Harlow MP Robert Halfon secures more funding for Harlow and Gilston Garden Town

Politics / Thu 16th Jan 2020 pm31 02:16pm

ROBERT Halfon, MP for Harlow, has secured a further £580,000 from the Government for the Harlow and Gilston garden town ahead of its official launch later this year.

The investment will contribute towards Harlow and Gilston’s vision of creating four new communities with quality housing, town centre regeneration, job opportunities and new public travel routes across the local area between now and 2033.

This money comes on top of the Stronger Towns Fund allocation of up to £25m to regenerate Harlow and the Future High Streets Fund – designed to upgrade Harlow town centre.

Commenting, Robert Halfon said “The Government has made clear that Harlow is a top priority for investment, with millions of pounds to improve our road infrastructure, a new hospital, the £600m move of Public Health England to Harlow, the Enterprise Zone and millions of pounds for Harlow college.

“We are building an even better Harlow. I will continue to work hard and do all I can to secure Government investment for Harlow.”

Chairman of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town board, Guy Nicholson, said: “This £580,000 extra investment from the Government will help the Garden Town Council partners realise a new chapter in the history of Harlow.

“Everyone knows that Harlow is celebrated as one of the Sixties best new towns but, after 70 years since its original development, the time has come to realise a new era for Harlow as a Garden Town for the 21st century.”

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2 Comments for Harlow MP Robert Halfon secures more funding for Harlow and Gilston Garden Town:

2020-01-16 23:55:32

I am afraid that many people remain to be convinced that creating a "garden town" will do anything to improve the lot of Harlow Residents. None of the new housing will be in public ownership (council homes), most of the Council tax paid by these new resident will come to Harlow Council, indeed a lot of it will go to Hertfordshire Council, not even Essex and many of will remember the claims made when the new village of Church Langley was being planned that this would regenerate the town Centre. As for the new public transport routes, these are really all about serving the residents in the new homes built around Harlow, not for those that live in it. So an open question to local politicians including the MP ... how will these developments improve the lot, of us living on estates such as in Potter Street or Sumners/ All many of us can see is the destruction of some of our open spaces and even more congestion on our roads perhaps for decades. Finally, is this just another example of the pitiful attempt at consulting with residents ... just a few hours in the Harvey centre with little or no publicity by the Council.

2020-01-17 08:53:03

Typo on my post, this should of course said that the Council tax will NOT come to Harlow Council.

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