Cllr Kay’s Blog: Victory over 5G masts and a game of bingo
Politics / Fri 5th Aug 2022 pm31 01:33pm
SINCE her election in June, we have invited Bush Fair councillor, Kay Morrison to send us a monthly blog. Here is her contribution for August.
THE telecommunications masts were refused, so jubilation reigns. A celebratory party is planned in at least one area. Photos next month!
I’ve been a Harlow councillor for a whole six weeks and most of those weeks have been spent in positive activity, working with residents to tackle individual challenges and with groups to resolve shared issues. Waterhouse Moor Residents Association, Fountain Farm bingo, surgeries……
Trees are wonderful living things, helping to keep our planet alive. However, exuberant growth can alarm residents, especially if they’re very close to property. Locally, we’ve been working to achieve a compromise which results in trees being protected and fences cleared of extraneous ivy/other vegetation. Another concern is fire and the possibility of fire, given tinder-dry grass. Remediation strategies are helping, advice given.
Today, though, I can’t push two bits of info out of my head, thanks to invaluable YourHarlow without whose supply of reliable news we’d be poorly-informed. I’ve seen that the new hospital promised by Westminster won’t be delivered until 2028 and that the cost has increased by £250m. What’s gone wrong? Building materials have increased in cost including steel which is 20% more expensive. The more our hospital is postponed, the more exorbitant the cost to the public purse.
For some time I’ve been asking about crime figures which should be directly available to all councillors and community groups. Essex Police statistics have recently been shared though, showing that rapes, burglaries, hate crime and domestic abuse have all increased while the percentage solved has dropped. 121 rapes and not one conviction. Not one. This is compounded by the backlog in court proceedings.
During the last 12 years police service funding has been slashed, with the concomitant, unacceptable, decrease in police personnel numbers. That may not be the entire explanation but it’s certainly the key.
Last week I attended my first full Harlow Council meeting which can be viewed on YouTube. Well, what can I say? Very few of you seldom do?
Till next time!
Kay I applaud your optimism about the hospital but sadly that will not appear until at least 2030 if at all!
Not sure you checked your facts: Essex Police has seen 900 new officers since 2016 making it the largest it has ever been! Nothing has gone wrong with the new hospital: they are very complex things and need to be planned properly, you can’t just conjure one out of a hat over night!
Part of the issue of cutting police numbers during the Coalition era is that a lot of experienced officers took early retirement. Then Essex Police brought some of them back as consultants, but enough to make up for the expertise lost. Also, Police were lumbered with a poor computer system Athena which has taken years to get issues ironed out: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-32217671.amp https://www.ukauthority.com/articles/police-officers-criticise-athena-it-system/
Correction, should have said "but not enough to make up for the expertise lost."
Whilst increasing police numbers reduces some criminal activity it's equivalent to locking the stable door after the horse has bolted. There's many solutions tackle poverty, tackle ignorance, improve education and youth provision.
e=mc2 . .... Exponential population growth = more crime.
Refusing the installation of 5G masts? Are we encouraging keeping the telecommunication infrastructure of Harlow behind the rest of the UK? Next she’ll want to stop high speed internet reaching all homes!!