Stride backs Harlow’s Libraries on National Libraries Day

SATURDAY 8th February marked National Libraries Day. Local libraries are not only vital repositories of knowledge, but are central to our communities. They are places where the unemployed can go to find job information, where children without computers can do their homework, and where social events for young and old take place

March 2nd: The Big Switch Off

ESSEX Council has announced that the big switch off in Harlow will begin on March 2nd. The cost-cutting scheme means street lights will be switched off from midnight until 5am.

Essex County Council announces £1m School Improvement Fund

ESSEX County Council announced in today’s budget a £1m School Improvement Fund to give children the best start in life by raising standards and leadership in primary schools. The Schools Improvement Fund will support school leadership in primary schools through the establishment of the Essex Primary Leadership Academy which will celebrate success, attract the best new talent to Essex, nurture and support the best teachers in the county to become great primary leaders.

Labour’s European candidates canvass Harlow

A NUMBER OF Labour’s candidates for the European elections were out and about in Harlow at the weekend canvassing for the elections on May 22nd.
The European elections will be held on Thursday May 22nd, the same day as the local elections and so will be a fair indication of voting intentions for the General Election of 2015.

MPs support ambulance Chief Executive following ‘great strides forward’

THE Chief Executive of the region’s ambulance service has today (February 11) met with members of parliament (MPs) to discuss planned service improvements and report on his achievements so far. The meetings mark six weeks of Dr Anthony Marsh being at the helm of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) and MPs were pleased to hear how he has already taken great strides in moving the Trust forward.

County Council agree budget

ESSEX County Council has today (Tuesday) agreed a budget that invests in ‘jobs, people and infrastructure’ while freezing council tax for the fourth successive year. The Leader of the Council, Councillor David Finch, told today’s Full Council that millions of pounds of additional funding would be spent on key issues including road and footpath repairs, schools, apprenticeships and flood management over the coming year.

Council release funds to tackle flooding

A PACKAGE of measures is being put in place urgently in conjunction with District/ Borough/ City Councils to identify the worst flooding points, where action will be taken to clear culverts, empty and jet gullies and remove debris. Essex County Councillor Rodney Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, is calling on the emergency services, drainage authorities, landowners, water authorities, rangers and the Environment Agency to also play their part in helping to clear up these flooding hotspots.

Closing the Gap on health care provision in Harlow

ESSEX County Council (ECC) is proud to announce the Health Foundation has awarded £450,000 for a social care scheme to improve resident safety across Essex care homes and prevent unnecessary emergency hospital admissions. The news is also significant because it makes ECC the first social care organisation to ever receive funding from the HF.

Harsh words over Harlow Times!

WE KNEW there had to be a war of words on the first occasion that the cameras were allowed into a meeting of Harlow Council and sure enough Labour and Conservatives did not let us down. Conservative councillor Simon Carter questioned the amount of money spent on “Glossy propaganda magazine” The Harlow Times. His questions were rebuffed by portfolio holder, cllr Tony Durcan.

Harlow primary school crisis deepens as Longwood Primary slumps into special measures

THE quality of teaching varies too much between different year groups and across different subjects, and so pupils’ progress is inadequate and their attitudes to learning require improvement. Teachers do not demonstrate a clear idea of what makes teaching good or outstanding. Too much teaching is either inadequate or requires improvement. Good practice is not shared throughout the school.

Victory for Halfon over energy bills

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has won a significant victory in his campaign to stop energy companies penalising customers who do not pay their bills by direct debit. Earlier this week, Mr Halfon secured a debate in the House of Commons re energy tariffs.

Harlow Council leader defends Council Tax hike

VIDEO: HARLOW COUNCIL leader, cllr Mark Wilkinson has defended the ruling Labour groups recommendation that the council tax for Harlow residents be increased by 1.5%. Speaking during a robust debate on the proposal, cllr Wilkinson gave an overview on why he felt the increase was part of a value for money package for the Harlow residents.

Tory anger as Labour refuse to freeze Council Tax

VIDEO: THE HARLOW CONSERVATIVE group has reacted with anger after an amendment to freeze council tax in Harlow was voted down by the ruling Labour group.
Shadow Conservative leader detailed his proposals for an amendment that included a number of proposals including cutting councillors’ allowances, curtailing spending on Harlow Times and a number of other proposals.

Labour’s Stride backs UK’s first National Voter Registration Day

ON the 5th of February 1832, the Great Reform Act introduced voter registration for the very first time. Then, the number of eligible voters in a district varied from six to 12,000, with the selection of some Members of Parliament controlled by one person. We have come a long way since then, but there is still much more we can do.

Hospital patient panel keen to hear your voice

A NEWLY established Patient Panel at the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust is keen to raise its profile and is organising a conference to bring together people and organisations interested in healthcare across the area. The all- day conference at the Harlow Leisurezone on 28 February will outline how a patient panel works and plays an important role in the Trust’s ambition to constantly improve the care of everyone who uses the NHS services provided.

Haflon praised for energy debate victory

HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon was praised last night for a successful debate on energy prices. The debate was opened by Mr Halfon and concluded by Kent MP, Tracey Crouch. The two hour debate was peppered by praise from all parties.