Crossrail could benefit Harlow economy says council

CROSSRAIL 2 would create a new high-frequency rail line running between south west and north east London. ECC recognises the potential that this scheme has to provide significant economic benefit to communities in West Essex, supporting its own ambitious growth and regeneration plans for Harlow, as well as providing vital support to increasingly ambitious Stansted Airport.

“Listening council” as Harlow confirms it will not abolish first hour free parking.

Councillor Tony Durcan, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Resources & Enterprise, said: “When the Council made the announcement in January we held off introducing the charge until 1 September 2013. This is because we recognised that removing free parking would have some impact on both residents and businesses. This was part of the tough financial choices we needed to take this year due to reductions in grants the Council receives from the Government.”

Planning Round Up

OUR sister paper Your Thurrock has always always liked to keep abreast of planning matters. In many ways, they reflect the changing nature and fabric of our community. Our intentions is to do the same in Your Harlow, so here it is our first planning round up.

Parties announce candidates for European elections

LABOUR AND CONSERVATIVES have unveiled their candidates to fight the 2014 European Elections in the East of England. Labour;s Harriet Harman MP said: “I am proud that such strong, committed and inspiring people have been picked by ordinary Labour Party members to be their MEP candidates in the East of England. “Like the people they […]

Planning bid for YWCA site

A BID to build 42 sites on the land formerly occupied by the YWCA hostel has been submitted to Harlow Council. The details are as follows: Applicant Name & Address: South Anglia Housing, Number One Building The Causeway Bishop’s Stortford CM23 2ER

UKIP on the march in Harlow

THE NUMBER one issue on the doorstep in Harlow was immigration. Many believe that it is UKIP who have led a “mature and reasoned” debate on the issues.
May was a real watershed month for UKIP in Essex with a number of county councillors elected.

Trades Union motion calls for Suzy Stride to resign

Further, we are disgusted by Suzy’s lack of support for our campaigns on black-listing, parasitical banks and the bedroom tax. Moreover, we are deeply concerned that we have received far more support from Conservative MP Robert Halfon on the issues of trade union facility time and job losses at Comet and Tesco than we have from Suzy.

Kier Harlow achieve a million accident free hours

KIER Harlow has achieved an impressive one million accident free man-hours as part of its ongoing zero AIR (accident incident rate) initiative, designed to send every operative home safely at the end of each working day. The company has a long-standing focus on health & safety and strives for the safest working environments for all […]

Harlow Council: “Gone in five years?”

THAT WAS the question posed by the leader of the Harlow Conservatives, Andrew Johnson at a full council meeting in Harlow last night. The Church Langley councillor made the comment as council’s all across the country share services more and more.

Mystery of Harlow’s new school

A NEW HARLOW school with over 200 places is set to be built. But Essex County Council won’t reveal any details regarding where the school is, what the name of the school is, what type of school it is or anything else.

Damning report on Partridge Care Centre

A GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG has published a damning report on a care centre in Harlow. The Partridge Care Centre in Partridge Road, Harlow was inspected after concerns that one or more of the essential standards of quality and safety were not being met.

Labour candidate claims delight over parking

SUZY Stride, Labour’s General Election candidate for Harlow, has been speaking to residents in Harlow and hearing their concerns about rising car parking fees. She raised these concerns with Mark Wilkinson and others. The Council have now decided not to introduce the 20p for the first hour of parking because of residents concerns.

UKIP slam Labour candidate’s union links

A HARLOW UKIP activist has slammed the links that Harlow Labour candidate, Suzy Stride has with the unions. In her leaflets, the parliamentary candidate, Suzy Stride, tells prospective voters that: “I am proud to have the official endorsement of my union. I would stand up for local workers who feel threatened by employers like Tesco.

Tories call for Labour to listen over parking charges

The move to abolish free parking will also affect the poorest in the community. Cllr Perrin says “Anyone wishing to visit their local GP will also be affected. Labour is propping up council finances off the back of some of the poorest people in the community. Labour has not consulted on this issue. Nearly 800 people have signed my petition on Change.org calling for Labour to stop this ridiculous decision from coming into effect. Labour must listen.”

Robert Halfon: Committed to the people of Harlow

BEFORE WE started, although YourHarlow only started on July 1st, 2013, our sister paper, first interviewed Robert Halfon in April 2013. Managing editor of both papers, Michael Casey drove past Robert on the A414 near Hastingwood after another day on the General Election campaign trail.

Cash boost for Home-Start Harlow

ESSEX County Council has announced a new round of grants being awarded under the Family Innovation Fund 2. Nineteen grants, totalling £409,235 have been awarded to 13 voluntary and community sector organisations working across Essex. Funding is for the year from August 2013 to the end of July 2014.

Mass exodus of staff from Mark Hall after another woeful Ofsted

OVER FIFTEEN members of staff are set to leave Mark Hall as the school year draws to a close on Friday.
The school have ended the year with another woeful report from Ofsted that leaves them still in special measures. But the school, under new ownership through the Academy Transformation Trust, will start the new academic year in September, hoping to literally transform itself.