How should £25 million be spent in Harlow?

IN September, Robert Halfon MP secured Government investment of up to £25 million into Harlow, to help deliver ambitious plans to revitalise the town and boost Harlow’s local economy. This week, the Government have asked Harlow residents to put forward their ideas on how this money should be spent.

Earlier this year, Boris Johnson announced that 100 towns across England will receive extra funding, as part of a £3.6 billion Stronger Towns Fund. Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon, successfully campaigned for a share of this fund to enable Harlow to build on its already thriving enterprise zone and continue its trajectory of economic growth. Robert raised it in Parliament on a number of occasions and recently met with the Communities Secretary, in Harlow.

This extra funding is in addition to the announcement earlier this summer that Harlow Town Centre is on track for investment as part of the Government’s Future High Street Fund.

In his letter to Robert Halfon, Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, wrote: “We want local people to have a say on how Town Deals will transform the place they call home and help to write its next chapter.

“Today we have launched the #MyTown campaign to raise awareness of Towns Fund and encourage people in the 100 places to celebrate their town on social media and contribute ideas.

“People will be able to share their views on a new dedicated Facebook page and on Twitter using #MyTown. The link for the Facebook page is as follows: https://www.facebook.com/MyTownCampaign/.”

Commenting on the announcement, Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, said: “This is fantastic news for Harlow residents.

“Our town will benefit from up to £25 million to build an even better Harlow, create jobs, invest in our transport links and boost our local economy.

“I want this money to be spent as effectively as possible and I would encourage every Harlow resident to have their say.”

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4 Responses to "How should £25 million be spent in Harlow?"

  1. tenpin   October 30, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Robert Halfon hopes that many residents will suggest how this money could be spent, but what about those who do not have access to facebook and twitter or those who do not have English as their first language ….. indeed how is this message being communicated to residents? I am afraid that unless there is a widespread publicity campaign then just a tiny minority of residents will end up influencing who, how and when this money will be spent. My own view would be to spend it on a northern bypass for the town giving a direct link from the new Junction 7a to the A414 at Gilston, thus making everyone’s journey across Harlow easier. Any other ideas we can debate?

  2. kthe5   October 30, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    I have a great idea! Lets build a canal to divert the River Stort up Fifth Avenue, past Sainsburys, through the town centre, to the Water Gardens then somehow back to it’s normal route. This may sound like a daft idea but there’s more:
    In the town center, probably near Market Square, build a bridge! Given that Prime Minister Clown has a fetish for wasting public money on bridges, it’s bound to get his thumbs up approval. It could even be called the Bridge of Lies.
    The canal could be called The Brexit Canal – because it would cost a lot of money, be a complete waste of said money, divide the town and be of no benift to anyone. It would also be possible for non-existant ferries to chug up & down the canal.
    In building the canal, it would require a ditch of some sort. As Prime Minister Clown said he would use a ditch in certain conditions, the construction of the canal would serve a dual purpose.
    The only question is if my suggestion is any more daft than what the money will really be spent on.

  3. kthe5   November 1, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    From the Huffington Post
    Exclusive: Tory Ministers Accused Of Spending Public Cash On Facebook Ads In Election Swing Seats
    https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/exclusive-pm-accused-of-using-public-cash-for-facebook-ads-targeting-marginal-seats_uk_5dbaec23e4b066da552d92d9
    “Tory ministers have come under fire for spending government cash on Facebook ads targeted at voters in election swing seats.”
    ……
    “It would be an insult to our intelligence to say that this isn’t public money being used for political purposes. It clearly is.”

  4. kthe5   November 1, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    The BBC reports:
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-50270727
    “Facebook has taken down a government advertising campaign which was accused of targeting voters in marginal general election constituencies.”

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