Poor diet in Harlow raises cancer risks

IN the East of England, 47% of adults are not aware that having a poor diet increases the risk of developing cancer, making them the least aware in Britain (41% national average), a poll for World Cancer Research Fund has found[1].

Prisoners take up reading challenge

PRISONERS at HMP & YOI Chelmsford are being given a unique opportunity to turn their lives around thanks to a Reading Agency initiative backed by Essex Libraries. Reading Ahead, formerly known as the Six Book Challenge, offers offenders a chance to improve their reading skills through six books of their own choosing.

Deadline for elections in Much Hadham

THE deadline for the receipt of nomination papers for the Much Hadham parish council by-election will be 4pm on Thursday January 22 2016. Sufficient numbers of electors have come forward to request an election for all five vacancies and the Notice of Election will be published on or before January 14 2016.

Nishall’s Blog: Ring out the old, ring in the new!

WELL here we are again, folks – the start of a new year. The time when we’re usually bursting with motivation and promises to not repeat the mistakes of the past. I know I have learned a lot in the last 12 months about myself and I have spent some time thinking about what my priorities will be for this year. I have come up with some more generic but useful goals, they are to use my time more wisely, slow down and focus more, and remembering to always be more resourceful.

Harlow Council festive shut down saves over £150,000

MOST of Harlow Council’s services including the Civic Centre will shut down between Christmas and New Year, helping save over £150,000.
Arrangements are in place for residents to still access services and information online at www.harlow.gov.uk and the Council can be contacted in a genuine emergency by calling 01279 446666.

Legal orders to prevent unauthorised encampments placed all over Harlow

LEGAL orders are being posted on land across Harlow as part of a ground-breaking district-wide ban in force in the town against unauthorised Traveller encampments.
This week Council staff are serving and placing 3,000 injunction orders on 321 vulnerable sites across the town including parks and playgrounds, previously occupied sites, highway verges, schools, cycle tracks and private land. The order also bans 35 named persons from setting up encampments anywhere in the district of Harlow.

Councils looking for land for Gypsy and Traveller transit site.

​ESSEX County Council is looking for land to build a Gypsy and Traveller transit site to help combat the problem of unauthorised encampments in Essex. In the last two years there has been a 57 per cent increase in unauthorised encampments, which can cost Essex County Council over £1,000 per encampment to manage.

Essex Council disappointed with government spending announcement

“IT is particularly disappointing that not only is the Government cutting spending, but it has also looked to redistribute grants away from Councils like Essex, despite us facing some of the biggest challenges affecting the most vulnerable in society such as Social Care provision. That money could and should enable us to meet this need, but is being re-routed and the burden of that funding dumped onto local people.”

Christmas cheer as jobs come back to Harlow

ROBERT Halfon, MP for Harlow has welcomed new figures published by the Office for National Statistics this week that show the number of Jobseeker Allowance claimants in Harlow has gone down in the last month, and is 296 fewer than this time last year.

Vigil for Peace: Harlow pays homage

WHILST just over a month has passed since the world lay witness to the raw and horrific terror inflicted upon the 130 victims of the Paris attacks – many gathered together to turn towards the future. In a plea for our continued pursuit of peace. Tribute was paid to the tragic loss of life that has befallen us all, within every community; within every faith — and to the community which strives to extend solace to all.