Harlow MP Robert Halfon positive on economy in 2023
News / Sun 22nd Jan 2023 at 09:04am
ON FRIDAY, Harlow MP Robert Halfon visited a number of businesses around his constituency.
We caught up with him at Rollins Company in the Harlow Business Park.
In this ten minute interview, we discussed the condition of business in Harlow; the £22 million “levelling up” money given to Harlow; the UK economy under the Tories in 2023 and the performance of PM Rishi Sunak.
Wakey, wakey Robert ! Your party has had long enough: NHS on its knees, PAH on it’s knees, new hospital ??, pot holes everywhere, railways crumbling etc, etc…..
Mr. Halfon is a funny man.
For every £1 the Conservative government gives to local authorities in levelling up funds they have taken £4 away in cuts to local authority support grants.
And Cinderella really did go to the ball. Another piece that pushed the envelope of BS to the limit sadly! Are you inspired that Mr. Halfon "worked night and day" for Harlow to get £20m and £23m for something we already have. And then warm words for those that have problems paying their bills. So we spend on things we don't need now while many are struggling to pay for food, energy and housing. Would you vote for him again? I hope not.
Mr Roberts, Harlow Labour hasn’t even got a Parliamentary candidate, and when they nominate one, it will probably be a anti-Brexit, hard left Momentum stooge again, totally at odds with Harlow’s people.
Marie, so Labour hasn't got a parliamentary candidate: so what? That is their problem. The debate is about the nonsense spouted by Mr. Halfon. The electorate of Harlow will vote, hopefully soon, for their preferred candidate. I just hope they don't vote for Mr. Halfon because it has taken thirteen years of him "working night and day" to get any funding and then when we do it is spent on things that residents' do not currently need sadly.
Good interview 👍
Speak for yourself, Mr Roberts. Everyone I know in Harlow is ashamed of our Town Centre. It is awful, which why they avoid it and shop and spend leisure times in neighbouring towns which have better shops and restaurants than nail bars, hairdressers and kebab shops. And yes, we do need a far better arts and cultural offering. We used to have far more arts and music scenes than over the past 10-15 years. It is needed within the context of an overall uplift of the Town Centre.
Marie, thank you I will. Harlow Town centre may be awful but what is worse is not having enough food to eat, or funds to heat or a home that is safe. Luckily your friends have enough funds to go to other towns to enjoy themselves. Many in this town do not sadly.
Gary Roberts, seems you want Harlow to a backwater of deprivation and dependence. Our demographics are changing. We are attracting more firms here with high skilled jobs. Our population has grown by over 10,000 since 2011. New areas like Newhall and Gilden Way, are bringing new residents and allowing many existing residents the opportunity to buy new properties. We need to welcome this as they all pay council taxes for the services we desire. We need to be able to compete with neighbouring towns and strengthen our local economy. A regenerated town centre will stimulate this and create good jobs. Furthermore, there will be more planned growth through the Gilston estates and East Harlow. These people will want better shopping and leisure options as do a good number of our present residents. Harlow, since the founding of the New Town has never been static.
Marie, "Gary Roberts, seems you want Harlow to a backwater of deprivation and dependence" Really? What evidence do you have to support that statement? Without the infrastructure to support these developments your assumption will become a reality. For example Mr. Halfon has stated since 2010 that a new hospital would be built in Harlow. However, under his plans it will be on the other side of the M11 and I suspect not built until 2030 at its earliest. What about the affordable homes: where are they? Roads in an unsafe condition: when will they be repaired? What about the current fire service provision: When will that be improved to cater for all these new people? £43m would at least have contributed to some of these fundamental issues affecting the whole town. A new bus terminus, a new theatre, a new music venue is not needed now: Are they?
We need an independent not another party stooge from any party.
Harlow will never be able to compete with these neighbouring towns you mention, Marie.
Luke Burton, why? We used to have a flourishing town centre and market that attracted people from far and wide, many sports clubs, a thriving arts and broad music scene, a vibrant Playhouse with a varied and quality offering. We did compete. Why can we not revive?
Because there is too much crime and too many offenders in Harlow that enjoy terrorising people going about their business. These venues will just become glorified drug dens.
I've never felt unsafe walking around Bishop's Stortford, for example. Harlow on the other hand is a different matter.
Dear Luke, I do understand. The Market Square and Bus Terminal are terrible. Too many drunks, druggies and anti social undesirables and morons. Yes, I agree that neighbouring areas seem more pleasant and sociable. We need much stricter policing and visibility and harsher punishment of offenders. Yes, it would be wonderful to get rid of these types who add nothing and make the place unpleasant for decent residents. One big issue is places like Terminus House, where London Boroughs have been allowed to dump their undesirables on us. This building needs demolition and people inside sent back to their local authorities. People do not feel safe in the Town Centre at night, not that anyone in their right mind would want to go there. Hopefully, there will be no place for them and such awful people in the new Town Centre. Other towns have managed this issue. We need to look outside for examples.
I am glad we are on the same page, Marie. We both want what's best for the town. We need more people like you and sometimes I wish I was slightly more optimistic.