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Harlow Civic Society hold AGM

History / Sun 21st Jan 2018 at 04:50pm

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Harlow Civic Society AGM 16th January 2018

IN spite of the absence of the guest speaker due to illness (John McBride, Planning and Policy Manager) the 19th AGM of Harlow Civic Society proved to be a popular event, buzzing with ideas about the future of Harlow.

Chair Stan Newens introduced the discussion of the many developments taking place in the town (Public Health England. Harlow Enterprise Zone and the Gilston Park development) stressing the necessity of sticking to Gibberd’s principles.

Among topics covered by the capacity meeting, (including five councillors and one prominent ex-councillor), was the location of the projected new hospital and the shabby appearance of the town, embarrassing when showing round parties of visitors – partly the responsibility of Essex County Council of course, specifically the upkeep of roads, footpaths and lighting.

The area of most concern was the Town Centre. The Council have little influence here, the domain of landowners and developers. However they have commissioned a report on this problem, now being considered. The conversion of industrial premises into residential accommodation was another subject of criticism, particularly regarding the lack of infrastructure and services.

Secretary Isobel Urquhart reminded members of actions taken over the past year, ranging from protesting at Junction 7a, support for Public Health England, meetings with Malcolm Morley and Council officers and planning officials.

This AGM confirmed that HCS is in good heart, ready to face the challenges of the New Year.

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