UKIP are coming, UKIP are coming!

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.

Harlow’s children’s services rated Good by Ofsted

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 take can-do message to Cannes

HARLOW Enterprise Zone exhibited at MIPIM as part of the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium (see, 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.

“Vulnerable” Sheering Primary re-visited by Ofsted

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.

Halfon has urgent meeting with Greater Anglia

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.

Millions given for pothole repairs

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.”

Glowing tributes paid to outgoing councillors

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.

Council provide shelter for family left homeless by fire

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.

Harlow teachers set to strike next week

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.

But perhaps UKIP have the answer to school crossing patrol threat?

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 […]

Stride slams “Another bankers budget”

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.

Halfon praised as bingo duty halved in budget

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.

Hospital bosses defend record after CQC criticism

“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.”

North Weald Bassett Master: Planning study – further public participation

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.”

Labour’s Suzy backs jobs guarantee

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.