“Domestic abuse is an absolute priority” says police boss.

THE ESSEX Police and Crime Commissioner, Nick Alston has pledged, in his annual report to continue to place domestic violence at the top of his agenda.
Mr Alston said: Every day, Essex Police deal with over 80 incidents of domestic abuse. Whilst real progress has been made over the past 12 months, nevertheless the HMIC report shows that more work needs to be done to ensure that victims of domestic abuse are identified earlier and kept safe from harm.

Halfon’s hundreds take to the streets in Harlow Road Trip

WELL, he said they would come and they certainly did. Legions of the Conservative Future from London, Manchester, Cambridge and Cardiff came to flood the town in support of Harlow MP, Robert Halfon. Mr Halfon spent the morning on the Broad Walk in the High, discussing matters and distributing the Harlow Sun. He was joined by Vicky Ford MEP.

Ofsted impressed by Abbotsweld’s progress

ABLY supported by the assistant headteachers, you have reviewed your raising attainment plan to reflect the key priorities identified during the inspection. The plan works in alignment with a clear monitoring timetable and detailed weekly plans. Together these ensure all staff know what is happening when and understand what is expected of them.

Nanny state? Pupils kept indoors during smog

PUPILS were kept indoors at a Harlow school this week after parents raised their concerns about the high pollution levels of smog in the area. Primary pupils at Pear Tree Mead Primary and Nursery School near Southern Way were kept inside after the school decided it would be best for their health and safety.

The Rezillos rock down at The Square

SCOTTISH punk rockers The Revillos, rolled back the years with a storming set at The Square. Fay Fife and the band played their best known hits from the seventies as well as songs written more recently as the audience enjoyed a great night.

Absentee Labour councillor steps down

PAUL Schroder, one of our three Labour Councillors in the Mark Hall Ward, has resigned as a Local Councillor due to work commitments. Paul Schroder has represented Mark Hall for three years, has taken on a new job as a full time official for the maritime trade union Nautilus. His duties cover the whole of the UK and beyond, and as such he has found it difficult to devote the necessary time to his local councillor role. As a consequence, he has decided to stand down from Harlow Council with immediate effect.

Billion pound investment could pay dividends for Harlow

THE South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SE LEP) has today called on HM Government to make a £1.2 billion investment in growth across the South East. With support from Ministers and Whitehall, local partners’ plans will unlock a total investment package of £10 billion to accelerate growth, jobs and house building until 2021.

Comedy Club coming to The Churchgate

ON Wednesday 14th May. The Harlow Comedy Club opens it’s doors for it’s inaugural show at the Churchgate Hotel in Old Harlow. The first (of what will hopefully be many shows), features three of the finest acts working the UK comedy circuit today as well as a resident compere.

A year of fast paced challenges for West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS WEST Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (WECCG) has reached its first birthday and is reflecting on its achievements which have surpassed expectations in a challenging climate. Successes over the past year include more collaborative working between statutory organisations and service providers and more integration between services – meaning local people are already benefitting from improvements in their care.

Partnership brings jobs to Poundland

HARLOW Council is leading a successful partnership including Jobcentre Plus and Harlow College to work with local developers to ensure that where jobs are created that local people are able to access them. The Council says it is essential that local people benefit from the growth of the Town and that it actively encourages all developers to engage with the partnership and assist it in promoting employment and job opportunities where possible.

Essex Book Festival announces winner of Making Waves competition

Hollie started writing in 2012 and is rapidly gaining success. She was a shortlisted writer on the Essex Book Festival’s ‘Get it Writ’ competition in 2013. Her play Dinosaurs, was also shortlisted for the Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing (2013). Her second play, Cats and Dogs, was performed as a rehearsed reading at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch in January.