Council leader puts record straight on Harlow Welfare Rights saga

“MUCH has been written over the last year about the Council. The Council has not wished to conduct the proceedings in the media and, in any event, it has been constrained by the legal process initiated by HWRA from responding through the media. At every stage the Council has acted in accordance with the legal advice that it has received. It has worked within the rules and it has respected the requirement for confidentiality. It has been scrupulous in its approach to this issue but this has meant that it has not been able to respond to some of the ill-informed and misleading statements that have appeared in the press. It is now important to provide some facts.

Council pledges to support Raytheon workers

FOLLOWING the news that Raytheon are to make 51 staff redundant, the Council has issued the following statement: Councillor Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Enterprise, said: “The Council wishes to offer its support and help to all local employees affected by this decision.

From Lahore to Harlow as Tollington Fund set to celebrate tenth anniversary

THE programme for the event at St John’s Arts and Recreation Centre on Sunday, 24th November, will run from 2.0 pm to 5.15: it includes music provided by Harmeet Virdee (Sitar) Gurdain Rayatt (Tabla/Percussion), Shrimathi Susanna (Dancer) and Jamila Gavin (Storyteller). The Raj Lodge restaurant in Old Harlow is providing a finger food buffet during the interval which will be free for ticket holders.

Running: Fell runs well in Hatfield

HARLOW Running Club members were out and about at several events at
the weekend and during the previous week.

At the Hatfield Midweek 5K Series, the 3rd race of 3, Adrian Fell finished in 22nd place out of 102 finishers in an excellent 18min 51sec. He was followed home by John Tennant in 38th place and 1st Vet 60 and also the overall series Vet 60 winner. Dionne Jones was 48th and 3rd Female Vet 35 in 21min 20sec, Sean Flynn 52nd in 21min 32sec.
and Sharon Wright 57th in 22min 01sec.

Suzy writes to Robert on youth cuts

AS you will know Essex County Council is consulting on their provision of youth services and proposing cuts of £3 million. I call on you to oppose these disgraceful measures. Failure to stop them will lead to the under provision of crucial youth services in Harlow, and will damage the prosperity, cohesion and day to day running of our community. There is little doubt that this will leave the lives and futures of our young people severely damaged.

Suzy urges Halfon to back apprenticeships bill

SUZY Stride, Labour’s candidate to be MP in Harlow has backed the “Apprenticeships & Skills Private Member’s Bill” and has called on MP Robert Halfon to do the same. Suzy Stride said “We need to get people back to work and a key way to do this is to ensure that apprenticeships have high quality placements to go alongside them.

Man wanted after bike theft from Passmores

POLICE are appealing for assistance in identifying the man pictured they want to speak to in connection with the theft of bolts from a bike. The bike was parked at the Passmores Academy school in Tracyes Road, Harlow, and the parts were believed to have been stolen between 8.30am and 4.30pm on October 1.

After St Jude: Be on the guard against rogue traders

ESSEX County Council’s trading standards team is warning people not to fall prey to rogue traders looking to take advantage of Monday’s (28 October) storm force winds across the town.

The council itself has been working to clear roads and paths and legitimate traders will also be carrying out work, but trading standards officers are concerned rogue traders will be trying to take advantage of the situation.

Inquest set for tragic cyclist

AN INQUEST in to the death of a Harlow man who died while cycling will take place on Tuesday. Father-of-three Adam Jacobs (36), of Northbrooks, was found unconscious on a footpath near Third Avenue back in February.

After St Jude: The clean up

HARLOW Council and Kier Harlow have been responding to the effects of the storm experienced in Harlow this morning. Work took place at the end of last week to ensure workforces were ready to respond to emergency calls and that trees and structures were made as safe as possible.

Show goes on despite St Jude

HIGH winds during this morning’s storm meant that The Playhouse and surrounding area including the Harvey Centre entrance and  taxi rank, was cordoned off earlier today after material on The Playhouse roof became loose.

Free Activity Friday at Leisurezone this Half-term

HARLOW’S Youth Council have arranged for young people ages 12-17 to take part in a selction of activities at Harlow Leisurezone this Frday for free. The day was devised after the Youth Council were granted funding from the Olympic Legacy to promote sports activities and encourage participation by young people in sport.

Severe delays on M11 adds to Storm St Jude woes

FOR MANY, the storms were not as bad as feared but an over-turned lorry on the M11 has added to the Monday morning rush hour woes. M11 Essex – M11 closed and queueing traffic southbound between J8, A120 (Stansted) and J7, A414 (Harlow), because of an overturned lorry. Diversion in operation – follow the Hollow Square signs.

Blog: Nishall on fighting the cuts

AS you may be aware, the youth of Harlow are currently fighting to keep our youth services open. I have been very busy in the past fortnight doing all I can to represent your views and secure our invaluable youth service.

Accuro Under 19 Project under threat

THE Under 19 Project, operated by Hastingwood-based charity Accuro, faces an uncertain future because of a lack of funding which may lead to its closure in March 2014. For the last 13 years the Project has been successfully providing leisure and social activities for children/young people aged 11 to 19 who have a range of disabilities.