IN AN echo of (the then) prime minister Gordon Brown’s statement of ‘British jobs for British workers”, Harlow Council leader, Mark Wilkinson told the full council meeting on Thursday night that he was committed to a policy of ‘Harlow homes for Harlow people.”
THAT WAS the question posed by the leader of the Harlow Conservatives, Andrew Johnson at a full council meeting in Harlow last night. The Church Langley councillor made the comment as council’s all across the country share services more and more.
A NEW HARLOW school with over 200 places is set to be built. But Essex County Council won’t reveal any details regarding where the school is, what the name of the school is, what type of school it is or anything else.
HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon paid a visit to the troubled Partridge Care Centre to see what support he could give.The centre has been the subject of another damning report by government watchdog CQC.
YOU CAN TELL that there are people that really care for their town. Indeed more than that, they want to talk it up and improve it. Bush Fair ward councillor and deputy chair of Harlow Council, cllr Ian Beckett is such a man.
A GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG has published a damning report on a care centre in Harlow. The Partridge Care Centre in Partridge Road, Harlow was inspected after concerns that one or more of the essential standards of quality and safety were not being met.
THE LEADER OF THE Harlow Conservatives has warned that the town will run out of money if Labour keep “draining the council reserves.” The warning comes after a cabinet meeting where Labour run Harlow Council published their first year report.
SUZY Stride, Labour’s General Election candidate for Harlow, has been speaking to residents in Harlow and hearing their concerns about rising car parking fees. She raised these concerns with Mark Wilkinson and others. The Council have now decided not to introduce the 20p for the first hour of parking because of residents concerns.
A HARLOW UKIP activist has slammed the links that Harlow Labour candidate, Suzy Stride has with the unions. In her leaflets, the parliamentary candidate, Suzy Stride, tells prospective voters that: “I am proud to have the official endorsement of my union. I would stand up for local workers who feel threatened by employers like Tesco.
The move to abolish free parking will also affect the poorest in the community. Cllr Perrin says “Anyone wishing to visit their local GP will also be affected. Labour is propping up council finances off the back of some of the poorest people in the community. Labour has not consulted on this issue. Nearly 800 people have signed my petition on Change.org calling for Labour to stop this ridiculous decision from coming into effect. Labour must listen.”
BEFORE WE started, although YourHarlow only started on July 1st, 2013, our sister paper, first interviewed Robert Halfon in April 2013. Managing editor of both papers, Michael Casey drove past Robert on the A414 near Hastingwood after another day on the General Election campaign trail.
YOUR HARLOW caught up with Church Langley councillor, Tony Hall. Cllr Hall and his two colleagues in the ward, cllrs Andrew Johnson and Simon Carter, hold an open surgery outside Tescos in Church Langley once a month.
ESSEX County Council has announced a new round of grants being awarded under the Family Innovation Fund 2. Nineteen grants, totalling £409,235 have been awarded to 13 voluntary and community sector organisations working across Essex. Funding is for the year from August 2013 to the end of July 2014.
OVER FIFTEEN members of staff are set to leave Mark Hall as the school year draws to a close on Friday.
The school have ended the year with another woeful report from Ofsted that leaves them still in special measures. But the school, under new ownership through the Academy Transformation Trust, will start the new academic year in September, hoping to literally transform itself.
YOUR HARLOW will try and keep you posted as to the issues debated and decided within Essex County Council. Here are the dates of committees coming up.
BOSS of Chill Out Kids slams Ofsted report that claims her after school club is “inadequate” as “unfounded”. Among the criticisms are that; “The owner has failed to ensure that the areas used by children are safe and secure. Staff do not keep a record of all accidents and injuries to children in their care. In addition parents are not consistently informed if their child has had an accident. This does not protect the well-being and safety of children.”
LABOUR parliamentary candidate, Suzie Stride was one of the first candidates selected back in 2011. Since then, Suzie has been a constant presence in the town as she campaigns to win the seat back from Robert Halfon in 2015. Your Harlow sat down with Suzie in the grounds of the Water Gardens to discuss what she sees as the main issues in Harlow.
A COUNCIL in Essex may stop housing its homeless in the Oasis hotel in Harlow after concerns over the conditions. Basildon Council stopped using the hotel in February after a number of problems were highlighted.
HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon rose on the floor of the House of Commons to ask a question in relation to the sudden closure of the Maypole Club. Mr Halfon asked the Leader of the House, Andrew Lansley MP if he had seen my Commons Motion on the unfortunate over-night closure of the Maypole Club in Harlow, and if he will call for an urgent debate on small community clubs.
HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has told YH he is “shocked and angered by the closure of the Maypole Club. Mr Halfon said: “I have every sympathy for staff, members and all the sports clubs like Lanbgley Colts, who use the grounds. I understand that the Lease of the club has been sold by Pearsons to developers. What has happened is unacceptable: – the manner of closure, the lack of notice, and the lack of thought given to the impact on our community.
`A BREATH of fresh air into the Harlow political scene is how 23-year-old, Emma Toal has been described. The youngest councillor in Harlow, cllr Emma Toal, went to St Mark’s, a school that encourages political debate. And Emma has graduated through school and sixth form, through Harlow Youth Council,through being a back bencher and is […]
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has criticised a tweet by a senior Tesco manager who said shutting five depots was an example of “awesome teamwork”. Tesco is restructuring its distribution centres with the transfer of 2,000 posts in Essex, Surrey and Derbyshire.
YOU KNOW, it is not often that you get to discuss such varied topics with the leader of Harlow Council from the regeneration agenda to whatever happened to the guy in Roman Holiday (no not Gregory Peck). YH sat down with the leader of Harlow Council, cllr Mark Wilkinson to discuss the challenges that face the town in 2013 and beyond.
IF THERE was ever an event that encapsulated the community spirit of Harlow, then it was the return of Dr Ahmed Shakoor, to open up the new play equipment and garden dedicated to the memory of his family. Dr Shakoor made a moving speech which was punctuated with the words, peace and love.