Fire Minister meets top brass at Harlow Fire Station

COMMUNITIES MINISTER, Brandon Lewis joined Harlow MP, Robert Halfon in a meeting with top personnel from Essex Fire and Rescue Service. The meeting appeared cordial and constructive and seemed less directed at the current industrial dispute and more focussed on the general condition of the fire service across the county.

Tourism brings £2.9 billion to Essex economy

A NEW report shows Essex tourism contributed £2.9 billion to the Essex economy in the year that saw the county host the London 2012 Olympic Mountain Bike events at Hadleigh Farm and Country Park. Initial findings from the Economic Impact of Tourism 2012 report, due to be published by Tourism South East early next year, show that the overall value of Essex tourism was up by £65 million compared to 2011. The number of trips taken in the county increased by 891,737 and tourism-related jobs rose by 1,252.

Harlow Conservatives announce candidates for 2014 local elections

RESIDENTS are being severely let down by Harlow Labour who have increased their Council Tax and failed to show leadership on regeneration, the future of community services and housing claim the Harlow Tories. Conservative candidates have been out on the doorstep listening to local residents and it is clear that the majority agree with our plans to freeze Council Tax and safeguard community services. Labour lack a clear vision for Harlow’s future which is threatening investment and regeneration of some the town’s most deprived areas.

Is your Harlow councillor actually turning up to meetings?

ONLY 4 out of 39 Harlow Councillors have turned up to all the meetings they should have. The total bill to the Harlow taxpayer for councillor allowances is over £200,000 a year. The councillor with the lowest attendance is Bush Fair councillor, Daniella Pritchard (Lab) who has only attended 15% of meetings. These include council, cabinet and a number of committees.

Harlow council begin new food waste recycling service

HARLOW Council is to roll out a brand new food waste recycling collection service for flat blocks to help divert food waste going to landfill. The roll-out of the new scheme will be conducted in two phases, with the first collections beginning this Friday December 6th and the second phase due to begin next Spring.

MP visits Tesco Foodbank collection

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon visited Edinburgh Way Tesco on Saturday to give thanks to Harlow Foodbank volunteers who were out in force collecting food donations from kind Harlow shoppers.

Foodbank was being given strong support by Tesco which has also set up its own schemes to help those in need.

Mr Halfon said, “I was delighted to support the Harlow Foodbank. It is an amazing organisation and I have worked there as a volunteer to try and understand the work they do.

Suzy Stride praises the work of All Ability Sport & Leisure

SUZY Stride, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, recently visited All Ability Athletics and Multi-Sport, which is a program in Harlow which provides sporting opportunities for young and old alike. The program is consistent in its delivery to provide its participants the opportunity to develop their sporting interest, from inclusion right the way through to International recognition.

Halfon supports new immigration controls

IN the course of the statement made by the Home Secretary on immigration in House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Halfon asked Home Secretary Theresa May: “My Harlow residents will welcome the measures announced by my right hon. Friend because they are entirely fair, but will not many hard-working immigrants who do not claim handouts from the British taxpayer welcome them as well, because they create a level playing field?”

One Nucleus joins forces with Harlow Council

THE global restructuring in industries such as pharmaceuticals has seen a shift of the R & D facilities overseas by many multinationals, creating an exciting opportunity for Harlow to complement the expanding life sciences and healthcare clusters of London and Cambridge.

Fears over future of The Maples respite centre

THERE ARE fears for the future of the Maples respite centre after an announcement by Essex County Council that its future is subject to a consultation. Essex County councillor, cllr Dick Madden has assured politicians that The Maples respite centre won’t close until alternative services that meet the families’ needs are in place.

Development secretary praises Harlow Filipino community

FOLLOWING a question by Harlow MP Robert Halfon in support of the Harlow Filipino community during a statement in the House of Commons on Thursday, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has expressed her condolences to the family of Jeffrey and Jairo Ben Ducusin who died when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines two weeks ago.

Harlow District Council invitation to tender welfare, rights and advice

HARLOW Council is seeking to commission a suitably experienced and qualified/certified/registered organisation for the purpose of providing specialist welfare rights and advice services. The aims of the services are: 1. To provide a specialist welfare rights and advice service for the residents of Harlow. 2. To work with the Council and with other service providers and funding agencies to achieve these aims. 3. To deliver the services free of charge, impartially and confidentially to the service users.
4. To provide ‘specialist advice’ as defined by the Community Legal Service Quality Mark.

Stride calls for greater focus on neighbourhood policing in Harlow

SUZY Stride, Labour’s General Election candidate for Harlow, has backed a report calling for more neighbourhood policing and slammed the Tory-led Government for cutting frontline officers in Essex. On Monday former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens published his Independent Police Commission Review – the most comprehensive analysis of policing for half a century. This review makes several recommendations on the future of policing in England and Wales, including a renewed focus on neighbourhood policing.

Council leader defends decision to allow new hospital ward to be built without planning permission

HARLOW COUNCIL leader Mark Wilkinson has defended a decision to give a green light to building work at Princess Alexandra Hospital without planning permission. The £2.8 million ward is needed as the hospital continually runs close to capacity and any surge in demand due to bad or extremely cold weather or winter illness leaves it struggling to find all the beds required.

‘Your Essex, let’s talk’ – 1,700 responses to bus service consultation so far

HARLOW residents have until Monday 9 December to have their say on local bus services provided by Essex County Council (ECC) and join the 1,700 residents who have already contributed their views. The consultation, which can be found at, through libraries or by calling 0845 603 7631, enables residents to have their say on the types of bus services ECC supports and ultimately how it will provide financial support to local bus services in the future.

Shoud smoking be banned at Princess Alexandra hospital?

THE NHS must stop turning a “blind eye” to smoking and ban it in all hospital grounds in England, according to new guidance. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said it wanted to see smoking shelters scrapped so patients, visitors and staff could not light up reports the BBC.

Stride celebrates National Parliament Week in Harlow

SUZY Stride, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, visited Burnt Mill School and met with pupils as part of National Parliament week. She spent a day in the school discussing political engagement and young people. Ms Stride met with students from across year eleven to discuss with them what changes would need to be made to help young people better engage in politics. The students also discussed how they would like to see Harlow change from homes and jobs to different education policy.

Parking wardens get tough in Harlow

WE SPOTTED them on Tumbler Road on Sunday evening. The car was parked on the pavement. Mums with buggies had to step onto the road to get past. Not any more as the warden slapped a ticket and took photographic evidence. Many will applaud the wardens for taking such robust action against a problem that has become an epidemic in Harlow.