DESPITE the financial challenges it faces, the authority has reiterated its commitment to ensuring the county has sufficient places to meet the rising demand by approving plans to spend £364m over the next three years, including £49.8million in 2016/17.
WITH so much white noise and uncertainty in relation to job cuts in education, YH went down to Passmores Academy and conducted a fifteen minute interview with the Passmores Academy Principal, Vic Goddard.
A spokesperson for the Trust said: “Nothing has been decided yet. A statement from BMAT said: “BMAT is looking to make savings across the six schools to ensure we have high quality teachers and adults, providing children with opportunities to be highly successful learners. The trust is looking to make savings, like all public sector organisations, to ensure that we use the reducing financial resources to have the greatest impact on the education, wellbeing and safety of our children.
NHS bosses said more than 2,800 non-emergency operations had been cancelled in advance of the walkout, which gets under way at 08:00 GMT.
Routine check-ups, appointments and tests are also likely to be disrupted.
PLANS for a new 150-room hotel on the edge of a Harlow housing estate have been played down by local councillors. YH understands that there are hopes that a hotel may open close to the Potters Arms pub in Church Langley, close to the Tesco supermarket.
NORTH Weald residents are invited to a special meeting before the parish council decides whether to proceed with a Neighbourhood Plan.
Over recent months North Weald Bassett Parish Council has held a number of public events to establish how much support there is for the creation of a Neighbourhood Plan for the designated Neighbourhood Area which contains most of the North Weald Bassett Parish.
JOBCENTRE Plus chiefs are promoting the importance of a controversial payment system which launched last week in Harlow. Universal Credit will replace the six existing types of benefit to offer a single monthly payment for eligible people in and out of work.
FOR the second year in a row, the leader of Harlow UKIP has been unable to vote on the Harlow Council budget proposals due to ann on-going council tax debt. On Thursday night, cllr Bill Pryor informed the chamber that under the provisions of Sec 106 of the Local Government Finance Act, he would not be voting.
THE BOSSES at an Old Harlow wine shop have let it be known that they will not tolerate shoplifters by publishing CCTV footage of an alleged suspect.
IT takes a lot for any civic leader to speak and petition from the heart but that is exactly what Bush Fair councillor, Ian Beckett did on Thursday night as he put forward a motion on mental health.
He was seconded by Conservative councillor, Eddie Johnson.
THE RULING Labour group on Harlow Council succeeded in getting their budget voted through on Thursday night.
A PASSIONATE advocate of The Square made an emotional defence of the iconic organisation at a Harlow Council meeting on Thursday night.
Emma Batrick detailed how important The Square was to the cultural and social fabric of Harlow life. Her speech was endorsed by the deputy leader of the council, cllr Emma Toal.
AMBULANCE chiefs have thanked staff and volunteers for dealing with more than 80,000 calls last month – the service’s busiest ever January. During January, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust saw a 12% increase in the total number of calls it received compared to the same month last year.
DEMAND on the local Emergency Department is extremely high. People in west Essex and East and North Hertfordshire are being encouraged to choose the right care for their needs. This includes calling NHS 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not an emergency; considering self care where possible; visiting your local pharmacy or GP. In most cases, you can get help and advice from these professionals without having to go to the Emergency Department.
IT is not in the DNA of the Harlow Conservative group at council to “take it as read”. That dictum is always very apparent in the run-up to the budget setting at Harlow Council. At the recent Cabinet meeting, there was a clear clash between the two groups on a number of issues, not leas too which was on where monies would be drawn form.
ROBERT Halfon, MP for Harlow and the Villages, welcomes the Government announcement that state schools will be asked to promote apprenticeships as much as they do a university education to wipe out unawareness of technical and practical education.
THE GP Patient Survey is an independent survey run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England. The survey is sent out to over a million people across the UK. The results show how people feel about their GP practice.
DETECTIVES working in the cold case unit at Essex Police are appealing for information to help solve a murder which happened 13 years ago. Beverley Brinkley, aged 35, was viciously attacked by two men in the third floor lobby area of the flats where she lived in The Stow, Harlow, at about 7.45 pm on Sunday, February 2, 2003.
AN OFSTED inspection into education provision at Pearsons in Harlow has rated the organisation as “Inadequate.” The inspection took place between Dec 8th and 10th.
A consultation which gives residents the chance to have their say on the future shape of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service begins today (Monday 1 February 2016). Over the last decade the Service has seen the number of incidents it attends reduce by around half. At the same time, the Service has increased its work on preventing fires and emergencies in the first place and protecting people and businesses if they do occur.
THE UKIP candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner post in 2016 has reached with anger at the decision by Essex Police to raise their part of the council tax for 2016-17.
Dr. Bob Spink, UKIP’s Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for the May election said: “Crime rose 6% overall, 36% for sex crimes, but Tory Police Commissioner, Nick Alston, says he’s ‘delighted’, and declares an immediate 60% cut in PCSOs, a £7m cut from front line policing and closes a majority of police stations to public access.
ESSEX County Council has backed newly unveiled plans for a Thames Crossing which is set to create thousands of jobs. Highways England this week announced the Lower Thames Crossing plans, linking Tilbury in Essex with Gravesend in Kent, as its preferred option (known as Option C).
RENTS are set to go down for Council housing tenants but there will be less money for housing services under budget proposals published by Harlow Council.
From 4 April 2016 the average weekly rent for Council tenants will go down from £93.60 to £92.66 to meet Government legislation which will see rents decrease by 1 per cent over the next four years. However the Council has said the move will leave it with a budget gap of £12.8m up until 2020.
A PRIMARY school head teacher has written to parents asking them to wash in the morning and stop dropping their children off in their pyjamas. Kate Chisholm, of Skerne Park Academy, Darlington, made the appeal after she noticed more and more adults wearing pyjamas at the school gates as well as at meetings and assemblies.