Harlow Council environment boss meets Potter Street residents over state of Prentice Place

Communities / Sat 11th Dec 2021 at 10:57am

HARLOW Council’s Environment Cabinet Member, Nicky Purse is taking action to clean up and restore pride in Prentice Place following concerns raised by Potter Street residents.

Councillor Purse met with residents and staff from HTS on Tuesday afternoon to look at issues which need immediate attention such as overgrown weeds between cracks in pavements, weeds in planting areas, pigeon droppings, graffiti, a broken litter bin and reports of rats at the back of the shops. Councillor Purse, said:

“The state of Prentice Place and the fact routine maintenance has not taken place is completely unacceptable. I will be sorting this out. The residents I spoke to are passionate about their area and it is clear that they are frustrated with how Prentice Place is currently looking.

“We will now get on with the job of cleaning up Prentice Place and restoring pride in this neighbourhood shopping centre. I will return in a weeks’ time to see what action and progress has been made. We will not just take short-term fixes, but long-term fixes to ensure this area is kept neat and tidy now and in the future.”

Councillor Purse, who was recently appointed to the cabinet, is working closely with HTS and residents to ensure that areas across the town are cleaned up and maintenance standards are being met.

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6 Comments for Harlow Council environment boss meets Potter Street residents over state of Prentice Place:

Pauline S
2021-12-11 14:06:33

Good of the new Cllr. Nicky Purse seeing for herself the mess that Prentice Place has deteriated into so soon after 'upgrading'. Harlow has a poor reputation for 'maintainance'. HDC obtains grants to carry out projects but usually fails to do any more. I noted this week that outside the post office there is a triangle of mud and saw a person with a baby in arms walk gently over it for fear of having a fall. This triangle would be better concreted over.

Mrs Bilsland
2021-12-11 14:32:29

Perhaps she could do something about the cars parked on the pavements in potter street main road making it difficult for partially sighted disabled people in mobility equipment much more important than a few weeds and rubbish prentice place has all been refurbished

Ian Burley
2021-12-11 15:34:50

Can we find out why the Dustin in Prentice Place has a cover over for many many months. Seems a ridiculous situation.

Wendy Morgan
2021-12-11 16:55:31

Not exactly Prentice Place, although I agree with the article and comments above, especially the cars parked on either side of the road and in the pavements, which brings the traffic down to single line most of the way along Potter Street. However we live backing into Kingsdon Lane and watched workmen a week or so ago take down the lamppost just st beyond the bungalows and before the opening into Church Langley. It gets s now pitch black along that stretch of the Lane. Will this lamppost be replaced or is it to stay dark during the shortest period of daylight ?

Nicholas Taylor
2021-12-11 18:00:59

I am afraid this article tells a tale of a lack of upkeep having spent a huge sum in 'regenerating' this area. Harlow Council have failed to maintain the exterior fabric of it's homes for the last two decades, houses have remained unpainted and repaired and shopping centres have in the main faced the same fate. As a result the cost of catching up will run to millions of pounds, the refurbishment of flats in just one area nearby will cost a third of a million pounds.

Bruce Downey
2021-12-11 18:21:51

Pauline s well said totally agree. The council office staff and workforce are stuck in shoddy ways. Needs a complete shakeup from top to bottom!

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