Braveheart Durcan calls for Independence for Harlow

Politics / Sat 22nd Mar 2014 at 11:44am

A SENIOR Harlow councillor has urged Harlow to declare independence from Essex County Council.

Cllr Tony Durcan expressed his frustration in the middle of discussing the school crossing patrol controversy at a Harlow Council meeting on Thursday night.

Cllr Durcan said: “Let us remember: Harlow has already lost two patrol crossings at Little Parndon and Pear Tree Mead.

“A saving of £147,000 only indicates that the Tories in this council know the cost of everything but the value of nothing when it comes to children and safety.

“Perhaps we should follow Scotland and actually commence divorce proceedings from our friends, Essex County Council.”

After the meeting, Harlow and Essex County councillor, Eddie Johnson went on the record to stress that no decisions had been taken and the consultation process was just beginning.

Council leader Mark Wilkinson (Lab) added: “I am deeply concerned about the proposals, it is essential that we protect children from busy and dangerous roads. I will write to Cllr Bass and seek an urgent meeting.

“My party and I have started a letter writing campaign and we are urging mums, dads, teachers and residents to write to county council about the changes. What is the cost of a child’s life? £50 a week and apparently that is too much.”

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1 Comment for Braveheart Durcan calls for Independence for Harlow:

2014-03-26 17:27:02

My UKIP colleague at County - Cllr. Kerry Smith has suggested we finance Lolly Pop Ladies out of the local transport / roads budgets. This seems a good common sense solution - and a self promotion letter writing or petition campaign from the two old parties seems unnecessary!

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