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.
A SERIES of options setting out the future role and shape of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, which will be discussed by the Essex Fire Authority at its meeting on Wednesday next week (13 January), have been revealed.
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.
PLANS for the development of housing on the land formerly occupied by The Square and the YWCA in Harlow is up in front of the council planning committee next week.
HARLOW politicians from across the political divide supported a motion to support the Crossrail project coming out to Harlow. The full debate can be found below from the 50 minute point onwards.
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.
THE Chief Executive of Harlow Council, Malcolm Morley, is to receive an OBE for his services to local government. The New Year’s Honours list 2016, published on 30 December 2015, recognises the achievements of a wide range of people across the UK.
HARLOW parents who have yet to apply for their children’s primary school places are being reminded to do so as the deadline for applications approaches. All children are entitled to start primary school in the September after their fourth birthday.
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.
THREE of Harlow’s finest ambassadors have been awarded a medal as part of the New Year’s honours list.
OVER 50% of nursing jobs at Princess Alexandra Hospital remain unfilled. The startling statistic was revealed at a recent Harlow Council meeting.
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 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.
A SENIOR Harlow Conservative has quizzed Labour-run Harlow Council over its commitment to help Syrian refugees. The question came form cllr Eddie Johnson.
EMOTIONAL tributes were made at a Harlow Council meeting after the death of the former council leader, Martin Lawn was announced. Cllr Mike Danvers delivered a eulogy in tribute to Martin. All councillors then stood to make a minutes silence.
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.
“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.”
ESSEX County Council is suspending its roadworks programme over Christmas and New Year to minimise congestion for families visiting relatives and friends across the county.
HARLOW Council have detailed the help they have given The Square in trying to find a new home. Portfolio holder for Regeneration, cllr Tony Durcan was responding to a question from Harlow resident, Emma Patrick.
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.
HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has thanked the Harlow community for their help and support in obtaining a two year injunction against named travellers encamping in Harlow.
TRAVELLERS have been banned from setting up unauthorised encampments in Harlow until 16 June 2017 after Harlow Council and Essex County Council were granted a district wide injunction from the High Court today (16 December 2015).
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.
THE CHIEF Constable of Essex Police had expressed his “profound disappointment” at a government report that has graded his force as inadequate in relation to domestic violence.