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ONE of Britain’s leading MEPs is calling on politicians across Europe to prioritise helping refugees without encouraging people trafficking. The East of England MEP, Vicky Ford, was responding to EU plans for mandatory quotas, which would force every member state to take a minimum number…

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Accompanied by Harlow MP, Robert Halfon, he firstly visited Parndon Mill where he spoke to a number of the small businesses. He then went into the town centre, where he visited the Phoenix Recording Studios. After a long day, the final step was a Q…

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By Ken Perry THE UK is facing a highly controversial situation with regard to the influx of immigrants to the EU from nations such as war-struck Syria, which has been engaged in a brutal civil war for the past four years, and other impoverished countries…

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COUNCIL’S across Greater Essex have submitted a joint bid to Government setting out their ambition for devolved powers. Signed by all 15 authorities, including Essex County Council and unitary authorities Southend and Thurrock, the bid sets out how by working together, with increased freedoms and…

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THE leader of Harlow Council has pledged that the organisation will “do its bit” over the refugee crisis in Europe. Councillor Jon Clempner, Leader of Harlow Council, said: “The current refugee crisis and the images we have all seen has moved me and many people…

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THE LEADER OF Harlow Council has reacted angrily to Essex Police suggestions that councils should help more when it comes to crime-fighting. Councillor Jon Clempner, Leader of Harlow Council, said: “The resourcing of the Police is clearly not adequate to deal with crime, and it…

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HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has set out his concerns regarding the consultation on stroke services in Harlow. Mr Halfon said: “FOLLOWING discussions with my residents, a number of concerns have arisen which I’d like to formally submit to the consultation. A Key issue that the…

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By Belinda Wild A NETTESWELL councillor has re-affirmed his commitment to tackling the potholes in his ward. Residents from the Minchin Road area contacted YH re the state of their roads. We in turn contacted cllr Mike Danvers. Cllr Danvers said: “Essex Council have refused…

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HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has given a detailed response to the growing “refugee crisis” that is facing the UK and the rest of Europe. Mr Halfon said: “This tragedy is occurring because of terrorism, poor country economies and evil Regimes in the Middle East and…

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By Matthew Biggadike A GROUP of Harlow fireman have voiced their discontent towards the lack of recognition for their services in a recent cultural review of the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. The report was a general investigation into Essex Fire and Rescue Service.…

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A REVIEW into claims of an “intimidatory culture” at Essex fire service has found “dangerous and pervasive bullying” at every level. The independent cultural review was commissioned by Essex Fire Authority after reports of incidents which threatened the service’s reputation. The review described the organisational…

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NEW planning rules could force thousands of Gypsies and Travellers back onto the road’ says Gypsy and Traveller campaign charity. The Traveller Movement is shocked by the “reckless and irresponsible nature” of the new Government planning rules for Gypsies and Travellers published over the bank…

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HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has welcomed new rulings on planning applications and illegal encampments. Mr Halfon said: “For many months now I have been working hard with the Government to make sure that there is a fair policy for residents regarding unauthorised encampments. Today’s statement…

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As she states on film, Danielle doesn’t necessarily want a move, she just wants the place improved. And yes, we did tell her that both Essex and Harlow Council have pledged to invest in improvements but Danielle feels that she will believe it when she…

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AMBULANCE staff and volunteers have been praised for their hard work following a more than 7% increase in demand over the bank holiday weekend. The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) received 8,444 emergency calls on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, compared to the…

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THE CONSERVATIVE Police and Crime Commissioner, Nick Alston has reacted to the news that Essex Police may not respond to up to 97% of incidents of anti-social behaviour by suggesting that council such as Harlow should tackle crime. Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for…