbing up and down the very tall sunflower.

Crippling cost of temp staff at Princess Alexandra

PRINCESS Alexandra Hospital spends half a million on costly locums because of Cameron’s A&E crisis. Understaffed A&E departments in the East of England spent £9.6million on costly locum doctors last year (2012/13) because they cannot permanently fill medical posts. This is an increase of 53% on the 2009/10, the last year Labour was in office.

Future of housing in Harlow

Harlow’s Local Plan needs to reflect the future needs of the community and businesses and to provide a framework for the consideration and assessment of planning applications. The consultation will involve asking the public and business for views on a series of development scenarios which aim to provide more housing and jobs. The consultation will also include looking at where housing could go in the town and outside the town’s borders to meet Harlow’s future needs.

Hundreds ally with Harlow Civic Society in pledge to fight M11 proposals

A PACKED St John’s Hall, Old Harlow, on Monday night paid testament to the strong feelings in the town regarding proposals for a new junction 7a on the M11.The ninety minute meeting was part of the Harlow Civic Society AGM. However, the main item afforded an opportunity for a presentation by an Essex County Council officer, input by a number of Harlow Council officers and then a number of observations by members of the Harlow community.

Playhouse asks: “What is it about that night?”

WHAT is it about that night? is a performance which takes place in the backstage spaces of The Playhouse. For a small audience at a time, this show invites you into the world of a touring theatre company, in all its glamour and ordinariness. With live music and a journey into secret rooms, What is it about that night? celebrates the rituals of theatre, the smallness of things and of the people who live in the wings.

Football: Hawks record key away win

AN INJURY-hit Harlow side earned 3 points on a rain sodden pitch on Wednesday night, both team took some time to get into their stride before Romford’s Ryan Imbert used his strength and speed to beat two defenders before dragging his shot wide after ten minutes.

Paramedic recruitment drive launched

A STUDENT paramedic recruitment programme has been launched to help fill hundreds of frontline vacancies in the region’s ambulance service and offer career opportunities to scores of people in the east of England. The new Chief Executive of East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST), Dr Anthony Marsh, who has pledged to tackle the issues facing the Trust, said it was “a great step forward for staff, patients and local communities”.

Face the challenge and win thousands

FACE the Challenge is a pilot project being run by the Jack Petchey Foundation in BASILDON and HARLOW. We are asking young people to pitch “Dragon’s Den” style for funding for a group or community project of their choice. We want you to identify areas of need, make a funding application and then pitch your ideas to a panel of experts.

Baby born at intu Lakeside!

INTU Lakeside’s youngest ever shopper was born yesterday when her mother went into labour in the shopping centre and gave birth at approximately 5pm on a cordoned off section of the mall. While waiting for an ambulance to arrive, baby Deborah was born with the support of intu Lakeside security officer Maggie Webb and the team, before being taken to hospital for a full check-up.

County Council to launch survey on usage of recycling centres

ESSEX County Council (ECC) is launching a new survey to look at how residents use recycling services across the county, starting on Monday 27th January 2014. This survey is the start of a process to review and understand how recycling centres need to change in order to meet the long term requirements of residents, and to ensure this service is delivered in the most cost effective way for Essex taxpayers.

Better be quick for the Tortoise and the Hare

Half-Term Productions – a new venture from award-winning local playwright Simon Mawdsley and actor/director Caroline Petherbridge – present a fun-packed, musical version of Aesop’s classic tale The Hare & Tortoise, aimed at children aged from 3 to 11. Day-time shows for children are something new for Victoria Hall Theatre,” says Caroline, “But, as a parent myself, I know that there is huge demand for things to do with children during half-term, and Victoria Hall is an ideal place to stage something like this.”

Police boss defends increasing police share of council tax bill

THE POLICE Crime Commissioner, Nick Alston has gone on the record to defend his proposal to increase the police share of the council tax bill by 3.5%. Mr Alston said: “Everyone in Essex has a right to expect that their taxpayer money is used in an open and transparent fashion to deliver the best, most efficient and most effective policing services possible.

Council tax increase and services cut for Harlow residents

HARLOW Council has outlined proposals to protect services from closure by increasing Council Tax by 1.49% or 6½p per week for a Band C property. Plans for the increase on Harlow Council’s share of Council Tax for 2014/15 will be recommended to Cabinet on 30 January 2014 and Council on 6 February 2014. The increase is part of the Administration’s budget proposals for 2014/15, which aim to tackle significant reductions in the Council’s grant funding from central government while protecting services residents value.

Suspected arson attack at Spring Hills Tower

FIRE CREWS wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel to tackle a fire in a brick built recycling unit, situated beneath a high rise tower block in Spring Hills Tower, Hobtoe Road. Crews arriving at the scene at 8pm on Tuesday January 21st reported that the unit was well alight. Police were called to the scene as the cause of the fire is thought to be deliberate.

St Clare officially launches new Hospice at Home service

AT the same time, they are launching the St Clare Community Friends. This is a volunteer-led befriending service to offer support, friendship and practical help, whether it is collecting a prescription or taking the dog for a walk. The Hospice recognises this is a vitally important service for the people of West Essex, a service St Clare will be fully funding and developing.