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THE UK is in danger of sliding back into the “Two Nations” of the Victorian era marked by a widening gulf between mainstream society and a depressed and poverty-stricken underclass. Breakdown Britain, which launched the Centre for Social Justice 20 years ago, conducted an unflinching…

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PLANNING permission has been granted for a a container to be used as a local shop on Gilden Park in Harlow. The application for the erection of a temporary pop-up shop for a period of two years was submitted by Barratt North Thames, Taylor Wimpey…

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AS the year draws to a close, may we gently remind readers that our comments section is supposed to be a forum for debate and not a hub for hate. This may be the fourth time we have written a version of this appeal but…

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SCHOOL inspections play a crucial role in how parents choose where to send their children. But the death of Ruth Perry, the head teacher who killed herself before her school was judged to be “inadequate”, has raised questions about Ofsted and how it inspects schools…

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Dear Editor, THE results are now in and the residents’ of Potter Street will have to accept that this current council has been granted permission to sell Osler House and to create a 38 car parking site next to four housing communities in Potter Street.…

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PLANNING permission has been granted for the conversion of a vacant two-storey building to five flats, rearrangement of existing parking on building’s west side and creation of a link from this to an area of new parking, to comprise an additional 32 parking spaces, on…

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THE Government is taking strides towards ensuring key services remain accessible during strikes, as the first Minimum Service Level regulations came into force from today (Friday 8th December). Following Parliamentary approval, the regulations are set to apply in the rail sector and border security and ambulance services.  For the…

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THE redevelopment of Elm Hatch is due to commence in January following planning approval given this week. Councillors approved plans for the project, which is part of Harlow Council’s first phase of its council housebuilding scheme to 103 homes to Harlow families, at Wednesday’s (6…

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ESSEX’S police commissioner has admitted it is “nowhere near where it needs to be” in tackling rape crime reports the Local Democracy Reporting Service. Essex Police recorded the highest number of rape offences and the second worst rate of solving those incidents among its group…

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MORTGAGE rates on a typical two-year fixed deal have fallen below 6% for the first time since mid-June, according to Moneyfacts reports the BBC. The financial information service said the average rate was now 5.99%. Competition among providers has intensified as they face a battle…

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CONSERVATIVE Councilor for the Staple Tye ward, Alastair Gunn has welcomed additional parking for the Joyners Field estate after planning permission was secured from Harlow Council’s Development Management Committee. Plans for 21 extra parking spaces across two locations towards the south of Joyners Field were…

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A HARLOW pub that closed when it was repossessed four years ago is now back serving drinks although it won’t be able to stay open as late into the night as its management had hoped reports the Local Democracy Reporting Service. The Marquis of Granby…

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Dear Editor, WHEN a group of residents in Harlow came together in 2017 to form a new local independent political party, a great deal of time was spent on deciding a name which reflected who we were and what we wanted to achieve. The Harlow…

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PLANS for 38 new homes in Old Harlow have been unanimously approved by the Harlow Council planning committee. The matter was discussed at a meeting on Wednesday night. Film is below as well as on the Harlow Council website. https://youtu.be/-KEIFK4y_ks?si=roHGk-xZ27H8xGM4 Details The application stated: “The…

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A BY-ELECTION has been avoided (again) in Harlow as a Tory councillor “attended” his first meeting in just under six months. Great Parndon councillor Steve Le May had not appeared at any meetings since June 7th this year. The Planning Committee meeting of Wednesday December…

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ONLINE safety is as important as ever in the lead up to the festive season with technology and gadgets high on the wish list for many young people this Christmas. The Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) is reminding parents and carers that if their child does…