Letter to Editor: Have you ever actually ever visited Harlow?

Your Say / Fri 10th Feb 2023 at 02:29pm

I SAW in a “recent” survey Harlow was listed as 38th worse place to live in England in 2023.

Unfortunately whoever writes this cannot have really visited Harlow or even spoke to people. When its write up includes talk of “The Swimming Pool” long since demolished and also Little Walk, also long since demolished, how does this site, although tongue in cheek, have any real semblance of credibility when reports so outdated.

Perhaps the author needs to do a revisit if the person has actually ever visited Harlow. 


Craig Messenger

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14 Comments for Letter to Editor: Have you ever actually ever visited Harlow?:

Harlow Gooner
2023-02-10 14:59:35

Yeah, Only 38th eh?

Richard A
2023-02-10 15:36:43

Lived here for 70 years this April. You can always find something to moan at but I think Harlow is a lovely place to live in.

Mr Grumpy
2023-02-10 16:39:09

Was much better in the 70s & 80s. Less crime, more community events, diverse shopping. Nowadays, crime is on the increase, less community events and close to nothing for kids to do other than hang around shops causing a rucus. Shops also now seem to be pretty much the same nowadays and don't get me started on the whole office blocks turned into shoebox accommodation for London's "unwanted". All in all, Harlow has really gone downhill :(

2023-02-10 16:55:30

I always have liked the Easter block vibe of Harlow town centre.

2023-02-10 17:37:35

lived in harlow all my life and there is some nice parts ,but must admit it has gone downhill over the past few years,might be that im getting older and more miserable and notice this things now more.

2023-02-10 17:52:29

We moved here when I was about 3years old in 1954. I don't know how they decided where was the worst places to live but these people need to visit all of the places they are placing on these lists. Talk to the people that have been here since Harlow became a New Town. I do admit we do have problems like Mr Grumpy stated and I don't know how they're going to fix it because building MORE flats right in the Town Centre is not the answer. Rank House residents are all being evicted so it can be pulled down after god only knows how much was spent on making it into flats. They've said they would be rehomed but where?????? Many people came off the Council waiting list to move into there so they won't be able to go back on again. No, we are not the 38th worst place to live but we will be if they keep putting accommodation right into the Town Centre. It's a license for mayhem.

2023-02-10 19:06:42

I bought a house in Harlow 4years ago ,and regret it so much.I wouldn't do it again. Wher you look around Harlow is the worst from all of the surrendering areas.

Nicholas Taylor
2023-02-10 20:55:40

These surveys are meaningless if only because most of those taking part will not have lived elsewhere recently to compare Harlow with. The same sort of surveys are published across the Country, using a very small number of people to come up with conclusions. We are so lucky in this town to have so many good facilities and user groups in a such a small area, Tenpin Bowling, two cinemas, the Playhouse, at least six sporting centres, a thriving rugby club, cricket club, darts teams, , football teams, golf course, rock school, three snooker clubs, Parndon Wood nature reserve, the town park, lots of green spaces, pets corner, Parndon Mill, U3a, Brenda Taylor School of Dance, walking football teams, British Legion Pavilion, Community Associations and so so much more.

2023-02-11 09:38:25

On the money Nicholas, glass half full, not half empty!

2023-02-11 11:34:54

Does "Theman" mean Eastern Block vibe? Or is he referring to the Twin Center as a rabbit hutch?

2023-02-11 11:39:19

Eastern block,

Suzanne p
2023-02-12 16:35:46

People who have not lived in harlow for many many years will haved missed out on the beahtiful town it once was, but its now a completely different place and a lot of the people from other areas who now live here dont care about the town at all. Harlow wont be the beautiful town that it once was. We had it all here but now its just more and more houses and cars everywhere. We will have no green spaces left in harlow one day. Tragic.

Nicholas Taylor
2023-02-13 09:16:42

In response to Suzanne p, The Harlow Alliance Party has to date helped residents in 14 areas to seek a Community Right To Bid of Harlow Council, in respect of green spaces within estates, which the Council have accepted and put on their register of Community Assets. This means that if at any time in the future the Council try to sell these parcels of land for development, they will first have to offer it to the community to buy it. This will not stop the Council from building on these spaces but it does afford the land some protection and of if the council came forward to build on it you can of course vote out your local councillors!. Nicholas Taylor leader of the Harlow Alliance Party.

2023-02-15 00:52:45

Bring back Woolworths & the two tiered stapletye 👍

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