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PRISONERS at HMP & YOI Chelmsford are being given a unique opportunity to turn their lives around thanks to a Reading Agency initiative backed by Essex Libraries. Reading Ahead, formerly known as the Six Book Challenge, offers offenders a chance to improve their reading skills…

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PLANS for the development of housing on the land formerly occupied by The Square and the YWCA in Harlow is up in front of the council planning committee next week. The committee sits on Wednesday January 13th at the Water Gardens and will consider: “Demolition…

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HARLOW politicians from across the political divide supported a motion to support the Crossrail project coming out to Harlow. The full debate can be found below from the 50 minute point onwards.

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THE deadline for the receipt of nomination papers for the Much Hadham parish council by-election will be 4pm on Thursday January 22 2016. Sufficient numbers of electors have come forward to request an election for all five vacancies and the Notice of Election will be…

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THE Chief Executive of Harlow Council, Malcolm Morley, is to receive an OBE for his services to local government. The New Year’s Honours list 2016, published on 30 December 2015, recognises the achievements of a wide range of people across the UK. Mr Morley who…

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HARLOW parents who have yet to apply for their children’s primary school places are being reminded to do so as the deadline for applications approaches. All children are entitled to start primary school in the September after their fourth birthday. Parents and carers of children…

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Blogpost by Nishall Gabala Well were we are again, Folks – The Start of a New Year Well here we are again, folks – the start of a new year. The time when we’re usually bursting with motivation and promises to not repeat the mistakes…

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THREE of Harlow’s finest ambassadors have been awarded a medal as part of the New Year’s honours list. Malcolm Morley, chief executive of Harlow Council, Brenda Taylor, founder of the Brenda Taylor Dance School, and Shaun Rayner, a magistrate of the Essex Family Panel, will…

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OVER 50% of nursing jobs at Princess Alexandra Hospital remain unfilled. The startling statistic was revealed at a recent Harlow Council meeting. Members all three parties pledged support for a motion proposed by Harlow Council leader, cllr Jon Clempner. The debate begins at 19 min…

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MOST of Harlow Council’s services including the Civic Centre will shut down between Christmas and New Year, helping save over £150,000. Arrangements are in place for residents to still access services and information online at www.harlow.gov.uk and the Council can be contacted in a genuine…

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LEGAL orders are being posted on land across Harlow as part of a ground-breaking district-wide ban in force in the town against unauthorised Traveller encampments. This week Council staff are serving and placing 3,000 injunction orders on 321 vulnerable sites across the town including parks…

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A SENIOR Harlow Conservative has quizzed Labour-run Harlow Council over its commitment to help Syrian refugees. The question came from cllr Eddie Johnson. The relevant part of the film begins at 14 minutes.

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EMOTIONAL tributes were made at a Harlow Council meeting after the death of the former council leader, Martin Lawn was announced. Cllr Mike Danvers delivered a eulogy in tribute to Martin. All councillors then stood to make a minutes silence. Cllr Danvers eulogy begins at…

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​ESSEX County Council is looking for land to build a Gypsy and Traveller transit site to help combat the problem of unauthorised encampments in Essex. In the last two years there has been a 57 per cent increase in unauthorised encampments, which can cost Essex…

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Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said: “The settlement is even more dismal than expected. We are going to be around £50m worse off in grant cuts. This is going to be incredibly tough on Essex residents, and will mean difficult decisions ahead…

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ESSEX County Council is suspending its roadworks programme over Christmas and New Year to minimise congestion for families visiting relatives and friends across the county. Work will cease from Wednesday, 23 December and resume on Monday, 4 January. As well as all routine maintenance and…