Harlow Council asks residents on funding and services

HARLOW Council is asking residents for their views on what services they think the Council should fund and provide in the future. Harlow Council continues to face difficult financial challenges due to continued reduced grants from the Government. Since 2011, the Council’s Government grant which funds nearly half (46%) of the Council’s services has reduced by nearly 50% and this will continue with an expected further reduction of 16% in 2015/16 and 10% in 2016/17.

Turning off street lights in Harlow will save money…in 2020!!

Suzy Stride said: “Across Harlow people have real concerns about the turning off of their street lights. The residents I spoke to this week in Mark Hall told me of an increase in break-ins to their vehicles and a lack of personal security when out after dark. With confirmation that this scheme is costing more than it saves in the first five years, it’s time Essex County Council listened to local people and reviewed their decision. Our petition calls on the County Council to put people first and look again at their decision. I look forward to presenting it at county hall in due course”

Harlow Playhouse-bound: The Simon and Garfunkel Story

HAS it really been 50 years since the most successful Folk/Rock Duo of all time recorded their first no1 hit single ‘The Sound of Silence’? With standing ovations at every performance, The Simon and Garfunkel Story’ is currently the biggest and the most successful No 1 touring theatre show celebrating the lives and career of Folk/Rock sensation Simon and Garfunkel.

Man in court over Westfield burglary

A Cambridgeshire man is due to appear in court today (Monday) after he was charged with burgling an elderly woman’s home in Harlow. The break-in happened at a house on Westfield at 11am on Monday, February 17 when a man stole £50 and a bank book. He has been allowed entry to the house after stating that he wanted to prune the homeowner’s garden trees.

Harlow Chorus set to Handel Thaxted

HANDEL’S Chorus is gearing up for the performance of a lifetime on Sunday 13 July, the final day of the 2014 Thaxted Festival. Handel’s Israel in Egypt, often called ‘the other Messiah’, is a theatrical telling of the Exodus story starting with the oppressed Israelites under the thumb of the Egyptian Pharaoh and ending with their liberation after Moses parts the waters of the Red Sea. Five soloists and the excellent Brandenburg Sinfonia help tell the story but the real star of this show is the choir who sing of the various plagues sent down upon Egypt – rivers turn into blood, followed by frogs, flies, lice, locusts, hailstones, darkness and the smiting of Egypt’s firstborns. Then Moses leads the Israelites “forth like sheep” and the waters close over the heads of the pursuing cavalry. Handel is at the top of his game with some dazzling choral and orchestral writing. And that’s only the first half.

Woman in court over Broadfield burglary

A WOMAN is due to appear in court today (Monday) after she was charged with burgling a woman’s home in Harlow. The break-in happened when a woman and a boy entered a flat near Broadfield shortly after 3pm on Friday, June 27 claiming to be relatives of the homeowner. A handbag and mobile telephone were later stolen.

Linkfest a big success

IT HAS become a firm fixture in the Harlow calendar and despite the inclement weather, it did not disappoint.

The free festival had a variety of acts and kicked off with Steve Forward. Other highlights were Thurrock band, The Heaters as well as home favourites Repertoire Dogs and Echoland.

Man robbed on Second Avenue in Harlow

DETECTIVES are hoping to identify one of four young men who committed a street robbery in Harlow after releasing an efit of him. The attack happened when four young men and a young woman approached a 21-year-old local man on Second Avenue shortly after 11pm on Tuesday, May 13 and asked him for a cigarette lighter. They then stole £70 from him before chasing him, tripping him to the ground as they did so.

Teenager robbed near Willowfields

POLICE are appealing for information following a street robbery in Harlow. An 18 year-old man from Harlow was walking along the cycle track behind Willowfields at around 8pm on Monday, June 16, when he was approached by three men and subsequently pushed to the ground. The victim’s watch, mobile phone and wallet were stolen.

Harlow man Shafique Kahn wanted over drug inquiry

OPERATION Hornet was Essex Police’s response to community concerns and intelligence following reported Class A drug activity and violence since the beginning of the year. On Tuesday, March 4 officers executed search warrants at 31 residential properties under the Misuse of Drugs Act resulting in numerous arrests and the recovery of large quantities of cocaine and heroin.

Man suffers burns in kitchen fire near Staple Tye

A 30-year-old man suffered burns to his hands after an incident involving a chip pan. Crews arriving at the scene in Watersmeet, Harlow requested the attendance of an ambulance team to treat the casualty. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used dry powder to extinguish the fire by 19:28 hrs.

Raindrops Nursery praised as Outstanding by Ofsted

HARLOW Council has established a Harlow Strategic Partnership for Educational Attainment to support improvements in educational attainment. Part of this work is to ensure that before school children are equipped with the skills to learn. Councillor Jon Clempner, Leader of Harlow Council, said: “The Council knows how vitally important education is to the life chances of people in Harlow, and Early Years provision in particular can set young people off on the right path to a lifelong love of learning.

Police seek man after assault on three women

POLICE were called to Tawneys Road, Harlow on Saturday (June 21) following a report that three people had been assaulted and the suspect had left the scene.
The victims, all women and aged 23, 31 and 31 received cuts, bruising and swelling and were treated by the ambulance service at around 10.25pm.