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AVERAGE pay rises are failing to keep up with the rise in the cost of living, the latest official statistics show reports the BBC. While wages rose in the year to November, they did not rise as fast as prices over the same period. This…

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Dear Editor, As a nation of animal lovers we are calling on your readers to speak up for animals to make sure that animal sentience becomes enshrined in UK law.  Animal sentience was the only issue which was not carried over after Brexit and so…

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RESIDENTS of Hunsdon, Eastwick and Gilston have hit back at plans by Harlow Council to effectively take over the area. Members of the Hunsdon, Eastwick and Gilston Neighbourhood Plan Group (NPG) responded to the recent public consultation on the Harlow Town Plan, which set out…

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TRAFFIC regulations are set to get a lot tougher outside St Mark’s school in Harlow. Local residents and commuters will know that Tripton Road is close to gridlock as parents drop off their children in the morning and then wait to pick them up at…

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CONSERVATIVE controlled Essex County Council has announced this week that they will be raising their proportion of Council Tax by 5% this year. Interestingly, the only time in recent history that Essex County Council has frozen the level of Council Tax that they charge was…

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LAST May, the Conservatives won a shock landslide election victory to turn Harlow Council blue for only the second time in Harlow’s history. Next Wednesday, they will unveil their long-awaited Budget. Will that Budget hail the major changes they promised at Harlow Council? Today, the…

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THE deputy leader of the Harlow Conservatives has issued an individual response regarding the conduct of prime minister Boris Johnson and his staff in Downing Street. Old Harlow councillor Joel Charles is at the head of the Covid response and recovery group for Harlow Council.…

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BORIS Johnson is facing calls to resign after admitting attending a drinks party at Downing Street during lockdown. What do people think in Harlow, – the county seen by many as a political barometer? BBC Look East went down to the Broad Walk to speak…

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A MEDICAL director said the NHS was “under extreme pressure” due to Omicron reports the BBC. Dr Sean O’Kelly, regional medical director for the East of England, said “a significant number of staff” were either isolating or had contracted Covid and were unable to work.…

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RESIDENTS, businesses and organisations have until 31 January 2022 to have their say on how Harlow should grow and develop over the next 26 years.Harlow Council is inviting views on the draft Town Plan which sets out a proposed vision for Harlow in 2047 when…

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THE twenty-one Harlow Conservative councillors have “spoken as one” to condemn the conduct of prime minister Boris Johnson and his staff in Downing Street as reported over the last few weeks. YH sent an individual e mail to all twenty-one councillors. Our question was: “Do…

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AN object to a planning application in Rye Hill Road has been made due to concerns over wildlife. The current application seeks permission for a 5-bedroom 1.5 storey dwelling house with a detached double garage. The new residential plot measures about 43m by 45m (excluding…

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Dear Editor, YOUR readers will be aware of the well-documented pressures currently being experienced in health services both locally and nationally.   Our members, providing frontline nursing care to patients under extremely challenging circumstances, are exhausted. They are aiming, as always, to provide the highest standards of…

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WE have been here before. Back in April 2021, we reported that rubbish was piling high at the back of shops in the heart of Harlow Town Centre. It is happening again. As you can see from our film below, the bins are overflowing in…

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ESSEX County Council (ECC) has agreed a package of new funding totalling £7.4m for the care sector in Essex. The new funding is dedicated to improving the recruitment and staff retention of care workers in adult social care at a time when the sector is…

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ESSEX Highways are writing to inform you about an upcoming weekend closure of the B183 Gilden Way as part of the new M11 Junction 7A scheme and Gilden Way widening. Following good progress to date, we will shortly be reaching an important milestone with the…