Labour leader reflects on Tories first 100 days running Harlow Council

News / Sun 15th Aug 2021 at 08:49am

TODAY marks 100 days since the Tories took control of Harlow council in May’s elections.

Their victory is in part down to the national picture as sadly local elections often are but also in fairness down to the successful campaign that the local Conservative association ran, and yes down to the Labour Party not doing enough to champion our achievements in administration.

However, it’s the second point that I want to focus on, as the local Tories made some pretty bold statements during their election campaign, and although you might say 100 days is not long enough to judge them on there were a number which were promised ‘from day one.’   Not least their claim they would ‘cut our council tax.’ www.yourharlow.com/2021/02/15/conservatives-promise-to-immediately-cut-council-tax-for-harlow-residents/

So in 100 days what have we got from the Tory regime at Harlow council….

  • no cuts to council tax as promised.  
  • the election of an all-male cabinet.
  • a cut in the food waste collections across Harlow and further delays to waste collection.
  • Re-writing history with regards Harlow Labour’s achievements like getting funding for the town centre.
  • Failing to open the town centre paddling pool.
  • A pipe dream about extending the underground line to Harlow.

And not a lot else.

There is a phrase I am often reminded of that political parties campaign in poetry and govern in prose. 

The Harlow Tories seem to be using this phrase as their mantra and failing to live up to their promises already.  

However, if they are not ready or capable of running this council and achieving the potential of our town then the Labour Party stands ready to take over and continue to show the people of Harlow that we are the ones on their side.

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12 Comments for Labour leader reflects on Tories first 100 days running Harlow Council:

Jake Shepherd
2021-08-15 10:04:25

Need it be any clearer, Harlow Conservatives spent almost 10 years in political opposition and seem to have learnt nothing. Their lackluster first 100 days and hollow vision falls far short of what Harlow residents wish from their Council.

2021-08-15 11:22:53

It all sounded great, but in reality nothing has changed. No communications, no plans, no actions. Tax cuts? Just wait for the next increase! Can’t even collect the bins.

2021-08-15 12:33:04

They promised a new live music venue to replace the square too.

2021-08-15 13:12:22

They’ve been useless. My husband still cuts their bushes next to our house. But on the live music venue, I do know they are working on that and they said about it at a council meeting. I’ve met the man too who is doing it and he said that more news and proper consultation will come in the next few months

Tony Durcan
2021-08-15 18:22:41

To be fair they have made one public commitment about designing and developing the best in the world cycle track around Harlow. They did however forget to mention that they don’t actually own the cycle tracks or gave any indication of timing or funding. These commitment came from the new cabinet member who told us we would have a brand new town centre but again forgot that most of the centre isn’t owned by the council. told us we would have a brand new bus station which again isn’t actually true either. Every thing is now silent about the new hospital. Doubts now over public health relocation to Harlow. Old lister house development of new council homes stopped. Sheltered type homes on the York’s site cancelled and replaced by housing. No mention of occasio house. School playing fields now allocated to private homes. On a positive my bins were emptied this week so not all terrible news.

2021-08-15 19:09:45

Johnson is an embarrassment. If they had actually done something why has he not announced it? All those empty promises and now nothing. Labour are no better. Why bother voting for these charlatans? We have been duped again. Johnson will only line the pockets of his mates.

2021-08-15 20:47:45

Cut the bullshit, cut the grass and cut the council tax!

Speak up
2021-08-15 22:49:01

Maybe the leadership and management in Harlow Council see all councillors as irritants and irrelevant? Maybe they became accustomed to bullying and stereo typing the local residents and maybe they have been used to doing what the hell they like, or not doing what they should be doing. maybe the new councillors should encourage a whistleblowing policy to weed out those with bad intentions, lack of leadership skills, those that can’t do the jobs they are paid to do, and maybe the community should vote a lack of confidence in the leadership and management of the council staff we have currently.. maybe employ council leaders that live in Harlow as then they may feel different towards its community. I’m guessing the labour leader knows exactly what I am saying is true but spinning it on the conservatives is really a smoke screen to save face. In reailty he knows truly where the root of the problems come from. All councillors should speak up! All staff should speak up! Then we will see a difference in this town!

2021-08-15 23:02:26

Coming from the guy who jumped on the we (supported businesses bus!! Laughable -is he given a script ? Clearly doesn’t pay attention to what’s going on around him. Where do they find these people?! 100 Days/Weeks of Labour we would still be listening to Mr Ingall (talk) about what he was going to do about pot holes!

Kay Morrison
2021-08-16 06:17:51

First 100 Days of Conservative Administration ???????????????

Michael Hatton
2021-08-16 11:18:18

No news I suppose on the whereabouts of the hundred and some thousands missing from the accounts, re, Church Langley improvement scheme ? Answers on a post card to Chris Vince or Jake Shepherd please.

2021-08-16 14:42:34

town centre is a shambles and has been for a good 10 years or more, labour just made it worse, lets hope the tories can do better

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