‘Your Essex, let’s talk’ – 1,700 responses to bus service consultation so far

HARLOW residents have until Monday 9 December to have their say on local bus services provided by Essex County Council (ECC) and join the 1,700 residents who have already contributed their views. The consultation, which can be found at www.essex.gov.uk/busreview, through libraries or by calling 0845 603 7631, enables residents to have their say on the types of bus services ECC supports and ultimately how it will provide financial support to local bus services in the future.

Shoud smoking be banned at Princess Alexandra hospital?

THE NHS must stop turning a “blind eye” to smoking and ban it in all hospital grounds in England, according to new guidance. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said it wanted to see smoking shelters scrapped so patients, visitors and staff could not light up reports the BBC.

Stride celebrates National Parliament Week in Harlow

SUZY Stride, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, visited Burnt Mill School and met with pupils as part of National Parliament week. She spent a day in the school discussing political engagement and young people. Ms Stride met with students from across year eleven to discuss with them what changes would need to be made to help young people better engage in politics. The students also discussed how they would like to see Harlow change from homes and jobs to different education policy.

Parking wardens get tough in Harlow

WE SPOTTED them on Tumbler Road on Sunday evening. The car was parked on the pavement. Mums with buggies had to step onto the road to get past. Not any more as the warden slapped a ticket and took photographic evidence. Many will applaud the wardens for taking such robust action against a problem that has become an epidemic in Harlow.

Town Park improvements before planning committee

REPAIR, Conservation and Improvement Works Within Harlow Town Park, Including the Construction of A New Education Building and Covered Events Shelter Following the Demolition of Several Buildings Within Pets Corner, A New Platform In Front of And The Restoration of The Bandstand, A Café to The Ground Floor of Spurriers House and The Enlargement of The Existing Car Park,

Essex Police set to film domestic incidents in Harlow

WHEN a male perpetrator was identified as a target offender, he had been responsible for nine previous domestic abuse offences. Offending also led to issues with neighbours as a result of the volatile nature of the relationship and the behaviour of both parties. Both victim and perpetrator had substance misuse issues and had previously been arrested for domestic abuse offending against each other, all had resulted in no further action being taken due to a lack of evidence from both parties or any other corroborating evidence.

Health Group to meet on Thursday

THE public is invited to attend a meeting of those in charge of community health services. The West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is set to meet on Thursday, when stroke services will be discussed at Harlow Health Resource Centre on Second Avenue, from 9.30am.

Halfon Backs Hospice “Peoples Millions” Campaign

LOCAL MPs including Harlow’s Robert Halfon are joining staff and volunteers at St Clare Hospice in calling for the public to vote for their peoples million campaign, a spokesperson for the hospice said, “They are the experts when it comes to winning the public’s vote so it’s fantastic that our local MPs are backing our People’s Millions campaign. We will be out and about canvassing for the community’s support come voting day on Wednesday, November 27 when we will be urging people to pick up the phone and help us win £50,000 for our ‘Space to Breathe’ garden.”

Kier to tackle town’s “Litter Hotspots”

KIER Harlow has invested in its litter tackling arsenal to keep Harlow clean by deploying five hand-operated barrow beat sweepers to boost its clean streets team.

The old style street cleaners accompany the wave of mechanical street sweepers getting into every nook and cranny and leaving no stone unturned in an effort to keep Harlow’s streets clean and free from litter.

Halfon shocked by TB figures

To my shock, TB in Harlow is on the rise and over double the national average. It is 28.1 per 100, 000 compared to 13.9 per 100,000 nationally. Thirteen percent is from recent transmission. For every person who has untreated TB, the disease can potentially spread to ten to fifteen people a year.

Overwhelming participation in Essex CC’s youth service consultation claims council

ESSEX County Councillor Ray Gooding, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, has expressed his thanks to all the young people who took the time to get involved in the consultation on Essex youth services. The council has seen an unprecedented response to the consultation, not only from young people and their families, but also from community groups, youth councils, local authority partner agencies and the third sector, all of whom state support for the service.

Suzy focusses on road safety

ROAD Safety Week, coordinated by the road safety charity Brake, is the UK’s leading event to promote safer road use. This year Road Safety Week focuses on preventing tragic collisions caused by driver distraction, such as mobile phone use, and will be supported by a week of increased police enforcement coordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers.

Over 800 families in Harlow hit by the bedroom tax

THE bedroom tax came into force on 1 April, 2013 and this is the first time the Government has released data showing the actual numbers hit. But even this does not show the full extent of families affected – it excludes those working families, previously in receipt of a small amount of housing benefit, whose entitlement has been completely wiped out by the bedroom tax.

Have your say on crime in Harlow

THE Police and Crime Commissioner will be holding a public meeting to discuss crime and policing issues in Harlow on Wednesday November 27, starting at 5:30pm. Nick Alston aims to hold a public meeting in every district of Essex twice a year, working with colleagues from Essex Police, Community Safety Partnerships, district and unitary councils, partner organisations and the voluntary sector. These are important events for everyone who cares about the way their community is policed and who wants to know the facts about crime in their area.

Suzy Stride backs energy price freeze for Harlow residents

ON Saturday, Suzy Stride Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, joined energy campaigners and labour party activists on a day of action to tackle the cost of living with events taking place up and down the country. So far over 500 residents in Harlow have signed Suzy’s petition calling on the Prime Minister to freeze energy prices.

Essex County Council consider disability Budget

ESSEX County Council have released a new public consultation looking at ways to improve services for adults with disabilities across the county. The consultation will ask residents their views on the services currently offered to adults, with the aim of increasing independence.

“Why and how do we fight fascism today” – Harlow TUC Meeting.

HARLOW TUC will be holding a joint meeting with Harlow Socialist History and Politics Group, “Why and how do we fight fascism today”.

Guest speakers at the even will include, Max Levitas – veteran of the Battle of Cable Street 1936, and Dan Randall Member of Workers’ Liberty and supporter of the Anti-Fascist Network.

Blog post: Nishall on Positivity

Life is too short to not be optimistic.

It is often that currently things around us discourage us. It’s hard not to be when people constantly say things like that our generation is going to have a hard time finding jobs and that everyone is getting fat and lazy and that we practically need degrees to be successful. It is hard to be optimistic when all the focus in the media is crimes, military coups, murders and starvation. In addition, yes life is hard.