Still money for school buildings in Harlow….

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.

Burnt Mill Academy Trust set record straight on job losses

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.

Junior Doctor’s go out on strike

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 on view over developments on Harlow border

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.

Appeal after demand on A and E at Princess Alexandra intensifies

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.

Harlow Tories take Labour to task over budget

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.

Who murdered Harlow woman Beverley Brinkley in 2003?

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.

Fire Service consultation on cuts begins today.

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.

UKIP candidate for Essex Police Commissioner slams council tax hike

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.

Rents set to go down for Harlow Council tenants

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.

Are Harlow mums outside the school gates in their pyjamas?

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.