AN attack by Harlow MP, Robert Halfon on the UK Independence Party (UKIP), in which he likened the Party’s members to Nazis has backfired on him says the party. The anti-EU Party has organised a major day of action in Harlow on Saturday 29th March. UKIP members from all over the East of England will converge on Harlow for a mass leaflet distribution, starting at 10.30am, from the Latton Bush Centre in Southern Way.
ESSEX County Councillor Dick Madden, Cabinet Member for children’s services, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the ‘good’ rating that Essex has received. This is incredibly high praise for all those social workers and employees that have worked tirelessly to improve services for Essex children and I would like to thank them for their commitment and professionalism. Over the past three years we have been on a continuous improvement journey to ensure children in Essex are safe, supported and protected and today’s rating shows we are on the right path to ensuring our services are ultimately outstanding.”
HARLOW Enterprise Zone exhibited at MIPIM as part of the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium (see www.lscc.co), promoting the growth opportunities within this corridor. Specifically, they were seeking to promote the London Road North site to potential development partners and to raise the profile of the Harlow Enterprise Zone.
FULL details of council meetings over the next two weeks. Meetings include Cabinet, Health and Well Being Board and Investment Steering Committee.
YOUR action plan sets out clearly how you aim to tackle the weaknesses identified in the previous inspection. However, while it is clear how leaders and governors will monitor the effectiveness of your planned actions, it is not clear how often you will check on the progress being made towards achieving your targets. It is also important to record the impact of your actions on an on-going basis. You have received conflicting guidance on how to complete your action plan from different parties, which has not been entirely helpful.
FINALLY, I spoke to Greater Anglia about pricing, an issue which is extremely important for Harlow commuters. This is not a new issue – The previous Labour Government relaxed rules on rail fares allowing rail companies to dramatically increase fares on popular routes, for example, on some routes in 2009 rail fares went up by 11.5% in just one year, and in Harlow, fares rose by around 40% over 13 years.
A SENIOR Harlow councillor has urged Harlow to declare independence from Essex County Council. Cllr Tony Durcan expressed his frustration in the middle of discussing the school crossing patrol controversy at a Harlow Council meeting on Thursday night.
ESSEX County Councillor Rodney L Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “We welcome the £2.7m that the DfT will be giving us in additional funding to fix potholes on Essex’s roads, having made a great effort as a council to finance road repairs. This money is further to the additional revenue of £4.8m that Essex has already pledged for highways repairs next year.”
ESSEX Police is to review its investigation into a fire which killed six members of the same family. Two people arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the fire at Barn Mead, Harlow have been told they are to face no further action reports the BBC.
THE CHAIR of Harlow Council, cllr Linda Pailing paid a fulsome tribute to the Harlow councillors who are stepping down at the next local elections in May. Councillor Guy Mitchinson (Cons-Staple Tye), cllr Mike Garnett (Cons-Great Parndon) and cllr Paul Sztumpf will not be seeking re-election on May 22nd.
THE LIST of Harlow and Epping that will be affected by strike action on Wednesday continues to grow. The list is as follows (as reported to us):
HARLOW Trades Union Council last night elected the following trade union delegates to serve as officers of Harlow Trades Union Council for the coming year.
CABINET Portfolio Holder for Housing and Deputy Leader of the Council, cllr Rod Truan, said: “Following the fire at this Council property we are providing the family affected with short-term temporary accommodation while the damage is assessed and an alternative suitable home becomes available.
TEACHERS across Harlow are set to strike next week as part of a national day of action national strike action. The National Union of Teachers’ (NUT) will strike next Wednesday (March 26) as part of a campaign to protect pay, pensions and teachers’ workload.
AN ESSEX UKIP councillor may have found the solution to solving to saving the jobs of school crossing patrols in Harlow and across the county. Basildon councillor Kerry Smith has suggested that responsibility for crossing attendants’ salaries be transferred to each district’s individual Local Highways Panel. Each panel, chaired by every elected county councillor for […]
PLANS TO axe school crossing patrols in Harlow have been met by howls of protest across the town. Both Harlow MP, Robert Halfon and Labour candidate, Suzy Stride have added their concerns and backed petitions to prevent the crossing patrols being axed.
GEORGE Osborne keeps talking about a recovery but people in Harlow are £1,600 worse off under the Tories than they were under Labour. Each family is £861 worse off because of Osborne’s tax and benefit changes but he still managed to find the money to give a tax cut to millionaires. At the same time he has introduced 24 different tax rises.
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon was praised by the chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, after he reduced bingo duty as part of the 2014 budget. Mr Osborne said the number of bingo halls had “plummeted” by three quarters over the past 30 years and so bingo duty will be halved to 10 per cent.
“Staff know this and share my disappointment. When it comes to legal rights, we must remember we have considerable legal powers at our disposal for mental illness and we must always use them lawfully. This is partly a training issue and the CQC will be back to independently check our progress.”
IF THERE has been a criticism of some of the good Labour councillors that we interview over on our sister paper in Thurrock, then it is that they can be in danger of being indistinguishable from the local council civil servants that they are paid to keep an eye on.
THE opportunity for further comments from local residents and stakeholders as part of the on-going North Weald Bassett master-planning study has been welcomed by Councillor Richard Bassett, Planning Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council. He said: “Following the Council’s commitment to protect aviation activities at the Airfield, this study offers a genuine opportunity for the local community to help shape the future of North Weald Bassett. I would encourage those with an interest in the future development of North Weald Bassett to have their say and contribute to the development of the study.”
HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has backed a petition to save the lollipop men and women of Harlow. Essex County Council have launched a consultation into the future of the service.
PEOPLE we spoke with told us that they were generally happy with the service. We saw that overall people experienced care, treatment and support that met their needs and protected their rights. Before people received any care or treatment we found that they had not always been asked for their consent.
THE Compulsory Jobs Guarantee will also apply to adults aged 25 or over claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for two years or more and will be funded for the whole of the next Parliament by: a repeat of Labour’s successful tax on bank bonuses at the start of the next Parliament; and restricting pensions tax relief for people earning over £150,000 to the same rate as basic rate taxpayers. The bank bonus tax will help to fund the first year of the Compulsory Jobs Guarantee when there will be a large number of long-term unemployed people to help and the changes to pensions tax relief will ensure an annual revenue stream to fund the policy throughout the next Parliament.