THE TRIAL has begun of a former parish priest at Holy Cross church accused of indecently assaulting children.
IN total, nearly 9,000 Essex households have signed up to the Essex Energy Switch over the past 12 months following two separate events, with registrants saving on average £262* in the latest auction.
THE Manufacturing and Engineering Forum, set up by Harlow Council in partnership with the Manufacturing Advisory Service, is hosting a one-off workshop aimed at helping businesses identify major challenges and opportunities.
OUTSPOKEN MP, Diane Abbott has taken the opportunity to say how she pleased she was that UKIP lost in a ward by-election in Harlow.
“I walked out the door, swiping my keys off the side and took a last bite out of a bread roll I’d grabbed on my way out. I had not been back from sixth form an hour before I found myself emptying my bag to fill it with a massive envelope stuffed with election leaflets and quickly slurping a hot mug of tea.
WE’VE got a Labour party that is trying to out-UKIP, UKIP basically. I describe them as a thoroughly despicable party that masquerades as a party of the working class and yet will do the bidding of the ruling class at the drop of a hat. They talk left and vote right.
LABOUR scored a dramatic victory on Thursday night after regaining the Mark Hall ward from UKIP.
GOVERNMENT minister Penny Mordaunt MP was impressed with the Harvey Centre when she joined Harlow MP Robert Halfon for a tour.
THE QUESTION of travellers and fly-tipping does not seem to be going away. Last week at Harlow Council, a Pennymead resident quizzed the council leader about fly-tipping and fines.
ARE young people getting involved in politics. That is the subject of young Nishall Garala’s blog this week.
IF you’ve walked past St Paul’s Church in the town centre recently, you might have noticed that Harlow’s homelessness problem has become a lot more visible. The small gardens at the side of the church have been filled with tents, pitched by the homeless looking for a safe place to sleep.
ROBERT Halfon, MP for Harlow, has stood up strongly in defence of the government’s employment record, and attacked Labour’s “failed policies on job creation and youth unemployment”.
THE budding politicians act as a bridge between students and staff and a voice for students to make improvements to their community and learning. Students are elected by their peers on to the body.
SINCE April 2009 Harlow Foodbank has fed over 14,000 people in crisis with emergency food. It has this year distributed 65.5 tonnes of donated food in Harlow and the surrounding area, through its referral system working in partnership with 154 front-line partners. The foodbank now feeds an average of 313 people each month (209 adults & 104 children) and referrals this year have increased by 5.5% in comparison to the same period last year.
THE Secretary of State for Local Government and Brentwood and Ongar MP Eric Pickles has welcomed the news that Essex County Council has frozen its Council Tax for a fifth successive year.
A MAJOR INVESTIGATION into the way Essex Police investigated thirty cases of alleged child abuse is underway.
Twelve detectives have been placed on restricted duties, with one suspended, as the force tries to get to the root of what may have gone wrong with the investigations.
HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has once again stood up for residents by raising Harlow’s illegal encampments in the House of Commons. During Communities and Local Government Questions, Robert asked the Minister for Policing, Mike Penning, to set out what powers are available to Essex Police in dealing with the illegal encampments.
FUNDING to maintain a safety net for vulnerable people in crisis situations and to encourage communities to help deliver solutions to the challenges faced by the county’s public services have been announced today (Tuesday) by Essex County Council.
THE newly-elected Young Essex Assembly (YEA) sat for the first time at the weekend, electing the county’s UK Youth Parliament members in the process.
MP Hilary Benn visited Harlow College in order to urge young voters to register and vote. Mr Benn then went on to visit social housing in Church Langley.
SUZY Stride, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Harlow has spoken of her concern on the quality and quantity of apprenticeships created under the Tory-led government as the Business Department’s own research has found almost four in 10 firms offering apprenticeships don’t even realise they are doing so.
THE Ukip candidate for the Mark Hall ward is determined to retain the ward for the up and coming party. The seat was left vacant due to the Ukip councillor, Jerry Crawford standing down due to ill health.
HARLOW Conservatives delivered an impassioned alternative budget that would have seen lower council tax rates in Harlow and a number of plans to tackle illegal encampments in Harlow.
It is reported that there are seven caravans in this encampment. Essex County Council obtained possession of the land in the county court on Thursday 5 February 2015 and have served the encampment with an order to leave. If the travellers have not vacated the land by today (Friday 6 February 2015) ECC will be instructing bailiffs to carry out an eviction.