Harlow Council praised over accounts

HARLOW Council has been praised for the way it delivers its accounts and manages its finances. Independent external auditors Ernst & Young LLP have issued an unqualified opinion on the Council’s 2012/13 annual accounts and an unqualified conclusion of the Council’s arrangements for securing value for money.

Toddbrook Vets scandal: Pet owner asks MP “Why wasn’t vet suspended?”

A HARLOW woman who registered a complaint against former Harlow Vet is set to go to Harlow MP Robert Halfon to ask why a vet was not suspended during a “disgraceful conduct” probe. Last week YH reported that Geoff Oliver had faced a number of charges in relation to treatment of animals at his Toddbrook practice but he requested to be removed from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) list of vets shortly before a tribunal could hear his case.

Reminder to participate in the Home to School Transport consultation

RESIDENTS are reminded they only have till Friday 25 October to participate in Essex County Council’s formal public consultation into the discretionary elements of its home to school transport policy. The local authority currently spends over £25million on ensuring children across the county can attend school. However, maintaining expenditure at this level in the current financial climate is unsustainable and the council is looking at where efficiency savings can be made.

Harlow Enterprise Zone given cash boost

THE Government is giving £100 million to Enterprise Zones, including the one in Harlow, to help them attract new businesses and create jobs. It is hoped this will unlock areas that are currently unused and turn them into “prime economic sites” that will “bring home new businesses and help the local economy grow”.

Uncertain future for cyclists on Greater Anglia?

Are Greater Anglia set to impose new restrictions on cyclists? A new ‘Draft Cycle Strategy’ sheds doubts the future of cyclist taking bikes on Greater Anglia trains. The document states that whilst they will, for the short-term, continue to allow the carriage of bikes on their trains free of charge, they are looking at way to prevent this in future.

Tottenham MP on the “cost of living” in Harlow

TOTTENHAM MP, David Lammy joined prospective parliamentary candidate for Harlow, Suzy Stride (Lab) and a dozen Labour activists on the street of Brockles Mead to listen to voters concerns. YH spoke to Mr Lammy to see what messages he had brought back from Labour conference and whether concerns over the cost of living will be part of the battleground between now and the general election of 2015.

Essex County Council meetings

HEALTH Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Wednesday 9 October 2013, from 10am, Committee Room 1 Essex Fire Audit Governance and Review, Wednesday 9 October 2013, from 2pm, Fire Service HQ Essex Fire Audit Sub-Committee, Wednesday 9 October 2013, from 3.30pm, Fire Service HQ

Chief Constable blasts hungover cops

THE Chief Constable of Essex Police, Stephen Kavanagh has blasted officers who take sick leave to nurse hangovers. Mr Kavanagh spoke out after figures revealed that his officers were taking an average of 12 days off sick each year.Mr Kavanagh said: “If you look at the overall numbers, compared to other forces, there is a group – a small group, but a group nonetheless – abusing the process.

Harlow Council unveil new housing allocation policy

HARLOW Council has introduced a new Housing allocations policy which changes both the criteria that enables people to apply for Council housing as well as the way Council housing is allocated. Harlow’s current social housing shortage along with changes to Government legislation led the Council to review its housing allocations policy and the way its Housing Register works.

Bedroom Tax: “We will fight them on the doorsteps” say protestors

DOZENS of protestors gathered at last weeks Harlow Council Cabinet meeting to deliver a strong message to the ruling Labour group. They managed to avoid the scenes of last month when angry and vocal protestors were asked to leave. However, Mick Patrick made a passionate appeal to the Labour cabinet as he posed a question to them on eviction notices.

Essex County Council meetings

HEALTH Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Wednesday 9 October 2013, from 10am, Committee Room 1. Essex Fire Audit Governance and Review, Wednesday 9 October 2013, from 2pm, Fire Service HQ Essex Fire Audit Sub-Committee, Wednesday 9 October 2013, from 3.30pm, Fire Service HQ

Fairtrade motion passed by council

A VETERAN Harlow councillor succeeded in having a motion supporting Fair Trade passed by Harlow Council. Netteswell councillor, Edna Stevens asked the council: ” To renew its commitment to Fair trade.”

Harlow firemen stand firm on strike

HARLOW firemen went out on strike on Wednesday afternoon. Members of Green Watch stood outside the station on Fourth Avenue and certainly, judging by the honked horns of passing motorists, received a warm response.

Harlow Council reject claims by Welfare Rights

Councillor Mark Wilkinson, Leader of Harlow Council, said: “The fact remains that the organisation still owes Harlow Council £125,000 and the Council has no choice but to take this action to recover Council taxpayers’ money. “The Council will continue to defend itself rigorously from any further legal action.”

Suzy talks up “Aspiration” at Labour Party conference

IT was Labour who aspired to build the welfare state; Labour who aspired to build the NHS; Labour who aspired to bring in a National Minimum Wage. And today, it is Labour who aspire to build a One Nation country which gives all young people the best possible opportunity to achieve their potential.