HARLOW police have pledged to monitor the street light situation over the World Cup that starts today (Thursday). Concerns were expressed regarding the England v Italy game which finishes at 1am and may see a number of Harlow residents leaving pubs and houses in the dark.
HARLOW’S Labour candidate for the 2015 General Election, Suzy Stride has expressed her concern at possible proposals for the closure of Marks and Spencer in the town centre. YH caught up Suzy Stride outside the shop on the Broad walk to ask her about her concerns.
ORGANISATIONS across Essex have come together to launch ‘Standing Together’ against domestic abuse, a joint campaign being led by Essex County Council and Essex Police. This is the largest domestic abuse campaign of this kind to take place in the county. Domestic abuse is a priority for both Essex Police and Essex County Council, in Essex last year 78% of domestic incidents reported to the police were from women, while 22% were from men, but nobody should live in fear.
HARLOW is in the throws of the biggest investment it has had since the 1950’s, and will probably never get this level of investment again. Yet, the suggested developments and infrastructure strategies are causing major concerns for the current Harlow residents who live and work in the town.
After sending hundreds of Freedom of Information requests to Health Trusts across England, I am putting together a report which reveals that 75% of hospitals still charge for parking. Staff and visitors can pay up to £4 an hour and as much as £12 for 4 hours. Unsurprisingly, London was the worst, with the Royal Free Hospital charging £504 per week.
During the local election campaign in Old Harlow residents told me they were deeply concerned about proposals for a new M11 Junction in West Essex and how the final decision would be made.
ESSEX COUNTY council have refused to turn on the street lights during the World Cup despite concerns over rising levels of domestic violence. Since the lights have been switched off in Harlow, organisations and individuals have expressed their concerns that woman feel vulnerable with the lights out.
AN emergency department doctor who took off his socks and washed his feet in front of a patient has been struck off. When asked what he was doing by the patient at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, he said: “Shut up”.
HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon was present at the Queen’s Speech in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday. It is the final speech before parliament is dissolved on March 30th, 2015 and the planned general election on May 7th 2015.
THE WORST fears of many have been confirmed after Marks and Spencer (M and S) have applied to close their “poorly performing town centre store.” The information came in the form of an application in the planning page of the Harlow Council web site.
A FEW weeks ago, we published a film that appeared to show a thief waiting until the street lights went out at midnight before attempting to break into a car. YH has now been sent another film, from quite nearby the last location (Tumbler Road) that appears to show a similar intent to commit theft. […]
HARLOW Council, along with the other Councils in Essex, is taking a unique approach to tackling litter by joining forces with three fast food giants to launch the first pan-Essex ‘Clean Essex Campaign’. The Councils, supported by Keep Britain Tidy, RP2 media and The Highways Agency, will work alongside McDonalds, KFC and Domino’s Pizza to raise awareness of litter and the risk of fines for those that offend.
WORKS to improve traffic flow at the Clock Tower Roundabout in Harlow are due to start in late July and will last for 12 months. They are being funded by Essex County Council and the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch Point Fund, announced by the Government in 2012 to remove bottlenecks on local roads which are impacting on economic growth.
ON Monday the 2nd June, at the Annual General Meeting of the Labour Group on Harlow Council, Councillor Jon Clempner was elected to succeed Cllr Mark Wilkinson as Leader of the Labour Group.
UNISON the public sector trade union that represents staff in the NHS including nurses, paramedics, porters, cleaners, cooks, therapists and healthcare assistants are to hold a lunchtime demonstration to show the anger of staff following the recent NHS pay announcement.
I AM a Youth Councillor, Vice Chair of Waterhouse Moor Resident’s Association, Student Voice Ambassador and Student Governor for Harlow College and my job is to raise the voice of young people in the town. But why did I decide to do this job? The answer is that my faith has told me to help everyone and share my views and problems with everyone as well as listening to other people’s views and problems to make the community a better place to be.
STAFF from the local authority have been very supportive of the nominated person and the nursery, overall. You have worked well together in developing staff knowledge and understanding of planning, to ensure that children’s individual needs are catered for. New planning procedures have been implemented and all staff are monitoring and tracking the progress and development of specific groups of children.
DURING the election campaign, many voters shared their concerns with me about proposals to link the M11 with Gilden Way. I have therefore requested an urgent meeting with Essex County Council on the new junction proposal. I will ask for their support for a highways commission to explore new junction options and involve residents in the decision making process.
CURRENT delivery partner, Sodexo, has continued provision of the Meals On Wheels service, which includes the delivery of hot meals directly to residents with the addition of a ‘safe and well’ check where delivery drivers check on the well-being of customers . These checks can act as an ‘early warning system’ as it means vulnerable people receive frequent visits allowing for a preventative measure to be in place to ‘avoid more costly admissions to hospital’ .
THE County Council currently pays for just over 200 bus services across the county that commercial bus companies do not consider profitable enough to run. Contracts for most of these have been extended, but there are eight services which are proving expensive to continue.
ESSEX County Council is reviewing how day opportunities (also known as day services) can best be provided to support service users in remaining independent. Day opportunities are the activities that working age adults or older people do at their day centre or with a support worker in the community. This could include socialising, learning new skills or going to a day centre to give carers a break.
Everyone in the Labour Party is sadden that some dedicated local Councillors have not been re-elected and that some excellent Labour candidates narrowly missed getting elected. Nevertheless, we are delighted that both Labour appears to have the highest vote in the local elections across the Constituency overall, and that Richard Howitt has been re-elected as an MEP. He is a great friend of Harlow and a brilliant MEP. We are also pleased that we have retained control of Harlow Council. This will ensure a clear sense of direction and purpose for the Town over the coming months.
A HARLOW councillor has poured cold water on evidence that thieves are waiting until street lights go off to strike.
Two weeks ago, YH published CCTV footage of what appears to be an attempt to break into a car in Purford Green. YH confirmed with the residents that an attempt break in took place. There was also two other thefts (with a similar MO on the street).
TO understand the impact a change in service provision could have, the local authority will undertake a six week consultation with existing customers and residents. The consultation will explore alternative ways of providing a hot meal, community support options such as lunch clubs and community groups, and removing or reducing the subsidy paid by the council. The service itself will not be removed although the cost could be increased depending on the consultation outcome.