Harlow Council leader sets out Tories’ record as they look to local elections in May

News / Sun 24th Mar 2024 at 10:40am

THE leader of Harlow Council took the opportunity at the last cabinet meeting of the Conservative-run council to reflect on their work over the last twelve months.

Councillor Dan Swords made reference to the five priorities the Conservative-run council set out and gave those assembled an update on how they are progressing.

Harlow Labour didn’t respond. You got the impression, that they will be knocking on doors between now and May 2nd and then let the voters decide.

His ten minute speech is below

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24 Comments for Harlow Council leader sets out Tories’ record as they look to local elections in May:

Mr C
2024-03-24 11:02:07

I really don’t think another party is up to leading the council but the conservatives. So they will have my local vote. Nationally, is another matter. When the general election is set, Reform will have my vote.

peter henegan
2024-03-24 12:15:47

I find that one of my big problem areas is understanding what the Council is actually responsible for. Mr Swords refers to replacing signs, I have no problem with that but the kerbs are in a shocking state of repair. Personally I would have repaired kerbs to smarten up the town (and improve safety) ahead of changing signs. Same can be said for the state of the roads and cycle tracks. What I don't know is who is actually responsible for what. Is there an easy reference point of look up, hopefully someone will find time to reply. What I do know is that whether its local, county or national level, they are all run by the tories. Despite the local council tax freeze my council tax is still going up by more than the inflation rate. I do feel that our tory council has an enthusiasm about it but like Mr C I feel that nationally we need change. I feel also that we do need councillors from other parties other than labour or tory to provide a local sense of perspective.

David Amith
2024-03-24 13:06:29

All waffle. They’ve lost my vote.

James Leppard
2024-03-24 13:13:12

David Amith, grateful if you could list the Harlow Labour plan for our benefit, oh , and while you are at it ask Chris Vince for their alternative budget. Don't worry, you should be able to write both on the back of a Second Class stamp!

2024-03-24 13:33:40

Where is the new hospital they have been promising for years?

James Leppard
2024-03-24 14:09:18

Martin, that is a valid concern, but it has nothing to do with Harlow Council. Irrespective of the party running Harlow Council, they have no power over the new hospital.

peter henegan
2024-03-24 14:10:04

James Leppard, its a shame you didn't reply to my question rather than make an inane comment, one we have heard so many times. Was it because you don't know the answer?

James Leppard
2024-03-24 14:39:30

Peter Henegan,What is inane about asking the opposition to set out their plan and budget ? The cycle tracks and most roads full under Essex County Council - https://moderngov.harlow.gov.uk/documents/s1880/Appendix%20A%20-%20Highway%20Maintenance%20Strategy.pdf I will double check on the kerbs and get back to you.

Gary Roberts
2024-03-24 15:19:32

Mr. Henegan, you are asking the wrong question. Try the what have done for the residents of Potter Street in your current constituency, Cllr. Leppard?

Mr C is right
2024-03-24 15:54:15

Mr C is completely right. Locally, the Tories have done much more for Harlow in the last 3 years than Labour for 10+ years. They are a more professional and competent bunch than our local Labour team. Nationally, the Tories are about to be finished for a good few years.

James Leppard
2024-03-24 16:38:48

Gary Roberts, as to work done in Potter St, here is a starter for 10: 1. Replacement of broken seat benches in Larkswood 2. Repair to vandalised plaque dedicated to Kathy Smith 3. Organisation and presentation of a Potter St residents' petition opposing NISA store 4. Arranged for concrete posts to be erected to stop unlawful parking on Potter St which was impeding visibility for vehicles exiting onto Potter Street. 5. Pressure by Harlow Council and Robert Halfon on ECC for major road repairs along Potter St, Chapel Fields and Southern Way in Potter St. 6. Damaged pavement repair in Chapel Fields 7. Budget set for 2024/25 for resurfacing on Potter Street Splash Park plus new water features. 8. Full replacement of broken wooden fence/posts in Chapel Fields 9. Revival of Osler House for acquisition and operation by leading community charity MIND. 10. Arrangement of allotments for use by the Potter Street & Church Langley Community. I am sure Cllr Stacy Seales could add more.

Gary Roberts
2024-03-24 17:19:42

Cllr. Leppard so how is everything going? Has everything been completed and in good order? Is that all in 3 years? You and cllr seales were important cabinet members and that is it in Potter Street is it? How is the sale of Osler House going?

Peter Henegan
2024-03-24 17:50:06

James Leppard, thank you for your comments and info, I look forward to hearing about the kerbs. Why I said your comment was inane is because the same comment has been made so many times recently. Our of interest, was the acquisition on the Burnt Mill flats in your budget last year

James Leppard
2024-03-24 19:49:52

Peter Henegen, I did reply to you re the Burnt Mill deal but it seems my reply has disappeared.

James Leppard
2024-03-24 21:21:19

Gary Roberts, please refer to point 9.of my last post. As you know, many of these deals take their time with the lawyers, etc. Maybe you can tell us all Labour's achievements in Potter over a similar 3 year period for comparative purposes. Thanks.

2024-03-24 21:31:02

Staggering the amount of people that can't differentiate between local and national politics,

2024-03-25 05:37:50

Perhaps Cllr Swords can detail what he has done for the Hackney carriage and private hire drivers in Harlow?

gary roberts
2024-03-25 06:19:04

Oh dear Cllr. Leppard it was all sounding so great. Then you get a difficult issue and it all tumbles into a disgraceful heap of nonsense. If you want to know about the Labour party ask them and hiding behind "the lawyers" is a great excuse for nothing is happening in respect of Osler House. MIND knows it would be a poor investment at £735,000 and wont play ball. Will they?

2024-03-25 06:19:15

J. Leppard. I would image David Amith would not vote for Labour either.

James Leppard
2024-03-25 06:54:04

Mr Roberts. You appear to have a secret source within the Council supplying you with erroneous information. The transaction with MIND is going ahead. Full stop. I hope you are able to attend the hustings once they are confirmed.

gary roberts
2024-03-25 07:49:31

Cllr. Leppard, as a resident I have no "secret source[s] within the Council" and to suggest I have is misleading, wrong and pathetic political nonsense. Unless of course you can prove any part of it: can you? I will not be attending any hustings as I have had my fill of undelivered pledges by this council and others over decades for Potter Street. But I am sure you will be there making more pledges for Potter Street in line with building a large car park that no one wants or asked for between two housing estates and next to two others and calling it regeneration. I nearly smiled!

just an illusion
2024-03-25 09:17:54

Anyone walking past the Harlow council building regeneration hoarding at staple tye today could be forgiven for thinking work has actually started!A red and white barrier has appeared around it with lots of rubble.Don't get excited,this is just due to a faulty street light being fixed. Councillor Dan Swords,a simple question.When will building work start here?Please also give the actual dates when building work will start behind the other new build hoardings as well.Thank you.

Just an illusion
2024-03-25 11:25:36

Councillor Dan swords,while you are here,please can you remove James Leppard from his role replying to residents comments in YH.and replace him with someone who has people skills.He only answers questions he wants to which is rude and clearly enjoys upsetting people.This is most unprofessional and if he was posting stuff under different names i trust he has been dealt with.

James Leppard
2024-03-25 12:17:25

Peter Henegan, from what I have been able to ascertain, kerbstones beside a road would fall under Essex County Council. Pavements that are not adjacent to a road, e.g. in pedestrian areas within estates are normally Harlow Council responsibility, but there could be exceptions and depends on the precise location.

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