HARLOW is in the throws of the biggest investment it has had since the 1950’s, and will probably never get this level of investment again. Yet, the suggested developments and infrastructure strategies are causing major concerns for the current Harlow residents who live and work in the town.
IT’S often said that the British look back at the Blitz spirit of the 40s, the rose tinted glasses, the same can be said of favour. The Apollo Theatre Company’s Carries War should work on stage, and it does to some extent but it feels distant, like a fond memory too faded to relish properly.
After sending hundreds of Freedom of Information requests to Health Trusts across England, I am putting together a report which reveals that 75% of hospitals still charge for parking. Staff and visitors can pay up to £4 an hour and as much as £12 for 4 hours. Unsurprisingly, London was the worst, with the Royal Free Hospital charging £504 per week.
PARENTS in Harlow have said they are “delighted” at Tesco’s decision to stop selling sweets and chocolates at checkouts at its smaller stores. The decision means the Tesco Metro Store in the Harvey Centre will now be restricted in what it can sell in an effort to help customers make healthier choices.
WE LOOKED in on the very popular on-line blog of Old Harlow resident, Rob Tyler recently and suddenly saw that he had over 10,000 likes! Since Rob started the blog he has become very popular.
POLICE officers in Harlow have arrested a man on suspicion of theft of oil from St Clare’s Hospice in Hastingwood Road, following publication of a CCTV picture.
During the local election campaign in Old Harlow residents told me they were deeply concerned about proposals for a new M11 Junction in West Essex and how the final decision would be made.
A PE teacher has won a silver medal playing netball for England at the World Championships in South Africa.
Kristina O’Hara, head of PE at Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, Harlow, is partway through the championships, where she is part of the INA England (Indoor Netball Association) squad.
The project was launched back in October when the Year 6 school councillors attended a conference where they were challenged to come up with a scheme to improve their school environment. Gill Doyle, headteacher of the school in Epping Road, Roydon, said: “This is what my team came up with – an allotment patch for each class, where they would grow fruit and vegetables to be used in cooking to support their learning and the promotion of healthy eating.
ESSEX COUNTY council have refused to turn on the street lights during the World Cup despite concerns over rising levels of domestic violence. Since the lights have been switched off in Harlow, organisations and individuals have expressed their concerns that woman feel vulnerable with the lights out.
ACCORDING to research published in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency (2013) police forces across the UK could see a rise of at least 26% on evenings when England are playing. Research suggests that when the England team win or draw domestic incidents rise by 26% and rise by 38% when England lose. In Essex this could mean an additional 22 domestic incidents when England win or draw and 33 incidents when England lose. There could also be an 11 % rise in incidents the day after an England game.
HARLOW-born comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died aged 56, according to his management team. Rik Mayall was born in Matching Tye near Harlow in 1958.
A 25 year old man from Poland, working in Harlow, was assaulted on May 16 in Staple Tye, Harlow, but he has only just been able to report the incident to police after he completed hospital treatment for a fractured jaw. Detectives are appealing for any witnesses or information.
THE NEW leader of Harlow Council (elect) has urged Essex County Council to heed concerns over public safety and turn the street lights back on over the World Cup. Cllr Jon Clempner’s call comes after mounting concerns that with domestic violence levels spiking during football tournaments (by up to 31%), vulnerable victims may be reluctant to flee from their homes because of the pitch black circumstances outside.
A DRIVER has been arrested after a pedestrian was struck down following a road traffic collision near to Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) on Saturday afternoon. Police were called at just after 1.30pm on Saturday to Park Mead in Harlow.
A spokesperson said: “We commissioned Judith Johnson (playwright for NT Connections/Royal Court/ Arcola) to work with our inclusive performance company of people with, and without, severe learning disabilities, to produce the play ‘FLOOD’. It was successfully premiered at Harlow Playhouse and received glowing reviews.
WHILST these events were unfolding in Chelmsford, Ellie Williams and Mohamed Tambedou set about picking up five bronze medals between them at Watford: Tambedou began his day with the U17 Men’s 100m and clocked a new PB of 11.48s. Buoyed by this success he went on to achieve another PB in the U17 High Jump, with a jump of 1.80m. Ellie Williams picked up her hat-trick of bronzes in the Discus, Javelin and Triple Jump respectively. Whilst none of her distances were PBs she was particularly happy with the ‘bonus’ Triple Jump success as her training had been hampered by knee injuries.
HARLOW Rugby Club Clubhouse was packed to capacity last Friday for the Club senior awards evening. The Club were pleased to welcome as guests Bob Whittle, President of Essex RFU who presented a number of the major awards and also Ivor Smith Secretary of Essex RFU. The success of the sport depends on a large and hard working ream of volunteers and these were recognized by a number of awards including the RFU President’s awards, two Essex President’s Awards and an RFU Volunteer Award
AN emergency department doctor who took off his socks and washed his feet in front of a patient has been struck off. When asked what he was doing by the patient at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, he said: “Shut up”.
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THE sixth annual Essex Summer of Art, featuring a record 19 art trails, was launched yesterday in Harlow, which has art trails to promote its world class sculpture for the first time as well as accompanying phone apps.
IF ONLY every street and every road had a resident such as Gary Edwards. Gary became concerned at the state of litter in areas near Tilbury Mead. He could, like many people just sit back and complain about Harlow Council or you could gather some people together and get things done.
DETECTIVES have warned elderly people to be on their guard after a thief posing as a police officer tricked his way into a woman’s home in Harlow. The incident happened at Hare Street Springs, at about 5.15pm on Thursday June 5.
EMMA Cooke of Arkwrights was originally served with a noise abatement notice on 1 July 2013, following complaints from residents, which required her to take steps to ensure she didn’t cause a noise nuisance. However, on 24 September 2013 Council Environmental Health Officers witnessed a breach of the noise abatement notice and Ms Cooke was issued with a court summons. On 5 March 2014 Ms Cooke was found guilty and fined £100 and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs to the Council and a £20 victim surcharge.