The Downs primary praised for key improvements

TEACHERS’ assessments of writing are checked and compared to ensure that they are more accurate. Marking has improved and twenty-five minutes of each day are devoted to giving pupils opportunities to respond to marking and for teachers to pick up quickly on any misconceptions.

Councillors praise new welfare rights contract

COUNCILLORS from across the divide have praised the new welfare rights and advice contract that has been agreed by Harlow Council. Due to legal restrictions, there was no mention made of the winners of the contract but both Labour and Conservative councillors agreed that it was a new chapter in helping the Harlow residents.

What has Nelly found underneath Harlow?

FOR ALL followers of urban adventurer, Nelly Urbex on Facebook, they will know of a world of deserted buildings and hidden treasures that are out of sight but nearer than you think. YH has chronicled a recent visit that Nelly made to another hidden place.

Rugby: Wansted found wanting against Harlow

THIS was a home fixture for Wansted which had already been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch. When faced with the same problem on the replay date under the league rules Harlow offered to hold the match on their ground. Wansted, not wanting to cede Home advantage to Harlow arranged for the game to be played on a neutral ground at Bishops Stortford College. The pitch provided by the college was superb well drained and with a firm grass surface. Harlow backs have always had plenty of speed and exploited the conditions to run in six excellent tries for a comfortable win.

Keep Harlow’s historic buildings in good repair

BUILDERS and contractors in Essex should continue to recognise the importance of the county’s 14,000 listed buildings by using the appropriate materials to repair and conserve them – says County Councillor John Jowers, whose advice accompanies the release of the April 2014 to March 2015 Traditional Building Skills and Building Conservation brochure of courses and lectures.

Council Tax bills to rise by £5.86* for Harlow residents

HARLOW Council collects Council Tax on behalf of Essex County Council, Essex Police and Essex Fire Authority but it only keeps £17 of every £100 collected. The rest goes to Essex County Council (£70), the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner (£9) and Essex Fire Authority (£4).

Nishall’s Blog: Young people and their potential

FROM Monday to Friday last week, I have had 24 hour day with some wonderful young people in Norfolk, and it was amazing. During my time away I realised many things, but one really stood out. Every person whether they are young or old all have potential and very unique talents. I believe if we increase the quality of education for young people so that they are well prepared for further education, higher education and work. We can make sure that there are high quality options for young people to undertake both academic and vocational education, including apprenticeships and traineeships, because they have so much potential and talents waiting to be used that we need to push them in the right direction.

Two car crash on Velizy Avenue

EMERGENCY services were called and the road shut off for a period of time after two cars crashed into safety barriers in the town centre. The collision occurred just before 6pm on Saturday Feb 22nd on the northbound section of Velizy Avenue, close to the turn off near the Holiday Inn.

Pharmacy services in Harlow under the microscope

MEMBERS of the public will be asked to complete a short questionnaire on the services provided by pharmacies, dispensing doctors and internet pharmacies in the Essex area. The results of the survey will help the County Council and the Essex Health and Wellbeing Board to understand how local people use the services, how they rate their experiences and what services they would like to see in the future. The questionnaire is completely confidential and does not require any personal identifying information.

Cheerleaders looking for new sponsors

Galaxy Cheerleading Academy started it’s first competitive year in September 2010, entering their first competition in July 2011. Based at Harlow Gymnastics Club, Sumners Leisure Centre, the squad attracted a wide range of ages not just from Harlow, but the rest of Essex, Hertfordshire and London.

Man sought after theft from Southern Way BP theft

POLICE want to identify a man caught on CCTV at the time that £18 worth of food was stolen from the BP Filling Station in Southern Way, Harlow. A suspect had entered the store shortly before 1.45pm on Friday February 21. He had then taken a number of items from the shelves before hiding them in his jacket and then leaving the store without making any attempt to pay.

Stolen jewellery found in Harlow alleyways

POLICE would like to hear from anyone who recognises a number of items of jewellery which were found discarded at two different locations in Harlow.

The first quantity of jewellery was found in an alleyway and wooded area in Finchmoor at 10.30am on Thursday January 23 and the second set on a cycle path at Woodcroft at 10am on Tuesday February 18.

Nice of you to drop in councillor Schroder!

LOW-KEY Harlow councillor, Paul Schroder made his first appearance for nearly five months but only stayed for five minutes! The Mark Hall councillor was lucky enough to turn up to the special council meeting that has just one item on the agenda, the vote of the council tax increase. It was a case of meeting opened, vote, meeting closed.

Pizza and politics returns with Luciana Berger

PIZZA and politics return to Harlow next week with a Q and A session with Luciana Berger MP. Harlow Labour are holding a pizza & politics event on the 24th February at The Square. It is a night of very informal politics discussion with Luciana Berger, Shadow Minister for Public Health.

Basketball: Hawks take sting out of Scorpions tail

HARLOW Hawks secured a narrow 64-55 victory at Stevenage Scorpions to remain in the top four in the Herts Basketball League division two. Both teams started a little tentatively, but it was Rimantas Norkeliunas who opened up the scoring for the visitors. The Scorpions played with a greater intensity and tempo, this opened up the Hawks’ half court defence and allowed the home side some easy drives to the basket.

Football: Club claims Harlow’s 3G is unfair

WITHAM Town chairman Tony Last believes Harlow Town’s 3G pitch is giving them an “unfair advantage” in the race for Ryman League Division One North promotion. Town have been hit the hardest by postponements in the whole division, with their own promotion bid hit hard by the fact they still have half of their fixtures left to play.