Ward by ward: Sumners and Kingsmoor-The rise and rise of cllr Perrin

FOR some reasons, there are seats that you think could be a lot tighter than they are. Summers and Kingsmoor is one example. In 2012, Conservative candidate, Russell Perrin won by just 67 votes (48%) from Labour’s Dan Long (whatever happened to him?). Since then, cllr Perrin has been an excellent councillor, always prodding away at the Labour strategies and a councillor who seems to have a firm grip on the financial challenges.

Ward by ward: Staple Tye

AND now we get down to the tricky ones… In 2012, Labour had a handsome victory here in a ward that has a number of contrasts. Labour won by 267 votes (50%). But that look like a bit of a heady peak.
The councillor struggled to make an impact and has bowed out this year.

Ward by ward: Little Parndon

BACK in 2012, in what was a very good year for Harlow Labour, Jon Clempner won by 578 votes with a massive 63% of the vote. Since then cllr Clempner has become the leader of Harlow Council and become a talisman for Labour in the town. He seems to understand campaigning better than most and so may well look after his own ward as well as many others.

Golden Swift pub gets vital boost by Conservatives

HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon, successfully backed the Golden Swift pub in Hare Street to become an Asset of Community Value. This means that it is now much harder for the pub to be sold or taken over by developers and it gives the local community would have a chance to buy the pub for themselves first.

Students choosing A levels urged to consider the long-term

GCSE students in Harlow are being warned to think about how their choices for A levels or equivalents may affect their university applications, following a national study.
Consumer group Which? found almost a third of more than 1,000 UK 18- and 19-year-olds university applicants surveyed said they would choose different subject choices if they were to have the option again.

Essex Police officer receives final warning

AN independently chaired misconduct panel has issued a final written warning to an Essex police officer for gross misconduct. The public hearing ran from Wednesday April 20 to Thursday April 21 at Basildon Family Court. The panel heard that in May 2015 Pc Catherine Sharp, who is based at Police Headquarters in Chelmsford, instructed a colleague to access police systems without a proper policing purpose.

Home schooling “the way forward” for some children, says Harlow Mum

A MOTHER from Harlow has described how moving her child from traditional teaching to home education and schooling transformed his well-being.
Stacy Bain, 35, Reiki Energy Healer & Holistic Therapist, took the decision to move her 13-year-old son Jack into home schooling in March after she felt the pressure and discipline of the academic system didn’t offer the right structure for her son.

Ward by Ward: Waite until May 5th in Toddbrook

THIS should be a fairly straight forward one. Labour have a stranglehold on this one and it does not look like changing any time soon. Cllr Phil Waite won this by 254 votes (53% in 2012. It was a bit close when Labour only won by 26 in 2014 but as we know that was a highpoint for UKIP.
In 2015, Labour won by 410 votes (45% of the vote).

Fire Brigade consultation comes to an end

A consultation which will help shape the future shape and role of the fire service in Essex came to a close this morning. Over the last 12 weeks the Service has received responses from thousands of people as it asked residents, councils and other organisations to share their views and opinions on three options for change currently under consideration.