Countywide organisations come together to fight domestic abuse

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 MP, Robert Halfon launches hospital car parking charges campaign

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.

Harlow Council join forces in fight against litter

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.

Improvements to begin on Clock Tower roundabout

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.

Lunchtime demonstration at Princess Alexandra

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.

Nishall’s Blog: Hindu and proud

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.

Ofsted applaud improvements at Kidz Ok nursery

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.

Letter to Editor: Thanks from Old Harlow councillor Joel Charles

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.

Elderly could be faced with ‘stark choice over eating or heating’ in winter months claims Labour

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’ .

One bus route to go and another under threat

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.

Are day services under threat in Harlow?

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.

Letter to Editor: Chair of Harlow Labour looks to 2015

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.

Street lights in Harlow: Labour councillor says “not enough evidence”

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).

Meals on wheels service at risk in Harlow

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.