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.

GP Survey 2016: Lister House

THE GP Patient Survey is an independent survey run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England. The survey is sent out to over a million people across the UK. The results show how people feel about their GP practice.

GP Survey 2016: Addison House

THE GP Patient Survey is an independent survey run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England. The survey is sent out to over a million people across the UK. The results show how people feel about their GP practice.

GP Practice Survey 2016: Osler House

THE GP Patient Survey is an independent survey run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England. The survey is sent out to over a million people across the UK. The results show how people feel about their GP practice.

Kingsmoor Academy Head pleased with progress

KINGSMOOR Academy is headed in the right direction according to the latest monitoring inspection by Ofsted.
The Academy Transformation Trust (ATT) academy in Harlow was visited by Her Majesty’s Inspector in early December for an interim inspection following their last full inspection which took place in June 2014.

Probe re burglaries in Halling Hill

POLICE in Harlow are appealing for information about three burglaries that happened on Tuesday January 19. Thieves broke into two properties in Halling Hill and one in Great Plumtree and stole a variety of items including the jewellery shown. A black Vauxhall Insignia car was stolen from outside one of the houses in Halling Hill.

…and jobs may be under threat at Pearsons as well

EDUCATION publisher Pearson is to slash 4,000 jobs, including hundreds in the UK, in a cost-cutting shake up after it warned over profits for the second time in three months. The UK-listed group, which recently sold the Financial Times and its stake in the Economist group, said the cull represented around 10% of its 40,000-strong global workforce.